Verizon Wireless said that its subscribers will be able to access HBO Now, the offering from the premium TV network that lets customers access its content without a TV subscription. Verizon also said that HBO content, though not necessarily HBO Now, will be part of its over-the-the-top mobile video service, which is continuing to get fleshed out.
Lenovo's Motorola Mobility brand introduced a trio of new smartphones, including two intended for the U.S. market, and the company is embracing the direct-to-consumer route. Motorola is hoping its brand cachet and lower prices compared to flagship phones from Apple and Samsung Electronics that will give it a leg up over other OEMs that are also selling phones directly to consumers.
T-Mobile US is partnering with Apple for its latest "Un-Carrier Amped" move and is letting customers who upgraded to a new iPhone 6 at a cost of $15 per month in device fees keep that price and swap the old phone out for the next iPhone for free.
According to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, smartphone "kill switches" may not be as effective as they initially appeared. The publication noted that iPhone thefts and robberies in Seattle increased by more than 30 percent in the year after Apple introduced the function to its iPhones, which it did in September 2013.
Amazon posted a surprise profit of 19 cents per share in its most recent quarter, blowing away analyst expectations that it would report a loss of 14 cents a share. The news sent the company's stock soaring 19 percent in after-hours trading immediately following the release of the company's results.
BlackBerry's CEO said the company will no longer release four phones per year. Instead, he said, the company plans to release only one or two high-end phones per year in order to save costs and focus more on enterprise software and services.
AT&T Mobility added fewer postpaid customers in the second quarter than analysts were expecting and many fewer than it gained in the year-ago period. AT&T notched 410,000 postpaid subscribers in the quarter and the company relied heavily on connected cars and prepaid customers for subscriber growth in the second quarter.
FirstNet, which has been tasked with building a nationwide LTE network for emergency workers, is working to create portable cellular base stations that can ride inside police cars and other vehicles, thereby allowing emergency workers to quickly and easily deploy wireless networks in remote areas. However, FirstNet said the technology likely won't be deployed for several more years.
Nokia plans to announce a virtual reality project next week at an event in Los Angeles, according to a Re/code article, the most significant push into hardware since Nokia sold its devices business to Microsoft in April 2014. Word of the July 28 event first came last week.
Chinese equipment maker Huawei sold 48.2 million smartphones in the first half of the year, which was a 39 percent increase over 2014. The company also said that its mid- to high-end smartphone sales increased 70 percent.