Flagship Archive

  • Strategy Analytics: HTC, Apple & Samsung Top Smartphone Retail Price Decline Comparison

    BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Strategy Analytics’ used the PriceTRAX tracking database of handset retail, unsubsidized and contract prices to uncover flagship smartphone depreciation using a wealth of historic ...

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  • The Best Smartphone Operating System

    When choosing a new smartphone, of course you’ll want to consider its specifications – you might want a phone that comes with a fast, high powered processer, a pretty screen, a decent camera. Yet no matter where you are from the USA to Australia you...

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  • ABI Research Teardown: Samsung Galaxy S II Shows New Design Approach Including Exynos Dual-Core Processor

    NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This spring, Samsung launched the Galaxy S II, a new flagship member of its Android smartphone lineup. As part of its new Teardown Research Service, ABI Research has dismantled,...

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  • WeatherBug for Android Honeycomb to Debut at 2011 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

    BARCELONA, Spain–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Earth Networks, the owner of WeatherBug® products and services and operator of the largest weather observing and lightning network, today announced the availability of its WeatherBug Mobile App for...

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  • N8 to be Nokia’s last Symbian-powered N-series phone, Meego FTW

    N8 to be Nokia’s last Symbian-powered N-series phone, Meego FTW

    Nokia's flagship phones, the N series, are about to undergo a change. The next in line, the N8, will be the very last N series device to run Symbian OS. From the N9 onwards, N-branded devices will run the Linux-Foundation-backed Meego.

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  • TOPIO Dio: Meet Vietnam’s first service robot

    TOPIO Dio: Meet Vietnam’s first service robot

    Tosy (warning: the site takes a long time to load), Vietnam's first - and only - robot venture, has been flying under the radar since the debut of TOPIO, their table tennis-playing humanoid, in 2007. The company was established as early as 2002 and has been mainly manufacturing toy robots since. But it seems as if their first "life-sized" service robot, dubbed TOPIO Dio, is a pretty cool humanoid.

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  • Verizon makes the Droid X official a few days earlier than expected

    Verizon makes the Droid X official a few days earlier than expected

    The Android arena is a tough one to play in, man. One manufacturer might have the baddest handset on the block one week, only to have the competition release a superior monster-of-a-phone a week later. The rate at which these things are being cranked out doesn’t give the carriers — or their customer — any [...]

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  • How would you change HTC’s Droid Incredible?

    How would you change HTC’s Droid Incredible?

    Yeah, we called it the best Android device in America during our review back in April, and even today it's somewhat difficult to track down, but that's not to suggest that HTC's Droid Incredible is free of flaws. The Sense-enabled smartphone is the current flagship in VZW's stable, and while the EVO 4G may offer faster connections (in select locales) and a larger display, the Droid Incredible still has its fair share of proponents. This space, however, is where we all take a deep breath, a step back and quick sip of a strong drink. After that, we'd invite you to hit up comments below and tell us how you'd tweak this here smartphone if you suddenly found your way into HTC's headquarters. Would you have stretched the display a centimeter or two? Changed the hardware design somewhat? Made it available with a GSM radio? The options are pretty limitless, so head on down and publish your $0.02. Seriously, what are you waiting for?

    How would you change HTC's Droid Incredible? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 12 Jun 2010 00:37:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Microsoft helping OEMs develop unique Windows Phone 7 apps

    Microsoft helping OEMs develop unique Windows Phone 7 apps

    Here's the simple truth about touchscreen smartphones: it's the software, dummy. Just look around at all the flagship handsets... other than a choice of with or without a QWERTY, today's handsets all look pretty much the same and are built using the same off-the-shelf components with very few exceptions. That's why we see so much skinning on Android handsets -- that's how manufacturers like Motorola (Motoblur), Samsung (TouchWiz), and HTC (Sense) differentiate themselves with consumers. But how's that going to work for Windows Phone 7 devices with Microsoft boxing OEMs in with a narrow set of hardware and software guidelines that restrict them from modifying the user interface? Easy, Microsoft is going to help them write unique apps. At least that's what this June 1st Microsoft job posting for a senior Windows Phone software developer says:
    "We are looking for a strong and experienced developer to help the OEM to design and develop applications that make their devices stand out in the marketplace. You will also help them to bring new phones to market."
    The position would be "working directly with a top Korean cellular phone manufacturer, who has made a large commitment to Windows Phone." Uh, would that be LG or Samsung, we're guessing the former. It'll be interesting to see if these apps are enough to differentiate one touchscreen handset from another. Even more exciting will be watching the homebrew community attempt to hack the manufacturer-specific apps into different handsets in order to create the ultimate Windows Phone 7 superphone... or Frakenphone as the case may be. Regardless, it's clear that Microsoft isn't leaving anything to chance as manfacturers prepare to launch their first devices running Redmond's virgin OS.

