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It was mentioned briefly in the full-on DROID 2 announcement, but Motorola's stock phone won't be the only DROID 2 to ship this year. The smartphone world is quickly becoming overran with variations of "DROID," but there's probably no chance that this one in particular will get overlooked. It's a nerd's dream come true, and it's the perfect phone for any Star Wars or George Lucas fan: it's the DROID R2-D2 edition. This will be a limited edition phone that is only sold online starting next month, and Verizon nor Motorola is confessing to how many units will be made available. The phone will only operate on Verizon Wireless, and aside from the design and probably a few multi-media add-ins, it's... Read more...
The Femtocell. It's a strange name for a device, almost sci-fi like, but these units are becoming more and more popular around the globe as demand for mobile connectivity grows at a far faster rate than the one at which new towers are being erected. The femtocell is a fantastic solution to a problem that isn't going away any time soon, and if you aren't sure about what they are, here's a brief description: Sprint's Airave and AT&T's 3G Microcell are both femtocell devices. You plug these into your home broadband connection, and they create a miniature cell tower or sorts within your home. Now you have a small radius of 5-bar service where you previously had much less (or none at all). The... Read more...
Two phones that have been rumored about for some time now are finally official on AT&T. Samsung Mobile is contributing two new phones to the dwindling featurephone market, which should suit tweens who spend more time texting than surfing the Web on their mobile browser. The Eternity II and Flight II are second editions, obviously, so these aren't totally new in terms of design. The Eternity II is a full touchscreen device, and because it supports AT&T Mobile TV, you'll be paying a pretty penny per month in order to have access. It features a 3" screen, loads of AT&T apps, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, GPS functionality, a 2MP camera/camcorder and expandable memory up to 32GB. The Flight II is... Read more...
Just a few months back, AT&T was in last place of the four major U.S. carriers when it came to Android options. They simply had Motorola's Backflip and nothing more. AT&T simply wasn't the operator to choose if you wanted Android. But now, that's changing. AT&T has launched an assault lately in order to get as many Android phones as possible onto their network, and now they're grabbing another that'll be difficult to find anywhere else: Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X10. This Android phone has been around in global markets for some time now, but only today did SE and AT&T announce a branded version that'll go on sale soon for as little as $129.99 on contract. The X10 is unfortunately... Read more...
Well, this is awkward. We all attended the virtual funeral for Google's Nexus One, and now it's back? How does one act at a resuscitation, anyway? For years now, a dressed up HTC G1 was known as Google's Android developer phone, but given that things have evolved since then, the company was due a revised dev handset. And what better phone than the Nexus One to take over that torch and run with it? That's exactly what's happening this week, but it's a bit of an odd promotion. The Nexus One is now officially Google's Developer Phone, with an unlocked price of $529, which is exactly what the standard Nexus One ran consumers last month before selling out at Google's store. Here's what is really interesting:... Read more...
Yesterday, RIM and AT&T both announced a new phone, the BlackBerry Torch. It's an interesting twist on a common device, but what's probably more interesting in the long run than the phone itself is the software that's on it. Lately, it has all been about software in the smartphone business, with WebOS, Android and iOS taking shots at one another in order to become viewed as the most fully featured mobile OS around. Blackberry OS6 Home Screen BlackBerry OS 5 was never built to compete with those other systems, but BlackBerry OS 6 is hoping to change all of that. OS 6 will ship on the Torch that just launched, but RIM is giving the OS an official reveal of its own since it'll also ship on forthcoming... Read more...
RIM hasn't done the best job keep this one a complete secret, but it's still a shock to most who don't follow each and every move of the BlackBerry maker. Today at a press event in NYC, AT&T and RIM jointly announced the next BlackBerry device, which will be the first to launch with BlackBerry OS 6. No, it's not a BlackPad tablet, but an actual phone: the Torch. This phone has also been known as the BlackBerry 9800, and it's yet another unique design from RIM. Rather than sticking with the traditional, and rather than going back to the Storm design that was near-universally disliked, the company has split the difference on the Torch. It looks like a Storm from the front, but a pull-down QWERTY... Read more...
