July 2010 SmartPhone Articles

Listed below are all of our news and reviews articles for July 2010. 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 2010

Below are the 115 SmartPhone articles for July of 2010

Android OS 2.1 Upgrade for Motorola Cliq Delayed

The upgrade for T-Mobile's Motorola Cliq to Google's Android OS 2.1 isn't going to be out by the end of this month, as had been promised earlier. The developers want[...]

R.I.P.: Microsoft Kin

Microsoft has decided to stop development on its Kin operating system less than two months after the first devices running it were released. The Kin One and Two were designed[...]

Latest System Software Update for HTC EVO 4G Available Again

Earlier this week, an update for the system software on the HTC EVO 4G was released and then quickly withdrawn after some customers reported problems. An updated version of this[...]

Palm Is Now Part of HP

HP has officially completed its acquisition of Palm, Inc. As a division of the world's largest computer maker, Palm will continue to make smartphones running the webOS, as well as[...]

Android OS 3.0 Will Sport a New Look and Feel

The next version of Google's mobile operating system isn't expected to come out until this fall, but many of the details have leaked out already. Android OS 3.0 is reportedly[...]

Sprint Once Again Sold Out of the HTC EVO 4G

After a week or so of being out of stock, Sprint recently got in a new shipment of the HTC EVO 4G... a shipment that sold out almost immediately. This[...]

Google Docs Can Now Display PDF, Word, PowerPoint Files on Android OS and iPhone

Google Docs has been updated to enable Android OS devices as well as the iPhone and iPad to display the contents of PDF, Microsoft Word, and PowerPoint files.

Apple Changing the Number of Signal Bars the iPhone 4 Shows

Apple has sent a letter to owners of the iPhone 4 stating that this smartphone overstates the strength of its wireless signal. It has promised to release a small software[...]

T-Mobile Ending Sales of Current Sidekicks, but Promises More in the Future

T-Mobile is going to stop selling the one remaining model in its once-popular Sidekick line. But the carrier has plans to revamp the Sidekick series in the future so that[...]

Verizon’s 4G Network Might Launch in Mid November

Verizon Wireless has promised to have its 4G network up and running and available to 100 million people by year's end. An unconfirmed report says the launch of this very[...]

HTC Droid Incredible Could Be Getting Wi-Fi Hotspot Software, HD Video Recording

Word has leaked out that Verizon's popular Android OS-based smartphone the HTC Droid Incredible will be updated with some new features: Wi-Fi hotspot software and the ability to record 720p[...]

Qualcomm’s BREW Continues to Woo Mobile Developers

Qualcomm, Inc. is pushing hard to promote its BREW Mobile Platform operating system as the development platform of choice for software makers, even in the face of tough competition from[...]

Smartphone Users Tuned into Mobile Ads for Purchases

Smartphone users are more likely to make mobile purchases if a product or service advertisement is placed within phone applications. And iPhone owners may be the most receptive to these[...]

Motorola Droid May Get Android OS 2.2 in Mid Month

Motorola has committed to releasing a version of Android OS 2.2 for the Motorola Droid, but hasn't said exactly when. An unconfirmed report indicates that Verizon will start sending out[...]

Most Popular Smartphones of June 2010

At the beginning of each month, Brighthand publishes a list of the smartphones that readers have shown the most interest in during the preceding four weeks. New models from several[...]

Nokia X6 Review

The Nokia X6 is a Symbian^1 smartphone with a focus on music playback. It offers a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 5 megapixel camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver. Antoine Wright[...]

Android OS-based HTC Vision To Sport a Sliding Keyboard

Information on the HTC Vision has leaked out before, but the first image of this upcoming smartphone has now appeared on the Web. This model will supposedly be one of[...]

Samsung Intercept Set To Replace Sprint’s Samsung Moment

Many details of the Samsung Intercept have leaked out ahead of any official announcement from Sprint. This Android OS smartphone is supposedly going to replace the Samsung Moment by offering[...]

Yahoo! Launches Mail and Messenger Applications for Android OS

Yahoo! Inc. has expanded Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Messenger to support Android OS 2.0 or greater, providing a new operating system platform alternative to the more than 300 million current users[...]

