Smartphones

Android 2.1 Update Out Now For Sprint HTC Hero

Better late than never.

Sprint announced today that they would begin rolling out Android 2.1 aka Éclair for HTC Hero owners. The update brings goodies like Google Maps Navigation, enhanced corporate email support, a beefed up Sense UI and a variety of minor bug fixes.

Update your software

To update your Hero through computer …

Tethering Feature Spotted in iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4

Where were you when AT&T first promised that tethering would be available on the iPhone? It seems like eons ago now. Take heart, though, because a tethering option has been spotted in the beta version of the new iPhone operating system that’s set to reach consumers sometime next month.

Now before you get too excited, a similar …

The Ting Tings Interview

Over the last couple of weekends Microsoft has thrown secret concerts in San Francisco and New York City to promote the recently launched KIN devices. On Saturday I had the opportunity to sit down with one of the three bands playing secret shows throughout NYC (a boat load of pictures are available here). I’d never really listened to

The Future? Google Phone Whispers Targeted Ads

Though this video from The Onion is a tongue-in-cheek look at Google’s advertising platform, it may not be too far off from what’s coming in the future.

The idea is simple. Google gives away handsets and service for free and in return, it uses voice recognition software to detect what you’re talking about and whispers …

T-Mobile Announces New Prepaid Monthly Plans

Just a quick PSA for those of you who partake in prepaid carrier plans. T-Mobile will roll out the following plans on Wednesday (6/19).

• $15 Per Month Unlimited Text: Includes unlimited text, picture and video messaging, and nationwide voice calls for $.10 per minute.
• $50 Per Month Unlimited Talk and Text: Features unlimited …

Will We See 24 Million Next Generation iPhones This Year?

DigiTimes is reporting that Foxconn will apparently ship 24 million iPhone 4G units this year alone—4.5 million shortly after Apple officially announces the phone on June 7th and another 19.5 million throughout the rest of the year.

Of course, none of this is official since as far as Apple’s concerned, the new iPhone doesn’t …

Would You Dump Your Mobile Voice Plan If You Could?

The New York Times cited a statistic yesterday stating that 2009 was the first year that mobile data from texting, e-mailing, and internet usage “surpassed the amount of voice data in cellphone calls.”

If you own a smartphone, how much time do you spend talking versus doing everything else? My wife and I are on a shared iPhone …

Google Shutting Down Nexus One Store

The adoption rate for Android has skyrocketed in the last few months with more and more carriers offering Google’s mobile OS devices. The NPD Group released a report earlier this week showing Android’s market share had risen significantly in the first quarter even surpassing Apple’s iPhone.

(More on Techland: 18 Best Android …

Sprint to Round Down Prepaid Minutes With ‘Common Cents’

Funny how something as simple as rounding down cell phone minutes may have the ability to ingratiate a carrier with consumers. Sprint’s looking to find out whether or not that’s true by launching what it’s calling “Common Cents Mobile” through a partnership with retail giant Walmart.

The plan includes seven cents-per-minute …

Next Android Version Adds USB Tethering, Wi-Fi Hotpot Features

TechCrunch is reporting that Android 2.2 (Froyo) will bring with it built-in USB tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot features. So you’ll theoretically be able to connect your Android phone to your computer and use it as a modem or, better yet, use it as a little travel router to share your mobile data signal with nearby devices (you can set up …

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