Acquisitions, new devices, and federal rulings – it’s a slam-packed version of our mobile breaking news you may have missed wrap-up! Considering all the potential news listed below, March could be even bigger, so make sure to catch up with everything before the month gets too far in. What do you think was the biggest mobile story in February?
1. Kill Switch
Could there be a federal “kill switch” coming to phones everywhere soon? After California enacted a bill to put such a thing into place, a federal bill followed suit. The idea is to prevent hacking and theft of smartphones, but some argue it would do exactly the opposite plus cause massive security issues with the government.
2. Facebook Buying WhatsApp
Pretty much everybody in the world saw the news about Facebook buying WhatsApp, even if it was just to gawk at the seemingly ridiculous $19 BILLION pricetag. But why exactly did they buy the company – what’s behind the acquisition? This blog should give you a better idea.
3. Time Warner and Comcast Join Forces
Another big acquisition story was Comcast snatching up Time Warner, giving Internet lovers everywhere the shivers what it might mean for their web speed. Are they actually in danger of becoming a monopoly, though?
4. Americans Loves Smartphones
Not exactly groundbreaking news, but the fact that 2/3 of the nation now have smartphones is a big deal. Nielsen reports that in 2013 the number jumped to 65%, up from 44% in 2011. That’s a huge hump in not that long of a time.
5. Gionee’s Super Thin Phone
Don’t want to be known as the company that has phones with the best battery, camera, signal strength, or other useful features? Gionee decided to make a phone with the thinnest case in the world, measuring at 5.5mm. They do claim the battery life is just as strong as its thicker brethren.
6. Galaxy S5
Android lovers have been waiting for the next Galaxy to arrive, and it’s almost here. So what do we have to look forward to? Besides being super fast, the two biggest differences are the water & dust resistance and the fingerprint scanner & heartrate monitor. Looks like another hit!
7. HTC One Coming March 25th
Another phone we’re excited about is the HTC follow-up to the One, codenamed M8 for now. The launch event is scheduled for late March. Some leaks have hit the web but no firm idea what we should expect.
8. Online Video Streaming Getting Throttled
Noticed your Youtube videos and Netflix have been a little sluggish lately? There’s probably a reason for that, and we’re now finally understanding what’s going on. Network fights over online video content are increasing and content providers are doing whatever it takes to win the competition – which may include squashing the content you receive.
9. Free Internet with Opera
Hey, we like free things! Opera launched a free version of its Web Pass platform with the only catch being you have to watch an ad before each session. If this takes off (and is profitable for them), we wouldn’t be surprised to see other companies giving this format a shot.
10. Scentee Released Worldwide
Finally! What’s Scentee you ask? Geez, where have you been? It’s only the best app/add-on ever: it allows you to “send” scents to your friends and family through your phone. There are plug-ins for coffee, rose, and many others. It’s completely ridiculous and now you can get one for your very own!