Sony Ericsson Approves Idou

Permalink: Sony Ericsson Approves Idou by Franz Bicar

Earlier this year, Sony Ericsson leaked a concept phone they named Idou. However, the Idou is now officially named the Sony Ericsson Satio. Though the name was changed, the candy bar handset however, doesn’t.
It still offers a gorgeous 3.5-inch touch screen as your primary interface, and the few physical controls below the display and [...]


Verizon Wireless Gears up for Palm Pre, Android, BlackBerry Storm 2

Permalink: Verizon Wireless Gears up for Palm Pre, Android, BlackBerry Storm 2 by Franz Bicar

Verizon Wireless will be swimming in hot new smartphones this summer if everything goes according to plan. The company plans to roll out a bunch of cutting-edge smartphones this year - and leading the pack, is the much anticipated Palm Pre. The Palm Pre will debut on June 6 exclusively on the on the Sprint [...]


HTC Touch Diamond2

Permalink: HTC Touch Diamond2 by Franz Bicar

As a successor to the HTC Touch Diamond, the HTC Touch Diamond2 boasts of a sharper, bigger touch screen and an improved TouchFlo interface that provides easier navigation. It is bundled with a 5-megapixel camera and a very responsive user interface.
When it comes to the design, the HTC Touch Diamond2 is a sophisticated smartphone. Its [...]


iPhone’s Rumored Feature - Digital Compass

Permalink: iPhone’s Rumored Feature - Digital Compass by Franz Bicar

As we are nearing the announcement of the new iPhone this coming June at WWDC, iPhone rumors continue to pop up left and right. Another one has come up stating that the new version of the popular phone will include a digital compass. This compass could be very helpful to report, or instance, the direction [...]


Palm Pre Shortage Expected

Permalink: Palm Pre Shortage Expected by Franz Bicar

The Palm Pre hasn’t been released yet, but news of its short supply has already circulated around. Sprint and Palm confirmed the official launch date of the Pre on June 6. However, news of shortages and insufficient supply is already dampening the hype of the upcoming event.
In an interview with Reuters where Sprint’s CEO Dan [...]


ViewSonic switches on to smartphone market

Permalink: ViewSonic switches on to smartphone market by David Masters

LCD TV maker ViewSonic has announced plans to develop 3G smartphones, giving it a 3-inch – 300-inch product line.
Like PC-maker Acer, which is currently developing a range of smartphones, ViewSonic wants a piece of the rapidly expanding smartphone market.
The firm said the move is a ‘natural extension’ of its product range in a world where [...]


HTC Magic Android Phone to be Launched in Singapore

Permalink: HTC Magic Android Phone to be Launched in Singapore by Franz Bicar

HTC is planning to follow-up on the success of its first Android based phone. But get this, the second product, also based on Google’s Android platform, will be released early June in Singapore. Tough luck for those waiting for HTC’s second iteration as they won’t get to try it right away. But, I’m pretty sure [...]


AT&T to Slash iPhone Service Plans

Permalink: AT&T to Slash iPhone Service Plans by Franz Bicar

AT&T and Apple have slashed the price of the iPhone twice already. And now, it could be brought down even more. AT&T may slash the price of its iPhone service plan by $10 when a new version of the touchscreen smartphone is launched this summer. This is according to recent news regarding the popular phone.
This [...]


Blackberry Storm 2 Expected this September

Permalink: Blackberry Storm 2 Expected this September by Franz Bicar

After much speculation, official reports from Research in Motion has finally confirmed the release date of its Blackberry Storm 2 phone. The upgraded Blackberry Story is set to be released this coming September. According to some reports, the Blackberry Storm 2 will support Wi-Fi, which was omitted in the first Blackberry.
So far, reports have said [...]


Cellcrypt provides voice call security for BlackBerrys

Permalink: Cellcrypt provides voice call security for BlackBerrys by Jan Harris

Cellcrypt has launched Cellcrypt Mobile for BlackBerry smartphones, allowing Blackberry users to benefit from its high level security solution for mobile voice calls.
Cellcrypt Mobile provides end-to-end real-time encryption to ensure the security of mobile conversations without the need for specialised equipment or infrastructure.
It allows companies to prevent mobile voice conversations being intercepted, affording [...]


