August 2011 SmartPhone Articles

Listed below are all of our news and reviews articles for August 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 August of 2011

Below are the 99 SmartPhone articles for August of 2011

Apple iPhone 5 Might Not Launch Until October

Several recent reports have indicated that the iPhone 5 is going to hit store shelves in September, but not everyone agrees. Apple's next smartphone won't be released until mid-fall, if[...]

AT&T’s LG Thrill 4G Release Pushed Back

Those awaiting the impending arrival of the LG Thrill 4G will have to wait a little longer as the "glasses-free" 3D phone will have a new release date of August[...]

Nokia Unveils New Smartphone Naming System

Nokia has announced a new naming convention for its phones, nixing the N Series and C Series for a simplified numbering system. The company also took the wraps off the[...]

Kyocera Echo Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) Update Now Available

The latest smartphone to get an upgrade to Android OS 2.3 is the Kyocera Echo. This adds some important features to this dual-screened device, such as support for pinch-to-zoom. UPDATED

LG Genesis Review: Dual-Display Goodness

The LG Genesis is an Android-based smartphone with an innovate design featuring two touchscreens and a large keyboard. Jen Edwards brings us a review of this device from U.S. Cellular.

Samsung Galaxy S II Apparently Headed for All Major U.S. Carriers

While people in the U.S. patiently await the arrival of the Galaxy S II, Samsung has divulged that the smartphone will be coming to more than just the nation's top[...]

Gingerbread Update Now Available for Motorola Droid X2

The Google Android OS 2.3.3 (aka Gingerbread) update is now live and available to all Motorola Droid X2 users, who need only to access the update from their phone's settings[...]

Apple iCloud Pricing Revealed

For Apple users who are looking to expand their Web storage, the company has unveiled its pricing for the iCloud in a beta launch of the service for developers.

Huawei Shows Us Its Vision

Chinese manufacturer Huawei has announced the Vision, a Gingerbread smartphone with a 1 GHz processor and a "3D user interface," and it's coming this September.

HTC Status Review: Phone for Facebook Fans

The HTC Status is an Android smartphone with a focus on social networking. We take a look to see how it holds up. Should the Status be the choice of[...]

RIM Unveils Five New BlackBerry Models

RIM announced five upcoming BlackBerry models today -- the Bold 9900 and 9930, and the Torch 9810, 9850, and 9860 -- all running its latest operating system, BlackBerry 7 OS.

Verizon’s Release Dates Leak Out for Motorola Droid Bionic, Samsung Stratosphere, Others

An internal roadmap of when Verizon is going to release a number of smartphones running Google's Android OS has leaked out. This reveals the launch dates for some highly-anticipated models,[...]

Most Popular Smartphones for July 2011

Each month, Brighthand publishes a list of the smartphones that readers have shown the most interest in during the preceding four weeks. This month's list is a good mix of[...]

Skype Updates Android App to Support Many More Devices

A new version of the Skype app is now available for Android smartphone, supporting more handsets with video-chatting capabilities. This includes some of the newest models from Verizon, Sprint, and[...]

Sony PlayStation Vita Won’t be Here in Time for Christmas

Sony will face another economic setback this year, as its next-generation portable game machine, the PlayStation Vita, won't be globally available in time for the holiday season, which is a[...]

Worldwide Smartphone Market Soars with Apple on Top

The global smartphone market grew 65.4 percent in the second quarter of 2011 and crowned Apple as the new leader, according to an IDC report.

LG Revolution First-Look Review: 4G Goodness

The LG Revolution is a large 4.3-inch phone that packs in Android, LTE, Netflix and more. Its size makes for a compelling media experience, but can the battery inside keep[...]

Sprint’s Samsung Conquer 4G Will Offer WiMAX on a Budget

The Samsung Conquer 4G will be Sprint's 25th smartphone with support for its WiMAX service, but it will be the carrier's first 4G model to debut at just $100.

AT&T Moves to Stop Illicit iPhone Tethering

AT&T will begin to crack down on customers who jailbreak their iPhones to tether unauthorized services, and according to published reports this could happen as early as August 11.

