June 2012 SmartPhone Articles

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

Below are the 94 SmartPhone articles for June of 2012

ETSI Selects Apple Nano-SIM Card Design As New Standard

The European Telecommunications Standard Institute finally came to a decision on the new SIM card format on Friday, selecting Apple's nano-SIM card design over the competition.

More iPhone 5 Internal Hardware Specs Discovered

An investigation of the beta version of iOS 6 turned up many things about the internal parts of the upcoming Apple smartphone.

AT&T CEO Sees Data Service Completely Replacing Voice Plans

The head of AT&T predicts that the current consumer trend away from wireless voice service will continue to the point that, in just a couple of years, there will be[...]

Sprint Finally Launches HTC EVO 4G LTE

The delayed HTC EVO 4G LTE is delayed no longer -- Sprint has introduced its new flagship Android smartphone. This model sports a 4.7-inch screen, powerful camera, 2000 mAh battery,[...]

Samsung Galaxy S III Headed for AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular

The Samsung Galaxy S III is going to debut in America in a big way: by the end of this month, it will be available from five of the largest[...]

Sprint, T-Mobile Launching the Samsung Galaxy S III on June 21

Sprint and T-Mobile just revealed that they will be launching the highly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III on June 21. This high-end smartphone is eventually coming to all of the[...]

Facebook Will Be Integrated into Apple’s iOS 6

It appears that Apple and Facebook may be formalizing a relationship that will enable the social networking service to be fully integrated with Apple's upcoming iOS 6, the operating system[...]

Verizon Still Vague on Its Samsung Galaxy S III Launch Date

As the Samsung Galaxy S III prepares for its debut on multiple U.S. wireless carriers in the coming weeks, Verizon Wireless has decided to only announce the pricing for the[...]

Most Popular Smartphones for May 2012

Each month, Brighthand publishes a list of the smartphones that readers have shown the most interest in during the preceding four weeks. Half the models on the May list are[...]

AT&T To Start Pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S III on Wednesday

AT&T says it is going to start taking pre-orders for Samsung's new flagship model in two days, but hasn't yet announced a launch date. It was the last of the[...]

Verizon Offering $100 Off All Motorola 4G LTE Smartphones

Verizon Wireless is offering a sale of $100 off the Motorola Droid Bionic, Droid 4, Droid RAZR, and the Droid RAZR MAXX. These are all Android-based smartphones that can connect[...]

Corning Unveils Flexible Willow Glass for Future Smartphones

Corning, maker of Gorilla Glass, has announced the creation of Willow Glass, an ultra-slim, flexible material that will be used on future devices such as smartphones, tablets, and personal computers.

HTC Joins Sony’s PlayStation Certified Program for Mobile Gaming

Sony said this spring that it wants to bring additional smartphone makers into its PlayStation Certified program, and the first company to sign up is HTC.

Environmentally-Friendly Samsung Exhilarate Debuting from AT&T Next Week

After being unveiled at the AT&T Developer Summit back in January, the availability, specs, and pricing of the Samsung Exhilarate have finally been announced. This smartphone received a UL Platinum[...]

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Review: Android 4.0 and Sprint LTE

Sprint's version of the Galaxy Nexus promises support for the carrier's upcoming LTE network as well as a beautiful full HD screen and Android 4.0. Brighthand investigates how this high-end[...]

VIDEO: Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2

Do you wonder if the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 is comparable to other media players? Watch our video to find out.

HTC One X Available from AT&T Once Again

AT&T has the HTC One X in stock again. This cutting-edge Android smartphone was unavailable in the U.S. for several weeks when it fell afoul of a patent dispute between[...]

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Sale Practically Free

New Verizon Wireless customers can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android-based smartphone from Amazon Wireless for an amazingly low price of $0.01. Yes, one cent.

Smartphone Sales Projected to Grow Almost 40% This Year

As the worldwide mobile phone market grows in 2012, smartphones are projected to see an increase of sales of about 40% while feature phones will see a decline of about[...]

Samsung Galaxy S III Can Now Be Pre-ordered from AT&T and Verizon

Two of the top U.S. carriers have begun taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S III. These companies have also revealed when they expect to begin shipping this popular new[...]

Google Maps Getting Offline Support, Google Earth Getting 3D Mode

Google announced it is adding some features to its mapping apps: Google Maps is acquiring the ability to use some of the features of this service without an Internet connection,[...]

iPhone Coming to Virgin Mobile for Pre-paid Customers

Those who want an iPhone but don't like wireless service contracts will soon have the option of getting Apple's latest smartphone from Virgin Mobile.

RIM’s Huge Backlog of Unsold BlackBerrys Adds to Its Woes

Yet another sign of trouble for RIM is the swelling inventory of unsold product. It is stilling on $1 billion worth of unsold BlackBerry smartphones and PlayBook tablets.

