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  • Windows Mobile 6.5 in action – blurry, blurry action

    The always incredibly prompt folks over at XDA-Developers managed to get their mitts on a ultra early beta release of what’s purported to be Windows Mobile 6.5, and then proceeded to tweak and tune it to load on an HTC device. Which HTC device, you wonder? Might it be the gorgeous and relatively new HTC Touch Pro, or the ever elusive HTC Touch HD? Hell no – they’re… Read More

  • T-Mobile rehashes the Sony Ericsson TM506 in Scarlet Red

    T-Mobile rehashes the Sony Ericsson TM506 in Scarlet Red

    Back in September when T-Mobile launched the Sony Ericcson TM506 as their first ever 3G handset, it was a mighty fine lookin’ flip phone – except for that horrible green color. It wasn’t a bad color initially, really. It was kind of like that tattoo you got when you were drunk. At the time, you were like “Green phone?! No one has those! That will be friggin’ awesome! Read More

  • Android G2 snapped by Mr. Blurry Camera Man

    Android G2 snapped by Mr. Blurry Camera Man

    Isn’t funny how everytime you get your hands a super-duper secret phone or random gadget, the one camera nearby is your crappy camera phone? Funny. Anywho, supposedly what you see above, and after the link, is HTC’s next Android-powered phone dubbed the G2. According to Giz, it’s a touchscreen phone that lacks a physical keyboard and will likely find its way into… Read More

  • A Closer Look At The Helio That Almost Was

    A Closer Look At The Helio That Almost Was

    Last month, an eBay auction appeared for a Helio phone that wasn’t supposed to exist. Now, we’d heard whispers of this phone before, but we only really knew two things: 1) It was a Helio-branded and modified version of the Samsung F400, and 2) It was cancelled. Being the fairly obsessed Helio geek that I am, I just had to play with one – but somehow in the stir of craziness… Read More

  • SRS launches TruMedia in hopes of improving cell phone audio

    SRS launches TruMedia in hopes of improving cell phone audio

    Yeah, this definitely isn’t the first time we’ve heard an audio company promising that they’re going to blow your face off with the audio quality improvements they’re bringing to your cell phone. Hell, it’s probably not even the fifth. Regardless, SRS has just announced TruMedia, a fancypants new sound engine for mobile handsets. According to the announcement… Read More

  • Leaked screenshots of Visual Voicemail for the BlackBerry Bold

    Leaked screenshots of Visual Voicemail for the BlackBerry Bold

    Whispers of Visual Voicemail coming to the BlackBerry Bold have been lingering for a few weeks now, and now things are about as concrete as they come. Doin’ what they do with their ninja leak squad, BGR has managed to finagle a set of shots detailing the new Visual Voicemail functionality from head to toe. It all seems fairly simple – tapping into any voicemail in the list brings… Read More

  • iPhone App Review: Snatch

    iPhone App Review: Snatch

    The floors in my house are incredibly cold this time of year. Being a resident of East Texas, I’m sure there are those who’d hem and haw about how I don’t know what cold is, but I made the unfortunate choice to take up residence in a sixty-year-old house with hardwood floors, and there are days when I consider opening my front door and selling tickets to what could with a… Read More

  • RIM's BlackBerry Application Storefront now accepting submissions

    RIM's BlackBerry Application Storefront now accepting submissions

    “Bring us your innovative genius,” says RIM. The BlackBerry App store is slated for a spring launch (exact date has not been confirmed) and RIM announced today that they’ve sent notice to their developers to begin submitting applications. Let’s just hope the devs haven’t flown the coop in anticipation for Palm’s webOS. Click to submit Read More

  • 85% of people: "Them phones is too hard to use!"

    85% of people: "Them phones is too hard to use!"

    A recent poll of 4000 people (which is probably enough) found that a majority of them felt that mobile phones these days are too hard to set up and too hard to use. I can see that, however I think the iPhone and G1 are doing things right. Even as someone immersed in tech 24/7, I was afraid to explore the capabilities of my old phones on Verizon. Firstly, the interface was always just god-awful… Read More

  • Those Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots might be real. Maybe.

    Those Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots might be real. Maybe.

    We still say that they look too crappy and fake to be real, but the same folks who broke the SkyBox/SkyLine/SkyMarket story this morning are saying that they’re at least partially legit. According to them, the shots (which first leaked out back in November) are conceptual images for Windows Mobile 6.5’s new “Honeycomb” theme. So it’s a concept shot for a… Read More

  • Microsoft to challenge MobileMe and App Store next month?

