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Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in February 2011
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Porting Android Apps Won't Solve RIM's PlayBook Problems
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
Growing evidence suggests RIM is looking to permit applications written for Google's Android platform to run on its PlayBook tablet. Here's why this is a bad idea.
Windows Phone 7 To Verizon?
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
Published photos show an HTC device running Microsoft's new mobile operating system and bearing the U.S. carrier's logo.
Clickatell Intros Text Messaging Service For SMBs
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
The company is pushing SMS as the best channel for small businesses to deliver urgent customer communications to a broad wireless audience.
iPad 2: 5 Features Apple's Tablet Won't Have
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
Apple is prepared to introduce its second-generation iPad on Wednesday. Here are five features this columnist doesn't expect to see.
Demo Show Still The Place To Be -- Or View
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
Keep an eye on JetStream HD, a hardware-software combo designed to let you stream movies and other heavy content to mobile devices like iPhones and iPads.
Verizon Wireless CEO Claims Strong iPhone Sales
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Most of the carrier's Apple iPhone 4s were sold via online pre-orders, which is why there were no long lines at stores, Dan Mead said.
Antennagate Redux On Verizon iPhone 4
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Consumer Reports testing of the Verizon Wireless version of the Apple smartphone find it has the same antenna problem as the AT&T version and is susceptible to dropped calls.
Motorola Xoom Teardown: What's Under The Covers
Commentary  |  2/25/2011  | 
The Xoom is the first shipping tablet with dual-core processors, and the first to run Android 3.0. UBM TechInsights took the device apart and found similarities to Motorola's Atrix 4G smartphone.
Apple Updates MacBook Pro Laptops
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Intel's high-speed Thunderbolt technology and second-generation Core processors, along with faster graphics cards and high-def FaceTime Webcams, are among the upgrades.
Motorola Xoom Teardown: Inside The New Android Tablet
Slideshows  |  2/24/2011  | 
UBM TechInsights, a sister company to UBM Techweb, InformationWeek's parent company, took apart the newest Motorola tablet, the 10.1-inch Xoom, the first dual-core Android tablet and the first tablet to run Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). Inside is Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor. In fact, many of the Xoom's components are similar to those of Motorola's newest smartphone, the Atrix 4G. That's not a surprise given that Apple and Samsung, for example, share design components across tablets and smartphones; an
Sprint's Windows Phone 7 Entry 'Arrives'
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Pre-orders begin for new HTC model, which carrier promises to deliver to consumers by March 20th.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb First Impressions
Commentary  |  2/24/2011  | 
The Motorola Xoom arrives with the tablet-optimized version of Android and it feels like a more complete OS than earlier versions.
No Windows Phone 7 Update For Some Users
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Samsung phones prove incompatible with patch, which also caused headaches for users of other phones powered by Microsoft's new mobile OS.
iPad 2: 5 Must-Have Features
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
With Apple preparing to announced its second-generation tablet, here are the five features it can't leave out.
Apple Event Ignites iPad 2 Speculation
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
The iPad 2 is expected to make its debut at a special event Apple is hosting in San Francisco on March 2, along with some other surprises.
High Prices Dampen Appeal Of Motorola Xoom
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
The Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet comes with a hefty $799 retail price tag. Verizon's $200 subsidy does little to mute the Xoom's high cost.
Apple's App Rules Prompt Charges Of 'Greed'
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
But an email attributed to CEO Steve Jobs suggests it's only publishers who need to comply with new subscription selling requirements.
Motorola Xoom To Debut Without Flash
Commentary  |  2/21/2011  | 
The Android tablet will reportedly launch without support for Adobe Flash despite marketing that has touted it as a differentiator from Apple's iPad.
Dispatch From Barcelona: Mobile Chips Of Change
Commentary  |  2/18/2011  | 
New chipsets are enabling mobile computing in every aspect of our lives. Here are a few of the latest developments from this week's Mobile World Congress.
Tablet Wars Heating Up
Commentary  |  2/18/2011  | 
Vendors from HP to Samsung, RIM to HTC and others served notice they are serious about competing with Apple and the iPad at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona.
iPhone Nano Rumor Debunked
News  |  2/18/2011  | 
Apple is reportedly working to develop a less expensive version of its smartphone, but unnamed sources have refuted reports of an imminent Nano version.
