I am the first to admit when I am wrong. And indeed, I made a mistake a few weeks ago when I mentioned in this column a certain Web site as a place to sell an old iPhone without checking the reputation of the site mentioned.
To absolutely nobody's surprise (twice), HTC today announced the HTC Rezound for Verizon, the first U.S. smartphone to use HTC-owned Beats Audio.
Originally known as the Vigor, the Rezound is HTC's stateside answer to Europe and Asia's HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio, which CNET got a chance to see in early October at CTIA.
The Rezound, which features the same integration with the Beats headphones as the Sensation XL, will run on Verizon's ultrafast 4G LTE network. In addition, it's packing a 4.3-inch 720p HD display, which should make mincemeat out of … Read more
HTC was planning a surprise party, but Verizon just couldn't keep the secret. Early ads posted at Verizon stores had already tipped us off that today's HTC announcement would be about the Android-powered Rezound smartphone.
We now have some official details to fill in the space between all the speculation. CNET's onsite team is live-blogging the press conference and getting a hands-on look at the new phone.
Rezound run-down The Rezound (formerly known as the HTC Vigor) is an Android smartphone that runs over Verizon's 4G LTE network. It's aimed at the high end of the market will be available on Nov. 14 for $299.99 with a new 2-year contract.
Tech specs The Rezound has some hefty tech specs to back up its positioning as a top-end Android competitor. The phone sports a 4.3-inch 720p HD touch display, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 32 GB of internal storage (including SD), and 1 GB of RAM.
The rear 8MP camera also shoots 1080p HD video with instant capture, panorama, and action burst features.
The Rezound will ship with the Gingerbread OS and HTC Sense 3.5 UI rather than the latest Android OS Ice Cream Sandwich. That's a little disappointing, but not terribly surprising. HTC does say the Rezound will ship "ICS-ready" with an update likely coming in early 2012.… Read more
NEW YORK--HTC is expected to launch its latest 4G LTE handset with integrated Beats Audio technology at an event here today.
The company hasn't been too secretive about the new device, which is called the HTC Rezound and is expected to operate on Verizon's network. Advertising has already been spotted in Verizon Wireless stores. The new HTC Rezound (aka HTC Vigor) is expected to have a 4.3-inch 720p HD touch screen, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and an 8-megapixel camera.
But the big draw for the new device could be the integrated Beats Audio technology. The new audio technology comes from HTC's acquisition of Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics. There are already a couple of devices on the market that use the technology.
The company, which handles purchases of digital goods that customers make on their phone by linking payment to their cell phone bill, just last month signed AT&T as a partner, locking up the fourth and last national wireless carrier. BilltoMobile CEO Jim Greenwell said that the industry is poised to see a rapid explosion of purchases made through the carrier billing model. Rather than enter the credit card information on the phone, a person can use this option to pay for the good and have the expense show up on their … Read more
Smartphones keep luring more mobile users, especially those under the age of 45, according to a new survey from Nielsen.
Only 43 percent of all mobile users own a smartphone, Nielsen noted in its third-quarter survey. That figure covers the gamut of 13 to over 65. But ownership has hit more than 50 percent among some specific age groups under 45.
Of those in the 25 to 34 range, a whopping 62 percent now own a smartphone. And 54 percent and 53 percent of those 18 to 24 and 35 to 44 do as well, respectively. Teenagers are known to … Read more
A federal judge today allowed Sprint Nextel and C Spire to continue with its lawsuit to block the merger between AT&T and T-Mobile USA.
AT&T and T-Mobile had attempted to dismiss the lawsuit. But Judge Ellen Huvelle allowed both companies to persist with their lawsuits, which claim they would be squeezed by market pressures if the consolidation were to be allowed, according to Reuters. Part of the lawsuits, however, were dismissed. The lawsuits could further complicate the deal, which already faces opposition in the form of a lawsuit from the Justice Department.
Sprint Nextel is working with Apple to figure out the connection issue affecting some iPhone 4S devices on its network, but doesn't yet have an answer for the problem.
"We're taking the reports of problems from a small number of customers seriously," Fared Adib, head of product development for Sprint, said in an interview with CNET today. "There's nothing of significance to report yet."
Some Sprint iPhone 4S users have reported suffering dramatically slow connection speeds--an issue that sprung up almost immediately after the device hit stores. The problem remains a top topic … Read more
Research in Motion shares are now trading below book value and the previous argument for not tossing co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie to the curb revolved around disruption.
Here's what Balsillie said June 16 on RIM's fiscal first-quarter earnings conference call:
Mike and I would like to address some of the concerns that have been expressed in the media and analyst community surrounding the executive management structure at RIM and particularly about the joint nature of our leadership. Mike and I have been partners in this business for almost 20 years, and over that time RIM has … Read more