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As CTIA gets ready to begin in Las Vegas, AT&T is adding to its lineup by introducing a whole slew of new smartphones and not-so-smartphones that are armed and ready for texting, MMS-ing and email checking. Kicking it off is the Samsung Propel Pro, a sleek and stylish addition that brings a full QWERTY keypad, silver color scheme and a compact sliding form factor. OS wise, you'll be greeted with Windows Mobile 6.1, and Wi-Fi is also included for super quick downloads. Look for it to land next month for $149.99 on a two year contract.Next up is an AT&T exclusive: Nokia's E71x. Said handset has been available for awhile in unlocked form, but this marks the first time a major GSM carrier... Read more...
Say what you will about the iPhone (and the App Store in particular), but it has undoubtedly set off a chain reaction of me-toos. Not long ago, the Android Market was launched to bring the all-too-familiar app shopping experience to G1 users, and now we're hearing that RIM, Nokia and Microsoft are planning to follow suit in short order. Reportedly, Research In Motion will be the first of the trio to debut its own application mart when the CTIA trade show kicks off on Wednesday. The name? BlackBerry App World. We know, it's not the catchiest thing we've ever heard, but it'll do. According to research firm Gartner, the number of mobile phones that can "browse the Web and handle other advanced tasks... Read more...
Too much hassle to carry a BlackBerry, iPhone or any other smartphone? Not worried about having two devices on you at the same time for mobile communication? If you managed to fit into the narrow niche we just described, Peek's newest handheld is probably right down your alley. For those out of the loop, Peek sells handsets that look much like QWERTY-based smartphones produced by the likes of RIM, but instead of making phone calls, these devices strictly do email. In other words, this is your personal email assistant, but not your cellular telephone or mobile web browsing assistant. Weird, right?At any rate, the outfit has just unveiled its second-ever device, the Pronto. Unlike the original... Read more...
It's no secret that Dell has been spending a few of its research and development dollars in the mobile department, but until now, we've yet to actually hear from Texas how close it was to releasing a tangible product. Accordig to a new report from Barron's, it's close enough to have shown at least two products to a number of US carriers. Unfortunately for Dell, it seems the results were less than spectacular. In fact, we're hearing that Shaw Wu, an analyst at Kaufman Bros., has stated that Dell was met with little to no acceptance when showing off its Windows Mobile and Android-based devices. The word he used to describe the reactions were that its handsets were simply too "Dell-like." Ouch.... Read more...
Two different applications have taken Wikipedia and compressed it into smartphone-digestible form. Both sell the resulting database for $10. WikiPock takes up about 4GB of storage, and is currently available for Windows Mobile and Blackberry devices. It's $9.99 for the basic version, but you can opt for a version that includes updates for $14.99. You can also get a pre-loaded 8 GB microSD card if you'd prefer for $15 extra (4GB microSD for $10 extra). An iPhone version is in the works, but at 4GB of required storage, that's quite a hunk of the iPhone memory (since it still strangely, ahem, does have any external storage slots). Note that WikiPock doesn't include images. Ten percent of all WikiPock... Read more...
You may not ever hear about these after today, but Intel has launched four new, unique versions of its Atom processor. We know what you're thinking: "Why in the world won't I hear about 'em?" Probably because these are out in the open in the way its N270 and N280 are; instead, these are meant for use in behind-the-scenes type applications. Think  in-car infotainment devices, media phones, eco-technologies and other industrial-strength applications. The new chips are all meant to serve Intel's flourishing "embedded" business, with each of them falling within the Atom Z5xx series. Now that Intel has a fairly firm grip on the netbook market -- despite counterclaims from the likes of NVIDIA... Read more...
Images of Asus' P835 surfaced as early as December of last year, but it has taken a few months for Asus itself to come clean about its new powerhouse cellphone. Or as Asus calls it, "PDA phone." The potent P835 is designed with multimedia and Web lovers in mind, bringing with it an eye-popping 3.5 inch touch panel that features a practically unheard of WVGA resolution. That's 800 x 480, on a cellphone!Additionally, the new Glide interface promises to be the "most innovative, intuitive and interactive mobile user interface available today," though it's really just a skin over the pre-loaded Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system. Users will have access to 12-key, half-Qwerty and full-Qwerty virtual... Read more...
