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Today, Apple officially announced iPhone OS 3.1 which includes Genius recommendations for the App Store. The update also provides a ringtone store with over 30,000 ringtones which are available for $1.29 each. For users who find it tedious to search for and find new applications in Apple’s App Store, the Genius media-recommendation algorithm should come in handy. The algorithm looks at the apps you already own and then makes recommendations based on that information. The iPhone OS 3.1 update also includes a number of iTunes 9 related features such as support for Genius Mixes, the ability to generate playlists of tracks based on your library, the ability to organize applications on your iPhone’s... Read more...
HTC's Hero just sounds like a powerful phone. And with Android loaded in, it's hard to dispute the allure. But up until now, anyone interested in bringing one home had to purchase a GSM version in unlocked form for use on AT&T or T-Mobile, and that required quite a few hundred dollars. Starting early next month, however, all that changes. Sprint, home of "The Now Network," has just announced that it will be picking up the smartphone starting on October 11th, and it's not just the radio that'll be changing. The CDMA Hero will also boast a slightly refined look, one that dose away with the so-called "chin" and goes flat like the myTouch 3G. If you're keeping tabs, this marks Sprint's first-ever... Read more...
After signing a deal with Microsoft in February, LG is in the process of making Windows Mobile its primary smartphone platform. It appears the company is making good progress; LG recently announced plans to launch three new smartphones in the next few weeks that run on Windows software. The new phones will be the first phones from LG to feature the new Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system from Microsoft. LG believes this latest version of Windows Mobile will make it easier for users to navigate the Web. In all, LG plans to launch a total of 13 new Windows phones globally by the end of next year. Microsoft is hoping that its Windows Mobile operating system will continue to compete with and challenge... Read more...
To say HTC's original 'Touch' was a smash hit would be understating things greatly, so it makes perfect sense to see the smartphone maker coming out with a second edition to tempt the masses. Slated to launch on October 6th as one of the world's first "Windows phones," the Touch2 will be among only a handful of cellphones to be introduced on or before early October with Windows Mobile 6.5 onboard. The operating system is obviously the bragging point here, with Microsoft hoping to save some face from the many issues that have troubled users of WinMo 6.1. HTC isn't dishing out too many details on the device just yet, but we do know that it will be a touchscreen-based phone with "a familiar touch... Read more...
Sprint customers who’ve been waiting for the HTC Touch Pro2 won’t have to wait much longer. This hot new phone will be available on Sprint’s network beginning September 8 for $349.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a two-year agreement. The Touch Pro2 runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 and the TouchFLO user interface. The latest version of HTC’s TouchFLO 3D user interface makes it easy to switch from email to a call with a single touch. The phone also supports many of Sprint’s entertainment applications including Sprint TV with live and on-demand programming, NFL Mobile Live, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile.  The phone features a 3.6-inch WVGA variable-angle tilting touch screen and a slide-out keyboard... Read more...
If you haven't generated a UMPC/MID/Tablet PC of your own by now, you've probably missed the boat. In an effort to catch the last vessel out, Sharp has this week introduced a new portable PC that isn't likely to sell well based on figures from prior attempts, but it's certainly a compelling device. The so-called mini mobile PC is designed to boot up quickly, support touch inputs and recognize key presses via a QWERTY keyboard. One could say that this unit slides into the confusing new "smartbook" category, which is designed to please those who feel that a smartphone is too small and a netbook too large. This "NetWalker" device ships with a 5" high-resolution touch panel (1024x600), 800MHz Freescale... Read more...
Let's face it--Apple's App Store is big business. Really big. And if you paid any attention to the fact that Apple saw its 1.5 billionth (yes, with a "B") app downloaded back in July, you'd know that things still weren't even close to slowing down. But have you ever stopped to think about just how much cash is being generated in the store frequented so often by iPhone and iPod touch users? AdMob's latest findings, which study usage habits of smartphone users, saw that around $200 million of apps are sold each and every month in Apple's App Store, meaning that said outlet is a $2.4 billion per year industry. That, friends, is wild. We'd venture to say that even Steve Jobs himself didn't see that... Read more...
