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  • A second Windows Phone 7 handset gets an early debut: The Samsung Omnia 7

    Uh oh — if these things don’t stop slippin’ out early, Microsoft’s not going to have much to announce at their event later today. The second handset to make an earlier-than-intended debut: The Omnia 7, by Samsung. Read More

  • WP7-Powered LG Optimus 7 gets a temporary announcement ahead of schedule

    Things always get a bit hectic when announcements are about to go down. Bring a half-dozen-or-so hardware partners into the mix, and things are going to go straight crazy. We’ve got about 2 hours before Windows Phone 7 is set to make its official debut, and the hardware is already starting to come out of the woodwork. For a few fleeting moments this moment, LG’s… Read More

  • Live from Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 launch event (Update: We're Live!)

    Oh, Microsoft. Only you would throw the official launch event for your new mobile operating system on a national holiday and wait to tell the invited folks about it until just 5 days before. Oh well. We’re live in NYC, where Microsoft is expected to finally pull back the last wee bit of curtain shrouding Windows Phone 7, while also showing off a bunch of the phones their hardware… Read More

  • The new Pogo Stylus for iPhone has a little trick up its sleeve

    As the touchscreen era rages on with no end in sight, there’s at least one group out there that tends to go unnoticed: the big-handed. Some call’em Meat Sticks; some call’em Sausage Fingers. Whatever you call big ol’ digits, one things for sure: they make touchscreens painful For the past few years, Ten One has offered up the Pogo Stylus as a means of touchscreen… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson's itty-bitty secondary display for Android phones to cost 69 euros?

    At the tail-end of September, Sony Ericsson announced a rather peculiar accessory: the LiveView, an itty-bitty (1.3″), new-iPod-Nano-esque secondary display for their Android phones that could be worn as a watch or clipped onto clothes. While Sony Ericsson was happy to show the thing off and share some of the basic spec details, they kept hush on information like the launch date and… Read More

  • Video: Windows Phone 7 hacked onto the HTC HD2

    Immediately after Windows Phone 7 was announced , a little uproar began amongst those who had just recently bought the Windows Mobile 6.5-powered HTC HD2. From a technical standpoint, the HD2 looked like it could handle Windows Phone 7 no problem — but Microsoft said it wasn’t going to happen. And with that, the hacking efforts began. Some chose to fake their efforts; other… Read More

  • iPhone 4 Knock-Off Runs Android and WinMo 6.5

    Need a $275 knock-off iPhone 4 with multi-touch? Need it to run Android and WinMo 6.5? You bet you do! Well get yourself over to China because that’s the only place you’ll find this odd chimera-like phone. Read More

  • Firefox for Android now available as Beta

    You know what it is. You know what it does. You know you want to give it a try… and now you can. Caveats: it’s beta quality, so don’t expect it to be bug free. It only runs on Android 2.0+ devices, and it takes up a whopping 32MB on-board + an additional 12MB on your SD card. You can see which devices it has been tested on here, and you can read all about the features and… Read More

  • 1.2GHz Droid 2 Global appears on Moto's website

    Hey hey, the very first >1GHz phone — the Droid 2 Global — has now been unofficially confirmed by an official source, Motorola’s own website (now pulled). Droid Life managed to nab some screen shots before Moto pulled the page, which confirm that it will — as rumoured earlier — run at 1.2GHz. Other pieces of tasty goodness include Android 2.2, slide-out keyboard… Read More

  • T-Mobile Responds To the G2's Anti-Rooting System

    T-Mobile has responded to allegations that the G2 will unroot itself if modified. Basically they’re saying tough cookies, bucko. Even if you’re a tech-savvy Android ninja, the G2 will never stay rooted. Until, of course, someone figures out how to wipe the ROM. Code-Level Modifications to the G2 As pioneers in Android-powered mobile devices, T-Mobile and HTC strive to support… Read More

