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Here's some interesting news. Skype, which has grown to become the go-to VOIP application for mobile and desktop use, is no stranger to Verizon Wireless. Various Android handsets have been able to use Skype for awhile now, with the Droid and Droid Incredible being two in particular. But frankly, smartphone use of Skype isn't a shocker. Skype has been available for Android and iPhone, but non-smartphones have generally been left out of the Skype party. That could soon be changing on VZW. The largest carrier in America has indicated that they will soon offer phones that offer Skype...which aren't smartphones. Called "3D multimedia phones," these lesser "feature phones" will soon bring Skype access... Read more...
Motorola's DROID is a majorly powerful smartphone. Hardly anyone will argue that. But as of last week, there was still one thing that DROID couldn't do (despite the advertisements): V CAST. As of today, Verizon Wireless has added V CAST capabilities to the DROID, enabling users to watch and stream V CAST video right on their Android-powered handset. Univision Interactive Media will provide live streams of all 64 of its Spanish-language broadcasts of the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer matches from South Africa exclusively to V CAST Video customers' mobile devices, and that's just one of the many events to come.  V CAST Video recently added programming from AETN, including A&E, Lifetime and... Read more...
Boy, Motorola has come a long way. The company skyrocketed into mobile fame with the introduction of the RAZR, but shortly fell off of the map by failing to follow that phone with something equally amazing. After years of waiting, Motorola delivered the DROID on Verizon Wireless, and suddenly, the company was back in business. The Motorola family of phones has continued to grow since, and today yet another new one was introduced: the MILESTONE XT720. It's the world's slimmest 8MP Android smartphone and the first-ever to have a Xenon flash. Android 2.1 is loaded on, and while that's the latest version, it's hard to swallow with Android 2.2 being announced last month at Google I/O. Other specifications... Read more...
Well, it's June 7, and that means WWDC has started in California. And that also means that the rumors were true: a new iPhone has entered the world. Steve Jobs got on stage today to kick the event off in style, and while he took a few minutes to talk market share numbers (obviously looking at areas where the iPhone OS has sold more than Android), the real news arrived shortly. The next generation iPhone is real, and the images that were leaked weeks back were also spot-on. The name, however, is curious: It's the iPhone 4. Just iPhone 4. Not 4G, not HD, just 4. That's pretty plain, we must confess, but we guess it will suffice. The new iPhone 4 is said to be the slimmest smartphone on the planet,... Read more...
HTC's EVO 4G isn't just America's only (and first) 4G handset, it's also the hottest selling Sprint phone of all time. Before this weekend's launch, Sprint's Pre and Instinct held this record of best selling launch-day phone, but now the EVO 4G has taken the crown. Some might say it's no real surprise given the hype surrounding it, but we're not so sure that HTC and Sprint don't deserve even more credit for the accomplishment. The EVO 4G is sort of a tough sell; it requires $10 more per month for a data plan compared to every other smartphone, and there are only a handful of 4G areas. Despite the low availability, every single EVO 4G buyer, regardless of home address, has to pay the extra $10/month.... Read more...
Earlier, we reported that HP's CEO Mark Hurd indicated the company's purchase of Palm and its assets wasn't about cell phones. From the initial comments, it appeared that HP may be planning to ignore the phone market altogether and instead use the webOS platform for other devices such as tablet PCs and printers. For all of you who were worried there would be one less smartphone platform on the market, you can breathe a sigh of relief. HP released the following statement regarding their plans for webOS: When we look at the market, we see an array of interconnected devices, including tablets, printers, and of course, smartphones. We believe webOS can become the backbone for many of HP's small form... Read more...
Well, this will surely come as a disappointment to many, and it may honestly make others a bit excited. Hewlett-Packard, who decided to pony up just over $1 billion earlier in the year to acquire Palm and their assets, has now openly stated that the purchase wasn't about cellphones at all. On the surface, this doesn't make a lot of sense. Palm has always been known to consumers as a mobile device company, with the Treo and Pre/Pixi families being some of the company's most popular. And HP has been in the mobile device market for awhile now, mostly with the creation of Windows Mobile-based business smartphones. So why would HP spend over a billion dollars on a phone company, but not use the purchase... Read more...
