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BlackBerry Bold 9930 Announced

Earlier today, Verizon announced the launch of their newest BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry Bold 9930.  The phone will cost you around $249.99 with a new two-year contract as well as a $30 monthly data plan.

The BlackBerry Bold is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone yet measuring in at 10.5mm.  The Bold is also the first BlackBerry to integrate touch screen with a BlackBerry keyboard.  It will have a 2.8 inch touch screen display and will be running on BlackBerry 7.

Some other key features of the device include full QWERTY keyboard with trackpad navigation,  a 1.2GHz processor,  5 megapixel camera able to take 720p HD video,  and memory can be expanded up to 32GB through a microSD slot.

Besides this, the phone is also “global ready” meaning that customers can enjoy the high speeds in over 200 different countries.

HTC Holiday Revealed

A series of photos have just been posted on XDA Developers forums showing some of the features on HTC’s upcoming phone, the HTC Holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As seen in the picture above, the HTC Holiday seems to be rather thin.  The device is running off of a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and has a 4.5 inch display.  Because of a leak earlier this year, we also know that the Holiday will also have 1GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear facing camera, and a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera.

The phone also appears to have a conductive charge port which means that you will be able to plug the charger in your wall and the device can be placed on the charger. (wireless charging).

The HTC Holiday looks like it will be impressive.  Perhaps a big competition to the latest iPhone 5?

Check out the full report here.

 

Firefox 6.0 Debuts Ahead of Schedule

Just like Mozilla Firefox 5.0, Firefox 6.0 is being “unofficially” released earlier than expected.  That’s right, Firefox 6.0 is now available for you to download if you so choose although the official release of the update has not been announced.

N0w Firefox 6.0 will not be bringing many changes to desktop versions of the browser (besides some changes in the address bar), changes will mostly be occuring in Android devices.  It is said that the latest version will bring a “fresh visual style in Chrome Gingerbread”.  Other features included in the update are enhanced image scaling and more importantly, the app is now faster and doesn’t use nearly as much memory.

Jump on the release now and download Firefox 6.0

Samsung Galaxy R Announced Today

Early this morning, Samsung announced that they were extending their technology partnership with Nvidia from tablets to smartphones with the creation of their newest smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy R.  The monbile business manager from Nvidia says that the Galaxy R will show off Tegra’s multimedia power.  The phone is now available but only in Sweden.  No word has been said when it will be available in North America or Europe.

The Galaxy R will have a 4.19 inch touch screen display (800×400 resolution), run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and will include the same processor that is in the Galaxy Tab 10.1, a dual-core Nvidia Tegra processor.  It will also come with 8GB of storage (expandable to 32GB), 1080p HD video playback, and 720p HD video capture.  The Galaxy R is only 131 grams and less than 1cm thick!

 

Have We Found the Samsung Galaxy S II?

New images from South Korea listing specs of a new LTE phone named “Celox”, have just surfaced.  No word has been said when the handset will hit the market but it is expected soon.

The “Celox” has a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 16GB of internal memory (expandable to 32GB), and runs on Android’s Gingerbread operating system.  The phone also has a 4.5 inch touch screen display, a 8 megapixel rear facing camera and a 2 megapixel front facing camera.

This is all that we know of so far but hopefully more information will be leaked soon.

Control Your DSLR Camera With Your Smartphone

That’s right, if you own a Canon EOS camera, then you now have a new way to take pictures.  It used to be that you had to use the EOS utility on your computer to do “live view” shooting but now, all you need is an Android powered smartphone (sorry iPhone users) equipped with a new app from Chainfire called, DSLR Controller.

The app is just about what you think it would be.  When turned on, it turns your Android device into an external live view monitor.  Some other features allow you to tweak exposure, shutter speed, aperture, focus, zoom, flash, and much more.  The app gives you complete control over everything your camera does and you don’t even have to be next to it!

Right now, the app is in beta so there are still some things that need to be fixed.  Such as the app being only available on certain smartphones or how the live streaming at 15 frames per second.

Either way, this app seems great.  When it comes out of beta i’m assuming many people will find great use of it.

Low on Cash?

Do you want a new 4G smartphone with all the newest specs but don’t have the money to buy a phone like the Droid or iPhone?  The new 4G smartphone from Sprint just may be your solution.

The phone, the Conquer, is built by Samsung and on Sprint’s network.  The Conquer has all of the “bells and whistles” that a normal smartphone user would look for including a 3.5 inch display, 320×480 resolution, 4G network, as well as running on Android’s Gingerbread software (Android 2.3).  Did I mention that the phone is only $99?  Yes, this is true making the Conquer the cheapest 4G Android 2.3 run phone on the market.

Besides all of this, the Conquer also has a 3.5 megapixel camera, 1GHz snapdragon processor, and a 2GB SD card.  Couple other interesting features is including a front facing camera and also having mobile Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.

This new smartphone from Sprint seems to be a great deal.  With all of these features and a $99 price tag, what’s not to like?

HTC Tablet leaked!

Earlier today, some specs from HTC’s upcoming tablet known to be the “Flyer” were leaked to the public including the screen size, resolution and, processor.

To start off, the HTC Flyer looks oddly similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab with it having a 7 inch touch screen and 1024×600 screen resolution that will all be controlled by using a stylus.  The Flyer will also be running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and will have 1GB of RAM.  It will also be running on Android 2.3 rather than Honeycomb (Android 2.3).

Physical features look decent on the device. It will have HDMI capabilities and also both a front and rear facing camera.  The front is 1.3mp while the rear is 3mp but has a flash.

That’s the end to the leaked specs.  Doesn’t look like this device will be much of a “threat” to other company’s upcoming tablets but still always nice to have options to choose from.

Samsung vs. Apple

So a teaser video on YouTube has been put up showing off the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2′s specs and features and comparing it to the iPad 2, there seems to be strong competition.

The Galaxy Tab 2 will still have a 7 inch display but this time, the resolution will be 2048×1200.  The device is also said to support a 3D display and it will be run on NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor.

The tablet will come installed with Android 2.3 but the user will have the option to upgrade it to Android 2.3, also known as Honeycomb.  Besides this, it will have 1GB of RAM along with a whopping 64GB of internal storage. As a big upgrade from the first Galaxy Tab, the new tablet will have a 8MP rear camera as well as a 3MP front facing camera (the first tablet had a 1.3 MP front facing camera).  Huge advantage over the iPad 2 here as it has been said that the iPad 2 will have only a 1MP rear camera and a 0.3MP front facing camera (didn’t know anything went that low).

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 looks to be a huge competitor towards not only the iPad 2 but also other tablets coming out soon such as RIM’s PlayBook.

New T-Mobile Sidekick

Earlier last week, T-Mobile confirmed that they will relaunch their Iconic Sidekick gadget but this time running on the Android operation system.  The device will also be running on T-Mobile’s 4G network which will hopefully be available in more places when it’s released.

Not much else is known about the phone yet, all we know is that it will be released sometime early this year.

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