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  • Android 2.0 source released, already ported to the G1

    While Android 2.0 has been floating around on Motorola DROIDs for over a week now, one important chunk of it has been under lock-and-key: the source. Even amongst manufacturing partners, we’re told, Google hasn’t been completely open; outside of Motorola (and more recently, HTC), most of the other handset manufacturers have been left out in the cold with nothing to keep them warm… Read More

  • Palm Pixi Review: Not for everyone, but it fits a niche

    Palm and Sprint have taken a very different approach to the launch of the Pixi than they did with its slightly older and slightly brawnier brother, the Palm Pre. In the days leading up to the Pre, both parties were on full attack mode; keynotes were held, massive tradeshow booths were built, full page newspaper ads were run, and countdowns ticked away. With the Pixi? They’ve got a… Read More

  • XKCD on iPhone vs Droid

    It’s a rare day when we post a web comic here on MobileCrunch. To my knowledge, we’ve only done it once before. But you know what? This one’s just too good — and too topical — to pass up. Read More

  • Qualcomm releases first batch of next year's chips

    Qualcomm, one of the largest fabless mobile chip manufactures in the world, has announced the availability of samples of its next-gen dual-carrier HSPA+ and multi-mode 3G/LTE chipsets. Hello Future! Read More

  • Virgin Mobile USA expands Broadband2Go sales

    While Virgin Mobile USA has been offering up a pre-paid, contract free mobile broadband service for almost half a year now, the only way to hop on board was to nab a modem at Best Buy Mobile – and, well, that just doesn’t work for everybody. Maybe you don’t have a Big Blue Box nearby; maybe you’re just not that into Best Buy. Either way, you’ll have options… Read More

  • Video: Hackers give Palm Treo 650 an Android brain

    Man – do you remember 2004? Gwen Stefani was off doing her solo thing, Hillary Swank was busting her neck in Million Dollar Baby (OMG SPOILER ALERT!), and Janet Jackson showed part of her breast to everyone watching the Super Bowl. Twas a simpler time – a time when the Palm Treo 650 was brand new. 5 years later, the Treo 650 now ranks somewhere between “relic” and… Read More

  • Dell officially confirms its Mini 3 Android smartphones

    Wow. Nice work, Dell. Way to drag the Mini 3 launch out for what feels like an eternity. First, the early ’09 rumors (here and here). Then, the August 2009 leak. Next, China Mobile unofficially outed the smartie. And now, finally, an official confirmation straight from the horse’s Dell’s mouth. Dude China / Brazil, you’re gettin a Dell! Read More

  • Five stars: Wrestling Observer Newsletter/Figure 4 Weekly now has an iPhone App

    It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of mixed martial arts, also “known” as UFC. It’s less well-known that, back in my youth, I was a very big pro wrestling fan. (Pro wrestling today is largely unwatchable.) When I was 15 I subscribed to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, written by the hardest-working journalist in America, Dave Meltzer (the man doesn’t sleep)… Read More

  • Despite appearances, the PinPhone is not an iPhone

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, yadda yadda yadda. Here we have the latest — and perhaps greatest — imitation iPhone from China. This thing really, really looks like an iPhone. Similar form factor. Similar physical button placement. Astonishingly similar user interface. Heck, even a similar name: the PinPhone 3GS! Clearly you’re not going to have access to… Read More

  • iPhone + Lab Coats + Ghostriding = SCIENCE

    This is by no means the first time we’ve seen someone drive a car with an iPhone – but it is the first time we’ve seen it done by a bunch of dudes (and one cute chick) in lab coats using wrenches as robotic feet. Plus, they surf on the car and crash through boxes all whilst steering with the iPhone – that’s worth at least one post’s worth of attention, right? Read More

  • Walmart bumps the Palm Pixi down to $30 right off the bat

    Considering that Walmart’s already slinging the Palm Pre at $99 bucks, it might have been a bit tough for them to justify peddling the Pre’s new baby brother, the Pixi, at the MSRP of $99. So they’re not. Read More

  • Leaked: BlackBerry Bold 9700 and Samsung Behold 2 pricing for T-Mobile

    There you were, just this morning, sitting over your latté. “When the hell is the pricing for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and/or Samsung Behold 2 going to leak?”, you thought. Both handsets are coming within roughly a week or so, yet there was still no word on how much you needed to set aside? Pardon my french, friends, but that is shenanigans. Fortunately, its been dealt with. Read More

  • Video Unboxing: Palm Pixi

    Full review coming soon. Enjoy! Read More

  • Carrier Billing coming to BlackBerry in 2010

    Good news, everyone! RIM has used the keynote of their BlackBerry Developer Conference to drop the good word on a fairly important topic: Carrier billing is coming to the BlackBerry App World in 2010. Carrier billing is quite certainly one of the most important — yet mostly unmentioned — aspect of any App Store’s success. Read More

  • Who needs the Droid? T-Mobile G1 hacked to run Google Nav

    I like to imagine that a special place exists somewhere on the Web where a bunch of unassuming “ordinary” folks get together to solve world technology issues. A brotherhood (that allows women too, of course) of sorts that uniformly scream, “HACK3RS UNITE!,” and then figure out how to stick it to the man. I’m not entirely sure anything that amazing exists, but there… Read More

  • Motorola DROID causes a disturbance in Android-based web traffic

    According to Web analytics company, Clicky, Motorola’s flagship DROID handset has already caused a major disturbance in the Force Android-based web traffic. The new hotness purportedly already accounts for more than 23 percent of all Android web traffic here in the States. Read More

  • Vimeo begins to play nice with iPhone, Android devices

    The lack of Flash support on the iThings (i.e. phone, touch) and all but one Android device has made it rather difficult for Flash-based video sites to penetrate the ever-expanding smartphone video-consuming market. While YouTube has implemented a workaround for this problem (by encoding each uploaded video in both Flash AND as .mp4 files), other sites (arguably with less resources) have been… Read More

  • iPhone malware kinda-sorta dangerous

    A new worm, called the iPhone/Privacy.A worm, connects to jailbroken iPhones running SSH with the default password and takes a “treasure trove” of data including email, SMS messages, photos, music files, and everything else on your phone. It then kills your dog. Read More

  • Antares: Friend of misleading singers, enemy of misleading apps

    Here’s a bit of App Store drama for you: Antares Audio Tech, the company that built the underlying technology licensed for the popular “I am T-Pain” iPhone App, has unleashed their lawyers on Steamboat Mountain Designs, an indie developer and maker of the now-removed iPhone app, “AutoTuner.” Why? Well, it turns out that the term “Auto-Tune” —… Read More

  • Clearwire raises an additional $1.5B to continue building its nationwide WiMAX network

    Sprint, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks (to name a few) continue to bet big on Clearwire’s WiMAX nationwide wireless network. The foursome have just pumped an additional $1.494 billion into Clearwire’s coffer, with another $50 million coming from Intel and $20 million from Eagle River Holdings. CHA-CHING. Read More