This week in mobile history: ‘antennagate’, Palm Pre review, and Lumia 1020 hands-on


The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world.

New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for the hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it’s crazy to see how far the industry has come in less than a decade – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that a increasingly awesome for gaming, music, Web browsing, communication, and everything in-between.

So we had this idea that could bring back tiny nibbles of nostalgia for all, a look into the history of the mobile space. Below you will find many of the major happenings for July 6 through July 12 from 2005 forward.




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Look at this beautiful gem. We couldn’t find any particular news this far back that brought back memories, but look at Pocketnow circa 2005! Nine years ago today, the Internet was a vastly different place.




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Ah, July 2008. I had just graduated high school and somehow walked away from a gnarly motorcycle wreck.

As for the tech world, it was eagerly awaiting the release of the first all-touch BlackBerry, the Storm 9530, which had a “clickable” touchscreen display. Pocketnow had also just reviewed the Toshiba Protege G910, Windows Mobile units were far outselling the iPhone, and the HP iPAQ 910 had just released.

Crazy, huh?


July 9: BlackBerry Storm keyboard not ready for primetime

July 10: Toshiba Protege G910 review

July 11: Windows Mobile Still Waxing the iPhoneHP iPAQ 910 now available for purchase




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The pace picked up a bit for July in 2009. Palm released its first webOS (RIP) device, the Palm Pre, and HTC finally gave in to the incessant requests from users for an integrated 3.5mm headphone jack. (Most HTC phones prior to July 2009 came with a miniUSB to 3.5 adapter. Utter madness. HTC Windows Mobile users were granted early access to TouchFLO 3D 2.5 via a leaked ROM. Meanwhile, our own Adam Lein was interviewing Vinnie Brown of Naughty By Nature on Windows Mobile.

Also, Sprint decided it was time to make Wi-Fi a standard in all future smartphones, Brandon Miniman gave us a brief history of HTC keyboards, and then-Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, was caught using a BlackBerry in the wild, not a phone running his own company’s mobile OS. Scandalous.


July 7: Palm Pre review

July 8: HTC relents, 3.5 mm audio port for future devices: consumers win, A tour of TouchFLO 3D 2.5Exclusive Interview: Vinnie Brown on Windows Mobile

July 9: Sprint makes Wi-Fi a standard for future smartphonesThe evolution of HTC’s keyboards

July 10: Eric Schmidt, then Google CEO, still used a BlackBerry




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Remember Hummingbird CPUs? This week in 2010, Joe Levi was comparing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon and the Hummingbird, and our Samsung Galaxy S review went live the same day. T-Mobile’s future data network technology. We weren’t sure whether it would go with HSPA+ or LTE. Turns out … both. The Samsung Intercept and Motorola Charm were both announced, YouTube mobile was upgraded to HTML5 from Flash, and the iPhone 4 was suffering proximity issues and the dreaded “antennagate”. You’re holding it wrong.

There were also some awesome updates from Pocketnow. Our team gave tours of their individual offices and Jaime was dubbed the official “Apple guy” for the P-Machine.


July 6: Snapdragon versus HummingbirdSamsung Galaxy S review

July 7: Sprint confirms the Samsung InterceptT-Mobile’s Future: HSPA+ or LTE?

July 8: Motorola Charm officially announcedYouTube mobile goes HTML5, beats native apps in video qualityiPhone 4 proximity sensor issue persists

July 11: Update: A tour of the Pocketnow offices

July 12: Steve Ballmer: Windows Mobile missed a ‘whole generation of users’I’m Jaime, Pocketnow’s new Apple guyConsumer Reports confirms ‘antennagate




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To no surprise, HTC was granted four awards by three separate organizations for the designs of the HTC Droid Incredible, EVO 4G, Legend, and Aria. Nokia promised the short-lived, MeeGo-powered Nokia N9 would continue to get software updates, despite killing future plans for the platform, and users would continue to receive “years of support.”

