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  • Google's Building 44 Gets Its Honeycomb Statue

    At this point, it’s pretty much tradition: Google releases a new major build of Android to the public, and a statue themed around that build’s codename (like Froyo, or Donut, or Gingerbread) goes up in its honor at the Android Team’s building (Building 44) across from the Google Campus. The first official Honeycomb (Android 3.0) device, the Motorola Xoom, just hit the… Read More

  • When Will Apple Cave And Accept Flash? Maybe When It Doesn't Suck

    I read an interesting article this morning that suggested Apple would change its mind and put Adobe’s Flash technology on its iOS devices within a year. I don’t think that’s going to happen. In an open letter to users, Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave several reasons why he didn’t want Flash on the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. They are: Flash isn’t open; the full web… Read More

  • Microsoft Increases The Senseless Limit On How Many Free Apps A Developer Can Submit

    So, let’s say you’re Microsoft. You’ve got this brand new smartphone platform — one that, thanks to the timing and that of the competition, is a bit of an underdog. To be at all competitive, you need to convince developers to not only make applications for your platform, but to make lots of applications for your platform. Now, what’s the one thing you… Read More

  • MobileNotifier Does iOS Notifications Right, Will Make You Want To Jailbreak

    iOS’ Notifications system sucks. A lot. In the Great Smartphone War, it’s probably the platform’s most inexplicable Achille’s heel. Oh, you’re playing a game? Sorry, Bobby texted you again! PAUSED! Watching a movie? Sorry, the battery is at 10%! PAUSED! Peter Hajas’ MobileNotifier, demoed above, shows us that things don’t have to be this way. Read More

  • Android/iPhone Fan Boys: Meet Your New Desktop Wallpaper

    This one has something for everyone: Android. Apple. Appropriately colored lightsabers. Oh, and it’s friggin’ high-resolution (download link). Oh, and to pull a late-night host and totally steal a joke from Reddit: Man, why they gotta make Apple General Grievous? Happy Saturday, folks.
    Update: Hurrah! Someone found the original artist. Be sure to give them some love. Read More

  • Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) Coming To HTC Desire Z, Desire HD, Desire, and Incredible S In Q2

    Do you carry an HTC Desire Z, Desire HD, Desire, or the brand-friggin’ new Incredible S? Are you wondering when you’ll get a bite of that sweet, sweet Gingerbread (or, in non-mega-geek-speak, when your handset will be updated to Android v2.3)? While HTC isn’t naming any specific dates (that just tends to make people rage when the unavoidable delays occur), they’ve… Read More

  • Apple's iPad Still Has No Competition

    Editor’s Note: Jim Dalrymple has been writing about Apple for more than 15 years. You can follow him on Twitter @jdalrymple and on his Web site at The Loop. It’s been almost a year since Apple released the iPad and we’re less than a week away from the unveiling of the iPad 2, and still there’s no competition. There are a few very good reasons for Apple’s success… Read More

  • Weekend Giveaway: Rebtel Wants You To Have A Motorola Atrix

    Rebtel is offering us one hot little Motorola Atrix to give away this weekend to one lucky reader. How do you win? Well first you have to be very very nice to animals and the environment and then you need to click through to comment. Read More

  • "Feature Phone", "Sexting" and "Rumor Mill" added to the Oxford Dictionary

    As anyone who’s been reading MobileCrunch for a while knows, I refer to the rumor mill in just about every other post. Usually it’s when I’m decrying the rumor mill as a cruel, cruel vixen, hell bent on crushing our spirits by setting our hopes on itty-bitty candy-powered iPhones, only to smack us in the face with silly things like logic, feasibility, and… Read More

  • PSA: Own An Android 3.0 Device And A Mac? Install This.

    Unless you’re the hack-it-yourself type, a lucky blogger type, or the super-early-adopter type, chances are pretty good that you don’t have an Android 3.0 device just yet. But when that day comes, you’re going to need to transfer files back and forth — and if you’ve got a Mac, things aren’t going to be quite as straightforward as they were on pre-Android… Read More

  • Consumer Reports Confirms Death Grip In Verizon iPhone

    Apple just can’t get a break. Consumer Reports is, well, reporting that in their testing scenarios the Verizon iPhone 4 has the same “death grip” attenuation issues as the AT&T/GSM model. Just as with the previous model, the Verizon iPhone 4 suffers from the same conductive gap issues and the problems manifest when you touch the small spot between the two pieces of… Read More