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    French carrier SFR is dropping hints that Palm, which was acquired by HP, will be launching the next generation Palm Pre 2, which will run on webOS 2.0. The Pre 2 is said to have a flatter screen rather than the curved and bulbous screen on the current generation device, and will have a more refined design. Also, in terms of hardware, the Pre 2 will have an improved processor, said to clock in at 1 GHz, along with 512 MB memory, which I think may indicate RAM memory rather than storage memory. SFR is touting the new webOS 2.0 as more intuitive and faster. (via: Pocket-Lint, PreCentral, and ...

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    Further fueling fire behind rumors of an iPhone on Verizon Wireless rumor, CDMA Development Group spokesperson Brad Shewmake told the WSJ that the CDMA group, which provides the standards that Verizon Wireless network in the U.S. is based upon, would provide a new CDMA standard to allow simultaneous voice and data that would come next year. Called SVDO, the new CDMA protocol wouldn't require expensive network hardware upgrade, though individual handsets would need to be built specifically for SVDO compatibility, meaning existing handsets won't be able to multitask. SVDO is coming the first ...

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    It looks like the mysterious Samsung Focus name that was revealed earlier in the leaked AT&T roadmap will in fact be the Samsung Cetus, a Windows Phone 7 device that's bound for AT&T in the U.S. market. The device was revealed on the Windows Phone webpage from Microsoft. Although I couldn't get the page to fully load (clicking on the Buy, and then the Windows Phone 7 link at the top), Engadget did manage to capture some screenshots revealing that November 8th will be the launch date for the U.S. market, a bit later than the rumored UK launch. (via: Engadget)

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    With Qualcomm announcing that we should see products emerging with the company's Mirasol screen technology next year, including smartphones in the later part of the year, we wanted to catch up with the company to see how the screen performed. According to Qualcomm, the screen works even better with the more light it receives, meaning that like rival e-ink display (so far only available in black and white in commercial products like the Amazon Kindle), Mirasol should perform exceptionally well under direct sunlight. The advantage that Mirasol has is that it uses low power, can display ...

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    For those curious about Motorola's latest slab devices for U.S. GSM carriers AT&T and T-Mobile, we got to take a sneak peak at those devices at CTIA in San Francisco. Motorola is claiming that the Defy is meant as a life-proof device. Resistant to water, sweat, dust, dirt, and also rugged with its Gorilla glass display, the Defy is hopefully a fun device that you'll want to take with you. The Motorola Bravo will be a high-end AT&T Android device, featuring a large 3.7-inch FWVGA display.

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    I did my best to push, prod, and shake out the gossip of MeeGo's release date from Nokia's representatives in San Francisco over the last few days at CTIA, especially in light of rumors of a delay until 2011 given my MeeGo's other parent Intel. Nokia's reps on hand continue to say what they've said in the past--that we'll see an announcement from the Finnish smartphone maker--who's committed now to MeeGo and Symbian^3--by the end of the year. Now, whether that will mean just an announcement or an actual shipping product at that time is still unclear, but the good news remains that Nokia ...

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    We were at the Motorola event at CTIA in San Francisco, California when Motorola had announced its business-centric Droid Pro, a world phone that packs in a front-facing one-handed QWERTY keyboard for ease of messaging. Motorola's goal in creating the device is to hopefully help customers carry one unified convergence device that adjusts between work and play. According to Motorola executives, consumers, prosumers, and enterprise customers are still carrying multiple devices--perhaps a lighter phone or smartphone, and a messaging or enterprise-ready device such as a BlackBerry or another ...

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    According to Microsoft's Steve Ballmer, despite the notion that Android is a free operating system, the OS does have fees. Though you're not paying licensing fee to use the mobile OS to Google, you are still licensing certain technologies from Microsoft. Because Android uses certain intellectual property from Microsoft, OEMs must license those technologies, which incurs a cost still. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Ballmer says, "Android has a patent fee. It's not like Android's free. You do have to license patents. HTC's signed a license with us and you're going to see ...

