Verizon Wireless has begun rolling out updates to two of its Android phones this week. Though neither the LG Ally and Droid X will get the much anticipated Froyo update, they are getting a few necessary improvements and features. As the updates are designed to clean things up and give a more unified, polished feel, casual users may not see a noticeable difference in performance.
We welcome Jessica Dolcourt to the cell phone team with a slew of news full of Droids, iPhones, BlackBerrys, and a healthy preview of Windows Phone 7. We also go over the week's reviews and answer a few of your questions.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)
News Droid 2 could be first phone to launch with Froyo iPhone 4 press conference HTC Desire HD rumored for October RIM adds BlackBerry geolocation, minus GPS Verizon brings one-click purchase power to BlackBerrys (through V CAST Apps) Motorola i1 available from Sprint July 25 … Read more
One of the biggest problems in the evolving mobile applications market is context: how do you know what you want, and why?
Google's Tim Bray tackled those topics in a post to his personal blog Wednesday, unfortunately unable to solve the issues in under 1,000 words but making some good points in exploring them. Bray works for Google's Android development team but said in his post that the Android Market development is handled by a separate group.
In short, when it comes to both Apple's App Store and Google's Android Market, "just as with … Read more
A small number of Motorola's Droid X smartphones are experiencing display issues, Verizon Wireless has confirmed. However, Motorola has resolved the problem and is replacing affected units with new glitch-free models.
Reports had emerged, including on Engadget, that some Droid X users were seeing vertical banding and flickering on their screens, as one unhappy owner demonstrated in a video on YouTube. But the defect apparently affects only a small number of phones--around one tenth of 1 percent, according to Verizon.
A statement issued by Verizon Wireless on Tuesday and sent to CNET on Wednesday briefly describes the issue and … Read more
The team over at Droid Life got their hands on a photo of what appears to be a pre-release version of the Droid 2 running Android 2.2 (Froyo). If the the device arrives on schedule next month with Froyo, it would be the first Android handset to launch with the latest version of the platform.
The Droid 2 has seen its fair share of leaks lately, most recently in Verizon's summer device catalog. Though neither Motorola nor the carrier have announced the phone, pretty much everything you need to know has found its way online.
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Another decade, another attempt at an almost certainly ill-fated universal DRM scheme. Hooray! This time, it's UltraViolet, and no, Disney (meaning Apple) isn't on board. Also, new details on how Google and China reached their license renewal deal. Upshot: diplomacy in action. And Apple is closing in on surpassing Microsoft in actual revenue. Yowsa.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
On this week's episode, we look back at the Steve Jobs iPhone 4 "Antennagate" news conference, which had Dan and Scott busy last week providing talking head commentary for TV news stations; plus we take a peek at some very cool iPad cases.
Then we move on and talk about what we've been test-driving lately. Everyone goes wild for Limbo, the spooky new downloadable Xbox Live game, and Scott reveals that he signed up for the $10 per month Hulu Plus service. He says the interface and video quality are great, but the limited catalog makes … Read more
Links from Tuesday's episode of Loaded:Google and China comment on their agreement regarding search filtering Intel and the FTC have apparently reached an agreement regarding antitrust accusations against Intel A new online privacy bill is to be introduced this week The HP Slate may be renamed the HP PalmPad Motorola and Sprint introduce the i1, the first Nextel push-to-talk phone that runs Google's Android operating system The Kickbee will let baby tweet from the womb with every kick
Monday, I spent the better part of an afternoon with the Streak, Dell's ambitious foray into the world of Android tablets. It was an illuminating experience, with plenty of takeaways--both good and bad.
With its release in the U.K. over a month ago, chances are, you're already aware of what the Streak has to offer. Apart from its larger dimensions, the Streak's tech specs read like typical high-end smart phone. There's built-in 3G and Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), along with Bluetooth 2.1 support. The 800x480 resolution screen uses capacitive touch technology, supports multi-touch and is helped along by a fast 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. You get microSIM memory expansion (16GB included), and a removable/replaceable battery. There's both a speaker and microphone designed for voice calls, as well as a 5 megapixel camera that includes auto-focus and flash. And if that weren't enough, Dell threw in a VGA resolution front facing camera, enabling video chat and self-portrait antics.
Now take all of those specs, super-size it with a 5-inch screen, and you've got the Dell Streak. It's a giant smart phone and a scrawny tablet all rolled into one. It's awkward, it's fun, it's a freak of nature, it's your new best friend, it's a paradox wrapped in an enigma. In all seriousness, we're still a little conflicted over whether to recommend this superphone/microtablet--partly because of its unique size, but mostly because we haven't been given all the facts.
At the time of this writing there are still a few big unknowns regarding the Streak's U.S. release. Dell was kind enough to provide us with an evaluation unit, but remained tight lipped when it comes to the product's official release date, pricing, or possible partnerships or subsidies from national carriers. The last we heard in June, the Streak was due out near the end of July, priced around $500 when ordered directly from Dell.com--which doesn't strike us as screaming deal. Priced more aggressively using standard carrier contracts and subsidies, the Streak becomes less of a pint-sized stab at the Apple iPad, and more of an evolutionary step in the arena of Android superphones. We expect more news on the Streak's pricing and availability near the end of the week. Until then, let me walk you through the highs and lows of my afternoon with the Streak, and save our formal CNET review for later.