Apple is reportedly talking to Verizon Wireless about bringing the iPhone to the carrier, according to USA Today. And Verizon executives aren't exactly pooh-poohing the reports.On a conference call to discuss first-quarter earnings, Verizon operating chief Dennis Strigl said the company is always talking to device makers, but had "no announcements to make relative to Apple today." USA Today reported that Apple is in high-level talks about bringing the iPhone to Verizon Wireless. The news comes just a few days after AT&T CEO Randall … Read more
The first Netbook running Google's Android operating system is expected to be available in the next three months and cost about $250, according to a Computerworld report.
The Alpha 680, as the laptop is known as, is going through final testing at Guangzhou Skytone Transmission Technologies, Skytone co-founder Nixon White told the site.
The Netbook uses a 533MHz ARM 11 CPU and sports a 7-inch LCD screen, keyboard, touchpad, and built-in Wi-Fi, according to the report. However, the Alpha 680's 2-cell battery will last only two to four hours while surfing the Internet, much lower than the expected … Read more
T-Mobile USA has sold 1 million G1 Android phones, six months after launching the product.
T-Mobile corporate parent Deutsche Telekom revealed the number as part of its earnings announcement earlier this week, as spotted by Telephony Unfiltered. The G1 was released in October and accounts for about two-thirds of all the 3G phones running on T-Mobile's network.
It's an important milestone for both T-Mobile and Google, and a little surprising that it went undiscovered for several days. Android phones are also available in other parts of the world, but both Google and T-Mobile have put a ton of … Read more
As a reminder, in devices that have both Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth will be used to pair the two, but actual data transfer will take place over Wi-Fi via an ad hoc Wi-Fi connection. This is especially useful when moving large files like photos, video, and more. The new specification also addresses energy savings with built-in power controls that will help conserve battery life.… Read more
With products like the Outlook add-on Xobni relying on Facebook to give Outlook contacts a Facebook face to go with the name, it was only a matter of time before a mobile app started doing the same.
On Tuesday, RIM released the latest edition of Facebook for BlackBerry, version 1.5. In it, the BlackBerry-maker loads on new features to integrate your BlackBerry contact information with that contact's Facebook photo. If you choose, the app will update the existing photos in your BlackBerry contact list with your Facebook friends' profile photos, an association you can also create manually in … Read more
China Mobile is staking out its own ground in the mobile-application marketplace.
According to IDG News Service, the world's largest wireless carrier plans to introduce its own mobile-application store later this year, calling it "Mobile Market." The report says the store will be open to both independent developers and companies, though it's not clear what operating system or platform technologies will be used by the phones running on China Mobile's network when the store is ready to go.
China Mobile's plans for Mobile Market illustrate the difficulties that it and Apple faced in trying … Read more
Quickoffice, the maker of office productivity software for Symbian and BlackBerry handsets, has released its first suite for the iPhone.
Quickoffice for iPhone, which was released Monday, allows full editing of Microsoft Office documents and spreadsheets, and incorporates cut-and-paste functionality--a feature that will not be natively supported by the iPhone until the summer.
File-sharing and content-management capabilities are also built into Quickoffice for iPhone. Aside from allowing editing of Office documents, the suite also supports the viewing of iWorks and PDF format files.
The new suite also incorporates access to MobileMe iDisk accounts. However, that functionality was already enabled … Read more
Windows Mobile 6.5 phones still aren't expected to arrive until the second half of the year, but Microsoft sounds like it's ready to show off the new operating system next month.
Electronista spotted a post to Microsoft's Windows Mobile blog last week that said the company is planning to "launch" the new mobile operating system at TechEd 2009, scheduled for May 11. "Launch" can mean an awful lot of things in the business world, and in this case, it's likely that Microsoft is referring to the "release to manufacturing" … Read more
Sony Ericsson plans to lay off a further 2,000 employees in the wake of deeper quarterly financial losses.
The staff cuts, announced on Friday, add to the 2,000 cuts the handset maker outlined in July. They came the same day that Sony Ericsson reported its first-quarter earnings results, which showed that the company had a pretax loss of 358 million euros ($467 million) for the first three months of 2009. The company's earnings slipped into the red in the third quarter of 2008, and its losses have deepened ever since.
"As expected, the first quarter of … Read more
Google is planning some noticeable user interface changes to Android 1.5, which is expected to be released at the end of April.
The company posted a few screenshots of sample changes made to the UI that could potentially break existing applications. Buttons and check-boxes have been tweaked with a simpler, streamlined look that would seem to make it easier to sort through various fields but could present problems for application developers who wrote their apps with the older button fields in mind.
Of course, that's why companies release things in beta, and the tweaks should be relatively easy … Read more