Legal disputes abounded in 2011. It was reported that Microsoft was demanding $15 per Android smartphone from Samsung in a licensing settlement in a patent dispute, and Apple was targeting Amazon and other companies using the term “app store” for their digital application catalogs. GetJar refused to be bullied by Apple, stating it had built its growing, global business around the term “app store” and had no plans to stop using the phrase. Apple also moved to block several HTC Android smartphones from being sold in the U.S.

On the video front, Pocketnow gave a tour of the HTC ChaCha, the “Facebook phone”, and compared the HTC EVO 3D and Samsung Galaxy S2.


July 6: HTC honored with design awards by three separate organizationsMicrosoft allegedly asking Samsung for $15 per Android phone sold

July 7: Nokia promises N9 software updates, years of support to come

July 8: GetJar to Apple: we’ll keep using “App Store”, too, thank youHTC EVO 3D vs. Samsung Galaxy S 2

July 9: Microsoft smiles fatherly at Windows Phone hacked on old hardwareHTC ChaCha hardware tour

July 12: Smartphone users spared Netflix price hikesApple seeking to block HTC Android phones from U.S. market





Rumors of the alleged Amazon smartphone (which is now an actual thing) dated back as far as 2012. On July 6, 2012, the HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE launched on Verizon. Three days later, the Motorola Atrix HD was officially confirmed for AT&T and Android Jelly Bean 4.1 source was released.

After a long, drawn-out legal process, judge Colin Birss ruled the Galaxy Tabs were in fact close enough in design to be confused with Apple’s iPads, despite not having “the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design.”

On July 12, the Pocketnow podcast was relaunched and renamed as the Pocketnow Weekly. (If you haven’t already, check out episode 104, which we recorded yesterday.)


July 6: Latest rumor talks about future Amazon smartphoneHTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE now available on Verizon

July 9: Judge makes it official: Galaxy Tab “not as cool” as iPadAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean source hits the AOSP; bring on the custom ROMs!

July 10: Motorola Atrix HD gets official on AT&T, scores a very low launch priceRIM reveals BlackBerry 7′s fate, plans for video BBMUsing Jelly Bean: two weeks later

July 11: OEMs, leave Jelly Bean alone, times have changed

July 12: Michael Fisher rebooted and renamed the Pocketnow podcast




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A lot was happening in the Nokia front in July last year. The Lumia 1020 was officially announced and Adam Lein gave us a speedy hands-on just moments after the announcement. I divulged why the 1020 was ahead of its time, and Michael also explained why the Lumia 920 was still his favorite phone to take on vacations.

Adam Doud explained why he didn’t want a tablet unless it could replace his entire laptop, and Joe Levi published his review of the Verizon model of the Samsung Galaxy S4.


July 8: After eight months, the Lumia 920 camera is still my favorite vacation companionVerizon Samsung Galaxy S 4 Review

July 9: I don’t want a tablet unless it replaces my laptop

July 11: Nokia announces Lumia 1020: the 41-megapixel PureView Windows PhoneNokia Lumia 1020 hands-on

July 12: It will be a while until the competition makes a camera better than the Lumia 1020



Historically, it seems July 6-12 has always been a pretty busy time, packed with all sorts of different happenings in the tech space – news, reviews, editorials, etc. Do you remember anything from this week in history? What’d we miss? Hop in the comments below and let us know!

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Taylor Martin
Based out of Charlotte, NC, Taylor Martin started writing about technology in 2009 while working in wireless retail. He has used BlackBerry off and on for over seven years, Android for nearly four years, iOS for three years, and has experimented with both webOS and Windows Phone. Taylor has reviewed countless smartphones and tablets, and doesn't go anywhere without a couple gadgets in his pockets or "nerd bag." In his free time, Taylor enjoys playing disc golf with friends, rock climbing, and playing video games. He also enjoys the occasional hockey game, and would do unspeakable things for some salmon nigiri. For more on Taylor Martin, checkout his Pocketnow Insider edition. | Google+