May 2012 SmartPhone Articles

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

Below are the 101 SmartPhone articles for May of 2012

Global Market for Smartphones up 43%, Samsung and Apple See Strong Growth

Consumer interest in smartphones continued to grow at a strong pace in the first quarter of this year, up 43% year-over-year, according to market-research firm IDC. Essentially all this growth[...]

Apple Might Become Its Own Cellular Wireless Service Provider

According to an expert, Apple's next big move may be to become a wireless service provider, like Verizon or AT&T. This would allow the company to dispense with the "middleman"[...]

BlackBerry World Day 1: BlackBerry 10 and Dev Alpha Unit Hands On

New RIM CEO Thorsten Heins took the stage today at BlackBerry World to officially unveil BlackBerry 10, what could be RIM's last great hope for mobile relevance. Find out about[...]

LG Says It’s ”Not Giving Up on Windows Phones”

Previous reports indicated that LG has lost interest in making handsets based on Microsoft's Windows Phone OS. The Korean company has now released a new statement softening its position somewhat.

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus Updated to the Very Latest Version of Android

Those who own the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will soon start seeing a notification saying that Android OS 4.0.4 is available for download.

HTC Sensation 4G Available Free from T-Mobile

T-Mobile is currently holding a special deal for the HTC Sensation 4G that allows customers to get this fairly powerful phone for free. Despite the low price, it offers a[...]

BlackBerry World Wrap: RIM Woos Devs, Bad News for BB7 Owners

Ahough BlackBerry 10 is the clear focus at RIM's developer's conference this week, additional details concerning the future of this company were also revealed: good and bad news for long-time[...]

T-Mobile Announces Budget-Friendly Android Smartphone: T-Mobile Prism

Today, T-Mobile announced the upcoming availability of the budget-friendly smartphone geared for a weekend release, the T-Mobile Prism.

Sky High Expectations for Samsung’s Next Galaxy

The Samsung Galaxy S III is scheduled to be announced tomorrow, and Brighthand's Dragen Petric takes a look at what this smartphone needs to have to meet the high expectations[...]

Apple Rejecting iPhone Apps with Dropbox Support

Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud-based storage solutions, and many iPhone apps tie into it. This may stop soon, as Apple has decided these apps violate its guidelines[...]

PoP Video Turns an iPhone into a Pico Projector… for Cheap

Those looking for a way to use their iPhones as a pico projector now have a cheap and innovative way to do so with PoP Video.

Next iPhone Could Be Taller and Thinner, Sport a Larger Screen

Most people would like to be a bit taller and slimmer, and apparently that goes for the next-generation iPhone. According to an unconfirmed report, Apple is working on a smartphone[...]

Samsung Galaxy S III: It’s Official

The time for rumors and speculation is over -- Samsung has just taken the wraps off its next flagship smartphone, the much-anticipated Galaxy S III. This is going to offer[...]

Samsung Galaxy S III Hands-on Preview

Brighthand brings you our first look at the Samsung Galaxy S III that was just presented at a special event in London. Since this model will have to go toe-to-toe[...]

Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2

Rather than a smartphone, this is an Android-based handheld computer. It can do most of the things a phone can over a Wi-Fi connection and does not require a cellular-wireless[...]

Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Can Now Be Pre-Ordered

Last month, Samsung unveiled a pair of Android-based handheld computers focused on gaming and entertainment. The larger one of these, with a 4.2-inch display, is now available for pre-order. UPDATED

Apple iPhone 4S on Sale at a Scattering of Wal-Mart Stores

A lucky few can go to their local Wal-Mart store and get the iPhone 4S for about one-third off the regular price.

Samsung Galaxy S III Apparently Headed for All of the Big Four U.S. Carriers

The official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S III was yesterday, along with a promise that this cutting-edge smartphone will debut in America this summer. There's evidence to believe that[...]

Pebble ePaper Watch for Androids and iPhones Coming Soon

The Pebble, a highly-customizable ePaper wristwatch that connects to an Android or iPhone, is available for pre-order on Kickstarter now and will be launched later in the year.

