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HTC Droid Eris to Receive an Upgrade in 2010 (0)

Other Droid users are getting ready for their handsets to get an upgrade. For instance, Motorola Droid owners have the Android 2.0.1 to look forward to in the coming weeks.HTC Droid Eris users aren't as lucky. Droid Eris owners will have to wait until next year for their smartphones to get updated. The Droid Eris currently runs on Android OS 1.5.According to Verizon, they are planning to release an OS update for the Droid Eris in the first quarter of 2010. The service provider however, did not specify which version of the Android will be released for the Droid Eris. They did say though, that customers will get support for Google Maps and Navigation. Source: CNET Read More

Gift Guide 2009: Smartphones (0)

The holidays are coming, from Thanksgiving and Black Friday, to Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza.  If you are contemplating on sending your dear friends and family a brand new smartphone for the coming days of gift giving, finding the right phone would take a lot of research.  Good thing we at compiled the best deals you could get when it comes to smartphones.Motorola DROID - Powered by Google's Android platform, the Motorola DROID (pictured above) is the first smartphone to feature Google Maps Navigation, a free voice-activated, turn-by-turn GPS system.  It offers 3G-speed Web access with multi-window browser, a vast application store, a sliding QWERTY keyboard, and a 5-megapixel camera with dual LED flash.  The Motorola DROID costs US$199.99 with a two-year contract on Verizon Wireless.Image source:  Verizon Wireless HTC Hero - One of the smartest phones to become available in 2009, the HTC Hero exclusive Sense technology lets users arrange its home screen to virtually limitless possibilities.  They can also easily switch in between modes, even changing the tools appearing on the home screen as a result.  The integration of its phone book to your contact's social networks like Facebook and Twitter is, in our opinion at least, the Hero's biggest selling point.  Navigation can be done either through its 3.2-inch touch screen or its trackball.  The HTC Hero is available in the United States on Sprint for $179.99 with a two-year contract and in the United Kingdom in a "pay as you go" monthly plan system.Apple iPhone 3GS - Apple's 2009 update on the ever-popular iPhone comes with a much-improved camera with video recording and editing capability.  Although the iPhone 3GS still does not multitask, third-party apps can now employ a "push notification system," which alerts users of an instant update without having to leave the current application.  The Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB edition is available on AT&T for $199 with a two-year contract.HTC myTouch 3G - T-Mobile's myTouch 3G excels in multitasking by allowing pop-ups on your status bar that lets users informed about the latest instant messages, event alarms, and app updates.  If they want to highlight the alert, simply tap the pop-up and the phone automatically displays the update.  The Android-powered HTC myTouch 3G is available on T-Mobile for only $149.99.Palm Pre - Long hailed as "The iPhone Killer," Palm Pre's strength lies on its multitasking feature, as it can keep many applications open at the same time.  This touch screen phone also comes with a sliding keyboard, catering those who find typing on a touch screen too tedious.  Sprint offers the Palm Pre for only $149.99 after rebate, which also comes with a two-year contract.Palm Pixi - If you like the Palm Pre but find it too expensive, the Palm Pixi is a better alternative.  This lightweight handset supports GPS, dual-band CDMA2000, and 3G EVDO Rev A data networking.  It also comes with Palm's synchronization functions, much like the Pre.  The Palm Pixi can be bought from Sprint Network for only $99.99 after rebates and comes with a two-year contract as well.BlackBerry Tour 9630 - BlackBerry lovers are not left behind, as the Tour 9630 comes as the fastest 3G phone under their belt.  It enables video calls, surf the Web, stream videos, download music, and so much more at 3G.  Its world-roaming capabilities let users call and send text messages to almost anywhere in the world.  The BlackBerry Tour 9630 is available on both Verizon Wireless and Sprint. Read More

HTC Droid Eris (0)

