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Microsoft discusses Windows Phone update issues; 10% rate of failure

February 24th, 2011

Yesterday, we told you about an issue being experience by Samsung Windows Phone owners that was causing a recently released update to fail — or in the worst cases render a handset unusable. Late last night, Microsoft took to the web to explain exactly what it’s discovered about the missteps of its first Windows Phone …

Hands-on with the HTC Chacha and Salsa

February 15th, 2011

One of the announcements made by HTC this morning revolved around two devices, the Chacha and Salsa, that have a dedicated Facebook button. We would have loved to get our mitts on the device and test just how functional having a hardware shortcut to The Book is, but, unfortunately, the two devices were encased in glass and …

Differentiation by assimilation: Nokia plays follow the leader

February 11th, 2011

The deal has been rumored for months, but before today, it was hard to believe. The world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer, Nokia, announced a strategic partnership with U.S. based software company Microsoft that will drastically alter the trajectories of both companies in the smartphone market place. As part of the deal, Nokia will begin to …

Windows Phone 7 update packing copy and paste coming in March?

February 10th, 2011

In December, rumors suggested that the first major update to Windows Phone 7 — the one bringing copy and paste — would drop sometime in January. When the days in January started to dwindle, the date moved to February. Now, with one-third of February gone, the latest batch of fodder points towards early March; the …

Facebook creates native app for feature phones

January 20th, 2011

It’s hard for us to fathom, but it is true: not everyone needs a smartphone. But not owning a smartphone should not prevent you from getting your digital-stalking on while on the go, no? Facebook has announced a new, feature-phone ready mobile client, created in conjunction with Snaptu. As Facebook explains, “The app provides a …

INQ still working on Facebook phone; to be called ‘Cloud Touch’?

January 11th, 2011

The sleuths over at unwiredview.com have found a Bluetooth SIG entry for a fairly peculiar device being called the INQ Cloud Touch. In the filing, the Cloud Touch is described as: An Android smartphone built to make messaging faster and smarter. It’s designed around the way people naturally communicate and has Facebook built into its …

Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play seen running PlayStation emulator on video

January 10th, 2011

The gaming-centric Xperia Play, from Sony Ericsson, can’t seem to keep a low profile. In this latest leak, we are privy to a video of the Android device running a PlayStation emulator and showcasing several gaming titles — including Biohazard 2 and Rage Racer. While we don’t find out anything really new about the handset, …

Hands-on with Samsung’s unnamed SCH-i520

January 6th, 2011

You have to feel just a little sympathy for the Samsung SCH-i520. Showcased next to handsets with names like Thunderbolt and BIONC, this poor little guy is only identifiable by his model name — it’s simply referred to as the “Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone” in Verizon’s official press release. Aside from the name, the device does boast …