March 2011 SmartPhone Articles

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

Below are the 106 SmartPhone articles for March of 2011

Apple’s COO Suggests an Entry-Level iPhone Is in the Works

Tim Cook, Apple's Chief Operating Officer, said in a recent interview that his company isn't making smartphones "just for the rich." This and other comments suggest that Apple is going[...]

HTC ThunderBolt Will Cost Considerably More than Usual

These days, the typical price for a high-end smartphone when bought with a wireless service contract is $200. Verizon has apparently decided that its first smartphone with 4G, the HTC[...]

Sidekick Service Shutting Down in Three Months

T-Mobile has just announced that it is shutting down the servers that its Sidekick line of smartphones need to run. This is part of this carrier's plan to switch the[...]

Most Popular Smartphones of February 2011

Each month, Brighthand publishes a list of the smartphones that readers have shown the most interest in during the preceding four weeks. New models that were announced in January and[...]

Verizon Giving Up Its Unlimited Wireless Data Plan this Summer

A top-level Verizon executive revealed today that the clock is winding down on on his company's unlimited data plan. At some point this summer, Verizon Wireless is going to switch[...]

Sprint Now the Only U.S. Carrier With an Unlimited Data Plan

Hard-core smartphone users who are looking for an unlimited wireless data plan have to check out Sprint, as this is the last of the top carriers in the United States[...]

Xfinity TV App Integrates Android Smartphones into TV Watching Experience

Comcast has just released the Xfinity TV app in the Android Market, which provides several useful smartphone/television cross-over functions on devices running Google's operating system.

Apple Introducing iOS 4.3 Upgrade for the iPhone Next Week

The next version of Apple's operating system for its smartphone, tablet, and handheld will be available in just over a week. Among other enhancements, this will include mobile hotspot software[...]

AT&T iPhone 4 Getting Apple’s New Mobile Hotspot App

One of the major enhancements in the newly-announced iOS 4.3 is an app that will allow the iPhone 4 to act like a mobile Wi-Fi access point. AT&T has confirmed[...]

BlackBerry Messenger Could Be Headed for Android OS, iPhone

Research in Motion (RIM) is reportedly going to release a version of BlackBerry Messenger for rival operating systems. If true, this will be a significant change in strategy, as BBM[...]

Skyfire 3.0 iPhone Web Browser Strongly Integrated with Facebook

Skyfire has released a new version of its iPhone mobile web browser. Skyfire 3.0 heavily integrates Facebook into the browsing experience, making the social media network the crux of the[...]

Apple CEO Wants an iPhone with LTE Available Soon

Steve Jobs, the head of Apple, reportedly would like his company to release a smartphone with the 4G wireless technology LTE as soon as possible. This raises the possibility that[...]

Carriers Want Their Share of Billions in Apps Revenue

In his latest column, our European correspondent Dragan Petric explains how wireless carriers around the world are trying to get a cut of the billions of dollars currently funneling through[...]

Windows Phone 7 Update Rolled Out Again, but Still Not Working

After temporarily suspending the Windows Phone 7 update last week to address the issues it was encountering with Samsung handsets, Microsoft attempted to re-release the update this past Wednesday, but[...]

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T-Mobile Offering Sidekick Users 50% Off on Samsung Models

The Sidekick data service is going to be shut down in a few months, converting these smartphones into simple dumbphones. As compensation, T-Mobile is offering users of these devices 50%[...]

Smartphones Are Turning into Wireless Wallets

An emerging wireless standard called Near Field Communications (NFC) could allow us to someday use our smartphones like credit cards. But rival technologies and security concerns might prevent this from[...]

Samsung Unveils BlackBerry-Style Galaxy Pro

Samsung's Android smartphone portfolio continues to grow, as the company announced this morning that it will be releasing the Galaxy Pro, which will have a design familiar to many BlackBerry[...]

Sprint Might Announce a 3D and a 4G Smartphone at CTIA

With the spring CTIA just two weeks away, there's word that Sprint is going to use this semi-annual tradeshow to unveil its first smartphone with a 3D screen, as well[...]

BlackBerry Protect App Now Widely Available

The beta version of the new BlackBerry Protect application is now in wide release, providing BlackBerry phone users with a way to protect their data and keep track of their[...]

Apple iPhone 5 Could Be a Significant Redesign

The iPhone 5 is not going to have the antennas around its outside edge that have been so controversial, according to an inside source. Instead, the antenna is supposedly going[...]

