Save the date, cell phone fans. Samsung sent out media invites this morning for a November 8 event in New York where it plans on announcing its new Android phone. Unfortunatley, the invite doesn't offer up very many clues as to the identity of the device, but I'm sure that won't stop people from talking. Of course, we'll be there live to cover it all, too, so be sure to tune in November 8 at 3 p.m. PT for the official unveiling.
Nokia's earnings returned to the black in the third quarter thanks to smartphone sales, but it also announced 1,800 layoffs.
The Finnish mobile phone maker said today that it took home a profit of 529 million euros ($741 million) in the third quarter compared with a loss of 559 million euros in the year-ago quarter. Revenue rose almost 5 percent to 10.3 billion euros from 9.8 billion euros a year back earlier.
Surpassing analyst expectations, the third-quarter results were boosted by higher selling prices on Nokia smartphones. For the quarter, the company's Devices and Services … Read more
There's a new Palm handset! It's the Palm Pre 2, and it's... very similar to the old Palm Pre. Oh well. However, we do get excited about the RIM BlackBerry Style, cheaper prepaid plans, 4G in the Big Apple, and yes, even the Verizon iPhone. Also: A special report on the new FaceTime for Mac.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)
The carrier announced on Wednesday that the HTC HD7 will be will be dropping on November 8 for $199.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate. With its large 4.3-inch touch screen and spacious keyboard, the HD7 has been one of the early favorites from the Windows Phone 7 launch event.
The handset also features a 1GHz processor, 16GB … Read more
Editors' note: Tested on the Samsung Taylor, Samsung Focus, and HTC Surround.
In February 2010, Microsoft introduced Windows Phone 7 to the world. A complete overhaul of the company's mobile operating system, Microsoft got the tech world excited about it again with its fresh user interface, added features, and promises of improved performance. We've had to wait a long nine months since then to see if Windows Phone 7 actually delivers everything it promises, but we finally got a chance to find out. With the first wave of devices expected to hit on November 8, here's what … Read more
TomTom and HTC are teaming up in a bid to offer quicker and more accurate maps and directions for HTC mobile phone customers.
The two companies announced today that HTC Locations, the smartphone maker's new mapping and navigation service, will come preloaded with TomTom's "location-rich" maps. The service will initially appear on the Android-based HTC Desire and HTC Desire Z smartphones in Europe and Asia before rolling out to future smartphones models.
Since TomTom's maps will come preloaded, the companies are promising quick access to maps and locations.
"I am very pleased to be … Read more
Revenue from mobile ads for Android outstripped that for the iPhone for the first time on Millennial Mobile's ad network in September.
For its September Mobile Mix report, the mobile ad network, which hosts ads on the popular smartphone platforms, found that ad requests (the number of times a mobile ad is clicked on) on Android phones rose 26 percent from August and have jumped 1,283 percent since January. In July, Android pulled ahead to become the second largest mobile OS tracked by Millienial and now grabs 29 percent of all ad impressions (the number of mobile ads … Read more
After an early slip-up by French carrier SFR, HP made it official and introduced the Palm Pre 2 on Tuesday.
The next-gen WebOS smartphone will indeed be available from SFR starting this Friday, but HP also revealed that the smartphone will be headed to Verizon Wireless in the coming months, as well as Canada.
The Pre 2 will be the first handset to ship running WebOS 2.0 and offers new features and enhancements, such as Stacks for grouping together related cards or open apps, an Exhibition view, which provides access to more information and views when a device is … Read more
The Breffo Spiderpodium is a simple, yet effective way to hold your small gadgets in place during any of a variety of activities ranging from driving to biking to just watching a movie, but only if you have the imagination to make it work for you.
The Spiderpodium consists of eight flexible, rubber-coated wire arms protruding from a rubber center. These arms can be bent and posed in pretty much any direction, orientation, or shape and will hold their position. Breffo's plan is that you'll use the arms to wrap around your small electronic devices, holding them in the orientation of your choosing.
We were able to, for example, attach a smartphone to a vehicle's dashboard air vents for easy access to the screen for selecting music, answering calls, and viewing maps for turn-by-turn navigation. People who use their GPS navigator in multiple vehicles can leave the bulky suction cup cradle in one vehicle and use the Spiderpodium to hold their device in place in other cars.
We were even able to successfully suspend a GPS device and a smartphone from our vehicle's vents during testing. The Spiderpodium's stability during spirited driving will ultimately depend on your skill in positioning the spindly widget, and the anchor to which it is attached, but we experienced no catastrophic failures with a variety of devices.… Read more
Welcome to the 411, my column answering all your questions about cell phones and cell phone accessories. I receive plenty of questions about these subjects via e-mail, so I figured many of you might have similar queries, too. At times, I might solicit answers from readers if I'm stumped. Send your questions and comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer to remain anonymous, let me know in the e-mail.
Hi Nicole, I am trying to find a little information on the new Rugby II and thought you might be able to help. I've been … Read more