Mobile

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  • AT&T blames recent slow upload speeds on Alcatel-Lucent

    Conspiracy theorists, doff your caps! The root of the suddenly slower upload speeds reported by AT&T customers has been discovered, and it’s not just AT&T screwing with people. Read More

  • Mobspot Turns To Your Facebook Friends For App Recommendations

    There’s not really any shortage of ways to find out what others think about an app before you shell out the cash, but none are really without their faults. Each major smartphone platform’s App Store has a review system built in — but with more and more tales of people trying to game the system coming out each day, it’s tough to trust a faceless stranger. App review… Read More

  • Motorola makes the Charm and its full QWERTY keyboard official

    Can’t say we didn’t see this one coming, but Motorola has gone ahead and made the anything but a secret Charm official. However, the Backtrack rear trackpad was something we didn’t see coming. So along with Android 2.1 and the enhanced version of Motoblur running on a 2.8-inch multitouch touchscreen, the Charm features a rear panel trackpad just like the Motorola Blackflip… Read More

  • Android 2.2 challenges the iPhone 4 to a JavaScript duel… and wins!

    As part of a recent Froyo review, Ars Technica ran some JavaScript benchmarks on both a Froyo-powered Nexus One, and an iPhone 4, and — just in case the headline didn’t give it away — the Android browser “demolishes” Safari, with JavaScript execution being up to 3x faster on Froyo than in iOS 4. Read More

  • More BlackBerry footage than you can poke a curling stick at

    We’ve all seen the 9300, 9670, and 9800 before, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t keen to see more. At least you better be, because we’ve got 15 minutes of fresh footage of the three upcoming phones, just for you (and that guy standing behind you). So, what are you waiting for? Go check ’em after the jump. Read More

  • Motorola Charm pic and specs bubble to the surface

    News on the latest Android device from the kings of capslock, the Motorola Charm, has started floating around the internet. Clocking in at a pretty-hot-a-year-ago 600MHz, with a better-than-my-current-Android-phone 512MB of RAM and ROM, the Charm’s specs confirm that it will form part of T-Mobile’s lower-end handset line-up. I gotta say, it’s pretty great that lower-end… Read More

  • Qualcomm's New Vision-based Augmented Reality Platform Will Knock Your Block Off

    Vision-based augmented reality — that is, pulling in data from a device’s camera and using it to position and rotate 3D models drawn on top of an on-screen view of the real world — isn’t really anything new. We started seeing tech demos of the concept 5+ years ago, and games like Sony’s Eye of Judgment have been doing it for nearly as long. More recently, the… Read More

  • Video: Adobe shows off Flash for Android running on the Droid X

    For the remaining chunk of the world that refuses to let go of the garbage platform that is Flash, this video should be pretty exciting. Motorola/Adobe weren’t ready to show off Flash functionality when we checked out the device last week — but by the looks of this video, they’ve got a pretty-dang-functional Beta version of it under lock and key somewhere. Read More

  • Is AT&T now capping iPhone 4 uploads?

    Poor AT&T. A new conspiracy theory is suggesting that AT&T is now capping iPhone 4 upload speeds in multiple cities including: NYC, Central Jersey, Boston, Orlando, Seattle, South Jersey/Philly, Columbus, Cleveland, West Houston, Phoenix, Northern Colorado, St. Paul/Minesota, Suffolk County/Long Island, Quad Cities, South Jersey, Denver, Detroit Metro, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Salt… Read More

  • RIM gets the Royal treatment: gets a visit from Queen Elizabeth II, gives her a white Bold 9700

    When I think of RIM, I usually think of business suits and corporate power, not Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Nevertheless, from this day forth, the two shall forever be linked in my mind: Lizzie has had her first tour of Waterloo’s most recognisable factory complex. Not one to shy from diplomatic gifts, RIM even presented Her Majesty with a white BlackBerry Bold 9700 displaying… Read More

