Sprint Weighing iPhone 5, Motorola, and Tizen for 2013
Sprint today indicated that while most of its device plans for 2013 have been finalized, the company is still looking at several possibilities. First, it expects a new iPhone to debut at some point, but the Now Network isn't sure what role a new smartphone from Apple will play through 2013. Sprint also said that Motorola remains a question mark. Sprint spokesperson David Owens called Motorola a "straggler" and blamed its current state of limbo on Motorola's recent acquisition by Google. "Sprint is very interested in watching what happens with Motorola and Google over the next year," said Owens. "We're still waiting to see how it unfolds. What will Google do with Motorola? Now they're building out their roadmap. What does that look like for Sprint for 2013?" Last, Sprint indicated that it is eying the Linux-based platform from Samsung and Intel called Tizen. Sprint doesn't have solid plans to launch Tizen-based products, but its part of Sprint's roadmap moving into 2013. Sprint joined the Tizen Association earlier this year.
Synaptics Says A 'Top Five' Phone Company to Use Its Under-the-Glass Fingerprint Reader
Synaptics today said of the five largest phone manufacturers in the world has agreed to use its Clear ID FS9500 optical, in-display fingerprint sensor. The FS9500 can scan fingerprints through the full thickness of smartphone cover glass, which means device makers can create sleek, button-free designs and still include a fingerprint reader on the front.
Verizon Debuts In-Home LTE Extender, Pixel 2 Promo
Verizon Wireless today announced the Samsung 4G LTE Network Extender 2, a device meant to improve wireless coverage at your house or small business. Like many network extenders, the Samsung 4G LTE Network Extender 2 plugs into your home's wired broadband service.
Target Adds Mobile Payment Feature to its App
Target today made it possible for people to make in-store payments with their smartphones through the Target mobile app. Similar to Walmart’s offering, shoppers can link their debit cart to the new Wallet function within the Target app.
Google Launches Multi-Purpose File-Wrangling App
Google today released the final version of Files Go, its new file-management app for Android. The app serves multiple purposes: it includes a file browser, local file transfer tool, and a tool to help free up storage on your phone.
Sprint to Sell Motorola Moto E Across Its Prepaid Brands
Sprint today said it plans to sell the Motorola Moto E from Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, and Sprint Prepaid this month. The Moto E, which has a larger screen and supports LTE 4G, is available in white from Boost Mobile beginning today for $99.99.