July 2009 SmartPhone Articles

Listed below are all of our news and reviews articles for July 2009. 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 July of 2009

Below are the 102 SmartPhone articles for July of 2009

Toshiba TG01

The forthcoming Toshiba TG01 will run Windows Mobile 6.1 and support HSDPA and 3G connectivity. It’s an incredibly slim device at only .39 inches thick, and sports a large 4.1[...]

BlackBerry Tour Worldphone Will Debut on Sprint and Verizon in Two Weeks

Both Verizon and Sprint have revealed their release dates for the BlackBerry Tour, and it's probably not an accident that they are the same day.

Most Popular Smartphones of June 2009

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

Palm Pre Gets Some Security Fixes with webOS 1.0.4

Palm has released an update for the Palm Pre's operating system that takes care of some security problems.

Nokia Releases Ovi Maps 3.0 and Ovi Contacts Updates

Nokia has released the full version of its Ovi Maps 3.0 software, and has also updated its social phonebook -- Ovi Contacts -- with support for S60v5 devices such as[...]

DataViz’s RoadSync Exchange Client for Android Gets Calendar Support

When DataViz released the first beta of RoadSync for Android, this application could push email from a Microsoft Exchange server and a smartphone running Google's operating system. The company has[...]

Jailbreaking Tools for the iPhone 3GS Now Available

The tools users need to jailbreak Apple's latest smartphone have been released. This allows users to run software that hasn't been authorized.

T-Mobile May Be Releasing the HTC Touch Pro2 in Mid-August

All of the top wireless phone companies in the U.S. are expected to launch the HTC Touch Pro2, and there's currently something of a race on to see who will[...]

New Rumor Breathes Life into Reports of a Microsoft-Branded Smartphone

The on-again/off-again rumors that Microsoft is working on its own smartphone are on again. Details are still sketchy, but if this unconfirmed report is true it will mean this company[...]

Dell Reportedly Working on an Android-Powered iPod touch Rival

Dell is developing a pocket-size device designed to let users access the Internet but not make phone calls, according to a major U.S. newspaper. This will reportedly run Google's operating[...]

Details Revealed on the Palm Pre’s Release in Europe

The Palm Pre has been available in the U.S. for a month now, but people in other countries are still waiting. Palm revealed today how long that wait will be[...]

T-Mobile Confirms It’s Releasing the HTC Touch Pro2 Soon

Rumors and leaks have indicated for months that T-Mobile USA is going to release the HTC Touch Pro2, and now this wireless phone company has confirmed it.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google Android Now Available for Pre-Orders

T-Mobile USA is now allowing its current customers to pre-order its second smartphone based on Google's operating system. This device will ship in August.

Google Creating an Operating System for Netbooks

Ever since Google unveiled the Android OS for smartphones, companies have been considering releasing netbooks running it. Today, Google made that unnecessary by unveiling the Chrome OS, which is being[...]

T-Mobile Dash 3G

The T-Mobile Dash 3G is a version of the HTC Snap, and has a tablet shape with 2.4-inch QVGA display, trackball, and a small QWERTY keyboard. It runs Windows Mobile[...]

T-Mobile Dash 3G Now Available

The T-Mobile Dash 3G -- this carrier's latest smartphone with a focus on messaging -- has just hit the market. This is T-Mobile USA's first Windows Mobile device with support[...]

The Missing Sync for the Palm Pre and Mac OS X Out of Beta

Mark/Space has followed up the beta version of The Missing Sync for the Palm Pre with a full version for Mac OS X. This allow users to synchronize this[...]

Nokia N97 First Impressions Review

The Nokia N97 is the latest Symbian S60 flagship model. Antoine Wright has had this newly released for about a week and offers his initial impresisons of it.

The First Details Emerge on webOS 1.1

Palm, Inc. has released several small updates for the webOS, and is apparently now working on a more significant new version of the operating system for the Palm Pre.

Nokia E71x Review

The Nokia E71x is a tweaked version of this company's hot-selling E71 model created for AT&T, and seeks to bring this model's positive impressions to a wider audience.