BlackBerry OS 7 Set To Debut this Fall

A roadmap detailing Research in Motion's software plans for 2011 has leaked out, and BlackBerry OS 7, the next version of this company's operating system makes an appearance.

Microsoft and Nokia Working on a 5-Year, $1 Billion Contract

Nokia announced recently that it is going to use Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system on all its future smartphones. Apparently, Microsoft used its checkbook to convince Nokia to make this[...]

Nokia E7 Now Available for Pre-Order in the U.S.

The Nokia E7 launched in other parts of the world last month, and now, those in the U.S. can put in a pre-order for this high-end business-oriented smartphone running Symbian^3.

Google Maps Navigation for Android Now Routes Around Traffic

Google is trying to alleviate one of life's major frustrations for drivers with its latest update to the Google Maps Navigation software for Android OS -- Google's GPS service will[...]

Sprint in Talks to Buy T-Mobile

Deutsche Telekom AG, which owns T-Mobile USA, is in talks to sell its unit to Sprint Nextel Corporation under the condition that DT is given a major stake in the[...]

LG Revolution Likely Coming to Verizon Later this Month

The LG Revolution is a finalist for the E-Tech awards that will be given out at the CTIA tradeshow in mid-month. This high-end Android OS smartphone has yet to be[...]

Samsung Stealth on the List of Verizon 4G Smartphones

The HTC ThunderBolt is the best-known smartphone that will offer support for Verizon's 4G LTE network, but it's not the only one. The Samsung Stealth is another cutting-edge model that's[...]

Apple iOS 4.3 Upgrade Now Available for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

The scheduled release date for the upgrade to iOS 4.3 wasn't until this Friday, but Apple has gone ahead and introduced it early. This isn't a major upgrade, but does[...]

Nokia C7 Headed for T-Mobile

The FCC has approved a version of the Nokia C7 for the United States. This high-end Symbian^3 smartphone will use T-Mobile USA's version of 3G connectivity, and will also have[...]

Apple Finally Releasing Long-Overdue White iPhone 4 Next Month

The saga of the white iPhone 4 should finally be coming to a close, with one analyst claiming that shipments of the new color option are planned to start by[...]

Microsoft Has Postponed First Major Windows Phone 7 Update

An update to Windows Phone 7 that will bring support for cut, copy, and paste has been delayed. It was originally scheduled for release this week, but problems with an[...]

iPhone 5 Will Almost Certainly Use Apple A5 Dual-Core Processor

The iPad 2 is going to run a new dual-core processor from Apple, and strong evidence has emerged that the next-generation iPhone will also use the A5 chip. This should[...]

HP Pre 2 Gets webOS 2.1 Upgrade

A webOS 2.1 upgrade is now available for the unlocked version of the HP Pre 2. This isn't a huge upgrade, but it does bring a few new features to[...]

HTC ThunderBolt with Verizon 4G Now Expected to Launch in Late March

The launch date for the HTC ThunderBolt, Verizon's first smartphone with 4G, has been the subject of rumor and speculation for weeks now. The most recent unconfirmed report says it's[...]

Apple iPad 2 Launching Today

Apple's second-generation tablet can now be ordered online, and is hitting store shelves later today. The iPad 2 has much in common with its predecessor, but adds rear- and front-facing[...]

Apple iPhone 5 Leaked Renderings Show a Larger Screen

Rumors about the upcoming iPhone 5 have been coming fast and quick, many of which indicate that this model will have a larger display than its predecessors. A set of[...]

Samsung Nexus S Now Available for Half Price

The national retailer Best Buy is holding a sale on the Samsung Nexus S. For a limited time, this high-end smartphone -- one of only two devices running the latest[...]

Android OS Getting Adobe Flash Player 10.2 Next Week

Adobe has just announced that many smartphones running Google's Android OS will be getting an update to the latest version of Flash Player in just a few days. This will[...]

Peel Hardware/Software Makes iPhone into Universal Remote

The Peel app for iPhone takes user input about what TV shows they like and watch, and develops recommendations based on this information, while the Peel device can wirelessly control[...]

Puzzle Agent 2 Coming to iPhone by Summer

Puzzle Agent 2 is on its way, scheduled for a spring or summer release on the iPhone, iPad, PC, and Mac, featuring puzzles that are perfect for the touch interfaces[...]

More Evidence of the HTC Droid Incredible 2 Emerges

There's little room for doubt that the recently announced HTC Incredible S is going to replace the original HTC Droid Incredible in Verizon's product lineup now that a prototype unit[...]

