Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Verizon LTE Push Hits Laptops, Tablets, And Networks

    Verizon LTE Push Hits Laptops, Tablets, And Networks

    You could be forgiven (and are) for skipping over the LTE news of the last six months: the roll-out of the new 4G standard has been spotty and few consumers actually have any idea what it means, or whether they have it. But Verizon’s next big investment is starting to show up in more than small-run hot spots and high-end smartphones. Today was a big day for LTE — the vanguard of… Read More

  • How Appropriate, Pampers Mobile Ad Promoted On Sex App

    How Appropriate, Pampers Mobile Ad Promoted On Sex App

    There is a lot of mobile ad inventory out there and sometimes brands can’t be sure where their ads will appear. Just like on the Web, automated ad placements can sometimes turn up in the darndest places. Take a look at the Pampers ad at the bottom of this screenshot for a popular app called 300+ Sex Positions. It is an ad cross-promoting Pamper’s own Hello Baby app. The… Read More

  • Sprint To Finally Retire The Evo 4G?

    Sprint To Finally Retire The Evo 4G?

    It’s looking like Sprint has signed off on death warrants for a few of its handsets, including our nation’s first-ever 4G smartphone, the Evo 4G. According to a leaked screenshot of this internal Sprint document (discovered by SprintFeed), at least 10 phones are getting the ax. Read More

  • T-Mobile G2X Finally Gets Its Much-Needed Gingerbread Update

    T-Mobile G2X Finally Gets Its Much-Needed Gingerbread Update

    T-Mobile G2X owners have really gotten the short end of the stick. Granted, dual-core processing and top-notch cameras probably comfort this disgruntled hoard on long, lonely nights, but a 1080p video does nothing to stop the phone from randomly rebooting for… no reason at all. Plus, the phone shipped with Froyo in an increasingly Gingerbread world, which kind of peeves the living… Read More

  • The BookBook Case: Because You Always Wanted Your iPhone To Look Like A Little Bible

    The BookBook Case: Because You Always Wanted Your iPhone To Look Like A Little Bible

    Tired of feeling like people are judging you for gawking at your iPhone all day? Feel like you’re always 10 seconds from some big dude punching you in the face and making your iPhone his iPhone? Enter the BookBook. It’s a case that makes your iPhone look like.. a book. More specifically, it makes your iPhone look like a little itty-bitty Bible. Which is great, because (almost) no… Read More

  • Radio Shack Boots T-Mobile, Welcomes Verizon With Open Arms

    Radio Shack Boots T-Mobile, Welcomes Verizon With Open Arms

    The T-Mobile/Radio Shack affair isn’t exactly new news at this point — Radio Shack alleged that T-Mobile “materially breached” the terms of their agreement way back in February. No one short of legal counsel knows exactly what grievances Radio Shack has with their magenta-hued carrier partner beyond lackluster sales performance, but it looks as though things are… Read More

  • HTC Warms Up To Settlement Talks With Apple

    HTC Warms Up To Settlement Talks With Apple

    Perhaps it’s a product of Schmidt’s carefree attitude or maybe it’s a little tinge of fear after their latest lost, but HTC now appears to be ready to negotiate with Apple. With a win on each side, settlement talks may be the only detour before this patent battle turns into a full-fledged war. In early July, the ITC found Apple in violation of two S3 Graphics patents, which… Read More

  • Verizon Mistakenly Leaks Video Of The Touchscreen-Sporting BlackBerry Bold 9930

    Verizon Mistakenly Leaks Video Of The Touchscreen-Sporting BlackBerry Bold 9930

    Mistakes happen. Sometimes they spur a round of seriously unwanted consequences, but every once in a while, a mistake pays off. Maybe not for the person who screwed up, which in this case would be someone in charge of Verizon’s website, but definitely for us. If you have yet to pick up what I’m putting down, this morning brought with it another leak — the BlackBerry Bold 9930. Read More

  • Android’s Dirty Secret: Shipping Numbers Are Strong But Returns Are 30-40%

    Android’s Dirty Secret: Shipping Numbers Are Strong But Returns Are 30-40%

    It’s generally accepted that, on the aggregate, Android device sales will far outpace iOS sales year after year. However, there’s a dirty little secret about Android devices that most manufacturers are facing: the return rate on some Android devices is between 30 and 40 percent, in comparison to the iPhone 4’s 1.7% return rate as of Antennagate in 2010. Read More

  • Google On The Nortel Loss, Patents As Government-Granted Monopolies, And Plates Of Spaghetti

    Google On The Nortel Loss, Patents As Government-Granted Monopolies, And Plates Of Spaghetti

    Back in early April,┬áKent Walker, Google’s Senior Vice President & General Counsel, wrote a post on the Google blog titled “Patents and innovation“. The reason behind the post was clear: Google was feeling the pressure in the patent space after multiple attacks against them and their partners. And now they were going to do something about it. In his post, Walker noted… Read More