BlackBerry Tour 9630

The BlackBerry Tour is a smartphone available from both Sprint and Verizon. This affordable model offers a full QWERTY keyboard and support for both CDMA and GSM networks — including[...]

BlackBerry Tour Worldphone Now Available from Sprint and Verizon

As promised, both Verizon and Sprint launched the BlackBerry Tour today. The newest smartphone from RIM offers support for both CDMA and GSM networks -- including EV-DO and HSDPA --[...]

BlackBerry Storm 2 Could Be Headed to AT&T

There can be no doubt that the BlackBerry Storm 2 is headed to Verizon; the head of this wireless carrier has already committed to it. But a new report says[...]

Details Leaking Out on Sony Ericsson’s First Android-Powered Xperia Smartphone

Information has begun leaking out on Sony Ericsson's first Android-based phone. This will reportedly be a very high-end device, with features like a 1 GHz processor and an 8 MPx[...]

AT&T’s Next Symbian S60 Phone Will Be the Nokia Surge

The Nokia Surge will be released by AT&T next week. This low-cost S60 smartphone will have a built-in keyboard, 3G, and an emphasis on mobile messaging.

Apple Netbook Supposedly On Track for this Fall

Apple execs have publicly denied that their company is working on a netbook, but unconfirmed reports say one is in the pipeline. The latest rumor gives some new details on[...]

HTC Hero

The HTC Hero is an Android-based phone with the HTC Sense user interface, rather than the standard one. Still, it offers Google’s standard suite of software. It also features a[...]

Acer May Be Prepping an Android/XP Netbook

Acer is working on a netbook that runs both Windows XP and Android that will reportedly be released next month. This may be the first of many running this operating[...]

MotionApps Classic Palm OS Emulator Review

MotionApps Classic is an emulator that allows the Palm Pre to run legacy Palm OS software. Brighthand's Ed Hardy brings us this review.

iPhone App Store Tops 1.5 Billion Downloads in One Year

The iPhone App Store has reached its first anniversary, and Apple has announced that owners of its smartphones and handhelds have used it to download 1.5 billion software titles.

Microsoft’s Software Store Also Coming to Windows Mobile 6.0, 6.1

Earlier this year, Microsoft unveiled plans to put an on-device software store on upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5 models. Today, it announced this store will also be available for many current[...]

T-Mobile Launches the Samsung Highlight

T-Mobile USA has just introduced the Samsung Highlight, a consumer-oriented smartphone designed around its touchscreen.

Acer Will Release Four More Smartphones by Year’s End

Acer is reportedly close to launching four more smartphones -- one with Google's Android OS, and the others based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile.

HotSync Coming to the MotionApps Classic Palm OS Emulator

MotionApps announced today that it's adding HotSync to its Palm OS emulator for the Palm Pre.

Nokia’s N97 Receives Several Application Updates

The Nokia N97 has received some additional application updates a few weeks after its last major firmware update. These are new versions of Nokia-created software for the N97, are --[...]

Apple Breaks Palm’s Pre’s iTunes Synchronization

Apple has just released a new version of iTunes that deliberately disables the Palm Pre's ability to synchronize with this desktop media software.

Google Voice App Now Available for Android and BlackBerry

A new application allows Android and BlackBerry smartphones to to take full advantage of Google Voice, this company's suite of phone-based services.

T-Mobile May Have Its Eye on the Android-Based Samsung Behold2

A few details have surfaced on an unannounced Samsung smartphone apparently on its way to T-Mobile. The follow-up to the Samsung Behold will apparently have a change on operating system[...]

Microsoft Demos the Features of Office Mobile 2010

Microsoft has released a video demonstration of Office Mobile 2010 by Dev Balasubramanian, the product manager for Microsoft office.

Newly-Released webOS SDK Should Jumpstart Palm Pre Software Development

Palm, Inc. has released the software development kit (SDK) for the webOS, giving developers the tools they need to create applications for the Palm Pre.

Verizon Updates the Samsung Omnia, Unlocks the GPS

A new software update allows Verizon Wireless' version of the Samsung Omnia to use third-party GPS applications, not just this carrier's navigation service.