    Microsoft to challenge MobileMe and App Store next month?

    Mobile World Congress is still almost a month away, and the rumors of who’s doing what are already starting to heat up. According to Neowin, Microsoft is prepping a series of “Sky” branded products purposed with taking on Apple’s MobileMe and App Store offerings. SkyBox: Over-the-air syncing of contacts, SMS, email, calendar items, and pictures. SkyLine: The… Read More

  • The G1 to land in more European countries on the wings of a lie

    The G1 to land in more European countries on the wings of a lie

    T-Mobile is set to bring the G1 to more even more counties. Germany and Poland will be the first counties outside of the US and England to receive the Android-based phone with a launch of February 2nd, 2009. Eventually though, Netherlands, Czech Republic and Austria will all have the phone from the region’s T-Mobile branch. Pricing for every region, except Germany, haven’t been… Read More

  • Vodafone UK negotiating with Palm for the Pre?

    Vodafone UK negotiating with Palm for the Pre?

    Sometimes persistence pays off. Email by email, the PalmPreBlog managed to wear down the patience of Vodafone Customer Service team just enough to get a hint of an answer: With regrets, I can not currently share any information regarding the Palm Pre handset; we are still in early negotiation with Palm, but nothing is solid. I can double check next week but as of this point in time that is all… Read More

  • Obama to KEEP his Blackberry

    Obama to KEEP his Blackberry

    The tech world has been on fire with speculation about if President-elect Obama will be able to keep his beloved Blackberry. According to ABC World News, he will be able to keep it only for personal use. Anything government related will have to be handled on a NSA-approved phone. The smartphone option, the Sectera Edge, is a NSA approved brickphone. (pics after the jump). Anyway, good for Barack. Read More

  • iPhone App Store crashes through 500 million downloads

    iPhone App Store crashes through 500 million downloads

    If you were amongst the crowd claiming that the iPhone App Store’s success was a trend sure to quickly taper, you might want to exchange that crystal ball of yours. After 60 million downloads in one month, 100 million by September, and an absurd 300 million at the beginning of December, Apple has now disclosed that over 500 million applications have been downloaded since… Read More

  • Plane Crashes In Hudson. First Pictures On Flickr, Tumblr, TwitPic

    Plane Crashes In Hudson. First Pictures On Flickr, Tumblr, TwitPic

    A U.S. Airways plane leaving New York City crashed in the Hudson River a few hours ago, possibly due to a bird striking the engine. Rescue operations are under way. Apparently all passengers are safely off the plane now. But I’ll tell you one thing: it’s freezing in New York City today. I can only imagine what it must have been like on the water. Pictures of the plane floating… Read More

  • Bitstream BOLT mobile browser goes into private beta – we've got invites

    Bitstream BOLT mobile browser goes into private beta – we've got invites

    Bitstream has just launched into private beta with their free WebKit-based mobile browser, BOLT, which they’re claiming is the fastest J2ME browser of the lot. They’re only letting a few hundred people into the beta at a time, and we just got the first lot of 500 invites. Looking to put it through the paces with the likes of Opera Mini? Read on to find out how to get beta access. Read More

  • Boost Mobile unveils $50 Monthly Unlimited plan

    Boost Mobile unveils $50 Monthly Unlimited plan

    Starting January 22, Boost Mobile (Sprint Nextel’s prepaid brand) will offer a $50 all-you-can-talk/text/web-browse plan in an effort to better compete with other smaller, regional niche carriers like MetroPCS and Cricket. Boost is hoping to draw in more budget-conscious consumers with this contract-free unlimited offering. “Wireless consumers know there’s a lot of wrong… Read More

  • The CTO of Pandora loves him some webOS

    The CTO of Pandora loves him some webOS

    While we here at MobileCrunch have been worked up like little kids at a Ringling Bros circus since we first got wind of the Palm Pre and webOS, there has been one small matter we’re still a bit shaky about: application development. In Palm’s own words, webOS’ Mojo framework is “a new application framework based on the HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript standards”. Read More

  • Now there's a Barack Obama-branded cellphone (in Kenya)

    Now there's a Barack Obama-branded cellphone (in Kenya)

    Hah! A Kenyan cellphone company has released a Barack Obama-branded cellphone. It’s decked out in red and blue, with fun phrases like “Yes We Can” all over it. The company, Mi Phone, has named the phone the Mi-Obama. (Obama’s father was born in Kenya.) It’ll cost around $30 there. In other Obama-branded news, there’s a guy on 14 Street in New York who sells… Read More