Motorola DROID 2 unboxing / impressions

By on August 13, 2010 at 4:30 PM.

Motorola DROID 2 unboxing / impressions

The original Motorola DROID practically saved Motorola’s wireless division (though we suppose you could argue Verizon deserves the same amount of credit, if not more). Following up on their superstar handset is the Motorola DROID 2 — couple refinements here, couple changes there. It’s nothing breathtaking, more like another option in the getting-very-crowded Android section on Verizon Wireless. Here are some first thoughts and our unboxing gallery follows:

  • The handset unfortunately feels a little bit cheaper than the original. It creaks along the sides a bit, and we’re not in love with the design identity of the phone. It’s almost like Motorola went backwards when trying to make the device have a bit more mass-market appeal with the chrome, blue color scheme, and now more rounded design — feels like their vision wasn’t carried all the way through.
  • The keyboard is slightly more pronounced now (the middle of each key is domed), but we have to say, it’s not the update we hoped it would be. Comparing it to the old, flat keyboard, we’re not sure what we’d pick. You can feel each key more on the new keyboard, but we’re not sure if that let’s you type any faster.
  • The screen is solid — seems identical to the original DROID.
  • Android 2.2 doesn’t really feel like Android 2.2 since it’s been BLUR’d and MOTO’d. We’d have loved this to be a stock Android 2.2 handset. This is basically a DROID X in a different form factor.
  • All in all seems solid, and a great product refresh, though we do wish that Motorola would have pushed the bar a tad bit higher.

Click on over to our Motorola DROID 2 unboxing gallery!

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BlackBerry 6 pictured running on Verizon Bold 9650

By on August 6, 2010 at 11:44 PM.

BlackBerry 6 pictured running on Verizon Bold 9650

BlackBerry 6, RIM’s latest smartphone operating system, was first announced back in April of this year at WES (BlackBerry’s annual conference). This week, we finally got to see BB 6 running on real live hardware with the announcement of the BlackBerry Torch 9800. And now, we have images of the new OS running on some already released hardware, the BlackBerry Bold 9650. BBLeaks has received images BlackBerry running on the Verizon variant of the Bold 9650. RIM announced that it would make BlackBerry 6 available carriers who sold the Bold 9700, Bold 9650, and Pearl 3G handsets. BBLeaks reports that this preliminary build is a bit “sluggish” on the 9650, even with 512 MB of RAM. Definitely cause for concern for Bold 9700 and Pearl 3G owners who only pack half that amount of memory. We’ve got a couple more images ready for you after the break. More →

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ASUS Windows Phone 7 device gets photographed in Pakistan

By on August 6, 2010 at 1:45 PM.

ASUS Windows Phone 7 device gets photographed in Pakistan

Not a heck of a lot to report on here, but a picture is worth a thousand words no? This picture of an ASUS device running Windows Phone 7 appeared on Twitter earlier today. The device has the mandated Back, Windows, and Search keys and looks to have a front facing camera in the upper right hand corner (it could be some sort of proximity sensor, it is hard to tell). Let us know if you notice anything else worthwhile in the comments!

[Via PocketNow] More →

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Microsoft Hardware Team tweets, teases of new hardware

By on August 3, 2010 at 3:20 PM.

Microsoft Hardware Team tweets, teases of new hardware

The Microsoft Hardware Team has had a Twitter account — @msfthardware — for just over a week, and they are wasting no time in using the micro-blog service to tease the release of a new product. Yesterday, the company tweeted: “‘Don’t be so touchy…flat is where it’s at.’ We’ll share another glimpse of our upcoming product with you tomorrow.” And today, this image of the corner of some unknown piece of hardware was published by the Microsoft group. Speculation is running wild on this one –personally we think it is some sort of multi-touch accessory like the Magic Pad — but no one knows for ceratain. What do you think it could be? More →

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The usual suspects, Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 7 launch partners

By on July 22, 2010 at 11:45 PM.

The usual suspects, Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 7 launch partners

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In an interview with blog Pocket-lint, senior product manager for Microsoft, Greg Sullivan, confirmed who the Windows Phone 7 OEM launch partners would be. And… well, it’s exactly who you’d think it would be. Dell, Asus, LG, HTC, and Samsung will all have WP7 hardware being release around the launch of Microsoft’s next smartphone OS. So when is Windows Phone 7 launching? All Microsoft is saying is “holidays 2010,” which by our calendar puts WP7 in the wild sometime between November and January. Let’s hope for Microsoft’s sake it is closer to November, so they can capitalize on some of that consumeristic gluttony that goes on in the U.S. around December. Come on OEMs, is it too much trouble to ask an engineer to leave a prototype in a bar or something? More →

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Mini-touchscreen component destined for an unknown Apple device surfaces

By on July 9, 2010 at 10:37 AM.

Mini-touchscreen component destined for an unknown Apple device surfaces

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Tw.apple.pro published a series of photos of an unusual Apple-branded touchscreen component. The photos were obtained from a source presumably deep within one of Apple’s manufacturing partners. The part measures 3 cm x 3 cm and contains what appears to be a display connector and a touchpad connector. Speculation is running rampant as no one, including the source, knows what device (if any) may be the final home for this part. We have a few more close-ups after the jump for anyone interested in trying to solve this mystery.

[Via 9to5 Mac] More →

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HTC provides explanation for 30FPS limitation of the HTC EVO 4G

By on July 7, 2010 at 2:42 PM.

