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  • Verizon to spill the beans on their 4G network in a press conference tomorrow

    Verizon’s been pretty open about their plans surround the launch of their 4G LTE network — 38 cities, by the end of this year — but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some lingering fuzzy details. When will the roll out start? Will bandwidth be metered/pay-per-megabyte? Who’s going to explain to all of our grandmothers why the mobile world is using yet… Read More

  • ‘Massive’ Windows Phone 7 Update Due In January

    Windows Phone 7 users should circle the entire month of January on their calendar. Word on the street is that an update, to be released that month, will be “MASSIVE.” Yes, we’re talking all caps massive. So massive that it warps space-time itself. So massive that not even liposuction can save it. So massive that it makes Barcelona’s destruction of Real Madrid yesterday… Read More

  • Winamp Wants To Be The iTunes Of Android; Now Out Of Beta With Wireless Sync

    Winamp Wants To Be The iTunes Of Android; Now Out Of Beta With Wireless Sync

    Today Winamp for Android is coming out of beta, a month after its initial launch and more than 500,000 downloads later. The public Android release lets you manage your music downloads on your Android and will offer a couple new features, including wireless syncing over WiFi with Winamp on your desktop computer and the addition of Shoutcast radio stations. (Both Winamp and Shoutcast are owned… Read More

  • Acer Liquid Metal may be coming to AT&T and/or T-mobile?

    If you cast your mind back to October, you may recall talk of Acer’s Liquid Metal handset hitting the FCC. Well, at a press conference in New York City last week, a senior Acer official mentioned that Acer are in the process of evaluating the device for possible release in the US. Read More

  • Gameloft give a buy-one-get-one-free offer to Epic 4G and Evo 4G owners

    If you own either a Sprint Epic 4G or Evo 4G, and love to game (not necessarily as much as this guy) then you should listen up, as Gameloft are now offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal for Sprint customers. Announced on their blog today, Gameloft are offering the deal throughout the holidays on all of their “HD” titles. Follow me through the jump to see a list of titles, as well… Read More

  • Acer working on a Windows Phone 7 handset

    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

  • Android-powered LG Star pics and details leak

    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… Read More

  • HTC HD7 Seeing Death Grip Issues?

    It looks like the iPhone 4 isn’t the only phone to suffer from particularly troubling death grip problems. I mean, we all knew it wasn’t the only one, but it had it bad. And now it appears HTC’s HD7 is the same way. Of course, you’ll note that the handsets in these videos aren’t showing strong signal to begin with, and as studies have shown, the death grip causes… Read More

  • AT&T: The Motorola Olympus will launch in December or January. Whoops, we didn't mean to say that.

    Well, look at that! AT&T was nice enough to share on Facebook that their upcoming Tegra2-powered Android monster, the Motorola Olympus, would be launching in either December or January — an especially kind act, given that the Motorola Olympus totally hasn’t been announced yet. The response was pulled from the page almost immediately, presumably after someone got one helluva… Read More

  • HTC Merge Accessories Start Trickling Into Stores

    At this point, there’s not much we don’t know about Verizon’s upcoming Android piece, the HTC Merge. We know what it looks like from just about every angle, have seen it both rendered and real, and we’ve even got a pretty good idea of what the specs will be. If you want one, you probably know it by now — and you’re probably waiting on the edge of your… Read More

  • Android Honeycomb Gets Caught Tinkering With Performance Tests [Update: Aaaand it's fake.]

    Good news, everyone! Google’s going to keep working on Android after the upcoming Gingerbread (v2.3) release! Oh, we knew that? Oh, well they’re probably going to codename the next build Honeycomb! Oh, we knew that too? Here’s one you probably didn’t know: an early build (or two) of Honeycomb just got spotted in some logs whilst someone (presumably a Google engineer)… Read More

  • Sprint 4G Goes Live In SF Next Month, LA, Miami, D.C., Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus Today

    Just last week, we were watching as Sprint rather suggestively compared the size of their “pipe” to the size of their competitors “pipe” as part of their prep work for 4G in LA. Today, all that pipe-laying comes to fruition; Sprint 4G has just launched in Los Angeles — and they went ahead and flipped things on in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Washington D.C… Read More

  • Video: KDDI Technology Improves HD Video Playback On Mobile Screens

    Japan’s second biggest telecommunications company KDDI is working on optimizing HD video streaming quality on smaller screens. Specifically, KDDI’s R&D Labs are working on making it easier to view HD content originally intended for larger screens on mobile displays. Read More

  • Symbian Sputters Towards Open-Source Irrelevancy

    Remember two years ago when Nokia open-sourced the Symbian mobile operating system? The thinking was that cell phone manufacturers who depended on the Symbian OS could help keep it going. But it was already too late. The iPhone’s iOS and Android started to take over. Even die-hard Symbian supporters abandoned ship. As the fanboy blogger Symbian Guru explained last summer when he… Read More

  • Symbian Foundation to shut down all their websites

    Nokia announced earlier in the month that they’d be taking over the development side of Symbian, and that the Symbian Foundation will make the transition to a licensing operation. Well, the next stage of the transition was announced via their Wiki recently, and involves closing the virtual doors on all of the Symbian Foundation’s websites come December 17th. That’s right… Read More

  • Angry Birds not coming to WP7 till 2011

    If, over Thanksgiving, you were jealously watching your snotty cousin playing Angry Birds on his iPhone/Android phone, and lamenting the game’s absence on your new Windows Phone 7 device, then I should probably warn you that you’re going to have to go through the whole thing again at Christmas time… Read More

  • Windows Phone 7 Handsets Free With Contract At The Microsoft Store

    If you’re looking for the best price on a HTC Surround or LG Quantum, look no further than your local Microsoft Store. They’re giving them away for $0.00 with a new AT&T Contract. If you’re on T-Mobile, you can get an HD7 for $100 with a new contract as well. I’m not sure which is more inviting. The deal is not in fact a Black Friday thing (like the… Read More

  • Nokia X7-00 looks like it's from Gallifrey, runs Symbian^3

    Still waiting on the edge of your seat for a Symbian^3 device worth buying that truly blows your mind? Take a gander at the puppy up above, folks; if nothing else, the fact that it looks like it’s from Space should garner it a few months. That’s the X7-00, which the rumor mill is sayin’ ought to be the next shiny electronic horse out of Nokia’s Symbian^3… Read More

  • Death/Star: Galaxy Tab

    Death/Star (Episode 1): The Galaxy Tab, Instagram, and Boxee Box (TCTV)

    Welcome to Death/Star, a new show we are testing on TechCrunch TV. It’s a product review show with a twist. My co-host, CrunchGear editor John Biggs, and I give our opinions on three hot products. In the inaugural episode we cover the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tablet, photo-sharing app Instagram, and the Boxee Box. To spice things up, we try to go beyond the traditional… Read More

  • Southwest's Feel-Good Facebook Places Holiday Promo Helps Kids Make-A-Wish

    The mobile check-in is not just a way to tell your friends where you are via FourSquare or Facebook Places, it is a marketing opportunity. Southwest Airlines is combining Facebook Places and charitable giving to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to encourage travelers to check into Southwest when they get to the airport. From now through Christmas, Southwest Airlines will make a $1 donation in the… Read More