Whenever there's a new piece of mobile hardware, be it a tablet or a smartphone, it's a safe bet the surgical bunch from iFixIt will tear into it and expose the guts. The most recent device on iFixIt's operating table is the Samsung Galaxy S 4G smartphone, which started off looking awfully sexy, but ended up in a pile of parts, a piece of which was set on fire. So what did we learn?
A new study reveals that Internet usage among mobile phone owners isn't a daily task for the vast majority of users. As outlined in Antenna Software's 2011 Mobile Internet Attitudes Report, only one in five American mobile phone owners fire off emails, surf the Web, or perform other Internet-related activities on a daily basis, even though their phones are technically capable of doing so. What gives?
AT&T lost its exclusivity grip on the on the iPhone 4 when Verizon started carrying the Apple device earlier this month, but if it comes as any consolation, the wireless carrier won Ookla's head-to-head broadband tests, Wired reports. You may recognize Ookla as the team behind Speedtest.net, an online broadband metric. Ookla recently turned its attention to the iPhone 4 by compiling data from iPhone users who downloaded and ran the mobile version of Speedtest. Full results after the jump.
We're already two months into 2011, but this could end up being a make-or-break year for the relatively new Windows Phone 7 platform. Acer's betting on the former and has plans to launch several WP7 devices sometime this year, as well as new Android models, says Aymar de Lencquesaing, president of Acer's Smart Handheld Business Group. Clump it all together and Acer reckons it will ship several million smartphones before the year is up.
ARM isn't all that worried about Intel getting into the mobile tablet and smartphone markets, but should it be? Maybe so. Speaking at the Mobile World Congress event in Spain, Intel CEO Paul Otellini indicated that the world's largest chip maker is definitely getting into the smartphone market, and sooner rather than later, CNet reports.
One advantage to the Android platform is that you're not locked into a single device. Apple, on the other hand, doesn't license out its iOS platform to other mobile phone makers, so it's the iPhone or bust. But what if you want a slideout keyboard instead of just a virtual one? In that case, you're simply out of luck, but maybe not for long.
Apple’s snub of Adobe Flash has had no impact on the latter’s popularity among other smartphone and tablet vendors. If anything, it has probably whetted their appetite for the Flash Player. According to Adobe, at the end of 2010 there were more than 20 million smartphones with Flash 10.1 - the first truly mobile-optimized version of the software. But if you think that’s impressive, then get ready for the bigger, more impressive numbers that await you after the jump.
It's hard enough snapping pics with your smartphone on the down-low, and we imagine it would be near impossible to covertly take snapshots with Photojojo's iPhone telephoto lens. Turning you into a professional spy isn't really the goal, however, and as goofy as it looks, the telephoto lens adds an 8X telephoto zoom to your pic taking arsenal.
With the Mobile World Congress now in full swing, we're seeing tons of mobile device announcements, including Acer's new ICONIA SMART (we'll ditch the all-caps from here on out regardless of how Acer's marketing the device). The idea is to offer the capabilities of a tablet in a smartphone format, which Acer tries to accomplish first and foremost with a generous 4.8-inch widescreen with a 21:9 aspect ratio "and a super cool chassis."
The only thing missing from Opera Software's press release is a Tim Allen grunt. We're not hatin', the browser maker has every reason to beat its chest, a right you earn when your browser is used by over 100 million mobile users each month. According to Opera Software's State of the Mobile Web report, 90.4 million now use Opera Mini on a monthly basis, and another 15 million use Opera Mobile.