Nokia E72 NAM Approved by the FCC

The Nokia E72 North American Model (NAM) has recently passed FCC testing, paving the way for this enhanced QWERTY smartphone to be sold in the United States.

Get Ready for Google’s Android OS to Take Off

So far, Android hasn't lived up to its hype, but Brighthand's Ed Hardy predicts that by the end of this year there will be so many models running Google's mobile[...]

Nokia N86 8MP Will Soon Debut in the U.S.

After debuting in Europe earlier this summer, Nokia has promised to introduce the Nokia N86 8MP in the United States in the coming weeks. A dual-slider running Symbian S60, this[...]

HTC Offers HotFix for Bluetooth Security Problem on Some Recent Models

HTC has introduced a hotfix for a bug in the Bluetooth security on the Touch Pro, Touch Diamond, and Touch HD.

Nokia Surge

The Nokia Surge is a low-cost smartphone with an emphasis on social networking. It features an HTML web browser with Flash support, A-GPS, and access to corporate e-mail through a[...]

Google Releases Small System Software Update for the T-Mobile G1

Many T-Mobile G1 owners received an update to the system software on their smartphone this weekend. According to Google, Android Update 1.5 contains a "security fix", but no other details[...]

BlackBerry Storm Price Cut to $100

Verizon Wireless has dropped the cost of the BlackBerry Storm by 50%. This isn't a special, but is the new price for this model. This means the first BlackBerry with[...]

Details Start To Emerge on the Android-Powered LG GW620

LG has promised to release three phones running Google's Android OS, but so far hasn't revealed anything about these. Nevertheless, some of the details for one of them has leaked[...]

HTC Leo Could Be a Clamshell Windows Mobile MID

A programmer digging around in a leaked ROM has turned up evidence of the HTC Leo -- a clamshell design with a high-resolution screen and hardware keyboard.

Slacker Radio App Being Pushed to the BlackBerry Storm

Over the next several days, Verizon Wireless will be pushing the Slacker Radio application to the BlackBerry Storm. This will give users of this smartphone access to a free version[...]

Nokia Turns Ovi Files into a Free Service

Nokia's Ovi Files is now a free service offering, instead of requiring a subscription for its use. It allows smartphone users to access files on a remote PC or Mac.

BlackBerry Desktop Software Coming to a Mac Near You

After many years of being available only for Windows, RIM announced today that BlackBerry Desktop Software will be coming to Apple's Mac OS X early this fall.

New Firmware for Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Will Bring New Features

Reports are starting to circulate that a major firmware update for the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is being tested right now, one that will address several issues, and also bring some[...]

First Details Of the Verizon XV6975 Surface

The first information on the Verizon XV6975 has emerged. Details are few and far between at this point, but still they point to this being the HTC Whitestone, the successor[...]

Handmark Giving BlackBerry Users a Free Twitter App

Handmark TweetCaster is a new Twitter app for BlackBerry smartphones. It's available for free -- all that's required is sending out a Tweet mentioning it.

Next-Generation iPod touch Could Become a Wi-Fi Phone

Apple is expected to release a new iPod touch in the coming months that will be the first with a built-in microphone, potentially allowing it to make phone calls over[...]

Virtually All the Details on Sony Ericsson’s First Android-Based Xperia Now Available

The online retailer eXpansys has posted on its website a complete overview of Sony Ericsson's first Xperia model running Google Android OS, despite the fact that this model hasn't been[...]

Toshiba TG01 Could Be Coming to Sprint or Verizon

The FCC has given its approval to a CDMA version of the Toshiba TG01, raising the strong possibility that this very high-end Windows phone is coming to Sprint, Verizon, or[...]

Palm Gets Serious About Games for the webOS

At this point, there are barely a handful of games for the just-released Palm Pre, but Palm is hoping to change that. According to a job listing posted online,[...]

More Than Half of HTC’s 2010 Models Will Run Android

HTC built its business making Windows Mobile smartphones, but in the future intends increase the number of models it makes running a rival -- Google's Android OS.

Photos But Few Details Emerge on the HTC Click

There have been rumors floating around for a week or so about an upcoming low-cost phone from HTC, but more questions than answers are available on this model at this[...]