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    An early review of the Nokia N9, which runs on the MeeGo operating system, is positive. The reviewer notes that the hardware is "almost perfect" and that the software still needs work, which is understandable as MeeGo is still in development and hasn't been released yet. The reviewer, Eldar Murtazin, famous for his negative early review of the Nokia N8, is a lot more optimistic with the Nokia N9, saying, "In terms of HW is near perfect, I like it." For the software side, he refers to MeeGo as a work in progress. (via: SlashGear)

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    For those who adore the Symbian^3 powered Nokia N8, the latest hack will aim to please. Though the hack hasn't been released to the public yet, its creator by the name of hyperX promises better video and photo capabilities. For starters, the hack will enable 30 frames per second video recording on the Nokia N8. Additionally, better photo compression will hopefully give users more details in their final picture. With the default image compression, final image size clocked in at 2 MB, however the hack upped the final image size to 11 MB on a sample photo, meaning that more details could be ...

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    Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer had fired an attack at Google's Android operating system due to issues of fragmentation. The Microsoft CEO says that when a new Android OS upgrade gets released, not all phones will get the update. Of those that do get the update, there is not a unified feel across all handsets due to the various implementations of carrier and OEM customizations and skinning of the OS. This, according to Ballmer, will put more pressure on developers to get their apps working for specific devices rather than for the OS or platform. Ballmer seems to be selling the point more to ...

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    Google's visual search engine, dubbed Google Goggles, has made its way across from its Android-based roots to be iOS-compatible. According to the Google Mobile Blog, the visual search feature will now be integrated into the Google Mobile App for the iPhone. You can now snap a picture of an image you need to query from within the Google Mobile App and Googles will search for it. According to Google, "Computer vision is a hard problem and Google Goggles is still a Labs product. It works well for things such as landmarks, logos and the covers of books, DVDs and games. However, it doesn't yet ...

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    A device with a codename of Palm Mansion has been tipped to Palm-centric blog PreCentral. The Mansion, unlike the Palm Pre, will allegedly shed the hardware keyboard found on traditional Palm devices such as the Pre and Pixi in favor of a virtual keyboard, something that was hinted at in the software development kit of webOS 2.0. The device will also get an upgraded screen resolution from HVGA to WVGA, according to rumors. Could this device possibly be the same as the Palm P102? (via: PreCentral)

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    The HTC Mondrian Windows Phone 7 smartphone has now shown up on carrier Orange's online support page. The page shows users how to remove the battery, access the SIM, and set up their devices. The device is also expected to have a Xenon flash as well. Timing for the support page on Orange going live would fit with the speculated October launch window. Additionally, Microsoft is slated to announce the launch of Windows Phone 7 at a New York event on October 11th. (via: Cool Smartphone)

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    After hearing news that Sprint would be rolling out an OTA upgrade for the Samsung Epic 4G that will give the device faster 3G upload speeds, users were disappointed that the company had decided to put the upgrade on a temporary hold, citing administrative problems with Google's servers and that the problem will be rectified shortly although no timeframe was given. Now, it seems that Sprint may have worked out any problems that the Epic 4G may have presented previously as some users are reporting that the DI18 is now floating out over the air to some users. Neither Sprint nor Samsung have ...

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    After the company had announced that it will not be making any Windows Phone 7 iPAQs, HP is now saying that the company has no plans to bring any Android smartphones or tablets to the market. Instead, it seems that HP will be solely focused on its webOS platform, which it acquired after buying out Palm. With HP relying solely on its in-house webOS platform, hopefully we'll begin to see more smartphones emerge along with different form factors and more models and variations. The company is also committed to bringing a webOS tablet to the market, which will face off with Android tablets such ...

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    Modu's modular T-Phone is expected to be unveiled on October 10th. The phone, which runs Google's Android operating system, has a compact frame that resembles a scrunched up Motorola Droid with angular edges and a blocky frame. The company's phone is expected to be unlocked to be utilized anywhere in the world with a GSM or CDMA network. The claim to Modu's fame will be its modular design, allowing for add-ons to be attached to the compact phone, such as a hardware keyboard, speakers, and other accessories. The company is expected to reveal pricing and availability information at a press ...

