Microsoft answers questions on Windows Phone tracking amid iPhone scandal

By on April 26, 2011 at 7:39 AM.

Microsoft answers questions on Windows Phone tracking amid iPhone scandal

Might as well let other major mobile operating system manufacturers in on the location-tracking scandal fun, no? While Apple, and to a much lesser extent Google, have come under fire for their phone location storage practices, other major OS manufacturers have been silent. We’re not sure being the “squeaky wheel” would pay dividends in this instance. That hasn’t stopped the media from asking, however, and CNET posed the question to Microsoft: what do you track?

“Microsoft says its operating system transmits the MAC address of the Wi-Fi access point (but not the name), signal strength, a randomly generated unique device ID retained for an unspecified limited period of time, and, if GPS is turned on, the precise location and direction and speed of travel,” writes CNET. “That happens when the ‘application or user makes a request for location information,’ the company says.”

CNET has a laundry list of questions for Microsoft that remain unanswered. The current location brouhaha now has the attention of the courts and some distinguished members of the United States Congress — so we’re betting most major mobile operating system manufacturers will be answering questions in an official capacity in the near future. More →

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AT&T to launch LG, Android smartphone in prepaid and postpaid flavors

By on April 12, 2011 at 11:29 AM.

AT&T to launch LG, Android smartphone in prepaid and postpaid flavors

Via a press release today, AT&T announced that it will be offering two, Android-based LG handsets in both the prepaid and postpaid variety. The postpaid Phoenix and prepaid Thrive both sport a 600MHz processor, 3.2-inch touchscreen display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, aGPS, 3.2 megapixel rear-facing camera, microSD card slot, and 7.2Mbps HSDPA radio. Both smartphones, which run Froyo (Android 2.2) will be available on April 17th with the Phoenix retailing for $49.99 with a signed two-year agreement and the Thrive retailing for $179.99 contract-free. Prepaid customs that purchase a Thrive must sign-up for one of three new, prepaid data-plan offerings also announced: $25 for 500MB, $15 for 100MB, or $5 for 10MB. The full press release is after the break. More →

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HTC Sensation 4G announced with new Sense UI, dual-core CPU; hitting T-Mobile this summer

By on April 12, 2011 at 9:01 AM.

HTC Sensation 4G announced with new Sense UI, dual-core CPU; hitting T-Mobile this summer

HTC has just officially taken the wraps off the Sensation 4G moments ago, the company’s latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) smartphone. The Sensation 4G has all of the trimmings of a high-end device, including a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.2GHz, a 4.3-inch “super” LCD display with a 960 x 540 resolution, an 8-megapixel camera with auto-focus and 1080p HD video recording, a forward-facing camera for video chats, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, and an 8GB microSD card. It also packs some of HTC’s latest software developments, including a new version of HTC Sense with an active lock screen that allows you to launch your favorite applications while the phone is locked, and HTC Watch for streaming movies almost instantly.  As its name implies, it supports HSPA+ in the 1700MHz AWS frequency band, and wouldn’t you guess it? It’s hitting T-Mobile in the United States this summer. Hit the jump for the full release. More →

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Samsung Flight II hits AT&T soon, RadioShack today

By on August 8, 2010 at 10:18 AM.

Samsung Flight II hits AT&T soon, RadioShack today

If you’re a keyboard lover and can’t kick that feature-phone addiction, there is a new handset on the block as of today. Samsung’s A927 Flight II sports a 3″ touch screen, sliding keyboard, and HTML browser. It is also full compatible with AT&T’s mobile TV service, featured a 2 megapxel camera, Bluetooth, aGPS, and support for up to 16GB of microSD storage. It’s available today from RadioShack stores, and most likely will be hitting AT&T store shelves in the coming week or so. More →

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GPS Fix: webOS app that improves PalmPre Plus GPS performance

By on July 20, 2010 at 6:00 PM.

GPS Fix: webOS app that improves PalmPre Plus GPS performance

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Anyone who owns a Palm Pre Plus on Verizon Wireless is painfully aware of the poor GPS performance. It especially hits you when trying to get a GPS fix in any location-based application. VZ Navigator works flawlessly and many people launch VZ Navigator to the splash screen in order to activate the aGPS on the phone and then use this data in a third party application like Google Maps. Though it works, this technique needs to be repeated each time you need an instant GPS fix. Thanks to James Harris and his GPS Fix application, those days of constantly launching VZ Nav may be over. This new application activates the GPS and keeps its alive in the background by pinging the GPS for location data at user-determined intervals. It is a crude workaround that may drain your battery but it works in a pinch and is a better alternative than hacking your phone with QPST and modifying the settings for the GPSOne chipset, a technical procedure that could brick you phone. Yeah, we went there. For those that are interested, the GPSFix application is available from the Palm Beta Feed More →

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Motorola Backflip will be AT&T's first Android device, coming March 7

By on February 18, 2010 at 9:30 AM.

