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Is this the showdown of the year? In the smartphone world, we would argue that it is. If you're looking for arguably the world's best 3G smartphones right now, you're likely considering two specific choices: Apple's iPhone 4 on AT&T, or HTC's DROID Incredible on Verizon Wireless. Both phones provide an excellent user experience, and both are as cutting edge as they come. Both they also offer very different and distinct experiences, with one coming by way of iOS 4 and the other Android 2.1 with HTC's Sense overlay. In other words, both of these devices are competing for the same crown, but each one is its own beast, with its own list of pros and cons. If you're in the market to upgrade your... Read more...
We've got a very interesting infographic from MBA Online detailing many little-known facts about the mobile app market, how the apps are being used, how quickly the market is expanding and how the competitors stack up. You learn something new every day, as they say.  Pretty interesting data here actually... Source:  Online... Read more...
Is this the showdown of the year? In the smartphone world, we would argue that it is. If you're looking for arguably the world's best 3G smartphones right now, you're likely considering two specific choices: Apple's iPhone 4 on AT&T, or HTC's DROID Incredible on Verizon Wireless. Both phones provide an excellent user experience, and both are as cutting edge as they come. Both they also offer very different and distinct experiences, with one coming by way of iOS 4 and the other Android 2.1 with HTC's Sense overlay. In other words, both of these devices are competing for the same crown, but each one is its own beast, with its own list of pros and cons. If you're in the market to upgrade... Read more...
Verizon Wireless and HTC have a hit on their hands with the Droid Incredible. It's not only a very good Android phone, it's also one of the better smartphones on the market today. Verizon Wireless customers have some really great phone options, and the Incredible deserves to be at the top of the list. Certainly there are, and will be, a lot of powerful new phones coming to market in the coming months, including the Motorola Droid X, but when it comes to current high-end smartphones, the Droid Incredible is now arguably the Android smartphone to beat... HTC Droid Incredible Video Review... Read more...
Synopsis by HotHardware Editor, Jennifer Johnson:  Verizon Wireless and HTC have a hit on their hands with the Droid Incredible. It's not only a very good Android phone, it's also one of the better smartphones on the market today. Verizon Wireless customers have some really great phone options, and the Incredible deserves to be at the top of the list. Certainly there are, and will be, a lot of powerful new phones coming to market in the coming months, including the Motorola Droid X, but when it comes to current high-end smartphones, the Droid Incredible is now arguably the Android smartphone to beat. HTC Droid Incredible Smartphone Specifications & Features CPU Speed Qualcomm... Read more...
One has to wonder if Verizon Wireless is worried at all about giving consumers too many options. It may sound far-fetched at first, but there's a growing number of high-end Android smartphones on Verizon's network, and while we understand the need to build up the arsenal in order to coax people to coming over in favor of the iPhone 4, it may be getting to the point where there's too much product overlap and confusion. But if the DROID, DROID Eris, DROID Incredible, DROID X and forthcoming DROID 2 just don't have what you're looking for, Samsung has a new device headed over to join those guys. The new Fascinate is the Verizon-branded Galaxy S, complete with a massive AMOLED touch panel, Android... 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...
The Android operating system has enjoyed a tremendous boom in popularity since the Motorola DROID was released. Since then, many additional Android-powered phones have come to market. One of the latest new Android phones is the Droid Incredible by HTC. The word "incredible" certainly invokes high expectations, so you can bet users will demand great things from this phone or there will be plenty of complaints. Given that the phone is made by HTC, a long-time and very popular player in the smartphone space, and the fact that the Incredible is hitched to Verizon Wireless' network, the phone certainly has a few things going for it... HTC Droid Incredible Review  ... Read more...
The Android operating system has enjoyed a tremendous boom in popularity since the Motorola DROID was released. Since then, many additional Android-powered phones have come to market. One of the latest new Android phones is the Droid Incredible by HTC. The word "incredible" certainly invokes high expectations, so you can bet users will demand great things from this phone or there will be plenty of complaints. Given that the phone is made by HTC, a long-time and very popular player in the smartphone space, and the fact that the Incredible is hitched to Verizon Wireless' network, the phone certainly has a few things going for it. As the best of the Android-powered phones on Verizon Wireless, the... Read more...
We've witnessed reports suggesting that Android consumption is on the rise while iPhone use is slipping, and it's easy to see why: every other week a new Android phone hits the market, while Apple makes iPhone users wait a year or more to see new hardware. With so many Android options, it's pretty tempting to give at least one of these sexy devices a look. Today, Verizon Wireless and HTC have announced the latest Android smartphone, and on paper, it looks like a serious contender. The DROID Incredible really is one of the more incredible phones we've seen lately, and aside from the obvious lack of 4G support, it's nearly as good as Sprint's EVO 4G that was announced earlier in the year. Because... Read more...
Attention all Verizon Droid owners: The long-awaited Android 2.1 update is finally coming your way. An internal company email obtained by Engadget shows that the Android 2.1 operating system update will begin a slow rollout process starting today. According to the note, 1,000 users should have received the update by noon today. Another 9,000 users were scheduled to get the update at 11:59 ET. As for the rest of you? Well, you'll have to wait a full 24 hours before Verizon releases the software to 200,000 users. The updates will then continue to roll out once every 24 hours (at Midnight) to 200,000 users until all users have received the update. Verizon was initially suppose to upgrade the Droid... Read more...
