Got a thing for 4G devices with full-QWERTY keyboards? Samsung’s Epic 4G not your cup of tea? Listen up. The HTC EVO Shift 4G handset, which is destined to make waves with wireless provider Sprint, has surfaced in a RadioShack advertisement. The device is priced at $449.99 at full retail and $149.99 for those upgrading or opening a new line. The Consumer Electronics Show begins next week, hopefully this 3.6-inch slider gets its official reveal then. More →
Here’s some speculative information on a handset we’ve been calling, up to this point, the HTC Incredible HD. The HD has not had the stealthiest pre-release life. You may remember that we first spotted the device way back in August and pegged it for release on U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless. Just last week, the device made a handful of cameos on various technology sites thanks to, what appeared to be, a controlled leak. Fast forward to today, and an ad campaign being run on blog Android Central may have revealed the handset name that HTC plans to go to market with. That name is… Thunderbolt 4G. An advert displayed on the site that mirrors the one pictured above directs users to a non-working website with the URL http://www.htc.com/4G?extcid=Thunderbolt-4G-Disp. Now, we’re obviously making some assumptions based on the URL string, but it doesn’t seem to be too out of whack with HTC’s naming conventions. What do you think of the name Thunderbolt 4G? More →
CES is just around the corner, and companies are starting to throw some chum in the proverbial waters. In a one-minute thirty-second spot that recounts the history of tablets — starting with an Egyptian, stone hieroglyphic-slate — Motorola has teased that its much anticipated tablet is set for an official outing at CES. Judging by the clues in the video — shots taken at Android 2.2’s tablet prowess and the presence of a honey bee — we can assume that we’re looking at a full-touchscreen tablet device running Android’s Honeycomb (Android 3.0) operating system. Perhaps we’ll get a full look at the 10-inch tablet Mr. Rubin was touting around at the Dive Into Mobile conference? We can’t be sure what Motorola has in store for us, but we can’t wait! The video is after the break. Enjoy! More →
Following T-Mobile’s announcement that its 3G HSPA+ network is now its 4G HSPA+ network, the company has already stepped up its marketing in several areas. Our favorite, without question, is a new ad the carrier is running for the T-Mobile myTouch 4G. The ad mirrors the style of Apple’s “I’m a Mac” campaign, and takes shots directly at Apple’s iPhone and the “old AT&T network” the popular handset is apparently forced to carry on its back. The spot goes on to boast the T-Mobile 4G network’s ability to let users video chat anywhere, whereas iPhone users can only make FaceTime calls while connected to Wi-Fi. In the end, it’s a great playful ad that hits the iPhone where it hurts… right in the Ma Bells. Hit the jump for the video. More →
If you’re a webOS/Palm Pre die-hard, and looking forward to the refinements of the Pre 2, we have a little something for you. It looks like a thirty second advert for the updated, pebble-shaped handset has made its way onto YouTube. The official spot, dubbed Sizzle, features some of the new niceties in webOS 2.0 and several critical applications — including Angry Birds and Facebook. The clip is waiting for you after the jump. Enjoy.
Millennial Media has just published their August 2010 “Mobile Mix”; a report that details the “latest mobile device trends for connected devices, mobile manufacturers, and operating systems.” According to Millennial, Android ad requests are up 39% month-over-month and a whopping 996% year-over-year. Google’s Android operating system is the second largest on the company’s network — registering a 26% share of smartphones — and Apple’s iOS holds the tops spot with 48%. Other interesting bits from the report: Motorola is now the third-largest device manufacturer on the Millennial network (behind Apple and Samsung), iPad ad requests are up 76% month-over-month, and RIM ad requests have increased 16% month-over-month. Pretty strong showing in the ad requests realm for Android. Plenty of money to be had for developers!
Well, it isn’t like we didn’t know this was coming. Putting the cart before the horse, Verizon Wireless has begun running Samsung Fascinate commercials with the tagline, “available Sept. 9 at Verizon.” The advert-delivered news comes before an official press release. The device will retail for $199 and will be available in two short days. We should see an official note from Verizon Wireless later today; we’ll update this article once it becomes available.
UPDATE: Official press release is after the break. The device will be available in stores on the 9th and online on the 8th. More →
Apparently Motorola thinks the antenna issues that are plaguing the iPhone 4 are a laughing matter. Based upon this full page ad that was published in today’s New York Times, we’d have to agree.
“[…] And most importantly, it comes with a double antenna design. The kind that allows you to hold the phone any way you like and use it just about anywhere to make crystal clear calls. You have a voice. And you deserve to be heard.“
That’s gotta sting a bit, no? Hit the bounce to check out the ad in full-sized glory!
Thanks, A.! More →
Remember those leaked scripts for the Droid X commercial? Well Big Red has just posted a portion of one of them to its YouTube channel. Being a teaser, it doens’t really give us any information, though it does indicate the handset will be launching in July. You know, just like we said. We cannot wait to hit up the VZW/Motorola event this Wednesday to (hopefully) get all of the details. Hit the jump to check out the ad! More →
Last year, Sprint wasn’t doing itself any favors with its absolutely awful Palm Pre TV ad campaign, but this year’s hero phone — the HTC EVO 4G — has an ad that people will actually “get”. Sure, it might be a bit too DROID Does for some, and others will likely be reminded of those “we are all one” ads played frequently during the Olympics and World Cup, but for our money the ad is great. Check it out after the jump. More →
Rumors of a Superbowl ad for Google’s search service began circulating the internet last week when Google CEO Eric Schmidt tweeted: “Can’t wait to watch the Superbowl tomorrow. Be sure to watch the ads in the 3rd quarter. (someone said, ‘Hell has indeed frozen over’).” Google, a company known for it’s web advertisements, rarely (ever?) spends company dollars on television-based ads for its line of web services. However, as tweeted by the CEO, a Google spot did air during the third quarter of the big game last night. We thought the 60-second spot, titled “Parisian Love”, was pretty clever and deserved a nod, even though it wasn’t exactly new. Congratulations to the New Orleans Saints on their victory last night; we have the video queued up for you after the break. More →
A few days ago AT&T filed suit against Verizon for its “There’s an App for That” ad campaign. Verizon’s response? Welcoming the iPhone to the Island of Misfit Toys in a new commercial that embodies the Christmas Spirit. Hit the break to check out the main attraction as well as two side shows.
On Thursday, Microsoft debuted the second advertisement in its recently launched marketing campaign to improve the public perception of Windows Vista. The first advertisement was met with mixed reactions. Some people noted the comedic qualities and loved it while others failed to see the humor and thought it made no sense. This second ad places Gates and Seinfeld in a house with a semi-dysfunctional family (whose family would be normal if you had those two as house guests?). It remains to be seen whether this marketing campaign will achieve it’s goal of rejuvenating the image of Windows but one thing is for sure: It has us talking and thinking about Microsoft again, especially in the wake of some recent Apple announcements. Pretty clever Microsoft, pretty clever.
Note: The version above is the full 4:30 version, not the clipped version that is currently running on TV.