Boingo Wi-Finder for iPhone Review: Finding Hotspots Everywhere

In his review of Boingo Wi-Finder, Daniel Dern explains why this widely used Wi-Fi hotspot locator app can come in really handy when you're away from home or the office,[...]

BlackBerry Colt, RIM’s First QNX-based Phone in Testing

RIM's first QNX-based smartphone, the BlackBerry Colt, may be released in early 2012. This will have the traditional BlackBerry design, but will run a phone-oriented version of the operating system[...]

HTC Inspire 4G Owners Can Now Install Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread)

There has been a rush of Android OS 2.3 upgrades released recently, and the latest model to receive one is the HTC Inspire 4G. This brings a number of small[...]

First Smartphones with Android Ice Cream Sandwich Coming in Mid-Fall

Google took the wraps off the next version of the Android OS this summer, but the first devices running it won't be out for another few months. According to an[...]

Motorola Droid 3 Review: Ready for Business or Pleasure

The Motorola Droid 3 is the latest in this series of high-end smartphones from Verizon that helped put Android on the map. Does the new model live up to this[...]

Verizon Wireless Targets Unauthorized Smartphone Tetherers

Verizon Wireless will now enforce a new plan to stop jailbroken tetherers from accessing unauthorized data from their smartphones, following in the steps of AT&T which made a similar move[...]

Nokia Will Use Windows Phone To Grab a Bigger Piece of the U.S. Market

After years of putting most of its efforts into Europe, the President of Nokia's U.S. subsidiary says that North America and the U.S. are going to be a critical part[...]

AT&T’s First 4G LTE Capable Smartphone Won’t Debut Until Late This Year

Peter Ritcher, AT&T's senior president of mobility and consumer markets, confirmed the carrier will not have a LTE-equipped smartphone until late 2011, even though this 4G network will be online[...]

Symantec Rolls Out Free Norton Security Software for Android OS

Symantec on Thursday released a free edition of Norton Mobile Security, aimed at Android OS phone users socked by security threats ranging from cell phone thefts to "fake" apps loaded[...]

Sprint Leak Reveals Next-Generation BlackBerry Bold and Torch Prices

A leaked flyer from Sprint unveils the carrier's prices for the new BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850. These will be the first models with BlackBerry OS 7.

Android Topped Smartphone Market in Q2

A new report detailing earnings of the smartphone market for this year's second quarter show increased sales and Android as the leader of operating systems.

Apple Might Unveil the iPhone 5 on September 7

Apple is reportedly going to hold a media event on September 7. This could be the day Steve Jobs takes the wraps off his company's much-anticipated next-generation smartphone.

Windows Phone Mango Update Set for September Release

Microsoft will begin a game of catch-up this fall when it releases a new version of its Windows Phone operating system, Mango, on September 1.

Samsung Galaxy S II Will Make Its U.S. Debut in Two Weeks

Samsung has invited journalists to an event near the end of this month. While the company doesn't come right out and say what's going to be announced, a bit of[...]

HTC Pays Big for Beats Technology, Will Bring High-Performance Sound to Smartphones

HTC has acquired a 51% stake in Beats Electronics in a $309 million deal in which the companies hope to produce a smartphone with studio quality speakers.

Apple iPhone 5 Debut Might Not Happen Until Mid-Fall

There are conflicting reports on when Apple is going to introduce its next-generation smartphone. On Friday, a report indicated that the iPhone 5 was going to be unveiled the first[...]

Motorola Photon 4G First-Look Review

The Motorola Photon 4G is well supplied with cutting-edge features, including a 4.3-inch, qHD touchscreen and a dual-core processor. Here's Brighthand's preliminary review of Sprint's latest high-end smartphone.

Sprint Will Launch the Next-Generation BlackBerry Bold and Torch in a Week

Sprint has made no secret of its plans to offer the first two smartphones with BlackBerry OS 7, but it has kept quiet about the launch date and price for[...]

Netflix for Android Review: Streaming Movies to Your Smartphone

Netflix streams movies and TV shows to smartphones, not just PCs. According to Adama Brown, the free app for Android OS delivers excellent video streaming to phones, but still needs[...]