Half Price Sale on Virtually All webOS Software Extended

A half price sale in the webOS App Catalog started last month, and this has now been extended for several more weeks. This allows customers to pick up software for[...]

Palm Pre Plus Available Free to New AT&T and Verizon Customers

Now that it owns Palm, HP has opened a phone store where it is offering the Palm Pre Plus for free to those who are switching to AT&T or Verizon[...]

It’s Official: There Won’t Be a Google Nexus Two

Early this year, Google introduced the Nexus One, a cutting-edge smartphone sold directly to the public. Google head Eric Schmidt says it accomplished its goal with this model and there's[...]

Android OS-powered Samsung Galaxy S2 Could Sport 2 GHz Processor, 4.3-inch Display

Various iterations of the Samsung Galaxy S will hit the U.S. market soon, and the first details on its replacement have already leaked out. The Galaxy S2 will reportedly be[...]

Motorola Charm To Be T-Mobile’s Next Android OS Smartphone

T-Mobile USA is reportedly prepping the Motorola Charm, an entry-level smartphone with a keyboard, a focus on messaging, and Android OS 2.1. This inexpensive model is expected to be on[...]

Borders New E-book Store Now Open for Android OS, BlackBerry, iPhone

Borders, one of the nation's largest booksellers, has opened an e-book store, and has just introduced apps to allow Android OS smartphones and many BlackBerrys to access its catalog of[...]

LG Ally vs. Motorola Devour: Which Is Better?

The LG Ally and the Motorola Devour are two of the latest mid-range smartphones from Verizon Wireless. They're similar in price and size, so how can you choose the right[...]

Motorola Droid X Once Again Available for Pre-order at Best Buy

The retailer Best Buy has resumed taking pre-orders for the highly-anticipated Motorola Droid X, but warns customrs that orders placed now won't ship when Verizon launches this cutting-edge Android OS[...]

Android OS-based Motorola Charm Officially Headed for T-Mobile

Motorola has just taken the wraps off its next consumer-oriented Android OS smartphone, the Motorola Charm. This upcoming model will have a small touchscreen, a hardware keyboard, and a focus[...]

Skype 2.0 for iPhone Review

Skype is a service that allows you to make calls over the Internet to computers, landlines, and cell phones. We take a look at Skype's app for Apple's iOS and[...]

Sprint To Launch Inexpensive Android OS-powered Samsung Intercept

The Samsung Intercept is going to debut from Sprint this weekend. This Android OS smartphone is going to sell for $100 and will offer an entry-level feature set with a[...]

Next-Generation Apple iPod touch Might Offer Video Chatting

Apple is expected to release an upgraded version of the iPod touch in a few months, and details on this model are already starting to leak out. It will supposedly[...]

AT&T Reveals Release Date, Price for Samsung Captivate

When AT&T announced its first high-end Android OS smartphone, the Samsung Captivate, it didn't say when it's going to release this device. Today that carrier revealed that this model will[...]

HTC Aria First-look Review

The HTC Aria is a mid-range Android OS smartphone that emphasizes portability. Despite its small size, this inexpensive device has a lot to offer. Jen Edwards brings us her preliminary[...]

Smartphones in the Enterprise: Managing Mobile Devices Smarter, Not Harder

Brighthand's sister site SearchEnterpriseDesktop has compiled a guide to help businesses update their smartphone management strategy, including the the best way to manage and secure mobile devices.

Android OS 2.1 Upgrade for T-Mobile myTouch 3G, Motorola Cliq, Cliq XT Coming in August

Three of T-Mobile's smartphones will be getting upgrades to Android OS 2.1 next month, according to a product roadmap leaking out of this carrier. This will bring new features to[...]

BlackBerry Curve 9300 Coming Soon to T-Mobile

Although T-Mobile USA has not yet officially announced plans to offer the BlackBerry Curve 9300, unconfirmed reports say this smartphone will soon replace the BlackBerry Curve 8520 in the carrier's[...]

AT&T’s Motorola Backflip Gets a System Software Update

Motorola has released a system software update for one of its smartphones offered by AT&T, the Motorola Backflip. However, this isn't the much-anticipated upgrade to Android OS 2.1.

Garminfone Gets a Significant Price Cut

A month after the debut of the Garminfone, T-Mobile has droped the price of this GPS-oriented smartphone by a third. Not surprisingly, this device comes with navigation software, but the[...]

