In this video we unbox the Motorola Droid X2, the successor to the Droid X from last year. The Droid X2 comes with everything to get started such as the Droid X2 itself, an 8GB microSD Card, a USB wall charger, and a microUSB charging/sync cable. Unfortunately the Droid X2 does not come with a headset or a microHDMI cable.
The Droid X2 (MB870) is the first device for Verizon that has a dual-core Tegra 2 processor along with a 4.3 inch qHD (960 x 540 pixels) display. The Droid X2 is running Android 2.2 (Froyo) with the new MotoBlur UI. Stay Tuned for the hardware and [...]
In this episode of the Windows Phone 7 App Roundup we demonstrate five applications in 30 seconds each. These apps will keep you entertained, allow you to share and edit your photos, and update your Twitter status on the go. To download these apps directly to your WP7 device, just click on the title of the application and the Zune software will automatically launch to the app in Marketplace. If you have the free Microsoft Tag app installed on your WP7 smartphone just snap a picture of the Tag image and the mobile Marketplace will navigate to that app.
Birdsong Trial [...]
Over the last few days, we’ve seen lots of pics and video of upcoming BlackBerry handsets leak out, giving us an early view at some of the most anticipated additions to RIM’s lineup. The trend continues through today, with the BlackBerry Bold 9790 posing for a series of its own pictures.
It’s not clear right now just how the 9790 will fit in with the rest of RIM’s upcoming smartphones. According to the source that provided the phone’s images, the 9790 performs significantly better than current models of its lineage, like the Bold 9780. With the [...]
If smartphone hardware can run Android, a Linux-based operating system, why can’t it run a full-blown Linux distro? In fact, you can run Ubuntu on many Android-powered phones.
To get Ubuntu to run on a smartphone, some have started the OS side-by-side with Android, others have used emulators or virtualized hardware. On occasion a developer steps up and creates a bootable, functional Ubuntu image. If you’ve got an HTC Desire HD, you can count yourself as one of the lucky ones!
A recently released ROM not only lets you boot Ubuntu natively, it also has a working [...]
Apple’s finally acknowledged that iOS 5.0 will be featured at the WWDC next week. We’ve heard a lot about what that software revision might bring to the operating system, from a revamped notification system, to a change to the Maps app. The latest rumor has the OS getting heavy integration with Twitter, specifically the service’s upcoming photo-sharing feature.
While the details of this new Twitter service aren’t even public yet, iOS is rumored to be getting a “Sent to Twitter” button that would let you upload pics from your phone straight to [...]
Facebook recently reached out to Reddit users to solicit ideas for improving its Android app. Hundreds of messages later, the company has managed to sort through them all, find some of the most useful and practical ideas, and implement them in a beta build of Facebook 1.6 for Android.
The last time Facebook updated its Android app, to version 1.5.4, it only really consisted of bugfixes; nothing too exciting. Facebook 1.6 will shake things up with at least a few new features, like giving users the ability to like comments they see in their news views. You’ll also now be [...]
Motorola appears to be in the midst of a site redesign following its split earlier this year, and with it comes evidence of several new devices. Besides a followup to the Xoom, it seems that Moto’s working on a pair of thin-looking Android handsets referred to as Slimline and Zaha, along with a watchphone, of all things, called Tracy XL. It’s unlikely that the names being used here represent final product branding — with the possible exception of Xoom 2 — as they sound more like codenames than consumer-facing brands (then again, we would have said the same thing [...]
Acer’s Liquid Mini is a lower-end Android released in the UK, a shrunk-down version of the company’s earlier Liquid. The Liquid Mini is about to receive an update, with Acer revealing the smartphone will soon be available in a new assortment of colors and running Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The new case options for the Liquid Mini will now include cherry, lagoon, pearl and steel. All together, that makes nine shades for you to choose from; if at least one of those doesn’t suit you, we don’t know what to tell you.
The most significant part of this [...]
If you had any doubts on what to expect for Apple’s next WWDC 2011 event, look no further. With an official statement titled “Apple to Unveil Next Generation Software at Keynote Address on Monday, June 6”, and later mentioning that Steve Jobs will kick off the event where key names like iOS 5 and iCloud are mentioned, all rumors fall into place.
WWDC, which means “Worldwide Developers Conference”, seems to now stay true to its name by remaining a software-centric event. Rumors have been around for quite some time mentioning Apple’s plans to [...]
US Cellular seems to be the new go-to home for cast-adrift Verizon Androids. HTC’s Merge has been flirting with Verizon for months, eventually found a place at Alltel, and a now-confirmed leaked document put the phone down for a launch today with US Cellular. LG’s enV Pro shares a similar story of being a CDMA smartphone that Verizon never got around to selling. Earlier this month, we saw a screenshot revealing US Cellular’s interest in the handset, now renamed the LG Genesis. Then, a week ago, LG outed the Genesis on its site, though US Cellular had yet to make a [...]
Motorola recently confirmed upcoming Gingerbread updates for many of its Droid family of smartphones, noting that the Droid X’s would be coming right up, and the Droid Pro, 2, and 2 Global would see theirs before the end of Q3 2011. Last week we saw the company contact some Droid X owners through its forums, and begin the process of sending them the Gingerbread update. Motorola gave itself so much time to get around doing the same for those last three Droids, that we weren’t expecting to see progress for at least another month. Surprise, surprise, because some Droid Pro [...]