Apple iOS 4.3 Features New in-App Purchase Policy to Aid Parents

Apple's recently released iOS 4.3 for iPhones and iPads received a tweak to its in-app purchasing policy, eliminating the 15-minute window that allowed users to make in-app purchases without entering[...]

HTC ThunderBolt 4G Smartphone Might Debut from Verizon this Week

An HTC executive let slip that the long-awaited HTC ThunderBolt might finally hit store shelves later this week. This will be Verizon's first 4G smartphone, plus this Android OS device[...]

Samsung Galaxy S 4G Review

The Samsung Galaxy S 4G is the first smartphone to fully support T-Mobile's HSPA+ network, and sports a 4-inch touchscreen. Jen Edwards bring us an in-depth review of this Android[...]

PAX East 2011: Some Thoughts on the Nintendo 3DS, Ocarina of Time, and Kid Icarus

Japan may have already been blessed with the release of the Nintendo 3DS, but for those of us stateside, we still have to rely on little tastes of the device,[...]

Sprint’s HTC Arrive Windows Phone Can Be Pre-ordered at a Special Price

The HTC Arrive is scheduled to debut next week, and those who are eager to get their hands on this smartphone can put in a pre-order now. This will be[...]

Donate to Relief Efforts in Japan with a Text Message

Anyone with a cell phone can send a text message to quickly and easily donate money to organizations helping the victims of last week's earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Apple Official Confirms Spring Release for White iPhone

After an analyst's report last week that the white iPhone 4 will start shipping in April, confirmation on the matter has come from Apple's top brass. But is this version[...]

Apple iPhone 5 Will Not Feature NFC

Apple has supposedly disclosed in meetings with large mobile operators in the U.K. that NFC (near field communications) would not be making its way onto the next iPhone, which means[...]

Dual-Screen Kyocera Echo Set To Launch in Mid-April

Last month, Sprint took the wraps off the Kyocera Echo, an upcoming Android OS smartphone with not one, but two large touchscreens. The carrier is only now announcing the price[...]

It’s Official: HTC ThunderBolt with Verizon 4G Will Launch on Thursday

The long wait for the HTC ThunderBolt is almost over -- Verizon is going to release this cutting-edge Android OS device on Thursday. It will be this carrier's first 4G[...]

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Fully Revealed

T-Mobile and Samsung decided to stop dropping hints and officially announce the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G, and upcoming consumer-oriented smartphone with Google Android OS, a flip-up screen, and a QWERTY keyboard.[...]

Take an Early Look at the Motorola Targa with Verizon 4G

Images and a few of the specifications of the Motorola Targa have leaked out. This model is supposedly headed for Verizon Wireless, and will offer support for this carrier's 4G[...]

Microsoft to Stop Releasing New Zune Models

It has been a long time coming, but Microsoft has decided to stop creating new iterations of its Zune media player due to sub-par sales, according to an inside source.

New Details and Images on the HTC Pyramid Emerge

One of the many high-end Android OS smartphones reportedly on the drawing boards is the HTC Pyramid. While some of the specs of this model -- which is supposedly headed[...]

Motorola Droid 3 Will Be a Webtop Smartphone

Images of the Motorola Droid 3 have leaked out, and they reveal some new information about this upcoming Android OS model. Most notably, it is apparently going to support Motorola's[...]

Two Upcoming Windows Phone 7 Handsets from HTC Appear

The sixth and seventh Windows Phone 7 handsets could be on the way from HTC, the Ignite and the Prime, as listings for the phones have surfaced on the web.[...]

HTC Arrive First-Look Review

The HTC Arrive will be Sprint's first device running Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, plus it will have a QWERTY keyboard and a slide-and-tilt screen. It's not going to be released[...]

HTC ThunderBolt

The HTC ThunderBolt is part of Verizon’s lineup of 4G devices, as it is one of the world’s first LTE smartphones. This is a high-end model with a tablet shape[...]

HTC ThunderBolt, Verizon’s First 4G Smartphone, Now Available

Verizon is launched the first smartphone able to connect to its LTE 4G network, the HTC ThunderBolt. This much-anticipated, cutting-edge Android OS device also has a large touchscreen and an[...]

Samsung Galaxy Player With 5-Inch Touchscreen Unveiled

The Samsung Galaxy Player debuted in Asia this winter, and now a slightly larger version of this gaming-oriented handheld has been announced. Both the 4-inch and 5-inch models are headed[...]

Navigation by TeleNav Now Free for Verizon Android Phones

TeleNav has begun offering a basic turn-by-turn navigation app free to Verizon customers with an Android OS smartphone. The company is also offering a more advanced version of this app[...]