Top 10 iPhone Tips and Tricks

You can use a smartphone for years and not learn all of its tricks. That's why the Brighthand staff has put together this list of the ten most useful features[...]


As befits a flagship device, the One X sports a range of high-end features, including a very large display, 4G, high-res camera, much more. It was the first handset released[...]

Are Carriers Ready to Revolt Against Apple?

Apple's pushiness may drive the carriers to push back, to the point they take sides in the platform wars. Although it has just a small percentage of the smartphone market[...]

Most Popular Smartphones for April 2012

Each month, Brighthand publishes a list of the smartphones that readers have shown the most interest in during the preceding four weeks.

Verizon Unveils the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE

HTC and Verizon Wireless decided to kick off the spring edition of the International CTIA Wireless 2012 tradeshow by unveiling the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE smartphone.

HTC One V to Make its U.S. Debut This Summer

HTC announced today that their One V smartphone will launch in the U.S. this summer from a variety of U.S. partners.

Samsung Announces Its Next 4G Windows Phone, The Focus 2

This morning Samsung unveiled the Focus 2, the latest Windows Phone on AT&T's 4G LTE network with a Super AMOLED display and an attractive price point of $50.

Apple iPhone Receives iOS 5.1.1 Update

iPhone users, as well as owners of the iPod touch or iPad, received an update to iOS version 5.1.1 today, which contains a litany of bug fixes and improvements to[...]

Kyocera Unveils Hydro and Rise Android Smartphones

Today, Kyocera announced two upcoming Android smartphones: the waterproof Hydro and the QWERTY-plus-touchscreen Rise. Both will be released in the U.S. later this year.

AT&T’s Shared Data Plan is Coming Soon

AT&T has definite plans to also offer a shared family data plan, similar to something Verizon Wireless is working on, according to the company's mobile CEO. This would make it[...]

Jury Comes to Inconclusive Verdict in Oracle-Google Case

The Oracle-Google battle did not come to a decisive end, as a jury found yesterday that Google infringed on Oracle's 37 Java APIs, but could not determine whether Google had[...]

T-Mobile to Launch 4G HSPA+ Service Especially for the iPhone

As part of T-Mobile's network modernization efforts, the company plans to launch 4G HSPA+ service in the 1900MHz band in a large number of markets by the end of the[...]

HTC Titan II Review: Come for Windows Phone 7.5 With 4G, Stay for the Camera

It may be huge and have a display of dubious quality, but the HTC Titan II is still, overall, a solid addition to the growing lineup of 4G LTE Windows[...]

Kingston Wi-Drive Now Available for Android Devices; Receives Additional Updates

Kingston announced that the Wi-Drive wireless external storage device has received a hefty update, including Android support as well as other enhancements and improvements, like a new high-capacity version.

HTC EVO 4G LTE To Launch on May 18

The highly-anticipated release of the HTC EVO 4G LTE is just around the corner, with Sprint announcing today that the phone will be available starting Friday, May 18.

CEA Opposes CTIA Support of Plan to Ban Mobile Devices While Driving

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has spoken out against CTIA's promotion of the development of new products and services that disable a driver's mobile device.

Next-Generation iPhone Could Debut in Early Fall

Apple may be releasing the next-generation iPhone as early as September, according to Taiwanese industry sources. That's bad news for those still hoping for a summer debut.

Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot Available from Sprint on May 18

Today, Sprint announced the availability and pricing for the Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot. This mobile wireless hotspot will offer both LTE and WiMAX.

Kyocera Rise and Hydro Hands-On Previews

Kyocera took the wraps off a pair of upcoming Android smartphones at the Spring CTIA tradeshow this week. I tried both of them out and would like to share my[...]

Research Shows that SMS is Still the Most Used Messaging Service in the U.S.

Recent research performed by Acision revealed that SMS is still the most prevalent messaging service in the U.S. when compared to other services.