After unboxing the diminutive WebOS-powered HP Veer 4G for AT&T, we wanted to spend more time taking a closer look at its hardware. In terms of specs, the Veer 4G bumps all specs when compared to the Pixi and Pixi Plus: you get an 800MHz Scropion CPU with 512MB of RAM, plus 8GB ROM for storage. The screen is a mere 2.6″ and 400×320 resolution. Weighing in at 103 grams, the Veer 4G is also one of the lightest smartphones out there right now. It’s available now on AT&T for $50 in white or black.
Beyond specs, build quality is high. The keys of the [...]
For a long time, if you wanted a turn-by-turn GPS navigation program on your Windows Phone 7, you were stuck with the Telenav GPS app that some carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint would bundle with the device often for a monthly fee. Now there’s a new program from GPS Tuner called “Turn by Turn Navigation” which should fill the void for those who either had no GPS navigation program at all, or didn’t want to pay the monthly fee to the carrier. Turn by Turn Navigation costs a one time $4.99 and uses Bing for the maps. A free trial version is [...]
You may recall a notable absence from our recent roundup of unreleased handset test shots: there was no way to recover the single deleted HTC Holiday capture which had once appeared on Flickr. Well that changes today, as the 4.5-inch, dual-core, qHD beast coming to AT&T — likely as one of its LTE launch handsets — has finally given up its first sample image.
Typical for these early photos, the subject here is simply the clutter of an HTC employee’s desk, and obviously the quality is not representative of output from the final shipping product. Full-size [...]
Here’s an interesting “that’s my toy” bit: Google has announced that it will shut down the Google Translate API as of December 1, 2011 after deprecating it as of May 26, 2011. The move is likely to affect iPhone users relying on translator applications that use the Google Translate API.
The official wording states that the move is “due to the substantial economic burden caused by extensive abuse”. With active APIs application developers could use the service in their web apps or native apps to offer Google’s free translator services to [...]
The Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the popular Samsung Galaxy S has been leaked at the end of March and it even managed to hit a couple of smartphones in April before Google halted the roll-out.
According to reports, Indian Samsung Galaxy S smartphones are getting the official Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread update via the KIES software. The platform refresh — DDJV — will install Android 2.3.3 on smartphones with several improvements and bugfixes and we expect other regions to follow (while hoping that nobody will halt the roll-out process this [...]
If you’re on AT&T and have a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 smartphone you should be able to upgrade the system to Android 2.1 (Eclair) and get one step closer to Froyo and Gingerbread.
THe platform refresh give you the ability to download more apps and gain better functionality on your smartphone. In a world dominated bt Froyo, Gingerbread and excitement about Ice Cream Sandwich, the Xperia X10 finally gets its Eclair update. It will not bring you Google’s latest by far but you’ll get 720p HD Video capture, multi-touch support, continuous autofocus in still and [...]
It didn’t take two months for Plants vs Zombies to make its way to Android as we’ve been told at the beginning of May. The uber-popular Popcap game is now available for all of you rocking and Android smartphone that were counting the days to its release, as we’ve told you that it will launch today.
Normally going for $2.99, it’s currently available for free on Amazon Appstore. Since it’s an Amazon exclusive for a while — after which Popcap will make it available in the Android Market too — it is currently available only in the U.S. as [...]
On April 12 Nokia launched the E6 business oriented smartphone and the X7 as the first Nokia phones to ship with Symbian Anna aka PR2.
One and a half month later the Finnish manufacturer announces that the E6 and Nokia X7 are now shipping: E6 in Europe, Eurasia, Asia/Pacific, as well as the Middle East and Africa and X7 in Europe, Eurasia, China, India and other Asia/Pacific countries. If you already own a Nokia N8, E7, C7 and C6, Symbian Anna should be available for your smartphone in the coming months.
Source: Nokia Conversations Via: My Nokia Blog
A rumor based on a leaked Verizon screenshot just recently disappointed telling the world that the upcoming Motorola Droid 3 will not ship with Google’s latest and greatest Android 2.3 Gingerbread mobile platform.
Following the principle according to which “there’s more where this came from”, a similar screenshot fully confirms the fact that the upcoming Motorola smartphone is indeed in Verizon’s system, meaning it’s being prepared for a launch — June maybe, as rumored.
According to NenaMark, the Droid 3 is powered by a 1GHz [...]
As if you couldn’t tell from our five-star review, we’ve been won over by the Samsung Galaxy S II. From its size, to its speed, to its beautiful screen, the well-rounded feature set made quick fans out of us. Sure, we had a few issues with some questionable decisions when it came to software, and a qHD screen would have been nice, but we’ll live. Not everyone is sharing our enthusiasm for the Android smartphone, especially when it comes to the display; some users have noticed their Super AMOLED Plus screens seem to have a yellowish tinge off to one side.
Last year we head some reports that Microsoft is cashing in $20-$40 off each Android smartphone sold and more recently a new amount is being speculated, in another context. Last April, Microsoft announced a patent agreement with HTC under the terms of which Microsoft will receive royalties for every Android smartphone HTC ever sells.
According to some calculations, the amount could be as high as $5 per HTC Android smartphone sold. Extend that to approximately 30 million units and Microsoft cashes in a nice amount of $150 million. That’s HTC only and according to reports, [...]
The Sony Ericsson ST18i, referred to as the Azusa but it appears to be indeed the Urushi, is starring in a five-minute video showing off the smartphone and the software that comes with it.
If you understand Hebrew you probably will find out more about the smartphone than what we’re able to tell you. The screen appears to be three-inch-ish and from the information we previously heard, it’s running Google Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, has a screen with FWVGA (480 x 854) resolution and it’s powered by a Qualcomm Adreno 205 GPU to aid the 1GHz processor. Check it out [...]