December 2012 SmartPhone Articles

Listed below are all of our news and reviews articles for December 2012. 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 2012

Below are the 90 SmartPhone articles for December of 2012

Verizon’s Motorola Droid RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD Getting Android 4.12 Upgrades this Week

When the Motorola Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR MAXX HD came out this fall, they debuted running Android 4.0, an out-dated version of Google's operating system. These two Verizon[...]

Unlocked Apple iPhone 5 Now Available

Those in the U.S. who would like Apple's latest smartphone but aren't into commitment or contracts can now buy an unlocked version of the iPhone 5.

Despite Rumors, Nokia Is Not Switching to Android

Recently, there was speculation that Nokia was considering giving up on Microsoft's Windows Phone and switching to Android. A company exec has pulled the rug out from under the basis[...]

Lumia 920 Selling Well, Some Regions in Short Supply

Nokia's flagship Windows Phone 8 device, the Lumia 920, is enjoying commercial success, ranking as the third-bestselling AT&T handset for the month of November.

Apple iOS 6.1 Moves Closer to Release

Those who are part of Apple's developers program received the third beta of iOS 6.1 today. This new version will likely be available to the public soon. More information is[...]

AT&T Now Offering Android 4.1 Update to Samsung Galaxy S III

AT&T has begun offering an update to Android 4.1.1 for the Samsung Galaxy S III, making it the third major telecom to implement the update. The upgrade offers a bundle[...]

Verizon Wireless Shutting Down V Cast Video Service in Two Weeks

Verizon Wireless is closing up shop on its V Cast Video platform, which gave customers access to television shows from networks like NBC, CBS and Comedy Central.

Gmail 2.0 Released for iPhone and iPad

Google has introduced a significant upgrade for its Gmail app for iOS. This software has a redesigned user interface, as well as other improvements.

Windows Phone 8 App Downloads and Dev Revenue Up Over 100 Percent

Todd Brix, the Windows Phone App Team Senior Director, announced recently that Windows Phone 8 app downloads and developer revenue have more than doubled since the launch of the OS.

Nokia Takes the Wraps Off Of “Youthful” Lumia 620

Nokia just announced a new Windows Phone 8 device, the Lumia 620, which is aimed at younger audiences and features a number of interchangeable, colorful cases.

Jury Foreman Will Be the Focus in the Next Round of Samsung vs. Apple

This week, a Federal judge will consider the questions raised by Samsung concerning the jury foreman "concealed information" during the jury selection process and whether there was misconduct in its[...]

Apple iTunes 11 Review

How is iTunes 11 at organizing and playing music and movies on a PC or a Mac? Get the answer on NotebookReview.

RIM Introduces BlackBerry 10 Ready Program

The launch of RIM's BlackBerry 10 operating system will be next month, so the company has launched a new training program of sorts for those who are eagerly anticipating the[...]

Smartphone Shipments To Account For 40% of the Mobile Phone Market in 2012

With December now in full swing, IDC has released its latest prediction for the global mobile phone market, forecasting that the industry will grow only 1.4% year over year in[...]

VIDEO: Samsung Galaxy Camera Review

Samsung's Galaxy Camera sports an innovative hybrid design that supplements its point-and-shoot prowess with the Android OS, giving it total connectivity. DigitalCameraReview gives us a close look!

Apple vs. Samsung: What It Means for Consumers

The legal saga of Apple vs. Samsung carries on today, as a San Jose, California court will review a jury's decision from this past August that said that Samsung had[...]

BlackBerry 10 Will Block Use of Too Obvious Passwords

BlackBerry maker RIM is willing to take active measures to protect its customers? safety, even if that means preventing them from setting easily predictable passwords Get more from TechnologyGuide.

Snapseed Launches Free Android App

Snapseed has launched an Android app, in addition to making both the iOS and Android versions of its software free. Get all the details from DigitalCameraReview.

Sony’s Smartphone Strategy: The Last Man Standing?

Sony, a company not often mentioned in the same breath as Apple, Samsung and HTC, has quietly moved into the number three position in the global smartphone market in the[...]

LG Optimus G Review

Available from both Sprint and AT&T, the LG Optimus G is this company's flagship smartphone. Is it more than the sum of its parts? Brighthand takes a look.

T-Mobile Finally Getting the iPhone

T-Mobile will soon become the fourth U.S. telecom to offer the iPhone. This won't happen until next year, however.

Samsung Releases Galaxy Muse Music Player in the U.S.

Samsung has found a way to bring the music player back with the U.S. launch of its Galaxy Muse, an iPod Shuffle-esque device aimed at Galaxy S and Note owners.