NFC, Pico & Audio: Mobile Chips In Full View
Slideshows  |  2/17/2011  | 
Many new mobile technology enhancements, from NFC to 4G to just plain old audio calling, are possible thanks to the silicon that makes it all so. At Mobile World Congress, there are as many chip manufacturers as any other mobile ecosystem player, and we met with everyone from Samsung to Intel to Qualcomm to Texas Instruments. Everyone's heard of them, but some of the most innovative advancements come from companies that are a bit more behind the scenes. Here are a few of our favorites from this
Mobile Wow: NTT Docomo's 3D Touchable Display & More
Slideshows  |  2/17/2011  | 
Mobile World Congress has its fair share of prototype technology, which is always a good way to get inspired about the future of mobile computing. NTT Docomo's advanced technology concepts always bring a big crowd and this year was no exception with its 3D touchable display. We also saw an interesting demonstration of remote printing from HP, and we revisited one of our favorite new technologies, the Motorola Atrix with Laptop Dock. And of course, our slide show wouldn't be complete without a ca
Dispatch From Barcelona: Mobile Video Is Here
Commentary  |  2/17/2011  | 
From videoconferencing to video chat to mobile TV, mobile devices can now do it all
Intel Ships Samples Of Medfield Smartphone Chip
News  |  2/16/2011  | 
Mounting a serious challenge to ARM, Intel plans to begin mass production of the 32-nm processor later this year.
Nvidia Announces Quad-Core Tegra Chip For Tablets
News  |  2/16/2011  | 
Tablet devices running the quad-core Tegra CPU, which includes a 12-core graphics processor, are slated to be available in August.
Mathias On Mobility: Will Tablets Replace PCs?
Commentary  |  2/16/2011  | 
Tablets fit nicely into the brave new world of emerging cloud-based enterprise environments, shrinking IT budgets, and the general consumerization of information technology.
Motorola Can't 'Envision' Using Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  2/16/2011  | 
Reinforcing its commitment to Android, representatives of the handset maker shot down suggestions that it use Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Motorola Confirms Xoom Tablet Price At $799
News  |  2/16/2011  | 
Priced to compete with the Apple iPad, the Wi-Fi only Xoom will cost "around" $600 but adding a 3G modem pushes the price higher.
Dispatches From Barcelona: Mobile Competition In All Its Glory
Commentary  |  2/16/2011  | 
HP and Microsoft chase RIM for third place, while Google pulls ahead of the field
As Seen At Mobile World Congress, Day 2
Slideshows  |  2/16/2011  | 
It is nearly impossible to see every product spinning through the eight halls that make up the massive Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. But not for us! This event is typically a chance for the entire mobile ecosystem to gather -- mobile operators, handset manufacturers, software providers, mobile service companies, carrier equipment manufacturers and mobile operating system vendors. Most of the new technology is incremental in nature, but it's always fun to see what new ideas pop up. What fol
Apple App Store Finally Gets Subscriptions
Commentary  |  2/15/2011  | 
Those of you who, like me, have been wondering when you'll finally be able to ditch dead tree magazine and newspaper subscriptions in favor of your iPhone, iPad or Touch; well our days in the wilderness are about over. Apple finally announced their new App Store subscription service today, opening to all publishers a feature introduced for News Corp's The Daily <
Nokia Shareholders Slam Windows Phone 7 Plan
News  |  2/15/2011  | 
Dissident group wants the company to reject Microsoft alliance and instead focus on in-house research and innovation.
Intel Goes MeeGo, With or Without Nokia
Commentary  |  2/15/2011  | 
Intel planned to further entice developers with a MeeGo user experience reference platform and a handful of shipping MeeGo applications. Without Nokia's full support, the message fell a bit flat.
Meat, Mobile and Me
Slideshows  |  2/15/2011  | 
They were slicing a giant pork roast here in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress, but all I could look at was the amazing array of mobile technologies the folks at Mobile Focus (put on by Pep Com but not affiliated with MWC) laid out. Exec producer Fritz Nelson, videographer Matt Conner and I avoided the carcass and spent our time checking a surprising array of mobile technologies. There were several main themes I noticed. Lots of announced but still unshipped devices were in use by the app m
Intel Showcases MeeGo Tablet UI And Other Apps
Slideshows  |  2/15/2011  | 
Despite Nokia's insistence that it is still very much behind MeeGo, Intel is going to the mobile platform dance stag. It would be easy to feel sorry for them if it hadn't felt like a mistake from the beginning. "Disappointed" is how one Intel MeeGo product manager expressed the company's view on Nokia's fickleness. Still, the company presses on, announcing and demonstrating a tablet reference platform, among other advancements, at Mobile World Congress. Intel also showcased MeeGo running a varie
Mobile World Congress: Taking a BYTE Out of Barcelona!