  • Boot To Gecko: Mozilla’s Open-Source, Mobile Answer To ChromeOS

    Boot To Gecko: Mozilla’s Open-Source, Mobile Answer To ChromeOS

    Straight from the heart of the Mozilla’s developer newsgroup comes news of an ambitious new project: a standalone, web-based operating system. If that concept sounds familiar, I’ve also just described the core of Google’s Chrome OS which we’re beginning to see pop up on netbooks. The big twist? It’s currently being developed for mobile devices. And it’s… Read More

  • Apple Releases Another Security Update With iOS 4.3.5

    Apple Releases Another Security Update With iOS 4.3.5

    Apple’s none too fond of nasty security flaws lurking about in iOS, and they’re not above cracking out rapid-fire updates to prove it. Just 10 days after the release of iOS 4.3.4 (which existed almost solely to kill off a potentially nasty PDF exploit), they’re back with another one: iOS 4.3.5. Read More

  • Hello! I’m Chris Velazco, and I’m TechCrunch’s New Mobile Writer

    Hello! I’m Chris Velazco, and I’m TechCrunch’s New Mobile Writer

    Man, this place looks different. Before I get too lost poking around the new digs, I’d like to introduce myself — my name is Chris Velazco, and I’m joining the TechCrunch staff as your new mobile writer. Longtime readers may remember me as a hapless MobileCrunch intern from the days of yore, a position I only really landed because Greg happened to see me on television right… Read More

  • Sprint Intros First Phones With New CDMA Push-To-Talk Support

    Sprint Intros First Phones With New CDMA Push-To-Talk Support

    For Sprint, maintaining their aging iDEN network is proving to be more of a headache than it’s worth. Even though their Nextel Direct Connect service still has footholds in certain markets (construction immediately comes to mind), their financial statements report a loss of 367,000 iDEN subscribers this past quarter. In spite of otherwise strong figures, it seems clear that iDEN is… Read More

  • All AT&T Android Phones Released In 2011 Will Get Gingerbread

    All AT&T Android Phones Released In 2011 Will Get Gingerbread

    The HTC Status might be a sort-of-weird, kind-of-gimmicky (with its dedicated Facebook button and all) little piece of kit, but it’s got at least one thing going for it: it’s the only phone on AT&T running on the latest (phone-friendly) version of Android: v2.3, or “Gingerbread”. Not for long, though. AT&T has just confirmed that all of the Android phones… Read More

  • SamsungDive: Apple’s “Find My iPhone” Just Got A Rival

    SamsungDive: Apple’s “Find My iPhone” Just Got A Rival

    Back in the day, the worst part of losing a phone was re-inputting contact information and coughing up the dough for another handset. With today’s smartphones, losing your phone is like losing everything. Not only is your very expensive piece of hardware gone, but your banking and credit card info, contacts, passwords, and social networking accounts are all up for grabs out in the world. Read More

  • The Astroclip Is An iPhone 4 Clip For Astrophotography

    The Astroclip Is An iPhone 4 Clip For Astrophotography

    Amateur stargazers and peeping toms, this one is for you. The AstroClip promises to mount an iPhone 4 to any telescope with a 1.25-inch eyepiece for easy astrophotography. An iPhone 4 simply snaps into the injection molded case and then three set screws secures the case to most telescope eyepieces. This opens up all sorts of fun photography projects: shooting the moon and stars, the lady in… Read More

  • Intuit Launches QuickBooks Mobile App For Android

    Intuit Launches QuickBooks Mobile App For Android

    Intuit, the same company that brought you QuickBooks accounting software, has today announced the QuickBooks Mobile app for Android. Now, small businesses that use QuickBooks Pro, QuickBooks Premier and QuickBooks Online will have access to their data from their Android phone. The app has already been made available to iOS users, but Android fans will now be able to get in on the amateur… Read More

  • The HTC Status/Salsa Facebook Phone Lands In China As The HTC Weike Sina Weibo Phone

    The HTC Status/Salsa Facebook Phone Lands In China As The HTC Weike Sina Weibo Phone

    Facebook is the largest social networking site in, well, the world. But not in China. Facebook and Twitter are blocked by China’s Great Firewall. The micro-blogging service Sina Weibo is the whip in China. HTC knows its market and therefore slightly retooled the Status/Salsa for the China market. Gone is the Facebook logo and a Weibo burning eye logo is on the dedicated button instead. Read More

  • Samsung May Trounce Nokia Once And For All… Is Apple Next?

    Samsung May Trounce Nokia Once And For All… Is Apple Next?

    We’ve been saying for a while now that Samsung is primed and ready to dethrone Nokia from its nearly 15 year reign as the top smartphone maker in the world, and it would seem the moment is upon us. We can’t say for sure, as Samsung hasn’t released official numbers, but research firm Strategy Analytics told Bloomberg that Samsung’s official sales numbers should fall… Read More