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  • Infinita.tv makes sure you stay on top of Japan's mobile tech scene

    Everyone pretty much agrees that Japan boasts the most advanced mobile infrastructure in the world. After all, this is the country with 100 million 3G subscribers, 120 new handsets every year, the first mobile phone featuring a decent web browser (in 1999) etc. etc. But it’s pretty hard to keep up with what’s going in Japan’s super-vibrant mobile world if you don’t… Read More

  • G1 will get Donut, says Cyanogen (maybe)

    I’m a n00b to the whole Android scene; I make no bones about it. But I have been lurking the XDA forums for the last couple months and I feel comfortable rooting my Android devices (except the Hero) and swapping between “cooked ROMs” from various hackers devs to get the latest and greatest features. So when the Interwebs started freaking out over the G1’s lack of… Read More

  • Microsoft to pit Windows Mobile 6.5 and 7 against one another?


    According to Digitimes, Microsoft will be using a “dual-platform” strategy to compete with Android and the iPhone. 6.5, due to be rolled out October 1, will stay alive just to compete with Android, while WinMo 7 will compete with the iPhone. I don’t think this is as shocking as Gizmodo does, but I certainly don’t see the wisdom in having dueling OSes. Dueling… Read More

  • Droidify: An unofficial Spotify Android app to tide you over [UPDATED]

    Spotify, a free and increasingly popular music streaming service available on the other side of the pond (and currently by invite only in the US), has yet to launch an official Android Market app. But not to worry. A group of Spotify fans have developed Droidify, an unofficial Spotify client for Android. The free app: lets you search, browse, manage playlists and listen to the millions of… Read More

  • TechCrunch50: Ron Conway, Reid Hoffman, Tony Hsieh, Tim O'Reilly, and Robert Scoble join Panel of Experts

    TechCrunch50 is just a few weeks away, and it’s time to announce more expert panelists who’ll judge the fifty launching startups in front of a crowd of 2,000 or so eager attendees. Today we’re pleased to announce Angel investor Ron Conway, LinkedIn Chairman Reid Hoffman, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, O’Reilly Media CEO Tim O’Reilly, and tech blogger Robert Scoble will… Read More

  • Palm Eos scheduled to ship in October, says Chinese newspaper

    What do analysts know about hardware? Nothing, if the Commercial Times’ report about the Palm Eos shipping in October turns out to be true. However, Rozwadowski wasn’t completely wrong because Compal will begin shipping CDMA versions of the Eos in Q1 of 2010, but the GSM version is still scheduled for this year. Monthly orders for the Eos, which features a 2.6-inch multi-touch… Read More

  • Nokia Rover/N900 gets caught on camera, preview coming soon. [UPDATED]

    There it is, folks, in what appears to be final form: the Nokia N900, otherwise known as the Rover or RX-51 – and boy, does it look gorgeous. We broke the news of the N900 back in May, and the final hardware appears to match inch-for-inch with the concept image we drew up at the time. Eldar Murtazin of Mobile-Review has been trickling out screenshots of the N900’s operating… Read More

  • RIM working on full Flash and Silverlight for BlackBerry?

    According to the Boy Genius Report, RIM is crackin’ away at integrating full Flash and Silverlight support into their browser. Yeah, we’re going to go ahead and file this one under “Don’t hold your breath”, with plans to dust it off and start getting excited in a year or so. We’re not saying we doubt BG’s sources; when it comes to BlackBerry, Boy… Read More

  • Pink HTC Hero finally appears in the flesh

    If you’re a longtime reader of MobileCrunch, you probably know that we’ve got a bit of a love/hate relationship with pink phones. We hate them because they’re generally gimmicky garbage, often just a means of selling a few more feature phones to tweens. We love them because, well, they’re pink phones. We’ve been seeing the HTC Hero pop up in pink since as early as… Read More

  • TomTom coming to Android

    Not to be outdone by TeleNav, pocket-lint is reporting that TomTom will be coming to Android in the near future. “We cannot ignore such a successful platform as Android. HTC is an important partner of ours and Android is becoming increasingly important too.” “I do not question the opportunity that RIM might offer but we know that a satnav device needs to have a large… Read More

