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  • microUSB Takes One Step Closer To Becoming The Standard Port For Apple, Nokia, RIM, Motorola, Samsung, and More

    Slowly but surely, microUSB is winning the battle against the dozens of different types of chargers floating around in sock drawers and land fills everywhere. Back in 2009, the GSMA announced that it had persuaded a bunch of European manufacturers to switch to microUSB as a standard by 2012. Shortly thereafter, other major industry groups pledged their allegiance and started pushing… Read More

  • Modders Build A Windows Phone 7 Skin for iOS Because… Uh… Because They Can?

    Based on my lengthy explorations through all depths of the Internets, I’m quite comfortable in saying that their probably aren’t too many people out there looking to make their iPhone look more like a Windows Phone 7 phone. But if, somehow, there is some massive horde out there all clamoring for a WP7-themed overhaul, let them know: it’s here. And it’s… Read More

  • Leak Puts Motorola Atrix 4G Super-Dock At $60

    The latest leak suggests the Motorola Atrix 4G dock will set you back a mere $60. That puts the cost of the phone itself and its mightily impressive dock at just over $200. Not a bad deal, particularly for something that won our highly coveted Best of CES award. Read More

  • Wild, Borderline Silly Rumor: 3D Display For The iPhone 5

    This latest iPhone 5 rumor seems to have come completely out of left field, but that’s partially what makes it exciting. How does a 3D screen grab you? Do you respond with “Oh, wow, awesome!” or is it more along the lines of “Er, what?” No answer is wrong. Read More

  • Cell Phone With Integrated Projector To Go On Sale In Japan

    Way back in October 2008, we reported about a cell phone that featured a built-in mini projector. The cell phone was showcased by Japan’s biggest mobile carrier, NTT Docomo, as a prototype. But today, the same carrier announced [JP] that such a spectacular handset will finally go on sale in Japan this Friday. Read More

  • Fixed-Line Phone With Integrated Android Tablet

    Japanese telecommunications company Nakayo is preparing an IP home phone [JP, PDF] that features an integrated 7-inch Android tablet. When receiving a call, users can pick up the handset to speak, push a button on the display (the tablet) to make a hands-free call or take the tablet out, walk around and speak into its mic. Read More

  • Rumour: HTC Thunderbolt to hit Best Buy Feb 14th

    What you’re looking at above is a screenshot from a Best Buy inventory. Pretty amazing, eh? But why am I showing it to you? There seems to be nothing juicy about it. Y’see, it’s not all that it appears to be, my friend… Pulling off some serous sleuthing, Android Central forum member, paulmike3, noticed that the number seen up the top left of the image (highlighted as… Read More

  • iPad Mags Need A New Blueprint

    Ever since the iPad came out, print media companies have been feeling their way in this new medium, but so far they’ve just been stumbling over themselves.
    They are latching onto the iPad as a new walled garden where people will somehow magically pay for articles they can get for free in their browsers. But if they want people to pay, the experience has to be better than on the Web… Read More

  • Verizon iPhone Release Gets Dated Down To The Hour

    Nothing much to see here folks. Just a bunch of people drooling at the mouth over, to them, the most anticipated phone (ever) moving to a similar, but different network, their network. With tensions so tight, someone had to let people know down to the hour just when they should keep hitting their browser’s refresh button. 3AM. 3AM. Eastern time zone Friday Thursday February 3rd, that is. Read More

  • iPhone 4 vs LG Optimus 2X: Video Recording Quality Comparison

    Yesterday afternoon, an LG Optimus 2X finished the last leg of its rigorous journey from a South Korean factory to my front porch in California. As the first Android smartphone (and the first smartphone of any platform, really) to make it into the wild with a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, it is — for the time being at least — the most powerful Android phone in the… Read More

  • Nexus S' Random Reboot Bug To Be Squashed By Mid-February

    The Nexus S is a pretty wonderful phone, in most regards. Built by Samsung after months of finetuning the process with their Galaxy S line, it’s a stunning piece of hardware in person — amongst Samsung’s best, perhaps. More importantly, it’s one of the few high-end handsets that gives a pure, unadulterated Android experience as Google sees fit. Alas, it has its flaws. Read More

  • Verizon To Ditch Mail-In Rebates In Favor Of Lower Up-Front Prices?

    Mail-in rebates are the pits. If you remember to send them in, you’ve gotta pray that Mr. Mailman doesn’t lose it, toss it, or take it back to his You-shrine for worship. Then you’ve gotta wait a few months for it to “get processed”, which is a fancy way to say “sit in a big pile until someone gets around to it”. Eventually (generally long after… Read More

  • Disney Japan Shows Its Android 3D Phone With Access To The "Disney Market"

    Remember that Disney-themed Android phone from Japan we blogged two weeks ago? At that time, Disney Japan didn’t release a lot of information, but now they did [JP], and they also showed the 3D device for the first time. Read More

  • T-mobile's Galaxy S 4G page up 'n' running

    Last week we told you that T-mobile had announced their 4G variant of the near-ubiquitous Galaxy S. Well, for anyone that’s itching for this high-speed variant, I’m happy to tell you that today, T-mobile’s info page for the handset has gone live. There isn’t any new info given, but there is an option to sign up for notifications about the device. For those that… Read More

  • Leaked! Blackberry Curve Touch

    A sure sign that things a changin’ over at RIM HQ, the keyboard-less Curve Touch — codenamed “Malibu” — has today leaked out into the wilds of the web, courtesy of This comes just a week after we spied a keyboard totin’ next-gen Curve, known internally as the “Sedona”, so those die-hard keyboard fans need not fret: mid-range… Read More

  • Hands-On Gallery: The LG Optimus 2X

    You hear that thumping? That’s my heart a-pitter-patterin’ over just what got dropped off at MobileCrunch HQ: the world’s first dual-core smartphone, the LG Optimus 2X. It’ll be a few days before I’ve had enough time with this device to weigh in with our official review — but in the mean time, enjoy our humble gallery of hands-on stills below. Let me know if… Read More

  • AT&T Is Now The #1 Carrier In The US — But For How Long?

    Oh snap, girl — It’s on. Back in January of 2009, Verizon acquired Alltel, along with Alltel’s customer base of around 13 million subscribers. When they threw that lot in with Verizon’s already massive customer base, it earned Verizon the crown as the biggest carrier in the US (a title previously owned by AT&T as a result of their merger with Cingular) A year… Read More

  • This Is The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G

    Do you know how much I loved the original Sidekick? Seriously — Picture me spreading my arms REALLY, REALLY far apart, as if I’m bragging about the size of a fish I caught. That’s how much I loved the original Sidekick. It was, for the most part, the first phone that made me really, really like phones. Then the Sidekick 2 came along, and it was amazing. Then the Sidekick 3… Read More

  • Look Out, Skype: Viber Coming To Android In March

    We’re pretty big fans of Viber around these parts, as evidenced by Robin calling it “amazingly amazing” when it launched for the iPhone last month. Built to allow 100% free VoIP calls over 3G and WiFi, it’s one of a small handful that dares venture into the same territory as the seemingly-untouchable giant, Skype. Whether or not Viber ever finagles any sizable chunk of… Read More

  • HTC's Next Big Android Phone Caught Riding Around On The Subway

    You see that phone up there? That’s believed to be HTC’s next big thing — its new flagship phone, if you will. You know what we know beyond that? A whole lotta nothin’. There’s no code name to refer to it as, no leaked specs list to see, no early appearances on any foreign retail sites to poke fun at. Outside of this render that leaked out a few weeks ago, this… Read More