Apple Seeks to Ban the Import of All HTC’s Android Smartphones

Apple wants to prevent HTC from bringing any of its Android smartphones into the United States, claiming that they all violate one of its patents. HTC denies this.

Facebook App Store for iPhone and Android Debuts

Facebook users who like to play games on their smartphone can now access the Facebook App Center, which has now launched with more than 600 social apps.

Apple Trying to Block the U.S. Release of the Samsung Galaxy S III

In the very near future, Apple is going to ask a Federal judge for a restraining order to prevent the U.S. release of the Samsung Galaxy S III, on the[...]

What Is the Best Free GPS App for Android OS Phones?

With a profusion of free GPS apps now available for Android OS, which one is best? In this roundup, Brighthand compares five top free apps and declares a winner.

Environmentally-Friendly Smartphones Sales to Skyrocket in Coming Years

A report by Juniper Research shows that environmentally-friendly cell phones will almost reach 400 million by 2017, more than ten times the number that is expected to be shipped in[...]

Eco-Friendly Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate Debuts from AT&T

AT&T has just begun offering a new Android smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate is partially made with recycled materials and has a UL Platinum rating.

Samsung Galaxy S III Review: The International Version

The Samsung Galaxy S III is the new flagship smartphone from this Korean company. In this review, Brighthand's European corespondent takes a look at the international version of this device,[...]

Apple Is Going to Unveil iOS 6 On Monday

There's no doubt that Apple is set to take the wraps off iOS 6 tomorrow at its annual developer conference. The question is, what features will the new operating[...]

Nearly a Million Android Devices Activated Daily

According to Andy Rubin, the head of Android development at Google, over 900,000 smartphones and tablets running this mobile operating system are activated every day.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Might be Even Larger than First-Gen Tabletphone

Because of its unusual design featuring a very large display, the Samsung Galaxy Note surprised many when it became a hit. Now its maker is reportedly working on a successor[...]

Apple iOS 6 Revealed, Coming in Fall for iPhone and iPad

Speaking during a keynote address at his company's annual developers conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed the details of iOS 6, an updated version of the operating system for[...]

Verizon Finally Unveils ”Share Everything” Shared Data Plan

Verizon Wireless has become the first U.S. carrier to create a shared data plan, in which multiple devices can draw from a pool of data. Its Share Everything plan will[...]

Samsung Galaxy S II From T-Mobile Receives Android 4.0 Update

Users who have the T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy S II can now update their operating system to Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich).

Samsung Reveals TecTiles, Programmable NFC Stickers for Android Smartphones

Android smartphones with near field communication (NFC) have a new accessory to take advantage of the tap technology.

Apple Fails in Its Attempt to Block to U.S. Release of the Samsung Galaxy S III

In a swift decision made yesterday, a U.S. District Court Judge has denied Apple's request to ban domestic sales of the Samsung Galaxy S III. The iPhone maker had claimed[...]

Nokia Lumia 900 on Sale for Just $20

The Nokia Lumia 900 is still on sale on Amazon Wireless for a low price of $20 for current AT&T subscribers. This is well below this carrier's own price for[...]

Samsung Galaxy Note Takes a Big Step Closer to T-Mobile

There have been rumors for months that T-Mobile is going to offer its own version of the Samsung Galaxy Note, and it now appears this super-size smartphone has been approved[...]

Ping, Apple’s Social-Networking Service, Is On Its Way Out

If I said "Ping" to you, would you immediately think of a social-networking service that's tied to iTunes? The answer appears to be "no", as Apple is reportedly getting[...]

HTC Won’t Join the Battle for the Bottom

HTC is based in China, so some might think it's going to join the bare-knuckles brawl going on for market share in mainland China. The company's CEO says that's not[...]

Samsung Galaxy S III Already Available in the U.S.

Although the Samsung Galaxy S III is just now gearing up for its launch in the U.S. next week, the smartphone is already available in this country for those who[...]

AT&T Launching Sony Xperia Ion on June 24

Months after being unveiled at CES 2012, AT&T is announcing that it will release the Sony Xperia Ion 4G LTE smartphone on June 24. This will have some high-end features[...]

Seven Paid GPS Apps for Android OS Phones: Worth the Price?

With GPS apps for Android OS phones, "to pay or not to pay" as a big question. Join us as we take a hands-on look at seven paid GPS apps[...]

Nokia Making Significant Changes to Its Management Team, Laying Off Another 10,000 Employees

Nokia continues to go through tough times as the company's attempts to re-make itself struggle on. Today it announced a shake-up of several of its top managers, as well as[...]

T-Mobile Celebrates Father’s Day with Free 4G Smartphones

Celebrate Father's Day today and tomorrow by picking up a free 4G smartphone courtesy from T-Mobile. This includes both Android devices and Windows Phones.

