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  • New York AG Rules out Appeal of T-Mobile+Sprint Merger Decision

    Sun 3:55pm By Rich Brome
    New York State Attorney General Letitia James issued the following statement today regarding the recent court decision to allow the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint: "After a thorough analysis, New York has decided not to move forward with an appeal in this…
  • Gboard now lets you Remix Emoji

    Thu 11:38am By Rich Brome
    Google has updated its Gboard keyboard option for Android phones to include a new Emoji Kitchen feature, which lets you create sticker graphics based on custom combinations and variations of standard emoji. For example, when you tap the face-with-cowboy-hat…
  • MWC 2020 Trade Show Cancelled

    Wed 2:22pm By Rich Brome
    The GSMA mobile industry trade group has cancelled its annual Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. An avalanche of companies have pulled out of the event in recent days, due to concerns over how the international event could potentially help…
  • Essential Shuts Down

    Wed 1:42pm By Rich Brome
    Essential Products is closing up shop. The company shipped one Android phone and promised more devices, but never gained much traction. Founder Andy Rubin is also one of the chief creators of Android, and before that, Danger. Rubin had a history of sexual…
  • Hands On with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

    Tue 7:49pm By Rich Brome
    Samsung's second foldable phone takes a different approach: instead of folding larger, it folds smaller, much like Motorola's new razr foldable. It's cheap for a foldable, but still quite pricey. Sprint and AT&T will carry it in the US. After the Galaxy Fold…
  • Verizon Will Offer a Special Galaxy S20 with Both mmWave and sub-6 5G

    Tue 3:00pm By Rich Brome
    Verizon will offer a special version of the smaller Samsung Galaxy S20 5G that supports both mmWave and sub-6 GHz flavors of 5G in the second quarter. The larger S20+ and S20 Ultra support both types of 5G, and Verizon will sell those models starting March…
  • Samsung Unveils Galaxy Z Flip, a New Clamshell-Style Foldable

    Tue 2:19pm By Rich Brome
    Samsung today announced the Galaxy Z Flip, its newest foldable phone. The phone forms a tall slab of a smartphone when open, but closes to a small square with a small outer touch-screen. It uses a new, ultra-thin flexible glass material to cover the flexible…
  • Hands On with the Samsung Galaxy S20 Series

    Tue 2:00pm By Rich Brome
    Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S phones for 2020 are somewhat predictable in appearance and features, and they've leaked like crazy, but there are a few surprises. There's no smaller, more affordable model like last year's S10e, nor is there a separate 5G…
  • Galaxy S20 Series Pushes Samsung Flagships Faster, Larger, Pricier

    Tue 2:00pm By Rich Brome
    Samsung today announced its new flagship phones for 2020: the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra. In the US, all three models support 5G and are powered by Qualcomm's newest top-end Snapdragon 865 chipset paired with 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM. The base…
  • T-Mobile + Sprint Merger Can Proceed, Rules Judge

    Feb 11, 2020, 9:32 am By Rich Brome
    A multi-state anti-trust lawsuit to stop the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile has failed. New York Attorney General Letitia James issued a statement saying "There is no doubt that reducing the mobile market from four to three will be bad for consumers, bad for…
  • Samsung Shows New Foldable in Oscars Ad

    Feb 9, 2020, 9:04 pm By Rich Brome
    Samsung aired a television commercial during the Oscars award show tonight that showed the company's next, unannounced foldable phone in detail. The ad was rich in visuals but light on details, encouraging viewers to tune in to the company's Unpacked event on…
  • Sprint Intros New Watch for Kids

    Feb 7, 2020, 12:38 pm By Rich Brome
    Sprint today announced WatchMeGo, a new watch device for kids that offers two-way communication and location tracking. The watch offers GPS, two-way voice messaging, and can receive text messages from parents. The companion app for parents (available for both…
  • Android February Security Patch Fixes Critical Bluetooth Vulnerability

    Feb 7, 2020, 12:08 pm By Rich Brome
    A security flaw has been found in Android that allows attackers to access a phone via Bluetooth with no user interaction required. Android's most recent monthly security update, released on February 3rd, fixes the flaw. The vulnerability is rated "critical"…
  • New Moto g Series Lets You Choose: Stylus or Jumbo Battery

    Feb 7, 2020, 9:00 am By Rich Brome
    Motorola has unveiled two new g-series phones for 2020: the Moto g Stylus and Moto g Power. The two phones are very similar, except the g Stylus has a built-in stylus pen and higher-end main camera, while the g Power has a larger battery. Both phones have a…
  • New Mophie Powerstations are Optimized for iPhone 11 Series

    Feb 7, 2020, 7:00 am By Rich Brome
    Mophie has a new line of Powerstation portable battery packs that are designed specifically to support the connectors and charging options of the iPhone 11 series. All three of the new Powerstations can charge an iPhone quickly using 18W fast charging. The…
  • FCC Releases Draft Rules for Mid-Band 5G Auction

    Feb 6, 2020, 4:34 pm By Rich Brome
    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has released details of the FCC's proposal to re-arrange the C band, making available 280 MHz of additional radio spectrum for 5G in the US. The C band is a 500 MHz segment of spectrum from 3.7 to 4.2 GHz, which is currently used by fixed…
  • Google Maps Gains Tabbed Interface

    Feb 6, 2020, 1:46 pm By Rich Brome
    Google has updated its Maps app for iOS and Android with a new tab bar. The standard default view is now the "Explore" tab. A new "Commute" tab lets you specify your daily commute route and receive real-time traffic updates, travel times, and suggestions for…
  • Nokia 2.3 Offers 2-Day Battery for $129

    Feb 5, 2020, 4:34 pm By Rich Brome
    The newest entry-level Nokia Android phone from HMD Global is the Nokia 2.3, which contains a 4,000 mAh battery that HMD claims can last through two days of use. It also has a 6.2-inch, 19:9, HD screen with small notch, MediaTek Helio A22 processor, 2 GB of…
  • AT&T Lights up 5G for Consumers in 13 new Cities

    Feb 5, 2020, 2:43 pm By Rich Brome
    AT&T is launching sub-6 GHz 5G service for consumers in 13 new markets this week. In California, the new markets are Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Oxnard, and Modesto. In Massachusetts, Boston and Bedford are getting 5G this week. The remaining…
  • Nvidia GeForce Now Lets You Stream Your Own Steam Games to Your Android Phone

    Feb 4, 2020, 5:58 pm By Rich Brome
    Nvidia has officially launched its GeForce Now game-streaming service, after years in beta. Like Google Stadia, the service runs full PC games on cloud servers and streams the video to your local device, such as a laptop or Android phone. But whereas Stadia…