January 2014 SmartPhone Articles

Listed below are all of our news and reviews articles for January 2014. If you are looking for an article on a particular day or on a particular topic, you can use the menu on the right to narrow your search

SmartPhone Articles for January of 2014

Below are the 46 SmartPhone articles for January of 2014

Google and Motorola Drop the Moto X Down to $399, Customized and Off-Contract

Just after we reported on the Moto G dropping down to just $99 off-contract, Motorola has decided to bring the Moto X down to $399 - not shabby for a[...]

HTC Posts Quarterly Losses for the Ninth Time Running

Despite having some knockout successes recently (such as the incredible HTC One Max), the smartphone manufacturer just can't seem to catch a break.

Samsung Smart Home Details Unveiled

Samsung has announced Smart Home, which will let consumers use one platform to unite Smart TVs, home appliances, and mobile devices.

Look Out, AT&T: T-Mobile to Purchase $3B of 700MHz Spectrum From Verizon

In breaking news, T-Mobile has agreed to purchase more than $3 billion (USD) worth of spectrum from wireless rival Verizon in a bid to strengthen its nascent LTE network.

Hands on: New TREWGrip Adds QWERTY Keyboards to Any Mobile Device

Cincinnati-based TREWGrip showed off a new kind of mobile keyboard at CES this year, promising full-sized keyboard speed without ever needing to sit down.

Steelseries Stratus iOS Gamepad is the First Wireless iPhone Controller

Despite the fact that Apple announced new APIs for game controllers with the launch of iOS 7, the efforts to date have been rather mediocre. The new Stratus controller from[...]

LaCie Announces 1TB Fuel Drive with AirPlay Compatibility

LaCie has announced Fuel, an AirPlay-compatible device for Apple users complete with 1TB of wireless storage and a USB 3.0 port for fast file transfers.

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 Phablet Lets You Charge Other Devices From Internal Battery

Huawei's new large-screen Ascend Mate 2 Phablet features an innovate new design that lets you use its battery to power other devices in an emergency.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact: Awesome Android Might, Itty-Bitty Phone

Sony's new Xperia Z1 Compact gives you all the best hardware running on Android, without forcing you to buy cargo shorts just to carry it around.

Sony Brings Waterproof Xperia Z1S to T-Mobile LTE Starting Next Week

As part of the announcements at CES, Sony announced a new version of the Z1: the Z1S, replete with the waterproofing found on some of its other Xperia smartphones; it's[...]

ZTE Shows Off Grand S II Phablet With 5.5-Inch Screen, Voice Control

The new Grand S II from ZTE is a flagship phablet device with extensive voice controls, quad-core CPU, and 1080p display.

ASUS PadFone Mini Puts Intel and a 7-Inch Tablet Into One Compact Device

ASUS new PadFone Mini continues their convergence of the smartphone and tablet by letting users slot an Intel-powered 4-inch smartphone into a 7-inch tablet shell.

ASUS ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5, ZenFone 6 Bring Intel Power to Cheap Android Smartphones

ASUS has declared war on expensive smartphones by offering three new ZenFone models, all of which run Android, starting at just $100.

1080p ASUS PadFone X Coming to AT&T with Voice-Over-LTE, Front-Facing Speakers

HTC must have given ASUS a little inspiration - the new ASUS PadFone X, coming exclusively to AT&T later this year - will feature dual front-facing speakers, as well as[...]

Sony Goes After Cable with New Internet TV Service for the U.S.

At last year's CES, Intel announced a new Internet TV service that ultimately went nowhere. At this year's CES, Sony is announcing the same. Can they succeed where Intel has[...]

Sony’s Cloud Gaming ‘PlayStation Now’ Service Could Put Cutting Edge Games on Your Smartphone

Sony's acquisition of Gaikai is finally bearing fruit as the new PlayStation Now service will enter a closed beta later this month, with full rollout targeted for later this summer.

Jelly Combines a Search Engine with Social Networking

Jelly, a new social networking service, combines a search engine with a user's social network.

Razer Announces the Nabu Smartband with OLED Display

Razer enters the emerging wearable market with its Nabu smartband.

Intel Announces Edison, the SD Card-Sized Computer

Intel announced at CES 2014 in Las Vegas that it has developed a computer the size of an SD card, dubbed the Edison development board.

Hoyos Unveils ‘Password-Less’ Biometric Smartphone Security at CES

HoyosID will combine three types of biometrics, along with other security measures, for Web site access. Apps for iOS and Android are due by March.

LG’s New WebOS Smart TV: The Best Smart TV Yet?

The strange journey of webOS from smartphone to smart TV is nearing its end. LG took some time to showcase the new smart TV platform at CES this week, and[...]

