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  • HTC: If your phone came out in 2010, it'll probably get Android 2.2

    So you just bought the Android 2.1-powered Droid Incredible, or locked in a pre-order for the HTC EVO 4G.. and now Google’s gone and announced Android 2.2. Great. Don’t fret; if your phone started shipping in 2010 (read: the Droid Incredible, myTouch Slide, EVO 4G, Desire), it’ll almost certainly get the upgrade treatment, according to HTC. Read More

  • Voice Over Revision A to power Verizon Wireless' iPhone?

    Will the iPhone come out for Verizon Wireless? It’s the question that so many of the service’s subscribers would like to see answered definitively. This news story, unfortunately, won’t do that. What it will do, however, is fan the flames of the rumor fire. The latest is that the phone would work with Voice Over Revision A. In English that means the phone would be able to… Read More

  • Oprah Moment, Take 2: Google gives an EVO 4G to everyone at I/O

    Okay. Think back to elementary school. Your buddy got a brand new toy for Christmas — the one you’ve been wanting for months. Your parents got you socks. Remember that feeling? That feeling of loss for something you never had? That’s called jealousy, friend. Now magnify that by a hundred. Google just gave everyone at I/O the EVO 4G. As Vic Gundotra put it: “To… Read More

  • Google Now Activating 100,000 Android Devices A Day — 50,000 Android Apps

    Today at Google I/O Vic Gundotra made a big revelation. Last year, Google was activating 30,000 Android phones a day. The past February, that number jumped to 60,000. Today, Google is now activating over 100,000 Android phones a day. Android was the second best-selling smartphone this quarter, Gundotra says. They are only behind RIM — and yes, ahead of that other rival. Gundotra also… Read More

  • Skyfire launches their first B2B offering: Skyfire Rocket

    We’ve written about Skyfire before. Plenty of times, actually. It’s the smartphone browser that, by way of data-compression proxies (and tiny wizards), can chew through Flash video and other Rich media formats on Android, Windows Mobile, and S60 handsets. Thus far, Skyfire has been an entirely business-to-consumer operation. Today, Skyfire makes the good ol’ jump to… Read More

  • Google officially announces Android 2.2, or "Froyo"

    It’s official! As expected, Google has officially announced Android 2.2 at their I/O conference this morning. Click through for the list of new goodies. Read More

  • eBuddy downloaded 1 million times from Nokia's Ovi Store in 3 months

    Web and mobile instant messaging (IM) aggregator service provider eBuddy, based in Amsterdam, has announced that its Mobile Messenger app has zoomed past one million downloads in less than three months on Nokia’s Ovi Store. The app has been downloaded by users in more than 203 countries, the company adds – a testament to the global footprint of Nokia. The app has garnered over… Read More

  • Versace announce Unique luxury phone, in name and practise

    So, you’re the kinda person who keeps in shape by doing laps in your money pit. Now, despite the fact that actually having a money pit may set you apart from most other people, I know that you are constantly looking for that special something that truly makes you unique. Versace also know this, and have just announced a luxury phone designed especially for you. They’re calling it… Read More

  • Samsung i8920 Omnia HD2 leaking its way across the net as we speak

    Samsung’s successor to the Symbian-powered i8910 (aka OmniaHD) has just bust its pipes, and is now leaking all over the internet (too soon?). The leaks thus far point to a 4″ Super AMOLED screen, a 12MP camera with both Xenon and LED flash (why not?), 30fps 720p video recording (just like its older sibling), and 16 or 32 GB internal storage, all running atop Symbian^3. Oh, and it… Read More

  • PayPal launches In-App Payment library for Android

    For developers, being able to make a bit of cash from your app after the user has downloaded it is wondrous — especially if the initial app download was free. Nothing like being able to, you know, pay rent, or eat. While the iPhone has supported the idea of In-App purchase for a bit over a year now, Android has yet to adopt it. A few third-parties have manually integrated their own… Read More

  • HTC Diamond 2 clone dual boots Android and Windows Mobile 6.5

    See that? That’s Android 1.6 (or “Andriod”, it seems) and Windows Mobile 6.5, on the same HTC Diamond 2(ish phone). Sure, it’s a knock-off made in China — and sure, it may very well explode into a fiery ball of death mere inches from your face. But if you’re worried about that, than you’re just a.. well, actually, you’re a perfectly… Read More

  • Drumroll, please: Android 2.1 now (finally) available for the Sprint Hero

    Never again! Never again do we have to write about Android 2.1 coming to the Sprint Hero. Why? Because it’s here. Though never officially given a date, the Hero 2.1 update was pinned on dozens of leaked purported dates — all of which were either false or missed due to delays. At long last, all that nonsense is over. Read More

  • Evernote coming to Canon scanners

    The Evernote news just doesn’t stop, does it? Hot on the heels of Evernote integration with Lexmark printers and Fujitsu scanners comes word that Evernote will be integrating with the new P-150 scanners from Canon. Read More

  • Sprint places foot in mouth, dissing the Pre while lusting after the iPhone

    At a recent investor conference, Sprint’s Chief Financial Officer, Robert Brust, admitted to investors that “The Pre didn’t work out as well as we hoped” (even despite its exciting appearance in Survivor: Heroes vs Villains) and that they’d “love to have” the iPhone. Read More

  • iPhone And Android Now Make Up 25 Percent of Smartphone Sales

    Google-powered Android phones and iPhones are both gobbling up market share. The combined worldwide market share of both operating systems reached 25 percent in the first quarter, up from 12 percent the year before, according to Gartner. The iPhone still has a bigger share, at 15.4 percent (up 5 points), but Android is catching up fast with 9.6 percent (up 8 points). All other smartphones… Read More

  • Mobile TV takes another blow, with Spain dropping plans for adoption

    Oh, mobile TV, you really are taking a beating, aren’t you? Despite hopes and promises over the last few years, nothing has really come of it but failures. And now, Spain has abandoned plans to bring the DVB-H terrestrial mobile TV service to its citizens. Read More

  • The original Prince of Persia coming to iPhone

    Every so often, some new iPhone app comes along that makes me go, “Dang, I really wish I had one o’ dem iPhone thingers.” Well, as you are probably expecting, right now is one of those moments. I just read on Mashable that the original Prince of Persia is coming to the iPhone/iPod Touch as Prince of Persia Retro. Read More

  • Photo gallery and video: NTT Docomo unveils 20 (partly amazing) cell phones

    Japan has been flooded with new cell phones over the last few days. We’ve shown you KDDI au’s 10 new handsets Monday, SoftBank Mobile’s 13 new models yesterday, and now it’s time for NTT Docomo‘s summer lineup. Japan’s biggest mobile carrier (55 million) unveiled 20 new cell phones [press release in English] yesterday, some of which are just… Read More

  • Holy cow! AT&T data tethering revealed in iPhone OS 4.0 beta 4

    You heard it right! AT&T have finally given their approval to allow their bazillion or so iPhone users to hook their computer up to AT&T’s magical data waves, tether stylee. Tethering was first introduced as an option in iPhone OS 3.0, but AT&T wouldn’t let US users get in on the laptop-on-iPhone action, for fear that their network would explode. So, up until this… Read More

  • Apples releases iPhone OS 4 Beta 4 SDK to developers

    It’s that time again, folks: with another two weeks behind us, Apple has released yet another Beta rendition of iPhone OS 4. Like those that came before it, this fourth Beta release is signed and sealed for developers only — in other words, if you’re not a dev, you’ll have to sit tight for a little while longer. If Apple’s development cycle for iPhone OS 4 is… Read More