You may have heard that the Zune HD is going to get an upgrade to verson 4.5 soon. Take a look at this video walk through of some of the new features. The new Smart DJ feature and Marketplace access from an HDTV dock are going to be great. Hopefully we’ll see some Smart DJ features in Windows Phone 7 Series as well.
It looks like some game houses are dedicating large amounts of talent to developing for the i-ecosystem, which will now encompass the iPod Touch, iPhone, and the iPad–a device that is backward compatible with apps designed for the former two. The Wall Street Journal is saying that app developer Social Gaming Network is devoting up to 90% of its employees to creating content for iPhone OS apps, which already has 70 million devices in circulation and is expected to grow by about 5-10 million more with iPad sales this year by analyst forecasts. The dedication to the iPad may cause a [...]
If you dig deep in the Developer Guide for the EVO 4G from Sprint, you’ll find a reference to Froyo, which is the next version of Android, likely to be released in Fall 2010. While the 4G device will ship with Android 2.1, this news implies that Sprint and HTC will issue a Froyo update to EVO 4G owners later this year.
Froyo is expected to help reduce fragmentation that is causing Android move towards an ugly fate once characteristic of Windows Mobile. It may mean that starting with Froyo, it won’t be up to the OEMs and carriers to push software updates to devices. [...]
Sprint and its partner Clearwire, which Sprint is a majority investor, are asking the 3GPP–the organization responsible for LTE standards–to evaluate a standard for TD-LTE on the 2.6 GHz spectrum. So what does all that mean? Sprint and Clearwire currently is offering a rival 4G technology to LTE called WiMax, which the two are promoting with the launch of the HTC EVO 4G. With Clearwire asking the 3GPP to create a US standard for TD-LTE, it seems that Sprint and Clearwire may be wanting to switch to LTE like the rest of the world. However, I don’t think this would be [...]
A hands-free interface is very important for mobile devices if you happen to have a lifestyle that involves some multi-tasking that may require the use of your hands and eyes. I use voice control and text to speech while driving a car, or on the motorcycle, but it works great while walking, jogging, etc. as well.
A year ago we took a survey about whether or not you think a centralized voice enabling interface would be good on a mobile phone. The majority responded that yes of course this would be a killer feature.
We haven’t heard much about what Windows Phone 7 [...]
ZDNet recently ran an article citing five things the iPhone 3GS does “better” than the Nexus One.
Of course, most Android users would object to this theory outright, but for those that need some convincing, here’s pocketnow’s list of 5 Things Android does better than the iPhone.
1. You don’t need iTunes to activate your Android
Why do I need to have some bloatware application installed on my computer just to be able to use my phone? If you go to the store today and buy an iPhone, you can’t make a single call until you’ve [...]
Laptop Mag is doing a March Smartphone Madness and it’s now the final four. The first playoff in the Final Four is between the Palm Pre Plus on Verizon Wireless and the HTC HD2 for T-Mobile USA. The BlackBerry Tour, which is similar to the Bold 9700 will face off with the Motorola Droid in the next match. The winners from both matches will then battle it out to victory.
For now, go to Laptop Mag to vote between the HTC HD2 and the Palm Pre Plus.
The 3G Samsung Galaxy S Android smartphone was overshadowed by the Sprint EVO 4G announcement at CTIA, especially since Samsung didn’t announce US carrier and the latter had 4G network support, but the Galaxy S may be the most powerful Android device in 2010 due to its processor and graphics capabilities. During the Samsung announcement, we know that the device will come with a 1 GHz processor, but Samsung’s Omar Kahn have said that the device has three times the graphics power of the leading smartphones. Official specs were not conveyed in the press release and other [...]
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.
Remember when we thought the Windows Phone 7 Series Metro UI would be nice on a Tablet PC? Looks like some one else agreed and decided to create a nice Metro style desktop interface for Windows. The application is called Omnimo and it’s based on the Rainmeter platform. Check out Lifehacker for more information.
Do you remember the HTC 2010 device lineup leak from December of 2009 on XDA-Developers? Believe it or not, so far, everything leaked has been accurate (minus some specification discrepancies). There are still many devices that we have yet to see, so here’s a run down of what HTC could still be planning for Spring/Summer 2010:
When we first saw the Legend, we immediately knew that it was the successor to the Hero (thanks to that chin). The leak told us that the device would be released in March 2010, and guess what? Most retailers begin [...]
