Greg Kumparak

Greg Kumparak is the Mobile Editor at Techcrunch. Greg has been writing for the TechCrunch network since May of 2008.

Greg was born just outside of San Jose, and now lives in the East Bay of California.

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  • Sony Ericsson BeiBei demo video released

    Hot on the trail of the Sony Ericsson Paris video we saw a few days ago, a demo video of the equally unannounced-yet-widely-known-about Sony Ericsson G702 BeiBei has hit the tubes. Unfortunately, the guy with the snazzy cardigan from the Paris video doesn’t make an appearance this time around. Like the Paris, the WiFi totin’ BeiBei is expected to get its official announcement at Sony… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile Festival Wild Card Special Edition

    Virgin Mobile Festival Wild Card Special Edition

    To celebrate the Virgin Mobile Festival coming up in August, Virgin and Kyocera are launching a limited run of the custom-themed Virgin Mobile Festival Wild Card Special Edition. Believe it not, that’s supposedly an abridged version the device’s full name: Virgin Mobile Festival Wild Card Special Edition Ultra Mobile Xtreme Deux Plus. Deluxe. They’re throwing in all kinds of… Read More

  • Hutchison Telecom bringing iPhone to Hong Kong

    Hutchison Telecom bringing iPhone to Hong Kong

    Joining Japan and Korea on the list of Asian countries planning on bringing the iPhone over, Hutchison Telecom is set to bring the iPhone to Hong Kong and Macau within the next few months. They’re being a bit hush-hush about the specifics, especially about whether the iPhone they’ll offer will be 2G or 3G – but it’s pretty safe to assume it’ll be the latter. Still no… Read More

  • Samsung Soul slider reborn as candybar, dubbed Soulb

    Samsung Soul slider reborn as candybar, dubbed Soulb

    Samsung has announced the Soulb, which they say contains “all the merits of Soul DNA” in a candy bar form factor. The names an interesting one — though I’m unable to replicate it here without using an image, the trailing b in Soulb is actually written as if it were a superscript, like so: . How would that be pronounced? Soul to the power of b? Soul-bee? Soul bar? The… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson Paris demo spot hits the Internets

    Sony Ericsson Paris demo spot hits the Internets

    Someone managed to get their hands on the ad spot for Sony Ericsson’s P5 Paris, and as with just about any video with “Paris” in the title, it wound up on the internet for all to see. Details about this QWERTY/NumPad combo slider have been leaking out since the beginning of April — word is it’ll be made official at Sony Ericsson’s press conference in Amsterdam… Read More

  • Rumor: 3G iPhone to be delayed?

    Rumor: 3G iPhone to be delayed?

    Well, this one is just about as speculatory as it gets: Infineon, who might be supplying the chips for the 3G iPhone, announced this morning that they are seeing less demand for HSDPA chips than they expected from an unnamed project. Analysts are guessing this means the next iPhone has either been delayed, or will launch with lower volumes. Nothing to worry about, iPhone fans. If Steve planned to… Read More

  • Windows Live for Nokia expanding availability

    Windows Live for Nokia expanding availability

    Windows Live for Nokia is a service that brings Live Contacts, Messenger, Hotmail, and Spaces to the Nokia S60 platform. While it has been available in many parts of the world for quite a while, the US and a number of other countries have been missing out. Today, Phil Holden announced on his blog that Windows Live for Nokia would be rolling out in 7 new markets, bringing the total up to 33. The… Read More

  • Samsung Soul slider reborn as candybar, dubbed Soulb

    Samsung Soul slider reborn as candybar, dubbed Soulb

    Samsung has announced the Soulb, which they say contains “all the merits of Soul DNA” in a candy bar form factor. The names an interesting one — though I’m unable to replicate it here without using an image, the trailing b in Soulb is actually written as if it were a superscript, like so: . How would that be pronounced? Soul to the power of b? Soul-bee? Soul bar? The… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson Paris demo spot hits the Internets

    Someone managed to get their hands on the ad spot for Sony Ericsson’s P5 Paris, and the folks over at JustAMP pushed it to YouTube. Details about this QWERTY/NumPad combo slider have been leaking out for the past month. Word is it’ll be made official at Sony Ericsson’s press conference on June 17th. It’s a pretty lookin’ thing for sure, but if it doesn’t let me… Read More

  • Rumor: 3G iPhone to be delayed?

    Rumor: 3G iPhone to be delayed?

