December 2009 SmartPhone Articles

Listed below are all of our news and reviews articles for December 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 December of 2009

Below are the 117 SmartPhone articles for December of 2009

HP iPAQ Glisten

The iPAQ Glisten is a business-oriented Windows phone available from AT&T. It is HP’s first with an AM-OLED touchscreen, and also sports a thumb-size keyboard, mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, and more.

Brighthand 2009 Reader’s Survey

As we approach the end of the year, it becomes time to reflect on the past year and start planning for the next. At TechnologyGuide, we are taking the[...]

LG eXpo: a Windows Phone with 1 GHz Processor, Pico Projector

LG has just taken the wraps off a smartphone that will offer a combination of high-end features not found in any other device: 1 GHz processor, a miniature projector, fingerprint[...]

Google’s gPhone Supposedly Confirmed

The rumors that Google plans to release a phone under its own name continue, with the latest unconfirmed report promising that prototypes will soon be at this company's headquarters. Not[...]

AT&T Will Soon Release the HP iPAQ Glisten

HP's latest smartphone, the iPAQ Glisten, is on its way to AT&T. This business-oriented Windows phone will be HP's first with an AM-OLED touchscreen. It will also sport a [...]

Winners of the Second Android Developer Challenge Announced

Google has announced the applications that won its second Android Developer Challenge. This was a contest held to encourage the development apps for this company's mobile operating system.

Motorola Cliq System Software Update Promises Better Battery Life

T-Mobile and Motorola have released an update for the system software on the Motorola Cliq that they promise will increase its battery life. This will also improve the performance of[...]

iPhone Can Now Receive Video Calls

The newest version of the fring Wi-Fi-calling app for the iPhone allows users to see the person who is calling them, but not the other way around.

First Images of the Android-Based HTC Touch.B Come to Light

A series of images showing an upcoming smartphone from HTC have appeared on the Web. This device resembles one of this company's Windows Mobile-based smartphones, but will supposedly run Google's[...]

Nokia Releases Version 4.6 of the Qt Development Platform

Nokia has released Qt 4.6, a new version of the development platform that will be used on future Symbian- and Maemo-based smartphones. This gives developers all the tools necessary[...]

Samsung Omnia II Finally Available

Verizon Wireless has released the long-awaited Samsung Omnia II. This high-end smartphone has a large AM-OLED display, the TouchWiz user interface, mobile broadband, and the latest version of Microsoft's Windows[...]

webOS 1.3.2 Comes to the Palm Pixi

Palm is now sending out a system software update to the Palm Pixi. It's not clear at this point exactly what is included in this update, however. It's possible it[...]

Most Popular Smartphones of November 2009

At the beginning of each month, Brighthand publishes a list of the smartphones and other mobile devices that readers have shown the most interest in during the preceding four weeks.

Samsung Behold II Review

The Samsung Behold II is a Google Android-powered smartphone designed for a chic look but containing powerful features. Antoine Wright brings us a review of this device, which is T-Mobile's[...]

New Details Emerge on the Tablet Version of the Motorola Droid

Recently, word leaked out of Motorola that it is working on a tablet version of the Droid. Now, more information on this upcoming Android-based device has leaked out, including several[...]

Motorola Droid Now Available for 40% Off

The Motorola Droid is on a great many wish lists this holiday season. Those who are shopping for this Android-based device are probably looking for a deal, and Dell has[...]

Nokia N97 Mini Released in the U.S.

The Nokia N97 Mini was announced early this fall as a smaller version of the flagship N97 smartphone, and it launched in Europe in October. This Symbian S60 device is[...]

Google Maps Mobile 3.3 Now Out for Windows Mobile and Symbian Phones

Google has released a new version of its free mapping app for smartphones running Windows Mobile and Symbian. Google Maps for Mobile 3.3 lets users keep the starred places on[...]

AT&T Drops Lawsuit Over Verizon TV Ads

AT&T has reportedly dropped its lawsuit against Verizon that claimed its "There's a Map for That" ad is misleading to potential customers. The two companies have apparently come to some[...]

HTC Touch.B Will Not Run Android

A few days ago, the first details of the HTC Touch.B came to light. At that time, this device was thought to run Google's Android OS, but apparently that's not[...]

