May 2013 SmartPhone Articles

Listed below are all of our news and reviews articles for May 2013. 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 May of 2013

Below are the 123 SmartPhone articles for May of 2013

HTC M4 Image Leaks, Looks a Lot Like the One (UPDATED)

An image has surfaced of the rumored HTC M4, and though it's expected to be a mid-range device, its design takes a leaf out of the book of the high-end[...]

LG Optimus G Pro Coming to AT&T Starting May 10 for $200

LG officially announced from New York today that the Optimus G Pro is coming to AT&T on May 10 for $200 with a two-year contract.

Microsoft App Seeks to Lure Android Users to ‘Switch to Windows Phone’

Microsoft has released a new app aimed at enticing Android users to jump ship to Windows Phone. There is a catch, though.

FCC Listing Confirms Sony Xperia Z for T-Mobile

A recent FCC listing has revealed that the Sony Xperia Z flagship will be released in the US on T-Mobile's 4G LTE networks.

T-Mobile and MetroPCS Merger Finalized, T-Mobile US Brand Now on NYSE

The merger between T-Mobile and MetroPCS was finally realized today, with the new T-Mobile US brand hitting the New York Stock Exchange this morning.

Digg To Launch News Reader App in June, Facebook Sharing Planned

Digg has revealed intentions to roll out out a beta test of its upcoming "Google Reader replacement" news reader app in June. The app might or might not be free.[...]

Sprint Shutting Down iDEN Nextel National Network at the End of June

Sprint's plans to shut down its iDEN Nextel National Network are proceeding on schedule, with the shutdown taking place at the end of June.

Is HTC in Serious Trouble?

When all you make are smartphones, you stand or fall on that market. HTC is teetering.

HTC Announces HTC One Weekend with Up to $375 Trade Ins

Over the next few days, HTC will be hosting the HTC One weekend in which customers making the switch to the One will be offered at least $100 for their[...]

DoD to Approve Government Use of Samsung and Apple Devices, Bad News for BB

Government agencies will soon be allowed to use Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones as well as devices running Apple's iOS, dealing a crippling blow to BlackBerry.

Pelican Array Cameras Coming to Phones in 2014

Shortly after it was discovered that Nokia would be investing in Pelican Imaging's array cameras, Pelican has revealed that the cameras will be on phones as soon as 2014.

iOS 7 Expected to Launch on Time, Rumored to Feature Significant Redesign

Insider claims have debunked earlier reports that the Apple iOS 7 launch was going to be delayed, instead reaffirming its release alongside the iPhone 5S.

LG Teaming Up With Google for Another Nexus Smartphone

Recent reports suggest that LG and Google will be partnering up once again for another Nexus-branded smartphone.

FocusTwist App Review on DCR: Lytro Type Images for Only $2

FocusTwist allows users to create a light field image for a fraction of the cost of a Lytro camera. Read more on DCR.

WP Store Has 80% of Apple App Store’s Top 25 Paid and Free Apps

The app selection for the Windows Phone platform continues to grow, with the Store now offering 80% of the apps that are found in the Apple App Store's Top 25[...]

Specs and Images of Motorola’s X Phone Hit the Web

Two sets of images as well as a rumored set of specs for the highly-anticipated Motorola X Phone have leaked out, offering more info leading up to its possible reveal[...]

Apple Releases iOS 6.1.4 Update for iPhone 5

As Apple continues to ready its new iOS 7 mobile operating system, the company today released an update to iOS 6 for the iPhone 5.

Verizon Updates Galaxy Note 2 with ‘Jelly Bean’ & Other Improvements

Verizon Wireless has updated the Galaxy Note 2 with Android 4.1.2 ('Jelly Bean'), plus lots of other improvements.

Apple Files Patent for Curved Battery, Could Lead to Sleeker Devices

Apple files patent for curved battery design, could lead to smaller sleeker mobile devices.

A Dozen Android Browsers: Which Should You Choose?

If you own an Android phone or tablet, your choices aren't limited to the default browser. Here's a roundup of 12 alternatives, from big names to the lesser known.

Most Popular Smartphones: Readers’ Picks

Our latest list of top trending smartphones, based on reader popularity. Find out which devices are most interesting to our readers.

Galaxy Core Confirmed by Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy Core, the rumored low-end follow up to the Galaxy S IV, was officially revealed by the company earlier today.

Rumored Low-Cost iPhone May Launch in Limited Supply

Though it has yet to even be officially confirmed, inside sources are already saying that the rumored budget-priced iPhone will launch in limited supply.

