Posts Tagged ‘smartphone’
  • Sony Kanna gets spied. Specs leave us wanting more?
    by Mike
    Posted January 4th, 2010 at 2:56 pm
    What would you say is the current state of affairs regarding Symbian? It was at one point a leader in mobile operating systems and game changer. Here in the states, high end *desirable* Sony handsets are often sold unsubsidized meaning you're looking at $500+ to touch one. That price puts it out of reach for most consumers. The way to make money is of course to get a ton of people using your products. Consider it a multi-faceted problem however. High-end unsubsidized smartphones market...
  • Google and Spotify teaming up for US Launch? Roadblocks (read: music labels) hampering progress?
    by Mike
    Posted January 4th, 2010 at 6:14 am
    Spotify is one of the greatest startups to come from the land across the deep blue. In case you managed to make it this far in life and not know what Spotify is, I encourage you to do a quick Google search or hit up the link above. Many followers/hopefuls for a US launch of Spotify know that it is labels' greed and inability to properly adapt to the changing landscape of music that has thus far prevented any type of Spotify deal. Being a startup and all, you don't exactly have the most weig...
  • Upcoming Twitter app for Android: “Touiteur”. [Preview]
    by Mike
    Posted January 2nd, 2010 at 2:08 pm
    Back when the whole Twitter thing exploded, I wasn't exactly interested. It wasn't until I started Gadgetsteria late in 2008 that I truly realized how helpful Twitter could be. Since then I've been through a BlackBerry, iPhone, and currently have a Droid. Along the way, I've sought out the best Twitter apps for each respective platform as one bad Twitter app can certainly put a damper on the whole experience. Now that I'm on Android, I'll admit that the Twitter offerings compared to iPho...
  • Nexus One already rooted? (Think they’ll announce that on the 5th?)
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 5:51 pm
    You know, there's something funny about how the Nexus One isn't even official by any one company and yet somehow it's already been rooted. Well, we know Google employees got some early hands on time with gifts from the company they work for. So it was only a matter of time before one of those employees either rooted the device themselves or enlisted in the help of a code talking friend. Either way, score one for the geeks! Remember, rooting your device normally isn't for the faint of heart...
  • Moto XT701/(Sholes Tablet?) shows up for but a second on Moto’s website.
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 12:21 pm
    Normally I wouldn't be all that interested in some "leak" of a Chinese bound handset. I don't live in China so why would I want to buy a device designed for China? Easy enough, right? Every now and then however, a foreign device slips by and reveals itself and does catch my attention. One such device is the Motorola XT701. Several weeks ago, the internet was full of Sholes Tablet images depicting a keyboardless version of the Moto Sholes (think Droid). While I like the added physical key...
  • Nexus One pricing leaked! $530 without contract. $180 with 2-year T-Mo deal.
    by Mike
    Posted December 29th, 2009 at 9:18 pm
    In the market for a new smartphone -- an Android smartphone in particular lacking any physical keyboard? If so, the Nexus One has no doubt been on your radar. "THE" Google/Android phone to have. We've seen the specs over and over as well as blurry video after blurry video with a few clear ones here and there meticulously detailing the hardware and Android 2.1. Awesome. We already know about all of that. The biggest question, the question of price, has so far been elusive -- until now. I...
  • iPhone/Apps not just a geek’s hobby anymore. CNBC to air “Planet of the Apps: A Handheld Revolution”
    by Mike
    Posted December 29th, 2009 at 5:40 pm
    If you ever thought the iPhone and mobile apps were just a passing fad, an upcoming documentary/report by CNBC may have you second guessing the iPhone and mobile applications' impact on the global society on a whole. The program is called "Planet of the Apps: A Handheld Revolution" -- clever. Mind you, this isn't some small, time wasting, fluff that the network is cramming in between "real" stories. Airing January 7th at 10pm (repeat at 1am), Planet of the Apps will consume a full hour of...
  • iChat mobile, the iSlate/iTablet/iPad, and domesticated unicorns getting closer to reality…
    by Mike
    Posted December 28th, 2009 at 3:29 pm
    Not a week goes by that I don't see some form of Mobile iChat/iTablet rumor. Such has been the case for well over a year now. Many hoped that the iPhone 3GS would pack some form of the heavily sought after application as well as a front facing video camera for video calls. Truth of the matter is, while video calls are more popular in other parts of the world, here in the states the feature has failed to gain any real traction or even following. Perhaps one potential iPhone 4.0/iTablet fe...
  • LG and Sprint to showcase new device at CES. Lotus 2 or Prada III to drop? [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted December 22nd, 2009 at 5:53 am
    What was your original impression of the LG Lotus? For those who don't remember, it was a goofy shaped "tweener" phone with a more square shaped design. Not exactly stylish in my opinion. Though many in the mobile world are no doubt in love. For you love birds I have some *almost* good news. LG and Sprint are taking the stage together at CES this year for a grand launch party centering around some new mobile device. Generally when I see the words "LG" and "Fashion" I think of the Prada li...
  • Verizon: “The iPhone will…err…if we had an iPhone, it would totally work better on our network.
    by Mike
    Posted December 18th, 2009 at 1:05 pm
    The ever persistent iPhone/Verizon rumor comes and goes in what seems like monthly cycles. The rumors are brought on by god knows what as there are plenty of reasons and clues pointing both towards and away a CDMA iPhone for VZW. Of course, with AT&T;'s current plight, the case for a VZW bound iPhone is stronger than ever with VZW even letting a few of their own voice their own opinions, saying something along the lines that Verizon would rock the iPhone sooo much better. One exec in particula...
  • Samsung’s Bada OS takes a walk, flashes us all.
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 8:40 am
    Best choice of words for a title? Eh, debatable. But it's not relevant. What is relevant however are screenshots of Samsung's new in-house Bada OS. When you see the pictures above, what impressions do you get? I'll admit that it's actually pretty nice looking. Much better than Symbian's refresh so far. But such things are best being left for judgement by the actual end user (read: you). So go ahead and give it a through ocular shakedown. After which, continuing the path downwards to the...
  • Moto Milestone firmware w/ multitouchy goodness stuffed in Droid. ROM coming “within days”.
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 6:32 am
    Android's openness and easily tweakable nature is quickly making it a hackers dream. If you don't like something, fix it. In regards to the Droid, the biggest shortcoming many have voiced is the lack of multitouch support within the browser specifically as the Droid does actually have multitouch. (Just look at Dolphin browser on the Droid -- it's built in, Google just didn't take advantage of it.) Watching the video (below) is enough to make my mouth water and get all giddy inside. But wh...
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