Archive for Mobile Phones

Microsoft Launches Nokia X2 Running Android

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on June 24th, 2014

Nokia X2 from Microsoft with Android OSNokia announced on Tuesday the release of the Nokia X2 Dual SIM smartphone. The X2 is the successor to the X1 with more power and the intention of delivering a reasonably prices smartphone to the “next billion” people according to Microsoft.

The device will sell for around $135 USD but most interesting is that the device will continue to run the Android OS despite the purchase of Microsoft who themselves have been struggling to keep up with their own operating system in the smartphone market. Microsoft stated that despite the phone having the competing OS, it will have access to some Microsoft services including Skype and the OneDrive cloud storage service.

This move by Microsoft seems counter-intuitive but also can serve as a good opportunity to highlight the differences between the phone OS platform and services that …

Third Windows Phone 8 Update Announced

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on October 14th, 2013

Windows Phone 8 UpdateMicrosoft announced on Monday the third update to its Windows Phone 8 mobile platform featuring updates including support for a larger Start screen at a higher resolution. Microsoft also included support for a faster processor, a driving mode, accessibility features and a few more.

The update creates the ability for Windows Phone 8 to support larger 5 and 6 inch mobile devices which some are calling “phablets”. Microsoft did not use the word phablet or refer to any larger devices being released however the main image on the release post from Microsoft had “phablet” in the file name. This would handle 1080p HD resolution and allows for as many as six Live Tiles across the screen. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Nokia come out with a larger device with the updated OS from Microsoft after Microsoft’s recent purchase …

Ubuntu OS to Run on Smartphones

Posted in Android,Canonical,Mobile Phones by Chetz on January 2nd, 2013

SmartPhones running Ubuntu Operation SystemThe company behind the Linux-based OS Ubuntu announced on Wednesday that it will be offering a version of its software that will run on smartphones. Namely, the Ubuntu operating system uses the same drivers as Android and would work as a replacement software for existing phones running the Android OS, according to Canonical.

Canonical will release the open-source code as a file that can be installed on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, initially. Plans are also in the works with manufacturers to provide the software pre-installed on a device sometime before the end of the year.

Aside just from the fact that Ubuntu is a powerful, popular, free and open-source OS that will now be available on a smartphone, this news could mark a milestone in tech history as an operating system significantly blurs the line between a …

Nexus S Coming To AT&T July 24th

Posted in Mobile Phones by Reuben Drake on July 21st, 2011

Google has announced that their Nexus S Android smartphone will be arriving on the AT&T network later this week. July 24th to be exact. The Nexus S smartphone has Android 2.3, a 4” Super AMOLED screen, a 1 GHz processor for 3D graphics, front and rear facing cameras and support for NFC. Basically everything you want.

The Nexus S also has the latest Google mobile apps, like Google Earth, Google Maps with Navigation, Google Talk with video chat, Google Voice and Voice Actions, and access to over 250,000 apps in the Android Market.

Pantech MIRACH IS11PT smartphone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2011

Most phones are not very rugged. Drop it or get it wet and that’s the end. Well, Pantech has a new smartphone that is designed to be both dustproof and waterproof: the MIRACH IS11PT smartphone. It manages to be durable without looking like it.

Some features include a second-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 SoC with a 1GHz CPU, a 3.7-inch WVGA screen with a 480 x 800 resolution, and Android’s Gingerbread 2.3 platform.

Ovation app lets you rate a show in real time

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on July 14th, 2011

A new app called Ovation aims to help productions both live and online figure out what their audience thinks. It requires no downloads, and no sign-ups on the user’s part and it’s totally free right now. The app is pretty simple is straight forward.

You just create a URL for your event. Then give your audience that URL, which they load on their smartphone. Audience members then use the on-screen slider to provide feedback. Either slide the bar up or down, because either it is good or bad. It works across a bunch of smartphones and mobile devices. So go ahead and tell these people what you think about their show.

Pantech Pursuit II coming to AT&T

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on July 10th, 2011

The Pantech Pursuit II will arrive on AT&T on July 17th, for just $49.99 with a two-year contract. Just look at the design. It’s the old, you get what you pay for situation. This Brew Mobile Platform-based handset will feature a 2.8″ touchscreen display, and a vertical sliding keyboard to make those emails and text messages easier.