  • A few solutions for the iPhone 4 proximity sensor problem

    As you are no doubt aware, the recent iPhone 4 launch hasn’t been without its “bumps” including reception issues, yellow screens, the availability of white… and now talk of bung proximity sensors. Y’see, all iPhones use a proximity sensor to turn the touch screen off when you’re on a call, preventing you from accidentally hanging up on your mother-in-law. Read More

  • Japan's NTT Docomo to make all of its cell phones SIM-free from April 2011

    Big shake up in Japan’s cell phone industry (100 million mobile subscribers) today: NTT Docomo, the country’s leading carrier (55 million customers), is planning to make all of its cell phones SIM free as early as April 2011 (the start of the new fiscal year in most Japanese companies). Read More

  • WebOS 1.4.5 starts rollin' on out to handsets worldwide

    WebOS’s first update since the HP/Palm merger closed has just started rollin’ out to handsets worldwide. The update improves the browser and security of the OS, but — more importantly — introduces final support for apps developed using Palm’s PDK. This is a first for the Palm Pixi. Read More

  • The Gravity Phone concept blasts the future into your enormous pocket

    Would ya look at this thing!? It’s all like “Zap! Pow! I gots more angles than you! Ha!” as it speeds away on its Light Cycle after kicking bits all over you and your binary beach towel. Yes, this concept comes from the virtual pages of Yanko Design, and promises not only more corners than current phones, but also more pixels. And you and I both love pixels. Read More

  • Research: everything you need to know about the fragmented mobile developer ecosystem

    Considering the immense fragmentation that characterizes the mobile apps industry, it’s good to see decent research help us try and make sense of what’s going on in that particular part of the digital economy, one that is consistently growing in size and importance across the globe. Hence, I invite anyone with a vested interest in the mobile developer ecosystem to check out… Read More

  • Distimo: 57% of Android apps are free vs. 28% of iPhone apps

    App store analytics provider Distimo last week published its report for June 2010, and zoomed in on the pricing of mobile applications across a variety of platforms once more. The startup found that more than half of mobile apps are priced below or equal to $2 in Android Market, Apple’s App Store for iPhone and iPad, Nokia’s Ovi Store and Palm’s App Catalog. The exceptions to… Read More

  • Everything You Need To Know About The Fragmented Mobile Developer Ecosystem

    Everything You Need To Know About The Fragmented Mobile Developer Ecosystem

    Considering the immense fragmentation that characterizes the mobile apps industry, it’s good to see decent research help us try and make sense of what’s going on in that particular part of the digital economy, one that is consistently growing in size and importance across the globe. Hence, I invite anyone with a vested interest in the mobile developer ecosystem to check out… Read More

  • Eric Schmidt sez: The Nexus Two ain't happenin', kiddo

    I know that a fair few of you out there were pretty excited about the possibility of a follow up to the Nexus One (a Nexus Two as it became known), but today, the excitement dies. Over the weekend, The Telegraph posted an interview with Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, and, in it, Eric said that they had achieved everything that Google had wanted to with the Nexus One, and, as such… Read More

  • Distimo: 57% Of Android Apps Are Free Vs. 28% Of iPhone Apps

    App store analytics provider Distimo last week published its report for June 2010, and zoomed in on the pricing of mobile applications across a variety of platforms once more. The startup found that more than half of mobile apps are priced below or equal to $2 in Android Market, Apple’s App Store for iPhone and iPad, Nokia’s Ovi Store and Palm’s App Catalog. The exceptions to… Read More

  • iPhone reception problem may be solved by software update

    Since the iPhone 4 has come out, there’s been reception problems. People have blamed everything from sweaty palms, to carrier problems, to antenna placement. Apple has been fairly quiet about what the root cause is, but now it looks like they might have a simple solution to the problem. Turns out, it may be as easy to fix as a software patch. The solution looks to be as simple as an error… Read More