Image of Another of Motorola’s Android Smartphones Emerges

A new picture coming out of Asia gives a first glimpse at what is apparently an upcoming Android based smartphone from Motorola. Details on this are very sketchy, but it[...]

Nokia Will Offer Half the Number of Smartphone Models Next Year

As part of its efforts to stand up to tough competition, Nokia plans to offer significantly fewer smartphone models in 2010. This will allow it to give more attention to[...]

Samsung Omnia II First Impressions Review

Verizon Wireless recently released the long-awaited Samsung Omnia II. Jen Edwards brings us her first impressions of this high-end smartphone with a large AM-OLED display, the TouchWiz user interface, and[...]

Motorola Droid Getting Android 2.0.1 in the Near Future

Google has announced a small update for it's Android OS, and Motorola has promised this will be released for its flagship Motorola Droid in the next few weeks. The Droid[...]

Nokia E72 Released in North America

Nokia has released the North American variant of the Nokia E72 Symbian-powered smartphone. This is the replacement for the popular E71, and has the same general design: a tablet with[...]

BlackBerry Bold 9700 Half Off at AT&T

AT&T has just launched a BlackBerry sale, temporarily cutting the cost of a range of models in half. This includes the new BlackBerry Bold 9700, the original Bold, and several[...]

Palm May Free webOS Users from Limit on Number of Apps Installed

As it stands now, webOS users are only able to install a limited number of apps, no matter how much storage space they have remaining on their smartphone. An unconfirmed[...]

Pictures of Another Motorola Android-Based Tablet Phone Come to Light

In the past few days, images and details of several future Motorola models with Google's Android OS have come out of Asia. The latest of these has a slightly unusual[...]

HTC Promises an OS Upgrade for Verizon’s Droid Eris

The Motorola Droid gets most of the attention, but Verizon has a second Android-based smartphone, the HTC Droid Eris. This device is less expensive, but also less cutting edge. Still,[...]

Nokia Gives a Sneak Peek at the Next Version of Symbian

The Symbian Foundation is in the process of transforming the Symbian OS. Nokia has given the world its first glimpse of what the user interface for next version of this[...]

HTC Hero Replacement Will Launch Early Next Year

The HTC Hero is HTC's flagship Android-powered smartphone, but it's been around since this summer, and a successor is on the way. A high-level company executive says this device will[...]

Dell Getting Serious About Smartphones

Dell's first smartphone was released this year, and this will apparently be followed by many more. The company has reorganized to create a new division focused on this class of[...]

Android-Based HTC Passion May Be Delayed

HTC's next smartphone running Google's Android OS reportedly won't debut later this month as had been previously rumored. In addition, the latest report also indicates that this device's touchscreen won't[...]

Descriptions and Images of Eight Upcoming HTC Smartphones Leak Out

A list of upcoming HTC smartphones has appeared on the Web, apparently giving the world an overview of products scheduled for the first half of next year. This includes a[...]

Google Introduces a Free Visual Search Tool for Android

Google Goggles is a new app for Android-based smartphones that lets users search for more information on an object they see in front of them simply by taking a[...]

Barnes & Noble nook Preview

Barnes & Noble's nook e-book reader isn't available yet, but Brighthand's Jen Edwards managed to get some time with this device. Based on her preliminary use, she says it stands[...]

Motorola Droid Gets an Android OS Update

Verizon Wireless has begun sending the first system software update to the Motorola Droid. This is a fairly minor update emphasizing bug fixes, but it also promises longer battery life[...]

DataViz Offering Word, Excel, PowerPoint Viewer for Nokia N900

DataViz, Inc., has released Documents To Go Viewer Edition for the Nokia N900 and Maemo 5. This lets users of this smartphone read files and attachments in all three Microsoft[...]

New Details Emerge on the HTC Passion

The HTC Passion has not yet been officially announced, but it's expected to be released next month. This smartphone will reportedly run Google's Android OS on a 1 GHz processor,[...]

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 May Be Coming to AT&T, T-Mobile

Sony Ericsson is reportedly going to make versions of the Xperia X10 with support for AT&T's and T-Mobile's 3G networks, raising the possibility that this high-end Android-based smartphone is going[...]

