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  • Thumbplay Rocks 500,000 Downloads For Paid Music Apps Across iPhone, Android, And Blackberry

    Who says nobody will consider paying for streaming music? Thumbplay Music, which offers unlimited music streaming apps for a monthly subscription across iPhone (iTunes link), Android, and Blackberry, reports that its smartphone apps have been downloaded 500,000 times since June. Thumbplay won’t say how many of those downloads turn into paying customers (you get a free trial before… Read More

  • Nokia, She Is Dying (In India)

    According to IDC, Nokia is losing market share in India. In fact, it is down to 36.3% from 54% in 2009, a disconcerting fall for an already beleaguered company that once held 70% of the India market. The IndiaTimes says Nokia is disputing the claims: “The figures are way off the mark. They are not correct,” Nokia India managing director D Shivakumar told ET. “Nokia continues… Read More

  • Palm Pre 2 Gets Its Close-Up

    If Palm is trying to keep the Pre 2 a secret, they’re not doing a very good job. Yesterday we had pretty much all the goods on the new handset spilled by a French carrier, including pics, specs, and new features. Now we get in-hand pictures showing off that new matte plastic shell and AZERTY keyboard (which suggests this too is a… Francophone, wocka wocka). Read More

  • AT&T Pixi Plus finally gets WebOS 1.4.5

    The jump from webOS 1.4.1 to version 1.4.5 really wasn’t all that big (it fixes a few minor bugs and adds support for games written in C/C++) — but give a bunch of people something but exclude others, and the excluded are gonna get pretty mad, pretty fast. Such is the case for AT&T Pixi Plus owners. While others have been running 1.4.5 since as early as July… Read More

  • Is This The CDMA iPhone 4? Probably Not, But Dream On – UPDATE

    Not much to go on here but Giz’s tipster writes: Our tipster claims that the Verizon iPhone has a “brushed aluminum back and a standard black front.” He says that they will come packaged with a bumper. He also points out that there will be a product(RED) version of this phone. Read More

  • Is Microsoft Really Fighting the Face Down Culture?

    I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a phone addict. I think back to how my parents interacted with us as kids and I realize that they, as a cohort, never had something as distracting and potentially damaging in their hands as a cellphone… ever. Maybe booze, but that’s a different post. I hung out with a bunch of phone bloggers yesterday and at one point we all had… Read More

  • Sprint now offering refurb phones for less

    If you’re looking for a cheap, second-hand phone, but are a little worried about any jibblyscruffins* hiding in the phone, waiting to grasp your throat and squeeze the life out of you**, then Sprint want to help. Sprint are now offering a limited selection of phones in second-hand “refurbished” condition at reduced prices — and just in case there are any… Read More

  • Get a free 3-month Zune Pass if you pre-order a WinPho7 handset

    If yesterday’s announcement (or months of leaks) sold you on Microsoft’s freshest mobile OS, and you’re planning on pre-ordering one of the many WinPho7 handsets (and you live in the US), then you should really listen up. Microsoft are running a little promo at the moment, whereas you give them your email address, pre-order a Windows Phone, and they’ll give you a… Read More

  • Videos, videos, videos! HTC shows off their HD7, Trophy, and Mozart

    If you’re still revved up on the hype surrounding the WinPho7 launch today, and keen to see some rendered HTC phones sliding around to some uninspired electronic music, then you could do worse than watch these teaser videos from HTC. We have three videos all up, one each for the HD7, the Trophy and the Mozart — each of which Greg had some hands-on time with earlier today. So… Read More

  • T-mobile G2 now only $99 from Amazon

    If you’re keen for the QWERTY hotness that is the T-mobile G2, then I recommend you head on over to Amazon, as they have the phone for only $99 (on a two-year contract). Most people are offering it for $199, so you gotta be happy with that saving. We had a quick hands-on with the phone here, and initial impressions were positive. We’ll have a full review soon. [via Talk Android] Read More

  • Updated Yahoo! Messenger for iOS brings cross-platform video calling

    If you’re not that keen on Facetime’s inability to work over 3G, or have a heap of friends on Android, or want to video call your parent’s computer, then you should go check out the updated Yahoo! Messenger app on iTunes. The updated app now brings with it support for WiFi and 3G video calls… video calls that can be made to any Yahoo! Messenger client, including those… Read More

  • Palm Pre 2 details leak

    I bet you’re getting sick of hearing about WinPho7, yeah? Longing for some news on some other mobile OS? Palm, maybe? How about some news on the Palm Pre 2? Well, French carrier SFR, has leaked to the world the first hard details on the Palm Pre 2. Sporting Web OS 2 (more on that in a moment), and a slightly updated look, the next Pre will come with a flatter screen, a 1GHz processor… Read More

  • Hands On with the HTC Mozart, Surround, Trophy, HD7

    We just got back from a bit of hands-on time with HTC’s brand new Windows Phone 7 powered quartet: the Mozart, the Trophy, the Surround, and the HD7. Read More

  • "Hands-On" with the HTC 7 Pro

    Alright, I’ll admit it: our hands on with the HTC 7 Pro isn’t totally legit, because the device didn’t actually.. you know, work. This guy isn’t expected to hit the shelves until sometime next year (for Sprint!) — as such, the one we played with was a super early prototype. And yet… I think it might be my favorite device of the day. Read More

  • Windows Phone 7: Would It Have Made More Sense To Develop One Great Phone Rather Than A Bunch Of OK Ones?

    A few minutes ago I was asked to write something about the different models of Windows Phone 7 that are out there. Then I’m like, there’s no way I’m writing about 10+ phones sight unseen, so I decided to limit the piece to the phones that will be available at launch right here in the U.S. Turns out there’s five such phones, according to Microsoft. Only two carriers… Read More

  • Hands-On With the Dell Venue Pro

    We just did one hell of a hands-on marathon with all of the Windows Phone 7 handsets. First up: the Dell Venue Pro, previously known around the rumor mill as the Dell Lightning. Read More

  • Windows Phone 7 Launches With 10 Phones Across 30 Countries: So Much For Keeping Things Simple

    Today’s all about Windows Phone 7 (for better or worse). Microsoft is in New York showing off the goods, and Greg and John are there getting the goods. What I can say remotely is this: Microsoft is launching Windows Phone 7 across 30 countries, with one or two phones per country. Those of us in the U.S. are looking at an early November release date. Read More

  • The Era Of the Uber-Smartphone Is Here

    One thing you’ll notice about this crop of Windows Phone 7 handsets is the power of the processor. Each one – almost ten in all – run 1GHz+ Snapdragon processors. With the average desktop or laptop processor running at about 2GHz (let’s say single core speed here), we’re talking about phones that have the power of a half-decade old PC. Yes, you could probably… Read More

  • Microsoft Launches Windows Phone 7 But Does Anyone Care?

    It’s been a long time coming and it’s finally here: Microsoft has released their eagerly awaited Windows Phone 7, a distinct break from everything that came before and a complete overhaul of Microsoft’s aged OS. Windows Phone 7 uses an entirely new UI based around “hubs,” points of activity on the screen. Some hubs bring up email, others bring up photos and games. Read More

  • HTC unveils their first Windows Phone 7 handset: The T-Mobile HD7

    Aaand the onslaught of Windows Phone 7 handsets begins. Right as Microsoft’s own Windows Phone 7 event is scheduled to begin, HTC has pulled back the curtains on their first WP7-powered handset: The T-Mobile HD7 Leak, after leak, after leak, the HD7 is about as secret as a ruined surprise party. You know it’s coming, your friends know you know, but everyone still plays along for… Read More