We’ve not heard a peep from the HTC Merge (formally Lexicon) in some time now, and it was notably absent from CES this year, causing a few people to think that it might have been axed.
However, a new image of the device infers that maybe the device isn’t destined to fade away, but, rather, make an appaerance on regional carrier Alltell. → Read More
A report from Digitimes today has stated that Sony Ericsson have Windows Phone 7 devices “in the pipeline.”
Sony Ericsson have previously said that Windows Phone 7 has “remained on their roadmap”, but, to date, we’ve seen nothing of any WinPho devices from ol’ ess eee.
However, with Sony Ericsson’s market share continuing to decrease, it seems that they may now be taking WP7 a little more… → Read More
Sony Ericsson’s Symbian-powered Vivaz looks to be getting an update, with a leak outlining an Android-powered successor.
Mobile Review have a very detailed overview of the phone — also known as the MT15i or Halon — including more pics than you can shake a megapixel at. The skinny of it all, though, is the juicy, juicy specs, which I’ve compiled for you after the break. → Read More
Disney may have pulled the plug on their cell phone business in the US in 2007, but in Japan (where the company’s characters have a huge fan base), its MVNO is apparently doing pretty well. And now it comes to light [JP] that next month, Disney enthusiasts living in that country will be able to lay their hands on a special Android phone. → Read More
Good news: the state of California can now seize and search your cellphone without a warrant. The new regime will only affect people who have already been arrested, so it’s not as if police officers will be able to search your cellphone at routine traffic stops. But still: yeah, it’s sorta lame. In 2011, even more of your rights will be chipped away. → Read More
Apple has a history of trouble with the government in Japan, and over the the last days, more bad news reached the company (which is highly successful in Japan). This time it’s not about iPods causing fire but about the iPhone. The Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications criticized Apple Japan and its exclusive provider in the country, SoftBank Mobile, for offering insufficient… → Read More
AT&T have now dropped the price of two of their Windows Phone 7 handsets — the LG Quantum, and the Samsung Focus — by $100, taking them down to $99.99. To further sweeten the deal, they have also thrown in free activation and overnight shipping. Keen to get your WinPho7 on? You can grab the deals here. Not interested in either of those phones? The HTC Surround is also available… → Read More
As we reported multiple times over the past months, the iPhone is a hit in Japan. When compared to other Japanese phones, however, it lacks a few key features such as digital TV tuners or an e-wallet function. Provider SoftBank introduced a hardware solution for the former problem in 2008, and now there’s one for the latter, too. → Read More
Even if all you Samsung Epic 4G owners out there were particularly naughty this year, Sprint will give you some festive love the day after Christmas: a much anticipated Froyo update for your favourite toy.
Of course, Froyo is by now getting a little stale, with the much fresher (and festively themed) Gingerbread on the scene, but that doesn’t mean you guys won’t enjoy the extra speed that the… → Read More
If there’s anything that my cold, black heart loves, it’s slide-out phone keyboards (and fluffy bunny wabbits). So, despite its enormous name, and fact that I’ll never see it in my home country of Australia, I like the HTC EVO Shift 4G.
Verizon has a shiny new 4G network, but only have a USB modem that you can use with it.
We’ve previously heard rumours of two HTC phones making their way over to the big red 4G waves in 2011, but Verizon have now said — in a WSJ interview with Verizon chief operating officer, John Stratton — that Motorola will soon bring a handset to their new network. → Read More
Like we needed any more evidence that the Galaxy S is slowly taking over the world, but Samsung recently announced that they have sold 2 million Galaxy S units since its June launch in their home country of Korea.
They also announced that, at 9.3 million worldwide sales since launch, Samsung are on track to reach 10 million sales by the year’s end — giving the Galaxy S the (somewhat dubious… → Read More
Now, I have a pretty good idea that pretty much every Nexus One owner out there is overly eager for the Android 2.3 (aka Gingerbread) update to be pushed to their handsets. And now, in lieu of an actual date, we have a vague idea of the kind of wait you’re in for. According to Google’s Nexus Twitter account, you Nexus One owners will get the update “in the coming weeks.”… → Read More
If you thought that Best Buy selling the Droid 2 Global for $100, or the Droid Pro for $50, was a crazy-mad bargain, it seems that you weren’t the only one.