Dragon Dictation Lets iPhone Users Enter Text With Just their Voice

Nuance Communications has released Dragon Dictation for the iPhone, which allows users to enter e-mails and text messages by talking to their smartphone, instead of of using the keyboard. This[...]

Motorola Droid Owners Can Manually Install Android OS 2.0.1

Motorola and Verizon have begun sending out an update for the system software on the Motorola Droid, but so far only a few thousand people have received it. Those who[...]

Apple’s Super-Size iPhone Could Debut this Spring

A market analyst has gone out on a limb to predict that Apple will introduce a large tablet computer this spring. Rumors of this device have been circulating for months,[...]

BlackBerry Bold 9000, Curve 8900 Get Unofficial BlackBerry OS 5.0 Upgrades

RIM has promised to release upgrades for the system software on some of its smartphones, but the release of these has been somewhat slow. Many of those who are tired[...]

Nokia Closing U.S. Flagship Stores

Nokia is going to close its flagship stores in New York City and Chicago next year. This comes on the heels of an announcement that this company is closing its[...]

HTC Droid Eris Gets a ”Bug Fix” System Software Update

The system software on the HTC Droid Eris is being updated, but not to Android 2.0. Instead, a number of small bugs are being removed, including one that sometimes prevented[...]

Odds Rising that Sprint and T-Mobile Will Merge

It still appears to be a long shot, but an industry analysts says the chances that Sprint and T-Mobile will merge are increasing. This would create a wireless carrier about[...]

There’s a Good Chance the iPhone Will Come to Verizon in 2010

A well-known Apple watcher is sticking with his earlier prediction that Verizon Wireless will get the iPhone next year, ending AT&T's long-held role as exclusive U.S. provider of this smartphone.

Garmin nuvifone G60 Review

The Garmin nuvifone G60 takes a standard GPS receiver and merges it with a smartphone. Jen Edwards brings us a review of this device, which offers a large display, web[...]

AT&T Warns that Heavy Bandwidth Users May Be Charged Extra

The head of AT&T's wireless division has raised the possibility that his company could charge very, very heavy data users extra for all the wireless bandwidth they are using, but[...]

Native Skype Client for Symbian Devices Released as Beta

Skype has introduced a limited beta of its client for some of Nokia's Symbian smartphones, allowing users to make free VoIP calls using Skype's proprietary protocol, and also exchange files[...]

Barnes & Noble nook

The nook from Barnes & Noble is an e-book reader that has a 6-inch, grayscale E-Ink screen and a cellular-wireless connection to this company’s book store, allowing user to buy[...]

HTC Droid Eris Will Soon Be Upgraded to Android OS 2

HTC has promised that it's going to upgrade the HTC Droid Eris to Android OS 2 early next year, moving it up to the latest version of Google's operating system[...]

Motorola Droid Version Available for AT&T, T-Mobile

The Motorola Milestone is the GSM version of the Android flagship smartphone, the Motorola Droid. It was released in Europe, but a few U.S. retailers have this device, which can[...]

AT&T’s 3G Network Really Is the Fastest in the U.S.

AT&T and Verizon have been running TV commercials comparing their 3G networks. AT&T's ads claim that this carrier's mobile broadband network is the fastest in the U.S. An independent company[...]

Apple Counter-sues Nokia for Patent Infringement

In October, Nokia filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging that the iPhone infringes Nokia patents for cellular-wireless networking and Wi-Fi standards. Apple responded today with a countersuit claiming that Nokia[...]

Skyfire 1.5 Web Browser for Windows Mobile Now Available

Skyfire 1.5 for Windows Mobile is now available. Enhancements in the latest version of this web browser include support for high-resolution screens, a new user interface that is more finger[...]

Sprint’s HTC Hero and Samsung Moment Getting an Android 2.0 Upgrade

Sprint has promised that both its Android-based smartphones, the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment, are going to get upgraded to the newest version of of Google's operating system, Android OS[...]

Nokia N900 First Impressions Review

The Nokia N900 is Nokia's first Maemo-powered model with cellular-wireless connectivity. Antoine Wright gives his first impressions of this high-end device, which offers a WVGA screen, mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, GPS,[...]