When Palm demo'd the Pre a year ago in January, the phone was seen as the company's last chance to reverse its fortunes. Despite positive reviews and praise for the company's WebOS and Palm Pixi, the once-dominant cell phone and PDA manufacturer has continued to lose ground (and money). For Q3 2010 Palm reported a loss of $18.5 million. That's significantly better than a year ago, when the company lost $95 million, but the company's quarterly results are ominous for multiple reasons. First off, there's an awful lot of unsold inventory building up in partner stores. Palm may have shipped 960,000 phones last quarter (up 300 percent year-on-year), but its sell-through figures were much lower at... Read more...
Once upon a time, back when cavemen ruled the Earth and I was in college, the "in" thing to do (if you were a nerd, anyway), was to port Doom to various Windows mobile phones, PDAs, G3/G4-era Macs, graphing calculators, and other assorted devices with limited functionality and horsepower. Now, some 13 years later, porting Doom has apparently become too easy. Two separate Android developers have raised the ante and released functional ports of Quake II and III for the Motorola Droid. Perhaps a screen shot dropped on a phone render—but source code is available and functional. That's quite a feat, considering the technological improvements that occurred between Doom's release... Read more...
Up until today, most every major home automation or A/V control application for phones was reserved for the iPhone. It felt like every major developer was only coding apps for controlling equipment for Apple's App Store, and so it's a breath of fresh air to see something like this. Verizon's FiOS service, which just became one of only two TV providers in America with access to HBO Go, has yet another notch in their belt today thanks to a new app for Motorola's Droid and HTC's Imagio.FiOS TV users can now use either of those smartphones to control their DVR and TV content, which kills the need for a remote to do those tasks. It's the early days of seeing phones replace remotes, and with these... Read more...
A number of iPad-related stories broke over the last couple days; we've rounded up some of the larger topics into a single news post. First up, graphic designer Paul Threatt took exception to some of Apple's iPad advertisements, several of which purported to show the device running Flash without a hitch. In the screenshot below, the iPad is surfing the New York Times and displaying a slideshow that's only viewable on a browser with Flash installed. Threatt didn't just complain to the company, he filed suit with the FTC, alleging that Apple's ad conveyed false/misleading information about the capabilities of the device. From the complaint: In several advertisements and images representing the... Read more...
Michael Dell, it seems, likes to live with his upcoming products a bit before the company releases them to market.  Apparently, the casually unsuspecting Dell CEO decided he'd show off his goods to a passing-by member of the TechCrunch team.  And no it wasn't a Rolex knock off but perhaps something just as flashy.  The Dell Mini 5, as he called it, is a 1GHz Snapdragon-driven MID (Mobile Internet Device) running the Android OS.  It reportedly has a built-in 5MP camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity.  Have a look-see... The Mini 5 is a 5-inch tablet PC that is rumored to be selling for the hefty sum of over $1K but that's before contract with a 3G carrier of... Read more...
Apple's iPhone has been generating tons of demand ever since it was unveiled in 2007, and right from the start, consumers seemed to adore the touch screen. Unlike many phones before it, the iPhone uses a capacitive screen, which reacts instantly to finger presses without the need for a stylus. Right or wrong, the phone has been hailed as the touch screen king for years now, but MOTO Development Group decided that it was finally time to put the supposedly mighty panel to the test. A simple DIY performance analysis between the iPhone, Google's Nexus One, Motorola's Droid and HTC's Droid Eris put each of the modern smart phones to the test, with the primary objective being to find out which screen... Read more...
Google's mobile app store, the Android Market, has grown significantly since its inception. According to unofficial numbers from specialist portal AndroLib, the Android Market now has over 18,000 apps. Perhaps just as interesting is the fact that 61% of the apps are free. While initial reports from AndroLib suggested that Google had surpassed the 20,000 app milestone, a company spokesperson later set the record straight and deflated the numbers. According to the spokesperson, "there are currently more than 16,000 free and paid apps in Android Market." Even though the Android Market has enjoyed respectable growth, it's still far behind Apple's App Store, which currently has over 100,000 applications... Read more...
AT&T has lost the first battle in its fight against Verizon's anti-ATT-network ads. The company has sued Verizon, saying the maps and statements made in the latest Verizon ads confuse consumers. At issue in the lawsuit, the maps (above) compare Verizon and AT&T 3G coverage. AT&T says that the maps are interpreted by many as indicating that AT&T has not coverage in those areas not marked blue in their map. Instead they simply indicate a lack of 3G coverage. It's clear that Verizon has the advantage in terms of 3G coverage in the U.S., though their CDMA technology has plenty of minuses. At least, however, they don't drop 30 percent of their calls. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy... Read more...
Slacker is making its Slacker Radio app available for Android phones. With the app, music lovers can create a nearly unlimited number of custom stations or enjoy over 100 expert-programmed Slacker genre, seasonal, and spotlight stations, and over 10,000 artist stations. To help you create the perfect custom radio station, the app lets you mark songs as favorites or ban songs and artists. Slacker also provides artist biographies, album reviews, station fine tuning, "peek ahead" song previews, and song lyrics. The Android version of the app supports vertical and horizontal orientation as well as the ability to run in the background while controlling the app from a widget on the desktop. You can... Read more...
It's the third day in a row that Google has celebrated the upcoming 40th anniversary of Sesame Street with a different Google Doodle, but that's not what drew our attention to their home page. Google has always said it wants to keep their home page sparse, yet today, there was a rarity: an ad. It's not as though Google has never put an ad on their home page (think back to Chrome, and the T-Mobile G1), and of course, this is Motorola Droid launch day, and there's nothing like highlighting your well advertised and much-hyped product, is there? Granted, it's really Motorola's and Verizon's product, but still ... At any rate, there's a hard limit of no more than 28 words on Google's home page, and... Read more...
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