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  • Verizon soon to offer Android, BlackBerry, and Palm on Pre-Paid

    Good news for any contract-a-phobic smartphone fans out there: several leaks today pointing to a high likelihood that Verizon will soon offer most of their Android line up (including the Droid series, as well as the yet-to-be released Samsung Fascinate), a healthy dash of BlackBerries, and both the Palm Pixie Plus and the Palm Pre Plus, on their Prepaid Monthly Talk and Monthly Talk &… Read More

  • The T-Mobile G2's Official Pictures Get Leaked

    The G2, sequel to the late, lamented G1, has been leaking all over the place. This latest, caught by CellPhone Signal, has what appear to be the official pictures for T-Mobile’s site, and though they don’t really reveal anything new, they’re clear and show the handset off well. And would you care for some specs with those leaked pics, madame? 3.7″ OLED… Read More

  • Facebook for webOS gets a lil' upgrade, gets some much needed features

    Slow and steady wins the race, right? Wrong. Not in the mobile world. In the mobile world, where next month’s software patch is all the rage before it’s even announced, slow and steady gets you tromped all over. Alas, until HP/Palm really get into their post-merger swing, slow and steady is all they’ve got. This morning, that slow and steady pace brings a minor update (1.3)… Read More

  • LG E900 gets caught on video, whispers of a 1.3Ghz CPU abound

    Don’t get your hopes up too high, Android fans. Contrary to what the watermarks over there might imply, that’s no Android phone. It’s the Windows Phone 7-powered LG E900 — the very same one that Microsoft self-“leaked” last week. This time, though, it’s actually a picture of reasonable quality — oh, and it comes with video and specs to boot. Read More

  • Sprint Epic 4G available today for $249 on a 2-year contract (or less, if you know where to look)

    Oh, you thought we were lying about the Samsung Epic 4G launching on August 31st? One of these days, friend, you’re going to realize we’d never lie to you. Because we love you. Read More

  • Samsung Wave S7320 caught in the wild, gets some hands-on time

    I’m still not entirely sold on Samsung’s Bada operating system — but if Bada gets your boat a’rockin, more power to you. Just yesterday, ol’ Sammy announced their third (or is that fourth? We’ve lost count.) Bada phone: the Wave S7320. Built for the lower-end, what it lacks in Super-AMOLED displays and insanely fast CPU clockspeeds it makes up for in its… Read More

  • UpNext On The iPad Introduces Fluid Labels For 3D Maps

    Navigating maps on computers and mobile devices can still be a clunky experience, especially when you try to search for places on a map. Typically, on Google Maps or Bing Maps, you get a bunch of virtual pushpins for each place which you can click on for more information. UpNext, a 3D mapping startup based in New York City, brings that information forward in amore fluid way in the latest… Read More

  • Samsung Epic 4G Gets Naked For FCC

    With the Samsung Epic 4G launching very soon, here’s an interesting alternative view of the device. If you dig around enough on the FCC website, you’ll be able to find nude pictures of almost every phone. Sometimes they are barely legal shots, like this Samsung Epic 4G. Read More

  • Mysterious Motorola Slider Makes Another, More In-Focus, Appearance

    An extremely blurry picture of a Droid-eyed slider made the rounds a month or so back — so blurry, in fact, that I’m pretty sure they added blur in Photoshop. Well, some in-focus shots of the device have surfaced, and while it doesn’t appear to have outward Droid branding, it does have the familiar eye. Not a lot of information is available, unfortunately. But I will say… Read More

  • Motorola: Droid X's HDMI Port Is Only Active In Gallery App

    The Droid X’s vaunted HDMI out seems to be of extremely limited utility at the moment, as a Motorola developer has said that it is only ever active within the Gallery application on the phone — essentially limiting it to media recorded on the phone, or media you’ve managed to slip in there. Wait, what about using a Netflix or YouTube app? And what if you want to watch a .MOV… Read More

