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Nokia still holds the lion's share of the cell phone market place, but that edge is quickly slipping away. The Finnish handset maker has arguably fallen into the same holding pattern that has brought Sony Ericsson to its knees, and with players like Apple, Samsung, LG and HTC innovating at a rapid pace, Nokia has been left behind in some respects. Of course, the company is still selling an awful lot of low-end handsets to emerging markets, but it has no major players in the smartphone space that rival the Droid and iPhone in terms of hype, buzz and overall features.Now, according to a new report, it looks like Nokia may be lagging behind for a little while longer. Reportedly, the company will... Read more...
Hoping to better target the mobile Internet market, Lenovo announced that it is planning to buy back the entire interest of Lenovo Mobile Communication Technology from a group of investors. Lenovo is putting up $200 million in cash and stock to reacquire its former mobile business sold to a group of investors in March 2008. The announcement shows just how anxious PC makers are to get in on the handheld smartphone market, especially since we're seeing more convergence between the personal computing and mobile handset industry. It also shows how important China is to the market with its 700 million mobile subscribers. Given that Lenovo Mobile currently ranks No.3 in China’s mobile handset market... Read more...
HP hasn't really been a major force in the smartphone arena for quite a few years, but they're still rather important in the business sector. Granted, even in that arena it's fighting the likes of RIM and Apple now, but if you're a Windows Mobile loyalist, you'll be right at home here. The iPAQ Glisten is AT&T's newest 3G world phone, and honestly, it looks pretty darn slick. It's also the first phone to ever come to AT&T with an AMOLED display, despite the fact that the screen is just 2.5" due to the QWERTY keyboard beneath it. The phone runs on a standard edition of Windows Mobile 6.5, and it comes with a stylus and the all-important Flash support. There's also a GPS chip, Office, voice... Read more...
Nokia's highly anticipated N900 is now available in the U.S.; it's also shipping to customers who preordered the Maemo-powered mobile computer. The N900 has a 3.5-inch touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard, and four customizable home screens. This handheld also offers a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a dual LED flash. Operating on the Linux-based Maemo platform with 32GB of storage and multiple connectivity options, the N900 gives users multiple ways to connect to the Internet, access their email, files, and much more. The N900 is also capable of multitasking. "Consumers from every segment of the population are looking for more out of their mobile device - more power, more ability,... Read more...
Saygus unveiled a new Android equipped smartphone that has two-way video calling capabilities. The Saygus VPhone is expected to be available as a CDMA device through Verizon’s Open Development Initiative (ODI). The VPhone has two cameras—a 5 MP main camera with auto focus and flash and a VGA forward-facing camera for video calling. The phone also offers Wi-Fi, USB, Bluetooth, a slide-out keyboard, and a screen resolution that is twice that of the iPhone. Its long-life battery can provide up to four hours of video calling and seven hours of talk time. Using major U.S. cellular networks, Saygus has achieved two-way cellular video calls at 24 to 30 frames per second using its low bandwidth video... Read more...
AT&T is adding RIM's BlackBerry Curve 8520 to its lineup. Like many BlackBerry handhelds, the Curve 8520 features a full QWERTY keyboard and a touch-sensitive trackpad. It also has built-in Wi-Fi, an advanced media player with dedicated media keys, and a 2 megapixel camera with video recording capabilities. Other key specs include a 320x240 display, a 512 MHz processor, and 256 MB of Flash memory. AT&T currently offers more than 20,000 U.S. hotspots for Wi-Fi access. As with other Wi-Fi enabled BlackBerry smartphones from AT&T, BlackBerry Curve 8520 users with a qualifying data plan get unlimited access to these domestic hotspots at no additional cost. All consumer BlackBerry unlimited... Read more...
It's somewhat hard to believe that Nokia's E72 smartphone actually launched way back in June, and trust us, a lot has happened in the mobile world since then. Even Nokia itself has shown off a new smartphone OS (Maemo 5), but the tried and true Symbian S60 is powering this one. The E72 is a slim, broad candybar-styled smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard that's always out in the open. According to Nokia, the wait to snag one has finally ended--if anyone was still waiting around for it, that is. This phone builds on the similar E71, maintaining the same basic form factor but adding new functionality such as desktop-like email and chat experiences. Morevoer, the latest version of Ovi Maps with... Read more...