    Well, this one is just about as speculatory as it gets: Infineon, who might be supplying the chips for the 3G iPhone, announced this morning that they are seeing less demand for HSDPA chips than they expected from an unnamed project. Analysts are guessing this means the next iPhone has either been delayed, or will launch with lower volumes. Nothing to worry about, iPhone fans. If Steve planned to… Read More

  • Adobe and Qualcomm partner to integrate Flash into BREW

    Adobe and Qualcomm partner to integrate Flash into BREW

    Qualcomm and Adobe have announced a partnership to integrate Adobe Flash directly into the BREW Mobile Platform, further solidifying Flash as a tenable platform for mobile development. BREW is Qualcomm’s mobile application development platform, while “BREW Mobile Platform” is the name of the next generation of BREW. As you may know, a Flash Lite for BREW extension has been… Read More

  • MTS dropping $1.6 billion on 3G for Russia

    MTS dropping $1.6 billion on 3G for Russia

    Mobile TeleSystems, Russia’s largest carrier, is planning to spend up to 1.6 billion dollars (or roughly 37 billion rubles, which is far more fun to say) to roll out a national 3G network which they’re aiming to complete by 2012 — right around when some countries might be starting to implement 4G networks. A bit late, perhaps – but hey, faster speeds are never a bad thing. Read More

  • Adobe and Qualcomm partner to integrate Flash into BREW

    Adobe and Qualcomm partner to integrate Flash into BREW

    Qualcomm and Adobe have announced a partnership to integrate Adobe Flash directly into the BREW Mobile Platform, further solidifying Flash as a tenable platform for mobile development. BREW is Qualcomm’s mobile application development platform, while “BREW Mobile Platform” is the name of the next generation of BREW. While there is already a Flash Lite for BREW extension… Read More

  • New white papers reveal more XPERIA X1 specs

    New white papers reveal more XPERIA X1 specs

    Sony Ericsson recently pushed a new white paper, shining some more light on the drop dead gorgeous QWERTY/Touchscreen slider. While much of the spec sheet just outlines known or otherwise humdrum details (Yes! Emoticon support in e-mail!!), there are a few notable points: 256 MB of SDRAM 512MB of NAND flash 10 Hour talk time on GSM, 6.5 hour talk time on UMTS 3.1 Hour video call time 1500 mAh… Read More

  • Goldman Sachs analyst predicts 30 million iPhone users by the end of 2010

    Goldman Sachs analyst predicts 30 million iPhone users by the end of 2010

    Oh, Apple. I originally brushed off your iPhone for its lack of (legitimately) addable applications, and now you’re the only ones with the right idea in mind. Goldman Sachs analyst David Bailey expects Apple’s iPhone App Store, which should be coming sometime near the end of June on the back of the iPhone 2.0 software, to play a huge part in tripling the iPhone userbase to 30 million… Read More

  • Skyfire Raises $13 million in Series B Funding

    Skyfire Raises $13 million in Series B Funding

    Skyfire Labs Inc., makers of the “game-changing” Skyfire mobile browser, announced today that they have raised $13 million in Series B funding. This round of funding is led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, and includes previous investors Matrix Partners and Trinity Ventures. This brings the total funding up to $17.8 million, following a $4.8 million Series A round in June of last year. Read More

  • Skyfire scores $13 million in funding

    Skyfire scores $13 million in funding

    Skyfire Labs Inc., makers of the “game-changing” Skyfire mobile browser, announced today that they have raised $13 million in Series B funding. This round of funding is led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, and includes previous investors Matrix Partners and Trinity Ventures. This brings the total funding up to $17.8 million, following a $4.8 million Series A round in June of last year. Read More

  • Google reveals App Engine pricing plan, APIs, no more waiting list

    Google reveals App Engine pricing plan, APIs, no more waiting list

    Google is planning a few announcements for their web application platform, Google App Engine, at tomorrow’s I/O Conference, but the folks over at ReadWriteWeb managed to get the details a bit early in a pre-conference interview. One of the announcements will be pricing plans for resource allotments past what Google offers developers with their free accounts. Though free accounts come packed… Read More

  • Trailer released for second Futurama movie, The Beast with a Billion Backs

    I heart Futurama. I dig the series and, even though I made the typical fanboy mistake of assuming a movie would suck something terrible, I really enjoyed Bender’s Big Score. With the release of the trailer for the second flick, The Beast with a Billion Backs, I’m starting to get all giddy again. It apparently follows up on the events of the first, so if you didn’t hate the first… Read More

  • Sprint's QChat PTT going national in June

    Sprint's QChat PTT going national in June

    Click image for larger version QChat is a CDMA upgrade to Nextel’s iDEN Push-to-talk network, which increases connection performance while allowing interoperability with the legacy iDEN network. The service was originally rumored to be set to roll out nationally back in April, but hit a few delays with unknown causes. It looks like whatever issues were causing the delays have been worked out… Read More