The update will arrive over the air, but if you absolutely musk peek you can go to RIM's desktop manager, connect your handset, and download it manually.
BlackBerry OS 6 first appeared last August in the RIM BlackBerry Torch. As the company's first major revamp in the years, OS 6 brought some much-needed additions, including a better browser, an enhanced multimedia experience, and an improved user interface. Nothing was particularly groundbreaking--indeed, RIM is still playing … Read more
Oh, HTC, how you tease. The Taiwanese handset manufacturer posted a teaser site early this morning, dropping some clues as to what it might reveal at CES 2011.
On the site, HTC shows off three devices: the HTC Evo 4G, which was the first 4G handset in the U.S., the T-Mobile G2, T-Mobile's first 4G smartphone, and a third cloaked device that promises to be another 4G first and is set to debut on January 6.
Coincidentally, Verizon is scheduled to hold a press conference on the same day and has already confirmed that it will be demoing … Read more
Another year is in the books, but before we shut the door on 2010 and sign off for the holidays, we wrap up some of the latest cell phone news and reviews. Plus, we give you a preview of what to expect from CES 2011. From LTE handsets to dual-core Android phones, it's shaping up to be a very busy show, and we'll be there to report on all the action, so be sure to tune in on Friday, January 7 at 2 p.m., PT for special broadcast of Dialed In live from Las Vegas. Finally, we … Read more
A handful of new PlayStation phone rumors surfaced this week, adding to a long list of unconfirmed reports surrounding the device.
The latest gossip concerns the smartphone's eventual name. According to information uncovered by Pocket-Now, Sony Ericsson has registered for trademarks on Xperia Play, Xperia Neo, Xperia Duo, and Xperia Arc. It's possible that the Xperia Play could refer to the device itself or an umbrella of services related to the phone.
The Unofficial Xperia X10 blog also discovered that a Sony Ericsson PR firm had registered the XperiaPlay.com, XperiaPlay.net, and XperiaPlay.org domain names. Again, … Read more
The ZTE-manufactured AT&T R225, is a prepaid, entry-level Go Phone. Design, price, and call quality are the handset's biggest strengths. To that end, this isn't a bad phone for making calls.
However, its feature set tends toward the anorexic. Mobile e-mail and IM are surprise options, but ZTE has overlooked basics like Bluetooth and a volume rocker, two important fundamentals for a phone best-suited for callers. Still, it's a good buy for some people.
Read more, listen to call quality, and see photos of the phone's very nice design in our hands-on review.
I've now tested 12 different smartphone displays, including the two new ones presented today. Android and iPhone fans remain as passionate as ever about seemingly every aspect of their favorite phones, but now a new fighter enters the tournament. Today we test our first Windows Phone 7...um, phone. (I still have an aversion to the OS name.)
Well, today is a new day, and with that comes the promise of a more robust evaluation (or so the saying goes). For Round 4, not only do we have the iPhone 4, but also the Samsung Nexus S.
As in previous roundups, we used three different types of tests to evaluate each phone:
Scientific measurements: We used the Konica Minolta CS-200 ChromaMeter to test the maximum brightness, black level, and contrast ratio of each phone and reported numbers for each of these three tests.
Test pattern screens: We used several DisplayMate Mobile test patterns to test for color-tracking errors, 24-bit color, and font legibility, among other things.
Real-world: We conducted real-world anecdotal testing using photos and 3D games.
All test screens were viewed within each phone's native gallery application. Some phones may handle pictures differently--and even improve them to some extent--outside the gallery application. That said, we believe that testing within the respective gallery applications is still a viable approach, as this is where most users will view pictures on their phones.
In order to diminish potential repetition, I'll dive right into the details of how each phone performed; if you'd like to know more about our tests, you can binge on nerdy details in our "How we tested" section at the bottom of this article. Please note that this is an evaluation of each phone's screen performance and nothing else. Check out the full reviews of these phones to determine which is right for you. Also, DisplayMate has posted a more technically focused evaluation of the iPhone 4 screens that's worth checking out.
Google used its Android Developers blog yesterday to deny a correlation between rooting a handset and perceived poor security measures on the operating system.
In the blog, Android engineer Nick Kralevich pointed to comments on an Engadget post that characterized the Nexus S' security as "crap." Not suprisingly, Kralevich disagreed.
"Legitimately gaining root access to your device is a far cry from most rooting exploits," he wrote. "Traditional rooting attacks are typically performed by exploiting an unpatched security hole on the device. Android has a strong security strategy, backed by a solid implementation."
When you paint it by numbers, Microsoft did most everything right to launch Windows Phone 7. They created a bold, fresh design, which they previewed to get press excited and involved. Then there was the big, teased kickoff event in New York presided over by CEO Steve Ballmer. Microsoft even shelled out the appropriate bundle for for clever, engaging ads, and for prominent TV placements (units appeared in U.S. TV shows "Castle," "Bones," and "Hawaii Five-O" to name three).
Yet Windows Phones aren't even coming close to turning the relentless Android tide. … Read more
Exact specifications are still to come, but the handsets should have all the markings of an iDEN device, including a rugged design and support for the Direct Connect push-to-talk network. The Android-powered Motorola i886 will offer a slide-out QWERTY keyboard--the first on an iDEN phone--and access to corporate e-mail. The Motorola i686 will be an updated version of the existing Brute i680 flip phone, and will add the capacity to … Read more