If you saw our video test drive of Navigon for Windows Phone you may have wondered how that compares to the iPhone version of Navigon. In the video below we decided to take them both for a test drive this time and see how they do.
You’ll notice the iPhone version of Navigon has a much different design for the initial home screen, but it has a few more extremely useful features. For example, Navigon for iPhone can continue to run and announce directions while the device’s screen is off or you’re using another application. Unfortunately it also [...]
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 view ratings of movies, and text will walking. 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.
GoodMovie A free [...]
For most of us, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango is now a reality, and we’ve managed to upgrade our devices without too many hiccups. Not everyone is so lucky, though, and owners of the Dell Venue Pro and version 1.4 of the Samsung Focus hardware are patiently waiting for news of the their Mango updates to arrive. We can’t yet break the good news, but at least there’s progress being made, with Microsoft updating its own Windows Phone Update Schedule page.
Both the Dell Venue Pro and Samsung Focus 1.4 on AT&T are now in the “testing” phase of their Mango [...]
Smartphones with no-glasses-required autostereoscopic 3D displays made their big arrival this year, finally becoming available around the world. So far, while the tech hasn’t exactly flopped, it also isn’t revolutionizing the industry. Can 3D ever hope to make a sizable impact on the market? The trick to doing so might stand with a new display technology, creating 3D screens that gracefully fall-back to 2D.
Part of the problem with today’s 3D smartphones is the narrow viewing angle. When 3D is engaged, you’ve got to be looking pretty straight-on at the [...]
After Google released the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich SDK — complete with the ICS emulator — we all knew it was only a matter of time before the bits were forced into hardware.
Earlier, Brandon showed us how to run the emulator on our PCs, and then how another SDK port works on his Nexus S. Now we’ve got a group of developers who are taking some time off from working on MIUI development to port ICS to the Samsung Galaxy S.
In its current “very-alpha” state not everything is working, and like other ports, we expect that it won’t be [...]
Motorola’s Droid RAZR for Verizon LTE is nearly upon us, and we had almost put together a complete picture of the phone’s release plans. Verizon hadn’t given a hard-and-fast release date, though, and while there were plenty of signs pointing to it being November 10, we were unable to say for sure. Now, with just over a week to go until the RAZR drops, a new leak formally names November 10 as the RAZR’s launch date.
Pre-orders for the RAZR opened a couple days back, with the promise that handsets would ship out by November 10. While that certainly implied [...]
When I was a kid, the coolest gaming console around was the Nintendo Entertainment System. One of its cooler accessories was the “Light Gun” — a pistol-shaped controller that would detect squares of light on the screen to register “hits” or misses.
There were two especially sweet games that you could play with your Light Gun: Hogan’s Alley and Duck Hunt.
Now that I’ve grown up and moved on to Android, one of those games from my childhood has come to my smartphone!
Duck Hunt is an unofficial port of Nintendo’s game, [...]
The Centers for Desease Control and Prevention says that one out of three adults in the USA is fat. I have to admit, I’ve got more than a few pounds I wouldn’t miss. Since I’m a geek, how can I use my Android-powered smartphone to help me shed those pounds — and keep them off?
There are really three factors to why a person weighs what they do: caloric intake, calories burned, and genetics.
You may not know it, but a “calorie” is a unit of energy, specifically it’s an amount of heat equal to 4.1840 joules. Given that context, the [...]
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has a cool new feature: Android Beam, sometimes called “tap-to-send”. For those who haven’t heard about it, using an NFC-enabled phone running Ice Cream Sandwich, you simply touch the backs of two phones together, tap the screen and there you go, information shared!
Let’s say you’re like me, and are asked to share your business card a lot. Like me, you either run out of them quickly or forget to bring them with you. When the Android Beam hardware and software are finally commonplace, it won’t be an issue — [...]
It’s been just about a year since we first saw the Toshiba TG01 Tsunagi running Windows Phone 7. Then, right at the start of this past summer, video surfaced actually showing the operating system running on Tsunagi hardware. Now, the tireless efforts of developers have led to the release of a working, unofficial copy of WP7 for the aging smartphone.
The Tsunagi arrived running Windows Mobile 6.1. With a 1GHz Snapdragon and only 256MB of RAM, it’s just barely up to muster as WP7 device, but worked well enough to see its adoption as a Windows Phone development [...]
We finally know that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will arrive for sale to European smartphone fans on November 17. In the US, however, details of the phone’s launch remain up-in-the-air. We’re still not even sure just which carriers will be getting the phone, after Verizon’s recent backtracking on claims of exclusivity. So far, we had been going on the assumption that either Verizon would get the phone first, or be the first in the US, but with a near-simultaneous launch abroad. A new report claims that the European launch will be the Galaxy Nexus’s first, with a US [...]
If you’ve got a Verizon LTE smartphone, you may be interested in a storm that’s brewing… and may have caught Verizon breaking the law.
Back when TV used to be analog, it occupied much of the 700 MHz frequencies. When your favorite shows went digital, the spectrum was freed up for wireless data. The Federal Communications Commission auctioned off the 700 MHz band, but not before they split it into five different “blocks”, each with different restrictions. One of the other blocks is reserved for “public service agencies”, three are what [...]
