T-Mobile and Samsung appear to be prepping the release of a follow-up to last fall's Vibrant. Dubbed the Vibrant 4G, the Galaxy S device should feature a handful of improvements on its predecessor, most notably support for 21Mbps on T-Mobile's HSPA+ 4G network.
Other new details include a front-facing camera, Android 2.2 (Froyo), and the inclusion of Qik (video chat) and doubleTwist Air Sync (music, media). And this time around, T-Mobile will preload the movie "Inception" rather than "Avatar." It's also worth pointing out that the carrier appears to be getting into … Read more
Alltel has just announced the LG Axis, the carrier's version of the LG Ally that was previously released on Verizon Wireless.
Like the Ally, it has a 3.2-inch touch-screen display in addition to a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It unfortunately ships with Android 2.1, which is a little behind current firmware. Features include a 3.2-megapixel camera and of course the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. It will be available for $89.99 after rebate.
Like many of you, I've watched the rumors of a PlayStation Phone spread across the Internet over the last few weeks. After a so-so 2010 for Sony Ericsson, this is exactly the type of device that could cement Sony Ericsson as a top Android contender. That is, if they get it right. Ask any Android enthusiast about last year's Xperia X10 and you'll likely hear gripes about how badly the company missed the boat.
Once expected to be one of the premier Android phones on the market, the Xperia X10 arrived with muted fanfare. Though eventually it was successful at a couple of carriers around the world, it never took off in the United States, even though it landed at AT&T.
What was the primary reason for this missed opportunity? Outdated software, of course. Even with its 1GHz processor, 4-inch screen, and 8.1-megapixel camera, the phone was hampered by Android 1.6. That inability to run many of today's better applications turned many potential consumers away. And even now, as some Android handsets are getting 2.2 or even 2.3, Sony Ericsson is just pushing Android 2.1 out to various regions. Thankfully, however, the future looks much brighter.
As of right now, the PlayStation should come branded under the Xperia umbrella, possibly carrying the Xperia Play moniker. Although branding it specifically as the PlayStation Phone could be a better move, it will be easier for the company to fold it into the Sony Ericsson portfolio. What's more, listing it with the Xperia name ties it to its other efforts, notably the new Xperia Arc. … Read more
We had a pretty mighty haul of cell phone and smartphone news, what with a killer CES barely in our rearview mirror and Verizon's "big reveal" yesterday of the iPhone 4 coming to its network. In fact, we should congratulate ourselves on a job well done for surviving both events with just mild cases of the "nerd flu." In this episode, Bonnie recounts being live at Lincoln Center for the iPhone 4 unveiling. Meanwhile, Nicole cautions new iPhone 4-seekers to wait, and Kent berates Samsung for its worst cell phone name yet.
During a recent interview with TechCrunch, Android's head honcho Andy Rubin let slip that the name of the next release of the mobile platform will be Ice Cream Sandwich.
Once rumored as Ice Cream, Ice Cream Sandwich will follow OS 3.0, or Honeycomb, which landed on its first device, the Motorola Xoom, last week at CES. Availablity is uncertain, but one theory suggests that Ice Cream Sandwich would arrive as OS 2.4 later this summer.
The timeline makes sense, but the version number leaves me scratching my head. As to why Google would backtrack on the number … Read more
Google's Google Places pushes further on Yelp today as it joins iPhone. Like Yelp, the free app, originally released for Android, lets you look up and rate local business. Since it's Google, the Places app ups the ante with another feature, recommendations supplied by Google's Hotpot recommendations engine.
To start using Places, log into your Google account and begin either searching for local businesses or browsing by category for nearby listings. Categories include the usuals--coffee, restaurants, gas stations, post offices, hotels, and so on. In addition, you can effortlessly add your own search categories even if they'… Read more
Though it introduced the HTC Evo Shift 4G and BlackBerry PlayBook at CES 2011, Sprint had a relatively quiet presence at the show compared to the other carriers. However, it looks like the carrier has something up its sleeve.
We just received an invitation from Sprint for a February 7 event in New York City starting at 6 p.m., ET. The invite-only gathering will showcase "another industry first" from Sprint and will be presented by Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. Illusionist David Blaine will also be a special guest and will help Sprint show that the "impossible … Read more
One of the unsung accessories at this year's CES might be the Iomega SuperHero, a device that lets you charge and back up your iPhone with an SD card. It looks like a simple docking station, but on the back is an SD card slot that you can use to back up your contacts and photos.
As the capacity is limited to 4GB, it's obviously not meant for your music or video collection, and it's not meant as a replacement for iTunes. The idea behind it is that some people don't hook up their phones to the computer that often, and the Iomega SuperHero is an easy way for them to still back up those all-important contacts and photos.
Simply dock the device, and the backup will be done automatically. It will work with the latest-generation iPod Touch, and it might also be useful if you're switching to another iPhone. … Read more
As you might expect, the Verizon iPhone 4 made its debut on the FCC listings today. It looks very much like the AT&T iPhone 4, of course, except it has the CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A specifications instead of GSM.
The FCC report also says that it has a 1.18 W/kg SAR, which is just a smidge higher than the 1.17 W/kg on the AT&T iPhone--the difference is so small that it's pretty insignificant. Aside from those few differences, the Verizon iPhone 4 is just like the AT&T one.