Apple iOS 6 Will Better Protect iPhone Users’ Data from Third-Party Apps

Apple will be making a handful of changes in its upcoming mobile operating system, iOS 6, to protect the personal data of iPhone users from third-party apps. This will give[...]

Carriers and Retailers Offer Father’s Day Smartphone Bargains

Smartphone bargains reign supreme this weekend as Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and Amazon are all celebrating dear old Dad with sales on a variety of handsets, including Android, Windows Phone, and[...]

Apple Might Be Developing a Dedicated Podcasting App for iOS 6

People testing out the beta of iOS have noticed that its iTunes app does not list podcasts. This has led to speculation and rumors that Apple is creating a stand-alone[...]

HTC One S Review: A Surprisingly Powerful Android Smartphone

The HTC One S isn't the flagship model from this company, but it has a feature set that, according to Brighthand's European correspondent, compares well to its larger and more[...]

Samsung Galaxy S III to Be Extra Secure and Enterprise Ready

Samsung just announced that the Galaxy S III will be the first Samsung Approved for Enterprise-branded (SAFE) smartphone released in the United States. This program is intended to deal with[...]

Samsung Prepping a QWERTY Slider for T-Mobile

T-Mobile may be introducing a QWERTY-slider smartphone by Samsung in the coming months. Details on this upcoming Android model are slim at this point, however.

A Third-Party App May Be Draining Your Android Smartphone’s Battery

When you first got your smartphone, did it have good battery life? Has that since changed? This problem could be caused by badly-written third-party software.

Nokia Lumia 710 from T-Mobile Getting an Upgrade to Windows Phone Tango

Users of the Nokia Lumia 710 will be thrilled to find out that their smartphone will be receiving the Windows Phone Tango update tomorrow.

Nokia 808 PureView with 41 Megapixel Camera Headed for the U.S.

The Nokia 808 PureView smartphone, along with its impressive 41 megapixel camera, will be available to consumers in the U.S. soon.

Google Working on a Rival for Siri Voice-Control System

Google is reportedly working on its own voice-control service to rival Apple's Siri. This may be a feature of the next version of the Android OS.

Samsung Galaxy S III Review: Universally Excellent Android Smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy S III launches a hype level typically reserved for the Apple iPhone for good reason given Samsung's reputation for quality handsets. Does this smartphone deliver?

Sprint Could Be Getting the Motorola Photon Q QWERTY Slider

Sprint may soon be offering its customers the Motorola Photon Q, a QWERTY-slider smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Might Debut with Android OS ”Jelly Bean”

News is coming in that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 may feature the upcoming Android 5.0 operating system, also known as Jelly Bean. This super-size smartphone is expected to debut[...]

Microsoft Offers First Look at Windows Phone 8

Microsoft just wrapped up its "Windows Phone 8 platform preview," giving developers (and the rest of the world, as it was live-streamed) a first look at the new Windows Phone[...]

Samsung Galaxy S III Launches from T-Mobile, Delayed from Sprint

Today is the U.S. debut of the Samsung Galaxy S III, a high-end Android smartphone is so popular that Samsung is having trouble meeting demand. It is launching as scheduled[...]

Huawei to Release Ascend Model With Windows Phone 8

A day after Microsoft offered its first in-depth look at its next mobile operating system release, Windows Phone 8, Chinese device manufacturer Huawei has announced that it will be introducing[...]

Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 Getting Mobile Hotspot Service, Other Enhancements

An upcoming software update for the Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 will allow users to share their wireless internet connection via a mobile hotspot app. Other improvements are coming as[...]

SugarSync for iOS Review: Tons of Features, But Tough To Fathom

A rival to Dropbox, SugarSync offers loads of cool features for storing docs and syncing between phones, PCs and iPads. Yet in testing the latest iOS release on an iPhone,[...]

Microsoft Could Be Developing Its Own Windows Phones

Earlier this week, Microsoft took the wraps off a line of tablets, which will be sold directly to consumers as the "Microsoft Surface". An industry analyst says that this company[...]

Apple iPhone Now Available from Cricket with a Pre-Paid Plan

For the first time, a pre-paid Apple iPhone can be purchased in the United States. Cricket Wireless is the carrier responsible for this milestone.

HTC Planning Release of Three Windows Phone 8 Devices

In the wake of Microsoft's official look at Windows Phone 8, device manufacturers are already making plans for the mobile operating system, with the latest news coming from an inside[...]

Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX Get Android 4.0, Global Roaming

Verizon has started sending out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX. In addition to other improvements, this also enables global roaming[...]

Nike+ Running App Now Available for Android Smartphones

Nike recently announced the launch of the Nike+ Running App for Android, giving runners the option to track, share, and compare their runs with their smartphone.

