CES 2010 was a lightweight show when it came to cell phones and smartphones. That's often the case with CES, as mobile devices have to share the stage with bigger products like 3D televisions and futuristic robots. That's set to change at CES 2011 of course, but we wanted to take some time and take a look back at the phones of CES 2010.
Anyone can now be an Android app designer.
Google's App Inventor, which was previously available to people only on request, is now free for anyone who wants to create their own Android smartphone apps. Part of the Google Labs playground, App Inventor offers you a programming environment to create those apps but doesn't require that you have any programming skills.
By following online tutorials and visually building an app step by step, early adopters of App Inventor have already been able to create some clever programs, according to a Google blog, including vocabulary apps for kids, a bus … Read more
Over the past couple of days, there have been numerous reports and some confusion over whether shipments of the Dell Venue Pro have been delayed till January 6 (original estimated ship date was December 9).
We contacted Dell to try to get to the bottom of the situation and was directed to check out the Dell community blog where it is providing updates on the status of Windows Phone 7 device.
In the blog, Dell's chief blogger Lionel Menchaca admitted that it "recently experienced a slight delay in shipment times," which would affect the shipping date for … Read more
Imagine the many ways smartphones have integrated into most people's daily lives: talking, texting, e-mailing, video watching, game playing, researching, shopping, and so on.
Now imagine the possible ways in which having an iPhone or an Android on hand might make a soldier's life in combat easier. Lt. Gen. Michael Vane, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, said the military is testing the deployment of smartphones to soldiers in the field, the Army Times reports.
"One of the options potentially is to make it a piece of equipment in a soldier's clothing bag," Vane said.
Army-issued smartphones are already in the schoolhouse and garrison, in the hands of some students at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Fort Lee, Va., and at Fort Sill, Okla., under an Army program called Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications, the paper reports. CSDA's next step, already underway at Fort Bliss, Texas, is testing for the war zone.
With smartphones, soldiers could communicate with one another in multiple ways, watch airplane drone video live in the field, quickly go through maps, and share intelligence reports, just to name a few possible uses. … Read more
Though Microsoft curbed OEM's abilities to customize Windows Phone 7, HTC is still finding ways to add its own, useful touches to the software.
Most recently, the handset manufacturer updated its HTC Hub to include weather information on its live tile. This means that you'll be able to glance at the Start screen and see weather information (current and forecast) for a user-defined location without having to launch the HTC Hub first.
The update is available now from the HTC channel in the Windows Phone Marketplace. The two HTC Windows Phone 7 devices currently available in the U.… Read more
Though they're the star attraction at CTIA and Mobile World Congress, cell phones and smartphones have to share the stage at CES. The 2009 show, where the Palm Pre won Best of CES, was an exception, but in the past few years our favorite gadgets have been overshadowed--sometimes even literally--by giant televisions, robots, and Earth-shattering speakers.
CES 2011, however, is shaping up to be a much different show for handsets. Perhaps the economy is getting better, or perhaps manufacturers are just tired of not getting enough attention, but cell phones and smartphones should play a big role in Las … Read more
A Verizon iPhone in 2011 will certainly shake up the smartphone market, but it may not add much to Apple's overall numbers as most of the early adopters will be people simply switching from AT&T to Verizon, said Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster in a research note released today.
Now factoring in the likely launch of a Verizon iPhone during the first half of 2011, Munster expects Verizon will add around 2.5 million iPhones on its own next year but cannibalize around 6.5 million from AT&T.
Under this scenario, the number of iPhone … Read more
Higher competition and lower consumer demand combined to bite into Best Buy's sales and earnings in the third quarter.
For the quarter ended November 27, the electronics retailer yesterday reported earnings of $217 million versus $227 million a year ago, while sales trickled down 1 percent to $11.9 billion from $12 billion last year. Both numbers were lower than analysts had anticipated, according to Bloomberg.
Why the downturn? The quarter was hurt by weaker-than-expected sales of TVs, computers, and entertainment software as Best Buy faces increased competition from online retailers such as Amazon and rival stores such as … Read more
If you were hoping to get your hands on the Nokia E7 this month, you'll need to wait a while longer.
Nokia has delayed the E7 to early 2011. The device was previously expected to be released this month. A Nokia representative told CNET today that the company's decision to delay the smartphone was based in a desire "to ensure the best possible user experience on the Nokia E7."
Nokia did not disclose to CNET when it will specifically release the E7 or what the actual holdup entails.
Reuters first reported the story.
The Nokia E7 … Read more
The Nexus S is set to go on sale this Thursday, and Best Buy has released details about the launch of the Android 2.3 Gingerbread device.
The Nexus S will be available starting at 8 a.m. ET on a first come, first served basis and will be limited to two per customer. The smartphone can be bought at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores, as well as online, and all retail shops will have demo units, so you can check out the phone first-hand.
In addition, they will have staff to help you sync your e-mail and … Read more