As expected, HTC has just introduced their Quad-core Tegra 3 handset and the flagship phone appears to be one of the most impressive Android devices ever designed. The One X, which will be part of the company’s new “One” series, comes with awesome specs.
The Mobile World Congress is right around the corner, but LG surprisingly has officially announced their Optimus Vu, the company’s answer to the Samsung Galaxy Note little ahead of schedule.
Just last week we talked about the new leak of information regarding Windows Phone Apollo, and today we are going to try and answer another big question: How does Apollo stack up against Android (or even iOS)? Are it’s new features enough to draw new users in?
While Windows Phone hasn’t enjoyed the same level of success as iOS and Android up to this point, it is still a very solid, if not sometimes misunderstood, operating system. Luckily, a new leak regarding WP8 shows that Microsoft is wasting no time in adding many great new features that might further push Windows Phone adoption beyond their highest expectations.
Porsche met Blackberry back in October with their P’9981 concept, an interesting looking device that is essentially just a standard Blackberry that has been beautified with Porsche styling. For many, you will find that there is little reason to own this model, either because of price, or just because you can get a better phone for even less.
The truth is that Vista wasn’t that bad if you had the right hardware, unfortunately Microsoft didn’t enforce any minimums and so most of us never really saw the ‘good side’ of Vista (though Windows 7 cured many of these problems). Microsoft isn’t repeating any of these mistakes with its Windows 8 tablets, and has already set some specific hardware requirements that all Win8 tablets will have to meet.
It’s raining smartphones at the ongoing CES 2012 and Sony has also jumped in on the action with their latest additions into the company’s popular Xperia line of smartphones. The four new smartphones, two among which will be released overseas in the coming months, have been beautifully designed and appear to be targeted at all the shutterbugs out there.
Apple in its iPhone design has a success stories that have had a tremendous impact on what the company’s next phone designs might look like. In other words, most probably, you won’t see a QWERTY keyboard, or a slider as a design target for the iPhone 5. What is highly expected though, is a screen size of over 4″, or even 4.3″ diagonally.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is now ready to make its official debut with Verizon Wireless. Yes, this is the Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone that you’ve all been waiting for. I know I have.
It didn’t take long for us to figure out that accelerometers were useful and that proximity sensors made a lot of sense, but why would we want our phones to measure the ambient atmospheric pressure?
The Galaxy S II has made huge waves in Europe and it has reached over 10 million units sold in just a short period of time after it was rolled out in the market.
Looks like it could be a very flavorful time ahead for fans of Old Magenta, because T-Mobile is adding a couple of new 4G smartphones to its lineup and both of them come with culinarily-inspired operating systems.
Yes, the HTC Ruby might have a somewhat effeminate name, but that shouldn’t deter the dudes from considering this powerful Android smartphone. For starters, it rocks a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor.
In case you missed it, Google Wallet effectively stores your credit cards and other methods of payment onto your smartphone in the form of an Android app. When it comes time to pay for something, you simply tap your phone
Moving forward, we thought that Nokia was largely dedicated to the Windows Phone 7 platform, but it looks like they’re not quite ready to give up on Symbian just yet. In fact, they just created a new updated version called Symbian Belle and it’s being offered in three new smartphones: the Nokia 600, Nokia 701, and the Nokia 700.
I’m not at all convinced that the updated platform will somehow skyrocket RIM out of its current woes, but I guess it can’t hurt that much either. BlackBerry OS 7 is just around the corner and both AT&T and Sprint want to be the first ones to offer the American public a taste of the new operating system… so, they’ve announced their upcoming BB7 phones.
You know how Nokia is supposed to be doing the Windows Phone 7 thing with Microsoft these days? Well, they’re not quite ready to give up on their own platforms just yet either. It’s not Symbian, but the new Nokia N9 is hitting the streets with MeeGo instead of Windows.
I’ll admit it, I am a coffee addict. The pot is usually on about as often as it rains here in Vancouver, but from time to time id sure like to treat myself to something special from the barista. No more fumbling change, now too like my iPhone friends, I can pull out an Android smartphone and pay up at the Starbucks before sitting down to write some news.