Samsung Galaxy Note Android OS 4.0 Upgrade Has Begun Rolling Out

Customers of the Samsung Galaxy Note will be ecstatic to hear that the Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update has started to roll out to users today.

ZTE To Bring WP7-Based Tania To U.S.

Chinese phone manufacturing company ZTE intends to bring the entry-level Tania, a Windows Phone device, to the United States sometime this year.

Smartphone Design Peaks as Virtual Software and Applications Take Center Stage

They are slick, well designed and incredibly functional. Despite their present-day "wow factor", however, smartphones may have hit the ergonomics wall in terms of the balance between beauty and real[...]

New Lenovo Factory Could Mean Big U.S. Push

The giant new facility will make products not normally associated with Lenovo. Will it expand its offerings in the U.S.?

FreedomPop Sleeve to Bring Free 4G Access to the iPhone

iPhone 4/4S customers looking for a true 4G connection need look no further than at the FreedomPop Sleeve. Better yet, high-speed wireless service is free.

LG Eclipse 4G LTE Could Offer Quad-Core Power to Sprint Customers

Sprint is moving quickly to bring out LTE-enabled models. One of these supposedly coming down the pike is the LG Eclipse 4G LTE, which will be well supplied with cutting-edge[...]

Easy Voice Recorder Pro for Android OS Review: An App for Business & Pleasure

Easy Voice Recorder Pro is a $1.99 app with tons of uses at work, at home, and everywhere in between. What's more, it's truly simple to use. Read our full[...]

Study Reveals Heavy Facebook Usage by Smartphone Owners

According to a recently released mobile behavior measurement service, Mobile Metrix 2.0 by comScore, smartphone users spend a lot of time on social media apps such as Facebook.

iPhone $50 Off at Target and Radio Shack

Two national retailers -- Target and Radio Shack -- are having a sale on Apple smartphones that reduces the prices by $50. This is a somewhat unusual move, as the[...]

Is a Smartphone in Amazon’s Future?

Should, the one company that's meeting and standing up to Apple at its own games, go into the smartphone business? Some say yes, others say no. [...]

CTIA Spring 2012 Wrap Up: the Highs and the Lows

One of the major phone-related tradeshows of the year was held in New Orleans this week. Brighthand had reporters on the spring CTIA show floor for the whole week, bringing[...]

British Airline to Enable Passengers to Make Phone Calls on Trans-Atlantic Flights

Virgin Atlantic customers will no longer have to shut off their phones on transatlantic flights from London to New York by the end of the year.

Verizon Not Picking Up the HTC One Series

Verizon Wireless announced today that they will not be picking up any of the smartphones in the HTC One series.

HTC One X Review: AT&T’s New Top Android Smartphone

The One X is the new flagship Android smartphone from HTC and AT&T. It has a large display, runs the latest version of Google's Android OS, loads of other high-end[...]

Report: Customer Satisfaction with Cell Phone Manufacturers and Wireless Carriers Slips Slightly

A study performed by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) showed that customer satisfaction with phones and with wireless service providers slipped slightly in the last year.

Samsung Says Two T-Mobile Smartphones Getting Android OS 4.0 Upgrades

Two Samsung smartphones on the T-Mobile network will be receiving the Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update in the coming months.

Apple Cuts the Number of iPhones Being Produced

Apple is making fewer iPhones, according to an industry analyst. One possible reason for this: the company is already getting ready for its next-generation smartphone.

Two HTC Smartphones Held by U.S. Customs Because of Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Both the HTC One X and the HTC Evo 4G LTE are delayed from being imported into the U.S. due to HTC potentially infringing an Apple patent.

Android OS 4.0 Headed for a Pair of HTC Smartphones from T-Mobile

T-Mobile just announced that customers who own the HTC Sensation 4G may start upgrading to Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) today. A similar upgrade for the HTC Amaze 4G[...]

Next iPhone Will Sport a 4-Inch Touchscreen

Apple is expected to launch its next-generation iPhone with a larger screen, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Verizon Completely Ending Unlimited Data Plan

Verizon Wireless is planning to remove the $30 per month unlimited data plan that it still provides to 3G customers who were "grandfathered" into it. The carrier stopped offering this[...]