    [Thanks, Abed]

    Microsoft helping OEMs develop unique Windows Phone 7 apps originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 11 Jun 2010 05:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Nokia’s 16 model house reveals a smokin’ S series, N9 MeeGo?

    Nokia’s 16 model house reveals a smokin’ S series, N9 MeeGo?

    Lovely home except for those pesky leaks. This Nokia house built (circa 2010) upon on a foundation of Symbian with a MeeGo roof is also sporting an interesting looking S-series smokestack. Most of the building blocks we've already seen including the flagship N8. The N9 is almost certainly Nokia's followup to the N900 and Espoo's first handset to feature its new MeeGo OS. But what's with the business-class E7, mainstream C7, and socially entertaining X7? None of these handsets have been announced, yet all three are at the top-end of their respective series meaning mean more functionality at a higher price. Still, the most interesting revelation is the S-series which Nokia has never referenced under its new naming scheme. The translated text from the S-series bullet describes it as, "A name reserved for limited phones. Mobiles that do not fit in other categories come in here." The first Moorestown phone to run MeeGo, perhaps? Hey, we can dream.

    [Thanks, Mark]

    Nokia's 16 model house reveals a smokin' S series, N9 MeeGo? originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 09 Jun 2010 05:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • QIK admits Evo 4G launch problems after 20x increase on server load

    QIK admits Evo 4G launch problems after 20x increase on server load

    While record sales are generally a desireable thing, that one-time spike in demand can leave service providers scrambling to cope on launch day. Evo 4G owners are well aware of this after noticing one of the handset's flagship features -- Qik video calling -- was unavailable in the Android Market on Friday. After correcting the issue, Qik then had to pull the app after users experienced intermittent service failures resulting from what Qik calls "an unprecedented 20x" workload increase on its servers. The Qik team is scrambling to provision more capacity and expects to have things under control "shortly."

    QIK admits Evo 4G launch problems after 20x increase on server load originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 07 Jun 2010 07:22:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • dynabook TX/98MBL: Toshiba announces 3D notebook

    dynabook TX/98MBL: Toshiba announces 3D notebook

    Not a week passes without a Japanese company announcing a 3D-enabled device lately. Today, it's Toshiba, which just unveiled [JP] a 3D-capable notebook, the dynabook TX/98MBL. According to the company, it's the world's first notebook that lets you view 3D content stored on Blu-rays (next to playing NVIDIA 3D Vision games).

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  • Samsung Galaxy S launched in Europe, rest of the world comes later

    Samsung Galaxy S launched in Europe, rest of the world comes later

    So maybe Samsung thought it was a bit ambitious to launch in 110 countries simultaneously, or maybe they never intended to. Either way, Samsung today announced that their flagship Android device, the Galaxy S, will be available in Europe very soon, while the US will get it "later this year".

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  • Samsung Galaxy S launches in Europe, hitting US ‘later this year’

    Samsung Galaxy S launches in Europe, hitting US ‘later this year’

    So that simultaneous global launch isn't going to materialize quite as we were told, but Samsung is indeed bringing the Galaxy S to the widest possible audience. The Korean giant has made its 2010 flagship official in Europe today, meaning you should be able to sign your life away to your favorite carrier in exchange for it very soon indeed. We're told the 4-incher will be making its American debut later in the year, though a protracted delay appears unlikely. Pricing on the Galaxy S might not turn out to be all that democratic, but its comprehensive choice of more than 100 global carriers sure will be, and might suggest we'll get a choice of networks when the phone finally makes its way Stateside. Hang tight, gringos, not long to go now.

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    Samsung Galaxy S launches in Europe, hitting US 'later this year' originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 03 Jun 2010 03:09:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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