What Could Nokia’s Patents on the C-Series and X-Series Mean?

Recent international patent filings by Nokia have noted two possible new device lines: the C-Series and X-Series. Antoine Wright tries to ferret out what the purpose of these classifications could[...]

Samsung Mondi WiMAX-Enabled MID Now Available

Samsung has started offering the Mondi, which runs Windows Mobile and sports WiMax, a 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen, and a sliding keyboard.

Google Maps Mobile Getting Support for Layers

The latest version of Google Maps adds a new features: layers. These allow users to view several types of information on a map at the same time.

Palm Pre Now Available from Sprint.com

Since its debut early last month, the Palm Pre has only been available in Sprint retail stores. Today it went on sale on this wireless carrier's website.

New Details on the HTC Firestone Come to Light

Some additional information has leaked out about an upcoming Windows phone from HTC, including a high-quality picture. The Firestone will supposedly have a focus on multimedia and sport an 8[...]

Verizon’s BlackBerry Storm Gets an Unofficial Upgrade to OS 5.0

An unofficial upgrade to BlackBerry OS 5.0 for Verizon's version of the Storm has leaked out, giving those brave enough to install it a sneak peek at the next version[...]

Pandora Streaming Music Service Coming to Android

Pandora Media has announced that it will be bringing its free streaming music service to smartphones running Google's Android OS.

Google Latitude Now Available for the iPhone

Google has just released a version of its Latitude service for the iPhone and iPod touch, allowing users to share their location with their friends.

Palm Pre Updated to webOS 1.1, Gets New Features for Work and Play

Palm has released a system software update for the Palm Pre. webOS 1.1 brings several additions to this smartphone's support for Exchange ActiveSync, and also re-enables synchronizing with iTunes.

A Second Version of the Samsung Omnia II Gets FCC Approval

The FCC has signed off on the version of the Samsung Omnia II for GSM networks, following up on its recent approval of the version that Verizon Wireless has promised[...]

Sprint CEO Says Android is ”Ready for Prime Time”

What a difference a year makes. Dan Hesse said publicly last year that the first version of Google Android wasn't ready to be used on a Sprint phone, but today[...]

HP’s Next iPAQ Smartphone Coming to AT&T

HP hasn't yet announced the HP iPAQ K3 Obsidian, but a fresh set of images show this upcoming Windows phone in all its glory -- including a prominently-placed AT&T logo.

Get an iPhone 3G for $49

When the iPhone 3G S debuted last month, AT&T held on to the previous model as a less expensive option. This version is available now for just $49, but there's[...]

T-Mobile Phones Going on Sale at RadioShack Stores

A new agreement will soon bring T-Mobile phones and services to the thousands of RadioShack stores across the U.S.

Palm Pre Now Available for Just $100 — Update: New Price Is an ”Error”

Best Buy now offering the new Palm Pre for $99.99, half the regular cost. However, this deal is available only to new Sprint customers, not current ones, as this wireless[...]

Android 2.0 Will Include Multi-touch Support, New Widgets, Other Enhancements

The next version of Google operating system for smartphones is now available for developers, who have revealed many of the new features coming in Android 2.0. Updated

T-Mobile Prepping Updated BlackBerry Curve with New Features

T-Mobile USA will soon release a new version of the BlackBerry Curve. This upcoming smartphone will focus on consumers by offering mobile access to email, social networking, and entertainment. Updated

Verizon Commits to Offering the Palm Pre

Although it's made no secret of the fact that it plans to release the Palm Pre, Verizon Wireless hadn't before spelled its intentions out as clearly as it did today.

Rumors of an Entertainment-Oriented Apple Tablet Persist

A new report adds to the growing evidence that Apple intends to release a tablet-shaped computer with a 10-inch touchscreen and a focus on movies, music, and e-books. This device[...]

Possible Names for Several Upcoming HTC Smartphones Revealed

HTC has trademarked a collection of words which are likely going to be the names for upcoming smartphones.

Video Preview of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Leaks Out

Sony Ericsson has not yet announced the Xperia X2, but a 5+ minute video has appeared on the Web demonstrating the user interface that Sony Ericsson has created for this[...]

