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  • Symbian^3 Dev Tools Now Out of Beta. Go get 'em!

    I know you’re peachy-keen to start devving for the new Symbian^3 platform. “The what?” you ask, as if this is the first you’ve heard of the Symbian^3 Web Development Kit. You’ve made a website before, haven’t you? Maybe you’re even a web developer? Well, aren’t you glad to know that the dev kit for Nokia’s latest-and-greatest OS uses… Read More

  • LG Aloha/LU2300 Android QWERTY Will Launch on Verizon as "Ally"

    I know I’m not alone in my lust for decent phones with QWERTY keypads. While I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the company of my touch-screen-only HTC Hero for 7 months now, I must admit that I am looking at other (more well endowed) phones while Hero’s back is turned. But you know what? She’s ok with that. I guess that’s why we work so well together… even though… Read More

  • New Verizon Commercial: Droid? Pft. It's all about the Droid Incredible now

    “Forget what you thought you knew, because you’ve never seen a Droid like this.” is really just a nice way of saying “Oh, that Droid we spent millions advertising like 5 months ago? Old news. This one is the best one. Seriously. At least, for the next 5 months, unless it isn’t.” Read More

  • Samsung: "Like our new phone? Play some dodgeball!"

    Let’s try a little thought experiment here. Think about a new cell phone: it’s shiny, has a touch screen, and even a QWERTY keyboard. What else comes to mind when you think about that phone? What do you feel like doing? If your answer to that last question was “play dodgeball”, then congratulations! You’re insane exactly the type of person Samsung is looking for! Read More

  • Palm webOS update rolled out to Verizon Pre Plus and Pixi Plus

    Get excited, Verizon Pixi Plus or Pre Plus owners! But not too excited. Just a little bit excited. Less “Holy crap, I’m getting a petting zoo for my birthday!” excited, more “Neat, it’s probably not going to rain on my birthday!” excited. Verizon just pushed out a minor update for webOS, bumping things up to version While there’s nothing in… Read More

  • Skyfire 2.0 for Android launching today

    Back in February, Skyfire (makers of the popular, Flash-enabled smartphone browser of the same name) announced that they’d snatched up Kolbysoft, the company behind the well-established Steel browser for Android. Today, we’re seeing the first fruits of that purchase coming to the market: Skyfire for Android is here. Skyfire’s flagship feature is that it supports Flash… Read More

  • Motorola is in the black and selling phones

    Now here’s a turnaround I never expected. According to a recent results filing, Motorola is working its way back into solvency and is turning a profit and shipping devices like crazy. The company took a slight loss in mobile sales – about $192 million – but that’s far lower than $550 million last year. Read More

  • Are you in line for the HTC Incredible?

    A reader, Derek, writes: Not with a bang, but a whimper? I’m @ the VZN store with the earliest
    opening time in a major metro region, and I am the line. I feel a bit
    silly. Did you wait in line? Do you want us to get you coffee? Read More

  • Layar Launches Store for Augmented Reality Layers

    Augmented reality is being touted as the new hotness. I’m sure most of you have heard of the augmented reality browser, Layar. Basically, Layar offers a window through which to view the world, where handy hints and information are displayed over the top in real-time. The Amsterdam-based company released Layar last year for both Android and iPhone, and a number of interesting… Read More

  • iPhone HD to Tout 5MP Camera?

    Despite the recent revelation and tear-down of the next-gen iPhone, there are still many questions surrounding the device (just less than there were before…). One of those questions concerns the camera in the upcoming device. We know that there is a flash on it, but what of the resolution? Well, according to The Chosun, LG Innotek have ramped up production of a high-quality 5MP sensor… Read More

  • Google Updates Its Image Search for Android 2.1 and iPhone 3.0+

    Google today announced on its blog that they have upgraded the mobile Image Search on Android 2.1 and iPhone OS 3.0+ devices. It’s a typically Google update, in that the revamp will provide more speed and less clutter — two things that are always welcome. Read More

  • Android 2.1 comes to G1 and MyTouch via CyanogenMod

    Nice. The latest version of Cyanogen’s modded ROM (version 5.0.7) brings Android 2.1 support all the way back to the G1 and MyTouch. Being a G1 owner I can say I’m pretty pumped about this: check out the video above, it seems to work perfectly well. The only thing we’re waiting on is to get the package size down to G1 size — if he can’t trim it, we’ll… Read More

  • HP To Buy Palm for $1.2 Billion

    Breaking news, fresh off of the wire: HP just finalized agreements to buy Palm for $1.2 billion dollars. HP’s $1.2 billion dollar purchase breaks down to roughly $5.70 per share of common stock. While this is spot on with the $1.2-$1.3 billion pricetag Palm was rumored to be shopping around as of late, it’s still a mammoth difference from what Palm was trading at just months ago. Read More

  • Palm plays on their new-found ability to make good ads with two new ones

    Semi-transparent smartphone screens floating in front of the user Minority Report style are all the rage right now. Palm started it back in May with their first “Life moves fast. Dont Miss A Thing.” commercial. Microsoft had the unfortunate timing of launching a strikingly similar ad just 3 days later — and then RIM showed up with their crazy impromptu dance club remix of… Read More

  • Diminutive Vodafone 845 Android Phone Set to Confound Big-fingered UK Residents From May 2010 [With Video]

    The itsy bitsy, teeny weeny, yellow polka dot, Vodafone 845 has just become official in the UK. The device, manufactured by Huawei and running Android 2.1, measures the merest of 100 x 55 x 13 mm. Read More

  • Sagem's Solar-powered Puma Phone Says Hello to the FCC

    You’re an outdoorsy type, aren’t you? You only read mobile-phone blogs on your down-time between hiking and BASE jumping. I can tell. Being that you are that wonderful blend of outdoorsman (or outdoorswoman) and phone aficionado, I bet you’re often peeved about the whole lack of power outlets in the wild (I know I am). Well, well, looky here, someone out there has heard… Read More

  • Apple Buys Chipmaker, Intrinsity (and all their voodoo)

    On Tuesday, Apple announced that late last month, they closed a deal to acquire Intrinsity — the Texas-based chip maker responsible for the A4 chip used in the iPad. Word has it that Intirinsity cast the voodoo that allowed the A4 chip in the iPad to clock up to 1Ghz without destroying battery life. Read More

  • Nokia: Trust us, the N8 has a really nice camera Nokia N8 first HD video sample from Nokia Conversations on Vimeo. After a heady excoriation of the N8 based on pre-release hardware surfaced this week, it looks like Nokia is trying hard to convince us that the N8 is still the phone to beat. Read More

  • US Cellular Tease HTC Desire Details And Release Window

    On their Facebook page today, US Cellular today teased an “around July” release for the HTC Desire (previously known as the Bravo). The device, in case you didn’t know, is basically a Nexus One in Sheep’s (or HTC’s) Clothing (which includes Sense UI), but with a few differences. Read More

  • Garmin-Asus Echoes the Nuvifone A50 With Their Second Android Phone, The A10

    Garmin-Asus today announced their second Android-powered phone, the A10 (for reasons unknown, they’re seemingly not calling it a nuvifone). Just like the nuvifone A50, the device aims to be a pedestrian navigation device (as in, for pedestrians, not a boring navigation device), and will come with Garmin’s navigation software and maps pre-loaded. Read More