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  • 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

  • Samsung opens up TouchWiz development

    We’ll probably have some more details on this later today, but we’re able to spill some of it now seeing as much of it just went live on Samsung’s own site If you haven’t been keeping up with all the latest in Samsung news, here’s what you need to know: Samsung’s got a widget interface called TouchWiz, which they’ve been rolling out across their… Read More

  • North America-bound GSM Palm Pre spied and certified

    It’s been spotted on holiday in Vietnam, and companies from Spain and the United Kingdom have already snapped it up for local consumption, but the elusive GSM Palm Pre has been noticeably inconspicuous on its own home continent. Well, not so anymore: a gifted internet detective found telltale signs that the beloved Son of Sunnyvale is coming back home, draped in much-awaited GSM garb. Read More

  • Verizon fires up LTE test networks, successfully makes calls

    (Note: If you’re looking for the relevance of this image, don’t bother. I got bored of posting pictures of cell towers and maps every time a regional network story popped up. Instead, I’m posting a picture of a laser gun with the Verizon logo poorly photoshopped onto the handle.) Are you ready for LTE? I don’t think you are. T-Mobile definitely isn’t (Zing!). Read More

  • Have your iPhone icons gone all crazy?

    It was a day like any other, my routine always the same: Roll out of bed an hour later than I should, then walk over to my iPhone and haphazardly bat at it to try and stop the alarm from screeching for the fifth time that morning. Walk to the bathroom, then pop open the Mail app while I brush my – Wait, what the heck? Everything on my homescreen was wrong. Mint was now Yammer. AT&T… Read More

  • HTC working on a stylus for capacitive screens?

    Meat digits. Sausage fingers. Call them what you will, but some people’s hands are just a bit larger than others. “Finger friendly” for one person doesn’t necessarily mean “finger friendly” for another. As of late, the trend in handsets has been toward capacitive touchscreens, which is bad news for the big-boned; while the screens provide improved accuracy… Read More

  • Palm Pre gets a virtual keyboard, but not from Palm

    When it comes to keyboards, you just can’t make everyone happy. Provide a virtual keyboard, and people complain of inaccuracy and difficult of use. Provide a physical keyboard, and people complain because their dainty hands only have enough strength to slide out the keyboard three times a day. You’ve gotta provide both, or you’ve just given the Internet something to rant… Read More

  • Interview: Nicholas Francis, COO of Unity, a leading iPhone game development platform

    If you’re like me you’ve always wondered about making an iPhone game. What mad skillz do you need? What course in computer science will teach you how to vector a jet across the screen? Well, Nicholas Francis set out to solve that problem and came up with Unity, one of the most popular games development platforms for the iPhone and the iPod Touch.
    CrunchGear: Tell me about your… Read More

  • Nokia 5130 coming to T-Mobile in September, no one notices

    Dear T-Mo faithful, are you being overstimulated by flashy phones like the myTouch 3G? Does the Touch Pro2 pack too much power under the hood for you? Do keyboards on phones like the Blackberry Curve 8520 completely flummox you? Well, fret no longer, because T-Mobile has an unremarkable candybar that’s just right for you! That right, Nokia’s latest (and by latest, we mean 6 months… Read More

  • Qik finally makes it to the App Store, live streaming not included

    I want live streaming video recording apps on the iPhone. You want live streaming video recording apps on the iPhone. Everyone wants live streaming video recording apps on the iPhone – except for Apple. Though such applications have been available through unofficial means for over a year now, Apple remains mum on the matter. There they sit in Apple’s review queue, rotting away… Read More

  • T-Mobile, Alltel, and Verizon don't suck at customer service.

    J.D Power and Associates just issued Volume 2 of their Wireless Customer Care report, which runs from January to June of 2009. It’s a big three-way tie this time around, with T-Mobile, Alltel, and Verizon all taking a victory lap. AT&T follows behind with an “About Average” (3/5) rating, while Sprint stumbles with a paltry 2/5. At this point, T-Mobile can pretty much build… Read More

  • Do you hate the iPhone? Probably not as much as this guy.

    Lets say you hate the iPhone. Maybe its because the plans are too damned expensive. Maybe it’s because it’s because Apple’s app approval process is twelve kinds of terrible. Maybe it’s because it’s taken over all of your favorite gadget blogs for the past 3 years. Whatever reason you have for disliking Cupertino’s little flamewar generator, you don’t… Read More

  • T-Mobile fires up 3G in St. Louis, MO

    Fact: That is actually what 3G radio waves look like. Yep, little tiny 3Gs. Crazy coincidence. You feel that warmth, St. Louis? That’s the feeling of 3G radio waves swimming around your head. Following launches in El Paso, Bakersfield, Thousand Oaks, Milwaukee, Chattanooga, Jacksonville, and a ton of other cities, T-Mobile has just flipped the switches in St. Louis, MO. They’ve… Read More

  • For two days only, Metal Gear Solid Touch is $2.99

    Didn’t buy Metal Gear Solid Touch the first time ’round? Good, because Konami just dropped the price by $5. Yup, it’s now $2.99 on that there App Store for two days only. Once August 15 hits, it goes back to its full price. So if you were ever on the fence, you know… Read More