Details are a little sketchy at this point, but it seems the sequel to the Samsung BlackJack is baking in the oven. The folks over at Mobile Phones Reviews and Tips (via Engadget Mobile) have some specs and images of the Samsung SGH-i617, which has actually passed FCC tests. The Windows Mobile 6 smartphone keeps a similarly sleek form factor with a full QWERTY keyboard, upgrades to a 2-megapixel camera, works on the HSDPA 850/1900 networks, and looks to be AT&T-bound. Let's just hope they've corrected the battery issues, eh? Not much else is known … Read more
Based on the VIA Mobile ITX chassis, the MTube holds a 1GHz VIA processor, 2.8-inch VGA screen and 8GB of storage. All in a body that measures a mere 85 x 85 x 20mm and weighs 150g. Though it runs Linux and not Windows' power-hogging Vista OS, battery life is none too impressive at four hours. The MTube will hopefully hit stores in 2009.
(Source: Crave Asia)
Earlier today, my colleague Elinor Mills covered the announcement that Google had purchased the Helsinki, Finland-based microblogging company Jaiku. It's the third oddball move in the mobile (or semi-mobile, as microblogging is) social-networking space that Google's made in the past few years, with its reported acquisition of Zingku late last month and the ill-fated buy of Dodgeball in 2005.
RedMonk analyst James Governor thinks this may not be the last microblog acquisition we'll see. In fact, he said, Google rival Yahoo may be after Jaiku rival Twitter, the company that put "microblog" in everybody's … Read more
Google is acquiring Helsinki, Finland-based mobile social-networking provider Jaiku, also known as Twitter's competitor.
The news was announced on Jaiku's Web site:
"Exciting news: Jaiku is joining Google! While it's too soon to comment on specific plans, we look forward to working with our new friends at Google over the coming months to expand in ways we hope you'll find interesting and useful. Our engineers are excited to be working together, and enthusiastic developers lead to great innovation. We look forward to accomplishing great things together. In order to focus on innovation instead of scaling, … Read more
The New York Times is reporting that Google's "gPhone" is coming soon, will be advertising-supported, and will run Linux. None of these should be surprising to any who have kept tabs on Google over the years. Not to state it too bluntly, but Google is essentially a massive, heavily modified Linux server farm. So, it's no small surprise that Google is opting for Linux on its mobile phone, as well.
Whatever Google has been to open source on the server, it seems ready to "play ball" with open source on its mobile clients:… Read more
Is Twitter going to turn your mundane messages about salads, cats, and Arcade Fire concerts into revenue dollars? Signs are pointing to yes, as oddball messages appended to Twitter's microblog "tweets" indicate that the company is dabbling in text message ads. Some other folks around the tech blog world are picking up on this, and they seem to be in agreement.
Like so many things, it all started in Gotham--and, in the interest of full disclosure, it involves yours truly. On Monday morning there was a bit of New York tech-scene chit-chat over Twitter, as local entrepreneur … Read more
A week after it launched the Samsung SGH-T539 Beat, T-Mobile quietly unveiled the Motorola W490 without so much a peep of a press release. The midrange camera phone is now appearing on the carrier's Web site for $49 with service. Features include Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapixel camera, text and multimedia messaging, instant messaging, a speakerphone, a music player, personal organizer applications, and quad-band (GSM850/900/1800/1900) world phone support. Clad in basic black, the W490's design is based loosely on the design on the Moto Krzr K1; it has a 0.7-inch profile and a narrow front … Read more
Can Google's application development prowess be transformed into a next-generation mobile operating system?
It seems increasingly likely that Google, the ubiquitous tech company, is about to throw its hat into the race to develop the next big mobile device. Google's no gadget-maker, but it does develop quite a bit of software, and reports have been building that the company is relatively close to releasing the Gphone. (Our style department says we have to spell it that way.)
Most people who have wandered onto the Internet in the past couple of years are familiar with Google. The company's … Read more
Over at Micropersuasion, Steve Rubel is making a bold prediction: The portals will be big winners in the social-networking wars.
"Social networking is certainly rising and there seems to be no end in sight to the phenomenon. However, what I do know is that people will jump around from one Myfaceborkutspace to another and not all of them will win," Rubel wrote.
He is referring to Long Tail author Chris Anderson, who points out that all good web sites should have elements of social networking and therefore suggests that social networking is a "feature, not a destination.&… Read more
Looking at the AT&T Tilt, you'd think it was just another Windows Mobile smart phone from HTC. After all, it has a similar design to its distant cousins, the Sprint Mogul and T-Mobile Wing, except it has a screen that tilts up to 40 degrees to give you a better viewing angle. And this device isn't just about cool looks. The Tilt is one of those everything-but-the-kitchen-sink-type smart phones. It's packed with just about every feature imaginable to keep the mobile professional connected and productive on the road, and did we mention that it has … Read more