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  • RedLaser on a Roll: 2 Million Downloads, 950K Active Users and 50 Million Product Scans

    Hot dog! Occipital, the company behind RedLaser, has been on fire since we last covered them in December. As of today, RedLaser, the top-selling iPhone app that leverages your camera to scan barcodes, announces today that it has been downloaded over 2 million times. Of those 2 million downloads, 950,000 of users have been active in the last month, Occipital CEO Jeff Powers informs us. This is… Read More

  • It's hip to be square (and Android 2.1-powered): Meet the Motorola Flipout

    Square phones, man. Call me old fashioned, but I just don’t get it. Nokia did it with the Twist, LG did it with the LG Lotus and Lotus Elite, and now Motorola appears to be giving it a go — but unlike the rest of the lot, this one’s an Android-powered smartphone. Read More

  • Android 2.1 coming to the Verizon Droid Eris tomorrow?

    Boom! We woke up this morning to a handful of e-mails in our tips inbox, all saying the same thing: the Droid Eris should be getting Android 2.1 beginning tomorrow, according to an internal memo sent out to select retail employees. Pics or it didn’t happen, right? Fortunately, one of the tipsters was nice enough to grab a shot of the memo for the lovely folks at home. Read More

  • Verizon price cuts the Palm Pixi Plus down to free

    Downward, downward, ever downward. Verizon just keeps dropping the prices on their Palm devices lower and lower. The Pre Plus dropped from $149.99 at launch to a paltry $29.99, while its baby sister, the Pixi Plus, dropped from $99 to.. the same price as the Pre Plus: $29.99. Weird, right? A technically lesser phone floating around at the same price point as the heftier one? Verizon’s… Read More

  • U.S. Cellular to get exclusive Android-powered Samsung Acclaim

    Hot on the heels of the full-QWERTY LG Ally, U.S. Cellular today posted on their Facebook wall the news that they will be launching their own full-QWERTY Android device in July: the Samsung Acclaim. The device will run Android 2.1, have a 3.2″ 480×320 screen, and the previously mentioned full QWERTY keyboard, which will put it somewhere below their Android flagship device, the… Read More

  • You could be the first to own the MyTouch Slide

    If you’ve got lightning-ninja skills, and a spare $750, you could be the first kid on the block anywhere to own the new MyTouch Slide. One of the not-to-be-released-for-another-3-weeks-yet phones has been put up for auction/sale on eBay, with a starting price of $750, and a “Buy It Now” price of only $1200. A small price to pay for immortality, right? Read More

  • Video: Return of the Blackberry Slider… from beyond!

    So, I hear you liked the shots of the upcoming Blackberry 9800 slider last week. While the shots themselves were no good, the phone in them seemed interesting enough, no? I’m glad you agree with me, because I have here the next step in the phone-leak-shuffle: the hands-on video. Read More

  • HTC applies for thin-film speaker patent

    We’ve seen thin-film speakers around, but generally they make for pretty poor replacements for regular speakers. I mean, think about it: for bass frequencies, something actually has to move, like, an inch back and forth. I don’t care what kind of promises these gadgets make about turning your wall into a speaker, they’re just going to be completely missing out on a whole… Read More

  • Sprint: Android 2.1 for Hero and Moment "to be available in Q2" (Read: Not Today.)

    Hurray! The Sprint Hero is getting Android 2.1 on May 7th! Wait, no it’s not! Sprint has never named a specific date on which their Hero and Moment handsets would be getting Android 2.1, beyond a tweet promising them sometime in the second quarter. A few signs were pointing to a launch today — but that was completely unofficial hearsay. That hasn’t stopped Sprint customers… Read More

  • Video: iPhone + Android + Windows Mobile = Beautiful Music

    Take one iPhone, one Android handset, and one Windows Mobile handset. Strap’em to a piece of wood, run a bunch of cable to a speaker. Code up a custom instrument jamming interface for each platform. What do you get? The littlest one-man-band in all the lands. Something about this video makes me feel kind of dirty. Anyone else? Read More

  • Samsung releases Bada SDK to developers – will anyone care?

