Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • China begins to crack down on ‘naughty’ text messages

    “Obscene information not only harms the people’s soul but harms the people’s morality as well.” It’s with that rationale that China has begun to crack down on the scourge of inappropriate (read: “dirty”) text messages. Send one, and you can find yourself behind bars for a little while. Read More

  • First Impressions: Samsung Reclaim

    As we mentioned earlier, we got a big box of (partially) recycled goods today. In just a few days, Sprint will be launching Samsung’s “Green” phone, the Reclaim. We put “Green” in quotes here because it’s somewhat questionable just how eco-friendly this phone is. It’s greener than most phones, yes. A step in the right direction, sure. We like that. Read More

  • Dell to launch China-only mobile phone after all, calls it "Ophone mini3i" (Updated)

    We broke the news on Dell launching a China-only cell phone on Sunday, and today major Chinese news portal 163.com reports the device is on its way: What Dell will be offering in China is an Android-powered “Ophone” called the mini3i. China Mobile, the world’s biggest carrier, will distribute the device and plans to launch it as early as “in the middle of this… Read More

  • Unannounced Samsung winds up on Craigslist

    The mobile industry is a funny place, friends. Bloggers fight relentlessly to be the first with images of a new handset, working endlessly to establish relationships with “sources” who can leak them the latest goods. Phone companies go to great lengths to keep their new toys a secret, requiring most folks who get even a quick glimpse of the phone to sign an NDA. Still, stuff… Read More

  • Is that Wi-Fi on the Storm 2?

    It is and it was quasi-confirmed back in April, but that’s a Vodafone Storm 2, so who knows if Verizon will let that slide when it finally gets announced for the US. via CrackBerry Read More

  • Unboxing (and licking) the Samsung Reclaim

    Late last week, Sprint, Samsung, and Captain Planet announced a plan to save the world, very slowly: the Samsung Reclaim. Made primarily of corn and renewable resources, the Reclaim is a green phone – both figuratively and literally. Peter Ha, who is known (outside of his CrunchGear writings) primarily for planting trees and installing solar farms in Africa, was having none of it. Mr. Read More

  • Hidden setting enables flashy transitions on the N97

    We drooled over the N97 for months before release. The hardware looked pocket-perfect, the keyboard oh-so-friendly with our thumbs. But when it finally launched, it.. well, it wasn’t our favorite phone ever, to put it kindly. Of all the flaws, the most glaring was the OS; it just seemed muddled and ancient, and weighed down the phone. The guys over at The Symbian Blog have figured out a… Read More

  • Motorola Morrison spec'd out

    Like Palm before the Pre, Motorola is on its last leg and the adoption of Google’s Android OS could make or break the handset division of the company. We’ve seen numerous images and industrial sketches of the forthcoming Morrison, but hardware specs have been absent until now. Android and Me has been tipped off on the purported specs for the QWERTY slider. Moto has gone with a… Read More

  • Get angry: AT&T changes contract to prevent class action lawsuits UPDATE FROM AT&T

    When was the last time you read your AT&T contract? If you answered “never,” then may I suggest you take two minutes to look this over. That’s right, unbeknownst to you, you just lost the ability to enter into a class action lawsuit against the mobile phone carrier. High five! Read More

  • New case protects your iPhone from scratches, water and sand

    A Japanese company called Sanwa is selling a waterproof case [JP] (or a bag as they call it) that protects your iPhone from nasty stuff like scratches, water and sand. Sanwa says their 200-PDA016 is ideal for all users who can’t go hiking, to the beach or skiing without their iPhone. The case looks pretty robust, but the company promises that users will be able to do everything with… Read More

  • AT&T getting BlackBerry 9700 (Onyx), Garmin Nuvifone G60, others

    So, BGR‘s AT&T insider(s) have tipped him off that the BlackBerry 9700, Garmin G60 and a handful of other HTC smartphones are in the pipe for the future. As a quick refresher, the 9700 is the Onyx, but with a new model number. And the Nuvifone is, well, whatever. Read More

  • FCC docs show… Nokia's N900?

    Remember that big reveal we did of Nokia’s next internet tablet? Well, these FCC documents appear to show the very device… or at least its outline. The picture is only for the FCC to show where its little “OK by us” label is, and there’s no revelation other than the basic shape (lozenge) and many buttons or knobs around the edges (indeterminate). If you click… Read More

  • Review: Resident Evil 4: Mobile Edition

    The first few times I picked up Resident Evil 4: Mobile Edition (iTunes link), I wanted to throw my iPhone out the window and watch it slowly sail 8 stories below into the Potomac river. Now, after five days of playing through the game’s 12 levels, I am ready to take my iPhone into bed with me and make sweet love to it. The controls take a lifetime to get used to, but once you’ve… Read More

  • OMG!!1 HALP ME!: 911 Center in Iowa now accepting texts

    You know, sometimes you’ve just gotta call 911. But all that talking; it’s such a damned pain. Sure, there’s a guy beating another guy to a pulp in the movie theater. But come on, people are trying to watch a movie! They don’t want to hear you blabbering away on your phone! Fortunately for the folks of Black Hawk County, Iowa, their local 911 center is now taking… Read More

  • Massive 3800mAh battery makes the Palm Pre look cancerous

    Remember that 1350mAh extended Palm Pre battery that Seido released back in July? Childs play. Accessory manufacturer Amzer has gone and made an absolute beast of a battery; one that pats the Seido battery on the head, gives it a juice box, and tells it to go take a nap. Coming in at roughly 3x the thickness of the original battery, Amzer’s electric enormity checks in at an outright… Read More

  • TOTAL BS: T-Mobile is not getting the HTC Hero [Confirmed]

    Total and utter b*llshit or so I’m lead to believe according to our friends at HTC. Cole Brodman vehemently said during the myTouch 3G event last month that T-Mobile has no plans to carry the Hero in the US. A Sprint Hero is still more likely for the US. via TmoNews Update: It’s been confirmed to us by HTC that the image you see above was a photoshop job. Read More

  • Motorola to "skin" Android with "Blur"

    Motorola appears to be investing in Android pretty heavily, but we haven’t seen anything definitive yet. But BGR has been tipped off that Moto is hard at work on skinning Android like HTC has done with Sense on the Hero. The question, however, is whether or not “Blur” is merely a skin on top of Android or if Blur is as deeply integrated as Sense. The rest is a bit jumbled since… Read More

  • Dropped your phone in water? Put it in a bowl of rice!

    Let’s say you drop your phone in the sink or pool for whatever reason. You are, in fact, S.O.L., but there’s a couple things you can do to minimize the damage. The first, obviously, is to remove the battery from the device… unless you have an iPhone, at which point you can thank Apple for choosing form over function. Read More

  • The Shack to sell the Palm Pre for $150 this weekend

    Didja hear that RadioShack is rebranding? The hoopla will of course include some sales to drive traffic. Apparently the Pre will be part of this upcoming sale and will be only $150 for new customers. Nice. Read More

  • Moto Morrison gets drawn up from every angle

    Can’t get enough of the Motorola Morrison? We can’t say we blame you. While we’re not the biggest fans of the black and blue hue scheme it keeps popping up in, we’re still pretty excited to see Motorola’s massive Android move finally coming to a hardware head. While the Morrison has had its fair share of camera time, everything we’ve seen has been rather… Read More