When Apple had introduced the iPhone several years ago, it brought to the consumer a mindshare of user experiences on a mobile smartphone operating system. The phone revolution has happened again, and this time it is coming from a company that does not make phones. With the Fuse concept phone–still in prototype–Synaptics and its partners are demonstrating the future of handheld computing, giving the industry what is possible with touchscreen phones–from one-handed usage to smart UIs that give users an immersive smartphone experience. The experience is more than the [...]
Despite a late launch in the United States, the HTC HD2 has been a popular device for carrier T-Mobile. The device is once again sold out–for the third time since launch–though there may still be some limited inventory at local retail stores. The HTC HD2’s popularity shows that Windows Mobile, when executed correctly, can still be popular with mainstream audiences outside of niche users and corporate users who rely on Microsoft’s ecosystem.
The device features a fast Snapdragon processor, a capacious 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display–a first [...]
It seems that the MeeGo-based successor to the Maemo-sporting Nokia N900 may be called the N9. An outline of the device, along with a semi-detailed label, leads some to speculate that this device may in fact be the successor to the N900. The device will sport 64 GB of internal storage memory–up from 32 GB internal from the N900 (the N900 also supported a micro SDHC slot for an additional 32 GB of removable storage)–and the RX tag on the label is usually reserved for tablets. Also rumored is a capacitive touchscreen for the N900, which made its debut on the Nokia X6, a [...]
Designer Yang Yongchang made a Windows Mobile smartphone with a folding keyboard attached to it. The concept was recently featured over at Yanko Design and features a large capacitive touchscreen with a 16:9 aspect ratio, desktop-sized folding QWERTY keyboard that will make this “smartbook” rival a netbook experience, and instead of a nubby trackstick of IBM laptops of yore, the concept integrates what appears to be a red trackball into the keyboard, presumably to save on space. While the concept looks great in this laptop/netbook-like format, we would love to see it [...]
As part of its Samsung Galaxy S announcement, Samsung had put together a short skit to demonstrate how a person may use the Android smartphone through the day. Enjoy the theatricals behind S Life in the two video clips below.
When Sprint and HTC had unveiled the HTC EVO 4G on Sprint’s WiMax network, I really couldn’t believe that the rumored Supersonic is becoming a reality, and I can only describe the experience in three succinct words: love, love love. The Sprint HTC EVO 4G really marries the best HTC elements from other phones from various carriers–from the Nexus One, we have Android 2.1, HTC Sense UI is ported from the HTC Desire, the large 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen is borrowed from the HTC HD2, HTC brought over the kickstand from the Verizon Wireless Imagio, and the [...]
Samsung announced the Galaxy S Android 2.1 smartphone at CTIA with the proprietary TouchWiz UI. The Galaxy S will be a high-end device with a 1 GHz CPU, a super bright Super AMOLED touchscreen display, and some cool widgets to give you quick access to the day’s information. The device is slated to have its own electronics bookstore as well. The Galaxy S announcement comes hot on the heels of Samsung’s S Life teaser.
The Galaxy S will have plenty of power. Its 1 GHz chip will not be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon design, but will be an ARM Cortex A8 [...]
HTC’s Eric Lin gives us a walk-through of some of HTC’s latest handsets, which includes the recently unveiled HTC HD Mini, Legend, and Desire. The company had unveiled those handsets at Mobile World Congress, and we’re jealous of our European counterparts who will be getting those snazzy handsets.
Lin also talked about the design philosophies that have been carried forward by the One & Company acquisition. One of the design element include the “hidden powerful” of the colorful back underneath the battery cover of the HTC HD Mini and [...]
At CTIA earlier in the week, Sprint unveiled the much rumored HTC Supersonic phone as the official HTC EVO 4G phone, which sports Android 2.1, a large 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen similar to the Windows Mobile HTC HD2, and astounding HD features and multimedia capabilities.
Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO, unveils the HTC EVO 4G Android 2.1 smartphone
Some cool features that were demoed with the device include the ability to turn the smartphone into a wireless hotspot–not unlike the Verizon Wireless Palm Pre Plus app and the standalone MiFi mobile hotspot [...]
I figured when I left the office tonight, I’d call up a few T-Mobile stores and see if I can score an HTC HD2, which was just released this morning. It turns out nobody had any. I asked one of the stores if they knew of any stock elsewhere, and they said that as far as T-Mobile knows, all of the HD2’s in New York City, Bronx, Westchester, etc. have been sold on the first day. One store said that I could put my name on a list to get one as they received new shipments later this week. I decided to call around a bit more, and found that one Radio Shack in Westchester County [...]
It looks like the guys over at BGR scored an early retail unit of the T-Mobile HTC HD2 and posted some unboxing pictures. The box looks nice and fun!
