Some may have issues with Windows, and the Zune may get a few snickers. But Microsoft's R&D arm is always thinking outside the box and creating killer apps that are just plain fun to play with. And their latest gem is a phone app that can create a 3D model out of a series of cellphone camera photographs.
Were you thinking of switching to Verizon with all this hype about them now having the iPhone 4 minus the spotty service plus unlimited data plan? Well, not so fast because AT&T is pulling out all the stops to keep you--well kinda. Besides their secret unlimited data plan, AT&T is announcing today a new trade-in program in partnership with FlipSwap that will allow you to turn in your old devices for credit towards new ones.
The landline phone industry lacks the glamour (or at least the relentless hunger for an upgrade) of its cellular sibling, and so it's perhaps no surprise that manufacturers are looking to borrow some Android hype. Both Binatone and DSP have added their Android-powered landline phones to the ring, in the shape of the Binatone iHome and the DSP Multimedia Handset.
ASUS have rolled out a new version of their standalone Skype videophone, in the shape of the AiGuru SV1T. The most significant change from the first-gen AiGuru SV1 is that the 7-inch 800 x 480 display now gets a touchscreen layer, meaning users no longer have to arduously navigate via the D-pad.
We've seen Android on MIDs, Android on PMPs and of course Android on smartphones, so it should come as no surprise that the humble landline phone is next. Thing is, Cloud Telecomputer don't seem to have received the memo about your desk phone being humble, as their Glass design rocks an 8-inch full-color touchscreen, HD audio, Bluetooth connectivity and desktop computer integration.
You don't see a huge amount of development in cordless landline phones, so we're hoping Sharp Japan's new JD-7C1CL/CW makes it over to the US and Europe. A combination of a base-station unit with a 7-inch touchscreen 800 x 480 LCD and a DECT handset, the JD-7C1CL/CW not only shows your digital photos but can also show received faxes rather than printing them out.
We have quite a bit of phone news for you today, so we had better jump right in. First, we got word that the Nokia N97 NAM would be arriving on June 2nd, according to a new rumor. But there was a lot to come from Nokia besides that tidbit.
We just heard earlier today that Microsoft developers themselves might have tipped off the upcoming launch of Zune phone in June, but now we're learning even more about what a Zune HD or project Pink phone might look like. On the inside, that is.
Well, it's official folks! LG completely revealed their Viewty Smart today and it's pretty much exactly what we expected. Known for quite some time as the Viewty II, this phone features a touchscreen and several other smartphone features.
Starting today, the Sidekick LX is available for pre-order from Sidekick.com for pre-existing T-Mobile customers. The phone will retain its iconic swivel design, but now coming in two colors -orchid and carbon- and adds features such as GPS-enabled LiveSearch. The Sidekick LX will also feature a 3.2" TFT display, and a 3.2 MP camera. The new Sidekick also features a notably thinner design.
The new Sidekick will also take advantage of T-Mobile's developing 3G network, offering much faster browsing speeds than the previous generation Sidekick. This will come in handy for the social-network loving users who will advantage from the "Communities" section of the LX, which will feature one-click links to Facebook, MySpace and Twitter via an optimized application screen. These applications will also push notifications directly on the homescreen of the Sidekick, letting the user know if they have any events from their friends on their networks.