Google Nexus One: An Android-Based Smartphone Supposedly Coming Next Year

The Web is buzzing with reports that Google is going to release an Android-based smartphone called the the Nexus One under its own brand name next year. Google itself tells[...]

Palm Pixi Headed for Verizon

The FCC has approved a device that's almost certainly Verizon's version of the Palm Pixi. Verizon would be the second U.S. carrier offering this inexpensive webOS based smartphone -- it[...]

Windows Mobile 6.5 Could Be on the Way to T-Mobile’s HTC Touch Pro2, Dash 3G

T-Mobile released the HTC Touch Pro2 and HTC Dash 3G with Windows Mobile 6.1 earlier this year, but these smartphones will reportedly get upgrades to a newer version of Microsoft's[...]

Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Delayed Until January

Sony Ericsson says the Xperia X2 won't debut this year, as it had hoped. Instead, this high-end Windows phone is set to be released in early January, where its relatively[...]

Android OS 2.1 Will Have an Improved User Interface

Many Google employees have been given a device with an early version of Android OS 2.1 on it, showing that the next version of this smartphone operating system will have[...]

iPhone’s Connection Problems Could Be Self Inflicted

Many iPhone users love their smartphone, but they hate AT&T's network, which they blame for their beloved device's weak data connections and dropped calls. But experts say that the real[...]

Google Nexus One Could Come to T-Mobile in Early January

Google will introduce its first smartphone at the beginning of January, if an unconfirmed report is correct. This device -- code-named the Nexus One -- will supposedly be sold with[...]

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 May Debut Earlier than Expected

Sony Ericsson says its Xperia X10 will debut in February, but a retailer says this high-end smartphone will hit the market a bit earlier. This is good news for those[...]

Next-Generation iPhone Could Offer 64 GB of Storage

The iPhone 3GS offers up to 32 GB of internal storage, but the next version could have twice that. And the next generation iPod touch could double in storage capacity[...]

LG eXpo

The LG eXpo offers a combination of high-end features not found in any other device, It is one of the first to run Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional on a 1[...]

Google Nexus One Has 3G on T-Mobile’s Network, But Not AT&T’s

The earliest reports on the Google Nexus One said that this model will offer support for both AT&T's and T-Mobile's 3G networks, but this apparently isn't the case. Instead, anyone[...]

T-Mobile Picks Its Top Android Apps

T-Mobile Top Picks is coming to the version of the Android Market on this carrier's smartphones that run Google's operating system. This includes a variety of applications that help customers[...]

Palm Has Something in the Works for CES

Palm, Inc. has scheduled a press event for the Consumer Electronics Show in early January, setting off a round of speculation on what the company might announce. On the list[...]

AT&T Launches LG Windows Phone with 1 GHz Processor, Pico Projector

AT&T has begun offering the LG eXpo, which offers a unique combination of high-end features. This smartphone runs Windows Mobile on a 1 GHz processor, and sports a miniature projector,[...]

Motorola Backflip May Be AT&T’s First Android Phone

AT&T is the last of the big four U.S. carriers without an Android model. But that might change soon, thanks to a Motorola smartphone with an unusual design featuring a[...]

At Least One Palm webOS Model Coming to Verizon

Verizon Wireless has reportedly started training its employees on Palm's webOS, which virtually proves that it will soon release at least one smartphone running this new operating system. It's considered[...]

Google Is Going to Release Its Own Chrome-based Netbook

In addition to introducing its own smartphone, Google is reportedly going to release a netbook under its own brand name. Naturally, this is going to run the upcoming Chrome OS,[...]

HTC Releases Free Widgets for its Android Smartphones

HTC has released four homescreen widgets for smartphones based on Google's Android OS. Unlike most apps, though, these are only for devices running HTC, this company's proprietary user interface.

Palm Returns to Profitability… Sort Of

Palm, Inc. has just announced that it turned a small profit last quarter, the first time this company has been able to say that in quite some time. Not all[...]

