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HTC Facebook phones, ChaCha and Salsa, available for Amazon pre-order

Posted in HTC by Reuben Drake on May 9th, 2011

So you’ve been waiting for a phone with a dedicated Facebook button. Drooling in fact. Well, Amazon UK is ready to take pre-orders for the Salsa and ChaCha handsets with a June 26th delivery. The ChaCha boasts a portrait QWERTY keyboard and a 2.6-inch touchscreen.

The Salsa packs in a 3.4 inches does without the keys. Both also have 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processors and 512MB of RAM, and Android with the Sense overlay. It is £250 ($409) for the ChaCha and £320 ($524) for the Salsa.

Amazon exploring Mobile-Payment Service for Handsets

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2011

Amazon.com is considering the introduction of a service that would let customers pay for goods in brick-and-mortar stores using their mobile phones. This info comes from “two people with knowledge of the project” so we don’t have any confirmation just yet.

This service would use near field communication (NFC) technology, which allows devices to transmit data like payment information, loyalty points and coupons by simply tapping them against special cash registers. It makes sense for Amazon to venture into this field since Microsoft, Apple and Google are said to be planning software, devices or services with NFC themselves. If this does happen it should happen within six months time.

Sprint says all phones will charge and sync through microUSB by January 2012

Posted in Mobile Phones by Reuben Drake on March 22nd, 2011

Last year, the European Union ordered cell phone manufacturers to standardize their syncing and charging solutions: all phones should use microUSB to transfer data and charge. And let’s face it, to have things any other way is just annoying. The only problem is that the European Union failed to stand tough and at the last minute agreed to allow cell phone makers to comply with the law by shipping their phones with microUSB adapters. That’s crazy.

We can only hope that things go better here in the states, because Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has confirmed that by January 2012, all US phones will use microUSB chargers, which would do us the great favor of making all chargers and syncing cables cross-compatible. Why he thinks this, we have no idea.

INQ Cloud Touch and Cloud Q Facebook Phones

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

INQ has been working on some Facebook Phones, and now the company has unveiled two models the INQ Cloud Touch and the Cloud Q. Both feature Facebook integration and both run on Google’s Android OS and come with Android 2.2 Froyo.

The INQ Cloud Touch features a 3.5 inch HVGA display, while the Cloud Q has a 2.6 inch display and a QWERTY keyboard. The Cloud Touch packs in a Qualcomm 7227 processor and comes with 4GB of storage, which can be upgraded via a microSD card.

Disney announces smartphones

Posted in Disney by Conner Flynn on January 17th, 2011

Disney Mobile will be unveiling a new range of Disney smartphones that your kids will definitely want. They will actually be rebranded Sharp Galapagos 003SH phones, that have 3D screens that don’t require special glasses, not brand new models.

Some features of these kid friendly phones include 3.8″ 3D-displays, a 9.6 megapixel camera, and Android 2.2. They will also come with a special @disney.ne.jp MMS address, Disney home screens, apps, widgets, emoticons and specially designed covers. No info on pricing yet, but they will be available in February.

Samsung sells over 10 million Galaxy S phones

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2011

Well, they said they would do it and sure enough Samsung has now met it’s goal and sold 10 million Galaxy S smartphones around the world. This was accomplished in less than seven months since the device first hit the market.

North American sales contributed to about 4 million, followed by Europe at 2.5 million. Now that they have achieved this goal, maybe they can offer up the long-delayed Android 2.2 Froyo update to those millions of Galaxy S phones. What do you think Samsung?

HP trademarks Gyst, Myte, Veer for possible Palm phones

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2010

HP has been busy today having filed a trio of trademarks for devices that could represent Palm’s 2011 webOS lineup. The USPTO filings refer to the Gyst, Myte and Veer in generic terms but they could fit the description of a smartphone. These three could be the previously codenamed Mantaray, Stingray and Windsor, with the previously mentioned Broadway maybe being the Pixi 2.

We don’t know what these phones will do versus the Pre 2 and Pixi 2, but at least one will likely to be a touch-only model. We will just have to wait and see what happens.

Nokia N8 phones randomly dying worldwide

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on November 22nd, 2010

Nokia’s N8 smartphones were supposed to save the company, but this strategy seems to have hit a snag. The problem? Well, the initial batch of N8 handsets worldwide have begun to suffer from problems concerning power issues, including a dead phone that won’t boot up or light up even with a charger plugged in.

