December 2010 SmartPhone Articles

Listed below are all of our news and reviews articles for December 2010. 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 2010

Below are the 80 SmartPhone articles for December of 2010

Dell Venue Pro Can Now Be Pre-ordered Online

Dell's website has begun taking pre-orders for the Venue Pro, this company's first device with Windows Phone 7. Previously, this high-end smartphone had only limited availability, but it should be[...]

App Helps with Samsung Captivate and Vibrant GPS Problems

Samsung has introduced an app that is intended to fix the GPS problems experienced by users of some of its smartphones: AT&T's Samsung Captivate and T-Mobile's Samsung Vibrant.

Verizon Goes 4G: LTE Service To Debut on Sunday

Verizon Wireless has just announced that it will have its LTE service up and running this weekend. This 4G network will bring significantly faster data transfer speeds to mobile subscribers[...]

Motorola Defy Review

T-Mobile's Motorola Defy is a mid-range model running Google's Android OS. This smartphone has been designed to survive in day-to-day life, as it is water and scratch resistant as well[...]

Google Reader Android OS App Released

Android OS users can now downloaded an official app for the Google Reader service. Like its desktop equivalent, this allows smartphone users to collect content from their favorite websites in[...]

Is the Asus Eee Note a PDA for a New Generation?

The PDA market is dead, murdered by the smartphone. With the Eee Note, it seems Asus is betting that PDAs can find new life somewhere between the eReader and tablet[...]

Verizon Holding a Droid BOGO Sale

Black Friday is over, but the specials continue: Verizon Wireless is now offering a buy-one-get-one-free sale on three of its most popular Android OS smartphones: the Motorola Droid X, HTC[...]

Motorola Droid Pro First-look Review

Verizon Wireless' latest high-end smartphones is the Motorola Droid Pro, a model that runs Google's Android OS and is strongly focused on business users. Adama D. Brown brings us his[...]

Motorola To Introduce a 4G Smartphone in Early 2011

Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha, speaking at a technology conference, said that his company is going to release its first smartphone with support for 4G cellular-wireless networks in the near future.[...]

Most Popular Smartphones of November 2010

Each month, Brighthand publishes a list of the smartphones that readers have shown the most interest in during the preceding four weeks. October's list includes new devices running the Android[...]

LG Optimus T Review

The LG Optimus T is an entry-level Android OS phone available from T-Mobile. In his review, Mark Shryock says that despite its low price, this device gives first-time smartphone[...]

Verizon Now Offering 4G Service, but Not for Smartphones

Today is the launch day for Verizon Wireless' LTE service, but at this point only PC users can access it. Smartphone users, as well as those with a Mac, will[...]

Samsung Epic 4G Can Be Manually Upgraded to Android OS 2.2

Those who would like to upgrade the system software on their Samsung Epic 4Gto can now download and install the long-awaited upgrade to Android OS 2.2. This adds support for[...]

Samsung Nexus S Debuting Next Week with Google Android OS 2.3

After weeks of leaks and rumors, the Samsung Nexus S has just been officially announced. This high-end smartphone will be the first with Google's Android OS 2.3 (code-named Gingerbread). It[...]

Google Reveals the Details of Android OS 2.3

Android OS 2.3 has just been officially unveiled. Google's main goals in the next version of its operating system for smartphones were support for new types of communication and new[...]

Analysts Debate How Much Mobile Shopping Is Happening

How many consumers are really using smartphones and/or tablet PCs as shopping tools this holiday season? Mobile commerce is already hot right now in places like the East and West[...]

TechnologyGuide Annual Survey/Smartphones

Are you in the market for a smartphone? Whether it's your first Droid or iPhone or an upgrade, Brighthand would like to know what's important to you. Plus, the TechnologyGuide[...]

Apple iPhone May Be Coming to Verizon, but Not Sprint or T-Mobile

Verizon is widely expected to become the second U.S. carrier to offer the Apple iPhone 4 early next year, but that doesn't necessarily mean the other top carriers are[...]

Consumer Reports Readers Say AT&T Is the Worst Carrier

ConsumerReports.org readers have spoken, revealing that AT&T is the lowest scoring cell-phone carrier in the U.S., turning in a reader score of 60 out of 100 in a recent survey.[...]

