AT&T's Go prepaid service may not get the flashiest cell phones, but it is an ideal first stop if you're searching for a functional handset with a simple design and an affordable price tag. Samsung is a frequent source of such models, and it recently gave us two more with the SGH-A187 and SGH-A197. Both are now available on AT&T's Web site and in some carriers' stores.
Earlier this month, Ari Jaaksi resigned as head of Nokia's MeeGo division, citing "personal reasons" as the cause for his departure.
Turns out "personal reasons" was actually a euphemism for "I'm joining Palm."
Sources close to the company tell me that Jaaksi has hired on as Senior Vice President of webOS at Hewlett-Packard's Palm division. He's to start in November, after relocating to the Bay Area, and when he does, he'll lead Palm's webOS engineering team.
And Jaaksi isn't Palm's only new high-profile hire. Victoria Coleman, … Read more
Reports started trickling in early this week that T-Mobile was issuing an over-the-air software update to the Samsung Vibrant. Although it's not a major release like Froyo, it will likely be met with great enthusiasm. What's so great about the update? To put it simply, it fixes the GPS.
Readers may recall that early Vibrant owners complained of various issues with the GPS on their phones. Whereas some folks were seeing their device take an abnormally long time to lock on with a signal, others would find their handset reporting a completely wrong location.
Those of you with … Read more
There's a new simple Samsung messaging phone available today at MetroPCS stores. The Samsung Freeform II (Samsung SCH-r360) is a candy bar phone whose QWERTY keyboard sits below a 2.2-inch QVGA display. Unlike its ruby red predecessor, the original Samsung Freeform, this sequel comes in black.
Texting and photo messaging are on board. You'll also find a 1.3 megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, and speakerphone.
There's also an MP3 music player and a miscoSD slot that takes up to 16GB expandable memory.
It also comes equipped with several apps for MetroPCS services, like turn-by-turn MetroNavigator, MetroWeb … Read more
Welcome to the 411, my column answering all your questions about cell phones and cell phone accessories. I receive plenty of questions about these subjects via e-mail, so I figured many of you might have similar queries, too. At times, I might solicit answers from readers if I'm stumped. Send your questions and comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer to remain anonymous, let me know in the e-mail.
Hi Nicole, I am trying to find a little information on the new Rugby II and thought you might be able to help. I've been … Read more
Qualcomm's Snapdragon silicon made a sweep of all of the Windows Phone 7 smartphones announced today, rendering the hardware from various manufacturers relatively homogeneous inside.
Against a backdrop of phone announcements from companies such as Samsung, HTC, and Dell, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer posted a video today discussing the relationship between the two companies.
"Qualcomm and Microsoft have a long history of working together to optimize the mobile operating system for Qualcomm chips and platforms...We're excited to bring a new generation of Windows phones exclusively featuring Snapdragon mobile processors," Ballmer said.
"This really shows...what can happen when people bring together great software and great hardware," said Jacobs in the video.
But this collaboration also brings Windows PC-like hardware uniformity. Just as the PC world has the Windows operating system and Intel processors, this first crop of Windows Phone 7 smartphones feature a Microsoft OS and Qualcomm silicon.
"If all of them feature the same hardware (internal) and same operating system, what happens to the differentiation?" asked Ashok Kumar, managing director and analyst at Rodman & Renshaw. Other smartphone processor suppliers include Texas Instruments, Marvell Technology, and Samsung, who provide chips for Android and BlackBerry phones, among others.
And it remains to be seen if Windows Phone 7 devices can find a place in a very crowded market. "I think one of the biggest questions is what are the prospects of Windows Phone 7," said Kumar. "Most of the resources are targeted toward Apple and Android and then you have RIM and the QNX (operating system). There are many questions here, not least of which is what will the receptivity of the consumer be?" Kumar said.
Windows Phone 7 smartphones include the Dell Venue, HTC 7 Mozart, HTC 7 Trophy, HTC HD7, HTC Surround, HTC 7 Pro, LG Quantum, LG Optimus 7, Samsung Focus, and Samsung Omnia 7. Inside these products is Qualcomm's 1GHz application processor, a 3D graphics function, support for high-megapixel cameras, and the requisite 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, among other functions..… Read more
Though handsets will launch with a variety of carriers, AT&T will soon offer three Windows Phone 7 handsets in the U.S.: the Samsung Focus, the HTC Surround, and the LG Quantum.
We got some brief hands-on time with all three phones from AT&T at the event, and you'll find first impressions, as well as some photos, below. In general, we were impressed with the hardware, and it's nice to see Microsoft and AT&T offering a variety of designs to ensure that there's a little something for everyone. … Read more
As we draw closer to the end of 2010, each of the four big wireless providers is expected to release its version of the Galaxy Tab. Announced last month, the 7-inch Android-based tablet has yet to see an official price tag or launch date from any U.S. carrier, but that may soon change as a handful of Tab rumors began swirling late last week.
The Samsung Focus isn't the only Samsung handset announced today to feature the Windows Phone 7 operating system. The Samsung Omnia 7, which joins the Omnia family populated by the Omnia HD and Omnia II, will hop on over to Europe.
The quad-band GSM Omnia 7 world phone packs a 4-inch Super AMOLED display that we found brilliant on all the Samsung Galaxy S phones. The screen's WVGA configuration supports 800x480 pixels.
The Omnia 7 has a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and HD video recording (720p) and supports H.246 HD video playback. It has a digital music … Read more
Eight long months after Windows Phone 7 made its debut at the 2010 Mobile World Congress, Microsoft finally unveiled its first series of handsets to the world. Out of the first batch, six are headed to the United States (T-Mobile gets two, AT&T picks up three, and one will land at Sprint early next year), with the rest landing around the world. And on the manufacturer side, LG, HTC, Samsung, and Dell are the first handset makers to delve into the revamped operating system.