Microsoft has come up with a new way for you to use your smartphone — while it's still in your pocket. Prototypes of the system use a touch panel on the back of a phone so that both the front of the back can read gestures, and are sensitive enough to detect inputs through all sorts of fabrics, thick and thin.
If you haven't made the switch to a smartphone yet, your days are numbered, because the future won't have any cellphones in it. Sony Ericsson is the first major cellphone company to stop making "dumbphones." From here on out, its Xperia brand of smartphones will take over.
Japan's NTT DoCoMo's always ahead of the curve. This time, it has a "battery jacket" that can recharge a cellphone to full power in 10 minutes. In the time it takes me to eat a lunch, my cellphone can be juiced up for the rest of the day. That's crazy.
Like airplanes, the NYC subway has long been a place where you got some respite from hearing other people talk on the phone. But that won't be the case for long, as a few stations will soon get cell service as a test before more widespread deployment.
Why are all other phone makers scared of Apple? Because of stats like this: 89% of iPhone owners are planning to stick with Apple when they buy their next phone. The next best? HTC, with a paltry 39%.
While it's now common in countries like Japan to pay for things using your phone, the U.S. has lagged behind in this department. But Google aims to change all that with Google Wallet, as introduced by your favorite New York neurotic, Seinfeld's George Costanza.
Here's a video of someone running a bandwidth speed test via an HTC Jetstream tablet connected to AT&T's nascent LTE network. If these speeds hold up, well, we're in for a treat.
This backing for an iPhone features the temperature-sensing material that used to be called "mood detecting," but even if it doesn't spell out if you're happy or sad, it's still pretty neat looking.
So, the iPhone and Android phones out there are just too usable for you? Too slim, too easy to fit in your pocket? Well, this odd steampunky phone, which actually works, is certainly different.
If you either keep your phone in a purse or wear pants with gigantic pockets, HTC has a phone for you. It's upcoming Titan makes normal phones look like tiny children's toys.