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In the smartphone game, it's Apple, then Samsung pulling in the profits. And then, there's HTC. The company has long since been at the head of the mobile pack in terms of hardware design, and even its Sense user interface has improved dramatically over time. And now, the company will be moving forward with a new leader in North America. Former AT&T executive Mike Woodward has been picked to be HTC's new President of North America, starting immediately. The role, which is responsible for HTC's sales, marketing and operations for the United States and Canada, reports to Jason Mackenzie, the president... Read more...
Wondering who all is winning the smartphone sprint right about now? There's a survey for that. ABI Research has just published its latest figures on the matter, showing that although smartphone shipments grew 41% year-over-year to 144.6 million as of the quarter ending March 2012, many smartphone OEMs are not enjoying the benefits of a rapidly expanding market. Samsung and Apple captured 55% of global smartphone shipments in 1Q'2012 and over 90% of the market's profits. In other words, if you aren't Samsung or Apple, is it even worth being in this market? That's something that we're sure the executives... Read more...
This is pretty crazy. But it's so crazy, that it just might work. While Apple shirts from the opening of new Apple Stores are tough to come by (and in turn, nice to have for an eBay turnaround), Microsoft really hasn't gone down that same path. But why not now? Metro's user interface is just gorgeous, so why not showcase some of Windows' newness on a new line of clothing? Now you can. The Windows Team has started up a CafePress section where you can grab clothes, magnets, stickers and other nifty gifts with "I HEART WINDOWS PHONE" plastered across them... in graphical form, no less. It's actually... Read more...
Is Facebook going to finally make a smartphone? It's apparently in the cards once more. Rumors flared years back that a "Facebook phone" was en route, and some suggested that HTC's Status was a watered-down version of that dream. But now that Facebook is a public company, with billions to work with an ambitions that are running high, why not try again? According to a New York Times report, Facebook could be trying to match the smartphone giants with a phone of its own. Reportedly, Facebook has hired a few folks who touched the iPhone at one point or another over at Apple, and if all goes to plan,... Read more...
There’s a new Xperia phone coming from Sony, the Xperia sola, and it comes packing some interesting features. Most notably, the Xperia sola features “floating touch”, which allows users to navigate the Web browser by hovering a digit about the screen as opposed to actually touching it, creating a sort of cursor-like experience. A physical tap is akin to clicking a link. Sony stated in the press release that it will continue to evolve as new use cases are discovered and devs add to and improve the technology. The phone also sports NFC Xperia SmartTags, little dog tag-like devices... Read more...
Sony took the wraps off of two new phones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Xperia U and Xperia P. As reported by GSM Arena, the brushed unibody aluminum P features a 4-inch screen (540x960) with special technology for visibilty in sunlight, NFC capabilities, an 8MP camera that shoots 1080p HD video, and runs on a NovaThor U8500 processor. Image credit: GSM Arena The Xperia U looks to be a little more “blingy”, possibly to appeal to the kiddos, with a transparent band at the bottom of the device that changes color. Otherwise, it has a 1GHz processor, 3.5-inch (480x854) screen,... Read more...
Samsung clearly has a good thing going with their Galaxy line of phones and tablets, so why slow down the fun? Prior to Mobile World Congress, the company is introducing two new handsets in the Galaxy line: the Galaxy Ace 2 and the Galaxy Mini 2. Te Ace 2 offers HSPA 14.4 connectivity, 4GB of internal storage, a 1,500mAh battery as well as enhanced Samsung Hubs and ChatON services. There's a 3.8" HVGA display, Android 2.3, an 800MHz dual-core CPU, 5MP camera (VGA front cam), a 3.5mm headphone jack, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, and a digital compass. The Mini 2 packs an 11.9mm thick casing,... Read more...
If you've ever hacked or considered hacking your Android device, you're probably familiar with CyanogenMod. Although there are plenty of custom Android ROMs out there, CyanogenMod is one of the most well-known.  In fact, CyanogenMod just passed 1 million active users. CyanogenMod was created by Steve “Cyanogen” Kondik. Given the success of CyanogenMod, it should be no surprise that the project is continuing to evolve and grow into new areas. Koushik Dutta, one of the CyanogenMod team members, would like to see an App Store for root apps and apps that are "getting shut down for... Read more...
We've discussed the fragmentation of Android and the shoddy update services of the various carriers before, but the Droid 3's situation is raising these issues again. According to pre-CES reports, Verizon is poised to end-of-life (EOL) the Droid 3 along with its entire current lineup of MiFi hotspots. The BlackBerry Curve 3G and Palm Pre 2 are also reportedly on the chopping block, but the former is low-end device that's several years old, while the latter is a bit of an anachronism. The Droid 3, in contrast, is barely six months old. It's the only Motorola phone with a physical keyboard that Verizon... Read more...
There comes a day in the life of every gadget where things just aren't as shiny as they once were. Specifications grow old. Designs fade. Lifestyles change. It's a sad day, but it's looming from the very day a gadget hits store shelves. That day of reckoning has come for Dell's Streak 5, a tablet/phone combo that had a ton of hype behind it at launch, and leaves now with a dedicated page from Dell. It's clear that the product meant a lot to the folks in Round Rock, Texas, and it's even clearer that the impact will live on in Dell's future mobile portfolio. "It's been a great ride," according to... Read more...
Not every gadget has to be pretty, particularly if they serve a very specific purpose. Rugged gadgets in particular have a tendency to be somewhat unsightly. Elektrobit's latest phone isn't breaking any expectations on that front, but who would expect anything else from an Android-based platform designed for defense and public safety markets? The EB Specialized Device Platform allows Elektrobit's customers to benefit from the commercial technologies driving the rapid growth of the consumer wireless device market while giving market specific features and device type customization to specialized... Read more...
Samsung and U.S. Cellular recently announced the availability of the Samsung Character. This new phone features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard as well as a touchscreen and 1.3 MP camera. The Character runs on Samsung TouchWiz Lite. The phone can be personalized using easyedge to download wallpapers and ringtones and through the Native Music Player with MicroSD support. The phone is available in blue and grey. Samsung Mobile Introduces The Samsung Character™ With U.S. Cellular The Samsung Character™ is an innovative and easy-to-use handset. Equipped with a touchscreen, slide-out full QWERTY... Read more...
Sprint revealed the phones it will deploy in the fourth quarter when it launches its next-generation push-to-talk service. The new service will be known as Sprint Direct Connect. The new service will be available in a much larger area than the company's current push-to-talk offering. In fact, the new service will reportedly cover almost triple the square miles of the current offering. The Kyocera DuraCore, the Kyocera DuraMax, and a Motorola smartphone will launch this fall with the launch of Sprint Direct Connect. The new phones will offer most of the capabilities available on current Sprint push-to-talk... Read more...
Not a day goes by that we don't hear something out of the Google camp. There's hardly a harder working company in the tech-biz, truthfully, and regardless of whether it's Chrome OS or Android (or something else entirely), something's always changing in the land of Google. This week, they're dishing out a monumental overhaul for the Android Market on phones. This comes just weeks after a new Market hit select Android tablets, as Android 3.1 brought Movies and a few other small things to a handful of Honeycomb tablets. With this new market, users have new ways to find apps/games, purchase books and... Read more...
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