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  • Sony Ericsson announces Xperia X8, plus Android 2.1 updates to Xperia X10 line

    Two pieces of good news here for Sony Ericsson fans: the company today announced the next phone in their Xperia line, the X8. Slotting in below the X10, the X8 will be its smaller, cheaper sibling. Speaking of the X10, here’s the other piece of good news: they (as in all three types of the X10), will get a bump from Android 1.6 to Android 2.1 in Q3 of this year. For the original X10… Read More

  • T-Mobile Rolls Out "4G Speed" Network In 15+ New Cities

    4G is in the air! Or, at least for T-Mobile, 4G speeds are in the air. While T-Mobile isn’t technically allowed to pitch their HSPA+ network as 4G, its speeds can exceed that of the networks that some carriers (read: Sprint) have been toting as 4G for the last few months. This morning, T-Mobile is officially debuting their HSPA+ network in 15 new cities, from Los Angeles, CA to New… Read More

  • Taptu announces new U.S. office to be lead by new President, Mitch Lazar

    Taptu, the company indexing mobile touch friendly content, announces today that they’re opening an office in the U.S. to drive business development, marketing and product management in response to rapid growth in the North American audience. The new office, to be located in Denver, Colorado will be lead by Mitch Lazar, formerly of Yahoo! Mobile Europe. Read More

  • Lesson Not Learned: AT&T locks down the HTC Aria's app selection

    Almost immediately after AT&T launched their first Android phone, the Motorola Backflip, folks noticed something weird: the option to install applications from third-party, non-Google-approved sources had been removed. People around the Internets — including yours truly — were a bit appalled. The freedom to do whatever the hell you please sans any sort of hand holding is one… Read More

  • Rumor: Droid X launching on July 19th?

    With the Droid, Droid Eris, and Droid Incredible all launching within the last year, is Verizon really ready for yet another addition to the Droid line? (Our say: Who cares? Keep’em coming!) Ready or not, here comes the Droid X.. Read More

  • Hands-on with the AT&T HTC Aria

    June 20th. That’s when AT&T gets the HTC Aria — a phone which, at least in my mind, is AT&T’s first to be powered by Android. What’s that you say? The Motorola Backflip was the first Android phone on AT&T? Sorry, I guess my mind has a tendency to block out tragic events. With past sins forgiven, I was pretty anxious to check out AT&T’s second… Read More

  • To round it all off, Samsung also announces two new Android Galaxy phones

    A big day at CommunicAsia for Samsung today. They’ve announced two new Bada phones, two new WinMo 6.5 phones, and now two new Android 2.1 phones: The Galaxy 3 and 5. Read More

  • T-Mo: Every phone is free on June 19

    In honor of dear old Dad, T-Mobile is offering every phone free-as-in-beer at their stores. Considering that iDay is only a week or so away, I’d worry about uptake on this offer but if your Dad is one of those weird types who doesn’t let you watch TV or use the Internet and instead is training you how to make chainsaw sculptures in your dusty back yard, scaring a set of mangy dogs… Read More

  • Turning the excitement up to 11, Samsung announces *two* new WinMo 6.5 phones

    I know I said yesterday that it would be hard to get excited over a WinMo 6.5 powered follow up to the Omnia, but Samsung today dropped a bombshell on us. No, not a WinPho 7 Omnia, two new WinMo 6.5 phones: the Omnia Pro 4 and 5! Using mathemagics, scientists have proven that news of two half-interesting phones actually equals the news of one interesting phone. But I can’t say that… Read More

  • Samsung predictably announces the next Wave(s)

    Just as they said they would, Samsung today announced their second (and third) Bada-powered phone, the Wave 2 (and Wave 2 Pro — identical, but with the addition of a slide-out QWERTY keyboard). Read More

  • Skype lands on Sony Ericsson Symbian phones (Satio and Vivaz)

    Internet communication service provider Skype this morning announced the availability of the popular service on three Sony Ericsson smartphones based on the Symbian platform. Users of Satio, Vivaz and Vivaz pro devices can now use Skype over WiFi or mobile data connection (that is: 3G, GPRS and EDGE). If that’s your smartphone and you like free calls to your Skype friends on the go… Read More

  • Microsoft Kin handsets might get IM support in the future

    Back when Microsoft’s teen-oriented Kin 1 and Kin 2 social networking phones were announced, we were a bit surprised to find out that they lacked what most would consider a pretty standard feature: instant messaging. Or at least, we would have been surprised, had we not found out many of the Kin’s shortcomings months before their official announcement. A social networking phone.. Read More

  • Sprint cans employee for leaking EVO 4G sales numbers

    The tales surrounding the launch of the EVO 4G have been intriguing, to say the least. On June 4th, the device launched. By June 7th, Sprint was touting the phone’s sales as mammoth, claiming that it had broken their previous one-day sales records (as held by the Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre) by as much as 3 times. Just two days later, they recanted that story, declaring that they… Read More

  • Starbucks moving to free, no-registration-needed WiFi on July 1st

    This isn’t so much mobile news as it is news that mobile users should probably know about. That coffee company, Starbucks.. maybe you’ve heard of them? If not, open the blinds at whatever location you’re currently sitting at, and look across the street (or, at most, down to the corner). Surprise! It’s a Starbucks! Well, they’re opening up their WiFi; no hourly… Read More

  • Video: HTC Aria from AT&T now official. Out June 20th for $129.99 after rebate

    AT&T today belched forth news of their diminutive HTC Aria, which we spied earlier. Dante Martin, Product Manager at AT&T for Android devices, has even starred in his very own hands-on video, which we’ve embedded for you after the break. Read More

  • Several Spankin' Samsung Smartphones shown in Singapore

    The CommunicAsia event is happening in Singapore right now, and Samsung came clean today, admitting that they will announce 5 new phones across 3 OSes at the event tomorrow. That’s almost as many phones as there are ‘S’ words in the post title. Read More

  • Video: Samsung Galaxy S torn to pieces in front of your very eyes

    Looks like the new (and super-hot) Samsung Galaxy S has had its moment of vivisection, and we have the videos to prove it. For those of you that enjoy these things (either sadists or DIYers), you’ll be pleased to know that this one goes both ways: disassembly, then reassembly. Read More

  • The Attack of the Mutant Squares, Part II: The Nokia X5-01

    Not to be outshone by Motorola, Nokia today announced at their annual Nokia Connection event in Singapore the text- and social media-focussed, square-bodied X5-01. Yes! Marvel at the novelty of the form factor! Be dazzled by its bright colours! Feel befuddled by its gesture system! What gesture system? Well, rather than go to the hassle of making you press a button, Nokia have decided… Read More

  • Droid Xtreme (or X, or Shadow, or whatever it's called) caught on camera yet again.

    Man – is Motorola just giving out new, unannounced handsets to everyone they see carrying a camera? Between the Droid Xtreme, and the Droid 2, the number of leaks is starting to get silly. With that said, keep’em coming! Today’s latest batch of leaked goods comes in the form of gloriously sharp shots of the Droid 2’s keyboard-less brother, the Droid Xtreme. Read More

  • Yes, yes, Walmart will have the iPhone 4 at launch

    Live too far from the city to make a trip to your “local” AT&T or Apple store? Fear not, my suburban brethren, for your favorite superstore (unless you’re a Big K guy) will be stocking the iPhone 4 on June 24th. This isn’t really a big surprise — they carried the other iPhones and even the EVO. Walmart is actually getting to be heaven for smartphone lovers. Read More