December 2011 SmartPhone Articles

Listed below are all of our news and reviews articles for December 2011. 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 2011

Below are the 69 SmartPhone articles for December of 2011

Low-Priced iPhone Accessories Are Great as Holiday Gifts, or Any Time

While doing your holiday shopping this year, take a look at some fun and/or practical camera accessories, docking stations, chargers, and other iPhone add-ons, each priced $15 to $130.[...]

Carrier IQ Spyware Found in Numerous Smartphones, Tracking Your Every Move

A new video posted by a security researcher has the Internet in a frenzy, as it details hidden software installed on smartphones that logs numerous details about the users activities.[...]

T-Mobile Cuts the Price of the HTC Amaze 4G Camera-Oriented Smartphone

The HTC Amaze 4G debuted from T-Mobile last month at $260 with contract. Today, the carrier gave this smartphone a price cut. Despite this, it still has one of the[...]

Verizon Gives a First Look at the Motorola Droid 4

Although Verizon has yet to officially announce the Motorola Droid 4, that's not stopping the carrier from giving the world a sneak peek at this upcoming high-end Android smartphone. [...]

HTC EVO Design 4G Review: A Good Value on Sprint

The HTC EVO Design 4G has a mid-range price, but includes some high-end features, such as a qHD (960 x 540) display, 4G, and dual-cameras. Read our review of this[...]

Most Popular Smartphones for November 2011

Each month, Brighthand publishes a list of the smartphones that readers have shown the most interest in during the preceding four weeks. There was lots of interest in Samsung devices[...]

T-Mobile, Others Answer Carrier IQ Spyware Allegations

With news surfacing last week of Carrier IQ, a hidden software installed on many smartphones that logs numerous details about the users' activities, a few of the companies involved have[...]

HTC Radar 4G Windows Phone Free Online at T-Mobile

While audience members of the The Ellen Show received the HTC Radar 4G for free, those of you who weren't lucky enough to attend the show can still get this[...]

Sprint Revises LTE Plans, Smartphones Delayed Until After Mid-2012

Sprint recently announced revised plans to launch its first 4G LTE handsets in the second half of 2012, rather than the company's original goal to have a dozen LTE-enabled phones[...]

Verizon Might Launch Samsung Galaxy Nexus Friday, Available Now for AT&T, T-Mobile

Way back in October, Verizon committed to being the first U.S. carrier to introduce the hotly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Nexus -- over a month later, customers are still waiting. That wait[...]

Easily Discover If Your Android Smartphone Has Carrier IQ

A new app is available in the Android Market that allows users to detect if the controversial Carrier IQ mobile network diagnostic tool is present on their smartphones.

Motorola Droid RAZR vs. Motorola Droid 3: Is the Keyboard Worth It?

In a showdown between the most recent of Verizon's original Droid line, the Motorola Droid 3, and the cutting-edge Motorola Droid RAZR, which one would come out on top? The[...]

Verizon Scores Big on this Year’s Consumer Reports Survey, AT&T Scrapes Bottom

It looks like Verizon has once again scored the highest in this year's Consumer Reports Ratings satisfaction survey, while AT&T found itself at the bottom of the Ratings for the[...]

RIM Renames its Upcoming OS ”BlackBerry 10” after Legal Dispute

RIM has renamed its next-generation operating system "BlackBerry 10" after a federal judge approved a request for a temporary restraining order from a software company, which claims to have already[...]

Samsung Galaxy Note Tabletphone Could Be Headed for AT&T

When the Samsung Galaxy Note was announced in September, there were questions about whether this Android tabletphone would ever be available in the U.S. New evidence, however, suggests that it[...]

Verizon Working on Shared Data Plan for Next Year

Verizon Wireless' CEO says he hopes his company will roll out shared data plans in 2012. This would allow customers with two devices -- like a smartphone and tablet --[...]

T-Mobile Expected to Unveil Its First Nokia Windows Phone Next Week

T-Mobile and Nokia have invited journalists to an event a week from today. These companies are doing the best they can to keep the agenda under their collective hat, but[...]

Verizon Having Major 4G LTE Outage

Verizon Wireless customers across the U.S. are unable to access this carrier's 4G LTE network. There are also reports of 3G data problems as well. UPDATED

Microsoft Releases Free Xbox Live App for iPhone

Microsoft has released a free Xbox Live app for the iOS platform, bringing the interactive game center to the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.

Great Add-On Gadgets for Any Android Smartphone

Whether you're getting ready to accessorize a new smartphone, or you're shopping for a great holiday gift, finding the right add-on gadget for an Android OS phone can be particularly[...]

OnLive Gaming App Now Available for Android Smartphones and Tablets

OnLive, the cloud gaming company, has launched a free app that brings gamers access to top-tier console games on their Android smartphones and tablets over a Wi-Fi or 4G LTE[...]

Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone Starts Shipping, but Not Yet in the U.S.

Nokia has begun shipping its latest Windows Phone 7.5-based smartphone, the Lumia 710, with customers in Taiwan getting the phone first.