  • The Shack now carrying the T-Mobile myTouch 3G

    Just a quick heads up that over 4000 Shacks aka Radio Shack locations in the US and Puerto Rico are now carrying the T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google. That is all. Good day. Read More

  • Video: New HTC Hero ROM gets demoed, appears lag free

    We love the HTC Hero to pieces around these parts. Really. Even after spending a few days tearing it apart for our review, the only bad thing we could find to say about it was that the sporadic lag on the homescreen harshed our buzz. Well, now HTC has gone and fixed that. Paul of MoDaCo managed to get his hands on a pre-release copy of an upcoming Hero ROM update, and sure enough: the lag is gone. Read More

  • Another Maemo 5 screenshot leaked

    If yesterday’s leak random Maemo 5 settings screenshot didn’t have you feeling all funny inside, this one probably won’t do too much for you either. For the rest of us, however, feel free to swoon. Russian mobile maven Eldar Murtazin has come through yet again, leaking the above screenshot of Maemo 5’s onscreen QWERTY keyboard. There’s nothing too surprising to… Read More

  • T-Mobile lights up more 3G in Connecticut, Tennessee

    Connecticut and Tennessee have a few things in common. For one, they’re both interestingly shaped states. One looks like an anvil, while the other has a funky little section we can only describe as an “appendage” hanging off the bottom left side. Now Connecticut and Tennessee can take comfort in another commonality: T-Mobile 3G. Another day, another T-Mobile 3G market fired up. Read More

  • T-Mobile Gravity 2 launched, right on time

    All of the signs (that is, all of the leaks) told us to expect the T-Mobile Gravity 2 to launch on August 19th. We’re just a few hours into August 19th, and sure enough: we just got word that the Gravity 2 is now available. Coming in at $29.99 (after a $50 mail in rebate and a 2 year contract) and being pitched as an “affordable messaging phone”, don’t expect much… Read More

  • Instinct Q leaks: The "Q" stands for QWERTY.

    If the “S” in “iPhone 3G S” stands for speed, we’re going to wager that the “Q” in “Instinct Q” stands for QWERTY. And if it doesn’t? We don’t really care, because BAM! QWERTY KEYBOARD! After the release of the touch-only myTouch and Hero, we were starting to wonder when we’d see another Android handset with a QWERTY… Read More

  • Maemo 5 screenshot leaks, we gush

    Way back in May, we got our hands on the world’s first concept image of Maemo Harmattan, a distant (as in late 2010) version of the operating system Nokia tucks onto their internet tablet devices. Maemo Harmattan is otherwise known as Maemo 6, with the latest publicly available release being Maemo 4.1. That leaves one whole big bad version of Maemo out of the picture. Well, here it… Read More

  • Rumor: No Palm Eos in 2009?

    Shortly after we broke the news that Palm was had at work on device to follow the Pre, the details came pouring in: first we got the codename (Pixie), then we got the tentative marketing name (Eos). A few days later, we had a launch window: according to a leaked AT&T slide, the Eos would launch in the second half of 2009. Alas, things get a bit crazy when you’ve just launched a… Read More

  • Blockbuster OnDemand movies coming to a Motorola near you

    Blockbuster – the once dominant, now prehistoric video rental company where you used to rack up incredible late fees (and anger towards their employees) – is not only still kicking, but seems to be positioning itself for a 21st century “comeback” of sorts via a new partnership with Motorola. Talk about two companies who could use some new-found success (read… Read More

  • Palm now reviewing paid applications for the App Catalog, sales begin in mid-september

    The Palm Pre has taken a lot of heat for its limited App Catalog, which, months after the launch of the device and its respective SDK, still only contains roughly 30 applications. It’s easy to look at the numbers and forget the backstories; the iPhone went a whole year and entire model before they even had an App Store. BlackBerries have long had access to third party apps, but only as… Read More