5G Is Coming, But Not Soon

Everyone wants a faster connection to the Internet, and 5G cellular-wireless networks promise that. But they won't be as soon as some might hope.

Toshiba Developing Low-Power MRAM for More Efficient Smartphones

Toshiba has created a high-speed prototype version of MRAM memory that can reduce the memory type's overall power consumption by 90%. TechnologyGuide has more information.

List of HTC Phones Recieving Android 4.1 Upgrades Leaks Out

HTC has been rather slow in upgrading its phones to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), even though that version of Google's mobile OS has been out for nearly a year. This[...]

Best Buy Slashes Apple iPhone 5 Price By $50

In a move clearly meant to attract holiday shoppers, Best Buy has dropped the price of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S by $50 each, offering Verizon, AT&T and Sprint[...]

BlackBerry Messenger 7 Can Make Phone Calls over Wi-Fi

The latest version of BlackBerry Messenger supports making free calls over a Wi-Fi connection, as well as other improvments. Read more TechnologyGuide.

RIM Finishes Work on BlackBerry 10 Developer Kit

RIM is going to introduce BlackBerry 10 in January, and has recently finished up work on the operating system's software developer toolkit (or, SDK) has officially gone "gold." Get more[...]

Samsung Galaxy S IV Won’t Be Making Appearance at CES 2013

According to a recent report, rumors about Samsung unveiling the Galaxy S IV at CES 2013 are untrue, with the company instead opting to focus on television announcements at the[...]

Samsung Galaxy S III vs. Motorola Droid RAZR HD

The Motorola Droid RAZR HD and the Samsung Galaxy S III are two of the most high-end smartphones available from Verizon. How do they measure up against each other?

Verizon to Release Samsung Galaxy Camera Next Week

Verizon has announced that the Samsung Galaxy Camera, an Android-powered point-and-shoot, will be available from the carrier starting Dec. 13. Yet, with a $550 price tag, this gadget might not[...]

Microsoft Rolling Out First OTA Windows Phone 8 Update

Some international HTC 8X users have reported that they have begun to receive the first OTA update on their handsets, but there's no word yet on when it's scheduled to[...]

High-res Photos and Video of First BlackBerry 10 Smartphone Surface

One of the first handsets that will run the new BlackBerry 10 OS from RIM, the L-Series device codenamed "London," has been spotted in the wild. Update: And video, too.

In Android vs. iPhone, Google Chairman Brags ”We’re winning”

While there's no doubt that the Apple iPhone is a very popular device, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is quick to point out that the Android OS is vastly outselling the[...]

Google: No Plans for Windows Phone or Windows 8 Apps as of Now

Google has announced that it does not plan on creating dedicated apps for its business products, such as Gmail or Drive, for the Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 platforms.[...]

Google Maps Once Again Available for the iPhone

For many iPhone users, the nightmare is over. A free, stand-alone version of Google Maps has been released, replacing the need to use Apple's version.

Samsung Galaxy S IV Set to Debut in February

According to a report coming out of Korea, Samsung is set to reveal the Samsung Galaxy S IV at next year's Mobile World Congress. Samsung has apparently decided to display[...]

Samsung Reportedly Working on 6.3-inch Galaxy Note III

Samsung is apparently already at work on the Samsung Galaxy Note III. This looks to get even bigger, as the device reportedly houses a massive 6.3-inch display. With many devices[...]

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III Will Get Android 4.1 Upgrade Starting Tomorrow

Starting on Friday, the version of the Samsung Galaxy S III from Verizon will begin to receive an upgrade to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). This is going to make the[...]

Android 4.1 Update Now Available for HTC EVO 4G LTE on Sprint

Sprint was the first U.S. carrier to offer Android 4.1.1 for the Samsung Galaxy S III, and the carrier is at it again, making the EVO 4G LTE the first[...]

Amazon Instant Video App Now Supports Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch

Apple iPhone and iPod touch owners are getting an early Christmas gift from Amazon, as the company has announced that its Instant Video iOS app now includes support for Apple's[...]

Top Five Smartphones

The results are in! Here are our top five smartphones for December 2012.

Dell Drops Out of Smartphone Production

Dell is finally throwing in the towel when it comes to smartphone production. Finding itself unable to turn a profit against larger competitors, Dell is bowing out of the industry.[...]

AT&T Gives Motorola Atrix HD Users a Taste of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

AT&T has announced that an update for Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) is now available for the Motorola Atrix HD, bringing users several improvements, including Google Now, a Siri-like feature for[...]

Comcast Brings Offline Viewing to Xfinity TV Player App for iOS and Android

Comcast has released a new version of its Xfinity TV player app for mobile platforms, upgrading the program to include the ability to download content directly to mobile devices.