T-Mobile G2x Coming Next Month

The T-Mobile G2x, the long-rumored American version of the dual-core LG Optimus 2X smartphone, apparently has a release date pegged down: April 20. This Android OS smartphone will have a[...]

Sprint Phasing out iDEN Network with Intro of Sprint Direct Connect

Sprint is expanding its push-to-talk capabilities with Sprint Direct Connect, a feature of the carrier's new Network Vision. This expansion, however, means the end of the iDEN network that Sprint[...]

Nokia C7 Coming to States as the Astound

The American release of the Nokia C7 got one step closer to an official reveal today when reliable inside sources claimed that the smartphone is, in fact, coming to T-Mobile,[...]

Sprint Releasing Overdrive Pro 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot

Sprint and Sierra Wireless have just announced the second generation of the Overdrive mobile hotspot series: the Overdrive Pro, which will feature several major upgrades.

Samsung Galaxy Player Hands-On Preview

When Samsung delivered the world premier of its 5-inch Galaxy Player and the U.S. debut of a 4-inch counterpart, Jacqueline Emigh was there for a first-hand look at how these[...]

Adobe Flash Player 10.2 Released for Android OS

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for Google's Android OS was released last year, and now a new version has been introduced. This brings better performance on dual-core processors, as well as[...]

HTC Arrive

The HTC Arrive has a 3.6-inch, WVGA (800 x 480) touchscreen that can slide aside (and tilt up) to reveal a landscape-oriented keyboard. The Arrive runs Windows Phone 7 on[...]

Apple iPhone Wins J.D. Power and Associates’ Smartphone of the Year Award

J.D. Power and Associates has released its choice for smartphone of the year based on its customer satisfaction study. The Apple iPhone took home the prize, ranking highest in customer[...]

HTC Arrive Windows Phone Now Available from Sprint

Sprint has just introduced its first model running Microsoft Windows Phone 7. The new HTC Arrive also has a QWERTY keyboard and a slide-and-tilt screen, plus other high-end features.

HTC EVO 3D Might Be Unveiled this Week

Sprint has scheduled a press conference for the CTIA tradeshow this week where this carrier is reportedly going to take the wraps off the HTC EVO 3D, a cutting-edge Android[...]

AT&T Acquiring T-Mobile, To Become the Largest U.S. Carrier

AT&T has just announced that it is buying struggling T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG in a deal that will make it the largest cell phone company in the[...]

Samsung Nexus S with 4G WiMAX Headed for Sprint

Sprint has just announced plans to release its own 4G version of the Samsung Nexus S, one of only two devices running the latest version of Google's Android OS. This[...]

AT&T Getting the LG Thrill 4G with a 3D Display

AT&T has just announced plans to offer the LG Thrill 4G, a re-branded version of the LG Optimus 3D, a cutting-edge Android OS smartphone that has a large 3D display[...]

Samsung Epic 4G Finally Receiving Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) Update

A month after Sprint pulled the plug on the Samsung Epic 4G's upgrade to Android OS 2.2, the carrier is re-releasing the update -- theoretically without any of the bugs[...]

Debate Begins Over iPhone 5 NFC

As it stands right now, the word on the street is that the iPhone 5 will not feature near field communications (NFC), but recent rumblings from friends-of-friends have people thinking[...]

HTC HD7S Windows Phone on the Way to AT&T

AT&T is prepping another model running Microsoft Windows Phone 7. This won't be a brand new device though -- the HTC HD7S will be a slightly re-branded version of the[...]

Nokia Astound Officially Unveiled by T-Mobile

The Nokia Astound, the American version of the Nokia C7, has finally gotten an official reveal thanks to a press release sent out by T-Mobile today at CTIA.

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Priced

Sidekick fans can start saving their money accordingly now, because T-Mobile has officially priced its 4G edition of the beloved device.

T-Mobile’s 4G Network Boosted to Download Speeds of 42 Mbps

T-Mobile has announced at CTIA that it is doubling the download speeds of its wireless 4G network in three select metro areas. Las Vegas, New York and Orlando will be[...]

T-Mobile G2x Will Sport Dual-Core Processor

T-Mobile has officially announced the T-Mobile G2x, the first U.S. version of the LG Optimus 2X, a high-end Android OS smartphone with a dual-core processor and a 4-inch display.

HTC EVO 3D Revealed at CTIA

The rumors about the HTC EVO 3D were confirmed when the device was officially unveiled by Sprint today at CTIA. This upcoming Android OS smartphone will offer a combination of[...]

