Every year as summer is winding to a close, hurricane season ramps up here in the United States. Though meteorologists officially describe hurricane season as being from June 1 to November 30, they admit that those are not magic dates and that the bulk of severe weather occurs between August and October. Right now in late August, Hurricane Irene is headed toward North Carolina and is expected to travel northward into New England. If you live in these areas or want to track the storm, there are several Web sites as well as iOS and Android apps that give you … Read more
Though all that news does make for a few hectic days, it also means that we have a lot to discuss on Dialed In. Indeed, today's show was a lively one with not only all of the above, but also a steady stream of Android, Windows Phone 7, and BlackBerry tidbits. And if that's not enough, we even get around … Read more
The IFA 2011 consumer electronics show in Berlin is just a few days away, but it looks like Samsung might have inadvertently revealed its announcements a bit early.
You see, Samsung is offering an Android app called Samsungmobile Unpacked that is designed to provide users with information about new product details, event schedules, press releases, and more. Sounds like a great resource for Samsung fans, right? Well, it appears it's a really great resource if you know where to look.
The first live images of the upcoming HTC Bliss have arrived online, giving us a clear look as to what lies ahead for the rumored female-friendly handset. Expected to arrive in late September, the Bliss reportedly will offer an 800MHz processor, a 3.7-inch display, and a new 3.5 version of HTC's Sense UI. These new pictures, obtained by a member of XDA.cn, suggest we'll also see a front-facing camera.
Rumors of the female-targeted handset first surfaced back in May when This Is My Next learned that HTC was conducting focus groups with women in their 20s and 30s. The manufacturer was gauging interest in a device that would potentially feature preinstalled apps for calorie-counting and shopping.
Screenshots of HTC's Sense 3.5 also have leaked online, which initially don't appear all that dissimilar to the current 3.0 version. According to the source of the images, HTC may have loosened the hardware requirements a bit as to allow the experience across a wider range of devices. … Read more
The carrier confirmed to The Wall Street Journal today that it will not offer the Samsung Galaxy S II. When asked why this decision was made, Brenda Raney, executive director for corporate communications at Verizon, said in an e-mail to CNET, "We have a robust portfolio of devices that offer customers exciting options, including the Droid Charge by Samsung, which runs on our 4G LTE network."
It's sure to be a disappointment for Verizon subscribers who were looking forward to the Android smartphone, but there might be hope yet. The Boy Genius Report says that the carrier will offer something similar, but it simply won't be branded as a Galaxy S II phone. Of course, Verizon would not confirm or deny, as Raney said the company does not comment on future devices.
Meanwhile, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint are all expected to offer their own version of the Galaxy S II, and we won't have to wait long to find out the details. We'll be at the event on Monday to bring you all the news, as well as hands-on coverage, so be sure to tune in around 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET for the full scoop. … Read more
Back in May, Microsoft teased that the Windows Phone Mango update would bring more than 500 new features to the mobile operating system. We've already seen more of the major changes during our Windows Phone 7.5 preview, but it looks like more goodies are to come, including support for front-facing cameras and Internet sharing.
According to the site Windows Phone NZ, which also tweeted the news, Microsoft confirmed at the Tech Ed conference that Mango will support front-facing cameras and also integrate Skype. It's not clear, however, whether Microsoft will make this a hardware requirement on all … Read more
Hit by weakening sales, Research In Motion plans to add Android support to next year's lineup of new BlackBerry smartphones, Bloomberg reported yesterday.
Citing information from "three people familiar with the plan," Bloomberg said that the new Android-compatible phones will run the company's QNX software and debut in early 2012. A story earlier this month from the blog Boy Genius Report said that RIM will launch its first QNX-powered BlackBerry, code-named Colt, during the first quarter of 2012.
The move toward Android support is designed to enhance the appeal of BlackBerrys and shake up sales, which have taken a dive due to tight competition from the iPhone and Android devices.
A ComScore report from September of last year showed RIM with a leading 39 percent share of the U.S. smartphone market. A more recent ComScore report, released last month, found RIM now in third place behind Google and Apple with just 24 percent of the market.… Read more
If you frequently travel overseas for business or pleasure, a smartphone with world-roaming capabilities is a good thing to have in your travel kit.
Not only do these phones allow you to stay in touch with friends and family back home, but with their built-in functions and various apps, they can also organize your travel itinerary, provide recommendations for things to do, capture memories, and much more. So which phones make good travel buddies?
Well, first, you'll need a world phone that supports the four GSM networks (850/900/1800/1900). T-Mobile and AT&T phones already offer … Read more
Maybe your thumbs are too big (or too tired) to make text messaging work, or maybe you're just constitutionally opposed to autocompletion. In any case, you shouldn't be too quick to give up on texting, as it can make life much easier for folks on the go even if you never use it to message your people. Here are just a few of the smart ways you can use texting services:
Find your phone. If you've left your phone under a pile of stuff somewhere nearby, you can easily locate it by calling it, if the ringer … Read more
Verizon just released the official Motorola Droid Bionic teaser video, and we're confused. Is this an ad for the much-hyped Droid Bionic, or an upcoming Syfy TV movie? There's no evidence of the actual phone aside from the brief mention at the end. Instead we're treated to an action-packed fight scene set in some kind of sci-fi arena. Is this pretty lady in leather supposed to be the Droid Bionic? What is this figure she's fighting supposed to be or symbolize? Does the Droid Bionic come with a sword? And what's with the creepy music? … Read more