The Samsung Transfix sits on the opposite end of the grandeur spectrum from the Galaxy Nexus we were all anticipating, but it's a good add for budget carrier Cricket. We got a chance to play around with it here at the show.
The Transfix runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread on its 3.2-inch screen. That's a little small for our tastes, or would be if there weren't a slide-out keyboard … Read more
It was as if we jinxed ourselves even before the show began. In our CTIA preview post, we said we expected a leaner show than usual mostly because Samsung and Google decided to pull out of the event at the last minute, and we hadn't heard of anything else on the horizon.
Boy, were we wrong. CTIA Fall 2011 has been a surprisingly busy show, with several product announcements, first-time hands-ons, and a few industry tidbits making us sit up and take notice. AT&T kicked things off with news of five new Android handsets, from the high-end … Read more
Just when you thought the world didn't need another 7-inch Android tablet that few would end up buying, here comes the T-Mobile SpringBoard, the 7-inch tablet you'd do well to look at, for the right price.
Announced just before CTIA officially kicked off in San Diego, the SpringBoard offers quite a bit--"4G" speeds, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1,280x800 screen resolution, and surround sound. There's also a 5-megapixel camera that can record 720p HD video, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, support for HDMI, and up to six hours of battery life. There are … Read more
SAN DIEGO--Cadillac has introduced a new central instrument panel that features touch-screen technology popularized by smartphones and tablets. The fully capacitive faceplate has an 8-inch touch screen that utilizes multitouch gestures to interact with it. Cadillac says this sets it apart from other car in-dash units that have an overabundance of buttons and controls.
The instrument panel is called CUE and it stands for Cadillac User Experience. In addition to a touch screen that lets you tap, swipe, and pinch in and out, it also has a proximity sensor so that when your hand approaches the screen, certain shortcut icons will appear. You can also enable haptic feedback, so that the screen pulses when you select something. Aside from the touch screen, the overall interface features fewer buttons, large icons, and natural voice recognition. You can pair up to 10 Bluetooth devices to it, and it's also compatible with USB keys, SD cards, and, of course, the iPod or iPhone. The entire faceplate opens up to reveal a 1.8L storage area as well. … Read more
SAN DIEGO--For the last decade, Shenzen-based Huawei has been a little-known brand in the U.S., but at a press conference today here at CTIA, the company made some ambitious plans known. Their goal: to become one of the top five wireless vendors in just three years.
That may sound like a lofty and highly unrealistic goal for a company whose highest profile devices include the rather basic Android-powered Huawei Impulse 4G for AT&T and the co-branded T-Mobile Comet, a much more entry-level Android smartphone. Sure, the just-announced T-Mobile Springboard tablet could help, but a few modest devices … Read more
SAN DIEGO--AT&T announced five new Android handsets today: the Motorola Atrix 2, Samsung Captivate Glide, Samsung DoubleTime, Pantech Pocket, and AT&T Avail. This release brings the total of Android devices on AT&T to 19 in 2011 alone.
As AT&T hasn't always been so bullish on Android in the past, we're happy to see the carrier renew its commitment to the platform with the release of so many Android handsets.
The Motorola Atrix 2 is perhaps the worst-kept secret on the list; we read reports of leaked Atrix 2 specs almost two weeks ago. … Read more
If you had asked me yesterday what would be the biggest news at the CTIA show in San Diego, I would have said it would be the imminent Samsung Galaxy Nexus unveiling expected at the company's Samsung Unpacked event October 11. The Galaxy Nexus promises to be the next-generation Nexus device and was slated to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of the Android mobile operating system.
However, Samsung and Google have since canceled the event out of deference to Steve Jobs' passing. Whether you think it's a classy move or not, it does make CTIA significantly less exciting, and we anticipate a leaner and quieter show as a result. The CTIA fall show--also known as CTIA Enterprise & Applications--is usually not as jam-packed as the spring event, but we do sometimes get a few juicy tidbits, like info about last year's cavalcade of Motorola handsets.
We definitely still expect to see many new handsets at the show, especially those with a 4G punch. We already know that we'll see Verizon Wireless's latest LTE-laced Samsung Stratosphere, and we predict we'll see more 4G handsets before the show is over. Of course, we'll be sure to keep our eyes peeled for interesting accessories and other previously announced handsets that we have yet to get our hands on.
Roger Cheng, our intrepid wireless reporter from CNET News, will be in San Diego covering Tuesday's opening keynote, with CEOs from Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T as speakers. From CNET Reviews, Jessica Dolcourt and I will be there to get some hands-on time with the latest hardware. And you might even see me inside a brand-spanking-new Cadillac talking about the car company's latest wireless tech.
We're generally skeptical of any video of strange lights in the sky, but this one is worth a gander. A family in Okotoks, Alberta--a suburb of Calgary--believes they caught footage of the fiery death spasms of NASA's UARS satellite, parts of which returned to earth early Saturday morning after two decades in orbit.
We can't confirm this video actually shows UARS' final descent. It's certainly out of the ordinary, but it's also not consistent with reports that the satellite likely fell in the Pacific Ocean before reaching Canada. NASA says that other amateur satellite watchers … Read more
Watch our for a falling satellite on Friday, AT&T launches its 4G LTE network in five markets, and Netflix splits itself into a streaming video company with the same name and a DVD-by-mail service called Qwikster.
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