Google Wallet is a free mobile app that stores virtual versions of your credit cards, debit cards and coupons, eliminating the need for plastic and replacing your wallet with your phone. It will be compatible with none other than the Nexus S 4G, on Sprint. The app will launch “soon” but we’ve learned a great deal about it in the meantime.
If you belief the reports and hearsay, Apple wanted to order LTE chips from Qualcomm for use inside the next iPhone, but Qualcomm has been struggling to get production up to speed. As a result, there aren’t enough chips being made to satisfy Apple’s requests and, thus, there is no LTE in the iPhone 4S.
This is live from Google I/O, keep updating to see the latest news from what Google is coming out with.
The comparison is undeniable and inevitable. The Compufone Smartphone, at least in concept, sounds a lot like the Motorola Atrix. It’s a smartphone, but it’s also designed to power a couple other docking devices too.
Wait. Isn’t that the same thing? That’s what I was thinking when I first heard that notion, but I guess RIM is trying to distance itself from the less than hugely successful Storm line. The new BlackBerry Touch — codenamed BlackBerry Monaco for Verizon and BlackBerry Monza for GSM — is set to make its official debut next month.
You’ve seen them everywhere. Those weird 2D barcodes have made their way onto business cards, bus shelter advertisements, product packaging and into the newspaper. And now, the age of the QR code just might be coming to an end even before it ever really made any real mainstream impact. You can thank Google for that.
The official Google phone is now rocking some 4G connectivity… depending on your exact definition of what it means to have 4G. The Google Nexus S has been available since December of last year, but the American version only played friendly with T-Mobile’s bands. That’s changed, since Sprint has picked up its own version in the form of the Samsung Nexus S 4G.
VeriFone is announcing the second generation of their PAYware Mobile Service, which will allow merchants around the world to accept smart card, mag-stripe card and contactless-based payments anywhere at any time using their smartphones.
Yankee Group, a research firm from Boston, MA, has presented extensive research on the future of mobile usage and mobile transactions. Their research shows that at the conclusion of 2010, total value of global mobile transactions was at $162 billion, and they anticipate that it will be $984 billion by 2014.
Samsung’s latest string of teasers leading up to the Mobile World Congress 2011 is the Evolution is Fate campaign, promising a Galaxy S2 on Android 2.3 Gingerbread that will inevitably take over for the first generation of their current best-selling tablet.
JK Shin, president of Samsung Mobile, has officially announced a successor to the Galaxy S and the global equivalent of the U.S.-only Infuse 4G.
After all those rumors and spyshots, Google has officially unveiled its successor the original Google Nexus One smartphone. The Google Nexus S is officially here and the first Android smartphone of the bunch to come pre-loaded with the new Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system.
The US Department of Transportation is currently investigating technology that would disable a users cell phone while in a car. The report comes after Transportation secretary, Ray LaHood announced that the organization is looking at ways to ensure drivers will not be able to make calls in a car.
Isis is a method for using an application on your phone to send payments to a POS system using NFC (Near Field Communication) technology.
We reported just 4 days ago that you will soon have a digital wallet in your pocket, and today, Visa and Bank of America have teamed up to create the “digital wallet.”
Apple’s latest acquisition of Benjamin Vigier, a man who specializes in near field communications may be the one of the most brilliant moves the California company has ever made. Catapulting the primarily computer-focused business model of Apple, into the world of financial institutions. The day your smartphone replaces your entire wallet is coming very soon, and the iPhone could be the first to take us there.
Leaders from varios mobile payment companies met in a panel discussion at the 8th AlwaysOn & STVP Summit at Stanford to discuss the newest wave of payment since the credit card. The discussion, titled Transactions 2.0, was hosted by Randy V. Sabbet J.D., CISSP, Partner, Internet & Data Protection, Sonnenschein. The group covered topics regarding the safety and use of electronic signatures, using a cell phone to pay bills, online payments made by entering a cell phone number instead of a credit card, and a single-click check out process for credit cards using our mobile phones.