According to jkOnTheRun, the Google Nexus One for Verizon Wireless will retail for $199 on contract, which is a full $20 more than the T-Mobile version. The handset is expected to launch in April according to sources from jkOnTheRun, which puts the handset in the Spring timeframe that Google had promised. Another interesting tidbit is that “What is new is that I have multiple sources telling me that when it is launched, consumers are going to be surprised.” According to James Kendrick of jkOnTheRun, “I am being led to believe the Verizon version of the Nexus One may [...]
With summer fast approaching and considering that Apple usually releases new handsets around that time frame, rumors about the next generation iPhone are swirling. The Wall Street Journal is speculating that a CDMA version will be headed for Verizon Wireless in September and will be manufactured by Pegatron. However, the Journal lacked any details, and this is where John Gruber of Daring Fireball fills in. According to Gruber, the next iPhone will have a higher resolution screen than what we’ve seen so far, measuring in at 960 X 640 resolution. It will be powered by the A4 [...]
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 [...]
After some face time with the Dell Aero, the conclusions that the Engadget team had reached from the pre-production AT&T unit doesn’t sound good. To sum it up, Engadget says that “It looks like AT&T and Dell want to turn this device into a glorified featurephone, which is a huge downer — it’s definitely loaded with AT&T bloatware.” It seems that Dell and AT&T have left out some major Google apps, including Google Mail, and Maps. Android Market wasn’t on the pre-production device, though Engadget has received an update that the [...]
It looks like after some false hopes, Verizon Wireless is finally rolling out the Android 2.1 update for the Motorola Droid, bringing the handset’s operating system to modernity and on par with the Google Nexus One. Unfortunately, the update is slowly rolling out to users, so you may not get it right away, but you can go to your Droid by hitting the Menu button (second button in), tapping on Settings, then scroll to About Phone, and click your merry self to System Updates to see if you’re among the early ones to get Android 2.1 for your handset.
Some functions [...]
I got a chance to play with the Android XPERIA handsets at CTIA and Sony Ericsson did a great job with skinning Android on the XPERIA X10 and X10 Mini. In my opinion, the X10 feels a bit on the light side, though still a solid handset–from the large screen I had expected something a bit heftier. The X10 Mini was a joy and still delivers all the power of Android in a small, sleek package. There is also the X10 Mini Pro, which was unveiled at Mobile World Congress, that adds a sliding keyboard in landscape orientation to the diminutive X10 Mini chassis. The UI is really rich and [...]
As Easter and Passover approach my thoughts are turned to Android (or, more accurately, how fast the season has crept up on me) and how my phone can help me remember upcoming events and holiday traditions.
If you use Android, chances are you use Google Calendar, too. One of the under-used features of Google Calendar is the ability to use multiple calendars. Personally, I have my own calendar and I subscribe to my wife’s calendar as well. Each calendar gets assigned its own color (which you can configure) to help you keep events separate and easily [...]
Sprint has released a special developers’ guide to the upcoming HTC EVO 4G to help third parties take advantage of technologies only available on the EVO 4G, namely the 4G connectively, HDMI output, and secondary camera support. From the guide:
This documentation covers additional functionality that will be available for the HTC EVO 4G Android device. This documentation is intended for the 3rd party developers who want to start developing applications for the device prior to official launch of the product.
To learn more, check out the guide.
Remember back in 2001 when eBooks were all the rage? That was when Barnes & Noble started selling eBooks that could be read on Tablets, PDA’s, and touch-screen mobile phones using Microsoft Reader. Somewhere along the way, eBooks turned out to be a stupid idea, devices stopped including eBook software, and no one promoted them anymore. Barnes & Noble’s eBook store disappeared into obscurity. Today, however, we see a new Barnes & Noble eBook reader application bundled with the HTC HD2 from T-Mobile! I was pretty surprised when I logged into the BN eReader [...]
GpsSpot from Cradle Software uses the onboard or attached GPS device to help save and recall nearly any previously visited site on Earth. Want to know where you parked your car? Where that great spot was the last time you went hiking? Just snap a photo and GpsSpot will save it for future recall. To get back to the exact location saved just follow the arrow. The program shows exact mileage or kilometers to the destination as well as how fast you are traveling. GpsSpot costs $3.99 on Windows Mobile Marketplace.
…and this may explain the recent round of possible fakes from HTCPedia and other sites (today WMPU is reporting that the Touch Diamond was spotted running WP7S). Over at MobileTechWorld, they’ve filmed a video of an HD2 running WP7S, and the results are very believable. Here’s how they did it:
What I actually did was set my desktop in portrait mode, then set it to 720×480, start the Windows Phone 7 Emulator and start Remote Desktop software on the HTC HD2 to control it. Voila!
That said, it’s still possible (and probably likely) that in the [...]