Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • 10% of applications in the App Store for iPad boast in-app purchases

    App store analytics provider Distimo in its latest report once again focuses on in-app purchases across a variety of mobile application stores, Apple’s App Store in particular. According to Distimo, the percentage of applications with in-app purchases is significantly higher in the App Store for iPad (10%) compared to that for the iPhone (2%). Read More

  • Bold 9780 Leaked On Video

    Some sassenbergers at Driphter.com posted some images and video of the upcoming 9780 running RIM OS6 on GSM networks. They’re reporting that the new OS is quite smooth with an updated browser and better UI and it’s quite exciting for all those involved. Read More

  • Independent mobile app store GetJar now seeing 3 million downloads per day

    According to GetJar, its eponymous mobile app store is now seeing three million downloads per day. GetJar reiterated that its stats put it second only to Apple iTunes, with over 1 billion total downloads to date. At current (self-reported) growth rate, the company should hit 2 billion downloads in about a year, if calculated on the back of a virtual envelope. Read More

  • Postcards Go Virtual With SwingVine Gallery For The iPhone

    People don’t send postcards anymore. Why bother when you can photo MMS a friend? Attempting to restore some of the social experience behind photography. SwingVine has created SwingVine Gallery an app that attempts to bring back some of the mystique and enjoyment of social photo sharing, sort of like a mobile photo game of tag. Using your iPhone’s camera and GPS, the SwingVine… Read More

  • Modu Android Prototype Leaked

    Modu isn’t well known in the US, but they make a tiny handset that’s been out for a while. While their current product offering has been criticized for being outdated and clunky, the good news (at least for them) is that they have developed a new Android based handset which should be available in the near future. That handset leaked, and while it’s got some strange things… Read More

  • Interesting: MobiTV App For Android Is Prohibited From Working Over Wi-Fi (On Some Phones)

    This is a little quirk of mobile deal-making I wasn’t aware of. Gadgetwise noticed that on the AT&T Captivate (which I recently reviewed), launching the included MobiTV app while connected to a Wi-Fi network prompts you to disconnect, and then warns you in all caps “THIS PRODUCT WILL USE A LARGE AMOUNT OF DATA AND YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL DATA CHARGES.” Sure, and… Read More

  • RIM Buys "BlackPad.com", Presumably As A Home For The BlackBerry Tablet

    Unless someone at Research In Motion is taking the time to screw with all of us, it looks like we might have an official name for their long-rumored BlackBerry tablet project: BlackPad. Word of the name comes not from a disgruntled employee, nor from a prototype left at a bar; this one’s straight out of a good ol’ fashion WHOIS lookup on a domain. According to registration records… Read More

  • Google Rolls Out Android's New Anti-Piracy Mechanism

    If we’re hearing any one thing from developers that is scaring’em away from Android, it’s that Android apps are just way, way too easy to pirate. Hell, you don’t even have to go through shady third party download sites; just buy an app, copy it to the sd card, and refund the application. Ta-da! (Read: Don’t do that.) Google’s been talking for some time about… Read More

  • Motorola Droid X ad fires back at Apple: "No Jacket Required"

    The back-and-forth jabbing between Motorola and Apple is like the Cantina gunfight between Han Solo and Greedo — depending on who you talk to, who shot first seems to vary. The way I saw it unfold: Motorola ran a full page ad in the New York Times proclaiming that you can hold the Droid X “any way you like“. Apple responded by adding the Droid X to the list of phones they… Read More

  • As Mobile Advertising Heats Up, Millennial Media Prepares For An IPO In 2011

    As Mobile Advertising Heats Up, Millennial Media Prepares For An IPO In 2011

    Mobile advertising is currently a billion dollar market and we’ve witnessed tech giants like Google and Apple move into the space with the acquisitions of mobile ad networks AdMob and Quattro Wireless, respectively. AdMob is now part of Google’s mobile advertising business and Apple is using Quattro to power its new ad format, iAds. But there is another player that has silently… Read More

  • First images of the myTouch 3G HD leaked?

