Stories by Matt Hamblen

Lessons from Nokia's bow to Android should resonate with smaller OS providers

Nokia's three new Android smartphones -- the X, X+ and XL -- could prove to be the biggest lesson for the smartphone industry at the 2014 Mobile World Congress.

Sony's $130 SmartBand to combine fitness, entertainment, life experiences

Sony made its mark in entertainment technology and is taking that tradition to wearables with its new SmartBand wrist-wearable device.

Sony launches two new Android smartphones and the Xperia Z2 tablet

Sony today announced a slim, light and waterproof Android-based Xperia Z2 tablet and two new Xperia smartphones at the launch of Mobile World Congress here.

Sony's $130 SmartBand to combine fitness, entertainment, life experiences

Sony has made its mark in entertainment technology and is now taking that tradition to wearables with its new SmartBand wrist-wearable device.

Sony launches two new Android smartphones and the Xperia Z2 tablet

Sony today announced a slim, light and waterproof Android-based Xperia Z2 tablet and two new Xperia smartphones at the launch of Mobile World Congress here.

Mozilla shows $25 Firefox OS-based smartphone running Spreadtrum chips

Mozilla and China-based chip maker Spreadtrum Sunday unveiled a chipset designed for $25 smartphones running the open source Firefox operating system.

Tizen, not Android, to run Samsung's next Gear smartwatch

Samsung will unveil its second-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch this week, this one running the open source Tizen operating system, not the Android software that runs the first-generation model, according to reports.

Verizon jumps into price war with 'More Everything' plan

Verizon Wireless jumped into a growing price war with other national carriers on Thursday by announcing a "More Everything" plan that doubles the data allowance for some customers, including small businesses.

Nokia Lumia Icon on sale Feb. 20 exclusively at Verizon

Verizon Wireless will sell the Nokia Lumia Icon smartphone starting Feb. 20 for $199.99 and a two-year contract.

Samsung hints at new UI for upcoming Galaxy S5

Samsung has dropped a hint that its coming Galaxy S5 smartphone will have an updated user interface, possibly featuring simpler, flatter icons.

Verizon reboots its home monitoring service

Two years after launching its smart home remote monitoring service amid fanfare, Verizon Communications stopped offering the service to new customers. It plans a reboot later this year.

Nokia plans forked Android smartphone for Barcelona unveiling

Nokia plans to announce an Android-based smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in two weeks, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Sony seeks mobile rebirth, starting with Core sensor used in wearable tech

Now that Sony plans to sell off its Vaio laptop business and convert its TV business into a subsidiary, the Japanese electronics giant appears poised to beef up its line of mobile products, including smartphones and tablets -- but especially wearable tech.

Starbucks hits $1B in mobile payment revenues in 2013, analysis says

Starbucks was able to generate a staggering $1 billion in revenue from smartphone transactions used at sales terminals in its stores in 2013 largely due to the fanatical loyalty of its customers, according to a recent estimate.

Mobile data traffic is expected to explode 11-fold by 2018

Networking experts are running out of superlatives to describe the coming tidal wave of mobile data traffic.

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