Listed below are all of our news and reviews articles for January 2009. If you are looking for an article on a particular day or on a particular topic, you can use the menu on the right to narrow your search
SmartPhone Articles for January of 2009Below are the 103 SmartPhone articles for January of 2009
T-Mobile is supposedly close to giving a facelift to one of its most popular Windows smartphones, the Dash. This will include a slightly new look and an upgrade to[...]
OQO is set to unveil an updated version of it Ultra Mobile PC. Like its predecessors, this will be a tiny PC running the regular version of Windows, but the[...]
Resco News, Sudoku, and IDGuard for Palm OS are temporarily available for half off.
Google has promised developers that the Android Market will soon allow them to sell applications. As it stands now, companies can only use this store to distribute free software.
Each month, Brighthand publishes a list of the handhelds and smartphones that readers have shown the most interest in during the preceding four weeks.
The version of the Nokia N96 created specifically for N. America has received a firmware update addressing many issues and increasing device performance.
The infamous iPhone Dev Team didn't quite meet its goal of releasing on New Year's Eve a tool for easily unlocking the iPhone 3G. It has, however, put out a[...]
The BlackBerry Bold is currently available only from AT&T, but an unconfirmed report says Sprint will release a version of this smartphone in the next few months.
A slightly revamped version of the T-Mobile Dash is now available. This includes a new look and an upgrade to the latest version of Windows Mobile.
Continuing a long Brighthand tradition, Ed Hardy has once again made some predictions for what's going to happen in the mobile market during the next twelve months.
According to an unconfirmed report, T-Mobile is going to remedy the G1's marginal battery life by sending everyone who owns this device a second battery, free of charge.
UIQ Technology, the company responsible for developing and licensing the UIQ user interface for Symbian smartphones, has filed for bankruptcy.
According to rumor, Palm's first device running its new operating system will resemble the iPhone but with a sliding keyboard.
Verizon's acquisition of Alltel will happen later this week, creating the largest mobile phone provider in the United States.
There's little room for doubt that T-Mobile USA will launch the BlackBerry Curve 8900 in the near future. Exactly when that's going to happen isn't as clear, but a new[...]
AT&T may be just around the corner from its promise to allow its customers to use an iPhone as a modem for their laptop.
Both Acer and Asus experienced strong sales of their subnotebooks at the end of 2008, and are increasing their predicted sales volumes for 2009.
Garmin has released some screenshots showing off the user interface for its upcoming GPS-enabled quasi-smartphone.
The HTC Touch Diamond was one of the hottest Windows Mobile devices of 2008, and this consumer-oriented smartphone is now available unlocked for $390.
HTC has just announced plans to release a new Windows Mobile smartphone in the United States. The S743 will offer both a numberpad and a separate sliding keyboard, but it[...]
Pharos has taken the wraps off the Traveler 137, a Windows Mobile smartphone with a WVGA touchscreen, 3G, and a focus on navigation.
Apple's keynote address at the MacWorld Expo has concluded without the rumored announcement of an iPhone Nano. Still, it's possible this smaller, less expensive version of Apple's flagship smartphone could[...]
Apple announced today that the entire iTunes library will be available without the unpopular restrictions on copying files that were previously in place. This music store also put in place[...]
T-Mobile USA has just confirmed the numerous rumors that it will introduce the latest model in the BlackBerry Curve series next month.
An online retailer has given the world its first glimpse of the HTC Iolite, which will apparently be a mid-range Windows Mobile smartphone.
Starting at 2.6 pounds and $500, the HP Mini 2140 will feature an all-aluminum case, 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, Wi-Fi, and a 10.1-inch screen.
Conduits Technologies has released Pocket Player 4.0, an alternative media player for Windows Mobile which features AAC and enhanced MP3 file support.
Sling Media has announced that it will deliver a version of SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone to Apple for certification during the first quarter of this year.
Celio Corp, maker of the Redfly Smartphone Terminal, has announced a pair of similar products: the Redfly PC Software and the Redfly Smartphone Dock.
Nokia has reportedly discontinued the recently released N810 WiMax Edition Internet Tablet.
A server-side update to the Google Maps Mobile application makes it easier to get directions to businesses.
A N. American edition of the E63 has been announced. This Symbian S60 QWERTY smartphone will be sold unlocked, but for a low price.
The device that will be the replacement for the T-Mobile Shadow has been officially announced. It will have much in common with its predecessor, but add support for T-Mobile's VoIP[...]
Palm has announced its new Pre smartphone. A touchscreen device with a sliding keyboard, the Pre will use the just as new Palm webOS.