Nokia to Fight Back in Smartphones, but Without the Android OS

While Nokia continues to struggle in the US mobile market, the Finnish-based company has voiced plans to "fight back" in the smartphone space, and it won't be adopting Google's Android[...]

Samsung Intercept

The Samsung Intercept is an inexpensive Android OS smartphone available from Sprint. It offers an entry-level feature set with a a 3-inch display and a sliding QWERTY keyboard. This device[...]

Cell Phone Radiation Fears Escalate Despite a Lack of Evidence

While some studies claim that cell phone radiation and frequent use of cell phones can be hazardous to your health, there is still no concrete evidence linking cell phones to[...]

Apple iPhone 4 Costs as Much as $700, but Apple Pays $187.51 for Parts

Exactly what's inside an iPhone 4, and how much does Apple pay for those parts? The cost of components has stepped up slightly with the latest model, although it's not[...]

HTC EVO 4G Now Available in White

The retailer Best Buy has just become the exclusive provider of a version of the HTC EVO 4G in a white casing. Until now, this very popular Android OS smartphone[...]

Skyhook’s Location Technology Rides the Samsung Wave

Skyhook Wireless announced a deal with Samsung to deploy its Core Location Platform technology across a number of the handset maker's mobile devices, starting with the Samsung Wave.

Motorola Droid X Arrives Early for a Lucky Few

Some people who pre-ordered a Motorola Droid X got a surprise late last week when they received this hotly-anticipated smartphone several days before the scheduled launch. Verizon has allowed this[...]

Consumer Reports Has an Easy Solution for iPhone 4’s Wireless Woes

Consumer Reports has confirmed that user complaints with wireless reception on the new Apple iPhone 4 are real. However, it also has an easy and inexpensive solution for fixing the[...]

Samsung Vibrant Launching Earlier than Expected

T-Mobile customers who are eagerly awaiting the Samsung Vibrant should be happy to hear that this smartphone will be available nearly a week early. It is going to run Google's[...]

Want a Hot New Smartphone? Be Prepared to Wait

Consumers looking for the latest cutting-edge smartphones are going to have to be patient. Demand for the hottest new models is so high they are all are on backorder. This[...]

Motorola Droid X First-look Review

The Motorola Droid X is going to become Verizon's new flagship smartphone thanks to features like a 4.3-inch touchscreen and 1 GHz processor. Jen Edwards brings us her preliminary review[...]

Mobile Banking Use Rising, But Customers Say No to Paying More

While the use of mobile banking is going up, smartphone users don't want to pay extra to do their banking from their devices, and banks aren't making money yet from[...]

Motorola Droid 2 Appears in Leaked Verizon Catalog

Verizon is supposedly prepping another new smartphone for its very popular Droid series -- the Motorola Droid 2 appears in a product catalog that has leaked out of this carrier.[...]

LogMeIn Ignition for Android OS Now Available

A version of the LogMeIn Ignition remote access application is now available for smartphones running Google's Android OS. This allows users to control their work or home PC from almost[...]

Motorola Droid X

This high-end smartphone from Verizon has a tablet shape, with a 4.3-inch WVGA (480 x 800) touchscreen. The Droid X runs Google Android OS 2.1 on a 1 GHz processor,[...]

Samsung Vibrant

The Samsung Vibrant offers cutting-edge features like a 1 GHz processor, a Super AMOLED touchscreen, and 16 GB of internal storage. It also has a 5 megapixel camera, 3G, Wi,[...]

Questioning Its Early 4G Lead and Phone Supply, Sprint Ponders LTE

With the WiMAX-enabled HTC EVO 4G in short supply, and a shipment date not yet set for the Samsung Epic 4G, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said this week that Sprint[...]

Motorola Droid X Hits the Market

Today is the much-anticipated launch of the Motorola Droid X, Verizon's new flagship smartphone thanks to features like a 4.3-inch, WVGA touchscreen, 1 GHz processor, 16 GB of storage, and[...]

Android OS-based Samsung Vibrant Now Available from T-Mobile

The Samsung Vibrant has just been launched by T-Mobile, making it the first high-end Android OS smartphone released by this carrier in quite some time. This model has a 1[...]

