Mobile Breaking News You May Have Missed, March 2014

What You Might Have Missed in Mobile This Month

 

Giant acquisitions, new products, captivating surveys – it’s an action packed mobile breaking news this month! Of course the Oculus is arguably the biggest story, but there are plenty of other stories to cover, so let’s get started. Here’s all the mobile news you might’ve missed in March.

1. Oculus and Facebook

Easily the biggest news of the month: Facebook acquires Oculus for $2 billion (with a b!) dollars. While it could be a unique direction to take the social media giant, initial investors who funded the project on Kickstarter were not exactly thrilled.

2. HTC One

The HTC One hit the market, but the biggest draw of the One M8 is its unique duo camera setup. It’s also got a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor & 2GB of RAM.

3. Xiaomi’s next-gen

Will Xiaomi be the next big thing in mobile worldwide? The follow-up to its landmark Redmi, the budget phone with lots of power behind it, might just show why that could be the case.

4. Millenials Giving Away Info

Think the old folks are the ones getting duped on the phone? Turns out it’s millennials who are willingly giving away their cell phone number with marketers, as well as their address, social media profile (by a long shot), and credit scores!

5. Blackphone is the Future of Mobile Security

If you’re concerned with spying eyes seeing all your mobile phone activity, then the Blackphone and its friends may be the way to go. In fact, are these secure phones the wave of the future?

6. SMS Dying in Ireland

Interesting story out of Ireland – SMS is dying. There are just too many alternate messaging options for mobile users and they don’t see a reason to use texting. Could other countries follow suit?

7. Windows Phone Winning

Over Blackberry, that is. Apple and Samsung are still way ahead, but Windows Phone is gaining ground over the increasingly unfortunate former mobile giant.

8. Knock Code

LG, G2, and G Flex phones are getting the fancy new Knock Code “wake and unlock” feature. Similar to the pattern unlock, it lets you unlock the phone by “knocking” on a pattern. It might seem silly, but it could be a fast way to let users everywhere open phones quickly.

9. Verizon Lets You Buy Rollover Data

Rather than buy rollover minutes, now Verizon lets you purchase data in much the same way. Strange, sure, but it could be a good way to go if you’re not particularly tied to your plan, just want to check them out, or otherwise afraid of commitment.

10. Apple Patents Smudge-Resistant Coating

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to use your phone without wiping it down every day? Seems you may be able to do that soon with Apple products, at least according to a recent patent. The smudge-resistant coating would be on sapphire glass using oleophobic coating.

Did we miss  anything? Share your mobile news in the comments!

Mobile Breaking News You May Have Missed, December 2013

What You Might Have Missed in Mobile This Month

Time for the last mobile stories wrap-up of 2013! It’s been a crazy year for mobile, and December was no different. In fact, a lot of the stories are about how great mobile has been for businesses and consumers alike. Also, there a lot of “what’s coming around the corner” stories that show what 2014 might look like.

1. Windows 9

Could the next edition of Windows be around the corner? Windows 8 didn’t exactly win over the hearts and minds of new customers or old fans, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if Microsoft hurried the next version out.

2. Blackberry has another bad month

While there were several stories of Blackberry not exactly having a great final month of 2013 (abysmal Christmas sales, for one), a story from the beginning of December captured just how bad things have gotten. They literally wrote two letters to their customers to remind them they are “very much alive.” Ouch!

3. Cyber Monday Sales

The numbers for Cyber Monday came in shortly after the event, and it’s not entirely a surprise that 2013’s edition was another blockbuster. Sales were way up and it seems that mobile played a huge part in helping to break records.

4. Phablets Big in 2014?

Bob O’Donnell, founder of Technalysis Research, seems to think the phablet will overtake traditional small tablets in the new year. Considering they’re a huge hit over a growing number of countries, especially South Korea, it’s not a far-fetched idea.

5. New Features Coming to Galaxy S5

While the S5 didn’t perform as expected, some new features coming out may change that. The quad HD display is ok, but reports of an eye scanner for extra security adds a much more interesting wrinkle.

6. Real Live Buttons

Remember phones that had actual buttons you could press for Menu, Back and the like? Those were the days. Well you can now relive them with the low-end Galaxy Core Advance.

7. Amazon Acquires Gopago

Amazon quietly made another acquisition in December: Gopago, an app that allows customers to pre-pay for goods before picking them up at the store. Not only that, but could this be part of Amazon’s secret “ambitious” new project?