Motorola Backflip will be AT&T's first Android device, coming March 7

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As of March 7th, AT&T is officially in the Android game, as Ma’ Bell made the Motorola Backflip official today in a press release. A quick recap of the Backflip: 7.2 HSPA 3G, 3.1″ touch-screen display, Android OS 1.5 (upgradeable to 2.1), 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, aGPS, 3.5 mm headphone jack, microSD slot (support for up to 32GB), fully QWERTY “back flipping” keyboard, and Motorola’s MOTOBLUR UI. The Backflip will retail for $99.99 after $100 mail-in rebate and a 2-year contract. The Backflip definitely isn’t the most high-powered Android handset on the market, and not one that is likely to make DROID or Nexus One owners jealous. However, the Backflip is the first of four Android handsets AT&T committed to deliver in 2010, and to that we say keep em’ coming! We’ve got the official press release queued up for you. More →

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3G and Wi-Fi toting Dell Mini 3iX party it up with the FCC

By on November 6, 2009 at 11:12 AM.

3G and Wi-Fi toting Dell Mini 3iX party it up with the FCC

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It looks as if Dell’s Android handset is getting ready for prime time with AT&T as a new filing found on the FCC’s website has revealed the Mini 3iX. With both 850/1900 MHz bands of UMTS as well as Wi-Fi on board, the 3iX is likely to be identical to the Mini 3i which was unveiled in mid-August by China Mobile, the only difference being the aforementioned. If this is indeed the case then we’re looking at a 3.5″ 360×640 touchscreen display, 3 megapixel camera, A-GPS and support for Microsoft Exchange. The question is, will anybody even care?

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RIM makes the BlackBerry Bold 9700 official, hitting in November

By on October 21, 2009 at 7:01 AM.

RIM makes the BlackBerry Bold 9700 official, hitting in November

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It’s always a lot of fun for us — and hopefully for you, the readers — any time we can run wild with pictures, news, and even reviews of an unannounced handset. Today, however, RIM spoiled our fun and formally announced the BlackBerry Bold 9700. Things like carriers, release dates and pricing have been withheld for the time being, but RIM has made a statement saying that we should all expect to see the BlackBerry 9700 go on sale “around the world beginning in November.” Spec wise, nothing has changed since our pre-release review, but just in case some of you forgot or weren’t paying a whole lot of attention, here’s a quick refresher on the critical specs:

  • BlackBerry OS 5.0
  • 624MHz CPU
  • 256MB flash memory and support for microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Quad-band UMTS/HSDPA (800/850/1900/2100 MHz) or tri-band UMTS/HSDPA (900/1700/2100 MHz)
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g with UMA support (carrier dependent)
  • A-GPS
  • 2.44″ HVGA+ display
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • Optical trackpad
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP/AVCRP
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • 6 hours of talk time and 17 days of standby (3G)
  • 109mm x 60mm x 14.1mm, 122g

In short, this is the BlackBerry device of your dreams. We’re expecting pretty much every single major GSM carrier on the planet to pick up the 9700 sooner or later, so we’ll be sure to keep the updates coming. As always, high res pics and a few other odds and ends are available after the jump.

UPDATE: AT&T, Rogers and T-Mobile have announced they will be carrying the Bold 9700 in the weeks ahead. AT&T and T-Mobile’s 9700 will go for $199.99 after a $100 MIR on 2-year deals while Rogers will be asking for $299.99 on a 3-year contract with a monthly minimum voice and data plan of $45. Bell and TELUS have yet to come forward with pricing but have confirmed they will be carrying the device.

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Motorola readying Wi-Fi/3G-packing A3300c for China Mobile

By on August 26, 2009 at 4:31 PM.

Motorola readying Wi-Fi/3G-packing A3300c for China Mobile

Fantastic news boys and girls — Motorola is holding an Android event on September 10th where it will unveil the Sholes along with a bunch of other Google OS-related goodies! Oh wait, we covered that already? Sorry, it’s just hard to even think about anything else Moto-related at this point, even if it is a noteworthy full touchscreen WinMo phone that will reportedly bring Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity to China Mobile. We first told you about the handset earlier this month and now Chinese paper Sina is reporting that an announcement is imminent. Purported specs include a 3.2-inch WVGA touchscreen display, touch-sensitive buttons beneath the display, 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash, accelerometer, GPS/aGPS navigation and of course handwriting recognition. It’s not every day we see a China-bound handset sport Wi-Fi and 3G (that’s pretty darn sleek no less) so kudos to Moto and we look forward to an official announcement. In the meantime, hit the jump for more shots.

