Among companies that have played truly significant roles in building and shaping the wireless industry as we know it today, few if any can stand shoulder to shoulder with Motorola. It has been more than 38 years since Dr. Martin Cooper, a Motorola executive, made the first analog cell phone call from a prototype handset, and Motorola has continued to innovate ever since. The company’s rich history of innovation has yielded an extensive IP portfolio — a big part of the draw for Google, which is currently trying to spend $12.5 billion to acquire Motorola Mobility — and it has built a number of iconic devices. None, however, are quite as recognizable as the Motorola RAZR. More →
Earlier reports of a redesigned iPhone 5 with a larger display and an elongated home button gained momentum on Wednesday when a new iPhone icon was discovered by 9to5 Mac. The icon was found within official Apple software — the latest Photo Stream beta for developers — and it clearly shows a phone that deviates sharply from the current iPhone 4. The display appears to encompass more of the phones face and the home button is most certainly not round, as it has been on each of the previous four iPhone models. This is just an icon we’re looking at, of course, but it could be a safe bet that Apple’s forthcoming fifth-generation iPhone will resemble the design seen above. A closeup of the iPhone 5 icon follows below. More →
It looks as though Google may be testing a voice search feature for its desktop search homepage. According to blog Search Engine Roundtable, several users have begun seeing the oh-so-familiar microphone icon in the search box on google.com — we can confirm that we have seen it on our Google home page as well. The icon will look extremely familiar to those Android users out there, as voice search has been an operating system staple for nearly a year now. No word on when/if this feature will roll out to the masses. More →
It looks like the puzzle surrounding the much rumored “Facebook phones” is now beginning to come together thanks to a pair of purported press shots revealed on Monday. Mobile blog pocketnow.com has obtained what appears to be two official mock-ups depicting upcoming Android smartphones from HTC. The most notable feature found on each of these unannounced devices, of course, is the presence of a dedicated Facebook button complete with the Facebook logo. It is unclear what the function of the Facebook button might be, though it seems apparent that the smartphones will feature deep integration with the popular social network. Earlier reports regarding these devices suggested they might launch as Facebook-branded smartphones built for the company by HTC, but Facebook later denied the claims. BGR also exclusively reported possible additional details surrounding the devices last last month. While the phones will apparently not launch as Facebook-branded devices, it is still possible that other details from previous reports are accurate. According to pocketnow.com’s report, the full touchscreen device seen above will launch as the HTC Icon while the QWERTY-equipped smartphone seen after the break will be the HTC Snap 2.
Today, Apple announced that iTunes 10 would be getting a new icon and new social feature called Ping. Ping was described by Apple’s CEO as “Twitter and Facebook meets iTunes.” The new Ping feature allows you to create a virtual group of friends, within iTunes, who you can share music likes, dislikes, and recommendations with. Ping will alert you of nearby concerts, new tracks discovered by friends, and items posted by friends. The Ping service will be available on the iPhone and iPod Touch as well and will be included in the Music Store app. iTunes 10 will be available for download starting today.