The HTC Desire finally makes its long-awaited American debut today through U.S. Cellular. The carrier has been promising to bring the smartphone to its network for a few months as it plans to bolster its Android offerings. The Desire runs Android 2.1 and has a 3.7-inch Super LCD, a 5-megapixel camera, and the ever-popular 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The phone costs $199.95 with a two-year service agreement and a $70 mail-in-rebate.
Best Buy announced Friday morning that the Samsung Fascinate will be available for preorder starting Sunday, August 29. Verizon Wireless' version of the Galaxy S smartphone features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, and runs the Android 2.1 operating system. As an added incentive, Reward Zone members can reserve the Fascinate today at a nearby Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile location.
There's no word as to what the actual release date is for the phone, but everywhere I turn, the speculation is it will launch on September 9. As far as price goes, I'… Read more
Earlier this week, Google introduced a feature that lets you make VoIP phone calls to landlines and mobile phones from within your Gmail account (and iGoogle). The calling service, which is available to U.S. Gmail users, integrates with the Google Talk chat app that you can find on the left-hand sidebar in Gmail.com.
Google's "Call Phone" feature has so far made a splash, inspiring 1 million calls in its first day--even before all Gmail users received the notification that they could activate the feature.
A favorable response is good news for Google; the last … Read more
Mark Licea fills in for Jeff, who's on vacation in Montreal reenacting "The Hangover," so get ready for a hate-free show. On today's episode of The 404, we're chatting about the new Netflix app for the Apple iPhone, Sumo wrestlers using iPads, "character amnesia" hitting China, and the first of many expired movie reviews from yours truly in a new segment we're calling Yu Ain't Seen That?! First film to scratch off the bucket list: "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
It's been a long time coming, but you … Read more
Mozilla is one step closer to getting its Firefox browser surfing on Android phones, and on the Nokia N900. On Friday the company issued an alpha version of Fennec, the code name for every instance of "Firefox Mobile" that's still in development stages.
Features-wise, Fennec alpha is very similar to the Fennec prealpha we got a peek at in April, but with the notable exception that Firefox Sync is now baked in. Firefox Sync is an account-based Web service that stores data on your currently open tabs, bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and form-fills in the cloud, on … Read more
HTC may be capable of making heroic smartphones, but it certainly can't contain leaks of its unannounced devices.
The HTC T8788 looks set to join the brotherhood of Windows Phone 7 handsets due for a "holiday release." Engadget has apparently unearthed information on a touch-screen HTC slider destined for AT&T shelves in the U.S. But what's different is that instead of a QWERTY keyboard, the phone slides open to reveal a built-in speaker. There's also a kickstand around back, which will help make the T8788 more convincing as a portable media player.… Read more
Record-breaking heat in San Francisco earlier this week got me thinking about the effect of temperature and other external conditions on portable electronics. Most gadgets weren't designed to withstand extreme heat or cold, or to fend off excessive moisture (with some notable exceptions). With that in mind, I've compiled the following tips to help you keep your tech in good working order.
It may already be nearing the end of August, but many of us still have several warm, sunny weeks left. During that time, DON'T leave your cell phone, MP3 player, or other portable device in your car all day long--especially in direct sunlight. (In this city, doing that is just begging to have your car window smashed in, as well.) Gadgets, like prescription meds, are best kept at room temperature. Exposing them to extremes can damage the internal hardware, causing system malfunctions and general user unhappiness.
If you're wondering about the limitations of your device, DO check out the packaging; most electronics call out an appropriate temperature range in the specs. For example, the iPod Touch is guaranteed operational between 32 degrees and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. As you can see, the upper end of that range is not all that high. From what I've been told, many parts of the country also dip well below freezing some months of the year, so heed this advice in the winter as well. (Or just spend November through March in California--it's totally affordable, I swear.)… Read more
According to the latest rumors, the Droid Incredible is expected to see Froyo as early as tomorrow. Droid Life has been passed an internal Verizon screen shot that lists the HTC phone with a software update that begins August 27th. Although Android 2.2 is not explicitly mentioned, the update has all the makings of Froyo, including automatic app updates, Flash 10.1 support, and 3G mobile hotspot capability. To help substantiate the claims, Verizon already has a support page set up which lists the benefits and enhancements that come with the latest build. Other features that come with the … Read more
If you're eagerly awaiting 4G coverage like we are in San Francisco, prepare to either apply some patience or settle into frustration. We discuss why the road to 4G speeds is long and riddled with potholes.
There's also talk of Virgin Mobile and Verizon's experiments with unlimited data plans, which is interesting in light of continuing talks among carriers about potential data caps. Finally, the crew chimes in on suspected hardware leaks of Windows 7 phones, and wonders if Microsoft can learn from RIM's mistakes with the BlackBerry Torch.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) … Read more
Molly Wood is back in New York for a new Web show on CBS called Eye on Parenting, so of course we invite her on the show to chat with us about Gmail voice calling, the new Digg layout, and an ironic Twitter post from Gizmodo's Brian Lam that segues into a live in-person Molly rant!
Google just announced that it's adding the ability to place real live phone calls and send text messages straight from your Gmail window. Internet calling isn't new by any means, but where you formerly had to arrange a specific time to … Read more