8. Thanksgiving Apps

Thanksgiving sales were up this year, partially due to mobile – and it also turns out Americans also opened more apps than ever before. Over 1.3 billion were opened, a more than 2/3 jump over 2012.

9. Lumia 1320 Lands in China First

Showing the growing Chinese market for companies, Nokia has decided to release the Lumia 1320 in China first. The budget phone will soon also land in Hong Kong, Singapore, and other countries, yet no word about the US yet.

10. Smartphones in 2014

The smartphone war is just going to pick up like crazy in 2014. So what should smartphone companies focus on if they hope to make any ground on competitors? In short: playing with the accepted shape, form, and design.

Did we miss any big news from December? Let us know in the comments!

Mobile Breaking News You May Have Missed, November 2013

What You Might Have Missed in Mobile This Month

What a crazy month! Some companies are doing well (Apple) while some are pretty much toast (Blackberry). Some companies are suing (Microsoft) while others are getting sued (um…Microsoft). We’ve got Terminators, Wi-Fi turning into electricity, and execs actually admitting faults – clearly, November has been a riotous one.

1. Become a Google Glass Explorer

Well, it’s that time – time to get in (virtual) line to become a Google Glass Explorer! Sign up and as soon as a spot is available (and you have a cool $1,500 extra for the entry fee) you’re welcome to step into the future. Just remember: try not to drive with them just yet.

2. LG G Flex is Basically a Terminator

Uh oh, you just got a nasty scratch on your smartphone. It’s done for, right? Well, not if you have the G Flex, as it’s pretty much the T-1000 from Terminator 2 and can heal itself. It doesn’t work perfectly, as detailed in the blog post, but it’s still a really cool feature that will hopefully improve.

3. More Lawsuits

The patent wars continue – this time with Microsoft suing Acacia over broken contracts and patent infringement. The lawsuit is actually a countersuit from Microsoft after they were sued by Acacia subsidiaries back in October…ugh, I have a headache. We’ll just wait and see.

4. Wi-Fi Signals Turned Into Electricity

You live in the future and you’re tired of your battery in your smartphone dying all the time. Actually, wait, you’re not, because your battery doesn’t die anymore since the tech for turning wi-fi signals into electricity was developed way back in 2013! You laugh, get in your teleporting space car, and go to work inside of a black hole or something.

5. Verizon Admits a Problem

Somewhat surprising for a wireless carrier company, Verizon acknowledged their customer complaints that signals are weak in bigger cities due to capacity constraints. They’ve invested $500 million in infrastructure, so at least they’re taking strides to fix it.

6. Coin Doing Well

Have you heard of Coin? If not, you will; it’s a Bluetooth enabled swipeable that allows you to store multiple cards (credit, debit, loyalty, etc) so there’s no more searching through your wallet. They’ve recently boosted availability and added new security features. Wouldn’t be surprised if this is a really big deal in 2014.

7. Apple Stores to Offer 5S & 5C Screens

If you have an iPhone 5S or 5C you know that small problems could mean a totally new phone for you since repairs weren’t “ready” yet at stores. That’s all set to change, including repairs like replacing screens.

8. Apple Leads, Samsung Nibbling at their Heels

With two new iPhone models out on the market, Apple has a large chunk of the US mobile market this month at just over 40%. However, Samsung was no slouch, gaining almost 25% stake in US mobile devices. The numbers after the holidays should be really interesting.

9. U-Verse Dropping Xbox 360 Support

Do you use your Xbox 360 to watch cable through U-Verse? Not anymore you don’t, at least at the beginning of the year. As of January 1st the feature will be gone and you’ll be forced to get a conventional box.

10. Get a Z10 for a Song and a Smile

If you were waiting for the price to drop even more on the Z10, your wait is over. If you wait any longer, Blackberry will have to start paying you to take it off their hands. That’s because the Z10 is free on Verizon and 49 cents on AT&T. Not sure which is worse, actually.

Did we miss any big news from October? Let us know in the comments!

Mobile Breaking News You May Have Missed, September 2013

What You Might Have Missed in Mobile This Month

This month was all about the rise and fall of business. While some companies thrived, others plummeted to Earth, and some went beyond that, shutting down certain operations for good. There were also plenty of reveals and wacky off the wall news that it almost felt longer than just one month! Here are the top ten stories, in no certain order.

