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  • Motorola BACKFLIP first Android phone for AT&T, coming March 7

    AT&T and Motorola this morning confirmed earlier rumors that the BACKFLIP with MOTOBLUR will be available in online and in AT&T stores across the nation, beginning March 7. This is the first Android handset for the carrier.
    The device will go for $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. More information, pictures etc. are available here. Also check out our hands-on review of the phone. Read More

  • Video: Opera Mobile running on the Nexus One

    We had a brief chat with Opera Software product analyst Phillip Grønvold here at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Tuesday. We had a conversation about the company’s plans to submit an Opera Mini iPhone app up for App Store approval, of which we posted the video interview yesterday. Another thing we touched upon was the recently announced plans to provide handset manufacturers… Read More

  • Out with the old, in with the new: Windows Mobile 6.5 gets a name change

    If you thought that Windows Mobile 6 would fade into oblivion because Windows Phone 7 is coming soon, think again. Not only will the OS stick around for a while longer, but it’s getting a name change, too: Windows Phone Classic. Of course, we all knew this was going to happen, so no surprises here, right? Read More

  • Cellphones will be able play intense 3D games and 1080p video.. at the same time.

    Much of what is coming out of the MWC is still in the concept stage and not available yet, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. Take for example the latest Armada chipset from Marvell; it’s an ARM based graphic processing package that has enough power to handle hi-res 3D gaming, and 1080p video at the same time. Read More

  • Puma Phone by Sagem given some hands-on treatment

    When I first saw shots of the new Puma phone, I was a little skeptical. It looked decent enough, but the whole solar charging thing made it seem a little gimmicky. After seeing the following video from Mobile World Congress, however, it’s beginning to look more like a smartphone I’d actually use. Read More

  • Android has been graced with a new eBay application

    There’s nothing like finding and getting rid of junk on eBay, especially if you’re a gadget hound looking to offload last month’s toys for the latest and greatest. While it’s entirely possible to manage your eBay account on your phone’s browser, a dedicated application would make life so much easier. Screenshots and such inside. Read More

  • Afilias buys ".mobi" domain, but will it help?

    Alright kids, it’s time for a little game. Raise your hand if you’ve visited a website with a .com TLD today. Alright, good! Now raise your hand if you’ve been to a .net site today. Great! Here’s the last one: raise your hand if you’ve been to a .mobi site. That’s what we thought. And that might change. Read More

  • Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 clears for landing at AT&T

    When the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 was announced in November, my major concern was whether it was coming to the U.S., when it was coming and if it would be subsidized by a carrier. The good news is that it looks like the X10 will be hitting AT&T’s shores this Spring. Read More

  • Opera says Opera Mini for iPhone "100% compliant" with App Store policies (video)

    We had a brief chat with Opera Software product analyst Phillip Grønvold here at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona yesterday. We inquired about the company’s plans to submit an Opera Mini application for the iPhone / iPod touch in the near future, and also got a hands-on demo of the app in action. Unfortunately, Grønvold was unwilling to demo the app on video, but take our word… Read More

  • SK Telecom stuffs Android, CPU, and memory into a SIM card

    Think about the size of an SD card. What things could you design in that amount of space? I think I might be able to build a stick figure out of tooth picks in a space that size. It probably wouldn’t even be very good. Perhaps just to show that they can (or perhaps because they just have extra money to throw around after getting rid of Helio) SK Telecom has gone and stuffed Android and… Read More

  • Firefox Mobile for Android launching "late this year"

    Are you an Android user? Are you jealous of all nine people who have Nokia N900s and thus can already use Firefox Mobile? Good news! While we’ve known for some time that Firefox Mobile (otherwise known by its code name, “Fennec”) was coming to Android, but we didn’t have the slightest idea when. As you could probably assume from the headline of this post, that has… Read More

  • Snapback automatically reconnects calls when your BlackBerry takes a dive

    It’s an unavoidable truth of carrying a cell phone in a world full of massive skyscrapers and thick-walled tunnels: Dropped calls happen. It always seem to happen at the worst of times, too. You’re driving along with your Bluetooth headset clamped to your head, when bam! Call is gone. You don’t want to look away from the road to check if the signal has returned, right? Read More

  • No, that shot of the HTC HD2 running Windows Phone is not real

    This alleged snapshot of Windows Phone 7 Series running on the HTC HD2 has hit our inbox roughly a dozen times already, so I figured we’d go ahead and clear things up: No, it is not real. It’s really, really late here in Barcelona (as in 4:30 AM), so I’ve got to make this quick for the sake of getting any sleep tonight. Read More

  • T-Mobile gives an HTC HD2 reminder, now with more fun!

    Last week, T-Mobile teased us all with a little jab on Twitter about the HTC HD2 that it will be shipping soon. It was exciting and, to be frank, it made me a little antsy. As promised, T-Mobile announced new features for the HD2 at Mobile World Congress today and I’ve gotta say, it isn’t all that thrilling. Read More

  • Sprint tweets about Android 2.1 update, coming second quarter

    If you own a HTC Hero or Samsung Moment, don’t get too jealous at DROID and Nexus One owners just yet. Sure, it might take a while, but Sprint is working things out so that its Android handsets receive the latest version of Android, 2.1. Read More

  • Verizon and Skype make sweet music together with new mobile app

    No surprises here today as Verizon and Skype partner up and announce Skype Mobile at Mobile World Congress. This news is so exciting that I’m tempted to dump my current carrier and sign up with Big Red today. But are there any catches or caveats? Read More

  • Google: Android now shipping on 60,000 handsets per day

    We’re in Barcelona keeping an eye on Eric Schmidt’s Mobile World Congress keynote, where the Google CEO just disclosed an interesting fact: Google and their hardware partners are now shipping 60,000 Android handsets each day. Read More

  • RIM CEO pulls an AT&T: "We need to conserve bandwidth"

    RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis started blabbering on in an interview about network applications for the Blackberry platform. Was he thankful that developers were creating rich applications for his phones? Was he excited for the future? No. He started horking about “conserving bandwidth,” just like AT&T’s CEO: “Manufacturers had better start building more efficient… Read More

  • Hands-on with the HTC Desire (with video)

    Considering just how similar the new HTC Desire is to the not-quite-as-new Google Nexus One (read: very, very similar), I wasn’t expecting to walk away from my hands on session with my mind too blown. I mean, it’s essentially just a Nexus One with HTC’s Sense UI and an optical trackpad, right? Right – and that’s exactly why it’s amazing. Read More

  • RIM shows off the new WebKit-powered BlackBerry browser

    BlackBerry users have long suffered with horrible mobile Internet browsers. But help is on the way in the form of a WebKit browser. The company showed off the new goods at its MWC press event. No word on the expected release date, but seeing as BlackBerry users have dealt with it this long, they can probably hold out a little longer. That is if they don’t get baited by the new… Read More