Another year is in the books, but before we shut the door on 2010 and sign off for the holidays, we wrap up some of the latest cell phone news and reviews. Plus, we give you a preview of what to expect from CES 2011. From LTE handsets to dual-core Android phones, it's shaping up to be a very busy show, and we'll be there to report on all the action, so be sure to tune in on Friday, January 7 at 2 p.m., PT for special broadcast of Dialed In live from Las Vegas. Finally, we … Read more
A handful of new PlayStation phone rumors surfaced this week, adding to a long list of unconfirmed reports surrounding the device.
The latest gossip concerns the smartphone's eventual name. According to information uncovered by Pocket-Now, Sony Ericsson has registered for trademarks on Xperia Play, Xperia Neo, Xperia Duo, and Xperia Arc. It's possible that the Xperia Play could refer to the device itself or an umbrella of services related to the phone.
Apple has posted job listings for engineers specializing in voice technologies such as speech recognition, iOS software development for speech applications, and speech research.
Apple recently filed for patents related to greater integration of voice commands throughout iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch apps, including a customizable API that developers could use to include voice control in their software.
The recent job postings on Apple's Web site suggest that this patent, along with other voice control technologies (such as the purchase of Siri earlier this year), are being taken seriously. Each of the four open positions relate specifically to sectors … Read more
Editors' note: If you've already read "Battle Royale: Five smartphones face off", "Battle Royale 2: Smartphones face off, screen to screen", or "Battle Royale 3: The Final Conflict" (which, you know, didn't really pan out given the article you're currently reading), then you may experience some deja vu when reading this article. We've used the same tests and presented the article in the same style. Only the phones in question and the details of their performance have changed. Because of some technical difficulties on the back end, our "How we test: Smartphone displays" page (still!!) isn't up yet, but hopefully by Round 5 it will be.
I've now tested 12 different smartphone displays, including the two new ones presented today. Android and iPhone fans remain as passionate as ever about seemingly every aspect of their favorite phones, but now a new fighter enters the tournament. Today we test our first Windows Phone 7...um, phone. (I still have an aversion to the OS name.)
Once again, using DisplayMate Multimedia Edition for Mobile Displays, I put each phone through a battery of tests.
As in previous roundups, we used three different types of tests to evaluate each phone:
Scientific measurements: We used the Konica Minolta CS-200 ChromaMeter to test the maximum brightness, black level, and contrast ratio of each phone and reported numbers for each of these three tests.
Test pattern screens: We used several DisplayMate Mobile test patterns to test for color-tracking errors, 24-bit color, and font legibility, among other things.
Real-world: We conducted real-world anecdotal testing using photos and 3D games.
All test screens were viewed within each phone's native gallery application. Some phones may handle pictures differently--and even improve them to some extent--outside the gallery application. That said, we believe that testing within the respective gallery applications is still a viable approach, as this is where most users will view pictures on their phones.
In order to diminish potential repetition, I'll dive right into the details of how each phone performed; if you'd like to know more about our tests, you can binge on nerdy details in our "How we tested" section at the bottom of this article. Please note that this is an evaluation of each phone's screen performance and nothing else. Check out the full reviews of these phones to determine which is right for you. Also, DisplayMate has posted a more technically focused evaluation of the iPhone 4 screens that's worth checking out.
The bottom line… Read more
Google used its Android Developers blog yesterday to deny a correlation between rooting a handset and perceived poor security measures on the operating system.
In the blog, Android engineer Nick Kralevich pointed to comments on an Engadget post that characterized the Nexus S' security as "crap." Not suprisingly, Kralevich disagreed.
"Legitimately gaining root access to your device is a far cry from most rooting exploits," he wrote. "Traditional rooting attacks are typically performed by exploiting an unpatched security hole on the device. Android has a strong security strategy, backed by a solid implementation."
Though … Read more
When you paint it by numbers, Microsoft did most everything right to launch Windows Phone 7. They created a bold, fresh design, which they previewed to get press excited and involved. Then there was the big, teased kickoff event in New York presided over by CEO Steve Ballmer. Microsoft even shelled out the appropriate bundle for for clever, engaging ads, and for prominent TV placements (units appeared in U.S. TV shows "Castle," "Bones," and "Hawaii Five-O" to name three).
Yet Windows Phones aren't even coming close to turning the relentless Android tide. … Read more
The holidays present a fun time for many of us, whether your form of enjoyment is snowy activities, hot boozy beverages, or new gadgets released specifically for the Q4 buying season. If you count yourself in that last category, you may have been lucky enough to acquire a shiny smartphone recently. It's a BlackBerry, you say? Well, you've come to the right place.
Exact specifications are still to come, but the handsets should have all the markings of an iDEN device, including a rugged design and support for the Direct Connect push-to-talk network. The Android-powered Motorola i886 will offer a slide-out QWERTY keyboard--the first on an iDEN phone--and access to corporate e-mail. The Motorola i686 will be an updated version of the existing Brute i680 flip phone, and will add the capacity to … Read more
Despite reports of a slow start, Microsoft said on Tuesday that it has sold more than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 devices in the first six weeks, but it's important to note that the number reflects the number of units sold to mobile operators and retailers and not necessarily direct to consumers.
When asked if the sales numbers met company expectations, Achim Berg, vice president of business and marketing for Windows Phone, said that "sales are ramping well" and that the numbers are "in line" with company expectations.
He said that to juxtapose these … Read more
Owners of the Google Nexus One won't have to wait much longer for Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The Google Nexus team posted on Twitter last night that Gingerbread would be making its way over the air to Nexus One devices "in the coming weeks." The team didn't provide any more information on when it would land, but owners of the smartphone can at least be reassured that it is in fact coming to the device sooner rather than later.
Those who don't want to wait that long (or would like a new smartphone) can get … Read more