Motorola ATRIX 4G 4.1.57 update available, no AT&T HSUPA support yet

via BGR by Todd Haselton on 3/28/11

Software version 4.1.57 for the Motorola ATRIX 4G is now available. The 17MB file, issued by Motorola, adds a number of improvements but is not the expected AT&T update that includes HSUPA support. After downloading the update, Motorola says users should notice the following changes: 
  • Bluetooth: Improved multimedia experience with Bluetooth devices as well as the ability to use phone with additional headsets.
  • Fingerprint reader: Improved fingerprint reader performance.
  • Battery: Improved battery performance for longer battery life.
  • Screen: Display will turn off automatically now while charging directly on wall charger.
  • Phone stability: Improved stability resulting in fewer occurrences of touch unresponsiveness and/of programs quitting unexpectedly.
  • Car dock: Improved performance of car dock and 3.5mm jack.
It’s been reported that the update may cause some issues with those who have rooted their phones. ATT has said that the upcoming HSUPA software update, which should ratchet up upload speeds on the ATRIX 4G and Inspire 4G, will land in April. Hit the jump for instructions on installing software version 4.1.57 on your ATRIX 4G. 
[Via Engadget

It’s E71x time, kids!

via Boy Genius Report by Michael Bettiol on 5/4/09

Mmm mmm do we ever love it when carriers pick up awesome handsets at awesome prices. Today, after a mind boggling number of delays, AT&T begun selling the Nokia E71x on its website for the incredibly attractive price of $99 on a two-year contract. And while the notion of using a phone that was announced in the summer of 2008 might be unthinkable to some who are accustomed to the very latest in tech, we find it pretty hard to argue against a full-QWERTY S60 device with a 3.2 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, aGPS, Bluetooth 2.0 and HSDPA connectivity, especially when the device in question is Kate Moss thin at 10mm.

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Spy shots of the Nokia E63 emerge

via Boy Genius Report by Kelly Hodgkins on 10/22/08

As part of the whole discussion on the leaked Nokia promotional video about a month ago, the existence of the mysterious Eseries phone, the E63, has come to light. Much of the phone still remains a mystery but we do have some new spy shots to confirm its existence and few leaked details on the handset itself courtesy of the Telefon-Tredd.de forums. This is all rumor so take it with a healthy grain of salt. The Nokia E63 is purported to come in three variants: the E63-1: for Europe, the E63-2: without a camera and more memory (?), and E63-3: for the Americas. According to a user agent profile on Nokia servers and from the spy shooter himself, the E63 will have the following specs:

  • GSM and GPRS + EDGE
  • UMTS + HSDPA
  • Display: 240 x 320 Pixel, 18bit
  • Camera: At least 2MP. No Front Camera.
  • WLAN
  • Bluetooth
  • Symbian v9.1
  • S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1
  • MIDP 2.0 and CLDC 1.1
  • Has 3.5 mm jack connector
  • Is thicker than E71
  • Has a flashlight function (which by pressing the space bar immediately activated and can be disabled)
  • No metal construction (plastic only) except Navikey and camera module
  • No side buttons
  • Left side: microSD slot and micro-USB connector (with hard plastic closure)
  • The microphone is on the lower side (not front as E71)
  • 2mm mains next to the microphone
  • Bottom right (on the corner) is an eyelet
  • Menu’s like E71, looks like FP1

So there you have it folks, the Nokia E63 as we know it today. Hit the jump for a few more spy shots.

[via Finest Fones]

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Sony unveils Bluetooth ear candy for PS3 console

via DVICE by Adario Strange on 9/9/08

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Some of us like our Bluetooth headsets tiny, sleek and unobtrusive, and then there are those of us who unapologetically prefer a honking giant of an ear piece worthy of the Borg. The new Sony PS3 Bluetooth headset (aka the CEJH-15002), optimized for games such SOCOM: Confrontation, Resistance 2 and MotorStorm 2, fits the latter description perfectly.

Aside from the gloriously sci-fi black casing, the unit offers noise canceling, 8 hours of talk time, will automatically pair with your PS3 and comes with a sweet USB cradle (holster?). Set to hit retail on October 30th, the sexy ear cannon can be yours for just 5,000 yen ($46) here.