HTC provides explanation for 30FPS limitation of the HTC EVO 4G

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An HTC represesntative in attendance at the HTC Aria event in Chicago last night, reportedly provided some insight into the 30FPS limitation that has been reported on the HTC EVO 4G. As was suspected, the 30FPS limit is imposed via software, but it is a hardware limitation that lies at the heart of this issue. Though the smartphone is capable of much more than 30FPS — as shown above — the EVO 4G is throttled down to support the 30FPS limitation of the HDMI hardware that is included on the handset. EVO 4G owners will be stuck with 30FPS on all their games until HTC decides to throw in some code to dynamically adjust the FPS based upon the presence or absence of an HDMI cable.  Of course, there is always the folks at xda-developers who have already been working on this limitation and most likely have some hackery already on-hand that will give you both 30FPS HDMI out and 60FPS gaming. More →

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HTC sees profits jump 33%, revenue 58% year-over-year

By on July 6, 2010 at 6:42 AM.

HTC sees profits jump 33%, revenue 58% year-over-year

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The WSJ is reporting that Taiwanese handset maker HTC saw Q2 unaudited net profits rise 33% in 2010. Some key metrics from HTC’s Q2 include: $268 million in unedited profit, earnings of $0.37/share, and revenue growth of 58% (beating out HTC’s April forecast of 50% growth). Yuanta Securities analyst, Bonnie Chang, predicts that HTC will ship over 20 million handsets this year, up from 12 million in 2009. All-in-all a very impressive Q2 for HTC. More →

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Steve Jobs responds: "There is no reception issue"; tells users to "Stay Tuned"

By on June 27, 2010 at 10:58 AM.

Steve Jobs responds: "There is no reception issue"; tells users to "Stay Tuned"

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The iPhone 4 antenna issue has turned into a daytime drama and PR debacle worthy of Maury Povich. On one side, you have iPhone owners who are causing a bit of  a stir by documenting and discussing the signal attenuation issues observed when holding the left side of the iPhone 4. On the other side is Apple’s fearless leader who is trying to defuse the situation with calming words conveyed via email. The latest turn of events in this saga has Steve Jobs proclaiming via email that “There is no reception issue” and admonishing folks to “Stay tuned”. Could this be a thinly veiled reference to the curative iOS 4.01 update that is rumored to land on Monday or does Apple have something else up its sleeve? More →

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DROID X gets disassembled, gawked at

By on June 25, 2010 at 10:37 AM.

DROID X gets disassembled, gawked at

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Are you fascinated with the innards of a mobile device and dying to see what is inside of Verizon Wireless’ flagship DROID X handset? If you answered with an enthusiastic “Yes!”, then check out the disassembly video and 26 photo exposè put together by DROIDX.net. Unlike iFixit which painstakingly identifies each and every component, this disassembly is more a “How-To” guide designed to prep future DROID X owners who wish to take apart their own handset when it lands next month. Potential followers looking to tear down their DROID X should note that there is a no re-assembly guide at this time and should take heed as the phone is useless once it is broken down to its side rails and motherboard. Nonetheless if you’re interest is piqued, hit the read link to gawk at all the guts and glory of this upcoming Android handset.

[Via Engadget] More →

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Apple files second patent infringement lawsuit against HTC

By on June 23, 2010 at 11:30 AM.

Apple files second patent infringement lawsuit against HTC

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Apple launched yet another attack against HTC this week with a second patent infringement lawsuit filed in Delaware District Court. This second lawsuit focuses specifically on four patents held by Apple; two of which were included in the original lawsuit and two which are new to this second lawsuit. The patents cited include:

  • Patent 7,383,453: Conserving power by reducing voltage supplied to an instruction-processing portion of a processor (granted June 3, 2008)
  • Patent 7,657,849: Unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image (granted February 2, 2010)
  • Patent 6,282,646: System for real-time adaptation to changes in display configuration (granted August 28, 2001)
  • Patent 7,380,116: System for real-time adaptation to changes in display configuration (granted May 27, 2008)

This second lawsuit also cites HTC subsidiary Exedea which imports HTC handsets and distributes them in the US. Neither side has commented on this latest lawsuit but we don’t need e thofficial word to know that this battle is going to be long and messy.

[Via TechCrunch]
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Motorola to dump billions into its Mobility spinoff

By on June 18, 2010 at 2:59 PM.

Motorola to dump billions into its Mobility spinoff

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Motorola means business when it comes to its upcoming breakup and it is throwing cash and moving debt around around like crazy. The split will form a new Motorola Mobility which will encompass the struggling mobile phone division along with the profitable home hardware division that manufactures set-top boxes and DSL/Cable modems. The remainder of Motorola, which is responsible for two-way public safety radios, handheld scanners, and telecommunications network gear, will be rolled into the new Motorola Solutions. The Mobility company will get a much needed shot in the arm with an infusion of cash that will total $3 to $4 billion and the removal of pension liabilities and other encumbering debt. The Solutions company will shoulder the burden of this split by assuming these pension and other liabilities and will receive any remaining cash reserves. With that much cash in hand and momentum with its DROID series of smartphones, Motorola Mobility has an opportunity to make some waves in the mobile marketplace. For competition sake, let’s hope they do. More →

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Hardware-acceleration for Flash coming in Mac OS X 10.6.3?

By on April 22, 2010 at 6:10 PM.

Hardware-acceleration for Flash coming in Mac OS X 10.6.3?

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A technical document discovered on Apple’s developer website details a new Video Decode Acceleration framework within Mac OS X 10.6.3. The framework provides developers with low-level access to the GPUs of the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, GeForce 320M or GeForce GT 330M and allows them to tap into the hardware to accelerate the decoding of H.264 videos. A potential benefactor of this capability would be Adobe and its Flash player which has known performance issues on the Mac platform. Mac models expected to see this boost include the MacBook Pro, the Mac mini, and the low-end iMac, each of which rock one of the above graphics cards.

[Via Daring Fireball and Michael Tsai] More →

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