Lately, Palm's come under a bit of criticism for dragging its heels in the innovation department, and the Palm Foleo fiasco certainly didn't help. However, the company's latest project, the Palm Centro, is looking like a better prospect. It's certainly not the type of innovation we were looking for, but the combination of a more compact design, full feature set, and affordable price, makes the Centro an attractive option for those looking for their first smartphone. Check out the photos and review here.
Touch screen phones like LG's Prada, Samsung's Armani, and some other big seller seem to drive home the point that touch screens are here to stay, and are likely the future of the phone market. Typing accuracy isn't exactly the easiest feat when your digits hit the screen, since your fingers obscure part of the image. Mitsubishi Research Labs has a solution to provide the elegance of a touch screen interface without obscuring the screen. It calls it the 'transparent interface.' Rather than poking at the front of a screen idly, researchers placed sensors at the back … Read more
Alas Sanyo, we hardly knew ye. It looks like the rumblings of a Sanyo mobile division shutdown from earlier this year came true after all. Reuters reports that Sanyo has reached an agreement to sell off its mobile phone division to Kyocera, making it the world's seventh-largest cell phone provider. The sales price hasn't been finalized, though it sounds like the sale is pretty much done. Even after a number of notable cell phone releases this year, like the two new Sanyo Katanas--the Sanyo Katana DLX and the Sanyo Katana II--Sanyo was just not getting the market share … Read more
Sun Microsystems Chairman Scott McNealy said he was misquoted in a South Korean newspaper earlier this week as saying Sun and cell phone maker Samsung Electronics are working on an iPhone-killer.
McNealy, who stopped in New York Thursday on his way back from South Korea to deliver a speech at the World Business Forum, said that the newspaper must have misunderstood a translation of what he had said.
"I never said that," he said. "I'm not really sure where they got that. I think it was a translation problem."
When pressed further during an interview … Read more
Apple has put together a list of 204 Web-based applications for the iPhone in hopes of giving hacking-averse users some additional options for their phones.
The list, spotted by Daring Fireball, highlights a Facebook Web app as a "staff pick" by Apple. During Steve Jobs' presentation to Apple's developers in June, he also called out a Facebook application as an example of all the things developers can create without native access to the iPhone.
It's a big day in the cell phone world. Not only did LG's Rumor become official, but also Motorola stepped up with nine new handsets. Though the majority are basic models meant primarily for making calls, Moto also gave us a new "Luxury" version of the Razr2 V8 and a curvaceous model based on the former Pebl U6. Check them all out in our slide show.
Two weeks to the day after Apple's iPhone software update wiped third-party applications from the device and disabled unlocked phones, the hackers have struck back.
The Unofficial Apple Weblog posted details of the iPhone Dev Team's latest effort, which once again opens the iPhone up to third-party applications and the ability to use it on any other GSM network than AT&T's. This appears to be a more substantial effort than the one posted earlier in the evening that exploits a vulnerability in a TIFF image file; you can bet that one will be patched fairly … Read more
A burning mystery has finally been solved. It's been seven long months since we first learned of Beyonce's Samsung marketing deal after paparrazi caught her filming a commercial in New York. We knew that she was featuring a mobile phone but couldn't tell which one it was.
But relief came our way this morning when the company announced Beyonce's limited-edition handset (PDF) and released photos of said phone, which intrepid Craver Kent German immediately identified as Samsung's UpStage SPH-M620. The burgendy and gold "B'Phone," as it's been christened, has many standard … Read more
It hasn't been a rumor for a couple weeks now, but today the announcement came from Sprint on the release of the LG Rumor. (There's one name we really don't get).
Based vaguely on the earlier LG F9200, the Rumor has a slider design that hides a full QWERTY keyboard. You can get it in an eye-catching blue-and-black color scheme, pictured here, or a more pedestrian silver. The feature set isn't too shabby. It includes Bluetooth, a media player, a 1.3-megapixel camera, Sprint Navigation, integrated access to Facebook and Xanga, a 4GB capacity MicroSD card … Read more
If you're planning to be a motorcycle cop for Halloween, this is the perfect accessory to complete the ensemble.
Parrot's SK 4000 Bluetooth headset will make you look like you just pulled out of a presidential motorcade, with a purported 10 hours of standy battery time and an FM stereo when the parties get boring, according to Engadget. Once back in the saddle, you can use the handlebar-mounted remote to call discreetly for reinforcements at the nearest bar.