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

EVO 3D specs confirmed: 1080p 2D video, 720p 3D, dual cameras, 1.2GHz dual-core CPU

via Engadget by Vlad Savov on 3/21/11

CTIA snooping is in full swing today, as the HTC EVO 3D has seen its major specs divulged courtesy of a document within the exhibition halls of the show. True to our initial scoop and subsequent spec leak, we’re looking at a 3D-capable successor to the EVO 4G, this one rocking a 1.2GHz dual-core processor (Qualcomm’s MSM8660), a 4.3-inch qHD ( 960 x 540) display, dual 5 megapixel cameras around back, and the sweet, sweet promise of 1080p video playback. That’s constrained to 720p for viewing 3D content, but there’s no denying this new Sprint smartphone’s shaping up to be yet another multimedia powerhouse. Specs of the EVO View tablet have also been snapped, marking it as indeed a Sprint rebadge of HTC’s 1.5GHz, 7-inch Flyer slate. Look for both to become official at Sprint’s presser later this week.

Nokia E71x Now Available on AT&T for $99

via Gizmodo by John Herrman on 5/5/09

How AT&T’s prospective carriage of the handsome-but-not-beautiful, capable-but-not-amazing Nokia E71x spawned so many rumors and leaks is beyond me, but it’s all over now. $99 AR on a two-year contract, available today.

[AT&T via Slashphone]

Samsung BlackJack II tops Consumer Reports’ list of best smartphones

via Engadget by Chris Ziegler on 12/18/08

Sometimes it’s the unsung workhorses that deserve the lion’s share of the praise, and that might just be the case with the aging Samsung BlackJack II — a phone that you probably wouldn’t expect to top Consumer Reports’ January 2009 ratings of popular smartphones. Sure, it may not be the shiniest device on the market these days, but you’ve got to admit it’s just about as functional as you’d ever need a business-class handset to be with GPS, HSDPA, and WinMo 6.1, which gladly sucks up Exchange accounts until you’re blue in the face. When you factor in the fact that it runs just $80 these days on an AT&T contract in a choice of four colors… okay, yeah, we can kinda see it. The iPhone 3G and T-Mobile G1 don’t play second fiddle terribly often these days (they were way down in the middle of the Consumer Reports pack in this testing cycle, in fact), so let’s just let this old dog have one more moment in the spotlight, shall we?

Garmin’s nüviphone brings the smartphone to GPS

via DVICE by S.E. Kramer on 1/31/08


The iPhone may have Google Maps, but it doesn’t rely on real GPS— it approximates your location using cell phone towers. And while there are smartphones with GPS out there, none contains a fully-featured GPS device. Garmin’s newly-announced nüviphone may be the first phone we’ve seen that we’d want instead of an iPhone: it’s a touch screen device that is at once a 3.5G smartphone and full-on GPS unit for driving and walking.

Garmin’s known for its GPS devices but seems to be trying to enter the cell phone market with a splash. The nüviphone will speak directions to you while you’re driving but transition seamlessly into speakerphone mode if you get a call. It has a web browser and will play your MP3s. Like most cell phones the nüviphone has a built in camera. Unlike other cell phones it’s able to tag each picture with the latitude and longitude of where the picture was taken.

Mio showed off a similar concept phone at CES this year, but it was a two-sided device with no announced production plans. Garmin intends to get the nüviphone into American stores by the third quarter of this year, though there’s no information yet about pricing or possible wireless carriers.

nüviphone, via Gizmodo

Helio delivers the Ocean


Helio announced their latest phone today, and it’s a doozy. The Ocean is a dual-sliding smartphone, featuring a QWERTY keyboard that slides to the side and a numerical keypad that slides down.

The Ocean comes loaded with all the standard Helio features you know and love — GPS with Google Maps, unlimited 3G web access, and Helio’s music store — with new goodies like IM integration to your contact list, a smart search that returns results from Google, Yahoo, and Wikipedia simultaneously, and an upgraded OS that works in both portrait and landscape.

If you’ve been looking to get a slick smartphone, this might just be what you’ve been waiting for. It’ll be available for $295 with a 2-year contract from Helio this spring.

Helio, via Gizmodo

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Palm sez NTP patents are invalid, refuses to settle

Following yesterday’s surprising announcement that patent troll firm NTP is taking portable computing pioneer Palm to court over alleged IP infringement, the PDA and smartphone manufacturer has fired back with a statement detailing its position on the matter. While Palm corroborates NTP’s assertion that the latter company had previously approached it about licensing the patents in question, it points out that all seven of them are still undergoing re-examination by the US Patent and Trademark Office, and all signs point to them being ruled invalid once the inquiry is complete. Therefore, Milipitas-based Palm has promised to “defend itself vigorously against the attempted misuse of the patent and judicial systems,” which is the diplomatic way of saying that NTP won’t see one red cent unless they pry it from Palm’s cold, dead hands. Since the RIM / NTP fiasco took quite some time to wind its way through the courts, it seems that Palm is making the smart move here by stringing this along until the USPTO makes its final decision, but there’s one thing it needs to bear in mind: NTP’s got half a billion dollars to blow on legal fees, and since it doesn’t actually do anything besides sue people, it can focus all of its energy and resources on this amusing but unhealthy lawsuit addiction.

Palm’s Treo 680: The smartphone for soccer moms


Always liked PDAs and BlackBerrys, but never thought you were part of the crowd who actually uses them? Has Palm got a smartphone for you. With much hullabaloo, the company today unveiled the Treo 680, a model that does all the cool smartphone tricks but has a few man-on-the-street convenience features to win over John Q. Most obvious is the crowd-pleasing startegy of being available in multiple colors, including crimson and white (check ’em after the jump). And then there’s the quick links to stuff like Google Maps, which can bring traffic data right to your phone’s screen. That screen clocks in at 320 x 320 pixels, by the way — not bad for watching any MPEG-4 or streamed videos. You may also have noticed that the Treo’s trademark external antenna is missing on the 680, but Palm promises the reception the new internal one is said to be just as good.

Now for what the latest Treo doesn’t have: It doesn’t have a lot of internal memory, just 64 MB, but you can crank that up to 2 GB or so with a separate SD card. And despite a decent communications set (GSM, GPRS, EDGE, and Bluetooth), it doesn’t do Wi-Fi, unlike some other handhelds we know. No Windows Mobile support either. Still, it’s nice that it doesn’t have much of a profile — just 0.8 inches thick. In the end, whether the Treo 680 wins over any “mobile accomplishers” (Palm’s target demographic, in untranslated marketingspeak) depends on the price and provider, which is a mystery for now. But a kinda-fair comparison would be the Treo’s cousin, the Motorola Q, which you can get for $200 with a Verizon contract. Another contender: the BlackBerry Pearl, also selling for a couple of C notes from T-Mobile. Which is your money on? Comment below…


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