Samsung has just sent out official invites to the company's Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event, and Note's the theme. There will be simultaneous Unpacked press conferences in Berlin (IFA), Beijing, and New York on September 3rd. The event will start at 9AM EST in New York, 3PM in Berlin, and 9PM in Beijing.
We'll be live in Berlin for this latest Unpacked, widely assumed to be the debut event for Samsung's basically-imminent Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, though there could be surprises in store, like Gear VR - you never know with Samsung.
Update:Bloomberg is reporting Dan Hesse will step down and be replaced in an announcement tomorrow, during which the plan to end pursuit of T-Mobile will also be discussed.
This one's short and sweet, folks: Sprint has dropped its efforts to purchase T-Mobile according to the Wall Street Journal, citing the perpetually present "people familiar with the matter." According to said persons, SoftBank and Sprint decided the merger would simply be too difficult to accomplish in the face of federal regulators, an experience AT&T became all too familiar with back in late 2011, to the tune of a $4 billion severance fee.
Quite a while ago, we wrote about an upcoming hands-free (and eyes-free) interface code-named KITT. The interface - intended for use in the car or in other places where looking at your phone isn't wise - would be stripped down, displaying a black screen and large iconography, and would have the ability to read notifications aloud, among other things. More recently, an icon for an app called Google Hands-Free showed up in a promotional gif posted to Google's Google+ page, hinting that the service was still under development.
French telecom company Iliad made a surprise bid for T-Mobile US late last week after months of rumors that Sprint and T-Mobile would be getting hitched. Iliad offered $15 billion for a 56.6% stake in T-Mobile, but now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that T-Mobile isn't even willing to entertain that deal and has opted not to give Iliad access to its financial data.
Have you been holding out for a Galaxy S5 of a slightly more interesting hue than black, white, or gold? If so, Best Buy's got you potentially covered with the new "electric blue" S5 that comes in August 17th here in the US. This color has been available internationally for some time, but it looks like Best Buy managed to wrangle an America-exclusive with Samsung to stock this more aquatic-toned variant of its best-selling handset.
Update 8/5/14: The sale has been extended from July 31st to August 7th.
Motorola loves discounting its flagship Moto X phone at every possible opportunity. The latest is the nebulous "back to school" season, but I think they were just getting itchy - it's been a whole week since the off-contract Moto Maker editions of the X went on sale. Right now you can pick up a standard 16GB Moto X for $299 ($100 off), the 32GB model for $324 ($125 off), and the 64GB model for $374 ($125 off).
Long before Android Wear first appeared and made the Pebble's black and white display look relatively antiquated, the latter's physical design already left plenty of room for improvement. The newer $250 Pebble Steel spiced things up quite a bit, but until now, the original $150 plastic model has remained untouched. Well today the company has announced three limited edition colors to breathe fresh, new life into its intelligent wristwatch.
These three new shades - Fly Blue, Fresh Green, and Hot Pink - stand in sharp contrast to the pre-existing black, gray, orange, red, and white options.
The first Android Wear devices have had a few issues related to charging. First the Gear Live charger started breaking, then the pins on the G Watch were corroding, and if you broke either charging mechanism, good luck getting a replacement. Now you can at least replace the G Watch dock by picking up a spare in the Play Store and direct from LG.
The time has come to turn out your pockets and support developers and charity at the same time. In return you get some great Android games on the cheap. The Humble Mobile Bundle 6 is now available with six games split into the customary two tiers.
So maybe you haven't picked up one of those fancy new Shield Tablets yet—no worries, the original Shield portable is getting a nice little update to release 82. The OS is still based on Android 4.4 KitKat, but this is the biggest update Shield has seen in a while. It should be available for download now.