Google's Android mobile operating system has been credited with saving struggling handset manufacturers, but it may ultimately be the thing that kills a number of them off. Before Android came around, mobile devices typically had hardware integrated with custom operating software, which differentiated LG phones from Samsung phones from Motorola phones, and so on. No two devices from rival manufacturers were at all alike. But now, for the first time ever in the wireless ecosystem, a standard platform is emerging: At least a dozen handset makers have brought to market more than 90 different smartphones that run Android
We've just been dropped some intel from a new source that we thought we would share. Our source details three new handsets that U.S. wireless carrier Sprint will detail today at CTIA in San Francisco: the Samsung Transform, the Sanyo/Kyocera Zio, and the LG Optimus S.
The Samsung Transform will have a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display (not Super AMOLED), 800 MHz processor, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 3.2 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED-flash, EV-DO Rev. A and Android 2.1. We're told the device will be upgraded to Android 2.2 shortly after launch.
J.D. Power and Associates asked customers what they look for in a mobile phone, and which phones they like most. According to the results, released this week, consumer satisfaction with phones has risen with the rise of the smartphone- despite higher costs for both the devices and their service plans.
Driver distraction caused 25% of all car accidents in 2005, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Now, what would possibly be distracting drivers? A quick check of their e-mail on their Blackberry? A scroll though the groovy tunes choices on their Sony Ericsson Walkman music phone? A full-out phone call, with a hand holding the handset up against the ear instead of on the wheel or gearshift? Uh huh. Why do you think five states have already restricted cell phone use in the car? They’re on to us. Manufacturers showing at CTIA this year are happy to help. (So happy, in
The obituary of inventor Lewis Urry, whose breakthrough creation has powered millions of products, appeared just a couple days before the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled another version of Urry's technical passion. Both events were pointed reminders about our reliance on portable power. Urry, a Union Carbide chemical engineer, is considered the father of the long-life alkaline battery. The CSPC recall of one million Kyocera mobile phones because of potentially explosive batteries is the agency's third such action this year and involves a newer breed of portable energy. Of course, there was no connection (except timing) between the inventor's death at
HP DVD Movie Writer DC3000. Available now for $399 SRP. This device combines a DVD recorder with a video capture device and MPEG-2 encoder. The result is a straightforward product that transforms VCR and camcorder videotapes into DVDs. The Movie Writer still needs to be hooked up to a PC to access all pictures, but HP's software guides users through the connection of VCR or analog camcorder, capturing and dumping the video to DVD. Call (877) 656-7058 or visit www.hp.com. SIM2 Domino 20 DLP Projector. Available in October for $5,999 SRP. The Domino 20 home theater projector features Texas Instruments' matterhorn
By Natalie Hope McDonald "Twenty years ago, the FCC awarded the first commercial cellular license, sparking the revolution we call wireless communications," said Tom Wheeler, president and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA). "Throughout these 20 years, hearty competition has spurred innovation and propelled wireless forward at a breakneck pace. Today, wireless customers enjoy low prices, extensive choices, and an endless variety of new voice and data services." This year's participants of CTIA's show used New Orleans as the stomping ground to demonstrate a "more is more" philosophy as the definition of wireless broadened to take into account IT, mobile and
1. Apple iPod. The newest incarnations of iPod tout either 5 GB ($299), 10 GBs ($399) or 20 GB ($499). The 10 GB model is 10 percent thinner than its predecessor, whereas the 20 GB device holds 4,000 songs. All the iPods are now operable with both Mac and Windows operating systems and feature a new touch wheel, carrying case and wired remote. Auto-sync is also included; it's a feature that automatically downloads music libraries that are kept up-to-date when an iPod is plugged into a Mac. Additionally, all iPods come with earbud headphones, a power adapter and a FireWire cable. Call (408)
By Natalie Hope McDonald We have seen the future, and it's not what your mother warned you about. On the contrary, you can have that proverbial cake and eat it, too, thanks to wireless devices that transform the desktop into a workstation on the go. During PC Expo in New York City, the fashion for functionality was all about multi-tasking. It's not enough for a cell phone to be a cell phone, without also being a handheld. It's also more endemic that the laptop you're using in-transit transforms into a full workstation when you're at home. Amid the flurry of new devices, the schizophrenic theme
Samsung's Palm-powered SPH-I300 phone a big step forward in integration. By Janet Pinkerton Having acquired my featureless, black, clamshell-style mobile phone about a year ago, I still labor entering names into its phone book. The interface is hideous, the process tedious. If you screw up in one field, you have to go back to square one. That said, I just beamed contact information for 10 people—nine-business contacts and one aunt—from a co-worker's Palm Vx into my Samsung SPH-I300, the Palm-based mobile phone/PDA currently marketed by Sprint PCS. It took a matter of a few minutes. I can now dial my co-worker's Aunt Selma at