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  • Motorola classes it up with the Android-powered Sholes

    Alright Motorola, I’ve got to hand it to you. After seeing the Morrison rock that DayGlo Playskool look (and let’s not forget that hideous black and purple Rival), we were all a little worried that all you guys had forgotten all about a little concept called “subtlety”. Alas, as it turns out, our fears were misplaced: pictures of Motorola’s latest (and… Read More

  • Verizon Samsung Rogue: not a smartphone, but we're still drooling

    What happens when you take the Samsung OmniaPro, improve its keyboard and the general look of the device, then strip it of its smartphone OS? You get the Verizon Rogue. For those looking for the smartphone package without the smarts, it’s a nice piece of kit. That QWERTY keyboard looks downright delicious, it’s got a nicely sized AMOLED screen, and the autofocus on that 3… Read More

  • HTC Hero flying towards an October 11th launch on Sprint?

    Oh, the Internet. How mysterious it is. Packed from e-window to e-wall with “experts”, 95% of whom have no clue what they’re talking about. Then there’s that other 5% who, to some extent, do have an idea of what they’re talking about. Unfortunately, the endless torrent of falsities (bored kids making up Apple products, bored creepers misrepresenting the fact that… Read More

  • AT&T and Samsung introduce the Solstice

    Earlier today, AT&T announced the touch-screen Solstice from Samsung. Equipped with a 3-inch touch-screen, an accelerometer, Bluetooth, a 2-megapixel camera and little else, the Solstice is an entry-level touch-screen device. But, the one really cool thing about the Solstice is that it comes with TouchWiz 2.0. The second gen UI from Samsung features live widgets, which makes it… Read More

  • T-Mobile pushes out the AppPack, still no Facebook, but there's Visual Voicemail!

    It seems the sudden rush of myTouch 3Gs arriving earlier than expected has forced T-Mobile and certain developers to release their applications into the Android Market prematurely. Not that anyone with a G1, myTouch 3G or Hero are complaining. Geodelic released their Sherpa app yesterday and today we see T-Mobile’s AppPack go live. This isn’t an entirely new application. Read More

  • The LG Chocolate is now official!

    The LG Chocolate is now official. (That sound you just heard is the sound of millions of people breathing a sigh of relief.) The specs are, in fact, the same as those found in that leaked promo video from a few days ago. Read More

  • iPhone Devs: Lite/Free mobile apps really pay off

    The creator of iCombat wrote an analysis of his experience making and giving away a free “lite” version of his app alongside his paid, full version. The result? It makes economic sense to create a lite version early on and update it often to goose the users into downloading – and paying attention to – your app. His global conversion rate was 9% which meant that a… Read More

  • Geodelic releases Sherpa into the wild

    G1 owners- Direct your device to the Android Market and download Sherpa (it’s official now)! Read More

  • Windows Mobile now called "Windows Phone" – no, really

    Apparently, it’s been leaked by some loose-lipped presenter at a Microsoft event that “Windows Mobile” is out, and “Windows Phone” is in. Well, Microsoft, I try to get your back now and then when you’re misunderstood or wrongly accused, but this is beyond the pale. I can’t think of a worse name to call your operating system. Let me count the reasons why: Read More

  • Facebook coming to Android

    Well, we never thought it would happen because of its intense rivalry with Google, but Facebook is almost ready to launch an official app for Android phones. Hints are already popping up here and there, but I’ve been able to confirm it. The app could hit the Android Market (its version of the App Store) as soon as the end of this week. Facebook’s Android app will launch with a… Read More

  • Is the iPhone causing Apple to lose the plot?

    Is Apple losing the plot? I ask this because, having just read this bollocks (Apple wants to make jailbreaking illegal because it supposedly threatens our nation’s cellphone tower infrastructure, and thereby threatens our national security), I’ve read nothing but well-reasoned, anti-Apple invective. Come, let’s explore the phenomenon. Read More

  • T-Mobile to sell HTC Touch Pro2 in August

    We know it was coming but so soon! To recap it’s a WinMo 6.1 phon with WiFi, 3.6-inch touchscreen, and 3.2-megapixel camera. It will, as rumored, be available in mocha. T-Mobile USA Debuts HTC Touch Pro2 in the U.S.
    New Tilting Touchscreen Device Available to T-Mobile Customers in mid-August Bellevue, Wash. — July 29, 2009 — T-Mobile USA, Inc., and HTC Corp. today announced… Read More

  • WiFi-enabled BlackBerry 8530 headed to VZW

    Hopefully Verizon has changed it tune for good on WiFi. Generally the carrier doesn’t allow WiFi-toting devices to be sold with a Verizon Logo affixed – there are a couple of small Winmo exceptions- but it seems that the BlackBerry 8530 will be 802.11 b/g enabled. Not only that, but it might be the first Verizon BlackBerry to come loaded with OS 5.0. Pricing or availability… Read More

  • Video: LG GD910 Watch phone does video

    Dick Tracy, eat your heart out. Better yet, do it whilst having a live video chat with someone on the LG GD910. So, yes – the LG GD910 Wrist phone does video chat. Unfortunately, all signs point at this thing costing roughly the same as a down payment on a new Honda, and it’s pretty likely that the video chat feature will only play friendly with other GD910s. Unless you’ve got… Read More

  • Booyah Society: Level Up in Life! with your iPhone

    Keith wasn’t as boisterous during our second filming of the app as he was the first time. Hopefully you guys get the idea. So what is Booyah and what does it bring to the iPhone that no one else has done? Before we dive into that here’s a little background info on the Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup. Founded by three former videogame industry vets from Blizzard, Activision and… Read More

  • Google Realizes That Short Links Are Smart Links In Mobile Gmail

    Google is finally figuring out that short links are just easier to deal with, especially on a mobile phone. No, it is not rolling out its own URL shortening service just yet (, stand down). But today it is introducing what it calls “smart links” to the mobile version of Gmail. When it recognizes a super-long link like one for Google Maps, it will shorten it to the… Read More

  • Sidekick Sync app brings push email, Exchange support, and more to the Sidekick LX '09

    Yo, Sidekick LX ’09 owners. Check out the Download Catalog. You should find the Sidekick Sync app somewhere in there and guess what? The app brings push email, attachment viewing, syncing, and Exchange support to your beloved Sidekick. Tits, right? (If you don’t see the app right away, check back a little bit later today) Read More

  • This August, the HTC Touch Pro 2 & Samsung Gravity 2 head to T-Mobile

    You’ll have two more T-Mobile cellphones to pick from beginning next month. There’s the HTC Touch Pro2, which still doesn’t have an AT&T release date (so T-Mo can lord that over AT&T), and the Samsung Gravity 2. Read More

  • VZW now pushing Slacker Radio to the BlackBerry Tour

    Last week Verzion pushed Slacker Radio onto the BlackBerry Storm. This time around, the BlackBerry Tour is getting the same treatment. Why you ask? Well, Slacker Radio has put a little icon within the app that links available songs to the VZW V-Cast music store. So when a tune plays through Slacker Radio, customers will be able to purchase the song right there. If for some reason Slacker… Read More

  • Hey LG BL40 – Why the long face?

    The more we look at this thing, the more we wonder if we’ll need a special pair of pants to carry it around. Will we need LG Chocolate BL40-certified pockets? Or will we need to carry it around in some sort of sling? We still haven’t touched it, but some lucky reporter over at got the opportunity to paw at it briefly. They didn’t say much we didn’t already… Read More