Nokia’s latest E900 has some people wondering if the company has finally come up with a smartphone that will rival Apple’s iPhone. Aimed at the top end of the market, you may recall that the new N900 is the company’s first phone running on Linux software. By taking advantage of Nokia's Linux-based Maemo operating system, the handset offers multitasking and Web browsing capabilities using its touchscreen and slide-out keyboard. Although the N900 might be Nokia’s latest high-end device, don’t think this means the company is moving away from its Symbian operating system, which is currently the most widely used mobile operating system in the world. Nokia has said that Linux will work with—not replace—the... Read more...
Already launched on Verizon Wireless and Alltel, Sprint has become the next to official trumpet the release of RIM's BlackBerry Tour. We already knew the company was planning to put its own stamp on the highly-acclaimed smartphone, and just like that, the Tour 9630 has become a family member with Palm's Pre and the like. Boasting a 3G radio, GPS, document editing and a 3.2MP camera, this phone is certainly looking like a solid rival to the aforesaid Pre and Apple's iPhone. RIM claims that web browsing is faster than ever here, with easy access to social networking sites and a microSD card slot to load up your multimedia. The phone itself is slimmer than a deck of playing cards, and considering... Read more...
Move over 5800, you've got company. Announced today, Nokia has issued yet another candybar-styled smartphone in its expanding touch phone range: the 5230. We have all ideas that Nokia would rename this should it ever be subsidized by a US carrier, but the four-number model name is a staple of its touch phones when released internationally and in unlocked form. What really makes this unit different than the 5800 before it is the price and intended market. For the first time, Nokia is hoping to tempt lower-end customers with a touch-friendly Symbian S60 phone. We'll admit--the design definitely looks high-end, but the 149 Euro ($212) price tag certainly isn't. And remember, that's without any contract... Read more...
Enjoying that old school MEdia Net data plan on your feature phone or smartphone? Get ready to kiss it goodbye should you ever choose to upgrade to a new phone. Proving once again that all good things must eventually end, AT&T has today made clear that any phone that it deems a "smartphone" will be subject to the same $30/month data plan that iPhone and BlackBerry users currently endure.In other words, any Palm, Windows Mobile or Symbian S60-based phone that is purchased from AT&T will have to be paired with a $30/month data plan. And yes, that includes the incredible small Nokia Surge, which is absolutely no a smartphone by anyone's definition other than AT&T's. Of course, if you... Read more...
Nokia's much-hyped XpressMusic 5800 was met with high expectations. It was the company's first foray into the full touchscreen world with Symbian S60, and hopes were high that it would really rival the iPhone and other touch alternatives in HTC, LG and Samsung's lineup. Unfortunately, the North American version had some pretty significant issues, and even though Nokia eventually cleared most of them up, it was still widely viewed as a lackluster first attempt. That said, the 5800 Navigation Edition certainly sounds more appealing. Underneath, the phone is still the 5800 you're used to, but unlike the multimedia-loving original, this one is set up to handle a good bit of routing (and re-routing).... Read more...
Verizon Wireless and Sprint have already announced plans to ship RIM's newest BlackBerry (that'd be the Tour), and now Alltel Wireless is jumping in to yell "me too!" Of course, it's sort of odd for Alltel to waste the marketing dollars here considering that VZW is already showing ads informing the general public that Alltel and Verizon are about to nail down a merge, but we digress.The same CDMA-ready 3G Tour that can be purchased on America's biggest two CDMA operators is also making a beeline for Alltel shelves (while they're still blue, anyway). As with the other carriers, Alltel's Tour also features a 2.44" display, 3.2MP camera, video recording, a PowerPoint reader, multimedia player and... Read more...
Nearly a month ago, we told you about RadioShack’s plan to offer T-Mobile phones and services in its retail stores. Now, we’re seeing that plan put into practice: The new T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google as well as other T-Mobile products and services are currently available in more than 4,000 RadioShack stores across the United States and in Puerto Rico. “With an exciting product like T-Mobile’s myTouch 3G, The Shack continues to build its authority in innovative, mobile technology,” said Peter Whitsett, Executive Vice President of Merchandising for RadioShack. “The Android platform, with its broad array of unique applications, offers our customers another exciting option for their mobile lifestyle.”... Read more...
You've got to hand it to 'em here, Palm sure is doing a bang-up job in reviving itself. Around this time last year, many pundits wondered if the company famous for creating the Palm Pilot and Treo smartphone would live to reach the next decade. The Palm Pre turned things around for the California-based company, but it's still struggling to contend with Apple's almighty App Store.You see, no matter how swank the Pre's webOS is, it still lags badly in the app quantity department. Apple has well over 50,000 apps to choose from. The Pre has less than 50. All that could begin to change in the near future, however, as this week Palm opened up its e-commerce beta program for the Palm App Catalog.If... Read more...