Nokia has added a new section to its mobile website called Here & Now which provides the latest world news, music, celebrity buzz, as well as information on Nokia services[...]
Microsoft is going to implement a new strategy for smartphones: in the future, there will be fewer models running Windows Mobile.
At long last, Palm, Inc. has unveiled its new operating system and the first device that will run it. Brighthand's Ed Hardy has been extensively briefed on the webOS and[...]
The Palm Pre was officially unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show, and the editors at CNET have given this smartphone three Best of CES awards.
Despite Nokia's discontinuing of the N810 WiMax Edition Internet Tablet, the company remains confident in this device platform and goal.
A CDMA version of Palm's Treo Pro -- a device expected to debut from Sprint in the near future -- has received its necessary approval from the FCC.
A roadmap showing what appears to be every smartphone that HTC has in development has leaked out of the company. This includes at least one Android-based model, and a number[...]
The BlackBerry Curve 8900 is a GSM smartphone that uses the typical RIM design. This model doesn’t include 3G support, but it does features Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 2.0. It also[...]
BlackBerry smartphone users can now hear their favorite Slacker radio stations wherever they go, with the new -- and free -- Slacker Mobile application.
Even though MacWorld Expo has come and gone without the anticipated announcement of the iPhone Nano, rumors still persist that Apple intends to release a smaller, less expensive version of[...]
Pharos Traveler 137 will be a Windows Mobile smartphone with a WVGA touchscreen, 3G, and a focus on navigation. Brighthand's Ed Hardy has a video preview of a prototype of[...]
Nokia has released a significant firmware update for both the Euro and N. American versions of its QWERTY smartphone, the E71.
Apple appears to have had a change in policy, and has recently allowed several applications that enhance the the iPhone's web browser for to appear on the App Store. *UPDATED*
At least once a year, a new round of rumors crop up that Dell is going to release its first smartphone. A new research note from an industry analyst has[...]
Asus has made big splash with its Eee PC line of inexpensive subnotebooks and desktops, and now is developing a smartphone for this line.
Nokia looks to increase developer flexibility with its Qt framework by adding the LGPL Open Source Licensing option to it.
One of the more controversial features of Palm's new webOS is something it doesn't offer: a way to run Palm OS applications. However, StyleTap may change this, if it finds[...]
Antoine Wright takes a look at some of the more interesting social networking applications for Symbian S60 smartphones.
Celio Corp. is early in the process of making the software that would allow Android-based device to connect to the Redfly Smartphone Terminal.
The Kogan Agora would have been the second Android-based smartphone on the market, but the company behind it has decided to delay the launch for an as yet undetermined amount[...]
Two high-end Windows Mobile devices that were hard to get during the holiday shopping season are now easily available. One of them is even on sale.
It appears that Sprint's version of the HTC Touch Diamond will be one of the few current models to get an upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer Mobile.
StyleTap Inc. has released a preview version of its emulator for Symbian OS, which allows smartphones running S60 and UIQ to run software written for the Palm OS.
HTC has released an update for the system software on the unlocked version of the Touch Diamond. This fixes a small collection of bugs in this device.
A highly-anticipated software update for the T-Mobile G1 which will add an on-screen keyboard is now expected to be released before the end of this month.
BlackBerry users who are feeling a touch jealous of Google's Android OS can turn to a suite of free applications that convert their smartphone into a GooglePhone.
Samsung is currently working on a smartphone running Google's Android OS which will be released later this year by two U.S. wireless carriers.
The S740 is a Windows Mobile Standard smartphone with both a QWERTY keyboard and a numberpad. Jen Edwards brings us this review.
Microsoft is going to unveil the next version of Windows Mobile at a tradeshow next month, if an unconfirmed report is correct. This will supposedly include some online services, including[...]
CompanionLink Software has announced plans to release desktop synchronization software for devices running the new webOS, including the upcoming Palm Pre.
Skydeck launches a beta version of its web-enabled dashboard that enables users to make and manage calls and other mobile data from a browser.
An image has emerged that appears to give the best view yet of the HTC Sapphire, an upcoming smartphone based on Google's Android.
Recent reports indicate that Microsoft intends to announce an update for Windows Mobile next month, but that doesn't mean the first devices running this new version will debut at that[...]
The European version of the N95 8GB has received a firmware update to version 31.0.015.
The Treo Pro has just made it's long-awaited debut from Sprint. This is Palm's latest Windows Mobile smartphone, with 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS,and a built-in keyboard. Update: This device has been[...]
Apple's acting CEO has flatly stated that his company isn't going to release a less expensive version of its smartphone, dealing a blow to rumors of the iPhone Nano.
