Here's a first look at Adroid, Google's new mobile operating system. The Google execs show off two gPhone prototypes running Android. The rich graphical geatures are demoed on an iPhone-like touchscreen phone.
Sprint's going to be a little gentler on its customers. Starting on November 12, customers will be able switch to a new rate plan without having to sign up for another two years of service.
The Open Handset Alliance, a group of 34 technology companies, hopes to spur wireless innovation and offer a better mobile experience at affordable prices. On a conference call ths morning, Google stressed that it is not announcing the 'gPhone,' but instead hopes thousands of different devices will be available with this Google-centric OS.
Sprint's offering customers in select areas of Denver and Indianapolis the opportunity to improve indoor call quality...for a fee. Sprint's launching the Samsung AIRAVE, a 'femtocell' device that routes mobile phone conversations over users' broadband Internet connections. Sprint customers that connect via the AIRAVE will receive unlimited domestic calling while at home.
In the midst of all the new iPod announcements yesterday, Apple chopped the price of the 8GB iPod to $399 from $599. This upset many early adopters and many felt ripped off. Apple's respoded by promising a $100 store credit to those who bought an 8GB iPhone who didn't expect such a drastic price drop so quickly.
HP officially announced the iPAQ 600 Business Navigator Series tonight. The new iPAQ 600 is a Quad-band, 3G smartphone with GPS navigation. This phone is all business and certified to work with popular enterprise applications.
Apple unveiled the Wi-Fi Music Store, which will allow Wi-Fi enabled iPod and iPhone users to browse, preview and purchase songs over the air.
AT&T announced Smart Limits for Wireless, a set of features that parents will love and kids will hate. The new Web-based features allows parents to control how and when their children can use their mobile phones, as well as limit the number of ringtones and downloads they purchase.
Nokia's busy touting a range of mobile handsets today at the Nokia GoPlay event, but what really caught many people's eyes today is the company's iPhone clone. The interface looks like a blatant ripoff of the iPhone, but details are scarce right now. Check out the video to see what future Nokia handsets may look like.
Samsng is teaming up with Los Angeles International Airport to offer travelers launch free charging stations throughout all terminals. Hurried travelers will be able to charge their mobile phones, laptops and other personal electronics before hoping on their flights.
loopt will be the first social mapping service on a major U.S. carrier as it teams up with Sprint to offer real-world. Sprint customers nationwide can now find and connect with friends using loopt, a location based service that uses the GPS capabilities on select phones to facilitate real-world interaction between friends. loopt was previously available only through Boost.
I picked up an 8GB iPhone Friday night from the Apple store in San Francisco. I'm very impressed with it so far, but hope Apple improves a few things over time. At $600, the iPhone costs more than many budget notebooks. Users should be 100% sure that the iPhone is for them before making such an investment.
David Pogue of the New York Times posted an entertaining video of his experience with his iPhone. Like others who've spent time with the iPhone, he dislikes AT&T's slow EDGE data network, the sealed battery and lack of an expansion card slot. He does like the interface and apps, especially Google Maps.
The most hyped mobile phone in history is will start selling in just a few short weeks. Apple started running a series of commercials last night that show off several features and its intuitive interface. Whether or not the iPhone will become as popular as the iPod is still questionable, but one things for sure: iPhones will be nearly impossible to score when they first launch.
The hotly anticipated iPhone will only be available with AT&T service for at least the next five years. The AT&T and Apple deal also prevents the development of a CDMA version of the iPhone for the same period of time.