Stories by Matt Hamblen

Lenovo preps for smartphone growth with two new handsets

Lenovo could be the Android smartphone maker to watch, as it moves closer to finalizing its purchase of Motorola Mobility from Google by year's end and keeps pounding out new smartphone designs with cutting-edge technology.

Gear VR may thrill gamers, but value to Samsung and business is unclear

Samsung's announcement of the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge and especially the Gear VR virtual reality headset raised questions over whether the new devices can help correct the company's lackluster first half financials, which were partly blamed on slow Galaxy S 5 sales.

Sony refreshes Xperia line, adds Android Wear smartwatch

Sony Mobile today announced three new Xperia smartphones running Android ahead of the IFA trade show. It also unveiled an 8-in. Xperia tablet, its first Android Wear smartwatch and a second-generation SmartBand Voice wristband that supports voice commands and calls with a smartphone.

Lenovo launches its first Intel-powered Android tablet

Lenovo today announced its first 8-in., Intel-powered Android tablet, the Tab S8, which will go on sale later this month, starting at $199.

A bigger iPhone could push phablet explosion

Big smartphones with screens larger than 5.5-in. are growing so popular that they will make up nearly a third of the entire smartphone market in 2018, IDC said Thursday.

Wireless competition heats up, and so do changes in executive ranks

As competition heats up dramatically in the wireless industry, changes in the executive ranks are taking center stage.

California cell-phone ruling poses big BYOD challenge

A recent California appellate court ruling could hurt efforts to implement bring-your-own-device (BYOD) to work policies nationwide, analysts agreed Tuesday.

Round smartwatches arrive, but users still waiting for Apple to join fray

LG's new video teaser showing off a round-faced smartwatch to debut next week at the IFA show begs a central question: What do users want in a smartwatch?

What matters in the fall smartphone lineup: brand, display size, battery life, LTE

Given that at least five top-flight smartphones will be launched in September, would-be buyers will have plenty of choices.

Sprint drops second shoe: $60 unlimited voice, text, data plan

Sprint on Thursday announced a $60-per-month unlimited talk, text and data plan -- its second price cut in four days -- that's designed to undercut competitors.

Uber builds on being 'best' by linking its ride requests to other mobile apps

The Uber mobile app was already gaining popularity with smartphone users looking to find a ride in a big city, but now the app is on the verge of getting much bigger.

AT&T to get the M8 for Windows, too; it's not just Verizon

Less than a day after the HTC One (M8) for Windows went on sale "exclusively" on Verizon Wireless, AT&T also said it will carry the new smartphone, too.

Sprint's cut in data prices won't help its network woes

Sprint's new lower-priced shared data plan sounds ambitious, but analysts say it doesn't go far enough and won't address the carrier's network performance sore spot.

Why HTC put Windows on its M8 smartphone

HTC announced the HTC One (M8) smartphone for Windows todayl it's available exclusively at Verizon Wireless for $99 on a two-year contract.

Verizon is tops in network performance, reliability, speed in 2014 tests

Verizon Wireless beat out the other three national carriers for overall network performance, reliability and speed in the first half of 2014, according to an analysis by RootMetrics released Tuesday.