Via Sony

HTC Opal Leaks, The Sequel to the HTC Touch

 

via Gizmodo by Mark Wilson on 9/9/08

We’ve already seen phones like the HTC Touch Diamond and Touch Pro, but according to some legit-looking internal documentation, the HTC Opal is the official sequel to the original HTC Touch. Word has it that the Opal will ship with the 3D TouchFLO interface we’ve seen in the latest HTC products (which makes sense), but unfortunately, the spec sheet dated from July shows that the Opal still lacks 3G and features the same 200MHz processor as its predecessor.

[What A Smart Idea] 

HTC announces S740, think Touch Pro’s baby brother

via Boy Genius Report by The Boy Genius on 8/26/08

HTC Touch Diamond not working out for you? We get it, you want a physical QWERTY keyboard. Oh, Touch Pro a little too big? You want something a little more simpler, huh? Starting today, HTC looks to fill that gap. They’ve just announced the HTC S740 and it features the same styling as the Touch Diamond and Touch Pro, features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a numerical keyboard on the front. The only difference? It runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard. Here’s a run down of the specs:

  • 116.3 x 43.4 x 16.3 mm
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • WCDMA/HSDPA: 900/2100 MHz (we’d guess there is a 850/1900MHz UMTS/HSDPA version in the works, supports HSDPA 3.6Mbps and HSDPA 7.2Mbps)
  • 2.4″ QVGA screen
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • Qualcomm® MSM7225, 528 MHz
  • 256MB flash ROM, 256MB RAM
  • microSD slot
  • 140g
  • 1000mAh battery
  • Wi-Fi b,g
  • aGPS
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • FM radio

Pretty much the most feature-packed Windows Mobile Standard device, no? Enjoy the pics while we phone up our HTC ninjas — we want this thing!

Nokia Drops Two New XpressMusic Phones; 5220 and 5320

via The Boy Genius Report by Zach Epstein on 4/22/08

Nokia held a virtual press event this morning during which two new handsets were announced. Both fall into Nokia’s “XpressMusic” line (where the S60 Touch-wielding 5800 will end up) and are affordable options scheduled to become available in Q3 of this year. In our opinion the most important part of today’s announcement was that once again, Nokia announced both European and US versions of each handset… At the same time! The 5320 even packs 3G / HSDPA (AT&T bands, sorry T-Mobile guys). Let’s check the specs:

5220 XpressMusic

  • S40 OS
  • Two versions, 850/1800/1900 MHz, the other 900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 240 x 320 pixel display, 256K colors
  • FM radio and A2DP stereo bluetooth
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • microSDHC support
  • 1020 mAh battery with a reported 24 hours of music playback on a single charge

5320 XpressMusic

  • S60 OS (S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2)
  • Two versions each quad-band GSM, one with 850/2100 MHz 3G / HSPDA and the other with 900/2100 MHz 3G / HSDPA
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 240 x 320 pixel display with 16M colors
  • FM radio and A2DP stereo bluetooth
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • microSDHC support
  • 890 mAh battery with a reported 24 hours of music playback on a single charge

Odd that the 5320 is an S60 device with an 890 mAh battery and yet the claimed battery life for music playback is the same as the 5220, an S40 handset with a 1020 mAh battery. Oh well, only time will tell. Of note, the 5320 is the first Nokia handset to feature “Say and Play” technology, which is just like the Microsoft Sync option found in a bunch American cars these days. It’s exactly what you think it would be: Speak an artist or song name and the music player will play it. Pretty cool actually. The 5220 will run you about $250 (€160) once it’s released and the 5320 should be around $400 (€250). Both devices are competitively priced and we could definitely see a carrier picking up either one, although the 5220 is probably the more likely candidate here in the US (T-Mobile?).

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Softbank powers up Internet Machine phone on the back of Brad Pitt

via DVICE by Adario Strange on 4/15/08

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Although not as cosmetically sexy as its cousin, the Fullface, the Softbank Internet Machine 922SH is extremely hard to resist for a number of reasons, and makes waiting for the iPhone to hit Japan begin to seem silly. Simply put, this is one device that actually lives up to its name. As a 3G cell phone, the Internet Machine offers the standard set of Japan-centric features that take advantage of the high speed network such as fast Internet surfing, email, instant messaging, and a highly under-reported feature known as Video Call (yes, as in making video phone calls).