Thanks, J-Glow!

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Nokia’s 5230; cheap and smart

By on August 25, 2009 at 8:30 AM.

Nokia’s 5230; cheap and smart

As Nokia World draws closer, our favorite Finnish phone maker has just taken the wraps off one of several new handsets set to drop in the near future. Yet another full touchscreen device that looks exactly like the 5800, the 5230’s features include a 3.2-inch 360×640 display, 2 megapixel camera, aGPS, 70MB of internal memory and feature three flavors of dual-band 3.6Mbps UMTS/HSDPA (850/1900, 850/2100 and 900/2100). So what could possibly be interesting about this handset, you’re wondering? The price: the 5230 is set to ship in Q4 for €149 ($213 USD) and will be available in red, pink, blue, yellow, silver and dark silver. Hit the jump for a video featuring some of the best music we’ve ever heard.

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Dell's Mini 3i now official in China

By on August 17, 2009 at 7:57 AM.

Dell's Mini 3i now official in China

Damn are our ninjas good. Dell’s Android-based China Mobile-bound Mini 3i, a smartphone that we first caught a glimpse of in mid-June, is now official. Unveiled today in Beijing, the Mini 3i (also apparently MINI3i) is an Android-based smartphone that runs on the Open Mobile System. Spec wise, the Mini 3i is not particularly impressive especially considering that it is EDGE-only and lacks Wi-Fi. Regardless, the handset is definitely a contender in the Chinese market where not even the carrier-pwner that is Apple can manage to release a Wi-Fi-enabled handset. Here’s the low-down on the specs:

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE class 12
  • Size: 68.6cc
  • 103g grams weight
  • Dimensions: 58 x 122 x 11.7mm
  • Display: 3.5″ nHD 640×360 LCD, 18-bit, 262K colors
  • OTA capable
  • Microsoft Exchange support
  • Google, AIM, Yahoo and MSN IM support
  • 3 megapixel auto-focus, flash, 8x digital zoom camera with 30fps video shooting mode, built in photo editor
  • USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
  • A-GPS
  • On-screen QWERTY keyboard, hardwriting recognition, multi touch UI
  • MicroSD slot

Hit the jump for a few more shots.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Samsung B7620 Giorgio Armani 2 to sport 800MHz processor

By on July 14, 2009 at 8:00 AM.

Samsung B7620 Giorgio Armani 2 to sport 800MHz processor

By meticulously sifting through all of the information available on the Bluetooth SIG website, it’s possible to learn about handsets before their existence has been announced by manufacturers. Once in a while however, the grunt work is done for us and someone will jump the gun by publishing some information before it’s ready to go. This is exactly what Bluetooth SIG did on its Twitter account when it linked to information about the upcoming Samsung B7620 which, according to Samsung Hub, will be Sammy’s second Giorgio Armani-branded handset. Just like the suits made by its namesake, the Armani 2 looks as if it is shaping up to be a great little handset with specs that include a 800MHz processor, Wi-Fi, aGPS, FM radio with RDS, business card scanner, “Work & Life” mode, Office Mobile and support for just about every audio and video codec under the sun. In other words, apparently it will make the first Armani phone look like A|X.

[Via Samsung Hub]

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Is this the LG BL40 Chocolate? If not, it should be

By on July 13, 2009 at 9:30 AM.

Is this the LG BL40 Chocolate? If not, it should be

It looks as if we no longer have to wait on LG to complete a slow and painful unveiling of its brand new Black Label series phone — if this is the real deal, of course. A very convincing promotional video popped up on YouTube that, if genuine, not only gives us our first shots of the device but also details the majority of its specs. As expected, the BL40 appears to be a very formidable phone with features that include a 4-inch 345×800 capacitive touchscreen display (note the very unusual 21:9 aspect ratio) under scratch resistant glass, 5 megapixel camera with Schneider-Kreuznach lens, 7.2Mbps UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, Wi-Fi, aGPS and the what appears to be a suped up S Class UI. While we feel it necessary to again stress that this video is in no way official yet and could certainly be a farce, we would love nothing more than to see this puppy materialize. Hit the jump to check out the video.

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