    Details are pretty light on this one, but it looks like this may be the successor to the cheap-n-cheerful myTouch slide. Android Central — who sourced the images — also say that there is a fair chance that this will be T-mobile’s first HSPA+ phone, bringing with it noticeably faster download speeds (in compatible areas). Read More

  • Froyo for HTC Incredible leaked

    Just in case all you Droid Incredible owners were jealous of the Galaxy S Froyo leak I wrote about earlier, I thought I’d better let you know that you can has Froyo, too. Those wonderful guys n gals over at XDA Forums have managed to source a ROM based on the upcoming OTA release for the Droid Incredible, and it’s a wee ripper, with a whole heap of new additions, outlined after… Read More

  • Nick Bilton Lives In A Future Where There Are No iBooks (Video)

    Nick Bilton Lives In A Future Where There Are No iBooks (Video)

    The future, as William Gibson once said, is already here. It is just unevenly distributed. You can find the future in new technologies and the people who wade into them early on—people like Nick Bilton, the chief blogger for the New York Times. (His official title is lead technology writer because the New York Times doesn’t like to admit it employs bloggers, I guess). Bilton… Read More

  • Froyo for Samsung Galaxy S leaked

    Samsung’s Galaxy S isn’t due for an upgrade to Froyo until September, but the pre-release builds have already begun to leak onto the ‘net. Now, this isn’t the final build, so don’t expect this to be bug-free, but if you like to live dangerously, then you can get it here. Usual disclaimer applies: it aint my fault if you brick your device. Not much else to say… Read More

  • iOS 4.1 Beta 2 now available to developers

    Beta 2 of iOS 4.1 has just hit the e-shelves of Apple’s developer center. You know the drill: developers, go get your download on. Everyone else, look on with a pinch of jealousy, and a heaping cup of gladness over the fact that you’ve got a few hundred thousand anxious developers beta testing the software so you don’t have to. We’re not hearing much in terms of new… Read More

  • Requiem for the G1


    Today saw T-Mobile finally retiring the venerable G1, forerunner to the ongoing Android revolution. I’ve been using a G1 since launch, so this is an emotional moment for me. Let’s just take a quick trip down memory lane out of respect for a solid phone. Read More

  • Dell Aero coming August 9th for $99.99, Dell Streak pre-orders begin today

    Its been over three months since we first heard AT&T and Dell piping up about their Android phone, the Aero — and, unfortunately, three months in the mobile world is a really, really long time. 90 days later, this once nearly-top-shelf handset has devolved into something a little more mediocre in comparison to the freakishly powerful monster-phones that lead the way… Read More

  • Orange gets creepy, limits iPhone 4 launch events at some stores to just the ladies

    It’s like the lifeboat policy put in place while the Titanic was sinking, except creepier: if you’re looking to pick up an iPhone 4 on launch day at any Orange At Globus store in Switzerland, you best be a lady — or at least, you better know one you can hide behind. Read More

  • Dell Streak to get Froyo later this year, T-Mobile wants none of it

    Two pieces of news for all you Streak Freaks out there: First up, you can breathe a sigh of relief as, according to Android Central, Dell have now confirmed that the 5 inches of hotness will, indeed, get an over-the-aether upgrade to Android 2.2 later this year. It’ll still launch with Android 1.6, but you can feel safe in the knowledge that your device won’t be abandoned in… Read More

  • Video: S-LCD vs AMOLED vs S-AMOLED vs LCD

    No doubt after yesterday’s news that HTC is making the switch from AMOLED displays to the much more readily available S-LCD panels, you — like me — have been itching for a hands-on comparison between the two technologies. Well, I’m not about to tell you that you’ve been personally selected to do a hands-on comparison for yourself, but I am about to give you the… Read More