After the RAZR, Motorola basically fell out of favor with consumers in the cellphone world. There were simply too many other great options from Apple, HTC, Samsung, LG, etc., and Motorola was largely viewed as a "has-been" in the industry. All of that changed when the DROID was launched, and the company has been on a roll ever since. The newest from Motorola isn't a hardcore smartphone for hardcore power users, but the unique form factor is perfect for casual surfers and the younger crowd who doesn't much care for the "standard" full-touch-panel look. The new FLIPOUT phone is yet another Android-based Motorola with MOTOBLUR on top, but the unique square design is a big differentiating factor.... Read more...
You don't really have to keep a finger on the pulse of the smartphone landscape to know that ARM and Freescale are bitter rivals, and Samsung and Texas Instruments are constantly vying for similar business. So honestly, you probably wouldn't expect four companies who are generally considered enemies to ever really be friends. And you definitely wouldn't expect them to join together for the greater good. But that's exactly what has happened. ARM, Freescale, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments have pushed aside their differences long enough to form a new non-profit company called Linaro, which aims to "unite industry leaders to foster innovation in the Linux community through a common... Read more...
Mobile TV and Android meet at last, but for most of America, it probably won't matter. At least not yet, and at least not without a legitimate mobile TV service that the masses can take advantage of over-the-air. But that little issue isn't stopping Innocomm from introducing one of the world's first Android 2.1 smartphones with a mobile TV tuner (and antenna) inside. At the Computex Taipei trade show this week, Telegent Systems announced a new partnership with Innocomm in order to unveil the "first 3.5G touchscreen smartphone based on the Android operating system to incorporate Telegent mobile TV technology." The phone itself is called the Shark, and it features a 3.2" WVGA (800x480) display,... Read more...
NVIDIA has Tegra, ARM has the Cortex line, and Qualcomm has the Snapdragon family. These are the major players in the smartphone CPU war right now, and there seems to be plenty of options to go around. But of course, as a microprocessor company, Intel isn't going to just sit around on the sidelines while everyone else wins business in a growing category. The Atom platform is being tweaked and expanded to include Moorestown, which is a new low-drain arm of Atom that will work nicely in MIDs, smartphones and even tablet PCs. But it's going to be quite some time before Intel's ready to compete in the space. During the Computex show this week, the company stated that they wouldn't be ready to ship... Read more...
Rumors of the iPhone landing on Verizon Wireless have been swirling for years, nearly as long as the original iPhone has been out. With LTE on the horizon and a next generation iPhone expected at next month's WWDC, VZW is in a good position. Of course, it's rumored that AT&T's exclusivity contract still runs until 2012, but we suspect there's nothing that cannot be changed when enough money is involved. A new report looking into the interest of a Verizon iPhone has discovered results that aren't entirely shocking, but if these numbers were to translate into sales if a Verizon iPhone did indeed surface, America's largest wireless carrier would get way, way bigger in a hurry. Morgan Stanley... Read more...
Did you know that you can purchase a cell phone in the United States without actually handing over any personal information at all? It's true. For years, consumers have been able to purchase pre-paid cell phones from stores such as Wal-Mart, and since they can be purchased with cash, there's little to no trace left behind. For many, they don't actually stop to think about this, but for drug lords and other criminals who wish to maintain a low cover while communicating on the go, having a pre-paid cell phone is the ultimate luxury. In Australia, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland and Thailand, users who purchase pre-paid mobiles must register so that... Read more...
We've all heard the horror stories from people traveling overseas, only to return home to a wireless bill that's more expensive than their mortgage payment. You're probably thinking "that would never happen to me!," but the reality is that it happens a lot more than you may expect. A new inquiry into this matter by the FCC has found that one in six American cell phone users have experienced "bill shock," which is described as "a sudden increase in their monthly bill when they have not changed their service plan." All told, 17% of American adults with a personal cell phone said that they've been shocked by their wireless bill at least once, despite not changing anything about their plan. According... Read more...
There's little to no doubt that Steve Jobs himself will introduce the next generation iPhone at the WWDC conference in California next month, but if you had lingering pause, maybe this is a sign of things to come. Currently, Apple's iPhone 3G sells for $99 on contract; a great price by any measure. The iPhone 3GS sells for $199 on a 2-year contract, which puts it in direct competition with many, many other smartphones on the market today. But with a new iPhone on the horizon, there has to be room made for a newcomer. It's unlikely that Apple would price the next generation iPhone at a point above the $199 mark, which the previous two have debuted at. So if a new iPhone will sell for $199, what... Read more...