1. Apple Breaks Record

No huge shock here, as the 5S and 5C sold a combined 9 million during the first weekend of sales. While difficult to compare, the iPhone 5 sold 5 million last year and the 4S sold 4 million in 2011. This record breaking weekend happened in spite of:

2. iOS 7 is Meh

iOS 7 finally came out, but unfortunately to a resounding “ugh.” Many feel it changes too much and makes the iPhone essentially an Android clone. However, there’s plenty good to be found in the update.

3. Smartphones Everywhere

Who could’ve seen this coming? While Google Glass and other face-wearable tech get big, the next really big trend seems to be the smartwatch. Several companies announced their own versions this month, including Samsung and Qualcomm.

4. Surface 2…Surfaces

Although the original Surface didn’t exactly fly off the shelves, Microsoft is giving the tablet a sequel anyway – the Surface 2, as well as the Surface 2 Pro. Will this version get them in the running or just fade away like the first one did?

5. Panasonic Bows Out

They never really made a huge dent in the smartphone market, but it’s still sad to see a competitor go down. That’s exactly what Panasonic has done, though, saying they plan on reallocating its resources elsewhere.

6. Nokia Sold to Microsoft

Another company going through a major change is Nokia, which was acquired by Microsoft this month. What will the next phase of the company look like? Will Nokia’s fans hop over to Microsoft with them? Only time will tell…

7. Facebook Lets You Edit Posts

It only took a million years, but you can now edit Facebook posts on the web and on your Android device. Apple? Not so much, at least not yet. No word what the first “gain a hundred likes then totally change the post to make it seem like friends and family are weird” prank will be.

8. iPhone Screens Grow

Not content to stand still, Apple continues to test what exactly their fans will like in the iPhone, especially when it comes to screen size. Word is they’ve tested screens ranging from 4.8 to 6 inches, blurring the lines between what a smartphone/tablet/phablet really is.

9. Spectrum Changes Hands

AT&T paid Verizon $1.9 billion for 39 licenses, a huge chunk of spectrum Verizon was not using. AT&T hopes to use it for their 4G LTE network covering about half the country. Verizon actually received a good chunk of AWS spectrum blanketing the western states.

10. Blackberry Loses a Ton of Money

For a while there it was really looking like Blackberry was going to pull off the impossible – a giant comeback from a company many had counted out. Unfortunately the Z10 came out and tanked, and in three months’ time BB had lost around a billion dollars. Now, their future is in jeopardy once again. Is it time for the former giant to give up the ghost?

Did we miss any big news from September? Let us know in the comments!

Mobile Breaking News You May Have Missed, August 2013

What You Might Have Missed in Mobile This Month

It was a fairly low-key month for mobile, especially after last month’s leak-a-thon. Still, there was still a lot to talk about, including patent bannings, some release dates, and even some wacky news like flip phones becoming a thing that people buy (what year is it?). Let’s get started on all things mobile!

1. iPhone 5S in September

While there was plenty of back and forth about the various new iPhones, one thing looks certain: the 5S is coming in September, possibly on the 20th. Or it’ll be in October. Either way, soon!

2. New Zealand Bans Software Patents

Perhaps in response to all the bickering between companies the past few years, New Zealand has banned software patents. They hope this will spur innovation so companies don’t have to worry about getting buried under legal tape every time they make something new.

3. Smartphones Beat Dumbphones

For the first time ever, smartphones overtook “dumbphones” globally. It’s been a point coming for some time now, but the tipping point was finally reached. Growth came in all regions, but was strongest in Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

4. Android Device Manager

Android announced and released Android Device Manager for their devices which helps you recover lost tablets and phones. The Manager lets your device ring whether it’s on silence or not, and if it’s out of earshot you can see it on a map. Hopefully next up: installing this on your keys!

5. Blackberry 10.2 Simulator Arrives

The next version of Blackberry Simulator has hit and includes 3D views, camera support, and 4.2 Jelly Bean. The company also claims it will work with “any USB compatible Bluetooth dongle.”

6. Flip Phones are In Again

Samsung is betting that everyone woefully misses the flip-phone as it unveils the Galaxy Golden. It’s a flipper with 4.2 Jelly Bean and contains two back to back 3.7 inch screens, meaning you can see the screen open and closed. No word if it comes with Backstreet Boys and Goo Goo Dolls songs pre-installed.

7. Leak Shows Z30

Blackberry’s first phablet is coming, and another leak gives us a better idea what it will look like. It’s the largest BB to ever be released and features 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel rear camera, 16GB of internal storage, and much more. Could it be the turnaround the company needs?

