Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Three cool iPhone apps that are perfect for mobile news consumption

    My name is Robin Wauters, and I’m a news junkie. Being obsessed with consuming as much news – mostly technology related, of course – as humanly possible in the all too short span of any given day comes with the territory of working for TechCrunch, but I’ve always been a fan of obtaining as much information as fast as I could. You could say my ever-growing habit of trying… Read More

  • GSM-Flavored Motorola Droid passes through the FCC

    Last night, a bunch of strange tips slammed our inbox, all talking about the Motorola Sholes (otherwise known as the Tao, or more recently, the Verizon Droid.) “Motorola just tried to sneak the Sholes through the FCC!” they read, highlighting the fact that in this recent report, Motorola only mentions Sholes by name once – and it’s about as subtle of a mention as can be. Read More

  • Acer Liquid specs and images leak out…

    It feels like just yesterday (er, two days ago) when we first caught wind of Acer’s new, Android-powered smartphone, Liquid. Unfortunately, at that point in time, we were left hankering for the new ‘droid’s specs (and pics). Fast forward some 48 hours and voila, the Liquid’s specs have leaked (god, I love bad puns) all over the Intermess! Read More

  • Android 2.0 gets torn apart, screenshot by screenshot

    With Google having placed a canoe-sized Eclair on their lawn a few days ago, we know that the next update for Android (codenamed “Eclair”, version number 2.0) can’t be too far off. Google has kept their code surprisingly close to their chest, this time around; where as bits and pieces of each update generally show up in their code repositories to be explored months ahead… Read More

  • Mobile Digital TV Standard Adopted in the U.S.A.

    Late last night, around midnight if you really must know, the ATSC (aka the Advanced Television Systems Committee) ratified the A/153 ATSC Mobile DTV Standard which “defines the technical specifications necessary for broadcasters to provide new services to mobile and handheld devices using their digital television (DTV) transmissions.” In other words, digital TV will soon be playing… Read More

  • French health agency: Try to limit your exposure to mobile phones if only because we don't have enough data to say otherwise

    A group of researchers in France just recommended that we all limit our exposure to wireless devices, including mobile phones, Wi-Fi, and microwaves, because we really don’t understand how prolonged exposure to them can affect us. That’s particularly true with mobile phones, since they’ve really only been around for, what, 10 years? (Obviously there were available for longer… Read More

  • In-App Purchase In Free Apps: A Shot Across The Bow of iPhone Piracy?

    Just hours ago, Apple made an announcement that has developers everywhere dancing down their collective, metaphorical street: In-App Purchase is now good to go in free applications. This, of course, comes just months after Apple essentially told a room full of journalists that such ideas were nonsense – that free apps should always remain absolutely free. Still – hindsight is… Read More

  • Schmidt: “Android Adoption Is About To Explode”

    During Google’s third quarter earnings conference call today, one message came out loud and clear: Google’s mobile strategy is starting to pay off. “Android adoption is about to explode,” declared CEO Eric Schmidt, explaining that all the “necessary conditions” are set for growth: There are now 12 Android phones out there (most recently the Motorola… Read More

  • In-App Purchase is coming to free iPhone apps!

    Yes! Previously limited to premium apps, in-app content purchase is now open to free iPhone applications. The Freemium model is now feasible on the iPhone! The following email just went out to developers: In App Purchase is being rapidly adopted by developers in their paid apps. Now you can use In App Purchase in your free apps to sell content, subscriptions, and digital services.
    You can… Read More

  • Jailbreak-proof? Not so much


    I was going to use this graphic on the original story, in which Apple modified the bootrom in new 3GSes to make them resistant to current exploits, but Greg had already written it up. But now, as Wired clarifies what was pretty much clear from the start (it only protects against the current exploit), it has found a new place to shine. This is the great circle of mods, people. I can’t… Read More

  • HTC submits trademark application for new catchphrase: Quietly Brilliant

    HTC, formerly known as High Tech Computer Corporation, has become quite a household name over the past couple years, what with all its high profile WinMo and Android-powered phones saturating the global mobilesphere. It comes as no surprise, then, that HTC has decided to update its company catchphrase from the old ‘ HTC Innovation’ to a new, better representation of its quick rise… Read More

  • Sidekick Outages Could Have Cost Microsoft Over $700,000 Per Day

    Since the Great Sidekick Disaster of 2009, there’s been a nearly endless torrent of tips on the matter barraging our inbox. Some weren’t so much “tips” as they were “mindless rants”, while others were obviously just angry customers looking to make stuff up. Recently, however, a source which has proven itself reliable in the past has come forward with… Read More

  • Rumor: Nokia working on a keyboard-less N920?

    Don’t let today’s news of Nokia’s financial failures troubles fool you. Just because the mobile powerhouse isn’t raking in profits at the moment, doesn’t mean the Finnish giant has stopped working on future devices…at least according to Pocketables. Read More

  • Dell: Yes, Our Android Smartphone is Coming Stateside

    Rumors have been swirling about a Dell smartphone for what feels like an eternity. Sure, the Round Rock crew managed to launch a smartie over in China at the end of the summer, but until last week, a US-bound device was still more vaporware than fact…until now. Read More

  • Nokia posts first quarterly loss in a decade and why it matters

    Nokia’s shares are down 6.02 percent today on news that Nokia suffered an $834 million loss due to falling handset sales. In this environment it’s easy to wave this away as a crisis blip but there may be something more afoot. Nokia blamed the loss on component shortages, a valid concern. Apple has been buying up all the flash it can eat and companies like LG and Samsung are blowing… Read More

  • Mossberg and Vodafone spill all the beans on the BlackBerry Storm 2

    The BlackBerry 9520 Storm 2 has probably the best pre-release coverage of any cell phone in history. We’ve seen previews and videos and pictures and more videos of the upcoming cell phone for months. RIM and Verizon haven’t released a thing about the phone yet though so some key details hadn’t been revealed. That is, of course, until Walt Mossberg posted his Storm 2 review… Read More

  • Review: Motorola CLIQ


    The Short Version Motorola has released the phone it should have released a few years ago to compete with phones like the Helio Ocean and feature phones from LG and Samsung. Android brings this phone into the 21st century and the QWERTY keyboard and BLUR UI tweaks will please those looking for a keyboard Android phone with social networking features. The Long Version
    This last half-decade… Read More

  • Verizon officially confirms they're getting the Moto Sholes/Droid via Twitter

    Considering that this thing has been spotted rocking the VZW branding countless times and Big Red’s own execs have been seen with them in hand, there should be all of zero doubt in anyone’s mind that the Motorola Droid (otherwise known as Tao, or Sholes) is destined for the carrier. With that said, it’s always nice to see official confirmation, and it just came. Was there a… Read More

  • Augmented reality browser Layar now available for the iPhone

    Half an hour ago, I just had an iPhone 3GS. Now, I have an iPhone 3GS with Layar installed. It was one of the main questions I had for the Dutch company, which markets an augmented reality browser, when they launched at the Mobile 2.0 Europe event in Barcelona last year. When would they be complementing their Android program with an application for the iPhone? They said it’d come in the… Read More

  • Verizon's BlackBerry Storm2 Competitive Comparison chart leaks out

    Man, you’ve gotta love these things. I’ve yet to see one of these leak out showing any shortcomings for the primary device – but I guess that’s really the point. It’s not so much a comparison chart as it is a “You should probably avoid talking about stuff outside of this list” chart. Read More