Sprint Acquiring Virgin Mobile USA

Sprint Nextel Corporation has just announced that it is going to buy Virgin Mobile USA for approximately $483 million.

More Evidence Points to T-Mobile Launching the HTC Touch Pro2 in Mid-August

It appears that T-Mobile USA customers who are eager to get their hands on the HTC Touch Pro2 won't have much longer to wait: multiple sources now say the launch[...]

Barnes & Nobel Will Offer Free Wi-Fi to All

Barnes & Noble stores will soon begin offering free Wi-Fi to all customers. This service will be provided by AT&T. Updated

Latest T-Mobile Sidekick LX Gets More Professional with MS Exchange Support

Starting this afternoon, T-Mobile Sidekick LX '09 users will be able to download the new Sidekick Sync application -- which will allow this smartphone to synchronize with a Microsoft Exchange[...]

BlackBerry Curve 8530 May Be On Its Way to Verizon

T-Mobile USA announced the BlackBerry Curve 8530 earlier this week, and now an unconfirmed report says Verizon will release this smartphone, too.

It’s Official: HTC Touch Pro2 Coming to T-Mobile in Two Weeks

T-Mobile USA announced today that it will release HTC's latest high-end Windows phone, the Touch Pro2 in mid-August. This upcoming device will offer a WVGA screen, mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, GPS,[...]

Microsoft Begins Accepting Applications for Windows Marketplace for Mobile

Those companies and individuals who would would like an application listed on the upcoming on-device Windows Mobile software store can now submit it to Microsoft.

iDisk Support Now Available for the iPhone

Apple has released a MobileMe iDisk app for the iPhone and iPod touch. This allows smartphone and handheld users to view files stored including iWork and Microsoft Office documents, PDFs,[...]

AT&T Will Soon Launch the Low-Priced Samsung Solstice

The Samsung Solstice will be coming to AT&T early next month. This consumer-oriented smartphone will have a 3-inch touchscreen and use Samsung's TouchWiz user interface. It will come with social[...]

First Images of the Nokia N97 Mini Come to Light

A pair of images of the Nokia N97 Mini have leaked out, giving the world its first look at this unannounced smartphone, which will apparently be the little brother of[...]

BlackBerry App World 1.1 Will Be No Small Upgrade

RIM hasn't yet released the new version of its on-device software store, but the documentation for BlackBerry App World 1.1 shows that it will have some significant new features.

Will This Be Verizon’s First Android-Based Smartphone?

An image has emerged that might show what Verizon's first smartphone running Android will look like. Designed by Motorola, this model will apparently be a slider with a QWERTY keyboard.[...]

AT&T’s Version of the HTC Touch Diamond2 Gets FCC Approval

The FCC has has given AT&T permission to release a version of the HTC Touch Diamond2, providing virtual confirmation that this wireless carrier will be offering this Windows phone.

DataViz’s RoadSync Exchange Client for Android Gets Two-Way Syncing

DataViz is continuing to add features to the Android version of RoadSync. The latest beta, just released today, offers two-way synchronization of calendar and contact information, as well as other[...]

Take a Sneak Peek at the User Interface for Future HTC Windows Phones

HTC has a long habit of replacing the standard user interface on its smartphones with one of its own creation. For a couple of years now, the replacement UI on[...]

Quickoffice Update Now Available for Nokia’s Symbian S60 Devices

Quickoffice Premier 6 has been released for Nokia Symbian devices, and many of them can be updated to the new version for free.

Android-Based HTC Hero, Samsung Q May Be Released by Sprint this Fall

Sprint is reportedly planning to release two smartphones running Android on the same day in October. One of these will be the HTC Hero, while the second will be the[...]

iPhone OS 3.0.1 Fixes SMS Security Flaw

Apple has released a new version of the iPhone's system software that fixes a serious security flaw in this smartphone's system software.

RIM Introduces a New Version of Its On-Device Software Store

RIM has just released BlackBerry App World 1.1, and while the latest version of its on-device software store has some new features, it's missing a significant one that was rumored[...]