We've heard on more than one occasion lately that Android is picking up serious steam in the smartphone market. Even though Apple recently launched the iPhone 4 with iOS 4, the Antennagate issue as well as fantastic hardware from the likes of Samsung, LG, HTC and Motorola have given people a reason to choose an alternative. Android is available on every major U.S. carrier, whereas the iPhone 4 is tied to AT&T. Android also offers more customization, and as we stated in our Android 2.2 review, it's a better operating system for those who like to tinker. Evidently a lot of people enjoy the art of tinkering, as a recent report from Canalys shows that Android smartphone shipments have risen a... Read more...
As of now, just two smartphones have seen their official Android 2.2 (Froyo) rollout begin: the Nexus One and HTC's EVO 4G. Hacks and leaked ROMs are out there if you feel like rooting, but the official installation is usually a lot less buggy. Motorola's DROID was one of the first major Android 2.0 handsets to take Android to the mainstream, and many expected that it would be one of the first phones out to receive Google's latest Android build. If you take "one of the first" literally, we suppose it still will be, but it won't delight people as much as you may have expected. According to Verizon Wireless spokesperson Brenda Raney, the Android 2.2 build for the DROID won't include two of its... Read more...
One charger to rule them all? That's the idea, at least. We have heard conversation back-and-forth over this matter for some time now, with certain entities feeling that a single charging standard for all mobile phones would benefit the consumer greatly. Of course, ideas such as these are always easier stated than accomplished, but there's nothing wrong with lofty goals. And as we have seen in the past, the European Commission usually gets what the European Commission wants. Case in point: these guys and girls felt that Microsoft had a leg-up on the competition in the Browser space, so they required all copies of Windows to include a Browser selection window. And so it was. Now, the European... Read more...
America's "first 4G phone" is about to become America's second official Froyo phone. According to a release published by Sprint, the HTC EVO 4G will be granted official access to Android 2.2 as early as tomorrow, which makes it the first carrier-locked phone in America to get the update that Google has had ready for a month now. We noted back in our Android 2.2 review that this version of Android was the best yet, adding support for Flash in the browser, a Mobile Hotspot option and faster all-around performance. But as now, the only phone that has been given an official download is the Nexus One, which only a handful of consumers have compared to those "other" Android smartphones such as the... Read more...
It's just the thing to do these days, isn't it? If you have a phone, you best have an App Store. It worked for Apple, it worked for Google, and it just might work for LG. Maybe. It's safe to say that most app markets outside of the Apple App Store and Android Market are fairly dead to the outside world, though Palm's WebOS market showed signs of thriving before HP pulled the wind out of Palm's sails (but in turn, saved the company's life). Now, LG is looking to join those other companies, but they're taking a slightly different approach for good reason. Rather than butting heads with Apple or Android in the North American market, LG has just made official their "Application Store," which is available... Read more...
BlackBerry smartphones have been the subject of much debate over the years. Some reasons are for good, and some are for bad. Regardless, BlackBerry devices seem to wind up being discussed along with security concerns quite often, and while it took South Korea years to finally accept these always-connected handhelds, the United Arab Emirates are now causing quite a stir. The UAE is obviously exploding, with Dubai being one of the most happening cities in the world right now. So it's no surprise that BlackBerry handhelds would end up in the nation, particularly with business travel up to the nation. But now, the UAE's telecommunication watchdog group is saying that BlackBerry smartphones "are a... Read more...
It's that time of year again. Or, that time of quarter, we should say. It's the time of year where companies dish out their most recent quarterly earnings. And while Microsoft, Intel and AMD have already had their turn, now it's time for AT&T to share in the glory. The company, which AT&T Mobility is ushered under, just had one heck of a quarter, with strong revenues, profits and loads of iPhone adds. According to AT&T, they had 1.6 million organic net adds in total wireless subscribers, which was a record for Q2 adds. That helped them to reach 90.1 million in service, but here's the major part: 3.2 million iPhone activations occurred in the second quarter. In case you were wondering,... Read more...
There's no question that more and more smartphone users are using their data services more often than voice services. And with the popularity of texting on the rise, actually calling someone has become an event that happens far less frequently than it used to. And even when you do call someone, there's a good chance that the person has a Skype account, which means that you can call them for free (or close to free) rather than using pricey voice minutes from your carrier. Having Skype on the iPhone was (and is) a pretty big deal, particularly after the company upgraded the app back in March to support calls over 3G. Before that, calls could only be completed over Wi-Fi. But with 3G calling enabled,... Read more...
