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  • HTC Smart revealed, runs dumbphone OS

    Remember the HTC Touch.B, the slick Touch2 lookalike that surfaced last month? The one running that nifty, minimalist interface over Qualcomm’s BREW operating system? Well, it looks like it’s finally ready for primetime with a brand-new (if not the most accurate) moniker. The HTC Smart is gunning for the budget-minded phone nerd, and for a lower-end phone, it brings a decent amount… Read More

  • Fandango comes to Android, Babylon makes its way to BlackBerry

    We’re rolling two separate announcements into one post, if you don’t mind. Fandango this morning announced the official release of its free app for the Android platform, enabling owners of Google’s Nexus One and other devices that run Android to check out movies showtimes and more on the go. The news comes a couple of weeks after the company put out a beta release of the… Read More

  • Hands on and video: Lenovo's Lephone

    Lenovo gave us a chance to check out their latest smartphone today at CES 2010. It’s Android-based with a complete facelift and hardly any of the original OS sticking out. I doubt they intended it to be, but it seems like a sort of interesting mix of webOS, iPhone, and Android features. I quite liked it. Read More

  • Quick Hands-On With The Sprint Overdrive 3G/4G Hotspot

    Look out, MiFi – Sprint just pushed out your new baby brother, and he looks like a mean one. The Sprint Overdrive is a mobile hotspot, not unlike the aforementioned MiFi. The idea is simple: turn it on, and you’ve got a WiFi access point pulling down data via Sprint’s third and fourth generation networks. We just got our hands on the device for the first time, and while… Read More

  • Our report from Sprint's bacchanalian Overdrive launch

    The era of 4G – WiMAX, basically – is dawning and the Overdrive from Sprint is the first creation in that brave, fast world. Sprint called out all the great ones, from Hesse, the CEO, to Ballmer, the other CEO, as well as a Frank Caliendo, that guy who does voices. The device, which is shaped like a squarish hockey puck, is being touted as a hotspot away from your hotspot. It streams… Read More

  • Confirmed: T-Mobile to launch the HTC HD2

    All the signs were already indicating that T-Mobile was planning on launching the gloriously beautiful HTC HD2, but good ol’ Stevie Ballmer just confirmed it during his CES 2010 keynote. Dates? Nope. Pricing? Nope. The best we’ve got is still HTC head honcho Peter Chou’s confirmation that it’d be launching in the US in “Early 2010” – but that’ll… Read More

  • Hands-on with Motorola Backflip

    We spent a few minutes with the just-announce Backflip and, well, it’s a Moto Cliq with weird swivel keyboard. Really, everything about the device feels the same as the Cliq. Even the love-it-or-hate-it MotoBlur interface is still in place. But depending on the price and carrier, it could be a popular product. The device is different and that’s important these day. The… Read More

  • Ovi Store comes to AT&T, brings carrier billing with it

    If you’re an AT&T customer and you have a Nokia phone, you probably already know that the app scene is pretty barren. AT&T’s Media Mall offers a few pages of arguably useful apps, but support for programs like AT&T’s App Beta developer initiative is limited to a single Nokia handset. Fortunately, Nokia has just opened up their catch-all Ovi Store to all… Read More

  • Dell's Mini 3 Android Phone headed to AT&T

    No sooner had AT&T announced they were making a massive leap onto the Android bandwagon than Dell went and announced their part in the plan. Just as we’d guessed in our post on the matter earlier, Dell’s contribution to AT&T’s Android endeavour is the Mini 3. We knew this long-available-elsewhere handset would be launching stateside sooner or later, but it’s nice… Read More

  • AT&T to launch two webOS devices in the next six months

    They’re keepin’ mum on exactly which devices they’ll be getting, but AT&T just announced at their press developer conference that they’ll be offering up not one, but two Palm webOS devices by mid-2010. Sure, it could be the Pre and the Pixi – but at this point, that’d be all kinds of disappointing. Read More

  • Mophie, FLO TV join forces on new TV-capable iPhone case

    You can surf the web with your iPhone, you can take payments with your iPhone, you can make music, drive a car, and even fart with your iPhone, but to date one of the few things you haven’t been able do is watch television on your iPhone. Read More

  • AT&T confirms they'll get Android phones from Motorola, HTC, and Dell in first half of 2010

    This page just went live over on AT&T’s site. While it doesn’t give a whole lot of specifics, it does confirm that we’ll be seeing no less than three (Update: make that five!) Android handsets hit AT&T’s shelves sometime in the first six months of this year. The “unique form factor” Moto phone is undoubtedly the kinda-wonky Backflip, Dell’s… Read More

  • Netgear announces two 3G/4G/WiMax routers at CES

    With the nationwide roll-outs of 4G and WiMax finally on the horizon, it’s just about time to upgrade the ol’ gadget collection. Netgear just announced a couple of new toys that might pique the interests of the road warriors out there: wireless routers that play friendly with 4G/WiMax USB dongles. Read More

  • Jabra launches two new bluetooth devices at CES

    Good news for Jabra fans; they just announced two new Bluetooth devices at CES. For the traditional headset wearer we’ve got the Jabra Extreme, and for the speakerphone fan we’ve got the Cruiser Bluetooth speakerphone. Both devices use Jabra’s new Noise Blackout technology, to cut down on the background noise issues. Read More

  • Toshiba works on instant voice translation software for cell phones

    It makes a lot of sense, but it seems to be hard to realize: Using the cell phone for instant voice translation of basic sentences whenever you’re in a foreign country. But Toshiba is one of the companies working on this, and apparently they’re almost ready to offer a decent solution. Their translation software, in its current iteration, enables cell phones to interpret between… Read More

  • The Droid You’re Looking For: Live From The Nexus One Event

    While it’s technically called the “Android Press Gathering,” we all know what’s coming. Today, Google is expected to formally unveil the Nexus One (the device which some have been referring to as the “Google Phone“). The long event taking place today is expected to have both a presentation as well as demonstrations. Follow our coverage below, live. Read More

  • Off To CES We Go!

    Another year, another CES. Each year brings bigger, badder gadgets, and each year we put our nose-to-the-grindstone in hopes of bringing you guys the best coverage yet. We’re kicking things up a few notches this year; we’ve got more happy faces from the CrunchGear and MobileCrunch team roaming the halls of the Las Vegas Convention center than ever before — and this time… Read More

  • Rogers Canada to carry the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, first in North America

    Looking to make sure they’re not entirely overshadowed by Google’s much hyped Nexus One announcement later today, Rogers Canada has squeaked out a last minute Android-related press release — fortunately for them, it’s a handset we’re still pretty excited about. Read More

  • T-Mobile bumps their entire 3G network up to 7.2Mbps, 21Mbps coming soon

    T-Mobile might have been a bit late off the plate in rolling out their 3G network compared to the competition, but that gave them one small advantage: foresight. By the time T-Mobile started setting up towers, the world was already well aware that the same technology that powered their 3.1 Megabit per second 3G network could be bumped all the way up to 21 Mbps without drastic… Read More

  • Rumor: Verizon orders 400,000 Palm handsets

    Someone’s gotta help Palm out. After the somewhat lukewarm response to the Pixi and the Pre, it’s rather surprising that Verizon would decide to place a big order. Word is though, that’s exactly what they did. Read More