Whether Microsoft naming the Windows Phone 7 NoDo update the “March Update” is bad or carriers are doing a lousy job approving updates is subject to debate but the roll-out process shouldn’t take that long to reach smartphones worldwide.
Telstra Australia has just approved the Windows Phone 7 “March Update” for the HTC 7 Mozart and is “awaiting Microsoft release via Zune”. That being said, the update is to be expected early May but HTC HD7 and LG Optimus 7Q (Quantum in the US) users aren’t that lucky. According to Telstra’s [...]
Supposedly this is the Samsung SPH-D600, a QWERTY slider destined for Sprint. The capabilities here are apparently a mixed bag: on the one hand you’ve got a powerful gigahertz-class MSM8655 processor from Qualcomm along with 4G WiMax broadband data, but then a screen of just 320 x 480 HVGA resolution (according to its user agent profile) and a camera which is uploading pictures at only 3.1 megapixels (which may or may not be its maximum resolution). You’ll also notice a front-facing cam and a row of physical buttons very reminiscent of those on the Sprint’s latest [...]
Everyone expected the Verizon Droid Charge to launch last week but an LTE outage seems to have ruined everything. Now that LTE has been restored, it should only be a matter of days until Verizon outs the highly anticipated Samsung Droid Charge. May 3 is the word on the street.
According to the screenshot above, Costco will get the smartphone on May 2 and there’s a big ugly “do not sell until May 3” flag to make you all wait just one more day. If this info turns out to be accurate, the Verizon Droid Charge will meet its new owners on Tuesday next week and not [...]
Last week we saw a leak of a Verizon HTC Thunderbolt Radio that brought fixes to many departments and a document on Verizon’s website is testifying to the fact that the smartphone will soon receive an official update (the leaked one, or at least one very close to it judging by the version numbers).
Thunderbolt users can soon expect to receive a notification of an update to build Number 1.13.605.7 with baseband 1.16.00.0402w_1. According to Verizon it will bring “enhanced data connectivity when accessing the Verizon 3G network” as well as email, messaging, [...]
It’s rather unusual for the manufacturers themselves to leak (slip) an upcoming smartphone ahead of announcement — but has happened in the past — and RIM seems to have done exactly that with the BlackBerry Bold Touch which, according to rumors, is supposed to be announced at the upcoming BlackBerry World Event.
On the front page of the BlackBerry website one could see the new, upcoming BlackBerry Bold Touch for a short time — it’s been taken care of now. Not only the smartphone name has been confirmed but we now also have confirmation of it running [...]
In this episode of the Android Application Weekly we demonstrate some apps that will entertain, access your Google Documents, and save some cash as the grocery store. To download these directly to your Android smartphone or tablet just take a picture of the QR-Code using Google Goggles or any other QR-Code scanner to be taken directly to the Android Market.
Docs A free application
Docs is the official Google Documents application for Android. Access your saved documents, photos, and other information on the fly. There are options to edit existing [...]
Recently both the Motorola Atrix 4G and the HTC Inspire 4G received an update to enable HSUPA to allow for faster uploads. While this doesn’t mean that the devices will be suddenly capable of 4G-like HSPA+ speeds (which exists in a very limited number of places), you’ll be able to at least get upload speeds that aren’t similar to what you’d experience over EDGE (which is currently the case for some Atrix 4G and Inspire 4G owners). The update came in the form of a quick OTA update that requires you be over WiFi.
In this video, we show you a before [...]
Microsoft released an API Mapping tool that helps iPhone developers learn about API’s with similar functions on Windows Phone 7. The tool can be found at wp7mapping.interoperabilitybridges.com. Basically you select from a list of iOS developer programming interfaces on the left and then you’ll see listings of Windows Phone API’s on the right along with links to documentation for both the iOS programming interfaces as well as the Windows Phone interfaces. It’s not currently complete, so if you have any ideas or tips that you think they should add, [...]
After announcing its plans last summer to develop smartphone apps for accessing its HBO GO video-on-demand streaming service, HBO was relatively quiet about its progress. We’d hear a brief mention about the future iPhone and Android HBO GO apps in press releases regarding new HBO GO partners, but no status updates. Then, a couple weeks ago, HBO published a teaser video showcasing the apps, suggesting they may come out on May 2. Color us surprised, then, to see them drop three days early, as HBO has released both the iPhone and Android versions of HBO GO today.
We just saw HTC’s Wildfire S pass through the FCC certification process, this time with the added support for AT&T’s 3G and GSM frequencies, indicating the device may be headed to AT&T’s network soon. It has been available for pre-order from various European sources, but is not yet released.
Running a 600MHz CPU paired with 512MB RAM and Android Gingerbread, the device comes equipped to run the latest apps, but perhaps not the more processor-intensive ones. With a 3.2-inch HVGA 480×320 display and 512MB ROM, this smartphone fits squarely into the [...]
Back at MWC, a source inside HTC hinted that Android Gingerbread 2.3.x should be coming to the Desire HD “around April”. Since then we’ve heard of one “official” update leaked earlier this month, but it turns out that was just an internal test build.
Today, thanks to a pocketnow tipster, we’ve learned that another Gingerbread build has leaked. This time it’s reportedly much more complete, and could likely be the final release. Dubbed “build 187331” the ROM is the World-Wide English version 2.36.405.8 and includes an updated [...]
Well known developer Chainfire at XDA brings root to another device today, adding Samsung’s Galaxy S II to the list of 3rd-party developer unlocked devices. This comes hot on the heels of the Gingerbreak exploit, which can be used on a wide range of Android devices, also developed in part by CF.