Images of Unnamed LG Smartphone Leak

Images of an unknown LG smartphone were leaked on the @evleaks Twitter account recently, revealing a large device with a front that is devoid of physical keys.

BlackBerry R10 Specs Reportedly Not Much Lower Than Q10

Though it is expected to be a budget alternative to the BlackBerry Q10, supposed specs for the R10 have revealed that it won't be that much lower-end than its fellow[...]

Navitel Updates Navigator App for Windows Phone 7.5

Navitel has updated its Navigator app for Windows Phone 7.5 devices, adding a host of new features for GPS navigation.

Sony Xperia Z Now Selling in the U.S.

While Sony released the unlocked version of the Xperia ZL in the U.S. earlier this year, the company has now begun selling its premium cousin, the Xperia Z, stateside.

Nokia Lumia 928 Confirmed via Magazine Ad

The Nokia Lumia 928 for Verizon is now confirmed, thanks to a recent magazine spread and a teaser page on Nokia's website.

LG Optimus with 1080p Display and Snapdragon 800 Spotted on Sprint’s Website

A device with a similar design to the LG Optimus G Pro was spotted on Sprint's website. The handset appears to offer a few upgrades including a Snapdragon 800 processor.[...]

Mystery Ultra-Thin Huawei Phone Seen in the Wild

In-the-wild shots of an super-thin Huawei phone with the model number P6-U06 have shown up on a French website, possibly revealing the company's impending P series model.

Hulu Plus Now Available for Windows Phone 8

Hulu has released a Hulu Plus mobile app for streaming TV clips, shows and movies to Windows Phone 8 devices.

Facebook Updates Messenger App for iOS

Facebook has updated its Messenger app for iOS with new stickers, along with an easier way of deleting messages.

Samsung Rumored to Release Galaxy S4 Zoom with 16MP Camera

As more people rely on their smartphones as their cameras, Samsung is rumored to release a photo-centric version of the Galaxy S4 that will feature a 16-megapixel camera.

Samsung Galaxy S IV vs HTC One Head-to-Head

The Samsung Galaxy S IV and the HTC One have emerged as two of the best Android smartphones to be released this year. Which one reigns supreme?

TG: Fitness Gadgets to Fuel Next Personal and Work Life Convergence

Your employer could start tracking your fitness levels as a condition of employment. Find out why it's the next front in the personal/professional-life convergence.

Report: Display Production for iPhone 5S to Begin Next Month

Insider reports indicate that display production will begin next month for the Apple iPhone 5S, the launch of which has been supposedly pushed back to early fall.

Reports Indicate BlackBerry Q10 Supply Issues in UK, Canada

Reports have indicated that after the early commercial success of the BlackBerry Q10 in the UK and Canada, the handset is already facing some supply issues.

Apple and Samsung Account for 100% of Mobile Profits in Q1

Apple and Samsung accounted for an astounding 100 percent of Mobile profits in Q1, leaving smaller manufacturers behind to fight for the scraps.

T-Mobile Revenue Down Again in Q1 2013

For the second consecutive quarter, T-Mobile has reported a five percent drop in revenue in the first quarter of 2013.

Samsung GSIV Variants Given Release Windows

The three Galaxy S IV variants that Samsung is said to have in the works have been given release windows, with the first device expected to arrive in Europe as[...]

BlackBerry Q10 Could Outsell Z10

Early analysis is indicating that the QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry Q10, which has already gone on sale in the UK and Canada, could eventually outsell the Z10.

Windows Phone 7.8 Update Finally Comes to Nokia Lumia 900

After many months of waiting, Microsoft's promise to not leave the last generation of Windows Phones behind was fulfilled, with the Nokia Lumia 900 receiving an update to WP 7.8.

LG Holding Event May 30 to Debut Mystery Phone, Possibly Optimus G Pro II

LG has sent out invitations to a press event to showcase a new handset, which might be the Optimus G Pro II, on May 30 in Macau.

Huawei W1 Coming to the US via Walmart This Month

The Huawei W1 will be making its debut stateside later this month on in select Walmart stores and on the retailer's website.

Nokia Lumia 521 Priced and Dated

The T-Mobile exclusive Nokia Lumia 521 has been given release date and pricing information for the various outlets through which it will be offered.

Amazon Working on Smartphone with 3D Display, Says WSJ

According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, one of the smartphones that Amazon has in the works will feature a glasses-free 3D display.

iPhone 5S Image Leaks Lend Support to Upgraded Camera Rumors

iPhone 5S component images leaked on Thursday bolstering speculation that the iPhone 5S will sport an upgraded camera.

Google Supposedly Abandons X Phone Project, Hands Over the Reins to Motorola

Recent rumblings suggest that Google may have abandoned development of the X Phone, instead handing the project off to be developed solely by Motorola.