Mobile Banking Grows By 50% in U.S.

With smartphones and tablets becoming increasingly present in society, it looks like users are employing these devices to do more than play games or make phone calls, as a new[...]

Don’t Look Now, but Nokia’s Lumia 920 is Doing Quite Well

Buoyed by strong reviews, the Lumia 920 is doing well enough that one analyst has raised his outlook for Nokia's signature smartphone for 2013.

Sprint Buying Clearwire for $2.2 Billion

Sprint is going to acquire all the rest of Clearwire that it does not already own. This will allow the carrier to expand its 4G LTE network. Get more from[...]

Today Is Free Shipping Day Across the Web

Free Shipping Day, is here again offering shoopers an inexpensive option to finish their holiday shopping from the comfort of their keyboards. Find out more from TabletPCReview.

RIM Sends Out Invites to BlackBerry 10 Event on Jan. 30

Research In Motion has begun sending out invitations to its January 30 launch in event in New York City for BlackBerry 10. This is expected to be the unveiling of[...]

Windows Phone 7.8 Lands on Nokia Lumia 800

European Lumia 800 users have reported that Nokia has begun to roll out the Windows Phone 7.8 update to their devices.

Nokia Lumia 822 Review: That’s More Like It

Thanks to Verizon's powerful 4G LTE network, the Lumia 822 sheds the one major weak spot of its sister models: the performance of its respective carrier.

More Details Emerge on Amazon’s Upcoming Smartphone

Evidence is growing that Amazon is going to introduce its own smartphone next year. The latest report gives additional information on timing and pricing.

Android 4.1 Update Coming Soon for Samsung Galaxy S III on U.S. Cellular

A little late to the party, U.S. Cellular will be offering the Android 4.1 Update (Jelly Bean) for the Samsung Galaxy S III starting Friday Dec 21.

Best Buy Offering Another Sale on the Samsung Galaxy S III

The national retailer Best Buy is offering Samsung's Galaxy S III below its regular price. The exact cost varies from carrier to carrier, with Sprint's version at half price.

Windows Phone 7.8 Update Only on Pre-Production Handsets; Won’t Be Available Until 2013

The initial wave of Windows Phone 7.8 updates on Nokia Lumia 800 handsets was only for pre-production devices and won't roll out to retail devices until early next year.

Judge Denies Apple’s Request, Okaying Samsung Smartphone Sales

Late Monday, U.S. District Judge Lucky Koh denied Apple's request for a Samsung smartphone ban, and separately denied Samsung's request for a new trial. With neither opponent coming out on[...]

Apple Fixes Wi-Fi Bug With New iOS 6.0.2 Update

After releasing iOS 6.0.1 last month, Apple has rolled out another update to its mobile operating system, though this one is aimed only at iPhone 5 and iPad Mini owners,[...]

EA Offers Holiday Cheer with iOS App Sale

Holiday cheer is alive and well on the iTunes App Store thanks to Electronic Arts. The game publisher is slashing prices on a large selection of apps with many reduced[...]

Android 4.0 Update Still on the Way for HTC ThunderBolt

On Monday, HTC confirmed that the long delayed Android 4.0 update for the HTC ThunderBolt is still on its way. While the company failed to give any concrete details, the[...]

Business Finally Starting to “Get” Business-to-Consumer Apps

Savvy businesses recognize that they can offer their more-than-willing customers sophisticated apps that offer convenience through an easy to use self-service interaction. Learn more from TechnologyGuide.

Instagram Won’t Be Selling Your Pictures Without Permission

Following Monday's announcement of a new intellectual property policy that would allow Instagram to sell users' photographs without payment or notification, the popular online photo-sharing network is now changing its[...]

Samsung Working to Fix Security Hole in Its Smartphones

Samsung has admitted there is a security vulnerability in many of its leading devices -- including the Galaxy S III -- and says that it is working on a software[...]

FCC Aids in Smartphone Security Education with New Online Checklist

With nearly 50% of Americans owning a smartphone, the Federal Communications Commission is working to make sure users are more informed on how to keep their device secure by providing[...]

Sega Kicks Off Android and iOS App Sale

Game company Sega has started its own Holiday Sale, offering a large selection of Android and iOS apps for a reduced price. The sale starts today and is set to[...]

VIDEO: Apple iPhone 5 Review

It is faster, slimmer and more powerful than its predecessors, although some might argue the iPhone 5 is a better device than earlier versions or a formidable competitor to the[...]

Should You Buy a Windows Phone This Holiday Season?

