July 2011 SmartPhone Articles

Listed below are all of our news and reviews articles for July 2011. If you are looking for an article on a particular day or on a particular topic, you can use the menu on the right to narrow your search

SmartPhone Articles for July of 2011

Below are the 80 SmartPhone articles for July of 2011

BlackBerry Desktop 2.1 Released for Mac OS X

RIM has released the latest version of its BlackBerry Desktop software for Mac OS X, allowing BlackBerry/ Mac users to synchronize their devices and achieve harmony between their home and[...]

Google+ for Android Review

Google+ is the latest social-networking service to take on Facebook, allowing users to share their thoughts, images, and video, with circles of friends. In addition to being available on the[...]

HP Pre 3 webOS Smartphone Appears To Been Delayed Until Fall

The next smartphone running the webOS, the HP Pre 3, is apparently not going to be released as early as originally expected. This will leave fans of this operating system[...]

AT&T Will Soon Start Offering iPhone Insurance

AT&T has announced a change in policy, and is going to start offering insurance on all Apple iPhone models. This will cost $5 a month, and will replace units that[...]

Verizon Confirms Tiered Data Pricing Is Coming this Week

Verizon spokespeople have begun officially confirming the details that leaked out last month about their company's tiered data plans that will go into effect in a few days. This is[...]

WSJ Says Prepare for a Thinner, Lighter iPhone 5

The Wall Street Journal is the latest to weigh in on the on-going debate over the design of Apple's next-generation smartphone. This venerable newspaper indicates that the upcoming iPhone is[...]

T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide Could Still Be Several Weeks Away

T-Mobile has promised to offer the myTouch 4G Slide this month, but not exactly when. Information leaking out of this carrier indicates that this camera-centric Android smartphone is going to[...]

Take a Look at the Re-designed Motorola Droid Bionic

Verizon had originally planned to introduce the Motorola Droid Bionic this spring, but the release was bumped back to give Motorola time to re-design the device. A flier for it[...]

Verizon Wireless Launches Significantly Improved Motorola Droid 3 Today

Verizon Wireless has launched the next-generation Motorola Droid 3 -- a global phone with a slide-out, 5-row QWERTY keyboard and a 4-inch display -- and it is available now, exclusively[...]

Consumer Reports: Verizon’s New Tiered Data Plans Won’t Hurt Most Smartphone Users

Verizon Wireless put its tiered data plans in place today, and no longer allows new customers to sign up for an unlimited data plan. Nevertheless, Consumer Reports believes this change[...]

LG Thrill 4G Preview: a 3D Phone Headed for AT&T

When LG delivered a sneak peek at a smartphone offering glasses-free 3D, Brighthand was there to take a close look at the upcoming LG Thrill 4G, plus 3D content ranging[...]

Next-Generation iPod touch Might Include Cellular-Wireless Connectivity

The best way to describe Apple's iPod touch is that it's an iPhone without the phone. But an unconfirmed report indicates that this might be changing.

Motorola XPRT Review: Looks Like a BlackBerry, Acts Like a Droid

Sprint's Motorola XPRT is a device that runs Google's Android OS but has clearly been designed to lure business users away from their BlackBerrys. Read this review of a smartphone[...]

HTC Status Facebook Phone Can Now Be Pre-Ordered from AT&T

The HTC Status is going to be an Android-based smartphone with a strong emphasis on social networking through Facebook. It is available for pre-order now exclusively through AT&T, and will[...]

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Available for AT&T and T-Mobile, Too

Verizon is the only U.S. carrier officially offering the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, but AT&T and T-Mobile subscribers aren't being left out -- the online phone shop Expansys has a[...]

Jon Rubinstein Steps Aside as Head of HP’s webOS Division

Jon Rubinstein, the man responsible more than any other for the creation of the webOS, has been replaced as the head of the HP business unit responsible for the ongoing[...]

T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide Set to Launch July 27

A recent unconfirmed report indicated that the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide will debut on July 27. This was mostly correct -- that will be the in-store launch date, but T-Mobile[...]

HTC Droid Incredible 2 Getting Its Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) Update Now

Verizon has begun sending out an operating system upgrade to the HTC Droid Incredible 2. This contains no dramatic improvements, but many users think its many small changes enhance the[...]