8. Telepathy Raises a Ton of Money

Google Glass competitors are constantly coming out of the woodwork, and yet another has announced they’ve raised funds to get started. Japanese company Telepathy raised $5 million to make its own wearable tech to compete with Google. Who will come out on top?

9. T-Mobile Doing Well

T-Mobile is experiencing some happy days after its Uncarrier event revealed simpler programs and plans. Also helping: selling lots of phone as well as plugging up the hole that was bleeding repeat customers.

10. Youtube Update

Youtube for Android has always been halfway useful, but a new update released in August might get more users to click on it regularly. It’s one of the biggest updates they’ve ever gotten, including brand new interface, in-app multitasking, playlist searching, and much more.

Did we miss any big news from August? Let us know in the comments!

Mobile Breaking News You May Have Missed, July 2013

What You Might Have Missed in Mobile This Month

It seems like the last few months have been pretty reveal-heavy, and this month is no different. Chromecast coming out of absolute nowhere, the iWatch moving ahead, we revealed the Google Glass OS. Who knows what will be on the horizon for August? Until then, catch up on all the mobile news you missed this month!

1. Android Winning App War

Well, maybe more of a battle, as the war will likely never end. Still, Android taking the top spot over Apple on number of app downloads is a big deal. Note though that Apple still make more money off their apps, so who really won?

2. Apple Moves on iWatch

Think the smartwatch thing was some far off fantasy or a weird fad? Not if Apple has anything to say about it. They filed a patent and are now actively hiring people to get the smartwatch project moving.

3. Nexus 7 Hands-On

If you were wondering if Google had dropped the ball with the Nexus 7, this glowing review should calm your nerves! Highlights: the high resolution display and narrower form factor.

4. iPhone 5S Coming September

While there aren’t tons of details about the iPhone 5S, we do know the release date has been set for late September. Well, until the date changes that is.

5. CERN Creates Cloud

After destroying the universe with the Large Hadron Collider (that happened, right?), CERN is now working with Rackspace to create a giant cloud. Hopefully it won’t collapse the Earth like the LHC did!

6. Android 4.3 Details

Jelly Bean 4.3 is coming soon, and we ‘ve learned a little bit about it due to a leak. It comes with some pretty helpful changes to the dialing system as well as updates to the camera. Nothing groundbreaking, but every update counts right?

7. Chromecast Comes Out of Nowhere

Google revealed their latest little gadget this month, the Chromecast. It’s a little dongle that allows users to stream videos from a phone or tablet to their TV through Chrome. It came seemingly out of nowhere and only costs $35!

8. HTC Woes

The HTC One is selling well, but the company itself is feeling the pinch. They went from $2.4 billion revenue to $1.67 billion with an operating profit of basically $0. Worse, next quarter could be even worse…but due the HTC One’s strong sales, things could turn around fairly quickly.

9. SIM Card Hacking

Want to get into someone else’s phone? Turns out it’s fairly easy for some as you can get into them with a couple of simple text messages! Worse, it affects about 750 million SIM cards and may not be fixable. 

10. Google Glass OS

Now for a scoop of our own! In early June we got a surprise – we got our first instance of a Google Glass device detected at Handset Detection! This allowed us to take a tiny peek at it, and we found out the device is running an Android 4.0.4 OS.

Did we miss any big news from June? Let us know in the comments!

Mobile Breaking News You May Have Missed, June 2013

What You Might Have Missed in Mobile This Month

While we like to read every single mobile/techie news item out there every day, we realize not everyone has the time for that. You just want the heavy hitting stories – the ones that will affect you the most! At the end of the month, we like to wrap up all the really big stories so you know what you missed and can stay current. Here are the ones from June – which story was the most surprising to you this month?

1. Microsoft Surface – Dead?

There was a lot of buzz, early sales looked ok, then it dropped off from bad word of mouth, and now…is the Microsoft Surface officially dead?

2. FTC Wants Obvious Ads

Ever clicked on an ad mistakenly thinking it was the link you wanted? That era may be coming to an end now that the FTC wants ads and legit links to be even more obviously different.

3. Blackberry Q10

If Blackberry wants their turnaround to be successful it may rely heavily on the Q10. There’s been a lot of interest in the phone and it’s been selling well – but can it hold?

4. Top Advertisers Use Mobile

Want to be the cream of the crop? If you’re not using mobile to advertise, your chances appear to be slim – almost every top advertiser in the US uses mobile in some fashion. There’s really no denying it’s the way the industry is moving.

