Back towards the start of this year, Lenovo announced that it would be acquiring Motorola Mobility from Google. Motorola Mobility, the phone and gadget arm of Motorola, would be sold to Lenovo for just under $3 billion. Motorola Mobility would come as the latest in a string of acquisitions for Lenovo, who in recent years has picked up IBM’s desktop and x86 server businesses, among other major purchases. This morning Lenovo sends word that the deal has closed, and the acquisition of Motorola is complete. The final value of the deal has been placed at $2.91 billion, notably just a fraction of the price that Google purchased the complete Motorola for back in 2012. With the closure of the deal and as part of the announcement...

Google IO 2014 Day 2 Recap Video

I just finished up another day at Google IO and wanted to share a few tidbits prior to getting this stuff down in text. I spend a little bit...

2 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/26/2014

Google IO 2014 Day 1 Recap Video

I just got back from a day at Moscone West listening to Google present updates on Android on nearly all screens. I recorded a brief video recapping some of...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/25/2014

HTC Commits to Android L For One (M7) and (M8)

In a rather surprising move, HTC is the first OEM to promise an update to Android L. HTC has stated that this policy is part of their HTC Advantage...

11 by Joshua Ho on 6/25/2014

Google Reveals Details About Android L at Google IO

Today at Google I/O many of Google's designers and engineers took to the stage to give the world a few previews of the new design and features that will...

22 by Brandon Chester on 6/25/2014

Microsoft Launches Nokia X2 Dual SIM Smartphone

Today Microsoft announced a second iteration of the Nokia X family of low end smartphones they first announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. The new device is...

14 by Brett Howse on 6/24/2014

Samsung Galaxy Tab S Review (10.5 & 8.4-inch)

Samsung’s tablet lineup can be confusing to follow. There’s the regular Galaxy Tab lineup which is on its 4th generation and is available in three different screen sizes (7...

96 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/24/2014

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review

I can't believe it's only been sixteen months since I published our review of the original Microsoft Surface Pro. It feels like longer but that's likely because Surface RT...

269 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/23/2014

Samsung Launches the Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A: First Snapdragon 805 Phone, First 20nm Modem

While this launch is Korea-only, Samsung recently announced a new version of their Galaxy S5 smartphone, dubbed the Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A. Naming aside, this makes this phone the...

40 by Joshua Ho on 6/19/2014

Manual Camera Controls in iOS 8

For the longest time, iOS had almost no camera controls at all. There would be a toggle for HDR, a toggle to switch to the front-facing camera, and a...

42 by Joshua Ho on 6/18/2014

Micromax Moves Forward With Windows Phone For India

At MWC this year, Microsoft announced it was partnering with several new companies to bring additional Windows Phone devices to market. At BUILD, they announced an additional two companies...

13 by Brett Howse on 6/16/2014

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S 10.5 & 8.4: Hands On with Samsung's 6.6mm Thin Tablets

I remember sitting in a briefing with Samsung last year when the company first started talking about translating its success in the Android smartphone space into the tablet market...

83 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/12/2014

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 Review: Incredible Battery Life & Value

The commoditization of the smartphone segment has been predicted for more than a while now. It's almost obvious in a way though, especially when one looks at the progression...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Joshua Ho on 6/12/2014

Google Announces Project Tango Tablet Dev Kit with Tegra K1 and 3D Capture/Tracking

Google recently announced their new Project Tango Development Kit, a 7" tablet with a unique twist. At present this is a device for developers, scientists, and other research-oriented groups...

33 by Jarred Walton on 6/5/2014

Best Smartphones: Spring 2014

The major product launches for this spring are now behind us. This gives us the opportunity to evaluate the current smartphone market and identify the best smartphones in that...

46 by Brett Howse on 6/5/2014

Liveblogging with the Surface Pro 3

While we don’t have the full Surface Pro 3 review up yet, I’d figure that it’s worth posting some thoughts on it. For those that didn’t follow our WWDC...

35 by Joshua Ho on 6/4/2014

HTC Hits a Lower Price with the One (E8)

Today, HTC announced the HTC One (E8), a phone that is effectively aimed at providing the One (M8) spec at a lower price point. While the phone doesn’t keep...

20 by Joshua Ho on 6/3/2014

Computex 2014: More Intel Tablets, the Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8

More releases of Intel based tablets this week at Computex, this time from Dell launching its updated Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 models. The Venue 7 features...

5 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2014

Smartphone Audio Testing - HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5

Since our initial testing of smartphone audio, I’ve had a lot more time to play with the APx582 from Audio Precision. I’ve also received far more feedback than I...

78 by Chris Heinonen on 6/2/2014

Computex 2014: All new Intel Atom based Fonepad 8, MeMO Pad 7, MeMO Pad 8

Alongside the smartphone element inside the Transformer Book V announced today, it would seem that the Silvermont-based Intel Atom series is pushing more in to the mass market via...

15 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2014

Computex 2014: Transformer Book T300 Chi from ASUS

In the myriad of eight announcements from ASUS in the space of 45 minutes at their press conference, one of the new products is the Transformer Book T300 Chi...

17 by Ian Cutress on 6/2/2014

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