Sprint to Bring Customers Google Voice Integration

Sprint and Google announced at CTIA today that they will be teaming up to bring the wireless carrier's customers an integrated Google Voice experience.

Qik Offering New iPhone Video Chat App

Qik, the video chat software producer that was recently purchased by teleconferencing-powerhouse Skype, has just launched the Qik Video Connect app for iPhone. This offers features not in Apple's FaceTime[...]

Microsoft Releases Windows Phone 7 Update Schedule

As its "NoDo" update woes continue, Microsoft has now made an attempt to at least increase transparency by posting a loose release schedule for the different versions of this problem-plagued[...]

HTC EVO 3D Hands-On Preview

Sprint took the wraps off the HTC EVO 3D this week, giving the world its first official look at a cutting-edge smartphone that's going to sport a large, 3D display[...]

Free TeleNav GPS App Launches for AT&T iPhone

AT&T iPhone users now have access to the free TeleNav GPS app that launched last month for the competing Verizon iPhone. This offers turn-by-turn spoken directions, but isn't as feature-rich[...]

Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS is a portable gaming console that features a 3D display. If that weren’t enough, it also has a second display that functions as a touchscreen.

Quickoffice for Android Receives Update and New Name

There is a new version of the widely-used Office utility Quickoffice for the Android OS. This delivers a ton of new features while also sporting a lower price tag.

Apple iOS 4.3.1 Software Update Released

Apple has introduced a small "bug fix" update for its smartphone and tablet operating system. iOS 4.3.1 takes care of a few small issues in iOS 4.3, which was released[...]

Kensington PowerLift Back-Up Battery, Dock and Stand for iPhone Review

The Kensington PowerLift does a great job of providing extra battery life for an iPhone or iPod, but some of its features keep it from being a five-star product.

HTC ThunderBolt Getting Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) by Mid-Year

The HTC ThunderBolt debuted recently running Android OS 2.2, but an HTC representative says that an upgrade to Android OS 2.3 will be released in the next few months. This[...]

Apple Developer Conference in June May Lead to iPhone 5 Reveal

Apple recently announced that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will start this year on June 6 in San Francisco. But the conference itself isn't what will catch peoples' eyes[...]

Motorola Atrix 4G Review

The Motorola Atrix 4G is a vanguard in the next generation of smartphones. Packed with advanced technology, this smartphone promises tomorrow's performance today - but can it live up to[...]

Kyocera Echo Dual-Screen Smartphone Can Now Be Reserved

Sprint is now taking reservations for the unique, dual-touchscreen Kyocera Echo on its website, offering the smartphone at a price point of $200 after a $100 instant rebate and two-year[...]

Smartphone Market Growing, IDC Predicts Android to Take Top Spot

Current indicators suggest that the smartphone market will grow almost 50% in 2011, as millions of consumers leave their old phones behind in favor of more advanced technology. And market[...]

Samsung Droid Charge Could Be Verizon’s Next 4G Smartphone

Now that the HTC ThunderBolt is available, Verizon is apparently readying its second smartphone with support for its 4G LTE network. This model will reportedly be called the Samsung Droid[...]

Windows Phone 7 Updates Hit T-Mobile’s HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro

After numerous delays and technical issues, Microsoft has begun gradually rolling out its Windows Phone 7 updates to T-Mobile customers who have an HTC HD7 or a Dell Venue Pro[...]

Android Market Now Supports In-App Billing

Google's Android Market will now support in-app billing, letting developers build in features that customers can purchase while using the app.

Verizon’s Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and HTC Droid Incredible 2 Release Dates Leaked

A number of high-end smartphones are expected to debut from Verizon Wireless in April. This includes the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and HTC Droid Incredible 2, as well as the[...]

LG Optimus 2X

The highlight of this smartphone from LG is a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, plus it sports a 4-inch WVGA touchscreen, a 8GB of storage, and rear- and front-facing[...]

Take a Second Look at the HTC Pyramid

Some new images of an upcoming cutting-edge Android OS smartphone have come to light. The HTC Pyramid is reportedly going to sport a dual-core processor and a very large, high-resolution[...]

AT&T Customers Should Get Windows Phone 7 Update in Mid-April

Those with an AT&T handset running Windows Phone 7 can take heart: according to Microsoft's official schedule, the delayed system software upgrade for the HTC Surround, LG Quantum, and Samsung[...]

RIM to Merge BlackBerry OS and QNX OS Next Year

A timetable for the next two versions of RIM's operating system has surfaced, and having two separate operating systems for its smartphones and tablets will soon be a way of[...]