We've long said that the Federal Communications Commission holds a treasure trove of information on upcoming cell phones, and this week it's really true. Over the past few days we've seen not only the (cue trumpets) Palm Pre pass through the agency's gates, but also a Nokia N86 with an 8-megapixel camera, the North American version of the Nokia N97, and a dual-mode (CDMA/GSM) HTC Touch Pro 2. It would seem that everyone is getting ready for the busy month of June when the Pre will make its long-awaited debut in two weeks and the … Read more
We already know that Sony Ericsson has plans to release a Google Android phone in 2009, but ever since joining the Open Handset Alliance in December 2008, we haven't heard a peep from the company. That is, until now.
Speaking at a launch event in Taiwan, Peter Ang, Sony Ericsson's Asia-Pacific vice president of marketing, told reporters that its first Google smartphone will arrive in the "near future" and that it will run Android 2.0 (aka Donut). Ang added that the device will have Sony Ericsson's unique style and though he did not elaborate … Read more
2009 was supposed to be the "year of Android." But we are now five months into 2009 and not a single new Android device has landed in the United States. And outside our borders, only the HTC Magic has arrived at carriers.
It all started at CES, when rumors abounded that a gallery of new Android devices would debut at the show. Yet, CES passed without a single Android announcement. So the focus shifted to the GSMA World Congress, but only the HTC Magic landed in Barcelona. Like a skipping record, the buzz then repeated itself for CTIA. … Read more
Earlier in May, AT&T announced plans to bring the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900 to its shelves in early summer and looks like the carrier is making good on its promise.
The newest Curve will be available in stores and online on May 22 for $199.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate. Though the smartphone isn't scheduled to be in stores till Friday, it looks like you can actually purchase it from AT&T's Web site now.
CNET smartphone editor Bonnie Cha calls into The 404 today to talk about the highly anticipated and potential iPhone killer, the Palm Pre. What does she really think about the phone? Will there really be a shortage? Does anyone know why it's called the Pre? Bonnie lays it all out so that even we can understand.
We've got some exciting stuff coming up in the next week, including our appearance on tomorrow's Gadgets and Games with Clayton Morris.
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Forgive us for repeating rumors, but when you're writing about future Apple products like the next version of the iPhone, rumors are all you have until the thoroughly tight-lipped company officially spills the beans.
Today's rumor--well, actually it's yesterday's rumor--comes courtesy of AppleiPhoneApps.com. Through its very own Deep Throat--aka a source who is "closely connected to Apple's hardware development team"--the Web site posted some details on just what the third-generation iPhone will offer. What's more, it names Friday, July 17, as the release date.
We can't verify anything right now, but some of the predictions make more sense than others. A July 17 release date is very plausible. Both the iPhone Classic and the iPhone 3G went on sale on Fridays (June 29, 2007, and July 11, 2008, respectively). Apple likes to respect tradition.
Here's a list of what the new iPhone could offer, along with my comments. AppleiPhoneApps is also predicting that the $199 and $299 price tags will remain. … Read more
This one slipped through the cracks Tuesday with all the Palm Pre madness, but we're pretty sure more than a few phone fans will still find this news of interest.
A Sprintusers.com reader says the HTC Touch Pro2 will be available from Sprint in mid-June and the HTC Snap will arrive a month later. We're not sure of the reader's source, so as always, take this rumor with a grain of salt.
However, HTC did confirm via Twitter that the Windows Mobile smartphone is North America bound and the above picture looks pretty legit.
The HTC … Read more
It's bad enough that Sling Media charges $29.99 for its SlingPlayer Mobile app (which you can see demonstrated in the video at right), but limiting it to Wi-Fi connections? That's downright criminal.
Fortunately, the gadget gurus over at Gizmodo have documented a way to stream SlingPlayer video across 3G connections, thereby overcoming one of the app's major annoyances. (Now if they could just talk Sling Media into a reasonable price tag. Like, say, $5.99.)
As you might expect, there's a catch: You have to jailbreak your iPhone. It's not hard to do, particularly … Read more
Apple iPhone aside, it's pretty safe to say that there hasn't been so much hype and anticipation over an upcoming smartphone as the Palm Pre. The tech community was all abuzz on Tuesday when Sprint and Palm finally announced the pricing and release date, but could there already be rough waters ahead?
"We don't intend to advertise it heavily early on because we think we are going to have shortages for a while. We won't be able to keep … Read more
Last November, when Virgin America debuted Gogo's Wi-Fi service on a single flight, it stated that by the second quarter of 2009, the service would be available fleet-wide. On Wednesday, it announced that it had reached its goal.
Virgin America has done that with GoGo Inflight Internet, enabling all Virgin America customers to experience Internet service at 37,000 feet.
The company demonstrated its Wi-Fi tech by hosting a Skype video chat conference with Oprah Winfrey during a live taping of her show. The segment is set to air Thursday, May 21. Unless you're a billionaire media personality, … Read more