Swype On-screen Keyboard Updated with Voice Recognition Abilities

Nuance has released an update to its Swype keyboard software for mobile devices that adds, among other things, voice input and adaptive learning about the user's speech, preferences and their[...]

Samsung Focus 2 Review: The Luxury Side of Entry-Level

The Samsung Focus 2 is the most recent 4G LTE Windows Phone release from AT&T. Though armed with an entry-level price of $50, its specs aren't reflected in that modest[...]

T-Mobile Buys 4G Wireless Spectrum from Verizon

Today, T-Mobile announced an agreement with Verizon Wireless for the purchase and exchange of wireless spectrum in 15 of the top 25 markets in the country. This will improve T-Mobile's[...]

RIM May Sell Off BlackBerry Business to Facebook or Amazon

Research in Motion is possibly considering splitting its business in two, separating its handset production division from its messaging network, and then selling the hardware division.

Apple’s Next-Generation iPhone Could Include NFC

Information leaking out of Apple indicates that the next iPhone is going to have NFC (Near Field Communications). If true, it will enable this smartphone to be used like a[...]

T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Note Shows Up in Leaked Press Shots

The Samsung Galaxy Note appears to on schedule for its rumored mid-July release at T-Mobile, as leaked images of the device have shown up sporting this carrier's logo.

New Details Emerge on the Next BlackBerry with a Keyboard

Some of the specifications for two BlackBerry series have leaked out of RIM, showing that the company is planning to offer models for those who prefer touchscreens as well as[...]

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II Upgraded to Android 4.0

Customers who have purchased the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II will receive the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update today.

Microsoft Denies That It Will Make Its Own Windows Phone 8 Hardware

Contrary to previous reports, it turns out that Microsoft has no intention to manufacture its own smartphones for its Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system.

Nokia Releases Play To DLNA App For Lumia Phones

Nokia has released Play To, a DLNA app for its Lumia line of Windows Phones. It's available now for free in the Marketplace. This allows users to stream media from[...]

Sony Xperia ion Really Is Available from AT&T

AT&T's latest smartphone with 4G LTE is the Sony Xperia ion. This Android-based device also has a very high-res camera a large display, and a comparatively low price, but it's[...]

Apple’s Podcasts App Launches, Didn’t Wait for iOS 6

Many were speculating that Apple would be developing its own podcast-playing software to be released with iOS 6 in the fall. But, the company didn't wait and has already introduced[...]

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Price Cut by $50, Getting Android 4.1 Upgrade

With the Google I/O Conference kicking into high gear, more news has been released including the price cut and system software update for the unlocked version of the Samsung[...]

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Debuting Next Month

The Google I/O developer conference started with the unveiling of the next version of Android, which promises to be faster, and include an improved voice-driven searching system.

Samsung Galaxy S III Available on Sprint July 1

Sprint has revealed that its version of the Samsung Galaxy S III will be available starting July 1 in both the 16 GB and 32 GB varieties. This carrier had[...]

Sneak Peek: iCaisse4X Will Add NFC Payments to iPhone While Raising Battery Life

A Google Wallet rival is now working with big banks and mobile carriers to test a new device that will retrofit existing iPhones and Android OS phones to let you[...]

Sprint Will Begin Offering 4G LTE in Mid-July

Sprint's switch from WiMAX to LTE will pass a major milestone when the carrier begins offering the high-speed service in a handful of cities in a few weeks.

Nokia Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 System Software Update Rolling Out Now

The update that Nokia announced for its Lumia 710 and 800 models last week, which includes the Wi-Fi hotspot and flip-to-silence features, has already begun to roll out.

Verizon Begins Easing Customers Out of Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plans

Verizon's switch over to its new shared data plans -- which happened this morning -- marks the beginning of the end for those of its subscribers who still have an[...]

Next-Generation BlackBerry Significantly Delayed… Again

RIM has pushed back the release of the first smartphone running BlackBerry 10 until early 2013. This will have a negative impact on the company's efforts to turn itself around.

Google Chrome and Drive Released for iPhone, iPad

Google and Apple don't get along as well as they once did, but that hasn't stopped one of these companies from developing apps for the rival's operating system.

Rumor: RIM Considering Team-Up With Microsoft, Selling Network Business

Following the recent announcement that BlackBerry 10 is being delayed once again, inside sources have revealed that RIM is considering drastic plans of action, including teaming up with Microsoft or[...]

Apple iPhone Now Available Pre-paid from Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile has become the second wireless carrier in the United States to offer the iPhone to pre-paid customers. This allows shoppers to get Apple's latest smartphone without having to[...]

Judge Rules Samsung Galaxy Nexus Infringes on Apple Patents, Bans Sale in U.S.

A U.S. District Court Judge has issued a preliminary ruling that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus infringes on several patents held by Apple. As a result, the judge has banned the[...]