Mobile

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  • Vodafone's $15 phone for the developing world

    The mood in Barcelona must be somber, for the city’s team lost to Atletico Madrid yesterday. Granted, Atletico Madrid is Barcelona’s bogey team, but come on, Atletico Madrid?! Team CrunchGear could beat those guys on the pitch. Still, the Mobile World Congress soldiers on. Here’s something that caught my interest—something aside from the Windows Phone!—is the… Read More

  • Acer is blowing up with neoTouch and beTouch, more Android and Windows on the way

    Acer isn’t showing any signs of slowing down at Mobile World Congress this week. Just this morning, the manufacturer announced the Liquid e and now we have the neoTouch and beTouch. A little strange with the name scheme, but let’s see just what these devices are packing, shall we? Read More

  • Hands-on Video: Windows Phone 7 Series in action

    While we were allowed to play with the just-announced Windows Phone 7 Series operating system behind closed doors a few hours ago, it was a strictly no-photo, no-video deal. We just left a slightly more public showing of Windows Phone, where representatives had handsets at the ready – and this time, video was okay. Read More

  • Qualcomm calls 'first!' on Windows Phone 7 devices

    In case you didn’t know, snappy processors are all the rage these days. When I think of fast processors, the first one that comes to mind is Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon processor which is currently found on devices like the Nexus One, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and the LG eXpo. After Microsoft made its Windows Phone 7 announcement this morning, Qualcomm has come out and said that it… Read More

  • Moblin + Maemo + Linux Foundation = MeeGo

    Intel’s had their Moblin mobile Linux distribution for some time. Nokia’s had their Maemo Linux distribution for awhile, too. Neither one really gained much traction in the development community. Along comes Google and everyone’s like “OMG Android!!1” which must’ve really ticked off Intel and Nokia. In an effort to create a Linux distribution suited for… Read More

  • The Cliq XT/Quench drops, brings Android 1.5 in tow


    Motorola is keeping the Android party rocking with the Cliq XT — or Quench in Euroland. The handset doesn’t bring anything we haven’t seen before including the aging Android 1.5 release along with Motorola’s social media-centric MOTOBLUR home screen replacement. A respectable 3.1-inch 320 x 480 occupies the front, while a 5.0 MP cam with LED flash is housed on the… Read More

  • Acer gets into the Android game

    Even as Windows Mobile 7 is set to wow us, more and more manufacturers are heading towards Android. Case in point: the Acer Liquid e. This 786MHz Snapdragon device is as bog standard as they come with GPS, WiFi, and HSDAP support. It also runs Android 2.1 and should be nice and fast. It has a 3.5-inch display and looks like a Zune mated with an N1. Read More

  • First Impressions: Windows Mobile 7, now known as Windows Phone

    We’re not allowed to say much about it, so we’ll leave it at this: I got a bit of hands-on time with Windows Phone (the official name for what was previously known as Windows Mobile 7) prior to its announcement. I’ll have a bunch more to say about it once I’ve spent some time with it in a setting that allows for video/photography – but in the mean time, read on for… Read More

  • Microsoft announces Windows Mobile 7, now officially dubbed "Windows Phone"

    We’re in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, where Microsoft has at long last pulled back the curtains on the next generation of Windows Mobile. Don’t go calling it “Windows Mobile 7”, though – at least not around Microsoft’s folks, who have officially changed the name of the platform to “Windows Phone”. Read More

  • Windows Mobile 7 (Windows Phone) User Interface leaks a few hours early

    We’ve gotta give it to Microsoft: considering that they’ve been working on Windows Mobile 7 for at least a year or two, the fact that they’ve kept its user interface completely under wraps until a few hours before it’s expected to be officially announced is ridiculously impressive. Alas, a leak was bound to happen at some point, even if it is at the very last minute. Read More

  • AIR For Android, And Adobe’s Plan To Deliver Apps Across All Mobile Devices

    The bane of all mobile app developers is the need to rewrite the same app over and over again for different devices: the iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Palm Pre, Nokia, Windows Mobile. Adobe is positioning its Flash platform (which includes the Flash player, AIR, developer tools, and media servers) as the write-once, deploy-anywhere solution for both the mobile Web and apps. Today at the… Read More