You can count on the week following Labor Day to deliver a fresh crop of new cell phones. And without a doubt, this year delivered. See all the new models, from the flashy to the boring, in our photo gallery. And in case you missed our coverage, here's a list of the new handsets with links to the full details.
Shame on the Google/Facebook development team (mostly Google's, with consulting from Facebook) for creating an abbreviated app that fails to offer a complete Facebook.com experience, and shame on us for holding Google up to the high standards we've come to expect from, well, Google.
Having said that, the Facebook for Android 1.0 application is by no means a failed application. Its features are limited, … Read more
Motorola made some big Android-related announcements Thursday morning. CNET News reporter Tom Krazit, who live-blogged the event, joins us with details.
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On Thursday morning, Motorola officially introduced its first Google Android device: the Motorola Cliq. The announcement was made by Motorola's co-CEO Sanjay Jha at the Mobilize 09 conference here in San Francisco, who was later joined by Cole Brodman, T-Mobile's chief technology and information officer, to show off the Cliq.
Long-rumored as the Morrison, the Motorola Cliq will be available from T-Mobile later this fall, just in time for the holidays, but pricing was not revealed during its introduction. T-Mobile will offer the phone in two colors: titanium or winter white, and it will be sold worldwide in … Read more
Editor's note: What follows is our live coverage of Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha's speech at Mobilize '09 in San Francisco Thursday, where Jha introduced Motorola's first phone running Google's Android operating system. Jha's speech was followed by a panel discussion with Google's Andy Rubin and conference host Om Malik of GigaOm. During the presentation, Motorola presented the new device as two phones, one called the Cliq and one called the Dext. In reality, there is just one device, but it will be sold under different names. The phone will be known as the Cliq in the U.S., and it will be sold under the Dext name worldwide beginning in 2010.
10:24 a.m. PDT: We're in place here at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center for Mobilize 2009, where Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha is about to take the podium. There are about 250 people crammed into one of those college-style amphitheater lecture halls awaiting the expected debut of Motorola's first Android phones. Let this serve as your two-minute warning.
10:29 a.m.: Kevin Tofel of GigaOm's jkOnTheRun takes the stage for the cell phone warnings, and to introduce Sanjay Jha. Jha says he's going to focus on broadband wireless, with a nod to the "tremendous change" in the last year or so as high-speed wireless becomes widespread. He's defining that as 500Kbps.
10:31 a.m.: This is shaping up as your garden-variety mobile-is-the-future keynote so far, as Jha points to the huge gains in mobile subscribers in the U.S. while noting that emerging markets provide an even bigger opportunity. That mobile adoption is changing the way people communicate, he says, leading to the rise of things like Facebook and Twitter where you're always connected and always broadcasting.
10:33 a.m.: It's not just phones that are going mobile, Jha says, but smartphones are the "backbone" of the mobile industry. He rightly points out that nobody knows exactly how to define the term "smartphone," although you need basic things like big screens, anytime wireless, and a multithreaded multitasking operating system. That operating system, Jha says, is Android.
10:34 a.m.: Motorola likes Android because it was designed for smartphones from the beginning, Jha says. The company was a founding member of Google's Open Handset Alliance and has contributed engineers to the project. That being said, there are an awful lot of choices in the mobile market right now, and people want choices in their phones, Jha says. That's why Motorola plans to develop a range of smartphones tailored to different needs.… Read more
The long-awaited flood of Google Android devices is about to hit the market, which should help bring more cool applications to new Android phones.
Motorola will be the next big manufacturer to announce its Android phone. The company plans to formally unveil it at an event on Thursday in San Francisco. Motorola has already been reaching out to developers to get them on board to create new applications that it hopes will drive demand for the new phones.
Mobile applications for smartphones are hot. The fact that Apple's App Store has had more than 1 billion downloads after only … Read more
We're pretty swamped with a lot of news about Apple's iPhone, new Android phones, and the new Palm Pixi, so this is a short show for this week. Stay tuned next week with a bit more in-depth analysis and be sure to check out our live stream over at http://live.cnet.com every Wednesday at 2 p.m. PT.Subscribe now: iTunes (audio) | iTunes (video) | RSS (audio) | RSS (video) News iPhone 3.1 brings Genius changes, ringtones iPhone will get MMS on September 25 Sprint announces HTC Hero Palm thinks small with the new Pixi smartphone HTC Tattoo: An Android phone for all … Read more
Pandora finally has released its first Google Android application after revealing several months ago that it was in the works. The popular streaming music service had received some criticism by choosing to target other mobile platforms first, but Android fans should be pleased by this first release. Pandora has produced a very polished application that demonstrates that it takes the platform seriously.
For users unfamiliar with Pandora, the service allows you to create free streaming radio stations by entering a single song or artist you enjoy. Users then provide feedback on each song, which Pandora remembers for future selections. It'… Read more
The productivity app known for bringing summaries of your social and financial life has now come to the Android Market.
Pageonce's Personal Assistant, made available Wednesday, provides account balances, status updates, and other real-time information from online accounts as varied as your stock portfolio, eBay bids, and cell phone minutes. The information is read-only, which makes some functions, like viewing your bank and credit card balances, more immediately useful than others, like watching your Twitter feed.