Sony Ericsson may be putting the Xperia X10 out to pasture when it comes to providing software updates, but luckily there are plenty of other Xperia models that continue to live on. The company has been talking about its plans for bringing Android 2.3.4 to the lineup for months, and we first started to hear about models beginning to receive the software back in September. Sony Ericsson has now announced that it’s moving past a limited, regional distribution, and is beginning a global push to bring that latest software to the Xperia Arc, Play, Neo, Mini, Mini Pro, Pro, Ray, [...]
In our review of the HTC Radar 4G we were a bit surprised by the speed of the device, given, what many would presume to be, low-end specifications. It only has a 1Ghz processor after all. It turns out the WP Bench benchmarking app has confirmed what we noticed and shows that the Radar 4G is significantly faster than all of last year’s Windows Phone models.
On the other hand, it’s certainly not as fast as some of the other new 2nd generation Windows Phones that have been coming out lately. At any rate, though it may sound like last year’s specs, it [...]
Many HTC Sensation owners have reported problems with music playback cutting out or songs skipping or pausing at random.
The problems seem to all be related to headphone use. They don’t happen when headphones aren’t used. This was the clue to the root of the problem — actually two problems.
If you’ve experienced these issues, take a look at your headphone-jack. Do you see any little chips or scratches around it? That’s your problem.
The design of the HTC Sensation allows your headphones to constantly “touch” the cover. [...]
Based on some comments and feedback I received from previous editorial, I’m not the only one that thinks Samsung’s shiny plastic cases give them impression they’re “cheaper quality” than other phones with metal cases or battery covers.
To address the issue on his Nexus S, XDA-Developer AardvarkAdventure took it upon himself to remedy the “problem” — with sandpaper.
Using what we have to assume would void parts of your warranty, this crafty fellow was able to mimic a charcoal-colored brushed-aluminum finish on the battery [...]
About a month ago, a device roadmap for T-Mobile was leaked, giving us a detailed look at the carrier’s release schedule for October and November. November 2 was set to be a big day for T-Mobile, with the debut of six devices planned. Since then, we’ve heard some of them confirmed, like the retail availability of the LG DoublePlay and HTC Radar 4G. While the carrier announced the myTouch and myTouch Q (previously known as the LG Maxx and Maxx QWERTY) around the same time as that leak came out, it didn’t have a release date to share, only commenting that the pair would [...]
We recently learned of LG’s plans to deny its dual-core Optimus 2X an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich, a regrettable fate for the smartphone if the news ends up panning-out. Despite that rather large setback, the future isn’t entirely dim for Optimus 2X owners; LG just revealed that Gingerbread updates are on the way, not just to the 2X, but for the Optimus 3D and Optimus Black as well.
The Optimus 2X will be the first to have its shot at Gingerbread. According to its Facebook page, LG will begin distribution of the update tomorrow, November 1. A few weeks later on, it [...]
The iPhone 4S is part of an interesting tale. It was the device thought to come in addition to a new iPhone 5. The 4S was supposed to incrementally increase the specs found on the iPhone 4 and offer a lower price point, while the iPhone 5 would provide a huge jump in design and power. When Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S with no iPhone 5, it was clear that for at least the next ten or twelve months, it would be considered Apple’s flagship phone. While many were disappointed, the iPhone 4S has gone on to be one of the best selling phones of all time in just a few weeks. But with more [...]
One of the best new features of iOS 5 is its revamped notification system. You can see notifications (and act on them) from your lock screen, you can keep track of multiple notifications in the Notification Center with a swipe from the top, and you can specify whether you want notifications for a given program to show up as a pop up, a banner, or you can toggle them off completly. The banner notification is the most useful because it doesn’t interupt your workflow, unlike the pop up variety that require you to action before it goes away. The problem with the banner notifications [...]
We don’t usually deal with computer and its software around here but with a few exceptions when there’s a strong relationship with mobile devices. It appears that Cupertino is preparing to bring iMessage to the Mac.
According to recent reports, iMessage is currently being developed for Mac OS X. When iOS 5 was introduced, we first heard of Apple’s way of inter-connecting iOS 5 devices in terms of communication with the help of iMessage. Pretty much in the vein of BlackBerry Messenger, we complained about the lack of support for computers, like FaceTime for [...]
The HTC Radar 4G is the first new device available in the U.S. running Windows Phone 7.5. Sure, the upgrade has been available on existing devices for a while, but now we finally get to see some of the new enhancements and new hardware improvements. If you were to only go by the basic specifications list that accommodates the HTC Radar 4G, you might think it’s just a rehash of last year’s HTC Trophy and certainly isn’t anything special. Read on to find out if this guy is just last year’s model with a different color, or if it’s actually got some skills [...]
After a great first quarter and a record-revenue second quarter, HTC is continuing to grow as the numbers released by the Taiwanese manufacturer reflect a rising net income to NT$18.68 billion (around $624.6 million) – which represents a 68% increase over the same period of last year and a 7% increase over the record-revenue second quarter.
As far as revenue is concerned, due to “strong brand recognition, leading product portfolio, and expanded distribution channels”, it reached a new high of NT$135.8 billion (around $4.54 billion), an yoy increase of 79%. As [...]