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  • 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

  • BlackBerry App World hits the browser

    Browsing your device’s app store is great when you’re on the bus, on the can, or on the run – but it’s a whole lot easier to take it all in when you’re at a full-fledged, big boy computer. Apple’s been leading the pack on this front, with iTunes providing a computer-side storefront for casual perusal. Google’s got a very limited selection of featured… Read More

  • Review: Comics by comiXology iPhone app

    Short Version: Comic lovers looking for a quick fix while on-the-go will want to check out ComiXology’s recently released Comics app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Comics range from $0.99 to $1.99 and free comics are released on a weekly basis to satiate the cheapskates. Despite the lack of content from major publishers, like DC and Marvel, you can still get the best superhero comic… Read More

  • Be careful what you write: iPhone OS 3.0 doesn't fully delete e-mails

    Maybe you’re trying to erase any lingering virtual sweet nothings of an ancient romance, or maybe you’re trying to wipe all sign of your top secret government job; whatever the case may be, you’d probably expect a deleted e-mail to stay deleted. That’s just not the case with the current iPhone OS. Read More

  • Got a great TouchWiz Widget idea? Samsung wants to give you $20,000

    If you’ve got a knack for competition and an idea for Samsung’s freshly opened TouchWiz widget platform, this might be just the thing to bring it all together. Looking to coax some developers into taking a look at TouchWiz, Samsung has just announced a 3-day Widget Developer Camp in San Francisco, running from September 11th to September 13th. After 3 days of schmoozing, boozing… Read More

  • iPhone app review: Applipedia

    Does it seem to you, like it seems to me, that iPhone apps are the new way to drive traffic to various websites? With the always-on Internet connection of an iPhone, why bother building all the content into your app when it can simply phone home to fetch what it needs? In principle I have no problem with this: avoid duplicating data, and focus on providing a great product. In reality… Read More

  • iPhone App Review: Navigon Mobile Navigator for iPhone

    It is time to ask the age-old question: Are our cellphones ready to replace standalone GPS units. Sure we’ve all done a little work with cellphone mapping services and we’ve all mucked about with Google Maps while driving (which is very dangerous). But are cellphones and iPhones in particular ready to knock the old GPS box off of the dashboard? To paraphrase Molly Bloom in… Read More

  • Huawei 8220 heading to T-Mobile as the Pulse

    Details are still a bit sketchy on this one, but the powers of the Internets have uncovered yet another Android phone headed for T-Mobile. While its been known for some time that Huawei was crackin’ away at a couple of Android-powered pieces of kit, not a whole lot has been said thus far. Late last week, the Wi-Fi Alliance gave the greenlight to a previously unannounced Huawei phone… Read More

  • Rumor: Instinct HD in September, Instinct Q in November?

    Straight from the mouth of a tipster fresh out of a Sprint training session, PhoneArena‘s got some new details on the upcoming Samsung Instinct series releases. First up on the rumor train is the Samsung Instinct HD, which has had more names tied to it than Alan Smithee. Samsung Dash, Samsung Instinct S50, Samsung Instinct M850.. we’re not sure what the deal is here, but it seems… Read More

  • TomTom GPS slips into iTunes store at a cool $99

    As if we didn’t wait long enough. Two months after TomTom (iTunes link) for the iPhone was first announced at WWDC 2009, they finally decided to release the app into the wild. We haven’t tried it yet, but we’ll probably spend some time with this sucker to make sure it’s worth its salt. At a whopping $99, it better be. Not only is this one of the most expensive GPS apps… Read More

  • Cupcake to be last major update to the Dream/G1?

    Sound the alarm! The limited amount of internal flash on the G1 will be its undoing, says one fear monger. With only 256MB of ROM, the G1 began hemorrhaging after the Cupcake update and it’s a pretty safe bet that Donut and Éclair will both be bloated bastards (from a G1 owner’s perspective) and so goes the rumor. One of the Android devs from Google added flames to the fire with… Read More

  • HTC Magic to get Sense UI in October

    Good news for you, HTC Magic owner. Over the weekend at an event held in Taipei, HTC announced that the second generation Android device would be getting a UI overhaul ala Hero. Pretty rad, right? It is if you live outside the US because the T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google ain’t getting it. Don’t act surprised. It’s been made clear in the past that anything branded… Read More

  • Rooting Android for Dummies

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  • Dell just unveiled its China-only smartphone "Mini 3i" (updated with better pictures)

    TechCrunch first broke the news about Dell releasing a smartphone exclusively for the Chinese market eight days ago. Some pieces of information on the so-called Mini 3i leaked a few days after, and today the Android device finally saw the light of day during a China Mobile event in Beijing (China Mobile is the world’s biggest phone carrier and distributes the phone in that country). Read More

  • Survey: iPhone 3GS best selling cell phone in Japan in July

    It seems Japan, the country with the most advanced mobile infrastructure on the globe, has come to embrace the iPhone. According to a survey conducted by market research company GfK‘s Japanese subsidiary [JP], the 32GB model of the iPhone 3GS was the most popular phone in Japan last month. Read More