Motorola has reportedly bought Azingo, might make a mobile OS of its own
May06

Motorola has reportedly bought Azingo, might make a mobile OS of its own

Like HTC, Motorola seems to be interested in making its own mobile OS. The company’s co-CEO (Sanjay Jha) recently declared: “I’ve always felt that owning your OS is important, provided you have an ecosystem, you have all the services and you have an ability and the scale to execute on keeping that OS at the leading edge.” Well, the first step in this direction might be the acquisition of Azingo, a US mobile software developer. According to Android and Me, this LinkedIn profile suggests that Motorola has already bought Azingo. Azingo develops the Linux-based Azingo Mobile OS, presented as a “complete mobile platform” – it’s highly customizable, featuring touch and keypad UI options, WebKit-based browser, Web 2.0 experiences & widgets, and support for a wide range of phones (from low to high-end). Motorola could take Azingo Mobile to the next level and make it its own. Or it could just use it to enhance the MotoBlur UI on its Android smartphones – we won’t know for sure until the company officially presents more details. Azingo is based in Sunnyvale, California – where Palm (recently acquired by HP) also has its HQ. The company’s official website can be accessed...

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Samsung and HTC to launch 4G (WiMAX) smartphones for Clearwire this year
May06

Samsung and HTC to launch 4G (WiMAX) smartphones for Clearwire this year

While announcing its financial results for Q1 2010, as well as a “record breaking subscriber growth”, Clearwire has also mentioned that it plans to launch two 4G smartphones by the end of 2010. The US WiMAX provider didn’t disclose too many details about the upcoming smartphones, but it did say that both will feature 3G and Wi-Fi in addition to 4G. Moreover, one of the handsets runs Android and will be made by Samsung, while the other one will be made by HTC. The HTC device might be the EVO 4G, although Engadget has it that it’s actually a different handset that could run Windows Phone 7. Clearwire, which is 51% owned by Sprint, also announced plans to extend 4G mobile broadband coverage in new US markets this year, including New York City, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, Miami, Orlando, Tampa and Pittsburgh. Via...

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Alcatel One Touch XTRA announced in the UK (for Orange)
May05

Alcatel One Touch XTRA announced in the UK (for Orange)

Alcatel One Touch XTRA is a new affordable phone that will be available soon in the UK, exclusively via Orange – which is also readying the Orange Rio and Orange Lisbon. The Alcatel One Touch XTRA is presented as a “social networking phone”, and comes with access to Facebook and Twitter. The handset also features a QVGA touchscreen display, full QWERTY keyboard (with an interesting space key), GSM/EDGE connectivity, 3.5mm headset jack, Bluetooth, MP3 player, FM radio, and a 2MP camera with video recording. Like the Lisbon and the Rio, the Alcatel One Touch XTRA will be offered by Orange UK on Pay As You Go – for only £49.99 (about $76). Alcatel says that it will also launch an Android smartphone in the UK later this year (it might be the Palm Pre-like Alcatel OT-980). Via...

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Sprint’s new HTC EVO 4G video teaser shows a bulky, undesirable smartphone

The HTC EVO 4G is not only a high-end handset, but also a quite nice-looking one. Well, Sprint’s newest official video preview of the EVO seems to forget that the real handset looks good, and presents us a really ugly and fat device. Of course, someone screwed up something when editing the video, but I really don’t understand why Sprint published it, when they could have just remade it, and only then show it to the world. Anyway, here’s the faulty video, followed by our hands-on video preview, which shows how the actual EVO 4G looks like: As for the launch date of the Sprint HTC EVO 4G, this wasn’t announced yet – but the smartphone should be out in the summer, possibly for $199.99 on contract. Via Android...

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Skype intros cheaper international calling plans (to 170 countries)
May05

Skype intros cheaper international calling plans (to 170 countries)

Skype has just announced that it’s now offering new and cheaper monthly calling subscriptions to 170 countries around the world, to both landline and mobile phones. The new range of calling plans start from as low as €0.89 ($1.09 or £0.69) per month, offering rates as low as €0.01 ($.01/£.01) per minute. Customers have the freedom to choose 1-month, 3-month, or 12-month calling subscriptions. Also, Skype offers packages that include from 60 to unlimited minutes. A more detailed list of Skype calling plans can be seen here. In addition to the new subscriptions, customers can also use Skype’s Pay As You Go option. TeleGeography Research says that “calling through Skype now accounts for 12 percent of the world’s international calls.” Skype recently made deals with giant telecoms companies like Nokia and Verizon, so that percent is likely to grow quickly. Via Press...