Nokia X7 Apparently Headed for AT&T

An unconfirmed report indicates that Nokia's next multimedia-focused smartphone is going to be released by AT&T. Images of a Nokia X7 with the this carrier's logo have appeared on the[...]

Samsung Focus Review

The Samsung Focus is one of the very first models with Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system, which has a greater emphasis on consumers than earlier versions did. Jen Edwards[...]

TI Unveils 1.5 GHz Dual-Core Smartphone Processor

Mobile devices will be seeing some of their first dual-core processors next year, as Texas Instruments announced the next OMAP 4 processor this morning. This will offer two cores each[...]

HTC Users Port Android OS to One Windows Phone, Complain About Another

As HTC gets socked with more user complaints around reception problems with its Windows Phone 7-enabled HD7 smartphone, independent developers have been creating a port of Android OS 2.3 ("Gingerbread")[...]

Epic Games Releases Infinity Blade for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Infinity Blade, the first mobile game using the Unreal 3 engine, has just been posted on the iTunes Store. This fantasy adventure has been much anticipated since a demo version[...]

HTC Commits to Android OS 2.3 Upgrades for ”Some” Models

This week's official unveiling of Android OS 2.3 naturally raises the question of upgrades for current models. HTC says that some of its smartphones will get upgraded to the new[...]

Microsoft Could Be Prepping Two Updates for Windows Phone 7

Microsoft is going to add cut-and-paste functionality to Windows Phone 7 in an update that's expected to be released in January. This will supposedly be closely followed by a second[...]

Gmail for Android Update Includes Priority Inbox, New Compose Options

E-mailing from an Android OS phone just got a little more advanced, as the Google Mobile team has ushered out an update for Gmail for Android, which includes Priority Inbox[...]

Software Updates: Love’ em or Hate ’em?

On the latest mobile operating systems, it's now easy to check for updates to third-party applications. Please chime in to this discussion on whether you look forward to new software[...]

No Intel Chips in Smartphones until the Second Half of 2011

Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini recently announced that Intel chips will not be making an appearance in smartphones until the second half of 2011. This company is developing a new[...]

Many Dell Streak Users Won’t Get Android OS 2.2 Until Next Month

Users of the version of the Dell Streak that is SIM locked to AT&T are going to have to wait several more weeks to get an upgrade to Android OS[...]

Will Glasses-Free 3D Appear on Your Smartphone Soon?

With 3D TVs and 3D cameras already crowding store shelves this year, could 2011 turn into the year of the 3D smartphone? A number of companies are already developing mobile[...]

Samsung Noncommital About Android OS 2.3 Upgrades

Samsung has a growing problem with keeping its products up to date with the latest version of Google's operating system. The company has yet to release to Android OS 2.2[...]

A New Image of Sprint’s HTC Shift 4G Appears

Information on the HTC Shift 4G has been leaking for several weeks now, and now the best picture so far of this upcoming Android OS smartphone has appeared. It is[...]

Best Buy Drops Dell Streak Price to $100

It was only a few weeks ago that Best Buy was selling the Streak for $250 -- which was $50 off of the standard subsidized price -- but now, the[...]

T-Mobile G2 Gets a Price Cut to $50

The official cost the T-Mobile G2 has dropped 75%, but it's not clear if this is sale or if the price for this Android OS smartphone has been permanently[...]

Android Market Update Streamlines App Shopping

Android users with devices running at version 1.6 or higher will be seeing an update to the Market client over the course of the next two weeks that--with one exception--makes[...]

Nokia E7 Delayed Until Next Year

The release of the Nokia E7, this company's flagship business smartphone, has been pushed back until at least January. A last-minute discovery of a hardware problem is apparently to blame[...]

Verizon iPhone Could Be a 4G Device

The arrival of a Verizon iPhone is not only imminent, as many have previously speculated, but the device may also be 4G ready. This smartphone will reportedly support Verizon's new[...]

Motorola Droid Pro Review

Companies and business users who are in the market for a smartphone should consider the Motorola Droid Pro. This model runs Google's Android OS but has a design reminiscent of[...]

Dell Venue Pro’s Wide Release Pushed Back to January

Those who pre-ordered the Dell Venue Pro online were supposed to be getting their smartphones now, but are instead getting notices that this Windows Phone won't be delivered until next[...]

