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Dell officially enters smartphones with Mini 3

Dell Mini 3 confirmed for Brazil, China

Dell today formally entered the smartphone race by launching the Mini 3. The full-touchscreen phone depends on a customized version of Android and will have different features based on the region. While most details aren't available, the China Mobile...


BlackBerry Curve 8530 also reaches Sprint

BlackBerry Curve 8530 announced for Sprint

After making its appearance at Verizon earlier today, Sprint also announced that the BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone is coming soon to its lineup as well. Potential customers can register now to receive updates on the handset. Preloaded apps are the primary difference for...


Sony updates VAIO P for Windows 7, faster Atom

Sony VAIO P gets US upgrade

Sony tonight upgraded its extra-small VAIO P netbook in the US to keep in sync with Windows 7. The new models now all run Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional and with this change alone should run much faster than the older models bogged down by Vista's steep requirements....


iPhone now makes up 33% of all touchscreen phones

Touchscreen phone adoption jumps 159%

The iPhone now represents almost exactly one third of all touchscreen phones in the US, new comScore info says. Of all touch phones in the country, 32.9 percent are iPhones while all others trail significantly behind. Most of the runners-up are Verizon devices and include...


Analyst warns Droid will hurt BlackBerry, Palm

Citi urges selling Palm, RIM stock

Citigroup analyst Jim Suva today signaled a major rethink of its approach to cellphone shares by downgrading both Palm and Research in Motion stock to a "sell" recommendation. The about-face comes as a direct result of the Motorola Droid and a belief that the Android phone...


Nokia readying Qualcomm-equipped handset for AT&T

Company attempting to double US market share

Nokia is allegedly working on a Symbian-based handset aimed at the US market, an unnamed source has told VentureBeat. Interestingly enough, the device is expected to integrate a Qualcomm chip. If true, the component choice could indicate the companies are continuing to warm...


Sprint to carry subsidized Dell Mini 10 Nov. 1?

Sprint entering 3G netbooks with Dell

Sprint is on the verge of launching its own netbook deals with a model of its own, a source says today. The same insider that accurately leaked the provider's Any Mobile, Any Time plan now says a version of the Dell Mini 10 with built-in 3G data will sell through Sprint for...


Motorola turns slight profit ahead of Droid

Motorola set to recover following Q3

Motorola landed a crucial victory today with word of a profit for its summer quarter. The company bounced back from its year-ago $397 million loss to a $12 million profit for the same season this year. Its actual cellphones shipped fell sharply from 25.4 million phones to...


Sprint's subscriber losses narrow in summer

Sprint loses $478m cash, 135K customers

Sprint today reportedsignificant losses for its summer quarter. The carrier's net losses widened from $326 million a year ago to $478 million but were softened by losing a relatively modest 135,000 cellphone customers; the number is Sprint's smallest loss in customers in the...


Garmin, TomTom stock tanks due to Android, results

Google Maps helps GPS maker stock crash

Shares of GPS device makers Garmin and TomTom plummeted today through a combination of their quarterly results and the launch of Google Maps Navigation. Following both low guidance for Garmin's next quarter as well as poor results from TomTom, shares for the two fell 16.4 percent...


Apple sued over infringement of camera tech patents

Sony, Canon forced to pay millions over same IP

A lawsuit filed by St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants has targeted Apple for allegedly using camera technology protected by several patents. The four patents, each relating to digital camera systems, were originally issued to a company named Personal Computer Cameras,...


Google unveils Android 2.0

Android 2 has new browser, multiple accounts

Google today at last provided full details for Android 2.0, its first major update to its mobile OS. The platform brings a much improved approach to mail that allows both for multiple accounts and native Microsoft Exchange support. The web browser has similarly been upgraded...


FCC head warns of "spectrum gap" made by iPhone

Genachowski says mobile data in crisis

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski in a talk published today warned that mobile data is facing a "spectrum gap" that could significantly damage Internet access on cellphones. He considers the iPhone a leader in a wave of devices that are straining 3G networks enough to create...


