AT&T Lands Another Pantech QMD in the Vybe
Pantech today announced the Vybe, a quick messaging device that features both a touch screen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The Vybe, which is an update to the Ease, includes a 3.2-inch 400 x 240-pixel display with three customizable home screens. The Vybe can also be put into Easy Mode, which simplifies the home screens and menus for inexperience users. The Vybe uses a proprietary, Java-based operating system. The Vybe offers a 3-megapixel camera and can be launched quickly thanks to a dedicated button. The Vybe also includes shortcuts to social media apps, and a number of AT&T services, such as Drive Mode, Navigator, Address Book, Family Map, and myAT&T. Other hardware features include a 1230mAh battery, and support for HSPA data and Bluetooth. The Pantech Vybe will be available online and in stores beginning May 23. AT&T is asking $30 with a new two-year contract.
Cricket Launches Two Galaxy Amp Handsets from Samsung
Cricket Wireless today announced the Galaxy Amp Prime and Galaxy Amp 2 (pictured), two low-cost Android smartphones from Samsung. Both devices ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Samsung's software customizations, such as Quick Launch for the camera.
Huawei Watch 2 Packs in the Features
Huawei today announced the second generation of its Android Wear smartwatch. The new Huawei Watch 2 adds a number of features, including optional 4G LTE data, standalone GPS, continuous heart rate monitoring, NFC, Android Wear 2.0, and a special watch-only mode that can achieve up to 25 days of battery life.
Google's Pixel and Pixel XL Phones First to Include Google Assistant
Google today announced the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. These handsets supplant Google's Nexus line of smartphones and include Pixel-specific user interface elements and Google Assistant.
Kyocera 'Waves' Hello to T-Mobile and MetroPCS
Kyocera today announced the Hydro Wave, its newest Android handset for T-Mobile and MetroPCS. The Hydro Wave has an IP57 rating for protection against water/dust ingress and meets mil-spec 810G for resistance to abuse.
Samsung Finally Delivers Its First Tizen Phone
Samsung today announced the Z1, its first smartphone to run the Tizen platform. Tizen is Samsung's homegrown operating system and its arrival has been delayed a number of times over the last 18 months.
What happened, did someone just realize that these things had been sitting in the back of a warehouse for seven or eight years?