Samsung Captivate First-look Review

The Samsung Captivate from AT&T is an Android OS-based smartphone featuring a large Super AMOLED screen and a fast processor. Antoine Wright brings us his first impressions of AT&T's first[...]

Apple Updates System Software for the iPhone, iPad

Apple has introduced iOS 4.01 for the iPhone. It has also released iOS 3.2.1 for the iPad. These small system software updates fix a number of bugs generally related to[...]

Apple Not Going to Recall the iPhone 4

Apple is going to hold an unusual press conference today to discuss the connection problem plaguing the iPhone 4. CEO Steve Jobs reportedly isn't going to use this event to[...]

Apple iPhone 4 Owners Can Get a Free Case or a Full Refund

During a press conference this afternoon, Apple CEO Steve Jobs revealed his company's plan for dealing with the iPhone 4's "death grip" problem: owners of this smartphone can get a[...]

Motorola Droid X Already Sold Out

The Motorola Droid X debuted just yesterday, and it is already on backorder. Pre-release demand was high for Verizon's new flagship smartphone, which offers a 4.3-inch touchscreen, 1 GHz processor,[...]

Samsung Intercept First-look Review


Samsung Captivate

Previous AT&T smartphones running Google’s mobile operating system have been entry-level devices, but the Samsung Captivate is this carrier’s first with cutting-edge features like a WVGA (800 x 480) Super[...]

Android OS-based Samsung Captivate Released by AT&T

AT&T's first high-end Android OS smartphone is now available. The Samsung Captivate includes a large Super AMOLED touchscreen, a fast processor, 16 GB of internal storage, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, and[...]

Americans Increasingly Use Cell Phones for Texting, Twittering, Photos and Videos, Survey Says

In rising numbers, Americans are using their cell phones to go online, text, take photos, play music, and engage in other activities beyond old-fashioned voice calling, affirms a new study.

Motorola i1 Coming to Sprint Next Week

Sprint has just announced that it is going to introduce the Motorola i1 on Sunday. This ruggedized smartphone is going to have a business focus and be the first[...]

Google Nexus One Won’t Be Available Much Longer

Google has received its last shipment of the Nexus One, and when these units are sold the company will stop offering this Android OS smartphone in the U.S. Google said[...]

Motorola Droid X Review

The Motorola Droid X is Verizon's new flagship smartphone thanks to features like a 4.3-inch touchscreen and 1 GHz processor. Jen Edwards brings us a review of this popular new[...]

Images of Yet Another Upcoming Motorola Droid Slider Appear

Verizon and Motorola have been collaborating on a number of Android OS smartphones, and images of another model in the Droid series have leaked out. This will supposedly have a[...]

BlackBerry Storm3 To Be Slightly Updated Storm2

Some details of the BlackBerry Storm3 have leaked out of RIM, showing that this upcoming smartphone is going to be an updated version of the Storm2 with a few enhancements,[...]

Graffiti Text Input System Jumps from Palm OS to Android OS

Access has released a version of the Graffiti text input system for devices running Google's Android OS. Long-time Palm OS users should remember Graffiti from the days of the Palm[...]

Samsung Vibrant First-look Review

The Samsung Vibrant is T-Mobile's latest high-end Android OS smartphone. Antoine Wright brings us his initial impressions of a mobile with a large touchcreen, a fast processor, 16 GB of[...]

Motorola Droid 2 Could Launch Sooner than Expected

Information slipping out of Verizon Wireless indicates that the hotly-anticipated Motorola Droid 2 could be on the market more than a week earlier than had been previously thought, and it[...]

Microsoft Previews Windows Phone 7 Smartphones from Asus, LG, Samsung

Microsoft took a big step toward the release of Windows Phone 7 by announcing a "technical preview" involving the delivery of prototype phones from Asus, LG, and Samsung to application[...]

Verizon Says Screen Problems with Motorola Droid X Are Very Rare

Since the Motorola Droid X hit the market last week, some early adopters have complained about problems with this smartphone's display. Verizon says the issue isn't widespread, and affected customers[...]

T-Mobile Now Offering HSPA+ Service to 85 Million Americans

T-Mobile is in the process of rolling out 3.5G service across the United States, and has announced that it is now offering HSPA+ to 85 million Americans in close to[...]

