Adobe on Monday announced the availability of Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex. 4.5, a pair of tools that let developers easily code applications for iOS, Android and the BlackBerry PlayBook. Adobe’s tools now provide developers with a single platform for building apps across each of the three popular mobile operating systems. “The reaction from developers to the new mobile capabilities in Flash Builder 4.5 and the Flex 4.5 framework has been absolutely fantastic,” said Adobe’s VP of developer tooling, Ed Rowe, said in a statement. “They are amazed by how easy it is to create great mobile apps for Android devices, BlackBerry PlayBook, iPhone and iPad. Companies can now effectively reach their customers no matter what type of device they have.” Adobe’s new Flash Builder 4.5 Standard is available immediately for $249 and a premium version is available for $699. Flex 4.5 is a free open source framework. Both tools are also included in Adobe’s Creative Suite 5.5. The full press release follows after the break. More →
On Tuesday T-Mobile introduced its ‘Trade-in Program’ that will allow users to take used handsets to T-Mobile stores and exchange them for credit towards a new device. Potential customers can offset the price of a new phone by as much as $300, T-Mobile said, although devices will need to be fully functional, have an intact and working display, and be free of any liquid damage or corrosion. To participate, simply head over to your nearest T-Mobile store and a representative will provide you with a quote for the trade-in value of your device. T-Mobile wasn’t clear on how long the trade-in process takes, but said that after mailing in your used phone, you’ll receive a check from The Wireless Source — a T-Mobile partner. A website has been setup at http://www.mytradeins.com, although it doesn’t appear to be fully functional just yet. Hit the jump for the full release from T-Mobile. More →
U.S. wireless provider Sprint has announced a new mobile application available to subscribers of its Total Equipment Protection (TEP) program, titled Protection App. Protection App — available to Android and BlackBerry users — will allow customers who have lost their smartphone to locate the device using a web portal, remotely lock the device, erase address book contacts, and manage contacts. Sprint customers can sign up for the TEP program within 30 days of a new handset purchase; the application can be downloaded for free from Sprint’s website. TEP retails for $7 per month. Hit the break for the full press release.
Today via a blog post, social networking site Twitter announced an update to its Android client to version 2.0. The new code offers a modified interface along with a handful of feature improvements and additions, including:
- Use without having to sign-in
- Single window layout
- @mentions are now included in the replies tab
- Autocompletion of usernames
- Universal search
The update is sitting in the Android Market, waiting for you to download it. Go take it for a spin and let us know what you think. More →
Today, Research In Motion quietly introduced a new Trade Up program for BlackBerry smartphones. The new program will allow current BlackBerry owners to trade in their old handset for up to $120 off a new RIM smartphone. Users will be allowed to upgrade to one of six BlackBerry models from various carriers and must be turning in one of five devices on RIMs list. Not the most comprehensive trade-in program we’ve ever seen, that’s for sure. The Trade Up program’s site is live now, have a look for yourself. More →
According to a report filed by Droid-Life, electronics retailer Best Buy will be allowing consumers to opt-in to its recently announced Buy Back Program, free of charge, from February 6th to the 26th. Best Buy hopes the giveaway will draw attention to its new offering; often referred to by the company as “future proofing.” What else will BB be doing to draw attention to said program? Well, they’ll be running a Superbowl commercial during the third-quarter of this year big game staring… Justin Bieber. Sigh. Regardless, if you plan on purchasing a phone, laptop, or television around that time, why not get in on the Buy Back program for free?
UPDATE: We’re being told that Best Buy Mobile will be offering the Buy Back program free to customers from February 6th to the 26th; all other departments will have the promotion running from the 6th to the 12th. More →
U.S. wireless provider AT&T has partnered with FlipSwap — the self-proclaimed “global leader in consumer electronics buyback programs” — to offer its customers a new, trade-in program through all of its retail locations. Customers can exchange unwanted mobile devices for AT&T credits, which can be used to purchase or offset the the cost of products and services offered by the company. As the press release reads:
- Customers can visit any AT&T retail location to take advantage of the trade-in, available to AT&T customers purchasing a device through either new service activation or a device upgrade.
- Store representatives will facilitate the trade-in request in real-time and provide the customer with a value estimate.
- Representatives will also provide all the necessary FlipSwap instructions and forms – including detailed instructions on how to wipe the device clean of any personal information – as well as a prepaid USPS padded envelope and shipping label for the device; customers simply follow the instructions, package their phones and mail the envelope.
- Customers will receive an AT&T promotional card – good for use in any AT&T store or online at www.att.com – in the mail roughly two to four weeks after FlipSwap receives the device and verifies its condition.
The program will launch in all AT&T retail stores on February 13th. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →
Via a press release, Best Buy has made its electronics Buy Back Program — the very same program we broke the news on last week — official. The program will allow users to trade in their laptops, netbooks, tablets, or smartphones for a percentage of the device’s original value. Best Buy is billing its new service as “future proofing.”