Slideshows  |  2/15/2011  | 
We arrived in Barcelona two days before the show started. The city is gorgeous, famous for its Gaudi architecture. The picture below, taken from Wikipedia because there are cranes now all over it during its completion, shows the famous Basilica I Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia. Construction began in 1882 and has proceeded off and on since. Now, in 2011, it is only halfway complete. The name Gaudi, as it refers to the architecture so prevalent here, refers to Catalan architect Antoni Gaud
Apple iPhone 5 Slated To Have Bigger Screen
News  |  2/15/2011  | 
Component suppliers in Taiwan have indicated that the next Apple iPhone will feature a 4-inch display.
Mobile World Congress: Spicy Mobile Madness
Slideshows  |  2/15/2011  | 
Steve Leon's Showstopper kicked off the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and Fritz Nelson, Matt Conner and I were there (see last slide). Lavish food and drinks for the press abounded, but we never imbibe. You know why? We choose instead to race around gathering data on the early look at products Showstopper provided on this night, the night before the show opened. I had a blast racing around taking pictures, shooting video and checking out vendors' wares. Showstoppers' Steve Leon, who I have
HTC's Flyer Android Tab Underwhelms
News  |  2/15/2011  | 
The 7-inch tablet device runs Android 2.4 Gingerbread, not the tablet-optimized 3.0 Honeycomb OS.
Nokia Makes Last Stand With Microsoft
Commentary  |  2/14/2011  | 
Former Redmond exec Stephen Elop has firmly hitched Nokia's fortunes to Windows Phone 7 in a do-or-die move to ensure the handset maker's survival in the smartphone market.
Microsoft Gives Sneak Peek Of Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  2/14/2011  | 
Internet Explorer 9 optimization, true application multitasking readied for second half
Mobile World Congress: Samsung Announces GalaxyS II Phone, Galaxy Tab 10.1
Slideshows  |  2/14/2011  | 
Samsung is using Mobile World Congress as its own personal stage. Before the world's biggest mobile event kicked off, the company putting on quite a show itself, with dancers, a live orchestra and, oh, yes, some new devices, too. Namely, a second generation smart phone (Galaxy S II) and a 10-inch tablet (Galaxy Tab 10.1). These devices will be available in February and March, respectively, but, in typical Samsung fashion, only in Asia and Europe at first. The company will make a North American a
Microsoft To Pay Nokia Billions For Windows Phone 7 Switch
News  |  2/14/2011  | 
Nokia CEO Elop defends deal as company's stock plunges on word of alliance with Redmond.
RIM Adds PlayBook Tablets
News  |  2/14/2011  | 
HSPA+ and LTE versions of the BlackBerry Playbook tab join the WiMax version that Research In Motion previously announced for Sprint.
Nokia’s Elop Proclaims 3-Way Mobile Race
Commentary  |  2/13/2011  | 
In a boastful address at Mobile World Congress, Nokia’s new chief dismisses Blackberry and casts his company as an industry savior.
Mobile World Congress: Samsung Swings At iPad With Android Tab
Commentary  |  2/13/2011  | 
Samsung's second Galaxy Tab boasts a 10.1-inch display, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and an 8 megapixel camera.
iPhone Nano Cast As Possible Answer To Android
News  |  2/11/2011  | 
Reports of a smaller, cheaper Apple smartphone have resurfaced, positioning the "iPhone Nano" as the ideal device to slow Android's ascent.
Microsoft, Nokia Join Forces On Windows Phones
News  |  2/11/2011  | 
Windows Phone 7 becomes the default operating system on Nokia smartphones under a bold plan designed to lift both companies' fortunes in the mobile market.
HP Goes All-In With WebOS
Commentary  |  2/10/2011  | 
It's putting all of its mobile development into the Palm operating system, even beyond the smartphone and its just announced tablet. Our analysis and video demo size up what HP is up to.
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