Engadget are reporting that Best Buy have issued a “stop sale” on the two handsets, and are officially dubbing it a recall. It’s so serious, in fact, that it seems Verizon are no longer activating any phones bought at Best Buy.
But, with no… → Read More
In order to better judge the hardware requirements for some ready-made satellites that Skynet Google may or may not be making in the future, Google decided it would be a pretty cool idea to strap a few of its brand-spankin’ new Nexus S phones to some weather balloons, and send them skyward and out into the edges of our atmosphere.
There, the phones met with tiny little aliens, and they discussed… → Read More
It’s not really news to anyone reading this blog that Nokia have kinda fallen behind in the smartphone race. That isn’t to say that they won’t catch up again, but as far as ranking devices on compelling user experiences goes, Nokia aren’t leading the pack.
Well, it’s good to know that they’re trying to change all that, with Nokia senior manager Gunther Kottzieper announcing at the 2010… → Read More
Huawei, makers of the super cheap Ideos U8150 (aka T-mobile Comet) Android phone, announced this week two new (and likely cheaper than you’d expect) Android handsets: the Ideos X5 and Ideos X6.
First up, the Ideos X5 comes with a 3.8″ capacitive screen, 5MP camera with LED flash, WiFI b/g/n, GPS/A-GPS, and HSPA/HSUPA.
Playing the roll of big brother, the Ideos X6 packs a beastly 4.1″ screen… → Read More
Virtualization. There are few words quite as able to make a geek’s heart all a-flutter. Teaming it up with a smartphone? Man, you gonna give a geek a cardiac arrest!
LG have now teamed up with VMware to help bring virtualization to the smartphone world.
But why? Well, it’s purely for the enterprise geeks.
Having to carry two phones around is a pain in the ash, but the requirements of enterprise… → Read More
Luxury phones, eh? There’s something peculiar about the idea that glueing bits of shiny mineral to a phone increases its worth by 25x.
I mean, I know that diamonds are rare, and I know that they are representative of your social status, but I just can’t comprehend the value in shelling out £15,000 for a device that otherwise costs £599.
Ok, so they throw in a cool phone number (they give the… → Read More
Today’s leak? A super-secret spy video filled with intrigue, espionage, evil geniuses, and — yes — even the Playstation Phone*!
Jump on past the break to have a gander. → Read More
If you’re the type of person that craves high download speeds, but doesn’t go for the whole “smartphone” thing (plus you live in SF), then — as strange as it may sound — MetroPCS have you covered.
Today MetroPCS launched their LTE network in San Francisco, and — just like before — are only offering the one device to use on it.
Namely, the Samsung Craft.
Yup, it’s a featurephone. I dunno… → Read More
If you can’t wait until January to add custom ringtones to your new Windows Phone 7 handset, and aren’t afraid of a little hackery (and warranty-void-ery), then listen up: the same folks behind the WP7 unlock and side-load tool have just released their custom ringtone manager for WP7.
In an interview with Mobilized today, Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci mentioned that they are working to create a Windows Phone 7 powered handset.
Gianfranco also talked about why they originally turned to Android (over Windows Mobile 6.5), and why Windows Phone 7 has them interested again.
Jump on past the break for the quote, and an unrelated video. → Read More
Do you remember that 4″ beast from LG that we talked about the other week? Well, a member of the Android Forums managed to get his hands on one, and has done a little photo-shoot with it. He’s also unearthed a name and some specs.
First up, the name: LG Star. No idea if that’ll make it to retail, but that’s what it’s called at the moment.
Jump on past the break for the specs. → Read More
Google/Samsung’s well-leaked follow up to the Nexus One — the Nexus S — has once again shown up in some super-secret spyshots, this time, however, we’re treated to a close-up look at its curved display.
Yes, those wonderful folks over at XDA have managed to get their hands on some top-secret pics of the upcoming device, including the yet-to-be-announced Android Gingerbread release.
Notably… → Read More
Clichéd sentiments aside, what it does look like is a modified Motorola Defy, but — as Engadget point out — with an elongated speaker, different volume controls, and what could very well be a front-facing… → Read More