This was originally thought to be an isolated case, but has now expanded into a 6 page thread on the official Nokia forums. Things aren’t looking good for Nokia’s flagship phone. Hopefully there is some kind of fix coming soon.

Netflix coming to select Android devices early next year

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on November 14th, 2010

Now that iOS, Windows Phone 7 and seemingly every game console are streaming Netflix video, the company is focusing on Android. In early 2011, Netflix will appear on “select Android devices,” according to the company’s blog, which promises a “standard, platform-wide solution” for Android in the future.

So why did it take so long? And you might also be asking why Netflix will be limited to particular handsets when it first rolls out? They have an answer. “The hurdle has been the lack of a generic and complete platform security and content protection mechanism available for Android,”

Samsung sells 3M Galaxy S phones in the US

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2010

Awhile back, Samsung announced that it had sold 5 million Galaxy S phones globally and 2 million of those were from the US. Now Samsung USA’s Paul Golden has confirmed that the company has sold more than 3 million Galaxy S units in the US and about 7 million globally.

According to Paul, there is a high demand for all of the Galaxy S devices, but the shortage of Super AMOLED displays is causing some supply issues. Either way these are impressive stats and if you have a Galaxy S phone, they thank you for your purchase.

Tonino Lamborghini Spyder Series Luxury Phones

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on November 4th, 2010

Here’s the latest addition to the ultra luxurious mobile handset market, the Tonino Lamborghini Spyder handset. The range is priced at $1781 to $2813 because they come with a 316L-grade stainless steel casing and a 2.2-inch (240 x 320 pixels) sapphire crystal scratch resistant LCD display.

Despite all of that, a 3MP camera with VGA video recording is the best they could do. It isn’t even 3G enabled but they are hand made and hand polished. A few models in the Spyder range are the S-670, S-680 and S-685 which are the higher end models with rose gold, gold and black/gold PVD finishes. The S-600 comes with DLC (Diamond-Like Coating) while the S-610 and S-620 have simple black PVD finishes.

Sharp Galapagos 003SH and 005SH glasses-free 3D phones

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on November 4th, 2010

Sharp has introduced a pair of glasses-free 3D Android phones over in Japan. The Galapagos 003SH and 005SH are both for Japan’s Softbank network and both devices offer a 3.8-inch 800 x 480 pixel 3D-capable display and are powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and Android 2.2 Froyo.

The 005SH has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 8-megapixel camera while the 003SH has a 9.6-megapixel camera capable of 720p video. The 3D content will keep you busy without glasses, with games like Mega Man, Resident Evil and Ghosts ‘n Goblins.

HP officially drops plans for Android Phones and Tablets

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on October 4th, 2010

HP has already announced that the company won’t be launching any Windows Phone 7 devices that would use Microsoft’s mobile OS and now today the company says that they will also be killing plans for Android devices from the company’s lineup.

HP will turn it’s focus on its own webOS mobile operating system instead, taking advantage of its acquisition of Palm. The one exemption to this new mandate seems to be the HP Photosmart eStation printer, which features an integrated Android tablet.

Call phones from Gmail

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2010

Gmail has just become even more useful. Google now allows voice calls to another phone using Gmail. Now, that is pretty useful. It will be free if you place calls to the US and Canada until January 2011. Phone calls to other countries will be billed at “very low rates”.

Talking with family and friends in the U.K., France, Germany, China, India, Mexico and other countries is as little as $0.02 per minute. Just dial a number like you normally do and click “Call phone” at the top of your chat list. Only US Gmail users will be able to use it over the next few days. You just have to install the voice and video plug-in.

Adobe AIR coming to Android phones this fall

Posted in Adobe by Conner Flynn on August 17th, 2010

If you want some Adobe AIR on your Android-powered smartphone, you won’t have long to wait. It will be available on the Android Market this fall. As part of the release, there will also be a several app available at the same time.

Developers will get to play around with a handset’s camera, microphone, accelerometer and GPS sensor. Aside from that, AIR 2.5 will also take advantage of hardware GPU acceleration as well as multi-touch input, but it will require at least an ARMv7 or faster processor, OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration and Android 2.2 before AIR 2.5 can run without any hiccups.