T-Mobile Launches Samsung Katalyst
Today T-Mobile announced the addition of the Samsung T739 Katalyst to its line-up of HotSpot @Home-capable phones. The Katalyst is a titanium-finished slider that has quad-band GSM/EDGE, Wi-Fi and stereo Bluetooth radios on board. It also has a 1.3 Megapixel camera, speaker-independent voice recognition, and users can store up to 2GB of media in the microSD slot. Customers can use the Katalyst to roam between cellular and Wi-Fi networks during voice calls. It will be available starting December 10 for $79.99 with new two-year agreement.
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LG Packs Google Assistant Into Its Smart ThinQ Speaker
LG today showed off a new smart speaker that will be available in early 2018. LG is calling the ThinQ Speaker its "first premium smart AI audio product" thanks to the addition of the Google Assistant.
T-Mobile and MetroPCS to Sell Samsung Galaxy On5
T-Mobile today said it and its prepaid brand MetroPCS will kick off sales of the Samsung Galaxy On5 later this month. The On5 is an inexpensive Android smartphone with a 5-inch 720p HD display, 5-megapixel main camera with LED flash, and 2-megapixel front camera.
Software Update Lets Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note8 Owners Disable Bixby Home Button
Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note8 smartphones can now modify the behavior of their handset's dedicated Bixby button. The hardware key, located on the left edge of the phone, automatically calls up Bixby Home with a short press or Bixby Voice with a long press.
Google Home Owners Can Now Make Free Calls
Google today enabled free voice calls from its Google Home speaker. Google Home is powered by the Google Assistant.
Motorola Kicks Out Fresh Stereo Speaker Mod for Moto Z Phones
Motorola recently added the Moto Stereo Speaker to its lineup of magnetic mods for the Moto Z series, such as the Z2 Force and Z2 Play. The Moto Stereo Speaker, available from Motorola's web site for $60, features two 28mm drivers, a fold-out kickstand, and support for speakerphone calls.
I've played with the phone....