During the Nintendo 3DS Conference in Japan on Tuesday, Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata discussed the company’s plans to boost interest in its 3D portable gaming console. Nintendo will add the ability to record 3D video on the device, which is currently only capable of snapping 3D photos, and will sell a new joystick add-on. Nintendo will also launch a pink 3DS in October in an effort to attract female gamers. But those new options as well as 43 new games, including Super Mario 3D Land, will not be enough to help the company meet its sales expectations according to analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. The analysts collectively estimated that Nintendo may miss its goal 16 million 3DS units sold goal by about 16%. Read on for more. More →
Motorola has produced several iconic handsets during its storied existence. The DynaTAC, the Vader, the v60 and of course, the Motorola RAZR. What Nokia did for the candy bar-style mobile phone in the 1990’s, Motorola did for the flip phone in the early 21st century. Thin, sleek and stylish, the RAZR was initially brought to market in early 2005. The handset was light, easily fit in the pocket and packed a flat, backlit keypad that proved itself to be a formidable text messaging obstacle. The device was so popular, in fact, that just over 1-year ago we were still talking about the handset — the RAZR3 — before it was scrapped by Moto in favor of Android-based smartphones. During its four year reign of terror, where it retailed for nearly $200 on-contract, over 110 million RAZRs were sold by dozens of carriers the world over. We still have an AT&T V3 lying around BGR HQ for posterity sake, and although its utility is diminished, the handset’s mystique remains. How about it: how many of you cell phone junkies were proud RAZR owners?
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Via its Conversations blog, Nokia has announced the addition of a new color variant to the N8 family, pink. Pictured sporting the upcoming Anna software update — due out in the next few months — the device has the same innards as the original N8 we reviewed back in November. But this time… it’s what’s on the outside that counts. “Following the fantastic response to the range of colors we launched for the Nokia N8, it seemed a natural step to extend this choice,” said Rachael Bell, senior designer at Nokia. “The Nokia N8 in pink complements the original line up well with its expressive, intense hue.” The announcement did not indicate when the new shade would be available for purchase.
Oh, it is a lovely time of year isn’t it? The flowers are a bloomin’, the birds are a singin’, and the phone OS’ are a developin’. Today, Microsoft sent out an announcement for an April 12th media event with the simple tag-line: “It’s time to share.” Media outlets suspect the disclosure of the project “Pink” Microsoft has been working on, but we’ll just have to wait and see. Apple on the 8th, Microsoft the 12th. Life’s good. More →
You know what makes us loath the Palm Pixi, other than the fact that it is under-powered, came to market 9 months after it should have, and still has the Palm keyboard? Seeing that same winning package in pink. Engadget has been tipped off that the Palm Pixi, in pink, is now visible in Sprint’s inventory system. Rumor has it Sprint Store’s are adding extra head count in anticipation of a rush on stores… oh, wait, we just made that up. All kidding aside we’re hoping Palm will come through with a killer webOS handset at CES; we really want to like the hardware that powers webOS. More →
Microsoft must be shitting bricks by now, because Gizmodo clearly has befriended someone very high up within the company. Yesterday they brought us information about the Courier tablet and now they’ve (temporarily) moved on to two handsets that represent the fruits of labor of Microsoft’s project Pink. If the Turtle and Pure don’t scream high end to you, good job; you’re amongst the most observant people on this planet. You see, Pink is all about assisting Microsoft establish a strangle hold on the very same market that Danger (a recent Microsoft acquisition) is going after with its Sidekick. And by that we mean pretty much everyone who wants a phone that can do more than make calls, has quite a lot of social media integration but doesn’t carry the costs or “un-hip” stigma that many smartphones possess. Having said that, it really isn’t clear what Microsoft is going to put into Pink handsets, but all rumors seem to point to them snuggling up fairly close to the Zune family of products. Hit the jump for a few more pics.
We love our HTC Hero around these parts… And what would a hot-selling handset be nowadays without 14 different color combinations? Unfortunately for HTC, they seem to have their color codes mixed up. Since we can confidently say a pink handset would appeal mostly to women buyers, this salmon-colored Hero makes no sense.
Powder baby pink and we know of a bunch of women who’d want one. Burnt salmon? No way.
One of our faithful ninjas just wrote in to let us know that Sprint’s not-so-kept-secret Treo Pro 850 will be making its way to Best Buy along with a pink version of the Samsung Instinct. You know, the phone that beats the iPhone. The estimated in-stock date is listed as December 8th, but our tipster tells us that is normal. If it’s in the system, it’s a-comin’. Now, the real question is, who’s going to buy a Sprint Treo Pro and a pink Samsung Instinct? Huh? Huh? You know you want to. Larger shots after the breakage.
UPDATE: Our ninja just informed us that the actual in-stock dates for both of these items looks like January 25th. Have fun!
If you live in Canada and you’re thinking of asking for a BlackBerry during Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza/the coming of Zombie Jesus/whatever, you might wanna think twice. Word has reached us by way of our infamous ninjas, and there are some goodies about to be available in Canada. First we should talk about Rogers. Long has it been known that they’re going to be carrying the BlackBerry Curve 8900, but now we can say for sure that they’re going to be launching it in January 2009 with a $149.99 price tag on a 3-year voice and data deal. Also coming to Rogers is something so terrible that we almost lost the will to live at BGR — a pink BlackBerry Bold. Yeah, that’s right, pink. While were not exactly sure if the whole device or just parts of it will be pink, you can rest assured that it will be heinous extremely popular.
As for Fido, a lot of people doubted that Fido would be offering BlackBerry devices and services since their low-cost re-branding. However, word is that the second week of December is when Fido is planning to launch the BlackBerry 8120 Pearl in both Oyster Pink (some call it Sandstone, a la AT&T) and Grey. In Q1, we’ve got word that Fido will be launching the BlackBerry 8220 Pearl with a projected price of $50 on a 2-year contract.
Oh yeah! There’s also some talk that Rogers/Fido are going to be releasing some new data plans this Friday. We’ll look into this for y’all. Hit the jump for your first look at the BlackBerry Bold in pink!