T-Mobile Offering BOGO Sale on Select 4G Smartphones

Starting tomorrow until May 28, T-Mobile will be holding a buy-one-get-one free sale on a handful of 4G smartphones.

Six Streaming Music Apps for the iPhone: Free Choice, But at What Price?

Streaming music apps let you get just the tunes that are really music to your ears. Apps are free, although the music might not be. Here are six top iPhone[...]

LG Releasing Optimus 3.0 Alternate User Interface for Android Devices

LG is introducing a new version of its user interface for upcoming Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) devices called Optimus UI 3.0.

Evidence Growing of a 4-Inch iPhone 5

In the past two days, two major traditional news sources have published reports that Apple is prepping a smartphone with a larger screen than any of its predecessors. Both Reuters[...]

HTC EVO 4G LTE Did Not Launch Today, Caught in a Legal Dispute

Sprint's next flagship smartphone is trapped in limbo. The HTC EVO 4G LTE is embroiled in a long-running patent dispute between Apple and HTC, and is currently being held by[...]

Millions of Pre-Orders Pouring in for the Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung has received an impressive 9 million pre-orders for its upcoming Galaxy S III smartphone. This model is shaping up to be the major competitor for the iPhone.

Sprint Offering $100 for Any iPhone Trade-in

Anyone interested in switching to Sprint for their iPhone service can bring in their current Apple smartphone and get at least $100 off the purchase of a new iPhone 4S.[...]

Samsung Focus 2

Although armed with an entry-level price, the specs of the Focus 2 aren’t reflected in that modest price tag, giving users a little more than they might expect. It is[...]

Motorola Warns That Some Smartphones Won’t Get Android OS 4.0

Over the past few months, Motorola has announced that a number of its smartphones will be getting Android OS 4.0 upgrades. However, not every one of its models will be[...]

HTC Smartphones Starting to Make Their Way Through U.S. Customs

HTC has had some of its high-profile new models held at the U.S. border in a patent dispute with Apple. HTC now says that some of its products are getting[...]

Samsung Focus 2 Now Available

The Samsung Focus 2, a Windows Phone 7.5 device, is available now on AT&T's 4G LTE network for $50 with a new two-year contract.

Verizon Bringing Worldphone Capabilities to Many Recent Models

Most of the smartphones Verizon Wireless' has released in the last six months are about to get a new feature: the ability to make calls outside of the United States.

HTC EVO 4G LTE Will Begin Arriving this Week

After being caught in a legal dispute, the HTC EVO 4G LTE is now expected to arrive as early as this week. This high-end model will be Sprint's new flagship[...]

Google Has Acquired Motorola

A huge deal that was announced last year has finally gone through all the necessary regulatory hurdles and is now finished: Google has purchased smartphone-maker Motorola Mobility.

More Details on the iPhone 5 Touchscreen Come to Light

Apple has reportedly settled on a larger, 3.95-inch display for its upcoming smartphone. This will require a slight change in the resolution.

Nokia Lumia 610 Loses Skype Support

The Nokia Luumia 610 was created for those looking for an inexpensive Windows Phone, and it therefore has a minimal feature set. Nokia says that, as a result, users of[...]

HTC Schedules Android 4.0 Updates for Over a Dozen Smartphones

An array of HTC phones have been scheduled to receive the Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update by the end of the summer. Each carrier of the "Big Four"[...]

HTC Titan II the Latest Victim of HTC’s Import Problems

It seems like the HTC Titan II has become the latest victim as part of HTC's ongoing import issue.

It’s Time to Slay Vampire Chargers

Anyone who cares about energy independance or the Green Movement is likely wondering if there's anything they can do to help. There is an easy thing all phone users can[...]

Something Old, Something New: Companies Focus on Recycling, Re-Using Outdated Phones

Old handsets that end up in landfills leak toxic chemicals into the soil and groundwater. But there are programs that make it easy for consumers to recycle, and even make[...]