Worldwide Device Sales to Grow 7.6 Percent in 2014, with Android Leading the Way

Android is projected to surpass 1 billion devices shipped as mobile computing vastly expands in 2014.

Xperia Z1s: Hands-on with Sony’s Waterproof Phone

Sony's Xperia Z1s makes some common-sense spec upgrades alongside creative camera changes. We go hands-on with the T-Mobile exclusive.

Pebble Announces Pebble Steel, A Classier Kind of Smartwatch

Pebble announced the Pebble Steel this week at CES, an attempt to take its smartwatch to another level.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Expected by April, May Include Eye Scanner Technology

Samsung's looking to incorporate a distinctive new design in its next-generation flagship handset, along with a sleeker, more powerful Gear successor.

Nokia Android Phone Interface Appears Online in Leaked Photos

Nokia's Android phone looks like Windows Phone and Asha had a baby - too bad it'll probably never see the light of day.

Switch to T-Mobile and Get $350 to Terminate Your Existing Contract

T-Mobile has announced that it will start paying early termination fees for customers if they switch over from A&T, Sprint, or Verizon.

CES 2014: Apps for Brushing Your Teeth, Finding Your Keys, Et Cetera

At CES 2014, there seemed to be a new "connected" iPhone or Android phone app for getting you through just about every aspect of your day, including driving to work[...]

CES 2014: Privacy Gets Attention in iPhone & Android Apps

With lots of smartphone users wanting to keep their locations and other personal data private, CES saw the launches of Marco Polo for iOS and SnoopWall for Android.

VIDEO: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review

Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 an impressive phablet? Check out our video review to find out.

VIDEO: LG G Flex Smartphone – CES 2014

At CES 2014, Brighthand was able to take a look at the LG G Flex Smartphone.

Vizio Portable Smart Audio: Awesome Android Sound

Bluetooth speakers that sync up with Android phones are a dime a dozen, but Vizio's new Portable Smart Audio boxes mash the whole operation together. We go hands-on.

Need a Refund for In-App Purchases on Your iPhone? Apple Owes You Money, Says FTC

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, has forced Apple to pay more than $32 million to reimburse customers - mostly parents - who were charged with in-app purchases in[...]

Using an iPhone to Pay at Starbucks? Think Twice.

In temporary log files, the Starbucks iPhone app has been storing user names, email addresses, location history, all unencrypted - information that shouldn't be there.

Motorola Knocks $75 Off of Moto X Wooden Backs: Clad Your Phone in Bamboo for $25

Motorola has brought the price of a customized Moto X down by another $75; making your smartphone classy has never been cheaper.

Apple Sold Over 50 Million iPhones Last Quarter

While many reported last year that iPhone sales perhaps weren't up to snuff, it looks like the public was just waiting for the new iPhone to arrive.

One of the Best Video Players, VLC, Gets iOS 7 Overhaul

Internet video darling VLC has gotten a substantial overhaul for Apple's latest-generation operating system, with a new look, new abilities, and improved cloud storage integration.

T-Mobile to Offer Subscribers a Checking Account, Debit Card, No Credit Check

T-Mobile's latest move to pull subscribers away from the other U.S. carriers is to become...a bank?

Qualcomm Buys Up HP Patents: Palm, iPAQ, and More

Qualcomm went on a patent spree recently as it snapped up the intellectual property of HP - remnants of the trendsetting Palm and iPAQ eras.

Want to Buy a Pair of Google Glass? Samsung’s Galaxy Glass May Be Compelling Alternative

Is Samsung going to introduce a Galaxy-branded competitor to Google Glass at IFA in Berlin?

Beats Music Review: Don’t Forget About Dre

Beats Music may be late to the music streaming game, but it's got more personality than its competitors from day one. Does Dr. Dre have another winner on his hands?[...]

BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 Released to Simplify and Enhance the Blackberry Experience

BlackBerry updated its latest OS with a number of small improvements, including a new swipe-to-answer phone interface as well as enabling FM radio tuners found in the Z30, Q10, and[...]

Spy Agencies Allegedly Exploit “Leaky Apps” for End Users’ Personal Data

Could popular apps such as Angry Birds or Facebook tell the NSA your age, friends, and whether you're straight or gay?

Lenovo Buying Motorola From Google to Enter U.S. Smartphone Market

In a stunning move, Lenovo is acquiring the Motorola smartphone division from Google in a deal reportedly worth between $2 and $3 billion.

Facebook Announces “Paper”, A Gorgeous New Way to Use Facebook

Facebook has just unveiled Paper, a beautiful new iPhone app that makes using the social network, well, a joy.

US Cellular Introduces $50 No Contract Plan with Unlimited Data

US Cellular has introduced the No Contract Unlimited Data Talk & Text plan featuring unlimited data for just $50 a month.