The LG Optimus G Pro is Now Available on AT&T

The 5.5-inch LG Optimus G Pro is now available in the US on AT&T's networks for $200 subsidized with a two-year contract.

Samsung Galaxy S IV Storage Issues to be Investigated by Watchdog

BBC consumer reports show Watchdog will be airing a segment next week on the discrepancies between the advertised storage on the Samsung Galaxy S IV and what users actually get.

Nokia Officially Announces the Nokia Lumia 928

After numerous leaks, Nokia officially announced the Nokia Lumia 928 today, set to release on May 16 exclusively on Verizon Wireless.

Mozilla Gives Away Free Phones to Spark Firefox OS App Development

If you have an app in mind for the new Firefox OS, you might be able to get a free Keon smartphone from Mozilla. You'd better hurry, though!

And the Survey Says: Consumers Prefer Larger Smartphone Displays

The people have spoken, and a recent survey indicates that consumers prefer larger smartphone displays, explaining why smartphones are only getting bigger.

Do the Carriers Care if Your Phone is Stolen?

Though some would have you believe that the situation is much bleaker, the fact is that there are plenty of ways to recover your phone if it's lost or stolen.

TG: Nike+ Sportwatch GPS Review

Our review of the Nike+ SportWatch GPS, Nike's answer to the GPS watches most runners are seen with these days.

Slow Growth for Windows Phone Store, only at 145,000 Apps

The app selection in the Windows Phone Store has seen a serious decline in growth since last year, featuring a mere 145,000 apps currently.

Nokia Teases Unannounced Smartphone UPDATE

Nokia teased a new unnamed device earlier today, which is rumored to be the Lumia 925 and is expected to be revealed at the company's event tomorrow.

Verizon Moves Up Samsung Galaxy S IV Launch to May 23

Verizon Wireless has moved up the release date of the Samsung Galaxy S IV a few days, from May 30 to May 23.

T-Mobile Raises Its iPhone 5 Price by $50

When T-Mobile introduced its version of the iPhone 5 last month it was asking $100 plus $20 a month for two years. The telecom has now bumped this up to[...]

Nokia Lumia 925 Windows Phone Headed for T-Mobile

At an event in London, Nokia has just taken the wraps off the Lumia 925, a new version of the Lumia 920. This upcoming Windows Phone will be the first[...]

BlackBerry Announces Q5: QWERTY BB10 Smartphone

At its BlackBerry Live keynote today, BlackBerry unveiled a new QWERTY handset, the Q5, designed specifically for emerging markets.

BBM Coming to iOS and Android

The popular BBM service will be making the jump to both iOS and Android this summer.

BlackBerry Q10 Heading to Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile

BlackBerry Q10 handset is finally making its way to the US this summer on Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

BlackBerry Live Keynote: Q5, BBM News, and More

Despite their need to convey the notion that they're alive and kicking, BlackBerry had some big news to share at its BlackBerry Live keynote.

BlackBerry Live: BlackBerry Q5 Hands-On Preview

The BlackBerry Q5 is meant to serve as a more affordable sibling to the Q10, but after some hands-on time at BlackBerry Live, the Q5 proved to be impressive in[...]

BlackBerry Updates Z10 Phones to BB OS 10.1 & Skype App

Thanks to a new firmware update, Z10 smartphone users can now get access to the cool new features in BB OS 10.1, plus a new Skype app for BlackBerries.

BlackBerry Live: Why Should Developers Target BlackBerry 10?

BlackBerry 10 is going to need a strong app selection if it's going to survive. So what does the platform bring to the table for developers?

HTC First Reportedly Going to Be Discontinued by AT&T

The HTC First is getting discontinued by AT&T after disappointing sales, according to an unconfirmed report.

BlackBerry Live: Still Confident in Enterprise Presence

BlackBerry's hold on the enterprise market is starting to slip, but the company is adamant that it can still hold on.

Google Reveals Samsung Galaxy S IV with Stock Android

Google announced during the the Google I/O keynote today that it will unshackle the Samsung Galaxy S IV and will be releasing a stock Android version of the device.

Google I/O: Google Previews Updated Maps App for Android & iOS

At Google I/O, Google gave a sneak peek at a big update to its maps app for Android and iOS, featuring a new directional view, traffic incident reports, and more.[...]

Google I/O: Google Launches Rumored Streaming Music Service

Google is entering a highly competitive field with "Google Play Music All Access," a new music service. If you sign up by June 30, you can get it for $7.99[...]