There’s also a 2-megapixel camera and it will come in pink or green. Good phone for those who are new to the whole phone thing. The rest of us can look elsewhere.

Tag Heuer Alligator Skin Android Phone For $6,700

Posted in Mobile Phones by Reuben Drake on June 28th, 2011

Vertu phones. Tag Heuer. Can’t afford them and we don’t really want one anyway. Tag Heuer’s latest offering is an Android smartphone running Android Froyo 2.2. Outdated enough for you?

It will cost you $6,700 to rock that old OS too. Did we mention that it features Alligator skin as well? Basically an animal died to bring you this ugly outdated and overpriced phone. They shouldn’t have.

myTouch 4G Slide Appears In The Wild

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on June 20th, 2011

How about some crystal clear myTouch 4G Slide in the wild shots? The device has shown up in some pics that are actually pretty nice and clear. Looks like it will definitely run Gingerbread with an HTC Sense UI. The keyboard is said to be amazing and the phone surprisingly fast.

Apparently the keyboard also feels a lot like the G2 keyboard. The phone also apparently weighs in at a little bit more than the G2, so we will see how it feels. Nice to see it clearly for once.

Softbank folding smartphone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on June 6th, 2011

Sure, the iPhone is ultra popular, but many people still like flip phones. So how do you compromise? Well, Softbank has an answer with their new phone.

The company’s new handset was developed by Sharp and features a 3.4 inch touch screen, high resolution camera, and runs Google’s Android operating system. And it’s waterproof. Will it be a hit with flip-loving folk? We’ll see. It will hit Asia in mid-June for about $490.

LG and Samsung top list of lowest radiation emitting cellphones

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on June 6th, 2011

These days phones have invaded every aspect of our lives. However according to the experts at WHO, they emit radio-frequency waves which when absorbed by the human body prove harmful. The powers-that-be have come up with a standard called Specific absorption rate (SAR) and the FCC now requires cell phone makers to report the SAR level of their devices. The upper cap on acceptable levels is less than or equal to 1.6 watts per kilogram (W/kg).

Here is a list of the top 10 lowest radiation emitting cell phones.

Nexus 3 spotted?

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2011

Rumor is that Google has been working on a new Nexus handset and now we may have a brief glimpse at it thanks to folks at TechHog who have a photograph that is supposed to be a prototype of the Nexus 3. The phone is apparently being manufactured by HTC.

It has a front facing camera, and is being tested on HSPA+ and Sprint CDMA networks. So it looks like Google will launch the phone on Sprint since the carrier has been working with Google on Google Voice and Google Wallet. Other than that, we know nothing little else. However Techhog was asked to remove the images and info, so that pretty much confirms things.

Vodafone truck can charge 2,000 mobile handsets at one time

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2011

Keeping your phone juiced up while at a festival or large event is hard to do. Some independent companies have even set up camps and charge festival-goers to power their smartphones. But now the Vodafone VIP recharging truck is on the road and headed to 11 festivals this year.

The truck offers Vodafone customers the opportunity to charge up completely free of charge. That way you can go on snapping pics and texting away. This 44 ton vehicle can charge 2,000 devices at once just as quickly as it would at home. They are expecting to charge over 72,000 mobile devices this summer alone. That’s a lot of juice.

NEC MEDIAS WP N-06C announced in Japan, is slim and waterproof

Posted in Mobile Phones by Reuben Drake on May 16th, 2011

We were already excited about the NEC MEDIAS N-06C last month, but now that we see just how thin this thing is, we may end up shaving with it too. The device will arrive in June or July and it is also waterproof for those days at the beach.

This 7.9mm-thick Android 2.3 phone features a 4-inch 854 x 480 LCD, a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255, 512MB RAM, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, and microSDHC expansion. It looks pretty sexy.

Nexus S 4G on sale today

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on May 8th, 2011

Sprint’s Nexus S 4G has one major difference from the original and that’s the fact that it has a WiMAX radio. It also has Android Gingerbread and goes on sale today, right on schedule. To refresh your memory, this smartphone features a 4-inch curved Super AMOLED screen, a 1GHz Hummingbird chip and NFC capabilities, along with the promise of Google Talk video chat.

Sound good? Well, it will cost you $200 on-contract from Sprint, or $50 less if you’re a brand-new customer and get it from Best Buy.