The South Korean government has ruled that smartphone users must be allowed to remove Android bloatware pre-installed by carriers and handset makers.
Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning (MISP) said that these apps are an “inconvenience” to smartphone users, and it has given the likes of Samsung and LG until April to make changes to their software before the new rules are implemented.
Sony has today announced a new Wi-Fi only version of its Xperia Z Ultra that will go on sale in Japan later this week, priced at ¥51,800 ($495). By removing the device’s cellular radio, the Japanese company has transformed it from a super-sized smartphone into a compact tablet, but the rest of its internals remain untouched.
Back in April, the team at Mountain View officially announced that “in the coming months,” Google would be expanding its Fiber Internet connection to Provo, Utah, and today the first installations of the service are already under way.
Samsung has started rolling out a major over-the-air update for its Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Note 8.0. This upgrade bumps the 8-inch slates firmware version up to JDQ39.N5110UEFMI1, which brings a ton of new features, bug fixes and stability improvements.
Samsung has today unveiled Shape M7, a $400 wireless speaker that hopes to compete with the Sonos. It connects to your smartphone, tablet, or computer via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or NFC, and there’s a handy companion app that makes setup easy on Android and iOS devices.
AT&T has officially announced that it has now reached an agreement with international Wi-Fi operator, Fon, to share wireless hotspots between the two service providers for travellers both in the U.S. and overseas.
At an event in Berlin in just under two hours time, Sony will announce two attachable lenses that you’ll be able to stick onto the back of your smartphone to take better photos. They’re called the QX100 and the QX10, and you can see exactly what they’ll look like in the leaked press images above — and exactly how they’ll work in the leaked TV ad below.
Google hasn’t begun selling the new 4G LTE Nexus 7 yet — it hasn’t even confirmed when it will be selling it — but it appears Asus may have shipped some units accidentally in China. One man was delighted to find that the 32GB Wi-Fi only model he ordered was actually a 32GB 4G LTE model when he pulled it out of the box.
YouView, the latest digital television service to arrive in the U.K., has today announced that it is launching a new Android app. The app will be much like the iOS version, allowing you to control your YouView box from your smartphone, and it’ll hit Google Play in “the next couple of weeks.”