FCC reveals RIM BlackBerry 8980

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Nov 302010
 

The FCC has once again outed an unreleased device. This time, it’s the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8980, a likely successor to the Curve 8900 that RIM has yet to announce.

Rumoured BlackBerry Curve 8980

According to the documentation on the FCC website, the BlackBerry Curve 8980 will be powered by BlackBerry OS 5 (rather than the newer BlackBerry 6). It will come with quad-band GSM connectivity, 256MB Flash memory, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, a 3.2 MP camera with flash, a QWERTY keyboard and optical trackpad, and a micro-USB connector. It will measure 109 by 60 by 13.6 millimeters and weigh 117 grams.

There is no word on when RIM will announce the BlackBerry Curve 8980.

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Motorola to split into two companies on January 4th 2011

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Nov 302010
 

Motorola

Motorola today announced that it will split into two companies on January 4th 2011 after its board of directors approved the separation. Motorola, Inc. rename itself to Motorola Solutions, Inc. (tradking on the New York Stock Exchange as MSI) and its mobility divsion will become Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (trading as MMI).

In a joint statement, Greg Brown, Motorola co-CEO and CEO of Motorola Solutions, and Sanjay Jha, Motorola co-CEO and CEO of Motorola Mobility, said: “Today’s announcement marks another important milestone toward the upcoming separation that is expected to benefit Motorola, its stockholders, as well as each company’s respective customers and employees. We look forward to taking advantage of the opportunities before us as we begin the new year as two independent, publicly traded companies.”

There is no real change at the top: Dr. Sanjay Jha will be the Chief Executive Officer of Motorola Mobility while Greg Brown will be President and Chief Executive Officer of Motorola Solutions.

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Verizon Wireless to outline 4G deployment plans tomorrow

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Nov 302010
 

Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless will hold a press conference tomorrow to outline its 4G LTE network rollout plans.

Verizon Wireless will launch the world’s largest 4G LTE network in 38 major metropolitan areas, covering more than 110 million Americans, before the end of the year.

Hopefully Verizon will shed light on when we will see devices capable of taking advantage of the new speeds. Earlier, it revealed that it did not expect to have its first 4G mobile phone out until some three to six months after the launch of its LTE service. Data sticks and Mi-Fi-type devices will hopefully be available before.

More details tomorrow.

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Mobilicity announces system maintenance tonight

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Nov 292010
 

Mobilicity

Mobilicity today announced that it will has scheduled system maintenance tonight. Only voice calls will be possible during the maintenance window; data sessions and SMS texting will not be available.

Maintenance will take place at the following times:

  • Vancouver: November 29th from 2200 to November 30th at 0200
  • Edmonton: November 29th from 2300 to November 30th at 0300
  • Toronto and Ottawa: November 30th from 0100 to November 30th at 0500

Mobilicity did not provide any details as to what they are doing to their network during the outage.

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Further evidence of slow Windows Phone 7 sales?

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Nov 292010
 

Microsoft Windows Phone

Microsoft has provided little information as to how well Windows Phone 7 devices are selling so far. One unsubstantiated report indicated that some 40,000 devices had been sold on its US debut day but numbers have otherwise been hard to come by. Two new reports may shed new light on the matter.

Usage metrics obtained by Allfacebook.com show that the Facebook App installed on all Windows Phone 7 handsets has now reached nearly 120,000 devices. The trend shows a clear increase as sales ramp up and numbers are likely to be higher (just how much is not clear) considering that not every user will necessarily use Facebook.

Meanwhile, UK retailer MobilesPlease suggests that Windows Phone 7 devices may be accounting for as little as 3 percent of smartphone sales in that country. Other retailers it polled suggest that “Windows Phone 7 Handsets are not selling.” At the same time, they don’t appear to really be endorsing the platform, with some reporting that they don’t even have WP7 devices on display.

While neither report is not exactly scientific but gives further credence to suggestions that Windows Phone 7 devices are not off to a particularly strong start. If only we had some hard numbers to really gauge…

Source: WMPowerUser.com / Electronista

Sprint rolls out 4G to 6 additional cities

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Nov 292010
 

Sprint Wireless

Sprint today announced that it has expanded its 4G coverage to six additional cities: Los Angeles, Miami, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio.

“We have witnessed a great demand from our customers for 4G speeds, power and capabilities in these cities already and today they officially have it,” said Matt Carter, president-Sprint 4G. “We are proud to deliver on our commitment to serve our customers and deliver 4G to more major metropolitan areas in 2010.”

Sprint’s 4G network now covers 68 markets across the US.

Sprint also announced that it plans on launching 4G coverage in San Fransisco on December 28th.

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Massive Windows Phone 7 update coming soon?

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Nov 292010
 

Microsoft Windows Phone

A number of tweets (one, two) from Chris Walshie, one of the team members behind the ChevronWP7 Windows Phone 7 unlocking tool, suggests that Microsoft is getting ready to release its first update to Windows Phone 7. He suggests (without giving details) that the update will be quite substantial.

I’m hearing the first #wp7 update is going to be MASSIVE!

Just how big though:

Let’s just say, they could have called it Windows Phone 8 😛

Could this first update be the one that Microsoft promised for early 2011? It sounds like it might well be…

Google Nexus S shows up at FCC with new Wi-Fi and GPS antennas?

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Nov 282010
 

The Samsung GT-i9020T, suspected of being none other than the upcoming Google Nexus S, has made an appearance at the FCC with updated Wi-Fi/Bluetooth and GPS antennas.

Transmitted herewith is an application for a Class II Permissive Change Certification of the Cellular/PCS GSM/EDGE and AWS WCDMA Phone with WLAN and Bluetooth.