HTC is said to release a familiar-sounding mobile phone called the Droid Eris, which will become available right at the heels of Motorola DROID.  Although both phones are exclusive to Verizon, it seems that the Motorola phone has been getting all the love even though the Droid Eris costs half the price (US$99 after rebate).  Perhaps it is because the HTC Droid Eris runs on Android 1.5 while Motorola DROID comes in 2.0.But that does not mean the HTC model does not have its advantages.  For one, it will come with an auto-focus 5-megapixel camera with video recorder function and WiFi-according to sources over at Engadget.Let's see if people will be encouraged to buy it.Image Source: Read More

Motorola DROID (1)

Verizon Wireless has officially announced that they will offer the Motorola DROID beginning November 6.  Tagged as the first smartphone powered by Android 2.0, the DROID provides 3G-speed Internet with multi-window HTML browser, access to thousands of applications and widgets, and multi-tasking capabilities.  It is also the first smartphone to feature Google Maps Navigation, a free turn-by-turn voice-activated GPS application.  Simply say where you want to go and let your phone show the way.Specs include a 3.7-inch high-resolution widescreen display; 5-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, auto-focus, and image stabilization; 16GB memory card; slide-out QWERTY keyboard; voice-activated Google Search; visual voicemail; and over-the-air Amazon MP3 downloads.DROID will become available in the United States exclusively at Verizon Wireless online store and retail outlets for US$199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement after a $100 mail-in rebate.Image source:  Verizon Wireless Read More

Motorola to Release 10 Mobile Phones in 2009 (0)

It appears as if luck has not been good to Motorola these days.  This fledgling cell phone maker has been cutting costs quicker than you say "Razr," but Wall Street analysts have speculated that it is probably because the company has bigger plans for 2009. Oppenheimer & Co. analyst Ittai Kidron said that Motorola appears to be preparing for its introduction of 10 - yes, 10-smartphones for the second half of 2009.  With smartphones being one of the few products that are seen as bullish for the coming years, Motorola is planning to focus on delivering smartphones that run on Google's open source Android OS, with at least one of the new devices will be operating on Windows Mobile."With sentiment at an all-time low and investors' attention lost, we believe Motorola warrants another look," noted Kidron.  The cell phone company, based in Schaumburg, Illinois, has had its plans delayed because of the company's financial problems despite having a new leader in the person of Sanjay Jha, Motorola's co-chief executive officer who was recruited from Qualcomm Inc.Cell phone revenues of Motorola dropped 70 percent for the past two years.  However, analysts say that the impact of the troubles Motorola has been facing have been minimal at best in terms of the company's overall profitability because volumes have shrunk so much. Read More

Motorola Posts $397-Million Loss (0)

Has Moto lost its mojo? Well, not quite, but almost. Heck, no, it's not economic Armageddon for them but the news is well away from the bright light. Motorola has lost a jaw-dropping sum of $397 million in its earnings for the third quarter. Additionally, there too have been major setbacks since their plan to release handsets powered by the latest in mobile gaming platform called Android has been called off. That is, instead of 2009, another year may be added to the timeline. A year ago, within the same quarter, the phone company earned a total of $40 million. But fast-forward to the present: Motorala has announced a plan to tighten its belt on expenditures in 2009. The cut will be around $800 million. Moreover, Motorola has announced not to sell some of its manufactured handsets until after the end of the third quarter of 2009. However, all that Moto can do now is keep that fighting spirit for a hopeful comeback. Image source:    Read More

Google smartwatch leaked? (0)

The tech world was abuzz when photos of what seems to be an early prototype of the Google smartwatch leaked online Tuesday. Citing an anonymous source, Android Police claims the Motorola-made Google Watch, which goes by the codename "Gem," falls under the Nexus line of devices. The images look grainy at best, but they show what to expect from the Google smartwatch: a square display, a capacitive back button, and two buttons. One of the photos shows the prototype displaying a settings menu. It remains unclear when the photos were taken, although Android Police believe it existed in 2013, before Google sold its Motorola business unit to Lenovo recently for $2.9 billion. Meanwhile, Motorola confirmed on Twitter that the company was developing a watch that they aim to release "this year." It is not yet known if the two devices are related Rumors of a Google smartwatch also circulated last October, when the tech giant was reportedly close to completing the device with the help of Google-acquired Android watchmaker Wimm. Google has yet to respond on the issue. Source: Mashable Read More