AT&T’s First 4G LTE Devices Won’t Be Smartphones

AT&T has announced the first two devices that will be compatible to the provider's upcoming 4G LTE network, though neither will be a smartphone.

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Coming to AT&T

Without much fanfare, it has been revealed that the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY will not be a Verizon Wireless exclusive for much longer, as the PlayStation-branded phone will be coming[...]

Google Overhauling Android Market, Will Offer Movies and Books

A redesigned Android Market will soon provide users with the ability to buy books and rent movies directly from the storefront to their phones, in addition to software sales.

Motorola Photon 4G Cutting-Edge Android Smartphone Coming Soon to Sprint

Sprint has announced that the Motorola Photon 4G is going to be released at the end of this month. This Android smartphone is going to be packed with high-end features,[...]

Spotify Music Service for Android and iPhone Now Available in the U.S.

Americans can rejoice, the Spotify streaming music service that has proved to be so popular in Europe is now available in the U.S. Users of the iOS and Android OS[...]

Motorola Droid 3

Like its predecessors, the Droid 3 features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, though this latest iteration offers an additional row of number keys. In addition, the smartphone’s 4-inch gHD (960 x[...]

HBO Go for Android OS Review

Adama D. Brown, a self-confessed HBO addict, took a close look at a free Android OS app known as HBO Go. Although he rediscovered a sumptuous banguet of TV and[...]

iPhone Gets iOS 4.3.4 Update to Fix Security Flaw

Apple has introduced a small update for the operating system on the iPhone and iPad. The single purpose of iOS 4.3.4 (or iOS 4.2.9 for the Verizon iPhone) is to[...]

Motorola Droid 3 Now in Verizon Stores

Exclusively released online last week, the Motorola Droid 3 is now available at Verizon Wireless stores. This allows those who are interested in this high-end Android smartphone to try it[...]

Samsung Nexus S Android Smartphone Being Used on the International Space Station

The Samsung Nexus S, the first commercial smartphone to be cleared for use in the International Space Station, will be used to further NASA's exploration of space.

HTC Status

HTC Status is an smartphone with a focus on social networking. A dedicated Facebook button allows users to quickly post what they are doing, and a physical keyboard makes it[...]

HTC Status Facebook Phone Now Available from AT&T

Today is the launch of the HTC Status, an Android smartphone with a focus on social networking. A dedicated Facebook button allows users to quickly post what they are doing,[...]

There Will Be No Roaming Between Verizon’s and AT&T’s LTE Services

Verizon introduced its 4G LTE network last year, and AT&T is launching its own by the end of this summer. But just because they are using the same wireless networking[...]

BlackBerry Torch 2 Takes a Step Closer to Release

Although Research In Motion (RIM) has yet to officially announce it, the BlackBerry Torch 2 is an open secret. The FCC has now signed off on this smartphone, which will[...]

Apple’s Super Low-Cost Smartphone Could be the iPhone 3GS

There have been widely-reported but unconfirmed reports that Apple is going to offer a very inexpensive iPhone targeting the pre-paid market this fall. A supposedly reliable source indicates that the[...]

Release Date Set for Sprint’s Motorola Titanium

The Motorola Titanium smartphone, a rugged Android smartphone which is going to feature push-to-talk capabilities, will become available on July 24 at all Sprint stores and online.

HTC Status First-Look Review: Facebook on the Go

The HTC Status can best be described as a "Facebook phone", as it has a strong focus on this social-networking service. Is it a good option for people who want[...]

T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide Camera-centric Smartphone Launches Online Today

The wait for the new myTouch 4G Slide is over: T-Mobile has begun offering this Android smartphone exclusively on its website today. It sports a sliding keyboard, dual-core processor, and[...]

Google+ Social-Networking Service Now Available as an iPhone App

Several weeks after Google introduced an Android version of its new social networking service, there's now an iPhone version. This helps broaden the reach of Google+, which has the formidable[...]

Apple Sold More Than 20 Million iPhones Last Quarter

Apple has announced that during its most recent financial quarter it sold 20.3 million iPhones, the most ever in a quarter. The company also set new records for revenue and[...]

Sprint’s Unlimited Data Plans Won’t Last Forever

Sprint is the only one of the Big 4 U.S. carriers to still offer an unlimited data plan that really includes unlimited data. However, the company's CEO admits that he[...]