Superuser access is acheived by using the Samsung flashing utility “Odin” to load a custom re-packaged kernel onto the phone, then booting up. Once booted, the kernel allows root access via the “adb” program, a part of the Android SDK. Simply typing [...]
Microsoft recently reported their quarterly earnings. The results were generally good for their Xbox and Office divisions, but for Windows, the company saw declining sales. Strangely, Windows Phone 7 got no more than a passing mention in the conference call. For Microsoft, Windows Phone 7 is a long-term business opportunity, and it has yet to break even. It took the Xbox division over six years to become profitable thanks to extremely high research and development costs, and other expenses relating to keeping the business viable. The same might prove true for Windows Phone 7, but [...]
Reports of the long-awaited update are beginning to surface from Motorola Atrix 4G users. This update reportedly adds HSUPA capabilities to the allegedly “4G-crippled” Atrix.
If you’ve got an Atrix, watch for update version 4.1.83 to be pushed to your smartphone over the next week or so, starting today. This update should include:
+ Data Speed Increased: speed at which data can travel on the network. + Data Connection Improvements to prevent interruptions to data connection. + Screen Improvements to prevent screen from freezing. + Email Improved [...]
Recently Google unveiled their Android app for Google Docs. While many were more than happy with the fantastic mobile interface on the Google Docs website, native applications are usually faster and have more features than their web-based counterparts. Such is the case with the Google Docs app, but to a limited degree.
The app includes a widget which lets you add, view, and take a photo of documents. Inside the app, you have the ability to manage your docs by renaming, starring, or sharing them. Just like in the web interface, you can view and edit documents. The app adds an [...]
File this under rumor with a capital R: the latest shots of the LG Revolution display a date of May 25, 2011, which may suggest that Verizon will release it on that day. Such a move would not be unprecedented: both HTC and Samsung are known to use launch or release dates in press image screenshots, and even LG itself did so as recently as the Optimus 2X, first outing the phone in a December 13th, 2010 press release. However, there are probably even more examples of the company not employing such a tactic, so perhaps we’re grasping at straws here.
First introduced as part [...]
It looks like the HP Veer 4G, a.k.a. Palm Veer, will be coming to AT&T — as suspected — in the currently-popular shade of white. So far, we’ve only seen Veer in all black — in fact, this would be the first white webOS device, period, to our knowledge. Actually, like most “white” handsets these days, this one looks to be more of a two-tone; thanks to a recent interview featuring Apple’s Phil Schiller and Steve Jobs, we now know that there are several challenges in building a phone with a white face, including sensors not functioning [...]
If you’ve set your mind on shopping for a new smartphone this weekend you’re lucky because Best Buy announced its offer for free smartphones this Friday and Saturday.
You can grab either the Samsung Fascinate on Verizon, BlackBerry Curve 3G on Sprint or Samsung Captivate on AT&T, for free, as part of the promotion bringing back the “Free Phone Friday” and extending it an extra day. The free phones still require new or upgrade activation with two-year agreement on their respective carriers but two Galaxy S variants for free — not to mention the [...]
HTC seems to be able to account for an excellent first quarter of 2011 with record high quarterly revenues of NT$104.16bn ($3.63 billion) and net profits of NT$14.83bn ($517.21 million).
Additionally, HTC reportedly sold 9.7 million smartphones in the first quarter of 2011, which is 192% more than it did in the first quarter of 2010. Compared to the last quarter, Q4 of 2010, HTC sold 6% more and the higher numbers are mainly due to the growing demand for Android-powered smartphones.
Exceptional Q1 numbers are also due to smartphones just released, the Inspire 4G, [...]
An anonymous HTC representative reportedly told Bright Side of News that the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer is working on an NFC-enabled smartphone which might be released in the third quarter of the year.
HTC launched the HTC Sensation at the middle of April and the new NFC-enabled smartphone “should be positioned slightly above the recently announced HTC Sensation”. It will also purportedly sport a 4.3-inch screen and we’re guessing qHD will be the resolution.
No other details have been made public but we’ve recently seen two HTC smartphones [...]
There has been a lot of buzz lately around Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Mango — Xperia X10 Mini Pro successor — generated by the numerous pictures scattered all over the Internet. Rumor has it that in the upcoming month of May — chances are that it’s going to be as soon as next week — Sony Ericsson will reveal two new handsets, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mango and the Smultron (Xperia X10 Mini successor).
Both the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mango and Smultron will allegedly operate on Google’s Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread mobile platform and feature 1GHz [...]
If you have a smartphone running Android you definitely know Shazam, the popular music recognition app and service that helps you identify tracks by holding your smartphone close to the music source. With eBay’s sponsorship, users of the free application get free unlimited tagging until January 1, 2012.
Previously, Shazam was charging around $6 to identify unlimited music but there’s no need for that now as eBay is putting in some money (read ads) to cover all that for you. Additionally, the new version 3.0 introduces qHD (960 x 540) resolution support, Shazam [...]
LG has joined the MeeGo Handset Working Group along with names like China Mobile, Intel, ZTE, Huawei and Panasonic after Nokia abandoned the project and went Windows Phone. The Korean manufacturer seems to already have a prototype to show off.
Next month’s MeeGo Conference held in San Francisco between May 23 and 25 is the event where LG will show off its MeeGo powered smartphone prototype. The information comes from the session announcement below and according to that LG will show off MeeGo 1.2 ported to one of its own smartphone prototypes. While there are currently no [...]