In a world where Samsung and Apple dominate the smartphone sphere, and multi-billion dollar companies like Sony, LG, and Motorola struggle to maintain single-digit market share, it's rather easy to convince yourself that real innovation and excellence costs lots of money. And, as an extension of that thought process, that there's little reason to look outside the current crop of popular phone makers.
But you'd be wrong.
Known mostly in the United States for its Blu-ray players (yes, really), Oppo is a Chinese electronics maker that is easily ignored.
Republic Wireless just announced a new offer for those who have been considering the switch, but aren't willing to spend $250 for a Motorola Defy XT. Beginning today, the company has two options: buy the Defy XT for the existing price and pay $19 a month for service, or pay $99 for the phone and $29 monthly for the plan. Unlike traditional carriers that subsidize the prices of phones and lock you into a contract, however, there is no contract with Republic.
If you missed the HTC One launch yesterday, you could just check our HTC One section and read up about the company's latest phone. Or, you could watch the entire unveiling in crisp 720p on YouTube, as recorded in London yesterday, with more Zoes and BlinkFeeds than you can shake a BoomSound at.
Alternatively, if you're short on time, just watch the 4:37 highlights video:
Here's a list of some of our coverage, as well, to give you the full One experience:
Until now, the visual interface of Google's Project Glass has basically been a mystery. And since Glass was announced, there has been one, basic question asked by nearly everyone regarding the project: How's it work?
Well, today Google posted a video montage of Project Glass in action, complete with an apparently functional user interface, and it is amazing. I'm not going to spoil it for you - just watch the clip.
Don't you just love these trickle updates? Little update here, little update there – but never anything major. It's all the excitement of getting an OTA, with none of the benefit! And that's what today's T-Mobile One S update is all about: security enhancements. That's it. Nothing more.
In order to pull the update, you'll need to meet the normal requirements: stock, unrooted system, at least 50% battery, blah blah blah.
Google's Matias Duarte elicited some knowing chuckles when he revealed the existence of a wireless charging orb shortly before the Nexus 4 launched. Duarte came over to Google from Palm, which developed a similar accessory for the Pre called the Touchstone. The Nexus 4 Orb took its sweet time showing up in the Play Store, but it's finally on sale for $60.
Is there any universe in which spending that kind of cash on a phone charger is reasonable?
Since my introduction to Android (a la Nexus One), I've owned three HTC devices. I've reviewed probably a half-dozen others. I liked some of them, and I disliked others. But generally, I consider myself an HTC fan, especially since the One X.
The new One phone sounds brilliant. Ron's early impressions are promising. The initial response at large seems to be that HTC is finally being bold in a way that's causing people to take notice, by taking risks.
HTC may not be too terribly specific about when it intends to release its newest flagship, aside from a vague March-ish timeline, but Vodafone and Clove are more than happy to fill in the blank space: March 15th is the date. At least if you're in the UK, looking to get this piece of hardware on Vodafone, or order from Clove.
Not only does Clove's ordering site indicate this as the date the first shipments should come in, but Vodafone confirmed the date in a statement to AP.
HTC this morning officially unveiled its new flagship for 2013: the HTC One. So far, we've posted the full specs, our hands-on, and the list of carriers in the U.S. and Canada, but if you live outside those territories, you might be wondering exactly which carriers and major retailers to visit to pick up the One when it becomes available in March.
We've got the current list, courtesy of HTC, right below.