If you think the Google Maps navigation on your Droid is just too boring, Verizon has its own turn-by-turn software that adds 3D, yes, 3D, maps. The 3D maps are currently supported in only six cities--Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, and Kansas City, Mo.--but more cities will be added later on. Aside from 3D renderings of cities as you drive around, the app also includes important information like highway and exit signs.
A recently leaked document from inside the Samsung camp confirms the handset maker's plans to unveil successors to its popular Galaxy devices at next month's Mobile World Congress.
The sheet, which has since been pulled offline, detailed PR planning for the company's Unpacked event. It looks like Samsung expects to debut the Galaxy S 2 and Galaxy Tab 2 on February 13. Being that this is as close as we have come to any actual confirmation of the devices, we don't know know what the hardware and software will look like. Officially, that is.
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Ever since HP bought Palm in April 2010, we've been waiting to see new products come out of the partnership. We'll finally get our first glimpse on February 9 when the company is expected to unveil the PalmPad, as well as other mobile devices, but even better news is that we won't have to wait long for them to come to market.
Speaking to the BBC during the World Economic Forum, HP CEO Leo Apotheker said that the new products, which will carry a new name under the HP brand, will be on sale just a few … Read more
Here's some news straight from the horse's mouth.
During their tete-a-tete at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Michael Dell, who was apparently carrying a Windows Phone 7 device and an Android, said the demand for Windows Phone 7 devices is higher than what the company could supply.
He also hinted that several new Windows Phone 7 models are forthcoming. … Read more
Though still among the top five mobile phone vendors worldwide, Apple has conceded fourth place to China's ZTE, according to the "Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker" report released today by IDC.
Looking at the global market share of the top mobile phone vendors in the fourth quarter, Apple dipped from fourth to fifth place despite a record quarter for phone shipments, the report said.
The iPhone maker shipped 16.2 million units, a healthy boost from the 14.1 million units shipped in the third quarter and the 8.7 million shipped in 2009's final quarter. Apple's flagship phone sold especially well in developed countries, including North America and Western Europe.
Apple's global market share for the quarter slipped only slightly to 4 percent from 4.1 percent the prior quarter. But that combined with a surge in shipments for ZTE, which has sold mostly lower-cost feature phones, allowed the Chinese mobile phone maker to steal fourth place away from Apple.
Hitting the top five for the very first time, ZTE shipped 16.8 million units for the quarter, helping it win a 4.2 percent slice of the market.… Read more
CrackBerry recently released a few leaked photos of what looks like a BlackBerry Curve Touch. Indeed, it's quite Storm-like in appearance, with no keyboard in sight. According to the specs, the CDMA version will have an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, a 3.25-inch HVGA screen, a 5-megapixel camera with HD video, 1GB storage with microSD slot, 512MB of RAM, GPS, and NFC support.
These specs aren't really nailed down yet, but this sounds about right. We have to say we're not too thrilled about it--we tend to think BlackBerrys should stick to the physical keyboard--but maybe … Read more
Android phones often feature very limited internal app storage space. CNET Editor Antuan Goodwin shows you how to free up some of that space on Android 2.2+.
CNET Editor Antuan Goodwin shows you how to boost the battery life of your Android device.
In the 3-plus years we've been recording The 404 Podcast, we've gotten really good at pissing people off, and today I messed with the wrong group: New York pizza snobs. It was probably my fault for admitting my excitement over a new Papa John's opening up in my neighborhood, but the secret's out and I can't hide my love for generic pizza anymore. What can I say--I'm a free-agent pizza guy, and what's wrong with Sbarro, anyway?
Getting into some of today's tech headlines, Sony released some kind of handheld gaming device that nobody cares about. Just kidding. Jeff cares so much he took the day off work yesterday to focus entirely on the Sony Next Generation Portable that Brooke Crothers accurately describes as the Apple iPad on steroids.
Jeff breaks down the impressive updates on the NGP including its ARM processor design with four cores that give it about four times the CPU and GPU performance of the iPhone 4, according to Lineley Group senior analyst Joe Byrne.
Another great feature on the NGP is the dual capacitive touch areas on the front and rear that let gamers interact with the device without their fingers blocking the viewing area on the front screen.
It'll certainly require a semisteep learning curve for first-time users, but at least we finally get a portable device that combines the iPhone's capacitive screen with physical gaming buttons.
We have no idea whether or not she approves of this flowchart that kind of looks like something out of YM Magazine in the '90s, but we're proud nevertheless of Caroline for being included alongside other tech pundits like Google VP Marissa Mayer and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Take the test and hope for the best!
We also have a few decent voice mails to play today, but the well is running dry, so keep them coming! Give us a call at 1-866-404-CNET or record a video voice mail on YouTube and send the link to the404(at)cnet(dot)com and we'll play it on a future episode! And yes, Wilson looks ridiculous in his skully--LEAVE HIM ALONE!! (haha)Episode 746 Subscribe in iTunes audio | Suscribe to iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
Google thinks you and I should be paying for more applications from the Android Market.
Speaking recently at the Inside Social Apps conference in San Francisco, Android manager Eric Chu admitted that Google was not happy with the number of applications purchased by users. Apparently all of the recent changes to the Android Market haven't been enough to convince people to open their wallets a little wider.
In the future, Chu expects to roll out a few alternative payment methods, hoping that one will catch on with users. Expect the ability make purchases within apps and more carriers offering deferred billing.
Already, AT&T customers are able to have app purchases added to their monthly bills, rather than using Google Checkout. PayPal has been expected to get Market integration for months now, but nothing has materialized.
With in-app purchases, I suspect that this might usher in a host of apps that are free up front, with add-on features costing users. This model could get expensive fast--think cheap razors and costly blades and you get the picture.
Don't get me wrong here, I think the Market is considerably better than it was just six months ago. Looking back to when it launched with the T-Mobile G1, it was a bare-bones, pitiful repository compared with today's model.
However, as much as I love the bigger descriptions, additional screenshots, and revised layout, I am still anxiously awaiting an Internet-based model, content ratings, and YouTube integration. … Read more