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  • Google, Why Are You Not Selling These Android Christmas Ornaments?

    I’ve been on the Internet a really, really long time. In that time, I’ve learned that people love to throw money at three types of things: things that are cute, things that are cool, and things that are geeky. When you manage to pull off something that is all three, something that sits comfortably at that center of that venn diagram, you’re but a short hop and a bit of… Read More

  • Verizon DROID X Gets An Update Complete With Complimentary Crapware

    Just a few evenings ago, Motorola pushed out a software update (read: not Gingerbread) to around 10,000 Verizon Droid X handsets — or, at least, they tried to. You see, they sent out the update under the shadows of the night in hopes that it’d keep their servers from getting hammered quite so hard once word of the update got out. The only problem? As part of a built-in… Read More

  • LG's Wallet Friendly, Android-Powered Optimus One Breaks 2 Million Sales

    After launching around the world and on just about every carrier in the US, it took the LG Optimus One just 40 days to crash through its 1 millionth sale. Less than 25 days after that, it’s gone and kicked things up a notch: according to LG, they’ve just sold their 2 millionth unit. Read More

  • OH SNAP! That "Exploding" Droid 2 Totally Didn't "Explode" At All

    Remember last week, when some dude went on FOX4 claiming that his Droid 2 “popped” next to his ear, raining a hellstorm of glass and fury that required a doctor and a sewing needle to patch back up? Remember how dubious we were? Remember how everyone on the Internet was like “LOLWHUT. That’s not how exploding phones work. Dude probably dropped it.” GOOD JOB, INTERNET! Read More

  • Hacked Gingerbread ROMs Begin To Trickle Out For Rooted Handsets

    Want to test out Gingerbread, but don’t want to wait for your carrier/manufacturer to get on the ball and push out an update? We can do that. Or, I should say, the incredibly dedicated Android hacking community can do that, largely thanks to the open-ish nature of Android. Google releases Gingerbread source, the lovely modders do their thing, and whalah! You’ve got Gingerbread on… Read More

  • HTC To Sell 60 Million Handsets Next Year

    HTC isn’t messing around next year. After selling 20 million in 2010, the handset maker expects to sell 60 million next year. This is still lower than Nokia’s standard 100 million a year in sales, but it’s a worthy goal and one I suspect they can surpass. Read More

  • Second update to Windows Phone 7 to be announced at MWC in Feb?

    If you thought that one big update to Windows Phone 7 was enough for the first quarter of 2011, well… you’re wrong. According to Winrumors (note the “rumors” part), Steve Ballmer himself will head a keynote at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona come Feb 2011, where he will unveil the next “significant” upgrade to WinPho7. Read More

  • Huawei announce two new Android phones: the Ideos X5 and X6

    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… Read More

  • Sprint's WiMAX network coming to Denver Dec 19

    In a tweet published today, Sprint spokesperson Stephanie Vinge announced that Colorado’s favourite capital, Denver, will soon receive the honour of becoming Sprint’s 66th market to receive their 4G WiMAX signals. “And when will it receive the title?” I hear you ask. “Why, December 19th!” I reply! Read More

  • Qualcomm offers full refunds on FLO TV hardware

    Remember back in October when we said that Qualcomm were shutting down their mobile TV service, FLO TV? Do you also recall how Qualcomm were looking at ways of compensating their users? Well, it seems that ol’ Q have now decided on a method of compensation: full refunds on hardware. All you have to do is fill in a claim form (which will also cancel your service), and you’ll receive… Read More

  • Windows Phone 7 Developers Can Finally See How Their Apps Are Selling

    When it comes to selling things — be it apps, t-shirts, or clumps of hair — you’ve gotta be able to monitor sales. You’ve have to know what’s working, what’s not, and most importantly, whether or not your efforts are going to put bread on the table next month. It was a bit surprising, then, that Windows Phone 7’s app market launched without any sort… Read More

  • Android 2.2 Rolls Out To HTC Legends Across Europe

    Hola! Bonjour! Hoi! And for all our British friends: Hellou! Now that I’ve got your attention, dear International readers: do you live in Europe? Do you rock the HTC Legend? It’s update time! According to a tweet out of HTC’s official account, Legends across Europe are now able to nab an update to Android 2.2. Sure, it’s a bit late in Android 2.2’s life cycle… Read More

  • Apple Highlights The Best Selling iOS Apps Of 2010 (Spoiler: Angry Birds Dominates)

    As the pages in our December desk calendar fall away, 2010 is coming to a close. With the holiday season looming, Apple has yet again made their list and checked it twice; this morning, they launched iTunes Rewind 2010, wherein they highlight the best selling apps of the year. Apple mixed things up a bit for this year’s list, doing away with the distinction between Apps and Games. Read More

  • Android Now Seeing 300,000 Activations Per Day

    Andy Rubin, head of Google’s Android team, doesn’t talk to his 15,000+ twitter followers very often. In fact, he’s only tweeted once before, and it was little more than a quick retort lobbed in Steve Job’s direction after he questioned Android’s definition of openness. This evening, he let out but nine more words: Read More

  • Nokia X7 With AT&T Branding Peeped In The Wild

    Last time Mobile-Review boss Eldar Murtazin piped up about a piece of pre-release Nokia hardware he’d obtained (the N8), the company called the cops on him. You think that might… you know, slow him down a bit, right? Nope. Read More

  • HTC EVO Shift 4G for Sprint gets caught trying on some accessories

    Take Sprint’s EVO 4G. Slap a slide-out QWERTY keyboard on it. Know what you get? That sweet little thing pictured above: the EVO Shift 4G (otherwise known ’round Ye Ol’ Mill Of Rumors as the HTC Knight, or HTC Speedy). Alas, the keyboard goes unshown. The picture comes from HTCPedia, who received the shots along with actual, real world (gasp!) versions of the case in a… Read More

  • Rovio CEO: We Have 40 People Working On Angry Birds (Le Web)

    In an on-stage interview at Le Web 10 in Paris, Rovio CEO Mikael Hed talked about one of the most popular games ever to hit mobile phones all around the world: Angry Birds. Can you share some of the latest numbers? We’ve sold 12 million copies of Angry Birds to date, and we’ve seen about 30 million downloads of the free app. The majority of revenues comes from the iPhone, and a lot… Read More

  • Aliph Announces Their First iPhone App: Jawbone Thoughts

    We’re live at All Thing D’s Dive Into Digital conference, where Aliph (the folks behind the high-end Jawbone series of Bluetooth headsets and the Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth Speaker) have just announced their first venture into a new space: iPhone apps. Their first app, Jawbone Thoughts, looks to be a sort of audio-based messaging platform. Rather than sending text messages, you can… Read More

  • Microsoft Doesn't Expect Windows Phone 7 Sales To Catch Up To iOS or Android Any Time Soon

    If your product is selling well, you brag about it. If it isn’t, you don’t. It’s a basic strategy, driven by the idea that talk of heavy sales in turn generates even heavier sales. It’s a bit telling, then, that Microsoft is doing their damnedest to get around having to shed any light on Windows Phone 7’s sales thus far. In an onstage interview with Walt Mossberg… Read More

  • A Look At Windows Phone 7's Cut and Paste

    It seems like only yesterday that Windows Phone 7 rolled out to acclaim and jeers. Now, a few months later, we have WinPho7’s latest unreleased version featuring three musical guests, Cut, Copy, and Paste! Click through for the full video of C,C, and P in action. Read More