Touchscreen smartphones are certainly a big hit right now. If you consider Apple’s ever-popular iPhone, HTC’s well-liked Touch lineup, and many others, touch is a high-demand feature. Manufacturers are certainly taking note of this fact. Traditionally speaking, the BlackBerry line of smartphones share a common layout with a QWERTY keyboard located beneath a standard (i.e. non-touchscreen) display.Considering the popularity of touch, you can imagine that Research in Motion wasn’t going to hold out on creating a touchscreen device forever. As to be expected, the company received a lot of hype when it announced the first ever touchscreen BlackBerry smartphone in October of last year. But as the... Read more...
Touchscreen smartphones are certainly a big hit right now. If you consider Apple’s ever-popular iPhone, HTC’s well-received Touch lineup, and many others, touch is a high-demand feature. Manufacturers are certainly taking note of this fact. Traditionally speaking, the BlackBerry line of smartphones share a common layout with a QWERTY keyboard located beneath a standard (i.e. non-touchscreen) display. Considering the popularity of touch, you can imagine that Research in Motion wasn’t going to hold out on creating a touchscreen device forever. As to be expected, the company received a lot of hype when it announced the first ever touchscreen BlackBerry smartphone in October of last year. But as... Read more...
Wednesday at the Thomas Wiesel Technology and Telecom Conference at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, Palm president and CEO Ed Colligan spoke to investors about the Palm Pre, as well as "veiled" threats by Apple against the multi-touch feature in the Palm Web OS. Here's what Colligan said with regards to a potential patent dispute:The whole area of patents is elaborate; a lot of issues there, and a very complex area. One of the things we've done over 15 years is build a very extensive patent portfolio in the mobile computing space, one of the highest-rated patent portfolios in this space, which contains more than 1,500 patents. And the reason you do that is to have a defensive position in... Read more...
Microsoft has provided the world with a sneak peek at its upcoming online synchronization service for Windows Mobile. Some know this service as SkyBox. The service won’t be called SkyBox, however. Instead, it will be called My Phone. The website for the service (getskybox.com) was live earlier but appears down now. The site isn’t fully functional yet, but it did provide a look at what the service will likely offer. Targeted at consumers who want Exchange-like functionality without having to pay for an additional service, My Phone lets you back up your address book and calendar data to a remote server. My Phone will also let you synchronize photos and other files with the remote server, but it... Read more...
Garmin and ASUSTeK announced a partnership that will combine the companies’ navigation and mobile phone expertise to create co-branded location-centric mobile phones. We’ve heard about the nüvifone before, but this is the first comment we’ve heard about an official Garmin and ASUS partnership on the device. According to the announcement, Garmin and ASUS have been working together for over a year on the basis of an ODM relationship to create the initial nüvifone that was announced in 2008. From this experience, the companies concluded that they would be best off by leveraging and combining their expertise at a higher level. Through this partnership, the companies hope that the product line will... Read more...
This won't be the first time we've heard the words "Dell" and "smartphone" in the same phrase, but considering the source here, we're much more inclined to believe something substantial is going on this go around. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Dell, the Round Rock powerhouse known almost entirely for its customizable desktop and notebook PCs, could invade the cellphone market as early as next month. According to "people familiar with the matter," who are curiously unnamed in the report, the outfit has had a team of engineers working on the phones (yes, plural, as in more than one phone) for "more than a year from an office in the Chicago area." More specifically, the handsets being... Read more...
Chi Youngcho, head of the recently created digital media and communications unit at Samsung Electronics, recently hinted at a few new products on a quarter-end conference call with analysts. First up was the mention of a few new handsets, with the executive stating that "in the first half of this year, it will expand its lineup [of touchscreen phones] and upgrade some of the functions including the user interface." Potentially more intriguing was the mention of "various OSes [that would] satisfy the diverse needs of customers." We already knew that Samsung was a proud member of the Open Handset Alliance, and rumors have already swirled around an Android-based mobile arriving in the second quarter... Read more...
The Kogan Agora, which was to be the second Google Android phone released, has been delayed indefinitely. We wrote about the company and the phone earlier; Kogan Technologies is an Australian based, online-only retailer, and it says on its profile page it cuts out all the middle-men so it can offer great deals. It was founded two years ago by Ruslan Kogan. While the phone looked great, and the specs were great, and the pricing was great ($193 and $258 for the Agora and Agora Pro, respectively, in U.S. dollars, unlocked), the company was undoubtedly being ambitious, given its size. Here's what the company said on its blog: The Agora did reach a very late stage of development. Manufacturing had... Read more...
