It looks like Apple has begun sending out press invites to a March 2nd media event to be held in California. The event, scheduled for 10:00AM PT, should be the official outing of the company’s oft rumored iPad 2. The invitation simply taunts its recipients to “come see what 2011 will be the year of.” Analysts are calling for a new, buttonless iPad with front and rear facing cameras along with a larger screen. Will the rumors hold water? We’ll soon find out. More →
We’ve touched down in Spain and will be bringing you live coverage throughout the week. There’s a lot on the table this year, with press conferences from everyone from Sony Ericsson and RIM, to Nokia and Samsung — we’ll be covering them as they happen, so stay tuned. The first event starts in only over an hour!
Towards the tail-end of today’s HP media event, the company laid out its future plans for its acquired operating system, webOS. Citing a more connected, social world, the Palo Alto juggernaut promised to extend webOS beyond smartphones and tablets and on to printers (HP’s cash cow), PCs, and more. HP is one of the world’s largest printer and PC manufacturers, which makes the potential ramifications of such a move very, very interesting. All the talk has been extremely high level — no specifics — but the possibilities are seemingly endless. One thought: seeing that “PC Load Letter” printer error-message on a cute, stylish webOS notification bubble. Priceless.
This is it boys and girls — the event we’ve been anxiously awaiting ever since Hewlett-Packard announced its intention to acquire Palm, Inc. for $1.2 billion last April. $1.2 billion is a lot of scratch, and you can be sure that HP didn’t have the Pre 2 in mind when it took control of the struggling cell phone maker last year. But we’re reasonable, as we hope all webOS fans are, and we’re definitely willing to give HP a pass just this once… provided, of course, it has something special to show us at today’s event. Will HP answer the call and unveil some drool-worthy webOS-powered gear, or will its new efforts be lost amid the tsunami of tablets set to come crashing down on the market this year? Hit the break for our live blog of today’s “Think Beyond” event, which starts at 10:00AM PST / 1:00PM EST, and don’t forget to refresh the page for all the latest action! More →
Been on the edge of your seats just waiting to see what Palm (HP) will unveil tomorrow at their “Think Beyond” event? Two tablets at 7 and 10-inch sizes have been rumored, but we could definitely see some things we aren’t expecting as well. We’ll be there reporting live so make sure to check back at this link tomorrow, alright? It all goes down at 10AM PST / 1PM ET.
Some of the mystery and allure surrounding Sprint’s event this evening has likely been squashed. First, it was revealed that the device set to be unveiled today is the Android-powered Kyocera Echo. Then The Wall Street Journal spoiled Sprint’s surprise even further when it reported that the Echo will feature a unique dual-display form factor. Sprint appears to have quite the show in store for us tonight, however, including a presentation from CEO Dan Hesse and an appearance by none other than illusionist David Blaine. And who knows — we could definitely be in store for a surprise or two. BGR is on-hand at the event, and we’ll be live blogging all of the action right here. So hit the break and don’t forget to refresh the page for all the latest updates as they become available. More →
Sprint’s press event tonight will yield a new Kyocera smartphone dubbed “Echo,” according to a report from Bloomberg Businessweek. Further information is not available for the time being and the moniker Echo doesn’t seem to be a great fit for theme of magic and illusion suggested by the invitation seen above, but Businessweek seems thoroughly confident in its source. Sprint announced last month that it would hold a special press event tonight. With Dan Hesse on hand alongside special guest David Blaine, a “master illusionist and world record holder,” Sprint promises to announce “yet another industry first.” Kyocera is most certainly not the first handset partner that comes to mind when carriers hold events like these, and we’re all the more intrigued as a result. BGR will be on hand at the event tonight and we’ll be live blogging all the action from start to finish. More →
This is cold HP, so very cold. One week ahead of its scheduled February 9th media event, the company has posted a brief, 9 second video to taunt the webOS faithful. What we see lurking in the shadows of said video looks to be a very well rounded (insert rimshot) piece of hardware. What does Palm have in store of us? A new smartphone? A new tablet? Both? Your friends at BGR will be in sunny San Francisco next week to bring you the news as it happens. Meanwhile, the video is waiting for you after the break. More →
Today, at a scheduled press conference, Google, Inc. provided the world with additional details about its Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) mobile operating system. From a new notification bar area, to a new graphics engine, along with several new APIs, it is very obvious that Google and its team of engineers have put in a ridiculous amount of time and effort into this tablet optimized version of Android. Andy Rubin and host of others gave demos of a fluid eReader, the music player, a redesigned and intuitive digital camera interface, Google Maps, and a host of other applications. A rebroadcast of the event will be live on Google’s Android YouTube site in the coming hours. In the mean time… we’ll continue to update this post with any new information provided. We’ve also setup a gallery of Android 3.0 screen shots to hold you over. Enjoy!
Early next month, HP will host a press event that will focus on the webOS mobile operating system it now manages thanks to the Palm acquisition. While the event could cover anything from strategy to devices, some product-related goodies are likely a safe bet. After all, HP is due to release a host of devices this year, so it better start announcing them soon. Thanks to some loose lips, it now looks like a webOS tablet announcement is all but confirmed. Todd Bradley, EVP of HP’s Personal Devices Group, basically told CNBC in an interview that HP’s first iPad competitor will be revealed at the event next month. When asked questions regarding how future HP tablets might differentiate themselves from the iPad, Bradley responded, “you and I will talk about that on the 9th.” We read you loud and clear, Todd. Hit the break for a video of the interview with CNBC. More →
Sprint just sent out invitations to a press event that will be held early next month in New York City. It is unclear what will be announced at the event, which will take place on February 7th — just one week ahead of the annual Mobile World Congress convention in Barcelona. Sprint’s invitation states that CEO Dan Hesse will be on hand to introduce what Sprint is calling “yet another industry first.” Adding to the mystery is the fact that illusionist David Blaine will be there to “show you that the impossible is possible.” Ok Sprint, we’re intrigued.
At a planned media event today, the nation’s largest wireless carrier — Verizon Wireless — announced the addition of Apple’s iPhone 4 to its smartphone handset lineup. Lowell McAdam, Verizon Wireless’ president and CEO, saying “if the press writes about something for long enough and hard enough, eventually it comes true,” introduced the oft-fabled device.
The iPhone 4 will remain largely unchanged and carry the same feature-set as its GSM counterpart — with the addition of a “CDMA optimized” antenna and mobile hotspot capabilities. The device will be available for the same price points — $199 for 16GB and $299 for 32GB — and will be available to the general public on February 10th with pre-orders starting on the 3rd (sound familiar?).
The day has come. The iPhone has been announced on a second U.S. carrier. Now, who’s picking one up and who’s making the switch? Full press release is after the break. More →
We’re here, waiting in line, and ready to go. Everyone is expecting Verizon Wireless to announce that they will be carrying the Apple iPhone within weeks, and we’d be pretty shocked if that’s not what we’ll get. Could there be some other light Apple news sprinkled in? Maybe FaceTime over 3G? It’s possible, but we wouldn’t bet on it. Let’s see if the Verizon iPhone supports world roaming or even simultaneous voice and data — a huge win, if they can pull both of those off. Our live coverage is after the break, and make sure to refresh the page often as updates come pouring in!
UPDATE: Don’t forget to check out Verizon Wireless’ iPhone 4 announcement with all the details you need — and our Verizon iPhone hands-on impressions is now live, complete with images and a video! More →