  • Samsung Galaxy Hits 1 Million Sales

    Good news for Samsung; their new Galaxy phone has hit 1 million sold after just 45 days of being on the market. That’s a pretty impressive number for a phone that doesn’t come from Apple. Electronista reports that Samsung considers the phone to an instant success, and expects the Galaxy to continue to sell quickly. The 1 million number was a combined total between AT&T and… Read More

  • Clearwire launches 4G Pay As You Go Internet

    Clearwire launched their Rover – pay as you go internet service today, offering unlimited usage for $5 a day, $20 a week, or $50 for a month of 4G service. The Rover service is accessed via one of two ways, either from the Rover Solo; a single system dongle, or the Rover Puck which allows connectivity with up to eight devices at a time. The Rover Solo dongle sells for $99, and the Puck… Read More

  • RIM Avoids Indian Ban Hammer, Cooperates With Security Authorities Over BlackBerry E-Mail

    Looks like RIM has dodged a bullet in India, at least for the time being. The BlackBerry maker has provided the Indian government with “proposals for local security agencies to monitor BlackBerry service” so that, when necessary, the Indian government can tap into BlackBerry users’ email. And while that may not sound too positive a development, it was either that or risk… Read More

  • Samsung's next Bada device announced: the entry-level Wave 723

    Are you in the market for a different smart phone operating system? Sick of the mainstream players? Perhaps you have a fondness for immature OSes that are only supported by one manufacturer? Well, I’d initially recommend the Wave — Samsung’s original Bada-powered smartphone — but I know you’re a bit more budget minded than that. Who wants Super-AMOLED… Read More

  • Video: Droid X running a custom ROM

    Yay! Only a little while ago we reported that the Droid X — despite its self destruct trigger — was able to run a custom recovery, with the prospect of running custom ROMs (the goal of any self-respecting Android power user) following in the not-too-distant future. Well, consider it the future, baby, as the first videos of a Droid X running a custom ROM — namely the AOSP… Read More

  • Intel acquires Infineon's Wireless Solutions Business for $1.4 billion

    You know Infineon, right? They make those tiny baseband chips inside smartphones (like the iPhone 3G). You know, the chips responsible for communicating with the cell towers on your network. Yes? I’m glad we’re on the same page. Well, today, Intel bought Infineon’s Wireless Solutions Business — WLS — for $1.4 billion of your American dollars. Why’d they do it? Read More

  • The Fragmented Future Of Mobile Ad Networks

    The Fragmented Future Of Mobile Ad Networks

    It’s no secret that Google, Apple and even RIM want a piece of the $1 billion-and-growing mobile advertising market. The fight over share of ad dollars is even resulting in possible anti-competitive practices. Apple’s developer licensing agreement update in June basically says it reserves the right to block Google’s AdMob from serving ads on the iPhone and iPad, allowing… Read More

  • Is Your Cell Phone Ready For The Next Snowpocalypse?

    Remember last year when that massive blizzard hit the east coast? I do. My wife ended up trapped in Washington D.C. for 6 days while waiting for a flight out. It could have been worse though, at least the hotel she was staying at didn’t lose power, and she was able to keep in touch via her cell phone. But what if this had gone from bad to worse? What if the infrastructure hadn’t… Read More

  • Like the EVO 4G? Want something like that for Verizon? It's coming.

    Another day, another leaked Android handset to lust over. This one looks like it just might dethrone the Droid X as Verizon’s flagship Android device — or at least give it one hell of a fight. The Droid X isn’t the only handset in danger of taking some damage from this one, though; this things a near one-to-one match with the Sprint EVO 4G, both in looks and specs. Hear… Read More

  • Verizon Tweets: Android 2.2 Froyo For Droid Happening Today

    If it’s on twitter, it must be twue. @VZWSupport announced this morning that the long awaited update to Android 2.2 for the Incredible has started rolling out today. Users should see the update hitting their handsets this morning, so you too can enjoy Flash and app storage on your SD card. This of course assumes you didn’t find the leaked ROM yesterday and install it yourself… Read More