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Vizio makes VIA Phone and VIA Tablet official

January 3rd, 2011

Following on the heels of a report by the Wall Street Journal, electronics maker Vizio has made its entry into the smartphone and tablet market official. In a press release, the company outlines its VIA Phone and VIA Tablet devices that are set to debut this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Vizio’s VIA …

PlayStation phone due in Spring of 2011?

December 28th, 2010

A report filed today claims that Sony Ericsson’s PlayStation phone is set to launch in “spring of 2011” — the article was published in the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun. The publication goes on to state that the device will be “based on the PSPgo” and will “retain the PSP’s familiar gaming controls” — all of the leaked …

Verizon introduces Mobile Email 4.0, brings Exchange to feature phones

December 21st, 2010

Think you can avoid having corporate email on your mobile device by buying a feature phone? Think again, as today Verizon Wireless announced an update to its feature phone email solution, Mobile Email 4.0. The downloadable application will allow users to connect their non-smartphone devices to Microsoft’s Exchange environment, leverage push email, and utilize an integrated contact list. The …

Murtazin: Nokia to build Windows Phone 7 devices?

December 20th, 2010

While the following seems completely improbable, you have to give the idea consideration due to the source. Mobile Review‘s Eldar Murtazin, who is known for his deep Nokia connections, writes that Nokia and Microsoft are working on a partnership that would create “an entire line of Windows Phone devices that may go under the name Nokia [translated].” …

Best Buy posts Nexus S FAQ section

December 10th, 2010

So you want to pick yourself up a Nexus S and live the pure Google life. You probably have questions, no? Recently, Best Buy Mobile posted an FAQ page that pertains specifically to the forthcoming Samsung Nexus S. The questions range from the benign — When will the Google Nexus S be available to purchase? — …

Microsoft readying second major Window Phone 7 update for February?

December 10th, 2010

Blog WinRumors is reporting that Microsoft is preparing a second, developer-centric software update for its Windows Phone 7 platform to be released this February. The information was relayed to the site by an anonymous source involved with Windows Phone development. “Microsoft’s second update will introduce enhanced developer controls for applications,” reads the report. “Microsoft is expected to …

Video chat icons, PlayStation-like gaming calls found in Android 2.3 SDK

December 7th, 2010

Over the past 24-hours, electronic archeologists — of sorts — have been sifting through the Android 2.3 SDK looking for little nuggets of information that could indicate future features destined to drop on Google’s mobile OS. It hasn’t taken the software sleuths very long, as they have found several interesting artifacts under the SDK’s hood: video …

Throwback Thursday: Nokia 8110

December 2nd, 2010

Released in September of 1996, the Nokia 8110 was a unique member of the Finnish company’s high-end 8000-series line of phones. The device’s curved shape and manual-sliding keyboard cover earned the device the nickname of “banana phone.” The device operated on the 900MHz GSM frequency, had a monochromatic, dot-matrix display, and could store a whopping …

Windows Phone 7 unlock tool released

November 26th, 2010

If you have a Windows Phone 7 device and are itching to get some OS tinkering in, listen up. Blog ChevronWP7 has released their first Windows Phone 7 unlocking tool for users running Windows XP SP2 or higher. The unlock will allows for “the sideloading of experimental applications that would otherwise can’t be published to the Marketplace, …

T-Mobile’s Galaxy Tab tweaked to make phone calls by XDA

November 19th, 2010

The tinkering community that is xda-developers has managed to shoehorn the phone.apk Android module onto T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Tab. Forum member Jyveafk has figured out how to flash the device, using Odin3, to allow calling over T-Mo’s EDGE network. In it’s current state, XDA cautions that the procedure is “for experienced flashers only.” If you’re …