  • Hands-On with Sprint ID for Android [With Video]

    Yesterday afternoon, Sprint announced “Sprint ID”, a new service that they’d be putting on their Android phones. It’s a bit of a weird concept to explain in a few sentences, but here goes: at any time, you can pick up to 5 IDs (read: themes) for your phone. Each ID comes pre-packed with apps, games, ringtones, and wallpapers that ought to fit their respective theme. Read More

  • A Button You're Unlikely To See On An iPhone

    Yes, a few exclusive Galaxy Tabs are shipping with a Porn button. It’s not what you think, though — unless you think it’s the abbreviated Romanian for “Start.” Then it is what you think. [via Unwired View] Read More

  • Jailbreak for iOS 4.1 Coming 10/10/10 at 10:10am GMT?

    It appears the Chronic Dev Team are ready to launch GreenPis0n, a jailbreak for iOS 4.1. This isn’t an unlock, mind you, but a jailbreak that cannot be undone by Apple through updates, only hardware changes. via Gearlive Read More

  • CEATEC 2010: Hands-on With Sharp's Android Phone IS03 (Video)

    Earlier this week, we blogged Sharp’s new Android phone, the IS03. On paper, the handset has a lot going for it: a nice 3.5-inch touchscreen with 960×640 resolution (same as the iPhone 4) with a combined memory LCD, a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, a 9.6MP CCD camera, Wi-Fi, and Android 2.1 as the OS. Read More

  • Oops! That Facebook Location Patent Forgot To Mention Crowley's Earlier Dodgeball Patent

    Oops! That Facebook Location Patent Forgot To Mention Crowley's Earlier Dodgeball Patent

    Earlier this week, Facebook was granted a broad patent on mobile location-based social networks. It seems to cover everything from members of a social network sharing their location with each other through their mobile phones to manual checkins. In other words, it sounds like Facebook just patented Foursquare’s main product. The application was submitted in February, 2007, well… Read More

  • Yahoo's Messenger Allows iPhone Users To Chat With T-Mo Slide Owners

    In a move that mirrors the fall of Communism in 1989, Yahoo! and T-Mobile have announced that, in a roundabout way, T-Mo users can now video chat with iPhone 4 users using Yahoo! Messenger. Using the new T-Mo Slide with front-facing camera, users can make video calls to other users of Messenger. It’s not direct Facetime compatibility but it’s a start. via MacWorld Read More

  • Sony Announces World's First 16.41MP Sensor For Cell Phones

    If you thought the 13MP sensors you’ve seen lately in some Japanese cell phones were enough, think again. Sony today unveiled the 1/2.8-inch back-illuminated Exmor R IMX081PQ CMOS sensor (pictured on the left), which boasts 16.41MP. Needless to say, it’s the first of its kind. Read More

  • Motorola files suit against Apple

    In the latest episode of Xtreme Mobile Patent Fight™, Motorola has filed suit against the youngest player in the smartphone industry, Apple. Motorola is alleging that Apple is in breach of no less than 18 of its closely held patents relating to: “…early-stage innovations developed by Motorola in key technology areas found on many of Apple’s core products and associated… Read More

  • Skype for Android hacked to run over 3G in the US

    Not that I really care (I live in Australia), but I’m pretty darn sure that a few of you out there were simultaneously happy and disappointed with the news yesterday that Skype has finally made its way to Android. Happy because it exists, disappointed because the powers-that-be decided that you Americans weren’t worthy enough to use the service when running over 3G. Well, you can… Read More

  • T-mobile announces entry-level LG Optimus T with Froyo

    It’s a great time in the smartphone world right now, with the cost of entry being lower, and the selection greater, than ever before. Cue the LG Optimus T from T-mobile (looking suspiciously similar to the LG Optimus S for Sprint). Billed as being an entry-level, easy-to-use phone for those that have yet to put the smart in smartphone, it comes with (stock, “With Google”)… Read More