If AT&T is your home for the iPhone, Sprint is your home for webOS devices and Verizon is your home for the Motorola Droid, we guess T-Mobile USA is the home for all other Android phones. Ever since the G1 launched on the carrier last year, it seems like a never-ending flow of Android handsets have found their way onto America's second-largest GSM operator. The next handset in line for deployment is the Samsung Behold II, which bills itself as a "multimedia powerhouse." The phone features a full 3.2" touch-screen OLED panel, integrated Wi-Fi, support for T-Mobile's 3G network, a 5MP camera (with autofocus, zoom, flash, five shooting modes and video capabilities) and Samsung's own cube menu... Read more...
Although the Garmin-Asus nüvifone M20 may have taken a little while to become available, the companies are not ignoring the fact that a new version of Windows Mobile is now available. Garmin-Asus recently announced that this all-in-one phone is now available with Windows Mobile 6.5. Thankfully, early adopters aren't left in the cold—they'll receive an update to bring them up to date with the latest OS. Windows Mobile 6.5 provides improvements such as large touch-optimized icons, mobile applications via the Windows Marketplace for Mobile, and the Microsoft My Phone service. The My Phone service offers features such as data migration, data auto-syncing, backup and restoration, and remote data wiping.... Read more...
The day has finally come, folks. Dell is getting into the smartphone business. It's kind of tough to believe, actually. Dell has been a staple in the PC industry for years, selling customized desktops, notebooks, netbooks, all-in-one PCs, media centers and every possible PC accessory you could ever think of. But what it hasn't done is, well, anything other than that. Until today.With the cellphone industry at large booming, particularly in respect to smartphones, the company is looking for ways to broaden its product line and possibly make up for sagging demand for desktops. We'd heard over the past few months that the company was indeed working on something to talk on, and now Dell has finally... Read more...
It has been quite some time since Nokia issued a smartphone that was reasonably competitive with the slew of Android handsets on the market, Apple's iPhone and Palm's Pre. Granted, the company has never really had a huge foothold in the North American smartphone market, but with market share slipping away in other parts of the world, it's apparently looking to pick things back up with the N900.The N900 represents a huge leap of faith for Nokia. It's the company's first smartphone based around the new Maemo 5 operating system, and it's the first OS that has been designed to really rival the other modern-day systems on phones today. In fact, Nokia calls this a "mobile computer," and starting right... Read more...
It seems like the Droid has been receiving all the attention of late, but for those looking for something a bit simpler, AT&T has two new options from Samsung Mobile. Up first, the Mythic is delivering a 3.3" full touch screen display, Samsung's own TouchWiz internet, one-touch access to features including AT&T Mobile TV and social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace, and the ability to watch CBS Mobile, CNBC, CNN Mobile, COMEDY CENTRAL, ESPN Mobile TV, FOX Mobile, FOX News, MSNBC, MTV, NBC 2Go, Nickelodeon and the movie channel Crackle right on the phone. Granted, you'll be paying $9.99 per month (down from $15) for the mobile TV service, but who knows--maybe it's worth it... Read more...
We're not exactly sure when it happened, but we're pretty confident that it happened. What's "it?" The fall of the BlackBerry. Remember just a year ago, it seemed like RIM had all the buzz it could handle. People were upgrading from normal phones to BlackBerry handsets en masse, and the touch screen Storm seemed poised to rival even Apple's iPhone. Of course, the Storm didn't exactly do as well as the company would have liked, and it seems that they've been losing steam ever since. In fact, when's the last time RIM upgrading the BlackBerry OS? We've seen Android hit 2.0, iPhone OS hit 3.0 and Windows Mobile hit 6.5. All while BB OS lags behind.That said, the loyal BB users are mighty loyal, and... Read more...
Verizon's DROID from Motorola finally goes on sale today & offers many things the iPhone just can't, like taking pictures in low light settings, a hardware keyboard, running simultaneous applications, a 5-megapixel camera, interchangeable batteries, and open development for the platform. The features are there but are they enough to convince users to switch?We take a deep-dive look at Motorola's HOT new DROID smartphone:https://hothardware.com/Articles/Motorola-DROID-Review/... Read more...
Remember Palm's Foleo? Unless you follow consumer electronics and gizmos mighty closely, you probably don't. But for those that do, this is a dead-ringer for. You see, the Foleo was axed by Palm before it even had a chance in the market place, and considering just how popular netbooks have become, there's some that thing Palm goofed up by pulling the plug instead of re-tooling it. That said, it's pretty clear now that the Foleo would indeed have failed in this market, as Celio's REDFLY has a pretty small following (and a very similar motto).Still, for those stuck with a REDFLY--which is basically a large screen and fuller-sized keyboard for a mobile device--this new update could be great news.... Read more...