MiFi 2200 update brings always-on mode, more

MiFi 2200 now supports BB Curve, Nintendo DS

Novatel's MiFi 2200 has recently benefitted from a firmware update that has upgraded much of its functions. The device connects to either Sprint's or Verizon's EVDO Revision A Internet connection and shares with up to five compatible devices across an 802.11g Wi-Fi network....


HTC starts major advertising push

HTC You campaign inverts iPhone tactic

HTC today began its first ever large-scale marketing campaign aimed at boosting its market share. The "You" promos will include TV ads (viewable below), billboards and other spots and is ultimately expected to reach 95 percent of US cellphone users as many as 36 times before...


T-Mobile makes Project Dark phone rates official

Even More Plus plans beat AT&T by $30

T-Mobile on Sunday quietly launched its Even More Plus plans in a bid to undermine rival US carriers. The plans provide a simpler and potentially less costly approach to phone service and scale linearly in voice minutes and data features: users pick from 500, 1,000 or unlimited...


FCC tests show Moto Droid with 3G for AT&T, Canada

2nd Moto Droid works with N. Amer. HSPA

An FCC filing discovered late Friday has confirmed that the Motorola Droid won't be limited only to a CDMA version. The US agency's tests show it running WCDMA, the foundation for HSPA-based 3G access, on the 850MHz and 1,900MHz bands that are used both by AT&T in the US as...


Motorola briefly shows Droid site, confirms specs

Moto Droid to use HTML5 web, 550MHz CPU

Motorola tonight inadvertently spoiled its own plans for the Droid by briefly posting a product page (since pulled) for the phone. While most of the features of the phone are already known, they confirm that its Android 2.0 build will include a full HTML5-capable web browser...


FCC publishes draft net neutrality rules

FCC codifies tentative net neutrality rules

The FCC on Thursday published a draft version of its proposed network neutrality rules. The six terms in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would prevent Internet providers from blocking any legal apps, devices or services. They will also ban other forms of discrimination, except...


AT&T activates record 3.2m iPhones in summer

AT&T adds a high 2m total customers

AT&T today provided results for what it says is one of the best summer quarters in its history. The company says it activated 3.2 million iPhones, the most ever in its history and a steep jump from 2.4 million in the spring. It comes despite the...


Comcast to restrict online on-demand to its own subscribers

Service only compatible with Comcast modems

Comcast is continuing to expand its On Demand Online portal for streaming TV shows, although the service will only be available to the company's own broadband subscribers, according to the Associated Press. The web-based content is said to eventually match the on-demand capabilities...


Moto Droid hand-designed by Google?

Droid "most impressive" since iPhone

The Motorola Droid may have been designed by Google itself in what could be its best attempt to rival the iPhone, an early hands-on with the phone reveals. While Google has been known to provide input on Android devices like the T-Mobile G1, BGR now...


Review: Samsung Intensity

Samsung's entry messaging phone reviewed

The Intensity is one of Samsung's truly entry-level offerings for Verizon but is designed to make messaging a real option for everyone. With an effective price tag as low as $30, it may be one of the best deals at the carrier. We hope to learn in our Intensity review whether...


ATSC's mobile TV approved, LG/Samsung chips ready

ATSC Mobile DTV gets matching chip

The TV standards group ATSC today said its members have approved Mobile DTV, its over-the-air format made just for portable devices in North America. The gesture should let notebooks, smartphones and in-car units tune into free, live broadcasts of H.264 video even while moving...


Google signals Android 2.0 nearly ready

Google's front-lawn Android gets newest dessert

Google staffers have posted a video on YouTube (available below) that shows the delivery of a giant éclair to the company's California headquarters' front lawn, indicating the latest Android 2.0 update will be going live soon. The oversized éclair now sits beside other blown-up...


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