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  • Samsung outs the Galaxy S Android smartphone

    We knew Samsung had something coming today at CTIA. The gigantic banner outside the main hall kind of told us that. So here it is: the Android-powered Galaxy S. There’s a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen up front with an unspecified 1GHz CPU chilling inside. The Android release has been modified and uses Sammy’s ‘Social Hub’ always-on social networking features. Swype, DLNA… Read More

  • TomTom's iPhone app to get real-time traffic alerts and Google local search

    TomTom is serious about its iPhone navigation app and the upcoming update brings it one step closer to the feature set found on high-end dedicated GPS units. Version 1.3 is currently held up by App Store reviewers, but when they get done pawing through the code, it will enable real time traffic reports along with a Google-powered local search tool. The addition of the new services pretty… Read More

  • Nexus One hitting Verizon on March 23rd?

    The last we heard the Nexus One was navigating its way through the FCC and Verizon was targeting a “Spring 2010” launch. But now there’s a rumor floating around that states quite clearly that March 23, 2010 will be the launch date. Interesting… Read More

  • Sprint Pre and Pixi owners: Expect Palm webOS 1.4 today with video recording and Flash 10 in tow

    Sometime today, Feburary 26, 2010, Sprint Pre and Pixi owners should get a nice little surprise on their handsets. It seems like Sprint and Palm are ready to deliver the latest webOS update, which should bring the aforementioned updates along with a bunch of other enhancements conveniently listed for your perusal after the jump. Read More

  • RIM shows off the new WebKit-powered BlackBerry browser

    BlackBerry users have long suffered with horrible mobile Internet browsers. But help is on the way in the form of a WebKit browser. The company showed off the new goods at its MWC press event. No word on the expected release date, but seeing as BlackBerry users have dealt with it this long, they can probably hold out a little longer. That is if they don’t get baited by the new… Read More

  • Verizon going BOGO crazy, launching Buy One, Get One promo on six phones tomorrow

    We just got a hot tip from one of our Verizon buddies. Apparently Verizon Wireless is starting a new BOGO campaign tomorrow that includes both of its Android handsets – the Droid and Eris – both Palm phones – the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus – along with the LG Chocolate Touch and Samsung Alias 2 features phones. We hear the promotion will allow you to mix and match any of… Read More

  • The Cliq XT/Quench drops, brings Android 1.5 in tow

    Motorola is keeping the Android party rocking with the Cliq XT — or Quench in Euroland. The handset doesn’t bring anything we haven’t seen before including the aging Android 1.5 release along with Motorola’s social media-centric MOTOBLUR home screen replacement. A respectable 3.1-inch 320 x 480 occupies the front, while a 5.0 MP cam with LED flash is housed on the… Read More

  • Verizon comes clean and announces the Android-powered Motorola DEVOUR with MOTOBLUR

    The Verizon-bound Motorola Devour wasn’t much of a secret after the retail packaging leaked last week. We knew it was coming, but not so soon because big red VZW just announced it to the world. Don’t get too excited though, it’s not a Droid replacement as Android 1.6 is powering it instead of 2.0. That doesn’t mean it’s not another fine phone to add to… Read More

  • Verizon breaks out lower-priced unlimited voice plans, keeps smartphone plans the same

    Good ol’ VZW just released details about its new unlimited plans and AT&T should probably take notes. The voice-only plan dropped from $99 to only $69 and the voice/text plans is now only $89 instead of $119. The same plans are available on a pre-paid basis for only $5 more per month. The new, lower-priced plans are available today, and just like all of Verizon’s services… Read More

  • Hands-on with Motorola Backflip

    We spent a few minutes with the just-announce Backflip and, well, it’s a Moto Cliq with weird swivel keyboard. Really, everything about the device feels the same as the Cliq. Even the love-it-or-hate-it MotoBlur interface is still in place. But depending on the price and carrier, it could be a popular product. The device is different and that’s important these day. The… Read More

  • T-Mobile somewhat confirms the Google Phone (Nexus One) and an early January launch

    An internal T-Mobile memo from 12/29, Google, with support from T-Mobile, is scheduled to launch a new Android device in early January. The Google Android phone will be sold solely by Google via the Web. That pretty much says it. Now, how about a confirmation on the $199 price rumor? Read More

  • Blackberry email down across most carriers

    Oh noes! BIS is down for nearly everyone in the States and Canada. It’s really just the email service. Web browsing, SMS, BlackBerry messenger, and phone calls are seemingly fine. We’ll keep you updated, but it seems like a good time to give your thumbs a rest. You’ll have to get back to work soon enough. [CrackBerry via Gizmodo] Update: RIM has confirmed the outage… Read More

  • Of course Android 2.1 has been ported to the Droid

    That didn’t take long. Last week the Google Phone was just another unfounded Internet rumor, but now that the Nexus One is out in the wild and its exclusive Android 2.1 build has been ported to the Droid. It’s of course just as buggy as other Android releases ported to unsupported devices so you should probably hold up a bit before you dive into the installation. Oh, and… Read More

  • TomTom wises up, releases $49.99 USA-only GPS app

    Most agree that the original TomTom iPhone app is a tad overpriced at $99 for just the app. That doesn’t include the $119 windshield mount. Esspecially now that Google has made its mark on the GPS market with the free Google Maps Navigation app. And so that brings us to the latest TomTom GPS app. This one is US-only, but only costs $50. Read More

  • The Nokia 6700 Classic done up in 18-carat gold

    Why? Because they can. It’s expected to cost €370 when it comes out in selected markets early next year. Read More

  • Verizon to raise ETF to $350 on "advanced devices"

    Don’t expect to scam Verizon on BOGO deals anymore, folks. The carrier is raising early termination fees on Novermber 15 to $350 for “advance devices” only. Clearly VZW is targeting users who were abusing the buy one get one free BlackBerry deals and those that figured out that it was cheaper cancel their current contract and pay the $175 ETF than to pay full retail for the… Read More

  • And now Verizon pushed Bing Mobile onto BlackBerry Storms

    Alright, Verizon, you’re doing it wrong. Stop pushing apps onto my BlackBerry Storm. Within the last few months, YouTube, a Verizon-linked verizon of Slacker Radio, VZW Tones, and a V Cast Video app have been pushed to my phone. I thought that’s what App World is for; you know, apps. But now a terrible mobile version of Bing was pushed onto my Storm. Seriously, stop it. Read More

  • BlackBerry Storm2 to be out on October 28th if anyone cares

    Thank the cell phone gods. Verizon finally announced that the heavily leaked and previewed BlackBerry Storm2 will be available on October 28th for $179 after a $100 mail-in rebate. Let’s move on. Read More

  • Hands-on video: The BlackBerry OS 5.0 update turns the Storm into an iPhone clone

    Verizon released the BlackBerry OS 5.0 update alongside the Storm2 launch date this morning. I just had to try it out as I had ranked the BlackBerry Storm as the worst phone ever made. I’ve only had the update loaded for about an hour so far, but everything seems slightly better including the reception, responsiveness, and the iPhone-like effects. I still don’t like the phone but… Read More

  • Play with the BlackBerry Storm 2 emulator at

    Retail stores are finally getting in their Storm 2 dummy phones but those won’t do you any good if you actually wanna use the phone’s software. VZW has you covered though with a just-posted BlackBerry Storm 2 emulator that lets you click your way through the OS. Read More

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