AT&T Will Encourage Low Bandwidth Use, Not Punish Over-Users

The head of AT&T's wireless division said his company doesn't plan to charge some of its customers extra for using more than the average amount of bandwidth. Instead, it will[...]

BlackBerry Curve 8530

The BlackBerry Curve 8530 is the latest in this popular line of smartphones. This model offers a redesigned look, Wi-Fi, and other consumer-oriented features. This smartphone has a QVGA display[...]

RIM Had a Stellar Quarter, Stock Price Rising Sharply

During its most recent financial quarter, RIM experienced record sales of BlackBerrys, and better than expected revenue and profits. As a result, its share price is up over 11% since[...]

New Details Emerge on the Motorola Devour

The Motorola Devour -- previously known as the Calgary -- is reportedly coming to Verizon in the next few months. This Android-based smartphone will have a shape somewhat similar to[...]

Sprint Now Offering the Inexpensive BlackBerry Curve 8530

Sprint has launched its version of the BlackBerry Curve 8530, the latest model in the venerable Curve series of consumer-oriented smartphones. This device is debuting at just $50 with contract,[...]

Barnes & Noble nook Review

The Barnes & Noble nook is a new e-book reader that competes directly with Amazon.com Kindle. It offers most of the same features as its rival, plus some additional ones,[...]

Verizon May Be Getting the Palm Pre Plus

Information leaking out of Verizon Wireless indicates that this carrier will soon be offering an enhanced version of the Palm Pre. The unveiling of this new model could come as[...]

HTC HD2 Coming to T-Mobile USA this Spring

HTC has promised the HTC HD2 will be released in the U.S., but hasn't revealed which wireless carrier(s) will be offering it. Nevertheless, numerous leaks and unconfirmed reports indicate that[...]

Palm Ares Lets Developers Create webOS Apps with a Web Browser

Project Ares, a new development environment for creating webOS applications, is now available in beta form to all developers. It allows them to create software for this mobile operating system[...]

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Gets FCC Approval, Sports AT&T and T-Mobile 3G

There have been unconfirmed reports that Sony Ericsson's upcoming high-end Android-based Xperia X10 will offer support for 3G on both AT&T and T-Mobile, and now the FCC has confirmed it.

Dragon Search Lets iPhone Users Enter Spoken Search Terms

Nuance Communications has released a second iPhone app that lets users enter text into their smartphone with their voice, instead of using the keyboard. As its name suggests, Dragon Search[...]

Samsung Omnia II Review

Verizon Wireless recently released the long-awaited Samsung Omnia II. Jen Edwards brings us her full review of this high-end smartphone with a large AM-OLED display, the TouchWiz user interface, and[...]

AT&T Spending Billions to Improve Its Wireless Service

With the success of smartphones like the Apple iPhone 3GS, customers sending more data over AT&T's wireless network than ever before. This carrier says it is spending billions to keep[...]

Software Update Released for Barnes & Noble nook

Barnes & Noble has begun sending out an over-the-air update to its nook e-book reader. This includes a wide variety of improvements, both increasing the performance of this device and[...]

iPhone Tops Nielson’s List of Most Used Phones

Nielson is best known for tracking how many people watch TV shows, but it also covers many other products, including mobile phones. According to this company's figures, Apple's iPhone and[...]

Sprint and LG Will Unveil a Windows Phone with WiMAX at CES

Sprint and LG have invited journalists to an event at the CES tradeshow next month, where the two will apparently announce a smartphone running Microsoft's Windows Mobile OS that can[...]

Apple’s Super-Size iPhone Might Not Be as Large as Expected

Although a wide array of sources agree that Apple intends to release a tablet computer in the first part of next year, there's little agreement on the details of this[...]

New Details on the Google Nexus One Android-Powered Smartphone Come to Light

Reports continue to surface that Google will release its first smartphone early next month, and a full set of specifications of this upcoming Android 2.1 model have now leaked out,[...]

Next-Generation iPhone May Have a 5 MPx Camera

Details on Apple's fourth smartphone model continue to leak out. The most recent of these says that the upcoming iPhone will include a much higher resolution camera than is built[...]

BlackBerry Messaging Service Stopped Twice in One Week

E-mail service for many of RIM's BlackBerry smartphones went out two times in a week, giving this company a serious black eye. The most recent of these outages has been[...]

