During last week’s CES, I had a chance to sit down with Motorola executives Steve Horowitz (SVP software engineering) and William Moss (director of corporate communications) to talk the year that was, what they took away from all that happened in 2013, their thoughts on wearables, and where we are headed in 2014. Our chat was a brief 30 minutes, but we managed to cruise through all sorts of topics including how they managed to update the Moto X to Kit Kat in under three weeks.
I think you’ll notice a theme quickly emerging throughout that most of you will all be fans of: Motorola wants to do more of the same, which means continuing to provide value and choice with a stock Android experience anchoring it all. While they wouldn’t give up their roadmap for 2014 (don’t worry I tried to get it), I think it’s safe to assume that we’ll see MotoMaker stick around, new choices of materials will be a part of the scheme, new features will be added onto their suite of Touchless Control and Active Display, and prices will remain as good as ever.
Let’s run through it. (Sorry for the delay, but man, do I have new love for professional transcribers.) (more…)
As you can imagine after coming under fire shortly after being announced, AT&T is defending its new Sponsored Data program, claiming that it does not violate the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said within hours of AT&T making it official that his organization would take a deep look at the program to make sure there are no reg flags being raised. Should they see something that would raise an eyebrow or two with companies paying for customers’ data, they are prepared to intervene. AT&T issued a statement in response through Jim Ciccioni, AT&T senior EVP of External and Legislative Affairs (holy title), and has said that they are “completely confident” that they comply and that the program is meant only to benefit customers. (more…)
If you didn’t believe that CES 2014 was the year of the car entertainment system, let me convince you. SwiftKey, one of the most popular third-party keyboard replacements for Androoid, will soon be coming to a car’s touchscreen near you. SwiftKey and Clarion have partnered together to bring their typing technology to cars this year. (more…)
Earlier this week, when AT&T announced that they are starting a new Sponsored Data program, a lot of eyebrows were raised. What at first sounded like an interesting new way for companies to get their content to consumers quickly came under fire from around the industry for the potential to be anti-competitive. The FCC has even taken notice, saying that they are ready to act if this Sponsored Data turns out bad. (more…)
Our time in Vegas for CES 2014 has come to a close, folks. Things were slow on the mobile front, as they have come to be during one of the biggest tech shows on the planet, but we still had a great time and managed to get our hands on a few things here and there. New trends were made clear, carriers went to battle, and the phone manufacturers we all care about continued to save their big announcements for their own events as to not share any spotlight.
In case you missed any of our coverage, we’ve compiled some of the highlights for you below. (more…)
We are finally finished with the T-Mobile UnCarrier 4.0 press event, so the news is already official. T-Mobile is indeed going to pay Early Termination Fees (ETF) for families who transfer service from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. Word of this move has been reported a number of times, including from us thanks to a reader who spotted an ad for the initiative last night. (more…)
HTC had very little presence at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, but at a small booth during on of the press events, they had one of the 18K Gold One devices on display, which we couldn’t keep our hands off of. The phone isn’t for sale at all, but it is currently valued at $2500. That’s just a wee bit over our budgets for a smartphone, but still, it is quite a sight to see. (more…)
For users of smartwatches, text input is usually handled completely by voice dictation, given that the screens are quite small and people’s fingers would have a hard time hitting the correct keys. In some cases, privacy is a concern, and you never know who could listening in on your conversation. For those people, Nuance announced Swype for smartwatches during CES this week in Las Vegas, allowing installers to use their fingers for text input, just like on a full-size smartphone. (more…)