A recently leaked document from inside the Samsung camp confirms the handset maker's plans to unveil successors to its popular Galaxy devices at next month's Mobile World Congress.
The sheet, which has since been pulled offline, detailed PR planning for the company's Unpacked event. It looks like Samsung expects to debut the Galaxy S 2 and Galaxy Tab 2 on February 13. Being that this is as close as we have come to any actual confirmation of the devices, we don't know know what the hardware and software will look like. Officially, that is.
Ever since HP bought Palm in April 2010, we've been waiting to see new products come out of the partnership. We'll finally get our first glimpse on February 9 when the company is expected to unveil the PalmPad, as well as other mobile devices, but even better news is that we won't have to wait long for them to come to market.
Speaking to the BBC during the World Economic Forum, HP CEO Leo Apotheker said that the new products, which will carry a new name under the HP brand, will be on sale just a few … Read more
CrackBerry recently released a few leaked photos of what looks like a BlackBerry Curve Touch. Indeed, it's quite Storm-like in appearance, with no keyboard in sight. According to the specs, the CDMA version will have an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, a 3.25-inch HVGA screen, a 5-megapixel camera with HD video, 1GB storage with microSD slot, 512MB of RAM, GPS, and NFC support.
These specs aren't really nailed down yet, but this sounds about right. We have to say we're not too thrilled about it--we tend to think BlackBerrys should stick to the physical keyboard--but maybe … Read more
Google thinks you and I should be paying for more applications from the Android Market.
Speaking recently at the Inside Social Apps conference in San Francisco, Android manager Eric Chu admitted that Google was not happy with the number of applications purchased by users. Apparently all of the recent changes to the Android Market haven't been enough to convince people to open their wallets a little wider.
In the future, Chu expects to roll out a few alternative payment methods, hoping that one will catch on with users. Expect the ability make purchases within apps and more carriers offering deferred billing.
Already, AT&T customers are able to have app purchases added to their monthly bills, rather than using Google Checkout. PayPal has been expected to get Market integration for months now, but nothing has materialized.
With in-app purchases, I suspect that this might usher in a host of apps that are free up front, with add-on features costing users. This model could get expensive fast--think cheap razors and costly blades and you get the picture.
Don't get me wrong here, I think the Market is considerably better than it was just six months ago. Looking back to when it launched with the T-Mobile G1, it was a bare-bones, pitiful repository compared with today's model.
RIM may be gearing up to officially announce BlackBerry Messenger 6, the latest version of the BlackBerry peer-to-peer messaging service--BBM to fans.
Real-time gaming among BlackBerry owners is one possible new feature suggested by a source known to the BlackBerry site PocketBerry.
The rumor specifically addressed playing under the BBM log-in name, chatting with other gamers who aren't on your friend list, and integrating gaming results into your status update. BlackBerry Messenger 6 may be supported on all OS 5 devices and up, according to the rumor.
So how far off is the rumor? Hopefully it's right on … Read more
We already knew about Android 3.0's (Honeycomb) 3D capability and its new look with larger, revamped icons and the like. But now Google has revealed the details on many more feature updates and additions in its Android operating system for tablets.
The Goog's theme for tablets is bigger, better, and more. Tablets' larger screen size encourages a proportionately larger design and gives developers more room to play around with 3D graphics, live streaming, and deeper connections with Bluetooth devices.
It's clear that with Honeycomb, Google is urging Android 3.0 tablet makers to market tablets as … Read more
Huawei and MetroPCS might have been tooting their horns when calling the Huawei M735 a "stylish" phone, but we're inclined to agree. The predominantly white body is a nice break from the blah sameness of the slick, basic black phones we so often see.
However, there is one feature we weren't too excited about--the stylus. That means one more item to stow, track, and potentially lose. It also indicates a resistive touch screen, which, unlike a capacitive screen, requires more effort to press. In this case it also means smaller icons and virtual keyboards.
If you read CNET's coverage of CES, you'd know I'm pretty excited for the company's new Atrix 4G and Droid Bionic. So I was even more interested today when Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha announced potential release dates for the dual-core Android handsets.
Jha dropped the news during the Q&A session that followed the company's fourth-quarter 2010 earnings call this afternoon. During the session, Jha said that Motorola expects to ship the Atrix 4G and Xoom tablet next month, with the Droid Bionic and LTE Xoom tablet following in the second quarter of … Read more
Today's podcast is a laugh riot. OK, not really, but it's certainly action-packed. We kick things off by addressing the rumors of a Facebook phone and reports that the BlackBerry PlayBook will run Android apps. We also sort through the carriers' confusing smartphone data plans and take a look at the phones from Motorola's past, present, and future. All this plus the latest reviews and reader e-mails on this week's episode of Dialed In.
The long-awaited launch of the Verizon Wireless iPhone is almost here, so how much will Verizon charge new iPhone users on its network?
When Verizon Wireless first announced a couple of weeks ago it would begin selling the CDMA version of the iPhone, the company didn't disclose pricing of the service plans. And for the past two weeks, the company has been rather cagey about talking specifics of the pricing plan.
Even though Verizon has danced around the idea of offering usage-based billing with various pricing tiers for months, the company has now revealed that it will charge iPhone … Read more