Barnes & Noble Introduces nook app for Android OS

Barnes & Noble has released an app that allows Android OS-based smartphones to access ebooks created for the nook eReader. This gives users access to over a million ebooks on[...]

Google Nexus One Has Been Discontinued

Google warned potential customers last week that it was close to discontinuing the Nexus One, and this Android OS smartphone didn't last much longer -- Google has sold its last[...]

Android OS-powered Dell Streak Tablet Phone Set To Launch Very Soon

The much-anticipated Dell Streak is going to hit the market in the next week or so, according to an official statement from Dell. This tablet phone will run Google's Android[...]

Apple iPhone Could Be Headed for T-Mobile this Fall

A source at T-Mobile USA has leaked word that his company could start offering the very popular Apple iPhone 4 in the next few months, which would be a tremendous[...]

Aceeca PDA32 To Be a Palm OS Blast from the Past

For those who are into old school mobility, it will soon be possible to buy a PDA running the Garnet OS -- which used to be named the Palm OS[...]

Motorola Droid X Backordered from Verizon but Available Elsewhere

Demand for the new Motorola Droid X is so high that orders placed on Verizon's website today won't ship until next month, but an online retailer has this popular Android[...]

Verizon Opens New V CAST Mobile Apps Store to More Smartphones

Verizon Wireless is now extending V CAST Apps, a new mobile apps storefront introduced in March, to more models of RIM BlackBerry smartphones, although not to phones based on other[...]

Understanding the Risks Mobile Devices Pose to Enterprise Security

There are many ways mobile devices and remote connectivity can put a company in danger. Understanding these security vulnerabilities is crucial for protecting computer systems.

Cellular and Wi-Fi Connectivity: Allies Now Rather than Rivals

Cellular communications and Wi-Fi networks were at one time bitter foes. Recently, the hostility has abated and rather than competitive alternatives, the two are viewed as complimentary services.

White iPhone 4 Significantly Delayed

Apple has once again pushed back the release of a version of the Apple iPhone 4 in a white casing. This means that those buying this popular new smartphone can[...]

Motorola i1

The Motorola i1 is a ruggedized smartphone with a business focus. It meets military specifications for protection against dust, shock, vibration and blowing rain. It is the first Android OS-based[...]

iPhone and HTC EVO 4G Thriving, Palm Is Dead in Smartphone Buying Plans

Smartphone sales are poised for major growth over the next three months, with Apple and HTC on the upswing in consumer preferences and Motorola and RIM on the downswing, says[...]

Motorola i1 Now Available from Sprint

Sprint has just begun offering the Motorola i1. This ruggedized smartphone has a business focus, uses the Nextel iDEN network, and is the first Android OS-based model with Push To[...]

Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G Likely To Launch in August

Although Sprint has officially announced its second smartphone with WiMAX, the carrier has been very vague about when the Samsung Epic 4G is going to be released. According to Samsung,[...]

HP To Use Only webOS on Its Smartphones, Not Windows Phone 7

HP says all its future smartphones are going to use the webOS, and it won't be offering devices with Microsoft's Windows Phone 7. This announcement comes a few weeks after[...]

Apple iPhone 4 Owners Can Apply for Their Free Case

Apple has begun allowing users of the iPhone 4 to request the free case promised earlier this month.This is Apple's temporary solution to this smartphone's infamous "death grip" problem.

HTC Vision Might Be Released as the T-Mobile G1 Blaze

T-Mobile is allegedly going to introduce a version of the HTC Vision, a high-end smartphone that's going to offer a large display and a sliding keyboard, and run Google's Android[...]

Motorola Droid X, HTC Droid Incredible, Motorola Droid Could All Get Android OS 2.2 Upgrades Early in August

Three of Verizon's high-end smartphones will get simultaneous upgrades to the latest version of Google's Android OS, if an unconfirmed report is correct. These will supposedly all be released on[...]

Dell Streak Tablet Phone Will Fully Support Only AT&T’s Network

Dell has confirmed that the only wireless carrier that its Android OS-powered Dell Streak tablet phone is going to fully support will be AT&T. This means that T-Mobile customers won't[...]