Verizon Customers Still Waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Droid 4

Unconfirmed reports had indicated that Verizon was going to release two Android smartphones with 4G LTE this week, but this did not . This has left this carrier's subscribers still[...]

HP Making the webOS Open Source, Prepping New Devices

HP's CEO announced today a new course for webOS: it is being made open source, and HP engineers and any developers who are interested will keep updating and improving it.[...]

StarTech 2-in-1 Mini-USB/Micro-USB Combo Cable Review

If you're like me, when you travel you carry several different devices and/or associated accessories but don't want to load yourself down with gear. That's why I like the StarTech[...]

StyleTap iOS Wrapper SDK Turns Palm OS Apps into iPhone Apps

In the days when Palm OS was the top mobile platform, thousands of apps were written for it. Now, Palm OS is almost forgotten, but developers can use a software[...]

Apple iPhone 4S Sale Drops Price by $30

The national retail chain Radio Shack is having a special sale this week that cuts $30 off the price of all its AT&T iPhone models. This is most unusual --[...]

Should You Get a 4G Smartphone?

This holiday buying season, plenty of would-be smartphone owners are looking at 4G phones, wondering what benefits there are to 4G, and whether they need them. We'll take a look[...]

Apple App Store Now Offers More Than 500,000 Apps

Today Apple announced that the App Store now has more than 500,000 apps, as customers continue to download more than 1 billion apps per month.

Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone Image Leaks Out Ahead of T-Mobile’s Wednesday Announcement

The fact that T-Mobile is going to unveil a version of the Nokia Lumia 710 is an open secret at this point. Now, an image of the device in[...]

Microsoft Ousts Head of Windows Phone Unit

Microsoft is giving the current head of its Windows Phone business, Andy Lees, a new role in the company. This change comes as sales of smartphones based on this operating[...]

Google’s Android OS U.S. Marketshare Grows to 53%, iOS Up Dramatically Too

A new analysis of the smartphone market shows that Google's Android operating system market share of sales grew to command more than half of the U.S. smartphone market. Apple's iPhone[...]

Microsoft Releases SkyDrive Cloud Service Apps for Windows Phone and the iPhone

Microsoft has introduced a version of its SkyDrive cloud service for Windows Phone and the iPhone, offering users the ability to access, share and remove files stored in SkyDrive folders.[...]

Fed Agency Wants a National Ban on Using a Phone While Driving

Many states already ban using a phone for texting or accessing the Web while behind the wheel, or require a hands-free kit to make voice calls, but now the Nation[...]

Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone to Debut in the U.S. in Mid-January

Nokia and T-Mobile have finally announced that the Lumia 710 will be hitting the carrier in mid-January. This will be the first Windows Phone from Nokia introduced in the U.S.,[...]

HTC Rezound Review: The Beats Go On

The HTC Rezound is the first smartphone to have integrated Beats audio technology. It also features a dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch display, 4G LTE, and other high-end features. Should this[...]

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

This Samsung model has a 4.65-inch, 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED display that is slightly curved to fit against the user’s face. It runs Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)[...]

Carrier IQ Under Investigation by the U.S. Government

Weeks after Carrier IQ software was discovered to be running on about 150 million smartphones, tracking and capturing every keystroke and text message without the user's knowledge, a federal investigation[...]

Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Android OS 4.0 Finally Launches from Verizon

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was unveiled back in October, but Verizon has just become the first U.S. carrier to launch this smartphone, the first with Android OS 4.0. AT&T and[...]

Grand Theft Auto III Released for Android and iOS-based Smartphones

Rockstar is celebrating its transition into open world 3D gaming by releasing a mobile version of its acclaimed Grand Theft Auto game.

BlackBerry 10 Devices Delayed Until Late 2012, RIM 3Q Earnings Plummet

While announcing less than impressive earnings for its most recent quarter, RIM revealed that it will not release smartphones running its next-generation BlackBerry 10 operarting system until late next year.

We Shouldn’t Ban Cell Phones in Cars, We Should Ban Drivers

Although the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board wants a complete ban on using a cell phone for any reason while driving, Brighthand's Site Editor has a a better suggestion: let's[...]

Samsung Galaxy S II in White Now Available for $100

T-Mobile is offering a new version of the Samsung Galaxy S II at a special price. It's now available in a white casing, and this version of the high-end Android[...]

T-Mobile Throws 4G Super Sale Today and Tomorrow Only

For all of you last minute shoppers out there, T-Mobile is helping you out this holiday season by throwing a two-day 4G Super Sale, which begins today and ends tomorrow.[...]

Android OS 4.0 Upgrade Starts Going Out to Samsung Nexus S

Google's Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) debuted recently on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but users of the previous Nexus model don't have to feel left out any more: an[...]

Samsung Galaxy Nexus First Look Review: Android OS 4.0 and a Whole Lot More

The first smartphone with Android OS 4.0 (ICS) is now available from Verizon. We take a preliminary look at the hot new Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which has a 4.65-inch display,[...]