With the holidays just around the corner, the discerning gift buyer may be considering picking up a Windows Phone 8 device to see what the new OS is all about.[...]

Users Flock to iOS 6 with the Addition of Google Maps

A week after the release of Google Maps it appears that a mass exodus from iOS 5 is underway. Now that user?s mapping needs are accounted for with the re-introduction[...]

Update Now Available for Windows Phone 8 Maps App

The Maps app on Windows Phone 8 has been given a small update and is available for users to download now through the phone's settings menu.

Portico Update Hitting T-Mobile HTC 8X Phones in the US

The first Windows Phone 8 update, codenamed "Portico," is now available as an OTA download in the US on the T-Mobile version of the HTC 8X.

Nokia and RIM Enter into New Patent Licenses Agreement

Nokia and RIM have buried the hatchet. The two handset manufacturers have agreed to enter a new patent licenses agreement that will result in RIM paying Nokia an undisclosed amount.[...]

iOS 6 Conversion Linked to China, Not Google Maps

With iOS 6 adaption on the rise and the recent release of Google Maps it was easy to make a correlation between the two. However, recent data from Chitika suggests[...]

T-Mobile Closes Out The Year With “Zero Down Sale”

With Christmas just around the corner, T-Mobile is offering customers another way to save on the season's hottest smartphones with its new "Zero Down Sale, where popular handsets like the[...]

Nine Handy Airline Travel Apps for iPhone & iPad

A iPhone or iPad can be a highly useful air travel tool for booking a flight, changing your seat, checking delays, and more. Here are some of the best apps.

Google Gets Jolly with Santa Tracker App for Android

Parents will no longer lose sleep on Christmas Eve as their children stay up to hear the sound of reindeer on the roof. This is all thanks to Google's newly-launched[...]

All Warner Bros. iPhone Games on Sale

To celebrate the holiday season, Warner Bros. is now offering all of its iOS games at substantial savings. Get more details from TabletPCReview.

Huawei Shows Off 6.1-inch 1080p Ascend Mate Before CES

Huawei presented its new 6.1-inch Ascend Mate handset this weekend in a local retailer. The handset was set to first debut at CES, but CEO Richard Yu decided to pull[...]

Gameloft iPhone and Android Games on Sale

Gameloft is having a holiday sale, with bargains on a number of its iOS and Android games. See the full list on TabletPCReview.

AUDIO: Will the Security Features in BlackBerry 10 Save RIM?

Brighthand's Site Editor was interviwed recently on whether businesses and goverment agencies are going to adopt the next-generation BlackBerry.

Original Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX Getting Android 4.1

Motorola is set to give their users a happy Christmas, as the company is starting to release the Android 4.1 update for the Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX on[...]

Multi-Window Support Going Out to AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung gave the Galaxy Note II the ability to display two apps at the same time. A system software update is now going out to AT&T's version of this device[...]

Details Emerge about ZTE Grand S with 5-Inch Display

Details emerged earlier this month for ZTE's new handset the Grand S. Set to show in a few weeks at CES, this new 5-inch handset will reportedly offer an old[...]

Not Everything That Debuts at CES Is a Hit

The CES graveyard is full of gadgets that made a big splash in Vegas, but were not ultimately successful, like the Palm Pre. Read this editorial on TechnologyGuide.

Samsung Reveals Android 4.1 Premium Suite Upgrade for First-Gen Galaxy Note, Confirms Multi-Window View

With the holiday season coming to a close, it seems Samsung is still in the giving spirit, as the manufacturer has revealed all the details of the Android 4.1 Premium[...]

Verizon Slashes Prices on Two Windows Phones

The HTC 8X and Nokia Lumia 822 just launched last month, but the prices for both of these Windows Phones has been cut by $100. This isn't a good sign[...]

Bloomberg Says Uptick in NYC Crime Rate Due to iPhone and iPad Thefts

New York City's annual crime index is up on the year, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg is saying that thefts of Apple products are a major contributing factor.

Samsung Galaxy S IV Could Have an S Pen Stylus

New rumors have leaked today about Samsung's upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S IV. According to Korean sources, the device will offer full S Pen functionality and is set to[...]

Google Is Letting Motorola Die

In one of the most competitive fields in technology, Motorola is barely making an effort. Google, its parent company, seems to be letting it whither and die.

Google Picks the Top 12 Apps of 2012

Google has released a list of what it believes to be the best mobile software of 2012. You can see the full list on TabletPCReview.

New Details Emerge on the ZTE Nubia Z5 and Grand S

New details have surfaced for the ZTE Nubia Z5 and Grand S. The two new handsets appear to have more in common as more rumored specs surface.