Jailbreaking an iPhone, Or Unlocking Any Phone, Is Completely Legal

The U.S. Copyright Office has ruled that modifying an Apple iPhone so that it can run third-party apps not approved by Apple is legal. It is also legal to unlock[...]

Android OS-based Motorola Charm Might Not Debut Until Late August

Those interested in the Motorola Charm might have a bit of a wait -- according to an unconfirmed report, this inexpensive Android OS smartphone isn't going to be released[...]

AT&T Will Launch Dell Aero Android OS Smartphone in Two Weeks

Dell has just announced that its first smartphone, the Dell Aero, is going to be released by AT&T at the beginning of the second week in August. The pricing for[...]

CTIA Sues San Francisco Over Cell Phone Radiation Notification Law

Arguing that San Francisco's new cell phone radiation law violates the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, the CTIA wireless industry association has filed a lawsuit to halt its enforcement.[...]

Apple iOS 4.1 Moving Closer to Release

Apple has sent developers the second beta version of iOS 4.1, an upcoming update for this company's operating system for the iPhone and iPod touch. This is going to include[...]

Google Nexus One Won’t Be Sold by T-Mobile

When Google ended direct sales of the Nexus One, some were hoping that T-Mobile would start offering this smartphone. Information leaking out of this company indicates that this isn't going[...]

BlackBerry Bold 9800 and BlackBerry OS 6.0 Could Debut Next Week

AT&T and BlackBerry-maker RIM are holding an event next Tuesday. This is likely to be the unveiling the BlackBerry Bold 9800, the first RIM model with a sliding keyboard. This[...]

T-Mobile G1 Blaze May Be the First with HSPA+

A high-end Android OS model reportedly headed for T-Mobile could be this carrier's first with HSPA+ service, giving it some of the fastest data transfer speeds available. The T-Mobile G1[...]

AT&T Commits to Windows Phone 7 in a Big Way

Microsoft has said that smartphones running Windows Phone 7 are going to be released by a wide selection of wireless carriers, but AT&T says that it's going to be the[...]

Take a Very Early Look at the T-Mobile myTouch 3G HD

An image of what's supposedly an upcoming Android OS smartphone has appeared on the Web. This shows that the T-Mobile myTouch 3G HD will have a tablet shape dominated by[...]

Dell Streak Tablet Phone Has Been Delayed

Despite what Dell said earlier, the highly-anticipated Dell Streak isn't going to be released this week. The company has quietly updated its website to push back the introduction of this[...]

Apple Investigating Problems Running iOS 4 on the iPhone 3G

When Apple introduced iOS 4.0 earlier this summer, it also released upgrades for some of its previous smartphones and handheld computers. The company is now looking into reports of significant[...]

Samsung Captivate Review

The Samsung Captivate is an Android OS-based smartphone featuring a large Super AMOLED screen and a fast processor. Antoine Wright brings us this review of AT&T's first high-end model running[...]

T-Mobile Ranks Highest in J.D. Power Customer Care Survey

T-Mobile has come in first in the latest round of J.D. Power and Associates' latest Wireless Customer Care Performance Study. This study ranks how well carriers provide support for their[...]

HTC EVO 4G To Get Android OS 2.2 Upgrade Next Week

Sprint is going to begin sending out an Android OS 2.2 upgrade to the HTC EVO 4G in a few days. Among other new features, this will bring support for[...]

Motorola Droid 2 To Launch with Android OS 2.2, MotoBlur

The user manual for the upcoming Motorola Droid 2 has leaked out, helping to confirm many of the details of this smartphone that's headed for Verizon, including that it is[...]

HTC Aria Review

The HTC Aria is a mid-range Android OS smartphone that emphasizes portability. Despite its small size, this inexpensive device has a lot to offer. Jen Edwards brings us a review[...]

Motorola Droid Officially Getting Android OS 2.2 Upgrade Next Week

Motorola has promised to release a version of Android OS 2.2 for the Motorola Droid at some point next week. The latest version of Google's operating system will bring Adobe[...]

Nokia E73 Mode Review

The Nokia E73 Mode is a thin and highly equipped QWERTY smartphone available from T-Mobile. Antoine Wright brings us a review of this messaging-oriented device with a low price: just[...]