Nokia CEO Teases About Windows-Based Tablet (1)

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop hinted during an interview with Australian Financial Review that his company will be venturing once more to the tablet category. Back in 2007, years before the iPad, Nokia introduced the N800 Internet Tablet, which was followed by the N801 the year after. They looked more like phablets by today's standards and like other tablets before the iPad, they did not take off well. "We haven't announced tablets at this point, but it is something we are clearly looking at very closely," Elop told the newspaper. "We are studying very closely the market right now as Microsoft has introduced the Surface tablet, so we are trying to learn from that and understand what the right way to participate would be and at what point in time." It is pretty inevitable that Nokia's future tablet will run on Windows, especially that Microsoft is Nokia's partner in its Lumia line of smartphones. However, Elop is not discounting the possibility of developing a Nokia tablet that runs on Android, but they might be late in the game. "On the Android side, we were very worried that we would be entering Android late relative to everyone else in the industry, that perhaps one vendor was already well on the road to being the dominant Android vendor at the expense of everyone else," Elop added. "If we look back two years to when we made the decisions, then Samsung was big, HTC was pretty big, and Motorola was pretty big. Of course, what has happened in the two years is that Samsung has captured the lion's share of it and the others have been squeezed down to much smaller market share. We were worried about exactly that pattern forming." Source: Australian Financial Review, via TechCrunch Read More

Samsung to Offer Tizen-Based Smartphones (0)

In an apparent attempt to loosen its dependence on Android, Samsung has confirmed it plans to offer a line of devices based on Tizen mobile OS in 2013. In an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg, a Samsung representative stated that the company will "keep expanding the (Tizen) lineup depending on market conditions." The rep did not reveal any more details about the upcoming devices or their prices. Tizen is a Linux-based, open-source mobile operating system that supports both Intel and ARM processors. Meanwhile, its SDK and API allows developers to utilize HTML5 when writing applications. The OS is aimed to work in tablets, smartphones, GPS devices, netbooks, smart TVs, and in-vehicle infotainment systems. The move may have to do with the Google's recent acquisition of Motorola, as the South Korean electronics giant is weighing its options about decreasing its reliance on Google's own mobile OS, Android. Samsung already has its own mobile OS called Bada, but apparently this software has been shelved in favor of Tizen. Several Bada-based smartphones from Samsung were launched in 2011, but none followed the year after. Source: Bloomberg, via Mashable Read More

Patent War Between Apple and HTC Ends with Settlement (2)

  One of Apple's legal battle against Android, Google's mobile operating system, draws to a close as the company co-founded by the late Steve Jobs and Taiwan-based smartphone maker HTC agreed to dismiss patent infringement lawsuits hurled against each other, ending a bitter two-year feud. Back then, Apple accused HTC of copying the iPhone, the same accusation to other Android-toting smartphones of Samsung and Motorola. On the other side, HTC told Apple to stop its patent-trolling ways. Both companies said their settlement includes a 10-year license agreement, which grants rights to current and future patents of Apple and HTC. They declined to disclose the monetary details, but it is widely believed that HTC is paying Apple as part of the settlement. In a statement, HTC's spokesperson Sally Julien said that her company does not expect the deal to have "an adverse material impact on the financials of the company." Analysts say the settlement could be a sign that Apple's new CEO and Jobs' successor, Tim Cook, is eager to "end the distraction and risks of patent fights." "We are glad to have reached a settlement with HTC," Cook said in a prepared statement about the deal. "We will continue to stay laser-focused on product innovation." Source: New York Times Read More

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