Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Google Fixes Gmail For The Blackberry And Java Phones

    Google finally got around to fixing Gmail on the Blackberry and J2ME phones like the Nokia N95 or Sony Ericsson W910i. Now you can compose emails while offline. When you hit “send, they sit in the outbox until your handset finds a network again. Gmail is also being updated with the ability to compose and save more than one draft at the same time, toggle between different email… Read More

  • Pantech Duo gets the Windows Mobile 6.1 treatment

    Right after Helio worked with Pantech on the Ocean, Pantech cranked out the strikingly similar (albeit with less spring-loaded-slider goodness) Duo. This morning, Pantech announced that not only had all the Duos currently sitting on AT&T’s shelves been bumped up to Windows Mobile 6.1, but that the folks back at home could get in on the fun too. If you’ve got a Helio Ocean… Read More

  • Samsung confirms TouchWiz UI is headed for the US

    I’m not sure if there was ever any doubt that the TouchWiz UI would show up on US handsets eventually, but Samsung’s gone and confirmed it via press release anyways. TouchWiz is a Samsung-made user interface specifically tailored for touchscreens. Its best known feature is likely its widget system, which allows users to drag and drop widgets onto their homescreen from a drawer… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia torn apart on video, piece.. by piece.. by piece

    Anybody who’s still aching for the Xperia X1 to slide its way to their region might want to look away, else see the guts of their beloved handset splayed out like some sort of science project. A gent going by Cyk1 has slapped on a pair of white gloves (classy), grabbed the closest guitar pick (hey, it’s good for unlocking latches without marring the plastic), and torn the X1 down… Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 getting its first Over the Air update tomorrow

    Jeez! Less than 24 hours after the G1 made its official debut, T-Mobile has let it be known that an OTA update is already on its way to knock out a few issues that have popped up since the handsets left the factory. According to a post on the T-Mobile forums, it’ll make its way to handsets as early as tomorrow: There is already an OTA update scheduled for this phone, which will be sent… Read More

  • Google announces Android App Market paid application details, revenue share model

    With the first 21 days of October behind us, the G1’s “Official” launch day is finally upon us. With the first Android-powered handset now in the hands of giddy customers around the country, Google has provided long-awaited details about the Android App Market. As made apparent by those G1 pre-order handsets which arrived a day or two early, the Market is live at launch. Read More

  • Motorola Aura cell phone has a circular display

    A few years ago on April Fool’s day, Geeks.com put up a product page for a 15-inch circular LCD monitor for $199.99 (if memory serves). The monitor looked pretty cool and everyone had a good chuckle at the thought of being able to somehow manufacture a display in anything but the shape of a square or rectangle. Fast forward to the present day and we now see that the upcoming Motorola… Read More

  • Screenshots of Walmart's New MP3-Only Store

    It looks like Walmart has soft-launched it’s DRM-free MP3 store. The company decided to ditch its DRM approach, but then got into hot water with consumers once they figured out that Walmart was going to be taking down the servers they used to manage all the DRM rights. No servers, meant that they wouldn’t be able to listen to the songs they had legally purchased. So Walmart had… Read More

  • Apple sells 6.9 million iPhones in Q4 of 2008

    Hot off of Apple’s Q4 earnings call comes a bit of iPhone news: Alongside 2.6 million Macs and 11 million iPods, Apple managed to sell 6,892,000 iPhones in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2008. In contrast, they sold just 1,119,000 iPhones in fiscal Q4 of 2007. Feeling a bit spunky, Jobs’ mentioned that they’ve outsold some significant competition, saying “We’ve… Read More

  • RIM makes the BlackBerry Application Center official

    A few weeks back, a sneak peek of a still-in-the-works BlackBerry App Center made its way out. Now RIM’s gone and given it the official treatment by way of press release. Unfortunately, there’s a bit of bad news right off the bat: While the BlackBerry Storm is expected to launch in November, the BlackBerry App Center won’t debut until March of 2009 – nearly five full… Read More

  • MySpace for Android goes live but where's the music?