Vodafone UK launches HTC Magic

Permalink: Vodafone UK launches HTC Magic by David Masters

HTC’s much anticipated Magic smartphone has launched in the UK on Vodafone’s website and in Vodafone stores.
The Android-powered handset is available free on a two year, £35 per month contract, including 600 minutes talktime, unlimited texts, and unlimited Internet access.
Features of the Magic include a 3.2-inch touch screen, and trackball navigation.
Powered by a Qualcomm MSM7201a [...]


Samsung Unveils their own Google Android Phone

Permalink: Samsung Unveils their own Google Android Phone by Franz Bicar

Move over HTC, you are not the only Android phone on the block. Samsung Electronics has just announced their very own Google Android mobile phone. Samsung became the first major mobile phone maker to launch a phone using Google’s open source mobile OS.
The Samsung phone, named the I7500, features a 3.2-inch touchscreen, a 5-megapixel camera [...]


Acer confirms Android handset for 2009

Permalink: Acer confirms Android handset for 2009 by David Masters

An Android-based Acer smartphone is in the pipeline to be released sometime in 2009, the company confirmed this week.
Aymar de Lencquesaing, head of mobile at Taiwan-based OC maker said an handset powered by Google’s open source OS is ‘likely’ to be unveiled sometime this year.
“We have not made any formal announcement of an Android-based device, [...]


Future for Java Mobile Edition Uncertain with Oracle

Permalink: Future for Java Mobile Edition Uncertain with Oracle by Franz Bicar

For those of you who may not know, Sun Microsystems was recently acquired by Oracle. But what is the relevance for this bit of info? Well, for one, Sun Microsystems is the developer of Java Mobile Edition (formerly J2ME) - the ones you see advertised on smartphones and the the basis of most third-party applications [...]


Palringo goes for gold on Blackberry

Permalink: Palringo goes for gold on Blackberry by Alan Harten

One of the new network messaging options available, Palringo, has announced a gold version available for smartphones, in addition to a version for Macs and PCs.
The Beta version was well received, by Blackberry users in particular, so it is no surprise that Blackberry has been the first to announce the availability of the gold version [...]


RIM Looking for Partners for new Blackberries

Permalink: RIM Looking for Partners for new Blackberries by Franz Bicar

It’s the sign of times. Apparently, RIM is looking for partners to help develop their new line of BlackBerry smartphones. For the moment, RIM is working with companies such as Elcoteq and Celestica but this might be enough to cover the demand for their business smartphones.
It has been noted that demand for RIM’s phones [...]


RIM Releases Cameral-less Blackberry Curve 8350i

Permalink: RIM Releases Cameral-less Blackberry Curve 8350i by Franz Bicar

RIM, a Canadian wireless device company best known as the developer of the BlackBerry handheld communication device, is releasing another version of its Blackberry device -  the camera-less Curve 8350i. Some of you might think, what’s the big deal? Why are we getting excited with a phone without a camera when every other phone in [...]


LG Xenon Review

Permalink: LG Xenon Review by Franz Bicar

The LG Xenon was LG’s Heart and Soul of the recently concluded CTIA event. Among the phones presented there, the Xenon was the one which held the most promise. The phone features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for messaging and a large touch-screen interface. Furthermore, the Xenon has a home interface that can easily be customized [...]


Sprint Announces Release Date of Palm Pre

Permalink: Sprint Announces Release Date of Palm Pre by Franz Bicar

We have waited and still waiting for the release of the Palm Pre. So far, no date was mentioned and no price has surfaced. Not until news from Palm Inc.’s user forums which stated that the highly anticipated Palm Pre smartphone could be available on Tax Day, April 15. Further confirmation to this news is [...]


iPhone and iPod Touch WiFi Chip Upgrade

Permalink: iPhone and iPod Touch WiFi Chip Upgrade by Franz Bicar

Currently, the iPod Touch uses an 802.11b/g Wi-Fi chip. But that may soon change as Apple is laying the groundwork to introduce high-capacity, low-power 802.11n Wi-Fi to the iPod Touch. Not only is it news for the iPod Touch, but even the iPhone might get it too.
This change would be a huge improvement to the [...]