BlackBerry Bold 9930

The Bold 9930 sports the thinnest design and widest QWERTY on a BlackBerry smartphone to date. It is the latest in a long-running series of high-end models for business users[...]

Google Shakes Up the Smartphone Market by Buying Motorola Mobility

Google is buying Motorola Mobility, the maker of some of the most popular smartphones running the Android OS, including the Droid line. Motorola Mobility will be run as a separate[...]

Verizon First to Launch the BlackBerry Bold 9930

Verizon now offers the new Blackberry Bold 9930 online and will distribute the handset in stores starting August 25. This is the first device released with BlackBerry OS 7, and[...]

Motorola Defy+ Apparently Not Headed for T-Mobile

The Defy+, Motorola's newest "life proof" smartphone, will be hitting the international markets this fall, though the U.S. will not be seeing the Android based-handset, even though T-Mobile introduced the[...]

Samsung Hercules, HTC Ruby High-End Smartphones Set for October Debut from T-Mobile

The Samsung Hercules and the HTC Ruby, two dual-core Android smartphones, will reportedly be available at all T-Mobile stores and online starting near the end of October.

Samsung Conquer 4G First Look Review: 4G on a Budget

The Samsung Conquer 4G is going to be Sprint's first 4G WiMAX model to debut at just $100. Brighthand takes a preliminary look at this mid-range Android smartphone, which is[...]

Windows Phone Mango Will Bring New Features to Xbox LIVE

Microsoft has announced at Gamescom what changes the upcoming Mango update to Windows Phone are going to bring to the Games hub and Xbox LIVE.

BlackBerry Bold 9900 with Touchscreen and Keyboard Launches Today from T-Mobile… Sort Of

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is now available at T-Mobile for business customers during a special pre-sale. This smartphone, which runs the new BlackBerry OS 7, will be available to the[...]

Motorola Droid HD Images and Specs Leak Out

Pictures and some of the specifications of the Motorola Droid HD have appeared on the Web, giving the world its best look so far of this upcoming high-end smartphone. Among[...]

Motorola Mobility Buy Could Make Android More Enterprise-Friendly; say IDC Analysts

With the recent news of Google's $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility, IDC analysts examine the possible benefits the Android OS might experience in the business world.

Symbian Anna Upgrade Available Now for Several Nokia Smartphones

The new upgrade to Symbian Anna is now available, allowing owners of the latest Nokia phones to upgrade their devices. It includes a faster web browser, better mapping software, and[...]

Google’s Purchase of Motorola Mobility Is All About Patents

The biggest news in the smartphone world this week was Google's announcement that it is buying Motorola Mobility. Brighthand Site Editor Ed Hardy weighs in on this issue to point[...]

HP To Stop Making webOS Smartphones, Might License the OS to Others

HP has just unveiled a major change in its webOS strategy. It is going to stop producing smartphones and tablets running this operating system, but isn't dropping it completely.

With HP Out of the Running, Can Anyone Compete with Android and iPhone?

In his latest "From the Editors Desk" column, Ed Hardy discusses why HP was forced to end its plans to release phones and tablets based on the webOS, and what[...]

Samsung’s Upcoming Android and Windows Phone Devices Leaked

Thanks to a new leak detailing several of Samsung's upcoming Android, Windows Phone and bada devices, we now have a good idea of what the company's big runners this fall[...]

HTC Plans Sept. 1 Event to Unveil Upcoming Products

HTC has just announced a Sept. 1st London event to unveil what's next for the company. This could be the debut of new Android or Windows Phone smartphones, or[...]

Motorola Droid Bionic Appears Briefly on the Verizon Homepage

This morning, Verizon Wireless posted an ad for the Motorola Droid Bionic on its website. However, this must have been an error, because it was quickly removed. Nevertheless, this cutting-edge[...]

Googorola: Google’s Motorola Acquisition a Case of Deja Apple?

Analyst Mike Grant points out that Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility could lead to the company becoming more like Apple, a vertical business that produces its own hardware and the[...]

HTC ThunderBolt vs. Samsung Droid Charge: Which 4G LTE Smartphone Is Better?