    Android’s first handset, the G1, will be hitting the market tomorrow and with it comes a slew of useful and useless apps. One of those useless apps happens to be from MySpace. Being the first major social network to do so means nothing when it brings nothing to the table. It’s essentially a mirror image of the iPhone app, but it’s nowhere near as fast when loading your inbox… Read More

  • Kyocera joins the Android-powered handset club

    Love it or hate it, it’s pretty safe to assume that just about all of the big boys in the handset world are tinkering with the idea of bringing an Android device to the market (Well, except for Sony Ericsson. Or Apple.) Joining the confirmed list today is Kyocera, with an announcement that they are working with software optimization house Wind River to adapt Android to their… Read More

  • Right before launch, Google strips down the App Market for a bit of polish

    Yesterday morning, a sizable chunk of the T-Mobile G1 pre-orders showed up prior to their expected arrival date of October 22nd. Filled with new-toy glee, the new Android users tore their boxes open, poked and prodded at the screen.. but something was wrong. Reviews said something about there being 50+ applications already available in the Android App Market. Even immediately after the device… Read More

  • Zeemote to release controller SDK for BlackBerry

    Lets face it: By and large, gaming on mobile handsets sucks. Sure, no one’s expecting (or even desiring, perhaps) an experience along the lines of a couch-camping session – but even the simplest of games are hindered by, amongst other things, the lack of intuitive input methods. While we’re able to quickly rewire our noggins to play Tetris on a number pad, it just never… Read More

  • Got an HTC that needs a Windows Mobile 6.0 upgrade? Better do it quick!

    Been putting off that Windows Mobile 6.0 upgrade for your HTC 8525? You’ve only got about 9 days left. HTC has announced that they will be removing all Windows Mobile 6.0 upgrades from their site. For our US readers, the only devices you need to worry about are the AT&T 8525 (HTC Hermes) and the T-Mobile Dash (S621). As PhoneNews points out, neither of these handsets have been given… Read More

  • Qik for the iPhone coming soon, says Rose

    Yes, we know you can get Qik for your jailbroken iPhones now, but this is the App Store version and Mr. Rose, personal hero of mine, gets a look at it before all of us. Jealous? Didn’t think so. Anyway, Rose pontificates that the version he has is near final and that it should be coming soon for free. Would you want your Qik followers to know exactly where you’re streaming… Read More

  • T-Mobile finally releases OS v4.5 for the BlackBerry Curve

    Get it here, folks. This Handheld software includes: 1. Video recording capability.
    2. HTML email for internet email accounts.
    3. Music and Video Streaming video capabilities.
    4. New browser home page design.
    5. Improved downloading experience.
    6. Improved UMA and data performance.
    7. Attachment downloading and document editing.
    8. Free/Busy calendar look-up and… Read More

  • LG KC910 Renoir and Samsung Pixon M8800 8-megapixel photo faceoff

    With everyone on the planet pushing out an 8-megapixel handset of their own, it’s a bit surprising that we haven’t seen more photo samples. Sure, the basic idea of an 8-megapixel camera is great – but if the photos are the blurry blue messes we’ve come to expect from camera phones, what’s the point? Where the handset manufacturers have failed to deliver, the… Read More

  • Opera Mobile 9.5 beta 2 released, supports widgets and UIQ

    If you’re willing to tough your way through Beta browser territory, Opera’s got some goods for you to check out. This morning, they released Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta 2. Sure, it’s faster, and it’s more stable – but it’s also got some tricks up its sleeve. This is the first mobile release to support Opera’s Widget platform, which allows users to… Read More

  • Motorola releases the ultra ugly i776 on Sprint and Boost

    I’ve been trying to be a bit easier on Motorola lately, as I feel some of my comments toward their devices have been a bit crass. Sorry Motorola – I can’t cut you any slack for this one. When it first leaked back in August, I declared it the ugliest handset ever created. I’ve since searched high and low for a handset to take that title, and nothing challenges it. Read More