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Orange Lisbon and Orange Rio to be launched in the UK on PAYG
May05

Orange Lisbon and Orange Rio to be launched in the UK on PAYG

Orange is getting ready to launch two new own-branded phones, called Orange Lisbon and Orange Rio. Unlike the Orange Boston, these don’t run Android – but they’re really cheap. The Orange Lisbon is an “incredibly lightweight” and somewhat good-looking entry level full-touch phone that features 2G connectivity, MP3 player, FM radio, Bluetooth, USB, 1.3MP camera, MicroSD card support, and a battery that can provide up to 3 hours of talk-time. The handset’s display seems to be a QVGA one. Orange UK will sell the Lisbon on Pay As You Go for as low as £35 with a £10 top-up. You can check out the phone on Orange’s website. The second new device, the Orange Rio, is a QWERTY phone with 2G, Bluetooth, MP3 player, FM radio, 2MP camera, and MicroSD card support. The Orange Rio will be available in the UK on PAYG (in black and pink) for £55 with a £10 top-up. You can see the phone here or...

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Android 2.1 coming to Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro in Q4
May05

Android 2.1 coming to Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro in Q4

One of the downsides of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 family is that all three handsets included in it (X10, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro) run Android 1.6, although Android 2.1 has been launched for quite a while now. Well, the old OS will no longer be a problem later this year, as Sony Ericsson has just announced that the Xperia X10 phones would all be updated to Android 2.1 in the fourth quarter. The three handsets use Sony Ericsson’s customized UXP (UX platform) on top of Android, and probably that’s why it takes so long for the company to upgrade them to the latest version of the OS. We’ve recently heard that SE is preparing major updates for the original X10 (pictured above), and it’s good to see this confirmed. Besides Android 2.1, the smartphone will also get HD video recording, wireless home connectivity via DLNA, and enhancements to Timescape and Mediascape. While waiting for Q4 to come, you can check out our hands-on video preview of the Xperia X10 Mini and Mini Pro. Via...

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Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two coming to Verizon on May 6 for under $100 on contract
May05

Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two coming to Verizon on May 6 for under $100 on contract

That rumor about the launch date of Verizon’s Kin One and Kin Two was almost exact: the new Microsoft phones will be available online at Verizon starting May 6. The devices will also be available in the carrier’s stores across the US, but only starting May 13. Microsoft has confirmed these launch dates. Moreover, the company has also announced the handsets’ prices: the Kin One costs $49.99, while the Kin Two will be $99.99. Both prices are after $100 rebates with a 2-yr Verizon contract agreement, requiring a $40 voice plan and $30 data plan (a total of $70 per month). Manufactured by Sharp, the Microsoft Kin One and Two are youth-oriented phones with touchscreen displays, full QWERTY keyboards, social networking integration, Zune integration, and pretty good photo cameras (5MP and 8MP respectively). The Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two will also be available across Europe, via Vodafone – but this will happen sometime in autumn. Via...

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Intel Moorestown officially debuts with the Z6xx series processor, supports Android and MeeGo
May05

Intel Moorestown officially debuts with the Z6xx series processor, supports Android and MeeGo

Intel has just announced the availability of its latest Atom processor-based platform, widely known as Intel Moorestown. The platform includes three components: the 45nm Intel Atom Processor Z6xx Series Family (aka Lincroft), the Intel Platform Controller Hub MP20 (aka Langwell), and a dedicated MSIC (Mixed Signal IC), aka Briertown. The new platform promises to bring “PC-like” experience to tablets and smartphones: 3D graphics, multitasking, fast Web browsing, full HD (1080p) video, and multi-point video conferencing. All these are delivered with low-power consumption in mind – reportedly, the platform is capable of providing up to 10 days of standby, up to 6 hours of talk-time, up to 2 days of audio playback, up to 5 hours of video playback, or up to 5 hours of Web browsing. The platform supports Android (yeah, we’ve heard about this before), MeeGo and Moblin, as well as features like 3G, Wi-Fi and even WiMax. It also supports a “range of scalable frequencies, up to 1.5 GHz for high-end smartphones and up to 1.9 GHz for tablets and other handheld designs.” More technical details can be seen here at Intel (PDF file). Intel says that the new Moorestown platform is available today. However, devices based on it are not yet on the market, and Intel didn’t mention when they will be (the LG GW990 should have been one of the first Moorestown handsets, but it’s canceled). Via Press...

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Microsoft Communicator Mobile launched for Nokia Eseries smartphones
May05

Microsoft Communicator Mobile launched for Nokia Eseries smartphones

As part of their Office-related collaboration, Nokia and Microsoft have just announced the availability of Microsoft Communicator Mobile for Nokia. According to Nokia, the application (which is actually a communications client) “connects directly with a company’s communications systems to streamline mobile collaboration. Communicator Mobile will allow users “to see their colleagues’ availability, and click to communicate with them using the best method, from IM to email, text to phone call”. For the beginning, Microsoft Communicator Mobile will be available only on the Nokia E72 and Nokia E52 (users can get it via Ovi Store). In the future, Nokia will bring the app to other smartphones, including the Nokia E5. “This application really provides a much more efficient way to work with others as you can see if someone is busy or available, and the best way to start a conversation with them. It also meets all of the requirements for enterprise: cost effective to implement, secure, familiar and reliable,” declared Ukko Lappalainen, Vice President at Nokia. As for Microsoft’s Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), Nokia didn’t say when it will be available for its phones, but it shouldn’t be long until this happens. Via Press...

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