According to sources from music news site The Music Void, Apple is pushing hard for labels to get on board with Apple's new MobileMe service for music storage and streaming called "Locker." The service, the site reports, will cost $20/year and be ready for launch sometime in April.Informed sources say that Apple has sealed its deal with Warner and has been using that agreement to leverage the other labels to get the deals done in time for the April launch....These same sources tell me that although Universal Music and EMI are more or less … Read more
After a hectic fall CTIA show, CES, and Mobile World Congress, we assumed that the spring CTIA show would be a quieter affair. It might have been, too, were it not for AT&T's bombshell, dropped two days before the show kicked off.
News of the proposed merger was followed on Monday by Google joining forces with Sprint to bring Google Voice to nearly every Sprint phone. The announcement went hand in hand with Sprint's news that it's adding an Android 2.3 Gingerbread-run 4G-capable Nexus S to its lineup.
Speaking of Sprint, the carrier unveiled two spinoffs of its Android-powered Evo brand, made by HTC. There was the HTC Evo 3D--which offers a lensless 3D experience for photos, videos, and games--and the HTC Evo View tablet, a rebranded, 4G-ready version of the HTC Flyer we saw at Mobile World Congress.
HTC wasn't the only manufacturer to trot out a 3D phone. LG struck back with its LG Thrill for AT&T, the U.S. version of the LG Optimus 3D first glimpsed in Barcelona, Spain, last month. Like its competitor the Evo 3D, the Thrill features two 5-megapixel cameras on the back for shooting 3D video and stills. LG also had the T-Mobile G2X, our pick for top phone, and yet another rebrand of a dual-core Android phone, the LG Optimus 2X, first revealed at CES. To round off its Optimus theme, Cricket announced the LG Optimus C, the latest in the inexpensive, entry-level Android Optimus line.… Read more
Almost six months since the introduction of the PlayBook and just weeks before it goes on sale, Research In Motion is throwing us yet another curveball. RIM now says that in addition to BlackBerry and PlayBook apps, its tablet will also have the ability to run Android apps.
Reaction has been mixed, to say the least. Some are cheering RIM for being "open" and giving the PlayBook customer more choices of apps. And while those two things sound great in theory, it's also a sign that RIM needs some clarity of vision.
RIM has long been a … Read more
Are the tight supplies of Apple's new iPad 2 starting to ease up?
U.S. consumers eager to buy the new iPad at the online Apple Store now face a delay of only 3 to 4 weeks before the tablet will ship. The new ship time, which hit the store yesterday, compares with a ship time of 4 to 5 weeks previously.
The new ship times are also now the same that Apple offered shortly after the iPad 2 first went on sale in the U.S. two weeks ago.
Shares of Research In Motion are taking a tumble after the company warned of lower results for the current quarter as it contends with competition for its BlackBerry devices and gets ready to launch its PlayBook tablet.
In its earnings conference call yesterday afternoon, RIM warned of lower results for the current quarter.
The company said that it's looking for earnings for the quarter ending May to drop to between $1.47 and $1.55 a share and for revenue of $5.2 billion to $5.6 billion. Shipments of the BlackBerry phone are expected to edge down to … Read more
ORLANDO, Fla.--If you asked us a week ago whether CTIA 2011 would be hectic, we would have said "probably not." But then last Sunday, two days before the show began, the news of a certain merger broke and we knew the week would be a wild ride. Indeed, CTIA delivered a fresh crop of phones and tablets, and like CES and Mobile World Congress, Android loomed large. So, as the bright Florida sun sets for the last time on CTIA, CNET takes stock to pick our favorite products form the show.
Best phone: LG G2X Despite the … Read more
Though it prides itself on Android being an "open" mobile operating system, Google says it's being extra-protective of the tablet version of its OS before releasing it to the world.
Google said today that it will not release the source code Android 3.0, known as Honeycomb, just yet. The company says it's not yet ready to be customized in the same manner as previous versions of the OS, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
Current hardware partners will not be affected by the decision; Motorola just launched the first Honeycomb tablet, the … Read more
It's an Android-stravaganza in Orlando for CTIA 2011. CNET's Justin Eckhouse reports on the newest tablets while his second in command, JT Tabencki fills in as co-host. Amazon's app store is finally here and it's sort of hard to get into. Plus, Antuan Goodwin shows off his newest phone the HTC Thunderbolt on this week's edition of Android Atlas Weekly for March 24th 2011.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360) EPISODE 41
A growing thread on the Apple Support Discussions forum suggests that FaceTime for Apple's iPad 2 may not be working as expected. The issue, which occurs during video calls made with Apple's FaceTime, may be a bug in iOS 4.3, not limited to iPad 2 owners.
ASD forum user chucknelson writes:I had this problem on my iPad 2 as well. I restored the iPad and it was fixed, but during a FaceTime call I switched to the back camera and it froze the video on both ends of the call (but NOT the local video / video … Read more
We know this will only end in nasty, partisan comments, but we wouldn't be doing our jobs if we didn't put the Motorola Xoom and Apple iPad 2 in the ring for an official CNET Prizefight.
Out of the gate, you guys can probably guess my feelings on these two tablets. I wrote CNET's rated reviews for both devices, and although I was optimistic enough about the Xoom to nominate it for CNET's Best of CES, the iPad 2 ultimately received my Editors' Choice.
The wild cards in this Prizefight are the other two judges. Eric … Read more