Microsoft will begin rolling out Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” to last year’s Windows Phone lineup beginning September 1st, Pocket-lint reports. The British tech blog cites multiple trusted sources with its report, and it says September 1st will also mark the start of device announcements touting Microsoft’s Mango OS. The date just one day ahead of this year’s IFA trade show in Berlin, where Pocket-lint says Microsoft may have Windows Phone 7.5-powered devices on display alongside manufacturers like Samsung ZTE and LG. Nokia is not expected to unveil its first Windows Phone until its annual Nokia World event in October. Microsoft’s Joe Belfore addressed the rumor without confirming or denying it early Friday morning, saying only that it is, in fact, a rumor. More →
Motorola began issuing the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) update to Wi-Fi XOOM owners on Tuesday. The patch reportedly adds support for the tablet’s SD card slot and also features a new screen zooming feature that will allow users to resize mobile applications so that they fit the screen appropriately. Android 3.2 will also add support for smaller tablets with 7-inch screens, many of which currently run older versions of Android such as Gingerbread. Google also announced that it is releasing parts of the Android 3.2 source code to the Android Open Source Project. More →
On Thursday, Rogers and Ericsson officially activated the first Canadian 4G LTE network in Ottawa. “This network will power the next generation of innovative products and services in ways we’ve never seen before,” Rob Bruce, Rogers’ president of communications said. “[It] will be the backbone of Canada’s digital economy as we continue to move from a wired to a wireless world. We’re thrilled to welcome Ottawa — and Canada — to the future of the fast.” Rogers currently does not offer any 4G LTE smartphones but it is expected to launch devices from HTC and Samsung later this year, Toronto Sun reported. Rogers also said it will roll out its 4G LTE network to a total of 21 markets in 2012, starting with Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver this fall. More →
Verizon Wireless announced on Monday that it will activate its blazing fast 4G LTE service in Pensacola, Tallahassee, and Gainesville Florida; Montgomery and Mobile, Alabama; Fayetteville-Lumberton, North Carolina, and in and around Philadelphia on May 19th. Verizon currently offers two 4G LTE phones, the HTC ThunderBolt and the Samsung DROID Charge, two USB modems, and two 4G LTE mobile hotspots. Hit the jump for a release detailing Verizon’s LTE roll-out in Philadelphia, the largest market from today’s announcements. More →
Verizon Wireless on Thursday confirmed that it is in the process of rolling out an over the air update for its HTC ThunderBolt smartphone. Software build number 1.13.605.7 will improve the ThunderBolt’s ability to move data over Verizon’s 3G network, and it includes messaging improvements as well. Other features listed by Verizon Wireless as being fixed or improved in this update include device activation time, GPS start up time and accuracy, and stability of apps like, Facebook, KAYAK and My Verizon. Users will receive a notification on their devices once the update is available for download. More →
Hey, Samsung Vibrant users… are you sitting down? We have one word for you, and it just so happens to be the made-up compound word you’ve been waiting for: Froyo. That’s right — the Froyo update countless U.S. Galaxy S owners have been kicking and screaming about for ages is finally coming to at least one version of the popular handset. Oh, and it’s coming tomorrow, January 21st. PC Magazine got the goods from T-Mobile CMO Cole Brodman, who said the update will begin rolling out tomorrow. The update will roll out in waves, however, so don’t despair if it doesn’t hit your handset right away. After all, what’s a few more days following the torture you’ve already been through? Commence widespread complaints about the Vibrant not getting Gingerbread in 3… 2… 1… More →
Following a misfire earlier this month, official word has finally come straight from the horse’s mouth. Using its “googlenexus” Twitter account, Google announced Monday that the Nexus One will receive an update to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) “in the coming weeks.”
The Gingerbread OTA for Nexus One will happen in the coming weeks. Just hang tight!
The update will be issued over the air, so users will not have to connect their Nexus One smartphones to PCs in order to apply the update. Once Android 2.3 begins rolling out, users will see an alert on their devices and will be walked through the update process. Google has not stated how long it will take to push Gingerbread out to all Nexus One devices, or which regions will receive the update first.
Verizon has just announced that they will be holding a news conference on December 1st to detail the launch of its next-generation, 4G, LTE network. With plans to go-live in “38 metropolitan areas, covering more than 110 millon people” before the end of the year, this would be the world’s largest LTE deployment. While the network is set to go live before 2011, customers will have to wait until early next year for LTE-compatible handsets to start making the rounds. Data products like USB data sticks and Mi-Fi-type devices should be available reasonably soon, however. Now, where’s that HTC Incredible HD? More →
We just received a heads up that T-Mobile will be rolling out some HSPA+ insanity speeds to the following markets on July 21st:
- Austin, TX
- Baltimore, MD
- Birmingham, AL
- Cincinnati, OH
- Cleveland, OH
- Columbus, OH
- El Paso, TX
- Ft. Worth, TX
- Hawaii, HI
- Indianapolis, IN
- Jacksonville, FL
- Kansas City, MO
- Louisville, TN
- Milwaukee, WI
- Minneapolis, MN
- Portland, OR
- San Antonio, TX
- Washington, D.C.
- Wichita, KS
Additionally, T-Mobile will be launching the new webConnect Rocket 2.0 USB data stick on July 21st with an “enhanced design” that swivels, you know, so you don’t accidentally snap the thing when it’s plugged in. Lastly, we’ve been told T-Mobile will start offering a Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook in select HSPA+ markets. However, it seems as if there isn’t 3G connectivity built-in, and you’ll need to use the webConnect Rocket to get your mobile data fix. Give me a moment to process that. Sorry, my head just exploded.
We’ve been told that T-Mobile is in the process of rolling out their super-fast 21Mbps HSPA + network to a bunch of major cities sometime, “soon.”