It may not seem very significant at first glance, but this is a monumental day for Samsung Electronics. While Palm has struggled with getting WebOS to the masses, and Nokia has had to merge Maemo with Intel's Moblin just so MeeGo can have a fighting chance, Samsung is pressing forward with their own mobile OS today. It's a tough world out there for software makers, particularly when you make software designed to compete directly with Windows Phone 7, iPhone OS and Android. The Samsung Wave represents Samsung's first-ever Bada cell phone. Bada OS is an all-new mobile operating system, designed mostly to be used on high-end touchscreen smartphones. It's icon-driven, and it's plenty capable of handling... Read more...
It was basically a foregone conclusion that Android 2.2 would be launching this week at Google's I/O conference in California, but up until now, we only knew about select bits and pieces of the mobile OS. Today, Google revealed everything there is to know about v2.2 (code name "Froyo"), which is easily the most significant Android update to date. It's obvious that Google is playing hardball with Microsoft and Apple in the smartphone space, and for now, Android looks to be taking the lead. Of course, Apple has a chance to hit back in a few weeks at WWDC with iPhone OS 4.0, but there's hardly a chance that native tethering and mobile hotspot features will be built in. Both of those are just two... Read more...
Talk about the comeback of the year. General Motors was on the doorstep of death just last year, and thanks to some debatable funding tossed their way, they're now seemingly back in stride. One thing that has really hampered GM's growth over the years is their inability to really innovate on the technical side. They were consistently falling behind Acura, BMW and even Ford, as the latter teamed with Microsoft to introduce SYNC. But now, GM has not only followed the leader, but possibly taken a huge leap over the rest. Google, aside from Apple or Adobe, may be the hottest tech company on the planet now, and as of today, Google's a GM partner. It's pretty crazy to think about, the the potential... Read more...
Who could have seen this coming? HTC, the maker of the Nexus One and about 500 other smartphones, has introduced yet another smartphone. Crazy! We're kidding, but HTC really are breaking out more smartphones than the average human can keep count of, and the Wildfire is just the latest in what feels like a never-ending string of new devices. Just as soon as one new HTC hits the market, another one comes along to make you wonder if you should have waited. In this case however, the Wildfire isn't a new top dog. Instead, it's a mid-range smartphone that could eventually sell for under $100 on contract in the States, joining phones like the LG Ally in the new sub-$100 sector, while phones like the... Read more...
Now this is interesting. Michael Dell, the CEO of Dell, Inc., apparently feels that the smartphone will never kill off the PC, yet he himself has recently invested loads of company funds while breaking into the already saturated smartphone market. This is also coming from the man who has a 5" Slate PC on the horizon (the Dell "Streak"), and who has been scaling back desktop manufacturing for months on end. So, why the mixed words? Well, Michael was caught showing off the slate we mentioned above at the Citrix Synergy user conference in San Francisco, where it was loaded with a "Citrix receiver that allowed him a choice of several desktop environments, as well as native Android apps and social... Read more...
Intel's Wireless Display technology is one of the hottest technologies we have seen in recent years; announced at CES this year, the tech hasn't really found a home yet in products. But once it does, watch out. It basically allows products to wirelessly transfer content on a screen onto some other screen, and it's something that could've made the iPad a truly killer device (not to mention any other tablet PC out there that feels like adding it in at the 11th hour). But now, Intel seems to have bigger plans. Not only will this technology find its way eventually into netbooks and notebooks, but handheld devices are on the roadmap as well. According to new executive statements made about the tech,... Read more...
All good things must eventually end, and all not-so-good things must end even sooner. Google has never shied away from trying new things; innovation runs in the company's blood, and they obviously tried something very new with the launch of the Nexus One. It was the company's first smartphone, and even though it was built by HTC, it was Google's baby. They labeled it, they sold it, and they cared for it. They even attempted to deal with the technical support side, which went south as soon as many early adopters began having issues with 3G. Today, Google has decided to leave the tech support, and most every other aspect of phone sales, to the American carriers. Launched for T-Mobile, AT&T,... Read more...
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