Where this is smoke, there is fire, right? That's the old saying, and it's not still being said for no particular reason. Nokia as a whole has been struggling to keep pace over the past few years, mostly due to an inability to release a "hero level" smartphone to compete with the iPhone and various other Android phones. But they're also struggling to keep sales up in general, and struggling to keep selling prices as high as they have been. A mountain of related issues have led the company to report an underwhelming quarterly earnings, with Q2 profits sinking an incredible 40% year-over-year. And that's compared to 2009, which was the peak of the recession. But it's no shock to hear that Nokia's... Read more...
To say that the writing hasn't really been on the wall means that you really haven't been paying attention to Nokia. Though the company still holds on to the "biggest in terms of global market share" award, Nokia has recently come under fire for not producing adequate rivals to the iPhone and a host of Android phones that currently lead the market in terms of smartphone allure. Best on a new report in the Wall Street Journal, Nokia is currently searching for a new CEO. That's right. A search for a new chief executive has been launched, but of course the company isn't responding to the rumors. But it's no surprise, really. The company's current CEO has made no apparent attempts to catch up with... Read more...
Is the SideKick back? No, not by name, but it definitely is back in spirit. Sharp, which doesn't have a huge amount of phones available for sale in the U.S., is about to get back into the spotlight with the new FX. It's a simply named phone, and it's designed as a "quick messenging" device, but it's capable of much more. It's also the latest AT&T Mobile TV-capable device, complete with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, an MP3 player, 2MP camera (with camcorder) and Bluetooth 2.1. There's also a Web browser, AT&T Navigation, and the ability to watch mobile TV while in a 3G area. The service is provided by FLO TV, which costs $9.99/month and provides access to content from ABC Mobile, Adult... Read more...
Motorola's i1 isn't totally new to the world. It was announced first back in March at the CTIA trade show, but at the time, there didn't seem to be a set release date and price. Now the phone, which is described as the world's first touch-based Android phone with a military spec chassis, finally has a scheduled date for shipment on Sprint's network. The iDEN-capable phone, which will support Nextel's Direct Connect push-to-talk feature, is also one of the most rugged Android phones on the market. The main downside is that it's using an older version of Android (v1.6), and it's doubtful that this one will see an upgrade to Froyo any day soon. But it's still the best push-to-talk phone on the market... Read more...
The HP-Palm deal, which found HP acquiring Palm earlier this year, will likely go down as one of the most monumental in tech history. Palm used to be a giant, and HP has never been a serious mobile player. Many say the two have little in common, and many wondered why some other company didn't shell out the needed funds to pick up such a intelligence-rich company. The early favorite from a consumer perspective was HTC, but that was simply selfish dreams of having an HTC Hero with WebOS installed. On the business side, HTC was never really interested in spending the kind of money that Hewlett-Packard was ready to spend, but according to a new report at Business Insider, a few other companies were.... Read more...
This past week, it seems that Apple has simply dominated the news. The buzz definitely has not been for reasons that Apple would want, but either way, they're pretty much monopolizing press bandwidth. The company's "Antennagate" has caused a huge ruckus, so much that it has been somewhat difficult to see past it to all of the other great things going on in the industry. But there's a stat counter in some supercomputer that doesn't really care about what happens in the world of Apple, and that stat counter has been carefully monitoring just how well Apple's primary rival in the smartphone world has been doing. Google's Android platform has been gaining serious steam over the past few months. Numbers... Read more...
It's a big, big world out there. No one is deny that. There's a lot of potential consumers, and a lot of potential sales to be made. But even when someone says "everyone has this" or "that," they usually don't really mean it. In fact, they usually aren't even close. But in the case of mobile phones worldwide, we're nearly to that point, even though mobile telephony only launched into the public realm within the last few decades. Sweden's own Ericsson, a telecom provider and partner in Sony-Ericsson, recently engaged in a study to find out exactly how many consumers in the world had access to mobile phones. The number may shock you. According to their studies, over 5 billion mobile phones are... Read more...
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