Jury Says Android Does Not Infringe on Oracle Patents

The jury in the Google/Oracle patent-infringement lawsuit has returned its decision, and it's completely in Google's favor.

After Dramatic Growth, Android and iOS Are on 82% of All Smartphones

A study performed by market-analysts IDC showed that more than eight out of ten smartphones shipped in the first quarter were powered by the Android or iOS operating systems.

Google Could Celebrate Android’s Fifth Birthday with Five Nexus Smartphones

With Android's fifth birthday fast approaching, Google could be planning a big celebration with the unveiling of no less than five Nexus smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6 Review: Android Games and Apps on the Cheap

The newest Galaxy Player by Samsung sports a smaller size and low end specs, but its entry-level nature conceals some surprising features. Brighthand takes an in-depth look.

Official Facebook Camera App Makes Sharing Pictures a Snap

Facebook is making it much easier to share photos, as well as look at friends' pictures, thanks to a new specialiazed camera app for the Apple iPhone.

Sale Drops Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone to Just $10

AT&T customers who are interested in the latest Windows Phone from Nokia can get this device at an unusually low price thanks to a sale by The Lumia 900[...]

Sony Xperia Play Gaming Smartphone Won’t Be Getting Android OS 4.0 After All

Bad news for owners of Sony's gaming-oriented smartphone -- the company said today that the Xperia Play won't be getting the upgrade to the latest version of Android that the[...]

T-Mobile Won’t Be Offering a Shared Data Plan

While AT&T and Verizon Wireless will soon be offering a shared family data plan, T-Mobile is staying put, sticking with its individualized data plans.

Samsung Galaxy S III

The Galaxy S III will be Samsung’s flagship smartphone for the rest of 2012. It is going to offer just about everything one could want in a cutting-edge Android handset.[...]

Instagram: The Newest Internet Phenomenon

Whoever has a smartphone would have to completely avoid visiting the Apple App Store or Google Play not to be tempted to install Instagram. This photo taking and sharing app[...]

Release Dates for T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note Leak Out

A list of upcoming release dates for a selection of T-Mobile devices including the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Samsung Galaxy Note has been leaked to the public. Three[...]

Sprint Phasing Out iDEN Network Next Year, Making Way for LTE

Sprint will shut down its older iDEN network as early as June of next year, and will re-purpose the freed-up spectrum to its upcoming 4G LTE network.

iPhone 5 Parts Leak Shows Taller Device with Larger Screen

Images have surfaced showing various parts of an alleged iPhone 5. These help confirm earlier rumors that this device will have a bigger screen.

HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE No Longer Held By U.S. Customs

After days of being under review by U.S. Customs, both the HTC One X and the EVO 4G LTE have been released as they are "in compliance with the ITC's[...]

Facebook’s Mobile Challenge Part I: Making Money

Facebook's recent IPO made it official: this giant of social networking has no idea how to make money off smartphone users. And this is something the company is going to[...]

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Accessories for Sale from Google Play

In a sign of Google's growing interest in selling smarthones directly to the public, a selection of accessories for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is currently available from Google Play.

Apple iPhone Launching from Cricket with Pre-Paid Plan

Cricket Wireless announced today that it will be the first wireless carrier in the U.S. to offer the iPhone as a pre-paid device to its customers.

TurboScan Review: A Handy iPhone Scanner in Your Pocket

TurboScan is designed to turn your iPhone into a portable document scanner without the addition of extra hardware. How well does it really work? Read the full review to find[...]

VIDEO: Motorola Droid RAZR

How is the Motorola Droid RAZR different from the flip Razrs? Our video can teach you about the smartphone version.

VIDEO: Samsung Stratosphere

We were able to preview the Samsung Stratosphere. Watch our video to learn more about this Android-powered device.

HTC EVO 4G LTE to Finally Launch This Saturday

Sprint will begin selling the HTC EVO 4G LTE smartphone on June 2 after it faced an import delay with U.S. Customs. This model will be the carrier's new Android[...]