According to the latest rumors, the Droid Incredible is expected to see Froyo as early as tomorrow. Droid Life has been passed an internal Verizon screen shot that lists the HTC phone with a software update that begins August 27th. Although Android 2.2 is not explicitly mentioned, the update has all the makings of Froyo, including automatic app updates, Flash 10.1 support, and 3G mobile hotspot capability. To help substantiate the claims, Verizon already has a support page set up which lists the benefits and enhancements that come with the latest build. Other features that come with the … Read more
If you're eagerly awaiting 4G coverage like we are in San Francisco, prepare to either apply some patience or settle into frustration. We discuss why the road to 4G speeds is long and riddled with potholes.
There's also talk of Virgin Mobile and Verizon's experiments with unlimited data plans, which is interesting in light of continuing talks among carriers about potential data caps. Finally, the crew chimes in on suspected hardware leaks of Windows 7 phones, and wonders if Microsoft can learn from RIM's mistakes with the BlackBerry Torch.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) … Read more
Verizon Wireless has released an over-the-air update Thursday that will allow owners of the original Motorola Droid to download Adobe Flash Player 10.1 via the Android Market. This is great news for Droid owners, as the OTA firmware upgrade to 2.2 did not come with the Flash package built-in. With any firmware update, though, there is bound to be some issues. Let us know in the comments if you've experienced any or if everything went just fine.
After a short period for preorders, Cricket's first Android smartphone is now officially on sale. You can get the Sanyo Zio, aka the Kyocera Zio, for $249 with Cricket's no-contract service. To go with the phone, Cricket also is offering a $55 per-month service plan that includes unlimited talk, text, picture mail, Web browsing, e-mail, and international text.
As we've said since the handset's introduction earlier this year, the Zio's feature set includes a 3.2-megapixel camera, a video player with 30 frames per second, Wi-Fi, voice dialing, a music player, a digital compass, a … Read more
Just as we expected, T-Mobile's latest Android phone, the Motorola Charm, went on sale today, ushering in yet another handset design for the platform. Save for the similarities between the Droid and Droid 2, Motorola has offered a unique design with each of its Android handsets.
This time around, we're getting a candy bar, BlackBerry-like device with a four-row QWERTY keyboard under the 2.8-inch touch screen. I'll be interested to see its rate of adoption considering the Charm's $75 price tag. Over the last few months, we've seen plenty of reports about Android eating … Read more
We've said it before and we'll say it again. Not everyone needs a fancy smartphone with all the bells and whistles, especially if you're new to the cell phone world.
Senior citizens, particularly, often have have different needs, with vocal communication and user-friendliness trumping advanced features like HD video recording.
Instead, high audio quality, intuitive navigation, and a large numbered keypad are the sought-after ingredients.
With that in mind, we've rounded up five senior-focused cell phone options that could make a splash with the silver-haired set.
Just two weeks after it added the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 to its lineup, AT&T announced today that it would pick up another Sony Ericsson smartphone, the Vivaz.
First announced earlier this year just before Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the Symbian (Series 60, fifth edition) smartphone focuses on multimedia with a slight nod to business users.
Features include an 8.1-megapixel camera with video recording, a music player, Assisted GPS, a speakerphone, messaging and e-mail, PC syncing, USB mass storage, stereo Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, TV-out connection, a personal organizer, and (thankfully) a microSD card slot. What's … Read more
Any frequent On Call reader will know that in previous columns I've featured CNET users who've had frustrating experiences when buying a phone, adding new services, or just seeking help with an account in a carrier store. I even griped myself about T-Mobile's "upgrade fee" a couple of years ago. As I said then, customers just want to be treated well. They want their questions answered honestly and accurately, and they don't want to feel that there's an "upsale" to every transaction.
Yet, I'm also pretty sure that it's … Read more
Verizon on Tuesday began pushing out a minor software update to the Motorola Droid 2 handset. As is the case with most new Android smartphones, carriers and device makers often follow up the release with a small update. Typically, these include bug fixes and very subtle user interface enhancements.
Similar to the initial Droid X update, the Droid 2 improves the contact sync with Corporate Exchange, and streamlines the setup process of Visual Voice Mail. Rounding things out are the ability to scroll within picture messages and a more accurate contact picture when browsing the recent call log.
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Nokia announced its new 5250 music phone on its blog early Tuesday morning. The touch-screen device has a standard candy bar design, but it comes in a few colors including black, white, blue, and purple.
The centerpiece feature is a music player that you can stock with tracks from your own tunes collection. Of course, you also can purchase songs from Nokia's Ovi Music store, and even get unlimited downloads with Ovi Music Unlimited, but most Ovi features aren't available in the United States.
Internal memory is just 51MB, but the Symbian-powered handset accommodates microSD cards up to … Read more