“We recognize that technology is changing faster than ever, and our customers tell us they want to enjoy these devices without worrying about when the next or newest version will launch,” said Brian Dunn, CEO of Best Buy. “We call this ‘future-proofing’ because our customers can now have more confidence that they’re protecting the value of the products they’re purchasing today.”
Best Buy’s Buy Back Program will begin to be offered this month and retail for $69.99 for laptops, netbooks, and tablets and $59.99 for mobile phones — the price for TVs (under $5,000 only) was not disclosed in the press release. Hit the jump to read the full announcement. More →
Research In Motion has just introduced a new Built For BlackBerry program that aims to make sure verified and approved third party manufacturing partners deliver specifically designed accessories and peripherals for BlackBerry smartphones and the BlackBerry PlayBook. RIM details the program as offering, “technical, strategic, and marketing support” to members of the program, in addition to a snazzy Built For BlackBerry logo that will appear on accessory packaging. We have reached out to RIM to try and get an idea of what requirements third party manufacturers will have to meet to be accepted into the program, and most importantly, if RIM is planning on taking a percentage of the sales in exchange for manufacturers using the Built For BlackBerry logo, much like Apple does with their Made For iPod/iPhone program. RIM’s announcement is after the break. More →
In case you had any open questions about Best Buy’s upcoming Buy Back program, a trusted source just sent some more information that will clear up any open questions. The new info includes an internal PDF detailing exactly what this new service means to you, the customer, in addition to Best Buy the company, and also employees that work at Best Buy. The program, as we exclusively reported, will offer customers up to 50% of the purchase price on their laptops, netbooks, tablets, TVs, and mobile phones for two years. Best Buy is positioning this internally as a way to continually lock in customers. For instance, “for every Buy Back plan sold, a future customer purchase is locked in.” The document also states “customers will come back to Best Buy when they are ready to upgrade,” and “customers tend to spend more than the amount of the gift cards they receive.” Hit the break for all the details.
One of our trusted Best Buy sources has come through with several documents that provide additional details on the retailer’s new Buy Back program. The new protection plan, which allows consumers to sell back their devices for a percentage of the its original MSRP, will launch covering phones, laptops, netbooks, tablets, and TVs priced under $5,000 on January 5th; the service will be expanded to “other product categories” sometime during fiscal year 2012. To heighten awareness, commercials and advertisements will begin hitting the airwaves and print media beginning on February 6th.
The pricing structure for television “buy backs” will vary from that of computers, tablets, and smartphones. TVs under 6 months old can be turned in for 50% of the original full-retail price; 6 to 12 months, 40%; 12 to 18 months, 30%; 18 to 24 months, 20%; and 10% during the third and fourth years of ownership.
All “buy backs” will be issued in the form of Best Buy gift cards and the company is positioning the program to its sales staff as “protection against obsolescence.” Hit the jump to see a few more images and be sure to let us know what you think. More →
It looks as though retail giant Best Buy is planning to launch a new buy back program aimed at keeping users who
uncontrollably constantly upgrade their smartphones off-cycle, buying from Best Buy Mobile. At this point, details are scarce. But from what we can gather, cell phone purchasers can opt into the cleverly named Buy Back program for $59.99 at the time of handset purchase. Between months 1 and 6 of handset ownership, users can then trade-in their device to Best Buy Mobile for 50% of the phones full retail value. Between months 6 and 12 the device can be turned in for 40% of its original value; months 12 to 18, 40%; and months 19 to 25, 20%. In the example above, a phone with a full-retail value of $599.99 can be exchanged, between days 32 and 180 of ownership, for $299.99 — netting the customer $240 when factoring in the plan’s cost. The offering will certainly resonate well with some frequent upgraders who purchase new smartphones long before their two-year commitments have expired. What do you think of the Buy Back program? Does it make you any more likely to pickup your next handset from Best Buy?
UPDATE: We’re being told that the Buy Back program will extend beyond mobile devices to cover a variety of other consumer electronics. A source also tells us that customers will get a discount on the price of the Buy Back plan if they combine it with Best Buy’s Geek Squad protection offering as well; the Buy Back program price will vary in accordance with the type of product covered.
If you’re committed — contractually or voluntarily — to U.S. cellular carrier Verizon Wireless, and have been feeling a little left out of all the Windows Phone 7 fun, listen up. New intel gathered by Engadget tips the HTC Trophy WP7 set on Verizon for an “early 2011” launch. The device will sport a 3.8-inch WVGA, capacitive touch screen display along with Wi-Fi b/g/n, 16GB storage, Bluetooth 2.1, and a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash. The device is also a “world phone” and contains a quad-band GSM radio.
The info comes courtesy of the above flyer offering pre-orders of the device — for $199 — to Microsoft employees. What do you think? More →