T-Mobile to Offer New Tiered Data Plans

Joining the ranks of Verizon and AT&T, T-Mobile has enacted a tiered data plan for its customers, but there'll be a twist to the new Value plans: once a user[...]

Spotify for Android OS Review

Long a user favorite in Europe, the Spotify streaming music service has finally rolled over to U.S. shores. In reviewing the beta of the Android OS app, Vince Font finds[...]

Samsung Galaxy S II To Launch in the U.S. in August

The Galaxy S II debuted in Europe and Asia earlier this year, and U.S. residents won't have to wait much longer. This Android smartphone includes a large Super AMOLED Plus[...]

Samsung Nexus S on the Way to AT&T Courtesy of Best Buy

The national retailer Best Buy will soon begin offering an exclusive: a version of the Samsung Nexus S designed for AT&T. This Android-based smartphone has a range of high-end features,[...]

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY for Verizon Gets an Early Price Cut

After just two months on the market, the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY has been subjected to a significant price cut by Verizon. This game-oriented smartphone is now selling for half[...]

T-Mobile to Release HTC Wildfire S Midrange Android Smartphone

With more 4G compatible smartphones entering the marketplace, carriers are offering midrange handsets at a lower price, as seen with T-Mobile's upcoming release of the HTC Wildfire S.

HD Voice Brings Crystal Clear Sound to Smartphones

Mobile carriers in Europe have begun offering HD Voice service. This greatly improves the quality of phone conversations, but requires wireless networks and phones to be upgraded to support it.[...]

Apple Surpasses Nokia as World’s Largest Maker of Smartphones

For many years, Nokia was at the top of the world smartphone market, making more devices than any of its rivals. This is no longer true -- Apple now holds[...]

The Data Divide: The Disconnect Between What Users Need and Carriers Can Provide

Services that offer streaming media are becoming increasingly popular, but wireless carriers are now phasing out unlimited data connections. Ed Hardy discusses this trend in the first "From the Editor's[...]

Samsung Galaxy 3D in Development?

Rumors are running rampant that a 3D handset is going to be released by Samsung at the end of this year. This will reportedly be a variation of the Galaxy[...]

Using an iPhone 4 with T-Mobile Just Got Much Easier

A surprising number of T-Mobile subscribers use an iPhone, even though the carrier doesn't offer this device. But at least T-Mobile made this a bit easier today, as it has[...]

Medical Apps Get an Examination from the FDA

These "mobile medical apps" have become increasingly prominent in the health field, so much so that the FDA recently began seeking input on proposed guidelines to regulate this growing market.[...]

AT&T’s LG Thrill 4G with 3D Display Can Now Be Reserved at Radio Shack

Those who are eagerly anticipating the LG Thrill 4G can now reserve this upcoming 3D Android smartphone at a Radio Shack store. AT&T is expected to release this cutting-edge device[...]

Motorola Atrix 4G Can Now Be Upgraded to Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread)

Motorola has introduced a system software upgrade for the Atrix 4G from AT&T. Amoung an array of other chnages, this updates the version of the Firefox web browser available in[...]

AT&T Version of the Samsung Nexus S Introduced

A version of the Samsung Nexus S designed to work with AT&T's wireless network is now available exclusively from the national retailer Best Buy. This is the smartphone that Google[...]

BlackBerry Storm 3 Moving Closer to Verizon

Pictures of the third generation of RIM's touchscreen-oriented smartphone have appeared on the Web. The Verizon logo that appears prominently on these makes it clear which carrier is going to[...]

Microsoft Sends Next Windows Phone Version to Device Manufacturers

Work is complete on the first major revision to Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system. This new version, code-named Mango, has been delivered to handset makers.

T-Mobile’s New Tiered Data Plans Go Live

T-Mobile has launched its new tiered data plans. In previous reports regarding these new plans, exact prices were ambiguous. However, the smoke has cleared to reveal what customers will actually[...]

iOS 4.3.5 Becomes the Latest Security Patch for the iPhone

Apple has just introduced iOS 4.3.5, a version of this operating system that has patched a small security flaw. This is the latest in string of iPhone system software updates[...]

AT&T Reveals Price of 3D-Enabled LG Thrill 4G

Though news of pricing for the LG Thrill 4G at Radio Shack broke a few days ago, AT&T has just announced its official price for the 3D handset.

