The company's best hope for a recovery, its next-generation BlackBerry 10 platform, has been pushed back to late next year. While executives blamed the later release of a new chip, Boy Genius Report said the real reason for the delay is the inability for RIM to get its core email and messenger services on the new platform.
"RIM is simply pushing this out as long as they can for one reason, they don't have a working product yet," the blog said, citing an anonymous source.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today he does not support a proposal to prohibit drivers from making hands-free cell phone calls.
"The problem is not hands-free," LaHood told reporters at the department's headquarters, according to a Detroit News report. "That is not the big problem in America."
The pronouncement came a week after the National Transportation Safety Board urged states to ban the use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices while driving. The NTSB doesn't have the authority to actually impose restrictions, but its recommendations often influence federal regulators as well as … Read more
Chinese phone maker Huawei may have one of the first press conferences at CES next month, but it's at February's Mobile World Congress show where the company intends to impress.
Earlier today, Huawei circulated the teaser e-mail above (border my own), promising to announce the company's "fastest and most high-performing" smartphone to date.
That doesn't tell us much about the processor, the screen size, or even the operating system of this forthcoming wonder phone, but I suspect it'll at least have a dual-core processor, a 4-inch screen, an 8-megapixel camera, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich--that last one since Huawei hasn't yet released a device on the Windows Phone platform.
As much as I appreciate the heads-up, Huawei's timing, just weeks before CES, is a little curious. It makes sense for Huawei to announce a high-impact device on a more global stage where the company has a markedly higher market penetration, but at the same time, it's just cast a shadow on anything it'll announce at CES.
Cricket Wireless announced today that it has launched its first LTE market by initiating service in Tucson, Ariz.
The move marks the start of the carrier's transition from 3G CDMA to 4G LTE, a process that will take several years. According to a spokesman for Leap Wireless, Cricket's parent company, the LTE service now covers 90 percent of the Tucson market with additional expansion to Nogales, Ariz., scheduled for 2012.
Beginning today, the carrier will offer two options for LTE service. Though each plan delivers up to 5GB of data per month, people who pay $50 per month … Read more
Verizon Wireless's claims of having the most reliable wireless network are being tested, with the company experiencing two outages on its new 4G LTE network this month.
The latest outage began in the wee hours of the morning Wednesday and affected 4G customers across the nation. From New York City to Denver to Washington state, customers complained that they could not access the 4G data network. Some customers said that they weren't even able to access the 3G wireless service, despite Verizon's claims that this network was not affected.
By mid-morning on the East Coast, Verizon said … Read more
Here's a friendly warning to all technology companies eyeing Research In Motion: Back away slowly.
Apparently, RIM drew its fair share of suitors over the last few months, with companies including Amazon, Microsoft, and Nokia weighing potential offers for the BlackBerry maker. The talks, however, never got serious enough to warrant a formal proposal.
It's clear why any company would consider buying RIM. For one, it's extremely cheap, having lost more than three-quarters of its market value over the past year. Despite its declining brand, the company still boasts an impressive array of business customers. For all … Read more
Intel has its sights set on ARM, and now, it's showing off some mobile devices to prove it.
Technology Review reported today that it recently had the chance to try out smartphones and tablets running Intel's Atom-based "Medfield" system-on-a-chip. The devices, known as "reference designs," are made to help the company entice handset makers to develop products running its processor. And in this case, they were also designed to provide some insight into what the company has planned.
There is a lot riding on Intel's Medfield processor. For years now, the company has … Read more
Is it finally time to say good-bye to the Symbian name?
Nokia announced on its blog today that the Symbian Belle operating system it has been touting over the last several months has been renamed Nokia Belle.
"The all new Nokia Belle (previously Symbian Belle) user interface will soon be available for download to some existing smartphones and begin shipping with a selection of smartphones that are already on the market," the company wrote on its blog.
Nokia has been slowly but surely moving away from Symbian. Earlier this year, the company signed an agreement with Microsoft that … Read more
iPhone owners still using OS 3.1.3 can once again install new apps from the App Store.
Users running the older OS reported on Apple's Support Communities over the past week that they were unable to download and install new apps directly onto their iPhone and iPod Touch devices, though they could update existing apps and sync new apps from iTunes. The glitch seemed specific to OS 3.1.3, though some iPhone 4S users with iOS 5 reported a similar problem.