A possible update for the BlackBerry Storm has been leaked to the Internet. This features a portrait-oriented QWERTY keyboard, as well as other improvements.
Despite not shipping in a smartphone or PDA in N. America, Access Linux Platform (ALP) has made an appearance with Sony's CyberShot DSC-G3 model.
Truphone, a popular VoIP service for mobile devices, has launched an Android-compatible version of its software.
T-Mobile has announced, but not yet released, the successor to the Shadow. Brighthand's Ed Hardy brings us a quick video preview of the device.
Significant -- albeit unofficial -- new details are now available on an upcoming update to the Android OS and the T-Mobile G1. When this update will be released is an[...]
Despite briefly listing the Treo Pro on its web site this week, Sprint may have pushed back the release of Palm's latest Windows Mobile smartphone until mid-February.
Previously, the only stores that sold the T-Mobile G1 were ones located in areas that this carrier offers 3G service, but this has now changed.
It has been rumored for sometime that Nokia's popular E71 will be making its way to AT&T, and now there is not only proof that it will do so, but[...]
The Verizon XV6900, this carrier's version of the HTC Touch, has received its long-awaited upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.1. As part of this, this smartphone also gets a faster version[...]
Verizon Wireless has just begun offering the Network Extender, an accessory that acts as a personal cell phone tower, allowing the user to make calls in locations where the general[...]
The HTC S743 is a stylish slider-style phone with both a numberpad and a keyboard. This is the American version of the very similar HTC S740. This device is compatible[...]
The official announcement of Windows Mobile 6.5 is expected soon, and details are starting to slip out. The latest leak takes the form of a pair of screenshots of important[...]
Brighthand's BlackBerry expert, Shaun Mahal, brings us a comparison of two recent Blackberry models, the Bold vs. the Storm.
Brighthand offers an RSS feed with links to its recent news stories, reviews, and editorials. This provides links to the fifteen recent articles, plus a brief description of each one.[...]
Today is Lewis Carroll's birthday, and to celebrate the British retailer Proporta is offering everyone 15% off the price of its entire line of smartphone and PDA accessories. [...]
The BlackBerry Storm was one the most highly-anticipated smartphones to debut last fall. But initial problems with this device have slowed sales.
Teksoft makes a useful application for those people who want to use their smartphone as a laptop alternative. BlueInput lets Windows Mobile devices connect to standard Bluetooth-enabled keyboards and mice.
According to Apple, version 2.2.1 of the iPhone system software makes the Safari web browser more stable.
The Shadow II is a GSM smartphone running Windows Mobile Standard 6.1. It is equipped with a 2.0 megapixel camera, microSD slot, and Bluetooth 2.0. The 2.6-inch screens slides to[...]
The T-Mobile Shadow II has just launched. Obviously, this Windows Mobile smartphone has a great deal in common with the original Shadow, but adds support for T-Mobile's VoIP service, HotSpot[...]
Acer has invited journalists to an event next month where it will introduce a new line of smartphones.
Over the month of January, Nokia has released firmware updates for several of its models, and most recently the N82 and N78 candybar smartphones.
U.S. consumers have picked up a million BlackBerry Storm smartphones since this model debuted in late November. This device is clearly selling well, but is it selling as well as[...]
QuickOffice has released version 6 of its office productivity suite for Symbian S60 devices, featuring the ability to read and create Microsoft Office 2007-compatible documents.
Deep in the iPhone's system software is a clear reference to the next version of this smartphone, a model whose multi-core processor could make it a mobile gaming powerhouse.
A model that appeared last fall as a simple featurephone is apparently getting an upgrade to a Windows Mobile smartphone. The Propel Pro will supposedly sport a sliding keyboard and[...]
Antoine Wright is proposing a new definition of a "smartphone", one that takes into account more than just the device's features, but also what these products enable us to do.
Verizon's product road-map for 2009 has leaked out, and versions of the HTC Touch HD and BlackBerry Bold are supposedly on it, along with a number of other smartphones.
Dell has reportedly put extensive time and effort into releasing smartphones based on either Windows Mobile or Android, with an announcement possibly coming next month.
Mobile professionals and IT service providers can now remotely control computers from their Apple iPhone using LogMeIn Ignition.
The T-Mobile Sidekick models have sometime been dismissed as "kiddie" smartphones, but the next version appears ready to play in the big leagues with high-end features like a WVGA screen,[...]
The second-generation iPod touch offers a slimmed down look, substantially improved battery life, and a wide range of software options. Is this the ultimate handheld computer?