The CTIA Wireless conference is just around the corner, and in preparation for the three day extravaganza, the Wireless Association is starting to make its final preparations for the event. Part of these preparations include listing the finalists for conference awards, and the “Phones/Smartphones” category has yielded some interesting information. The first three finalists include the HTC ThunderBolt, Motorola ATRIX 4G, and LG Revolution. The final two candidates included on the list are two, unnamed LG handsets simply listed as “LG Mobile Phones.” What could these mysterious handsets be? PCMag, the discoverer of the mysterious device listings, suspects that one of the devices could be T-Mobile’s version of the Optimus 2X — the unannounced but expected Optimus G2X. If we had to venture a guess as to what the second device might be: we would assume that it is a version of the company’s dual-core Optiums 3D handset we saw at Mobile World Congress. Which carrier the handset will land on is, however, anyones guess. BGR will be roaming the halls of the Orange County Convention Center to bring you all the CTIA news as it breaks, be sure to keep your browser locked here during the week of the 21st! More →
Just a quick follow up to a post we wrote up last night. The mysterious cylindrical displays that were showing up at select AT&T stores across the country were in fact for the newly minted BlackBerry Torch 9800. There isn’t much else to report, but we thought we should close the loop. Anyone have a local AT&T store with one of these bad boys setup?
What is inside the mysterious displays that have been showing up at AT&T retail locations around the country? Well, we don’t know exactly… but we’ve been given a little more information that we thought we would share. According to one of our sources, inside the clandestine display is a small TV and rack where an unknown piece of hardware will sit. Today, managers began receiving metal display boxes with three-digit pad locks on them, the outside of the box reads: “Hero Fixture Launch Kit.” It also reads, “Top Secret: Store Manager Only.” All our source knows about the contents of the mysterious box (pictured above) is that, “it is something brand new that has never been released before.” What do you think it is? Perhaps a BlackBerry Torch 9800? Maybe something else? Drop your hypothesis in the comments.
After dropping a pretty big bomb recently with news that Microsoft’s OS market share has dropped below 90% for the first time in 15 years, Net Applications is at it again. The well known market research firm is now causing a wave of speculation with regards to a possible new OS that Google may be working on behind a big curtain at HQ. Net Applications obtains much of its data by way of software sensors placed on over 40,000 websites, constantly returning (non-sensitive) information about each and every computer that visits the site. Recently, Net Applications has been seeing a great deal of strange traffic coming from Google employees that can’t be explained by proxy servers or any other standard means of masking. Approximately one third of traffic coming from our friends at Google has had OS information deliberately concealed so that Net Applications’ software cannot identify it, while the rest of the data remains visible (IP, browser, etc).
We have never seen an OS stripped off the user agent string before. I believe you have to arrange to have that happen, it’s not something we’ve seen before with a proxy server. All I can tell you is there’s a good percentage of the people at Google showing up [at Web pages] with their OS hidden.
Ree-hee-healy? We won’t delve too far into speculation as to what we might be dealing with here but there are plenty of theories out there that make sense. The most likely candidate might be an expanded version of the Android OS as Google has been quite clear about having no intentions of confining the little green gizmo to mobile phones. Another possibility is an SaaS OS a la g.ho.st. Google has so many ways of pulling information from its users, why not just own it all? Whatever the case may be, it looks like we can expect some big news from Google in the near future and the smart money says it’s going to be sexy.