    And so it begins: Samsung has just released the first build of the SDK for Bada, their built-in-house Smartphone platform. The SDK comes complete with it’s own user interface creation tool, debugger, simulator, and API set. Alas, it’s currently Windows-only. Developers are one of the most key ingredients to whether or not a platform succeeds. Developers flocked to the iPhone, and… Read More

  • AT&T will release the Palm Pre Plus and the 3G MicroCell on May 16

    It seems like only a month-and-a-bit ago that AT&T said they’d release some Palm handsets “in the coming months”. And now we’re getting word that the Palm Pre Plus will launch on the nation’s doesn’t-seem-it-but-apparently-is fastest network on May 16. Read More

  • Video: Android running on the iPhone… 3G!

    You may recall a video last month that showed an iPhone 2G running Android. If not, let me refresh your memory. Needless to say, all of us here at McCrunchables thought it was pretty freakin awesome. Well, you know what’s awesomer? Android running on an iPhone 3G! That’s right, the buy-that-man-a-beer hacker responsible for the 2G Android port, David Wang, has managed to get… Read More

  • More than half of Verizon's customer base wants them to get the iPhone

    It’s been said before, but let it be said again: Verizon better be kicking themselves right now. Not only did they not fight for the iPhone, they outright turned it away. This new 4,000-person survey by ChangeWave probably isn’t going to make them feel much better. Read More

  • Clearwire to offer WiMax phones from HTC and Samsung this year

    Whenever we talk about WiMax phones (like the oh-so-drool-worthy EVO 4G), we’re usually talking about Sprint. Well, Sprint’s WiMax is powered by a (not so) little company called Clearwire (which, in turn, is 51% owned by Sprint) — and they want some WiMax phones of their own. During an earnings call yesterday, the company disclosed that they’re planning on launching… Read More

  • SlingPlayer for Android sneaks into private Beta

    If you’re the proud owner of both an Android handset and a Slingbox, you might be a bit bummed out right now — and rightly so. While almost every single other smartphone platform around has been slingboxin’ video content freshly piped from a remote TV for years now, Android has, thus far, been left out in the cold. Sure, sure — Slingbox for Android is coming. We just… Read More

  • Sprint Hero NOT Getting Android 2.1 on May 7th

    Although I’m sure you’re used to the disappointment by now, it pains me to tell you this: the Sprint Hero won’t be getting its much-hoped-for update to Android 2.1 this Friday. A Sprint Community Administrator has closed the thread where the original rumour surfaced, stating: “Closing this thread because I don’t want folks to think that 2.1 is coming out on… Read More

  • Motorola Milestone Finally Gets Android 2.1

    This post here is for all our UK readers. Your prized Motorola Milestone (that’s “Droid” to all you yanks) has just been given a most precious gift: an update to Android 2.1, affectionately known as “eclair”. Now, this isn’t as revolutionary an upgrade as all those late-to-the-party Hero owners are about to get (because they’re coming from Android… Read More

  • Evidence Shows iPhone HD's Ability to Shoot in… HD

    Well, this one isn’t really surprising now, is it? Mac Rumors have unearthed evidence in the latest iPhone 4.0 beta SDK that points pretty clearly to 720p video recording. Y’see, the latest iPhone SDK allows full access to video capture data, and there are some preset values in the SDK that explicitly mention a 1280×720 video resolution. Read More

  • HTC EVO 4G Preorders Start This Month (May)

    I have a confession for you: the HTC EVO 4G is my fav phone at the moment. I can’t lie. Snapdragon processor, 4.3″ 800×480 screen, 8MP camera, Android 2.1, all topped off with a blazing-fast WiMAX data connection. It’s irresistible. So I’m pleased to tell you that the all-powerful fiery-phone-of-awesome will be available for pre-order this month at The Shack. Read More