5. HTC One Mini

The HTC One is experiencing a lot of success, so to capitalize HTC is releasing the One Mini, basically a smaller version of the One. If you want all the power of the One in a version that will fit better in your pocket, your time is coming!

6. iOS 7 Released

Apple is gearing up to release their next operating system in the fall with beta releases coming out regularly. Early reviews have been mixed but it looks like they’re learning from the beta tests and improving on issues.

7. S4 On Top

It’s still a heated race between the Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5, but when the numbers came back in May the S4 took the top spot. Will the results for June be the same or will a new contender come out on top?

8. Instagram Video

With Vine being such a success with Twitter users others were sure to follow. Sure enough, Instagram followed up – but it may have been too much too soon.

9. Cheap iPhone Not Cheap

Just because the new iPhone won’t cost all that much doesn’t mean it will be a piece of junk! One of the firms tasked with assembling the phone reports it’s very much a real phone guaranteed to last a long time.

10. 60% of Americans Own Smartphones

For the first time ever the majority of Americans own smartphones, reports the Pew Research Center. 56% 18 and older own them, up from 46% just over a year ago. What will the numbers look like next year?

Did we miss any big news from June? Let us know in the comments!

Mobile Breaking News You May Have Missed, May 2013

What You Might Have Missed in Mobile This Month

Once in a while a blog or media outlet will post a little blurb about this newfangled “mobile technology” stuff. We kid! There are hundreds of important, interesting, fun and just plain cool mobile stories out there every day. Since mobile is our wheelhouse at Handset Detection, we thought we’d make it a point to round up the ones you don’t want to miss.

1. Smell-O-Vision Coming to Smartphones

Easily the most important news item from the month – Scentee allows you to send scents along with your word texts. Spritz a little love in someone’s face as you tell them “OMG ILY LOL.”

2. Smartphones Outsell Feature Phones

For the first time in phone history, smartphones have outsold “feature” basic phones. Smartphone sales were at almost 1 billion while feature phones were at just under 900 million. Unless something drastic happens don’t expect a turnaround of this trend.

3. More Mobile Phones than Clean Toilets

In another strange tidbit of phone news, there are now more mobile phones than clean toilets in the world. You would think they would go hand in hand considering phones were pretty much made for the bathroom.

4. Unbreakable Screens

Tired of always smashing the screen on your phone or tablet? LG may have a solution for you, Mr. or Ms. Hulk, as they previewed their “unbreakable” bendy screen this month. Could this be the screen of the future or is it just a gimmick?

5. Facebook Phone Fails

If you loved the idea of the Facebook Phone – well, you were the only one, as the HTC First on AT&T was quickly discontinued after disappointing sales in May. Even when it went on sale for $1 nobody was interested. Harsh!

6. Galaxy S4 Mini

Samsung announced this month the S4 Mini was coming, featuring a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1.5GB RAM, and 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.9 megapixel front camera. Look for this version of the Galaxy sometime in June.

7. More Lawsuit Stuff

Speaking of the S4, Apple has added the line to their continued lawsuit claiming infringement on the Siri technology. Will this ever end? Final arguments are scheduled for November, but we’ll believe it when we see it!

8. Windows Phone Now Third

While Android and iOS fight each other for 1st and 2nd, 3rd place in the smartphone market is hotly contested as well. Windows Phone took over from Blackberry this month, but will that change in the future?

9. Moto X

There have been rumors for months about a mysterious Motorola phone project, and in late May the company finally came forward and acknowledged them. The Moto X is a real phone and while details are light it will be produced in the United States.

10. New Apple Patent

We’ve seen some pretty cool Apple patents over the past year, and this one is no different: invisible buttons and slider! This tech will make these features non-existent and blend into the background until you need them to appear, meaning more of the screen can be used for other things.

Did we miss any big news from March? Let us know in the comments!

Mobile Breaking News You May Have Missed, April 2013

What You Might Have Missed in Mobile This Month

Once in a while a blog or media outlet will post a little blurb about this newfangled “mobile technology” stuff. We kid! There are hundreds of important, interesting, fun and just plain cool mobile stories out there every day. Since mobile is our wheelhouse at Handset Detection, we thought we’d make it a point to round up the ones you don’t want to miss.

1. Austin the Next Fiber City

After the successful rollout of Google Fiber in Kansas City, it was only a matter of time before the next city was announced. Let’s see how Austin does!

2. Apparently Teens Love Phones

This will probably come as a shock, but teens love smartphones! Reports say 91% of teenagers will buy a smartphone for their next phone, up from 86% last spring. 62% of those say they will buy an iPhone, showing Apple’s stranglehold on the young.

