In a couple of hours, Windows Phone 7 will make its big debut. Reviews of the preview build of the OS were generally favorable, but the technology is just the beginning. Cellphones are completely different beasts than they were when Microsoft first entered the mobile market 10 years ago. WP7 is challenged like other major smartphone OS has been. Here's why.
The darling of this week's CEATEC conference in Japan is turning out to be Fujitsu's beautiful dual-touchscreen smartphone concept device.
The feature that was originally supposed to keep the iPhone from winning in Japan--lack of an electronic wallet function common to most Japanese phones--proved to be meaningless in the end. Nevertheless, KDDI is hanging the fortunes of its new Sharp IS03 on the fact that it is the country's first smartphone with an electronic wallet feature.
We've come a long way from the bulky satellite phones of the '80s that used to come with a lunchbox-sized attachment. Still, with whoppers like the Dell Streak on the horizon, and with the HTC Evo having its own kickstand...
The Internet has been alive with "reviews" of a developer's sample of a Samsung smartphone running Windows Mobile 7 (aka Windows Phone 7 or WinMob7 or WM7), Microsoft's latest mobile operating system. Most reports have generally been positive, but none of them will mean much in the real world filled with recession-afflicted consumers making delicate dollar-dispersement decisions. The answers to five questions will determine if WM7 will succeed or fail.
Promising to turn your smartphone into a device that could help make nearly any inanimate object "smart" as well is the iPhone RFID prototype media player.
Motorola goes beyond the mere slider with Flipout, an Android 2.1 smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard that twirls out from underneath. Besides its good looks, its main innovation is its spruced-up Motoblur interface, letting you better aggregate social networking by resizing its windows and filtering stuff you don't need right away. Nice idea, making it easier to navigate its tiny, 2.8-inch square screen.
For smartphones to be embraced by 100% of the cellphone universe (and completely choke AT&T), they're going to have to be a lot easier to use. Or, there's got to be some dead-simple training tools to bring the uninitiated into the fold. That's the idea with this Out of the Box design concept, placing a smartphone inside a cutout portion of the book, with easy-to-read labels pointing out each of its features.
Google's already making great strides with its Android operating system, accounting for 28% of all smartphone sales in North America, compared to the iPhone's 21%. Now it's taken another leap forward with Android 2.2. Known as Froyo, the new version is at least two times faster than version 2.1, and in some instances a whole lot faster than that.
The only thing missing in this stop-motion stripdown of an HTC Incredible smartphone is the raunchy saxophone music. Betcha didn't know that sexy thang was wearing red underwear. Via Geeky Gadgets...