The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • The Mobile Web continues to expand, according to Taptu

    The proliferation of mobile content has caught Taptu (and a lot of other people) by surprise. Perhaps unsurprisingly the number of mobile applications has also increased rather dramatically. There’s an interesting balance to be struck for content producers between device-specific applications and app stores, and the general availability, but reduced functionality, of a mobile web site. Read More

  • People like mobile ads, says JiWire

    JiWire has been watching mobile and in-app advertising, and says that “Advertisements in mobile applications are especially effective.” Their new report, released today, “examines device use, consumer adoption of Wi-Fi and consumer preferences for mobile content and advertising delivery.” Interesting take-aways from the report include the fact that iPhone has surpassed… Read More

  • One more time, or the next installment in the Hero upgrade saga

    Ok. I’m very nearly at the point where I don’t want to keep posting on this, but I’m eternally optimistic, so here goes: An internal Best Buy Document has leaked all over Android Central’s best shirt, claiming that the Android 2.1 upgrade date for the eternally neglected Sprint Hero will be the 21st of May. Read More

  • Android 2.2 sets Android 2.1 on fire. From the friction. Because it's so fast.

    Man oh man. While it may just be benchmark scores at this point, this kind of speed increase is nothing to snuff at. Ian Douglas has run some benchmarks on his Froyo-powered Nexus One, and it’s scoring almost 5 times better. To be a bit more specific, an Eclair-powered Nexus One usually scores around 6-7 MFLOPS in Linpack benchmarks, but this shiny new Froyo build delivers a blistering… Read More

  • Video: Samsung I5801 mid-range Android phone

    It must be Spring, because it looks like the little Androids are multiplying. Today sees another mid-range Android device previewed before being set upon the masses. This time it’s from Samsung. Specs are a bit scarce at the moment, but as it stands, the device appears to run Android 2.1, 802.11n, 3G, a (possible) 240×400 display, 3.5mm headphone jack, and MicroSD slot. Read More

  • Yet another prototype iPhone slips from Apple's clutches

    Well, well, would you looky here? Seems like that super-exclusive iPhone leak that Gizmodo and Engadget were involved in has repeated itself in Vietnam. Engadget reported earlier this morning about the leak, and noticed that the phone is slightly different from the one seen during Gizgate, in that the screws on the bottom of the phone are no longer present. Aside from that, there are few… Read More

  • WinPho 7 screenshots – almost final?

    Microsoft has been throwing their latest builds into the Windows Phone developer tools, so they haven’t exactly been secretive about exactly what WinPho is going to look like. Luckily, there’s a developer who’s shared the latest shots with us, from what looks to be close to the final ROM. Read More

  • Verizon: Android 2.1 rollout for Droid Eris begins today, done within 2 weeks

    We called it yesterday, and sure enough, Verizon has just confirmed it: the Droid Eris’ migration to Android 2.1 begins today. Read More

  • Google Maps for Android gets Bike directions, Location Sharing, Navigation Shortcut

    If you’re running Android 1.6 or later, go pop into the Market and update Google Maps. You’ve got some new toys waiting for you. Read More

  • Early adopters, rejoice: AT&T begins rolling back upgrade eligibility dates for the next iPhone

    Okay, I’ve got big news. Really – you’re going to want to sit down for this one. Ready? Apple.. is going to release a new iPhone this year. Probably next month. Why is your jaw not dropping? Sure, Apple releases a new iPhone every year in June — and sure, the next iPhone has already played a pivotal part in a massive scandal that resulted in a police raid on a… Read More

  • Microsoft joins the party, adds free turn-by-turn Voice Navigation to Bing for Windows Mobile

    GPS makers, commence shaking in your boots. Yet another party has come along with hopes of destroying your business model. The first hit came from Google, who announced back in October that they were adding free turn-by-turn functionality to Android. Nokia followed up with a massive haymaker in January, bringing free voice navigation to over a dozen of their most popular handsets. This… Read More

  • Video: Chunky BlackBerry 9670 flip phone

    While it may not be the best lookin’ BlackBerry I’ve seen, I’m sure there are at least a few of you out there that get a kick out of the blend of classic mid-naughties BlackBerry stylin’ and retro non-touch clamshell form factor. C’mon, there’s a few of you, isn’t there? Well, in the hopes that there is, I’ve gone and found a video of this… Read More

  • LG Ally release date and full specs revealed

    Have you been hurtin’ for the mid-range, QWERTY-goodness promised by the explosion-powered LG Ally? If so, I have news to sooth your aching soul: the Ally is going up for pre-order on May 13th, ready for a May 20th release. Read More

  • Video: Flash 10.1 shown running on Android 2.2 totin' Nexus One

    Oooh, would you look at this! Riding the wave of anti-flash rhetoric that’s been washing over the internet since Señor Jobs posted his now infamous Thoughts on Flash, out comes the latest video showing Flash 10.1 running on an Android handset. And smoothly. Read More

  • The real reason Android is outselling the iPhone: Android is everywhere

    As usual, good old Harry “Unleash” McCracken hits the nail on the head. Last quarter, US sales of Android phones beat the iPhone by about 7 percent with BlackBerry holding onto a 15% lead. OMG! Everybody panic. The real reason, as Harry points out, is that Android is everywhere. The Droid is taking off and is surprisingly cheap – Amazon has them for $20 – and all… Read More

  • Rogers iPad pricing: no unlimited data, $35 for 5GB

    Oh my. Rogers is going to take a hit for this one. Their data plans for the iPad have been revealed and our Canadian cousins should be pretty angry with them. Their previous announcement that you could put an iPad on your existing data plan has been categorized as a “mistake,” and the new plans are: $15 for 250MB or $35 for 5GB. That’s all. No unlimited. Their excuse is… Read More

  • mSpot beats Netflix and Blockbuster to the punch with mobile movie-streaming service

    Finally, a movie-streaming service for the iPhone. One that lets you rent and stream movies directly to your mobile device, anywhere with 3G or Wi-Fi. You would expect this to have come from Netflix, right? Or at least Blockbuster? To the contrary, the company that’s gracing us with this killer feature is mSpot, a Silicon Valley-based startup you’ve probably never heard of. In… Read More

  • Sprint nixes the Nexus One

    Back in March, Sprint officially confirmed that they were going to pick up Google’s then much-touted super phone, the Nexus One. Hurray! Excitement! Then Sprint went and announced the EVO 4G, a handset which belittles the Nexus One on just about every front. Suddenly, everyone seemed to lose interest in a Sprint Nexus One — including Sprint, it seems. Read More

  • It's Official: AT&T Palm Pre Plus launching May 16th for $149.99

    Just got the good word from AT&T themselves: Palm’s Pre Plus will be launching on the carrier this Sunday, May 16th for $149.99 after all contracts and mail-in rebates are said and done. That’s a bit over a hundred bucks more than Verizon is charging (after their back-to-back-to-back price cuts) for the same handset and there’s no WiFi hotspot on this one — but on… Read More

  • RedLaser on a Roll: 2 Million Downloads, 950K Active Users and 50 Million Product Scans

    Hot dog! Occipital, the company behind RedLaser, has been on fire since we last covered them in December. As of today, RedLaser, the top-selling iPhone app that leverages your camera to scan barcodes, announces today that it has been downloaded over 2 million times. Of those 2 million downloads, 950,000 of users have been active in the last month, Occipital CEO Jeff Powers informs us. This is… Read More