3. S4 in May

Coming this May (possibly as you read this) – the S4 on Verizon! Finally! For whatever reason, Verizon took their sweet time bringing the new Galaxy phone to its customers. Better late than never, I guess?

4. Google Now

Do you use Google Now on your Android device? Get ready to enjoy it on Google.com as well! It may even be an alternative to iGoogle so expect some big changes in the future if it does well.

5. Google Glass Specs

“Specs” for Google Glass? Get it? Ah, well. Here are some of the numbers behind the potentially revolutionary Google project – will you pick one up?

6. Glass NYT App

Speaking of Google Glass, want to get a little preview of what to expect? The New York Times has already launched its app, and you can take a look at how it will work way before you’ll ever get the wearable computer.

7. New iPad to be Thin & Light

No word is out about the fifth generation iPad coming this fall, but some reports say it will be the thinnest and lightest tablet yet. Soon you’ll be able to keep your tablet afloat in front of you with a strong breeze!

8. Android Takes 64% of Sales

The Android isn’t exactly hurting – 64% of all smartphone sales in Q1 of 2013 are Androids, further securing the company’s growth as the world’s most popular platform. The Windows Phone continues to gain ground, however.

9. Facebook Home Comes Out, Immediately Fails

It was supposed to be a fun, Facebook centered home screen option for your Android phone, but it ended up a disaster. Facebook Home immediately received tons of negative reviews and downloads dwindled down to nothing. A rough start.

10. Blackberry Q10 Hits FCC

Earlier in April the Blackberry Q10 was at the FCC receiving extensive tests for approval. Word is it will be officially out on April 30th but no actual confirmation. Heck, you might even be reading this via your own Q10!

Did we miss any big news from March? Let us know in the comments!

Mobile Breaking News You May Have Missed, March 2013

What You Might Have Missed in Mobile This Month

Once in a while a blog or media outlet will post a little blurb about this newfangled “mobile technology” stuff. We kid! There are hundreds of important, interesting, fun and just plain cool mobile stories out there every day. Since mobile is our wheelhouse at Handset Detection, we thought we’d make it a point to round up the ones you don’t want to miss. Check back every Friday for the weekly roundup!

1. The Blackberry Recovery

Blackberry’s Hail Mary pass seems to have worked as they made over $94 million revenue and shipped over 1 million Blackberry 10 devices in Q4. Whether or not this upswing stays is another thing, but this is a good sign for the company.

2. Cheap iPhone Rumor #83297489

It’s happening, it’s not happening – every day or so the story changes. The latest rumor has the cheap version of the iPhone coming out in August. Is it true? We’ll just have to wait and see.

3. Nexus 5 – Too Much Too Soon?

Excited about the Nexus 5? Think it’s going to be the greatest thing since the Nexus 4? You might be a little premature, in that literally everything you’ve heard may be completely untrue.

4. Lockscreen Security Bug

Smartphones are having some security issues, and one of the latest in March was the lockscreen security bug with Samsung Android phones. The exploit lets sneaky people into your phone with a series of spy-worthy button presses.

5. Car Apps

Tired of playing with apps on your tablet or phone? In a few years you’ll be able to play Angry Birds 19 with an app in your car! Looks like we have some work to do when customers start shopping at your store from their windshield…

6. White House on Unlocking Phones

Surprises all around when not only did a petition to the White House to investigate unlocking phones get enough signatures but the White House actually agreed customers should be able to do so! Next step: an investigation, and what it means for businesses everywhere.

7. LTE on its Way

T-Mobile announced earlier this month the LTE is on its way, and by the time you read this they should be around the country. They’ve also included a nice update on the Galaxy Note 2 software updates.

8. Google Glass Apps

More information is coming out about Google Glass, including the programs and apps it will run. Power hitters like Gmail (obviously), New York Times, and Evernote are some of the first to announce support. Who knows what’s to come in the future?

9. Wireless Charging

Plugging in your phone to charge is and always will be a pain. Luckily several companies out there are plugging away at creating the proper tech for wireless charging, with one company sponsored by none other than AT&T.

10. Hate Your Phone?

Do you hate your mobile device? You’re certainly not alone, at least according to mobile video service Vuclip. A survey of more than 120,000 users revealed 48% of people hate their current device. With so many options out there, it may just be a case of “grass is greener.”

Did we miss any big news from March? Let us know in the comments!