AT&T Attempt to Buy T-Mobile Could Be Over

AT&T may be close to giving up its efforts to acquire its smaller rival T-Mobile. The two companies have been scrambling to respond to opposition from the U.S. government, but[...]

Can Your iPhone Replace Your Point-and-Shoot Camera?

The cameras built into smartphones keep getting better, but have they reached the point of being the only camera you'll need? Brighthand's sister site DigitalCameraReview seeks to answer this question[...]

Samsung Galaxy S II Getting Android OS 4.0 Upgrade

An upgrade to Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is going to be released for a number of smartphones and tablets Samsung released this year -- including the top-selling Galaxy[...]

AT&T Throws in the Towel, Not Buying T-Mobile

AT&T has announced that it is giving up its attempt to buy rival T-Mobile. The carrier has always characterized this move as a way to get additional wireless assets, but[...]

25 Top Gadget Add-Ons for iPhones, iPads, PCs, and Android Devices

Still doing last-minute shopping? Technology Guide has put together 25 gift suggestions for accessories you can get for someone on your list who has a smartphone, tablet, or PC.

Verizon Having Another Data Outage

Verizon Wireless subscribers across the U.S. had problems getting data service this morning. The problem has been fixed for some of the carrier's customers, but not all. UPDATED

Google Delays Android OS 4.0 Upgrade for Samsung Nexus S

Google began sending out an Android OS 4.0 upgrade to the Samsung Nexus S a few days ago, but the distribution of this has either been slowed down or completely[...]

Motorola Droid 4 Might Not Launch for Months

When Verizon gave the world a sneak peek at the Motorola Droid 4 a few weeks ago, many assumed this meant this smartphone would be on the market soon. It[...]

LogMeIn Remote Access App Now Free for iPhone

LogMeIn, an app that allows users to remotely control a PC or Mac with their smartphone, used to sell for $30. Today, a free version for the iOS was introduced,[...]

12 Tech Days of Christmas

Christmas is getting close, and to help you count down the days, TechnologyGuide is bringing you the 12 Tech Days of Christmas. There are a dozen products for your perusal,[...]

No Room for Android OS 4.0 on Last Year’s Samsung Smartphones

There's bad news for those who bought a Samsung smartphone introduced last year: there will not be an official Android OS 4.0 upgrade for your device. This is because these[...]

Google Android OS 4.0 Review: Find Out What’s New and Different

The latest version of Google's mobile operating system is Android OS 4.0 (aka "Ice Cream Sandwich"). This debuted recently on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but will eventually be running on[...]

After-Christmas Sales Bring Savings on Smartphones

Christmas is the time of giving, but the post-holiday sales are about getting -- you getting yourself the things you really wanted but didn't receive as a gift. There are[...]

Samsung Galaxy S III Might Sport a Quad-Core Processor

Some of the specs of the next model in Samsung's top-selling Galaxy S series may have leaked out. This will reportedly include a quad-core processor, and speculation is that the[...]

Samsung Galaxy S Models Might Get Android OS 4.0 After All

Samsung recently admitted that last year's Galaxy S series won't be getting an upgrade to Android OS 4.0. The company may be reconsidering this after considerable online grumbling from customers.

DataViz Documents To Go Review: The King of Mobile Office Apps vs. Its Rivals

Documents To Go has long sat on the throne of mobile office apps. Yet how does the current version for Android OS phones rate vs. its rivals? Read this intensive[...]

iPhone 5 Might Not Launch Until Next Fall

One of the biggest questions for 2012 will be, when is the the next-generation iPhone going to be released? According to one source, Apple's sixth smartphone won't be available until[...]

Verizon Having A Major 4G LTE Outage… Again

Verizon isn't exactly living up to its self-assumed title as "America's Most Reliable Network" -- the company's 4G service is apparently offline for the third time this month. UPDATED

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Review: Building a Better OS

Not too long ago, the major Windows Phone 7 update known as "Mango" was finally released. Designed to patch up many of the holes in the first version of the[...]

Samsung Galaxy Note Available to AT&T Subscribers

Any AT&T customer who really wants the Samsung Galaxy Note can order one today. This Android smartphone with a 5.3-inch touchscreen is available unlocked from an online retailer.

Big Wins and Epic Fails in the 2011 Smartphone Market

Looking back over 2011, there have been some spectacular failures, but some big successes, too. The Brighthand editorial staff considers the previous 12 months and picks the winners and losers,[...]

Verizon Blames Recent 4G Outages on ”Growing Pains”

Verizon Wireless is often called "Big Red", and there have certainly been some red faces there this month as this carrier has gone through three 4G outages. A high-level company[...]

Shenzhen, the Chinese Silicon Valley, Home to Brilliant Smartphone Designs and Cheap Knock-offs

Our European correspondent has returned from Shenzhen, China. A small fishing village just three decades ago, it has metamorphosed into a megalopolis with over 10 million residents.