Samsung Nexus S Set to Launch at Dawn Tomorrow

The first smartphone with Google's Android OS 2.3 (code-named Gingerbread) is set to hit Best Buy shelves early on Thursday morning. The Samsung Nexus S is going to have a[...]

HTC’s First Smartphone with LTE Not Coming Until the Second Half of 2011

HTC's CEO says his company intends to be a major producer of smartphones using the high-speed cellular-wireless technology LTE, but the first HTC model using this networking standard won't be[...]

T-Mobile Puts the Samsung Vibrant on Sale

T-Mobile has temporarily dropped the price of the Samsung Vibrant by 25%. This Android OS smartphone, which sports a 4-inch touchscreen and other high-end features, is now available for $150.

Samsung Nexus S

This Samsung smartphone has much in common with this company’s Galaxy S series models, including a tablet shape with a 4-inch, WVGA (800 x 480), Super AM-OLED touchscreen. The latest[...]

Wyse PocketCloud Remote Access App for iOS Now Available for Free

A new free version of Wyse PocketCloud has just been released. This app allows iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users to control a distant PC or Mac over an Internet[...]

Motorola Droid Pro and Droid 2 Global No Longer Available from Best Buy

Best Buy, one of the largest independent sellers of mobile phones in the U.S., is no longer offering two of Verizon's most recent models. This is reportedly a result of[...]

U.S. Cellular Offers All Its Phones at the Cheapest Price Possible

For those who are running on a tight holiday shopping budget, U.S. Cellular has a proposition: from Friday, December 17 to Dec. 24, sign a 2-year contract and the wireless[...]

Samsung Nexus S Released Today with Android OS 2.3

The wait for the new version of Google's operating system is over with the arrival of the Samsung Nexus S today, the first smartphone to run on Android OS 2.3,[...]

LG Announces Smartphone with Dual-Core Processor

It seems that LG has made an even smarter smartphone. The company unveiled its Optimus 2X today, the first phone with a dual-core processor, likely making it the fastest[...]

Offline Maps and 3D Views Now Available With Google Maps for Android Update

Never again will you get lost in the big city with the latest update to the Android OS version of Google Maps for mobile, which brings offline mode functionality to[...]

Dell Venue Pro Getting Support for AT&T

The current version of the Dell Venue Pro fully supports only T-Mobile's cellular network, but an upcoming version will work with AT&T. This will greatly increase the number of potential[...]

LG Optimus 2X Could Be a T-Mobile Phone

Those who are itching for more details on LG's recently revealed dual-core processor smartphone, the Optimus 2X, may be getting their fix as the rumors begin to spill out.

IDC Predicts Mobile App Growth Rapidly Rising in Coming Years

Apparently there will continue to be "an app for that" in the coming years, as the market-research firm IDC recently released a forecast predicting that revenue from mobile software sales[...]

Samsung Intercept Gets Android OS 2.2 Upgrade

A system software upgrade to Sprint's

T-Mobile G2 and myTouch 4G Now Available Less than Half Price

Radio Shack has a special deal on two new high-end Android smartphones: both the T-Mobile myTouch 4G and the T-Mobile G2 are available for $80 with a two-year contract. This[...]

Apple iPhone 4 Now 25% Off at Sam’s Club

The retailer Sam's Club is reportedly offering the Apple iPhone 4 at $147 with contract, down from the usual price of $200. This is a rare opportunity, as Apple's smartphone[...]

Major Update to Windows Phone 7 Not Due until Late 2011

Rumors abound regarding the schedule and timing of Microsoft's updates to its Windows Phone 7 operating system, with the company supposedly not releasing its significant update, codenamed "Mango", to the[...]

Nokia Might Be Considering Using Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7

An unconfirmed report asserts that Nokia is considering putting Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 on some of its upcoming devices. This would be a major reversal for the Finnish company, which[...]

Smartphones with 4G, Dual-Core Processors, and More Expected at CES 2011

The next Consumer Electronics Show is coming in early January, and a number of new Android OS smartphones are expected to be unveiled at this gigantic tradeshow, and maybe a[...]

Smartphone Success Starts with Strong Mobile Management

There are many advantages for businesses in arming their employees with smartphones, but the process of deploying them requires careful planning or they can become a liability.