Google I/O: Game Services for Android, iOS & The Web

The new Google Play Game Services -- now available for a handful of Android games -- let you switch easily between a phone and a tablet, among other things.

BlackBerry Live: Delving into BlackBerry’s Design Choices

BlackBerry's Todd Wood and Don Lindsay offered some insight at BlackBerry Live about how the company's new hardware influenced the design of its OS and vice versa.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3: What Will It Look Like?

Rumors keep flying about the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which is expected to launch this fall. Will it have a build along the same lines as the Galaxy S[...]

Samsung Looks at Memory Fix for Galaxy S IV

After coming under fire for how much onboard storage is being taken up by preloaded software on its Galaxy S IV, Samsung is reportedly looking into a fix.

Content Providers Could Pay for Users Streaming Video to Their Apps

Content providers could be stuck with the bill of streaming video via applications.

LG Optimus G Pro Seen as Noteworthy Galaxy Note II Challenger

Consumer Reports notes the LG Optimus G Pro as a worthy competitor to Samsung's Galaxy Note II.

Jolla Reveals First Sailfish OS Smartphone

Jolla has announced the first handset to run Sailfish, the company's new mobile OS. The smartphone's unique design features a chip-embedded cover called the "OtherHalf."

New VoxDox App Converts Text to Audio on iOS & Android Devices

Root Applications has released a new app called VoxDox, for converting text files to audio on iOS and Android devices.

Nokia Reportedly Working on 41MP Lumia Smartphone

Leaks indicate that Nokia is developing a new Lumia smartphone that's equipped with a 41 megapixel camera.

HTC May Have Plans for Stock Android One After All

Despite earlier reports indicating otherwise, one HTC insider is claiming that, much like the Samsung Galaxy S IV, there is a stock Android version of the One in the works.

Photos and Video Leak of Ruggedized Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

The rumored ruggedized version of Samsung's flagship handset, the Galaxy S4 Active, has been spotted in leaked photos and a sneak peek video.

LG 5-inch Flexible Displays to Make Appearance at SID This Week

LG is set to show off its new handset with a flexible display at the Society for Information Displays trade show later this week.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mega Outed by App Update Notes

The update notes for the Samsung WatchON app appear to confirm the impending announcement of the super-sized Galaxy S4 Mega.

Samsung Galaxy S IV Features Coming Soon to Galaxy S III

A recent leak shows that many of the software features from the Galaxy S IV are headed to the Galaxy S III in a future update.

CDMA Version of Motorola X Phone Possibly in the Works

Though initial reports indicated that the Motorola X Phone would only be available on AT&T's networks, a recent leak points to a CDMA version of the phone for Verizon and[...]

The Beginner’s Guide to Firefox OS

Firefox OS is the newest mobile operating system on the map, so we've pulled together a primer with everything you need to know about Mozilla's offering.

Fingerprint Scanning Could be a Featured on Galaxy Phones Soon

Leaked firmware files have indicated that Samsung may be in the process of developing fingerprint scanning technology for its Galaxy line of smartphones.

Sprint Isn’t Done With BlackBerry in 2013, Says Exec

A Sprint exec has revealed that the carrier intends to release another BlackBerry 10 device before the end of the year.

Nokia Adds Sight Recognition to Here Maps for Windows Phone 8

Six months after promising to integrate sight recognition into its suite of Here apps, Nokia has finally done so in Here Maps for Windows Phone 8.

HTC Woes Continue as Executives Depart

Turmoil abounds at HTC, with a number of executives jumping ship one after another in just a matter of days.

FCC Test Report Confirms X Phone Release on Sprint This Year

An FCC filing has confirmed that, in addition to AT&T, the Motorola X Phone will be heading to Sprint later this year.

Samsung Galaxy S IV Now Available on Verizon Wireless

After a long wait, the highly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S IV is finally available to Verizon Wireless customers.

WeVideo Review: Video Editing on an Android Phone

WeVideo's app for Android is designed to let you edit and share videos from your smartphone. How well does the app really work, however? Read the full review.

Microsoft Updates YouTube App After Cease and Desist Order From Google

After Google took issue with the way its YouTube app for Windows Phone 8 blocked ads and let users download content, Microsoft has issued an update to the app.

HTC First UK Launch Cancelled

Facebook and HTC have decided to cancel the UK launch of the HTC First, adding to speculation that this may be the end for the handset.

Google Releases Chrome 27 for Android, with Full-Screen Viewing on Phones

Google's Chrome 27 browser for Android features a full-screen viewing option for smartphones, a tab history for tablets, and other new twists.

Low-Cost iPhone Production May Begin as Early as July

The consumer production of the rumored low-cost Apple iPhone may begin sometime in July, with field tests taking place as early as next month.