The device also includes 1Seg television broadcasts on a beautiful 3.5-inch screen, Bluetooth, a QR bar code reader, a media player and a microSD memory card port. Although it doesn’t go the touch screen route, the QWERTY keyboard is large enough and comfortable enough to seed some doubt about whether or not touch screens will indeed displace the keyboard. All this and the device even has an incredible commercial starring Brad Pitt texting away as cars fly over his head. This sweet gadget is only available in Japan, but you can check out Brad caressing its keys lovingly here.

Via Softbank

ASUS’ M930W brings E90 style to Windows Mobile

via Engadget Mobile by Chris Ziegler on 12/24/07

Right down to the color scheme, pretty much everything about the ASUS’ just-leaked M930W is reminding us of Nokia’s E90 business superphone, save for one very important detail: this one’s running Windows Mobile 6 instead of S60. The specs reveal 3.6Mbps HSDPA, a pretty capable 3.2 megapixel autofocus cam, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, microSDHC slot, 256MB of ROM and 128MB of RAM. That’s the good news; the bad is that we’re lacking GSM 850 and 3G 850 / 1900 here. What else is new, right? France’s GPS&Co has it pegged for a Q1 ’08 release at a yet-to-be-determined price.[Via Unwired View]

Philips and the Art of Naked Humiliation

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WARNING: VIDEO INCLUDES BRIEF, PASTY REAR NUDITY!

The Pitch A melanin-impaired British bloke, donning nothing more than a pair of heart-splashed boxers and a wireless Philips headset, dances maniacally through his mum’s house. All’s going swimmingly until our hero slides into the kitchen, where he rocks a little Running Man, then starts making love to the granite countertop. Alas, the cat is too absorbed in his music to notice the gathering of aging biddies in the living room, just on the other side of some glass doors. When “Jonathan” whips off his undies, stern-faced mum decides she’s had enough; she rings her son, whose headset conveniently allows him to field phone calls, too. Rank embarrassment ensues, as Jonathan covers up his babymakers and exits stage left. Does Philips expect us to emulate this exhibitionist weirdo and pony up around $100 for Bluetooth cans?

Rip-Off Of This is a very YouTube Era ad, and I’m willing to bet that the creators glimpsed themselves a few clips of truly awful dancing before coming up with the concept. But in terms of Madison Avenue antecedents, the one that immediately pops to mind is the classic Bud Light “Parrot” ad, in which a ditz learns her potential one-night-stand’s true feelings. No dancing in that one, but oh-so-much humiliation.

The Spin Notice how there are no technical details in this ad—it instead follows the old writer’s adage of “show, don’t tell.” Jonathan’s nudity actually serves an important purpose, as it makes clear that there are no wires of any kind on his person. And there’s a clever shot towards the end that flicks at the headset’s non-music capabilities, specifically its ability to receive mobile calls. Sure, a non-geek will have no clue that Bluetooth is the technology in question, or what sort of range they might reasonably expect between headset and personal audio player. (This detailed review says upwards of 10 meters.) But the ad is really just a come-hither for the product’s cleanly designed promo site, on which all is explained in relatively plain English.

Counterspin It’s always a risk for ads to choose a doofus as their de facto pitchman. Let’s face it, none of us would like to be caught dancing around naked—and attempting to copulate with a slab of granite!—while our mom’s prune-skinned friends looked on in horror. On the most literal level, this commercial equates ownership of the product with hopeless loserdom—why is this cat living with his mom in the first place, given that he looks closer to 21 than 15? Philips is obviously just trying to use humor to raise product awareness, but it needs to tread lightly—there’s a fine line between a sharp joke and the sort of humiliation that forces you to avert your eyes.

Takeaway This commercial was apparently made for the European market, which explains the fleeting nudity; if this appeared on primetime TV in the U.S., the uproar might rival that which accompanied Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction. But if Jonathan’s naughty bits could be blanked out, this would play great on these shores—and Philips might move some of those wireless headsets, too. I’m actually surprised at the dearth of Bluetooth ‘phones on the streets of New York; when people invest in nicer earphones, they usually seem to plunk for noise-canceling options rather than going wireless. Not having tested these Philips cans personally, I can’t really comment on their sound quality. But it’s got to be better than the iPod/Zune/Zen factory ‘phones, plus there’s the added bonus of one-touch switching ‘twixt music and phone calls. It’s an innovation that’s been around for a while, sure, but it’s going to require some mass-marketing to break through. Maybe Philips is finally on the case.