The device is identical to the previously certified Cellular/PCS GSM/EDGE and AWS WCDMA Phone with WLAN and Bluetooth except for the BT/WIFI antenna and the GPS receiver antenna.

There is little additional information due to the confidentiality request covering documents such as photos and the Operational Description.

Will a Google Nexus S announcement be made next week?

Source: Engadget

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Android 2.1 update coming to Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

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Nov 282010
 

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8

Sony Ericsson has begun to push out an update to Android 2.1 to its Xperia X8 smartphone. The deployment will be gradual, following a similar approach taken with the Xperia X10 family. Considering that carrier approvals are required, some customers could be waiting a while.

As to what is included with the update:

The Xperia X8 follows pretty much in line with the mini products when it comes what to expect from the updated software. The things added besides the obvious step-up to Android 2.1 are the same as for the already started roll-out for Xperia X10 mini and mini pro.

This will include improved Bluetooth functionality, a new backup and restore application, automatic contact picture synchronization between Facebook and your phonebook, and improved media handling in messages.

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The Daily tablet newspaper delayed to 2011?

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Nov 272010
 

Just days after rumours suggested that News Corp could launch the tablet-only daily newspaper The Daily by mid-December, the Financial Times reports that the launch may have been pushed back to 2011. It’s not clear what may have triggered the delay but Financial Times sources suggest that Apple has either not yet agreed to support recurring subscriptions or simply that the functionality is not quite ready yet. With the mid-December release of iOS 4.3 in doubt, The Daily may have no choice but to delay its launch as well.

New details suggest that Steve Jobs has been quite involved in the project. He has reportedly approved the design of the Daily and even played a role in the decision to go with a completely separate editorial team rather than reusing content from current News Corp publications. It also appears that the publication would be updated up to three times a day

With a rumoured investment of about US$30 million, The Daily will apparently need a minimum of 800,000 subscribers to be economically viable.

Meanwhile, Richard Branson is also expected to shortly announce a tablet-only publication.

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Flying F160 handset supports four SIM cards

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Nov 262010
 

Flying F160 with quad SIM cards

If a dual-SIM smartphone is not enough for you, the Flying F160 may be what you are looking for. Its claim to fame is that it is the first phone to support four SIM cards, all of them in standby simultaneously. And there is apparently quite a demand for such a device:

Who needs a quad SIM phone? Frequent travelers, people who want different numbers for work and personal life, and…let’s face it…people with lots and lots of extramarital affairs and general pimps of the nation.

Other specifications are quite bland: Quad-band GSM connectivity (no support for CDMA or 3G of any kind), a 2-inch QVGA resistive touchscreen display, a QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, a microSD card slot (supporting cards up to 8GB), dual 0.3MP cameras, and TV and FM radios.

The Flying F160 is currently on sale for US$75.

Source: The Red Ferret

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Apple iPad 2 to come with five new features?

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Nov 262010
 

Apple

According to the Chinese-language Economy Daily News, five new features will appear on the next Apple iPad.

The so-called iPad 2 will likely be smaller (7-inch display as some rumours have suggested?). It may incorporates Apple’s Retina Display and FaceTime technologies (first seen on the iPhone 4). It is also expected to gain 3-axis gyroscopes for enhanced gaming and at least one USB port.

As always, take the rumours with a grain of salt but any (or all) of these features would certainly be welcome additions on a smaller or same size iPad 2.

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Windows Phone 7 unlocked for sideloading

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Nov 262010
 

Microsoft Windows Phone

Windows Phone 7 is now “jailbroken”. A new unlocker tool called ChevronWP7 will allow for application sideloading, the use of private APIs, and access to low level functionality (like phone functions), all capabilities normally not available.

Unlocked Windows Phone 7 devices could lead to the development of a home-brew community, similarly to what happened in the Apple world with Cydia. At the same time, the developers behind ChevronWP7 have clearly stated that they do not condone nor support piracy. This tool was developed to enable functionality that is available (but locked down) in Windows Phone 7.

Ready to unlock your Windows Phone 7 device? Simply download ChevronWP7, connect your phone to your computer and run the program. And if you ever have any remorse, the app will let you reverse the unlocking.

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New details on 2011 Samsung flagship smartphone?

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Nov 252010
 

We may have a name for that rumoured Samsung flagship smartphone spotted earlier this month. A new Samsung device has surfaced on the DLNA’s website in their certification area.

Known as the SCH-i510 or the Stealth V, the certification document shows it as having 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and a microSD slot. Nothing exciting so far. Where it gets interesting is if you search for this product. In the search results, the SCH-i510 is shown to be an “Android froyo device AMOLED 4.3″ WVGA 8M camera” device.

DLNA certification for Samsung SCH-i510

These details line up fairly well with earlier rumours except for the Android version. Considering Gingerbread is not out yet, it is possible that Samsung opted for Froyo for certification purposes only.

There is no word on availability although past rumours suggested a possible announcement during MWC 2011.

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More images and details of the Google Nexus S

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Nov 252010
 

New pictures of the rumoured Google Nexus S have surfaced, this time over at XDA Developers. Along with the pictures come some new details from their anonymous source.

Rumoured Google Nexus S

New specification details suggest that the Samsung Nexus S will come with an ARM V7 processor (possibly dual-core) with support for Open GL ES, either 512 or 328MB RAM, either 1 or 2GB of onboard storage, a 4-inch display running at 800 by 480 (and possibly Super AMOLED 2), as well as a camera capable of 720p HD video. It also appears that Gingerbread will indeed be Android v2.3 as rumoured back in October.

It’s likely that an announcement is imminent, especially considering that Google CEO Eric Schmidt himself teased us with a quick look recently. Could an announcement take place at the upcoming D: Dive Into Mobile conference which will start on December 6th and where Andy Rubin, VP of Mobile Platforms at Google, is expected to speak?

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