Welp, so much for keeping a secret! Those far-out rumors we heard just a few months ago were apparently true, and now the suits at Dell can finally talk (somewhat) freely about their plans to finally enter the burgeoning world of cellular telephones. For whatever reason, Dell has waited for what feels like years to confirm rampant rumors that it was working on developing its very own smartphone(s), but in a brief report, we're finally told that the company famous for its Inspiron family and Mini netbook range will soon be competing with HTC, LG, Samsung, Apple and Palm in highly crowded mobile phone arena. Spokesman Matthew Parretta has done the honors, confirming that Dell was recently showing... Read more...
In June, we told you about TomTom’s plan to bring turn-by-turn navigation to the iPhone 3GS. Now that TomTom has officially launched its iPhone app, this plan has become reality. The application works with many of the iPhone’s controls, including its multi-touch display and accelerometer for portrait / landscape viewing. The app can also interact with your address book to provide easy directions to an entry in your contact list. Like other TomTom navigational offerings, the iPhone app offers numerous points of interest and uses IQ Routes technology to help determine the best possible route, taking into account data that has been collected from millions of drivers. TomTom claims that IQ Routes... Read more...
For frequent fliers at select airports, paperless boarding is no big deal. In fact, it's a way of life they adopted well over a year ago. But for many, they still have to search tirelessly to find which pocket they crammed their boarding pass into before stripping down and cruising through security. In an effort to get more and more travelers onto flights without any additional paper (and paperwork), the Transportation Security Administration and Continental Airlines have jointly announced the expansion of the Paperless Boarding Pass pilot program at San Diego International Airport. The program will allow passengers to receive boarding passes electronically on their cell phones or PDAs, which... Read more...
HTC's Touch Pro2 is being widely hailed as the very best Windows Mobile-based smartphone ever. Which makes sense considering that HTC's legendary hardware is behind the magic, not to mention the fact that the WinMo operating system has been turned on its side and laced with nice customizations from HTC's software team. This week, the QWERTY-equipped phone went on sale at T-Mobile USA, which is currently the only carrier in the nation to offer it. We've reason to believe that the phone will eventually come to each of the Big 4 operators (AT&T, T-Mobile USA, Sprint and Verizon Wireless), but those needing this sweet piece of machinery right now only have one option. And clearly, that one option... Read more...
Sure, Apple's App Store has surpassed 1.5 billion downloads. But that's just the beginning, according to an analysis of the smartphone market. Frost & Sullivan released the analysis today, "An Insight into the U.S. Smartphone Application Storefront Market" and predicts downloads to smartphones from all app stores will hit 6.67 billion in 2014. That includes prepaid mobile, SMS and MMS, mobile Internet, iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, Palm and Symbian. One might wonder if Frost & Sullivan's prediction is a bit low, given that it took just a month for Apple's App Store to leap from 1 billion to 1.5 billion, and considering that more and more companies that make or provide service to smartphones... Read more...
Assuming a mole from Best Buy is correct, the retailer is going to be a busy place on August 23rd. The mole has provided Boy Genius Report with a screenshot that shows Best Buy’s plans to begin offering a number of anticipated feature phones that day. Although it’s no iPhone, the Samsung Omnia 2 is definitely one of the hot upcoming phones that will soon be available on Verizon’s network according to the leaked screenshot. Other popular phones include the Samsung Rogue, LG Chocolate Touch, and Samsung u450 Intensity, all for Verizon. T-Mobile is said to be getting the Samsung Gravity 2, while AT&T users will be able to enjoy the Samsung Solstice and the LG Xenon. Sprint users will have a... Read more...
After many delays, Garmin-Asus finally started shipping the nüvifone to Asian markets in late July, though some locations won’t get the phone until this month. Now, we’re hearing an update that the nüvifone is on track to launch in the U.S. in the fourth quarter. During a conference call with analysts, Garmin confirmed that its nüvifone (originally due in the third quarter of 2008) is in final testing with U.S. carriers. Garmin would not reveal the carriers that are testing the product. nüvifone G60 (Linux-powered) Garmin expects the nüvifone to contribute $100 million to $200 million in revenues this year. While reporting its second-quarter earnings, Garmin told analysts it expects sales of... Read more...
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