Android OS 2.3 Upgrade for the Google Nexus One Pushed Back

The promised upgrade to Android OS 2.3 for the Nexus One won't be available quite as soon as first thought. This update to the latest version of Google's operating[...]

Shipments of Windows Phone 7-based Devices Reach 1.5 Million in Six Weeks

Ever since the first devices running Microsoft Windows Phone 7 hit store shelves this fall, many people have been wondering how well these new smartphones are selling. Microsoft has kept[...]

Independent Study Shows T-Mobile’s 4G Data Performance Faster Than All Its Rival’s

While the debate continues over whether or not T-Mobile actually has a 4G network as advertised, a new independent third-party study has turned in results stating that the wireless carrier[...]

Verizon’s First 4G Smartphone Will Almost Certainly Be the Motorola Olympus

Verizon has strongly suggested that its first smartphone with LTE will be made by Motorola. This device is likely to be the Motorola Olympus, a high-end Android OS smartphone, which[...]

Windows Phone 7 Could Be Coming to Verizon Soon

Strong clues are pointing toward the first Windows Phone 7 device for Verizon being released earlier than initially thought, as Verizon-compatible applications have already begun to pop up in Microsoft's[...]

HTC Prepping a 4G Smartphone for CES

HTC has posted a "teaser" site about an upcoming 4G smartphone. However, this gives virtually no details, leaving open the question of which carrier will be offering this device.

Europe Will See Release of LG Optimus 2X First

Europeans may get a taste of the first dual-core processor smartphone before Americans, as LG announced that its Optimus 2X, will be coming to Europe in January. Which European[...]

Sony Unveils Phone Gaming App, while PlayStation Phone and PSP2 Rumors Persist

With game playing among smartphone users continuing to climb, Sony plans to release a PlayStation application for iOS and Android OS devices as its next move into smartphone gaming. There[...]

Apple iPhone 4 Now Just $99… but There’s a Catch

AT&T is now offering the iPhone 4, Apple's latest smartphone with 16 GB of storage, for just $99 with a two-year wireless service contract. That's half the usual price. There's[...]

Google Improves Voice Search for Android OS

If you've tried to use Google's Voice Search, but the results haven't always been all that accurate, Google has rolled out a new feature for some mobile gadgets that just[...]

EA Mobile Makes Almost All its iOS and Android OS Games Just 99 Cents

The mobile division of Electronic Arts is having a big sale -- virtually all of its games are now available for just under a dollar each. This includes hot titles[...]

PlayStation Phone Might Be Coming Sooner than Previously Thought

The next iteration of a portable PlayStation device may not be far off, as the PlayStation Phone, the rumored hybrid gaming and phone device developed by Sony Ericsson, will reportedly[...]

Motorola i1 Review

The Motorola i1 is a business-oriented smartphone from Sprint/Nextel that was the first Android OS device to offer Push To Talk (PTT) service. It meets military specifications for protection[...]

HTC EVO Shift 4G May Cost Less than Expected

The launch of the HTC EVO Shift 4G is clearly getting close, as the Android OS-based smartphone appears in a flier from Radio Shack. The advertisement gives some of the[...]

Increased Wi-Fi Coverage on the Way for AT&T Customers

In an effort to deal with ever-increasing 3G traffic in New York City and San Francisco, AT&T has recently announced plans to both expand the range of its Wi-Fi hotzones[...]

Motorola Cliq 2 Could Be Headed for T-Mobile

T-Mobile's focus on its 4G network in 2011 is off to a good start, as details about the carrier's newest HSPA+ smartphone, the Motorola Cliq 2 have just been revealed.[...]

Apple iPhone Users Can Now Make Skype Video Calls

Skype 3.0 for the Apple iPhone has just been released. This new version, for the first time, allows users to make video calls to other Skype users. This feature works[...]

Samsung Galaxy Player To Go Up Against the Apple iPod touch

Samsung is prepping an Android OS-based handheld computer focused on games, video, and music. The Samsung Galaxy Player will be almost identical to this company's smartphones, just without the phone[...]

VIDEO: Samsung Focus Overview

Is the Samsung Focus a solid addition to the Windows Phone line? Watch our overview to find out.

Times Square App Now Available for Smartphones

Want to experience New Year's Eve in Times Square without standing in the freezing cold, squashed into a crowd of thousands of people? There's an app for that.