G-Map Offers iPhone Users Off-Line Turn-by-Turn Directions

XROAD's G-Map US & Canada navigation app offers spoken turn-by-turn directions, and has now been updated with real-time traffic reports.

Steve Jobs Is Reportedly Pleased with Apple’s Latest Tablet Design

According to a long series of leaks and rumors, Apple has been toying with making a tablet-shaped computer for years. However, no one at the company could come with with[...]

T-Mobile G1 May Get an Upgrade to Android OS 2.0

The T-Mobile G1 was the very first phone released with Google's Android OS, but a year after its launch this device is starting to show its age. Still, it may[...]

Palm Pre and Pixi Getting webOS 1.3.5 Today

Sprint will release a new version of the webOS for Palm's most recent smartphones very soon. This operating system update will bring a number of enhancements, including the ability to[...]

Details on the BlackBerry Tour2 Leak Out

The Blackberry Tour hit the market just a few months ago, but details and images of its successor have already come to light. This coming model will be a moderately[...]

Google’s Chrome-based Netbook Will Be Loaded with Features

Google is reportedly going to release a netbook under its own brand name running its upcoming Chrome OS. The specifications for this low-cost laptop have leaked out, showing it will[...]

Apple’s Tablet Could Be Called the iSlate, Have a 10-Inch Screen

In the last few days, there has been a flurry of unconfirmed reports about Apple's plans to release a tablet computer. The latest of these reveals the name -- the[...]

AT&T’s Website Stops Selling iPhones in New York City

For reasons that aren't yet completely clear, AT&T has stopped selling the Apple iPhone to customers in New York City through its website. It's still available in stores in this[...]

Amazon Customers Bought More E-Books than Paper Books on Christmas Day

After years of anemic sales, e-books are starting to take off. As evidence: for the first time ever, Christmas Day shoppers on Amazon.com bought more books for their Kindles than[...]

Motorola Droid Can Now Sync With Outlook and Entourage

There's good news for those who want to synchronize their Motorola Droid with their desktop computer: Mark/Space's app for syncing PCs and Macs with Android OS smartphones now supports this[...]

Google Nexus One Basically Confirmed for Jan. 5 Debut

Google has invited journalists to an event early next month, where this company is widely expected to unveil its first smartphone, the Nexus One. In addition, an internal document leaking[...]

Nokia Asks ITC to Investigate Apple

Nokia raised the bar in its ongoing patent dispute Apple, Inc. today by filing a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Apple infringes Nokia patents[...]

Two Android OS Smartphones from Motorola Could Be Unveiled at CES

A market analyst has predicted that two Motorola smartphones with Google's Android OS and OLED displays could be in the offing for early January, with one supposedly headed for AT&T[...]

Google Nexus One May Cost Less than Expected

New details on Google's first smartphone continue to leak out. According to the latest unconfirmed report, the Nexus One with contract will sell for 10% less than previously thought. Pricing[...]

More Evidence Emerges that the Palm Pixi Is Headed for Verizon

Information leaking out of Asia helps confirm that Verizon Wireless will begin offering the Palm Pixi early next year. This entry-level smartphone running the new webOS is already available from[...]

Apple Appears Ready to Release a $99 iPhone 3GS

Apple is apparently in the verge of replacing the second-generation iPhone 3G 8 GB that's still in its product lineup with an updated version: an iPhone 3GS with the same[...]

Palm’s webOS Software Catalog Closing in on 1,000 Apps

Palm's webOS is the newest of the mobile operating systems, so it's not surprising that it has the smallest number of third-party applications. Still, that number has grown significantly in[...]

Motorola Might Be Prepping an Android Smartphone with a 4.3-inch Screen

Motorola is reportedly working on a device that will have one of the largest displays of any smartphone. Code-named the Shadow, it will sport a 4.3-inch WVGA+ touchscreen, Google's Android[...]

Apple Very Optimistic About the iSlate: Has Ordered 10 Million Units

According to an industry insider in China, Apple's first tablet computer will have a webcam and a 10.1-inch touchscreen, and will act like both a netbook and an e-book reader.[...]