All AT&T’s Recent Android Models Getting OS 2.3 Upgrades

AT&T has committed to releasing system software upgrades for every Android smartphone it has released this year. This will bring OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) to five recently-introduced models as well as[...]

RadioShack Drops T-Mobile for Verizon

RadioShack has announced that come fall, it will no longer offer T-Mobile wireless products and services. Instead, they'll be providing customers with a selection of Verizon Wireless smartphones.

T-Mobile G2x Gets Its Helping of Gingerbread

A version of Android OS 2.3 AKA Gingerbread has begun going out to the T-Mobile G2x. This update brings a wide range of small enhancments to this high-end smartphone.

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II Will Have a Sliding Keyboard

Images of an unnamed Samsung slider that have appeared on the Web confirm that the Samsung Galaxy S II will definitely be headed to AT&T. And, unlike the version that[...]

Choosing a Cell Phone Plan: Tips for Selecting the Right Service

Picking the right phone to take to college is important, but picking the right wireless service plan is just as critical. The Brighthand editorial staff has put together some suggestions[...]

T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide Hits Stores

After debuting on T-Mobile's website back on July 19, the myTouch 4G Slide from HTC is now available at T-Mobile retail stores for $200 after a $50 rebate and two-year[...]

Motorola Droid 3 First-Look Review: Just What You’ve Been Asking For?

The original Motorola Droid did a lot to make the Android OS the very popular smartphone platform it is today. Nearly two years later, how does the third-generation in this[...]

Sprint’s Galaxy S II Passes Through the FCC

Thanks to our friends over at the FCC we can guarantee that the device with model number SPH-D710 is indeed the Sprint version of the Galaxy S II, dubbed the[...]

Android Market Update Rolling Out Today, Adds Movies and Books

Good news for those of you with Android OS 2.2 or higher: the Android Market update is supposedly live and has started to roll out to users across the country[...]

Motorola Photon 4G

The Motorola Photon 4G is well supplied with cutting-edge features, including a 4.3-inch, qHD touchscreen and a dual-core processor. This device — available exclusively from Sprint — also has WiMAX,[...]

Sprint and LightSquared to Share Networks

Sprint Nextel and LightSquared recently announced a network-sharing deal, which will be used as a catalyst for the creation of a 4G network.

Motorola Photon 4G Debuts Early From Sprint

The powerful Motorola Photon 4G from Sprint has been released three days early and is available to the entire public for purchase through the carrier's website.

Apple iPhone 5 Widely Expected to Launch in Early September

The unusually long wait for Apple to release its next-generation smartphone is almost over. A number of recent reports, based in insider information, have indicated that the iPhone 5 is[...]

New Skyfire App Helps iPhone Users Watch Flash Video

Skyfire has released VideoQ, an inexpensive app that lets iPhone and iPad users do something they've wanted to do for years: play Adobe Flash video. Apple has said repeatedly that[...]

Motorola Droid Bionic Not Launching Until Fall

The Motorola Droid Bionic was originally scheduled to debut in the first half of this year, but its release was bumped back. There has been a great deal of speculation[...]

Mobile Phone Market Soars, Despite Feature Phone Decline

Second quarter findings show the global mobile phone market grew 11.3% since last year, though the feature phone market declined for the first time since 3Q09. Sales of smartphone are[...]

Google Updates Gmail App for Android

Google has released an update for the Gmail app on Android smartphones. The new version 2.3.5 brings a handful of new features and performance improvements.

Bluetooth Watch with Caller ID Display from ThinkGeek.com Review

The Bluetooth Watch with Caller ID lets users see who is calling them without looking at their phone... in theory, anyway. Check out a review of this accessory to see[...]

LG Thrill 4G

The LG Thrill 4G is a cutting-edge Android OS smartphone available from AT&T with a large “glasses-free” 3D display. It runs Google’s Android OS on a 1GHz dual-core processor. This[...]

Is This the iPhone 5?

In the past few days, several images have come to light that might reveal the appearance of Apple's next-generation smartphone. One of these could be the first picture of the[...]

AT&T To Begin Throttling the Data Transfer Speeds of Its Heaviest Users

Those who have an unlimited data plan with AT&T, be warned: this carrier is going to begin slowing down the data transfer speeds of those who use an "extraordinary" amount[...]