Nokia released its new flagship smartphone, the N97, Tuesday at the Nokia World 2008 conference. With a full QWERTY keyboard and a tilting 3.5-inch touch screen, this phone targets "internet-savvy consumers." The N97 mixes the best of the old with some interesting new additions. The built in Web browser allows easy access to multiple social-networking sites, as well as streaming of Flash video.  This "phone" also features both a music and video player, a 5 megapixel camera, and a relatively large 32GB of on-board memory, that is further expandable with microSD cards.  With this phone, Nokia has introduced a new feature called "social location." By using the capabilities... Read more...
We’re starting to see more and more smartphones with built-in GPS capabilities these days. Now, thanks to Pharos, we have two more options. But new phones aren’t the only new thing from Pharos: The company recently introduced its new Smart Navigator software in addition to two new unlocked GPS smartphones running Windows Mobile. The new Pharos Traveler 117 and 127 are the first phones from Pharos to incorporate Pharos Smart Navigator, a new hybrid navigational product that was designed specifically for Microsoft Windows Mobile devices. Smart Navigator combines navigation software with real-time location services for traffic, maps, incremental map updates, dynamic POI (points of interest)... Read more...
Kudos to the folks over at the independent product warranty company, SquareTrade, for not just offering warranties beyond that of merchants and manufacturers, but for also actually analyzing the failure rate data from over 15,000 new cell phones they covered. Their recent analysis, which is available as a PDF report here, compares the failure rates of iPhone, Blackberry, and Treo handsets, and found that the iPhone was the hardiest one of them all. Within the first 12 months of ownership, SquareTrade saw a 5.6-percent malfunction rate with iPhones. Blackberry handsets saw more than twice as many malfunctions at 11.9 percent; and Treos saw the highest frequency of malfunctions at 16.2 percent.... Read more...
It’s hard to avoid making comparisons to Apple’s iPhone when you mention the HTC Touch Diamond. Although they are very different phones running on different operating systems, the Touch Diamond is arguably one of the closest competitors in the U.S. market today to the popular iPhone in terms of unique touch controls, an attractive looking user interface, power and versatility. Even though the phones compete in some areas, it’s important to understand that there’s a big difference between the Touch Diamond and the iPhone in terms of their intended users. You see, HTC designed the Touch Diamond as a Windows Mobile, business-friendly device. Click the link below and take a look... Sprint HTC Touch... Read more...
AT&T and Samsung recently released the Samsung Epix, a new smartphone with a 2.5-inch touch screen and an optical mouse. This new smartphone, powered by Windows Mobile 6.1, boasts of the first-ever optical mouse on a phone sold in the U.S. The optical mouse is located between the right and left soft keys, where you’d typically find a four-way navigation key. Coincidentally, the optical mouse can also serve double-duty as a four-way navigational key if you prefer.Additional features of the Epix include: 802.11 b/g aGPS AT&T Video Share support tri-band HSDPA (850/1900/2100) quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900) simultaneous voice and data capabilities 2.0MP camera with video-capture full... Read more...
Here's a quick quiz for you: Which smartphone in the U.S. accesses the mobile Internet the most? If you guessed the iPhone, you're wrong. According to metrics published by the mobile Internet ad-serving company, AdMob, More RIM BlackBerry 8100 smartphones accessed the Internet in the U.S. in August than any other smartphone--although the Palm Centro was right behind the 8100. The Apple iPhone was actually the fourth most-used smartphone in August in the U.S. for mobile Internet access (the RIM Blackberry 8300 took the number three spot).Based on traffic to the mobile Internet sites that AdMob's serves ads to, AdMob reports that smartphones account for 23.7 percent of U.S. mobile Internet traffic.... Read more...
Adobe is today releasing their new AIR software development system, which will allow end users to achieve their own personal information cloud that straddles their digital journey across the desktop, the Internet, and various smart devices like phones.  Adobe sees AIR as a major advance that builds on its Flash multimedia software. Flash is the engine behind Web animations, e-commerce sites and many streaming videos. It is, the company says, the most ubiquitous software on earth, residing on almost all Internet-connected personal computers.But most people may never know AIR is there. Applications will look and run the same whether the user is at his desk or his portable computer, and soon... Read more...
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