Reports of Apple working at launching “something new” through their retail chain of stores got mildly noticed this week. Apple Insider reports indicate an internal news bulletin was sent out to employees, details were scarce but the unknown product or service, which may or may not be the iPod Touch 4G, is expected to make a “big” impact.
The history of our monetary system is a long and exciting tale; barter turning to the use of gold in some places, wampum (shell beads) in others. Sixty years ago the first credit card, Diners Club, came into existence. Today almost all North Americans are packing plastic, if not credit then certainly debit. Within the past fifteen years we’ve seen the rise of e-commerce with companies like PayPal, creating economies within economies. So what’s next on our path of monetary madness? Well if you’ve recently been to Japan, or are dating a Japanese lady (recommended) you probably already know the answer: wireless payment via your cell phones.
Meant to be the best-in-class mid segment phone, HTC’s Desire 816G lacks shiny aluminium body its expensive sibling, the One M8. But that surely doesn’t make this phone feel cheap. Hold one of these and surely get to know that the plastic used for this phone’s construction is a high quality one. In terms of […]
Having worked at a movie theatre at one point in my life, I can appreciate a good movie poster when I see one. That said, I have yet to encounter one that really speaks to me. Japan is about to change that. No, I’m not talking about some sort of unique art style or a […]
On the surface, the Nokia 6131 looks like a budget-minded cell phone, but when you integrate an RFID chip under the hood, the unassuming mobile gains a rather interesting function. The modified version has been dubbed the Nokia 6131 NFC for Near Field Communication. Using the RFID chip housed within, the cell phone effectively gets […]
We’re catching up! While many of us may think that Canadians and Americans are in a relative stone age when it comes to mobile phone technology, especially when compared to our counterparts in Japan and Korea, it should be noted that strides are being made in the right direction. For example, Royal Bank has teamed […]
Big deal, right? It’s just another flip phone with a rather standard set of features? Wrong! The Nokia 6131i is pretty darn special, because it is the world’s first business mobile phone integrated with Near Field Communication technology. Set for launch in China (Xiamen, Guangzhou and Beijing), the Nokia 6131i can use its Near Field […]
That credit card wallet will be in full force sooner than you think. Visa, holding their own at CES, announced a deal with Nokia to make millions of phones into wallets around the world. The full details of the deal have yet to be announced, but we do know that you will be able to […]
Well, we have yet another way to keep extra careful about not losing our mobile phones. Seems Cingular, MasterCard, and Nokia have gotten together to test a contactless payment program for mobile phones. A few select Citi MasterCard holders will receive a Nokia mobile phone equipped with the MasterCard PayPass payment function and with NFC […]
NXP Semiconductors and Sony are getting together on a joint venture to develop short-range wireless chips for PCs and portable electronic devices. The agreement between the Japanese electronics giant and the former Philips unit will be in mid-2007, work on a near-field communications (NFC) chip that will play nice with certain kinds of NFC-compatible phones, […]
It’s getting better all the time to be a diabetes sufferer. Despite the constant need for insulin, there’s an ever-growing market of technological innovations to aid that process. The latest innovation is from Cambridge Consultants, and it’s a device that helps monitor glucose levels and other medical information, but it also works as an insulin […]
SanDisk and Philips are getting together to make your mobile phone payments even more secure. The so-called “contactless” payment methods made popular by Near Field Communications are fast being a hit among those who use drive-through windows and checkout counters. Just wave your equipped phone near the sensor, and your payment is made. It’s wireless […]
Philips Semiconductors is putting its weight behind a lobbying effort aimed at convincing policy-makers to adopt RFID tag technology. The global consumer electronic giant is fully convinced that RFID will become the most prevalent “electronic-based intelligence” technology of the 21st century. RFID will link machines, goods and people, helping companies gauge consumer preferences. Speaking at […]
Wireless Dynamics out of Calgary, Ablerta has announced their innovative new SDiD Card, the first RFID (Radio Frequnecy Identification) Reader/Writer and SD card to be designed. Almost any device supporting an SD expansion card can now be used as a portable RFID terminal. The applications are limitless, from health-care to logistics even homeland security; any […]