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    Following in the launch of Windows Marketplace for Mobile in the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5, Microsoft is generating a lot of developer buzz with Windows Phone Marketplace, which is slated for the Windows Phone 7. With the new mobile Windows Phone Marketplace app store for Windows Phone, Microsoft's efforts in courting developers have seemingly paid off. According to the company's guidelines for developers on the Windows Phone blog, Microsoft expects lots of interested developers, which will hopefully result in a multitude of titles for Windows Phone 7, something that will definitely be ...

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    If you didn't make the plunge for the official Star Wars branded R2D2 edition of the Motorola Droid 2, which is a special limited edition item on the carrier's Android Droid lineup, you may still have hope through Android Market. The carrier, recognizing the popularity of Star Wars, is bringing a branded Star Wars app pack to Android Market, which will bring it photos, live wallpapers, trivia games, and more. The Empire Strikes Back app will be available on Monday, October 4th, for $2.99, but only for Android users on Verizon Wireless via Android Market. (via: Android and Me)

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    A leaked build of Android 2.2 Froyo has appeared on the Internet for the Samsung Captivate, which has been promised an upgrade by Samsung. Right now, though, it's unclear whether the build that's floating around is a final release or if it's an early build, the latter of which could present problems with future firmware updates. In the past, early builds have shown up for other Android devices, most notably the Motorola Droid X and the Sprint HTC EVO 4G. With the former, Motorola told customers who upgraded to the early build that there was no easy way to upgrade to the official build, so ...

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    If you're a fan of subscription-based streaming music rather than a la carte per song purchases, then Napster may be the ticket to your audio pleasure as the service, which is available via a free app from Android Market, has just hit. After being available on iOS for a short while on the iPhone App Store, Napster has made its way to Google's mobile OS for the same $10 per month subscription plan, or an annual plan that comes at a savings of 20%. Napster's music library has over 11 million songs that can be streamed anywhere you have an Internet connection, whether that's via WiFi or over ...

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    In an interview with Bloomberg BusinessWeek, T-Mobile USA's Chief Network Officer is saying that the company says that for now the company is focused on its HSPA+ network, seen as an evolution to its growing 3G network, rather than deploying 4G network technologies like big national rival carriers AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless. In a statement, the carrier says "We're not waiting for the technology choice, we have the right technology to deliver that experience today." However, T-Mobile USA is careful to say that when the timing is right, it will look towards a 4G investment, and isn't ...

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    Google had acquired BlindType, a company that creates one of the best virtual keyboard with auto-crrection built in. This should come as good news to those who prefer the stock Android experience sans customizations from device makers like HTC and Motorola, but prefer a more useable virtual input experience. Google hasn't announced yet how it intends on integrating BlindType's intellectual property into the Google Android operating system, but we're hoping whatever the company does, it happens soon. The BlindType website only made mention of the Google acquisition, but no other information ...

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    The newly released T-Mobile G2 gets rooted temporarily, according to a new hack from XDA-Developers. Android tinkerers are reporting that the device is rooted, but the rooting magic disappears when you reboot the Android smartphone. You can go to XDA-Developers for the full instructions, but in the meantime, if you need to have the powers of a rooted device, be sure not to restart your G2 else you'll have to go through the process all over again. Hopefully, a more permanent solution will emerge soon. (via: Engadget)

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    We had earlier reported of an update for the Sprint Samsung Epic 4G that was slated to start rolling out on September 30th, but it seems that the effort has been placed on hold due to a problem with Google's servers. Sprint had issued a statement and the carrier says that it hopes to have the update back out soon, though an exact date was not given until the administrative issues are resolved. You can read the Sprint statement below: We were planning to release an update for your Samsung Epic 4G on 9/30. The file was delivered and on track for distribution but late this afternoon, we ...

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