New 41MP Nokia Lumia Rumored for July Launch

New reports suggest that Nokia's rumored 41MP Lumia handset, codenamed EOS, is set to launch this July.

HTC May Announce One with Stock Android in Two Weeks

HTC's plans to release a version of the One with stock Android may become official in just two weeks, if reports are to be believed.

Samsung Galaxy S IV US Review: Great, but a Small Step Up

The Samsung Galaxy S IV may be a marginal upgrade from its predecessor, but is it still impressive enough to edge out the rest of the Android competition?

Nexus 5 Won’t be Made by LG, According to Company Exec

An LG executive has dismissed earlier rumors that the company is working on a follow-up device to its successful Nexus 4.

Samsung Galaxy Note III Supposedly Confirmed by Company Official

A Samsung official allegedly confirmed the development of the Galaxy Note III while discussing the device's camera features with a Korean website.

Samsung Press Event June 20, Galaxy S IV Mini Likely to be Revealed

Shortly after Samsung announced that it would be holding an event in London on June 20, an inside source spoke up saying that the Galaxy S IV Mini will be[...]

Official Claims Galaxy S IV Will Run Fastest on Verizon

Thanks to its Adavanced Wireless Services, the Samsung Galaxy S IV is expected to run faster on Verizon Wireless than on any other network.

Oggl Photo Sharing App for iOS Now Open to All, With New Features

Hipstamatic has ended the invite-only period for Oggl, also adding features such as Facebook integration to the new photo sharing and enhancement for iOS.

T-Mobile Confirms June 5 Launch of Q10, HTC One a Possibility

T-Mobile has confirmed that it will be launching the QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry Q10 on June 5, while reports suggest the carrier will launch the HTC One on that day, as well.

Smartphones to Topple Sales of Feature Phones in 2013

It looks like 2013 will continue to be a successful year for smartphone vendors, as a new report predicts that smartphones will retain their lead on feature phones this year.

BlackBerry Q10 Finds Success in France

France's second-largest wireless provider, SFR, has announced that the BlackBerry Q10 is outselling many of the other top handsets on its network.

Samsung Galaxy S III Gets Major Software Update

With the Galaxy S IV still barely out the door, Samsung is now updating the older Galaxy S III with a host of new features.

LG Optimus G Pro

The LG Optimus G Pro is a 5.5-inch, Android Jelly Bean (4.1.2) handset. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage (expandable[...]

Samsung Announces the Galaxy S IV Mini

After many rumors and much speculation, Samsung has officially announced its newest iteration of the Galaxy S IV, the Galaxy S IV Mini.

LG Optimus G Pro Review: King of the Phablets

The LG Optimus G Pro is a solid contender as far as Android smartphones are concerned. But as a phablet, it just might be the new champ.

BlackBerry Q10 Now Available for Pre-Order on Verizon

Verizon Wireless is now accepting pre-orders for the QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry Q10 and the device is expected to ship on June 6.

Patent Filing Points to Flexible, ‘Pressable’ Displays from Apple

A recent patent filing indicates that Apple is working on a type of flexible display technology that allows users to press down on the screen as a new form of[...]

HTC One with Stock Android Confirmed, Priced, and Dated

The HTC One with stock Android was confirmed at the All Things Digital conference this morning and will be available on June 26 for $600.

Rumored HTC T6 Leak Showcases 5.9-inch display and 2.3 GHz Processor

A recent leak from tipster @evleaks suggests that HTC could have another big Android handset in the works, codenamed T6.

US Mobile Gaming Revenues Hit $1.78 Billion in 2013

More than half of all US mobile users played games on their devices in 2013, pushing revenue to $1.78 billion.

Sony CEO Says Xperia Z Coming to a U.S. Carrier ‘Shortly’

Sony CEO Kaz Hirai announced at the AllThingsD D11 Conference yesterday that the company's flagship phone, the Xperia Z, will be coming to a U.S. carrier in the near future.

Apple Unveils New 16GB iPod Touch

Apple has unveiled a new 16GB iPod Touch with a Retina display, dual-core A5 processor, and no rear-facing camera for $230.

Image of Three Unannounced Phones Leaked, but Signs Point to Possible Hoax

An image has leaked on Twitter showing off unannounced phones from Nokia, Sony, and HTC, but insiders are saying the image is inaccurate.

Samsung Galaxy S IV Active Images Leak with AT&T Branding

Details about the Samsung Galaxy S IV variants continue to trickle out, with recently leaked photos indicating that the Galaxy S IV Active will be coming to AT&T.