I got a chance to briefly play with and watch @Loke demonstrate the concept hardware behind Windows Phone 7 Series at the Game Developers Congerence, and it seems that Microsoft is expecting more AMOLED displays and touchscreens. Windows Phone 7 engineers chose black and white backgrounds in the design element with AMOLED considerations–black backgrounds would save power by nature of how AMOLEDs work and the white background is used for emails and text to enhance readability.
LMT Launcher 0.5 is a beta program that allows the user to use multi touch and single touch gestures on a capacitive Windows Mobile/Phone device. The utility has ten gestures that can be assigned to either programs or actions. Just swipe one or two fingers in a predetermined motion and the program or action will activate quickly. The program is free and may be downloaded from XDA-Developers.
(Spotted on WMPoweruser.)
We’ve heard the rumor that the capacitive touchscreen T-Mobile HTC HD2 powered by Windows Mobile 6.5 would be released in the US on T-Mobile on March 24th and it seems that Gizmodo has confirmation from an internal member of the carrier that the date lines up.
Rumors have been circulating that the BlackBerry Slider may be more closely related to the Bold than the Storm despite the device having the touchscreen of the latter and the keyboard of the former. Some are saying that the BlackBerry Slider may be released under the Bold Moniker.
Earlier spyshots of the Pre-like form factor of the device created by Research in Motion was blurry, but we’re seeing some better captures now.
The high-end HTC Incredible, sporting Android 2.1 and running possibly a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor with a WVGA display, was caught on blurry cam without the back battery cover. The device will have an optical trackpad and may be a close competitor to the GSM-based HTC Desire.
It appears that the touchscreen on the Nexus One may not be as accurate as that on the Motorola Droid and the reason for that being the Droid uses a better touch sensor resulting in greater accuracy. Google engineer Diane Hackborn writes, “Sorry I meant exactly what I said: this is how the touch screen hardware on the Nexus One works (which is essentially the same screen as on the G1 and myTouch). The Droid has a sensor from a different manufacturer, with different behavior. Other phones will likewise have different sensors.”
With more multitouch features coming to [...]
It looks like T-Mobile will be aggressively pricing the Windows Mobile 6.5 HTC HD2 and the slate Motorola CLIQ XT that runs the Android OS and MOTO BLUR.
The T-Mobile HTC HD2 will be priced at $199 after rebate and a two-year service agreement while the CLIQ XT will be priced at $130 after similar contract and rebate stipulations. What’s even better is that the contract-free versions of both handsets will also be priced aggressively, the former will run for a mere $450 while the latter will cost $330.
Update: TmoNews just updated their post to state that the no [...]
Although the handset’s been available in Europe for sometime now, Nokia’s first capacitive touchscreen handset–previous Nokia handsets use resistive screen technology–will be headed to the States with 3G that’s compatible for AT&T’s wireless network. The phone will come with 16 GB of memory, 5-megapixel Carl Zeiss optics with LED flash and the ability to record videos at 30 fps in VGA mode, video editor on device, TV out, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, FM radio, and 3.5 mm headphone jack. The 640 x 360 capacitive touchscreen measures 3.2 inches. The [...]
About a week ago I bought a new hard drive and while installing it today I discovered that the antistatic protective film that had covered the hard drive was messing up my HTC HD2’s touch screen. The light bulb switched on and I had an idea.
In this video we show you how to create a free capacitive touch screen stylus out of a common piece of antistatic film. As many people know capacitive touch screens use an electrical impulse created by the operator’s body to register a touch point on the screen. The only problem with this is that if you are wearing gloves or need [...]
The Nokia X10 Symbian smartphone is coming, but if you think the name sounds familiar, you’d be correct. It’s currently being used on some Sony Ericsson Android devices under the company’s XPERIA product line. Sony Ericsson currently has several different X10 models: the original XPERIA X10, the X10 Mini and X10 Mini pro, all of which run on Google’s Android operating system. Now through in Nokia with its open-source Symbian OS, rumored to be running Symbian^3.
The device is rumored to have a 3.2-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen and sliding [...]
We just returned from a press briefing with Motorola in the beautiful city of San Francisco, California. Motorola joined us at the meeting to give us some information on the Devour, which is the company’s mid-range handset for Verizon Wireless, which also uses the same sliding form factor as the Motorola Droid, also available on Verizon Wireless. The device, unlike the Droid, will run Android 1.6 with MOTO BLUR, Motorola’s custom UI which adds social networking integration and widgets, not unlike HTC Sense.
Speaking of HTC, the device shares a similar bit of build [...]
Looks like AT&T is making good on its CES promise to deliver 5 Android handsets this year, the first of which will be the Motorola Backflip. The Motorola Android handset with MOTO BLUR with its unique form factor will arrive March 7 for $100 after rebates. The device will bear similar specs to the MOTO CLIQ on rival T-Mobile, but the Backflip will have a clamshell design that leaves the keyboard exposed when closed. The device has a 3.1-inch capacitive touchscreen and will have WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth onboard. It will compete with the Motorola Devour when that mid-range Android [...]