Motorola and Verizon Announce the 7.1mm Thick Droid RAZR

Motorola and Verizon Wireless today announced the Droid RAZR, a new Android-based smartphone that revives Motorola’s iconic branding. It has a stainless steel core, Kevlar back, Gorilla Glass front, and Splashguard nanotech coatings both inside and out. The Droid RAZR features a slim design measuring 7.1mm at its thinnest point and a 4.3-inch qHD display. The RAZR has a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP camera with 1080p video capture, and Motorola’s MotoCast and Smart Actions software. It is compatible with Verizon’s LTE 4G network. Other features include ...

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Samsung and Google today fully revealed details about the Galaxy Nexus, the first smartphone to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The call-out features of Android 4.0 on the Galaxy Nexus include Face Unlock for security, and Android Beam, which uses NFC to share content with other Android users with the bump of phones. The Galaxy Nexus includes a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with 1280 x 720 pixels, dual 1.2GHz processors; a 5-megapixel main camera with 1080p video capture and flash; and a 1.3-megapixel user-facing camera. It will be ale to use both LTE (Verizon) and HSPA+ networks, ...

HTC and Sprint Announce the EVO Design 4G World Phone

Sprint took the wraps off a new EVO-branded handset today called the HTC EVO Design 4G. The Design 4G is a rebadged version of the Hero S. It is a slim tri-mode CDMA/WiMax phone that also offers world-wide roaming thanks to GSM/HSPA+ network compatibility. It features a 4-inch qHD display, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0, and a 5-megapixel camera. Other features include a 1.3-megapixel user-facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, gyroscope, compass, proximity, and ambient light ...

Verizon Updates BlackBerry 9930 Bold, 9850 Torch

Verizon Wireless has made operating system updates available to both the Research In Motion BlackBerry 9930 Bold and 9850 Torch. Both are being updated to OS version 7.0.0.374 and include extensive change logs. Both devices see numerous bug fixes and performance enhancements (touch screen and trackpad responsiveness, etc). Verizon recommends that all users update when possible. The update is available from the BlackBerry Desktop Manager software or Verizon’s support site. Tweet Vote ...

Motorola Photon 4G Updated with Google Video Chat

Motorola and Sprint are rolling out a system update to the Motorola Photon 4G. Chief among the changes is support for Google Talk with video chat. Photon 4G owners will be able to conduct live, two-way video chats with other Google Talk contacts once the update is installed. Other features added to the Photon 4G include support for Motorola’s LapDock accessory and webtop mode; improved in-car audio quality; improved performance of the panorama shooting mode; and the introduction of international roaming 3G UMTS hotspot functionality for a single Wi-Fi device. Instructions for ...

HTC Hero S Designed For Sprint

The US version of HTC’s Hero S – just released for US Cellular – contains hardware supporting Sprint’s unique network, including WiMAX, and CDMA in the ESMR (old iDEN) band, according to the FCC approval documents for the phone. Much like the Motorola Electrify for US Cellular is essentially the Photon with WiMAX disabled, HTC has done the same for the Hero S. The FCC has approved a version of the Hero S for Sprint with WiMAX, and a distinct variant for US Cellular that FCC documents describe as having WiMAX “operation disabled by software change only.” ...

HTC HD7S for AT&T

Microsoft announced late Thursday that it is now delivering the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update to the HTC HD7S. The HD7S is sold by AT&T. Instructions on how to prepare for the update are available from Microsoft’s support site. Tweet Vote on HN ...

Sony Ericsson to Focus Solely on Smartphones in 2012

Sony Ericsson said that it is going to shift its entire cellular phone business to smartphones only starting in 2012. According to Sony Ericsson, smartphones already account for 80% of its sales and its Android phones account for 12% of all worldwide Android sales. The company still makes some feature phones, but will cease doing so come next year. Reports surfaced last week that Sony might buy Ericsson out of the joint venture so that the company can more closely integrate its smartphone products with Sony’s large line of consumer electronics. Sony Ericsson CEO Bert Nordberg declined ...

Research In Motion Outs New Bold, Curve BlackBerrys

RIM recently provided details about two unannounced BlackBerry smartphones to developers via its web site. RIM didn’t release full details about the two devices, but provided a peek at their specs. Shared details include NFC (near-field communication) support and RIM’s BlackBerry 7 OS. * Bold 9790: This monoblock smartphone includes a 2.4-inch touchscreen display, a 5-megapixel camera with video capture, 8GB of storage, and a 1.2GHz processor. * Curve 9380: This phone appears to primarily be a touch device, and includes a 3.2-inch display with 320 x 480 pixels. It also has ...

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