Sony Ericsson is a name linked directly to great design in the cellphone industry, but lately, it has been overshadowed in the smartphone sector by the likes of Apple, HTC and Samsung. One of the main reasons that it has struggled against the competition is its long-standing reliance on Windows Mobile. WinMo, regardless of what Microsoft says, isn't the OS it used to be. Even WinMo 6.5 is just the same old OS with a nice layer over top of it, though we do have hope that WinMo 7.0 will bring about the revolution we've been waiting for.At any rate, the big thing that SE has been missing is Android support, and that's exactly what it's getting today with the introduction of the XPERIA X10. Launched... Read more...
Today's the day! Motorola's CLIQ, which was seen as the phone that may be given the daunting task of revitalizing the company's handset sector, is finally available to the general public. If you'll recall, this Android-based phone was made available only to existing T-Mobile customers looking to upgrade for the final few days in October, giving them a small windows of "exclusive time" to brag to all of their friends.Of course, it looks as if Motorola could be its own worse enemy here, as just days before the CLIQ went on sale to the public, it launched its Droid over on Verizon. And for the exact same price, no less. In fact, the CLIQ looks like a poor choice with the Droid just three days away... Read more...
The new Motorola Droid isn't Verizon's only upcoming Android smartphone. In addition to the much-hyped handset which is set to arrive on Friday, the wireless carrier is also planning to unleash the Droid Eris this week. It appears the Droid Eris is a modified HTC Hero, a handset that is currently available as an Android 1.5 device from Sprint. HTC has said an Android 2.0 update is in the works. For this reason, we wouldn't be surprised if the Droid Eris ships with Android 1.5 with an update to Android 2.0 released at some point in the future. From leaked specs, it appears this phone will have a 528MHz Qualcomm CPU and a 320x480 resolution multi-touch display. It is also said to have a standard... Read more...
No interest in waiting until November 6th to fight the lines at your local Verizon Wireless store? No interest in waiting for a $100 mail-in rebate that may or may not ever arrive? Best Buy Mobile has your back. The big box retailer has announced that it's taking pre-orders for the Motorola Droid--the world's first Android 2.0 device--right now, and it's probably worth your while to shop here versus at Verizon. Why? For starters, you can walk right in and get your name on the list now, with no waiting necessary. This secures your place in line to get a phone that'll undoubtedly have more demand than any other phone that Verizon has offered in years. Also, the $100 mail-in rebate that'll be attached... Read more...
Wow, talk about a rapid fall from grace. Of course, anyone with any understanding of the current GPS/smartphone landscape could see this coming from a mile away, but those who were duped into laying out $300 for Garmin-Asus' nüvifone G60 back on October 4th are probably kicking themselves right about now.Merely weeks after the hybrid GPS/phone landed at AT&T, Amazon now has the same device up for just $99 with a 2-year AT&T contract. That's $200 off a $300 phone. Again, wow. But the story here seeps deeper than just a huge discount on a brand new phone that the world has been waiting years for. The story goes on to Garmin's own stock price, which dipped significantly during trading hours... Read more...
If you’ve been following news and announcements surrounding the Android operating system, you may have picked up on the fact that Google hasn’t announced Android 2.0 or the SDK. An official announcement hasn’t stopped Verizon from talking about this new OS, however. In fact, Verizon has said the upcoming Motorola Droid will run Android version 2.0. Word on the street says this much-hyped new Android phone will officially be announced tomorrow, October 28. Two other recently released Android smartphones, the Samsung Moment and the Motorola CLIQ still run older versions of Android. Motorola has customized the interface on the CLIQ, but it’s still not Android 2.0. Looking at it another way, Verizon... Read more...
Remember those Sony Ericsson Bluetooth watches that were all the rage around 5 years ago? We figured that those had all but died out, but it looks like Research In Motion thinks otherwise. The creator of the BlackBerry handset has just commissioned Allerta in order to bring to market the world's first BlackBerry watch. You read that correctly--a BlackBerry watch!The timepiece, which is debately attractive, will come with a 1.3" OLED screen, a metal body, a vibrating motor for near-silence notifications and a microUSB port. The rechargeable battery can live up to four days under general use scenarios, but we'd probably charge it every three if you're a heavy user.As you'd expect, this watch connects... Read more...
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