Motorola will release a pair of new Moto X and Moto G phones in the U.S. and a third handset that it will limit to overseas sales, the Lenovo unit said Tuesday. The new $399 Moto X Style -- which will be marketed as the Moto X Pure Edition in the U.S. -- will run on any network and feature a 5.7-inch display. A revamped Moto G, Motorola's most popular phone, will cost $180.
Verizon Communications and HBO Now have signed a multiplatform deal that will allow the telecom to offer the streaming video service to more than 100 million digital customers, as well as to non-Verizon mobile device owners. Verizon will offer HBO on its mobile-first video service and to stand-alone broadband customers for $15 a month.
Qualcomm will be "some form of actor" in the inevitable consolidation in the chip industry, CEO Steve Mollenkopf told Bloomberg. "The timing ... is always the debate," he added. Also, Qualcomm said it has invented a way for phones equipped with metal rear cases to be charged wirelessly as long as they support the Rezence standard.
Wendy's Bluetooth-enabled mobile ordering application has been launched in Phoenix with a promotion offering a free Frosty to encourage use. The app activates Bluetooth when a customer places an order within range, and the food is prepared for the customer to pick up upon arrival.
LG Electronics shipped 14.1 million smartphones in its second quarter, 400,000 fewer units than the same period a year ago, the South Korean company reported today. The slump contributed to a 7.6% decline in revenues for the company. LG did report that North America revenues rose on solid sales of midrange phones and tablets.
T-Mobile US subscribers can stream Apple Music without worrying about it applying to their data limits under the carrier's Music Freedom offering. Also, T-Mobile said anyone who buys an iPhone 6 now can continue to pay the same $15 a month for the carrier's Jump on Demand plan.
Memory chips that run 1,000 faster than existing NAND flash memory will help power smartphones, tablets and other electronics, Intel and Micro proclaimed Tuesday, calling their "3D Xpoint" the biggest breakthrough in memory technology in more than 25 years. They said the chips will also have more endurance than current models and will store more data.
Samsung Electronics is expected to release the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, a bigger version of its flagship smartphone, at an Aug. 13 event at New York's Lincoln Center, per a report that notes the phone-maker has moved up its launch date to better compete with Apple's expected new iPhone. The report notes that Samsung could run the risk of cutting into sales of its popular series of large-screen Galaxy Note "phablets."
Engineers at Audi and BMW are working on customized tablets to help the automakers better compete with iPads and Android tablets that passengers may opt to use in their vehicles. The customized tablets will run Google Android and connect to the car's Wi-Fi and electronics and will be designed to safely withstand crashes, as well as extreme temperatures.
Verizon has delayed the launch of its mobile-first streaming video service until late summer to allow thousands of customers to test it to avoid the technical flaws that afflicted DISH Network's Sling TV when it debuted, the telecom said.