Sundar Pichai Confirms MVNO Ambitions and Android Pay, Was Wearing an Unreleased Device Earlier

Early this morning, Google’s Sundar Pichai sat down for a keynote address at Mobile World Congress to talk about a handful of new ideas that his company is working on. From Google Translate to Project Loon delivering LTE to Project Titan’s little planes taking over the skies, he touched on a bunch of interesting topics in an opening chat. He then transitioned into a Q&A session where he acknowledged the fact that Google is looking to enter the wireless game as an MVNO, and that Android Pay is a new API that is coming soon.

I can’t find a replay of the event, but The Verge has a transcription of the talk.  (more…)

Watch: Replay the Entire HTC One M9 Event

I think it’s safe to say that HTC didn’t have quite as good of a day yesterday as Samsung, but that doesn’t mean their new products aren’t worth familiarizing yourself with. After all, some of you probably won’t ever buy a Samsung device and instead prefer HTC’s metal and the silhouette of the One (M8), which is what the new One M9 looks like. Or maybe you are fascinated by their partnership with Under Armour or late entry into the VR world.

Whatever it is, you have a chance to relive the moments as they unfolded yesterday in Barcelona. The whole event was around 50 minutes, though, it felt much shorter and to-the-point than that. There isn’t a 60-second version, so you’ll need to either take an hour or do your best to jump to the good parts if you want to get through it in a hurry. (more…)

Watch: Replay the Entire Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Event or the 60-Second Version

Yesterday, was a bit wild. Yesterday, was also a Sunday, so there is a good chance that you missed a bunch of it. If so, don’t worry! Both Samsung and HTC have hosted their MWC press events for replaying. We’ll start first with Samsung’s, because it was pretty impressive. From the Galaxy S6 to the S6 Edge, both of which have been completely redesigned from the ground up, we got the feeling after they exited the stage that Samsung was officially back in the driver’s seat.  (more…)

Samsung and IKEA Partner to Intro Furniture With Built-In Wireless Charging

To go along with all of the excitement surrounding wireless charging from Samsung this morning with the Galaxy S6, the company announced a new partnership with IKEA, the famous Swedish furniture corporation. With this partnership, IKEA will focus on creating furniture that incorporates wireless charging built-in, allowing owners to simply toss their phone down and charge it.  (more…)

Samsung Announces New Gear VR, Compatible With Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

While unveiling the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung also announced a new Gear VR headset that is compatible with the new devices. Since the original Gear VR is only compatible with the Galaxy Note 4, this move only makes sense.

The new Gear VR brings a 15% reduction in size, making the device more comfortable to wear. In addition, “Ergonomically redesigned” straps give better weight balance, while mechanical ventilation supports an extended VR experience by users.  (more…)

FYI: Verizon’s HTC One M9, With Its Massive “Verizon 4G LTE” Logo, Won’t Launch Until Q2

If you are skipping Samsung’s two new amazing-looking phones to instead going with HTC’s new One M9, know that the phone won’t be available from Verizon until some time in Q2 of this year. HTC announced this morning that the new M9 would start shipping in March at select carriers and retailers. However, Big Red likely needs more time to test it…or something. Maybe it’s hanging out with the Nexus 6?

Oh, if you buy the One M9 on Verizon, you also get this awesomely large “Verizon 4G LTE” logo on the phone’s backside to look forward to.  (more…)