The HTC ThunderBolt and the Samsung Droid Charge are two of the first phones with Verizon's super-fast 4G LTE wireless data network. If you're having problems deciding between them, read[...]

Samsung Conquer 4G

This mid-range smartphone has a 3.5-inch, HVGA (320 x 480) touchscreen. It runs the latest version of the Android OS on a 1GHz single-core processor. The Conquer 4G supports Sprint’s[...]

BlackBerry Torch 9850

The BlackBerry Torch 9850 was designed for fans of touchscreen-oriented smartphones. It has a larger screen than any previous BlackBerry — noticably larger than the one in the old Storm[...]

Google Nexus Prime Set for October Launch

The Nexus Prime, which is likely to be the first smartphone to run Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich," will launch in October and could be coming to Verizon, according to[...]

Who Has the Fastest 4G Network?

Of the four major U.S. wireless carriers, which one has the fastest 4G network? The test results are in, and there's little question as to which one takes the cake.

BlackBerry Torch 9850, Bold 9930 Debut from Sprint

Sprint has introduced its first two smartphones running BlackBerry OS 7. This marks the debut of the BlackBerry Torch 9850, a phone designed for fans of touchscreen-oriented devices. The Bold[...]

Evidence Builds for an iPhone 5 Launch in Early October

Although a great many people are hoping that the debut is going to be earlier, several recent reports have indicated that the launch of the iPhone 5 isn't going to[...]

Microsoft Converting webOS Developers to Windows Phone

The head of Windows Phone 7 development at Microsoft wants developers who were creating webOS apps to switch platforms. This comes after HP announced that it was ending production of[...]

Apple Testing 4G LTE-enabled iPhone and iPad

More evidence of Apple testing an LTE-enabled iPhone and iPad has surfaced, with reports confirming that the company is preparing to support this 4G wireless data networking standard. Verizon already[...]

Sony Ericsson Unveils Live with Walkman Android Smartphone

Music lovers stay tuned as Sony Ericsson has just announced a new Android smartphone with Walkman branding that features unique music-centric qualities and Facebook integration.

AT&T Launches Inexpensive BlackBerry Torch 9810

AT&T is now exclusively offering RIM's BlackBerry Torch 9810, an updated version of the original Torch that debuted from this carrier last year. It has BlackBerry OS 7 and a[...]

HTC Set to Unveil Two Windows Phone Mango Devices at Sept. 1 Event

Remember the Sept. 1 event HTC has planned in London? Well, it appears the phone-maker will unveil a pair of devices running the new version of Microsoft's Windows Phone, according[...]

RIM Unveils BlackBerry Curve 9350 Series

RIM has announced three new variations in the BlackBerry Curve 9350 series that will run the latest version of BlackBerry OS 7. These will be mid-range smartphones with average feature[...]

Samsung Impulse 4G Could Be AT&T’s First LTE Smartphone

AT&T has committed to offering smartphones that support its upcoming 4G LTE network, and the identity of the first of these may have leaked out: the Samsung Impulse 4G.

BlackBerry Bold 9930 First Look Review: Faster and Thinner

The BlackBerry Bold 9930 is one of the first smartphones to hit the market with the new BlackBerry OS 7. But we got our hands on it and we're here[...]

iPhone 5 on the Way to Sprint

Apple is reportedly going to allow Sprint to offer its very popular iPhone. The carrier will be getting the iPhone 5 in mid-October, according to a report in the Wall[...]

Nokia Unveils the First Smartphones with Symbian Belle

Nokia has just taken the wraps off three new smartphones that will feature the company's next version of the Symbian operating system, dubbed Belle.

Samsung Pre-announces Four Galaxy Smartphones

Samsung has decided to give the world a sneak peek at four upcoming models in its Galaxy line. These smartphones will have a range of features, as each targets a[...]

Microsoft Acknowledges Windows Phone Tango and Apollo Updates

With Windows Phone 7.5 Mango set to debut in a little over a week, Microsoft has revealed plans of other forthcoming updates for the Windows Phone operating system.

iPhone 5 Headed for T-Mobile Too

After years of keeping a very tight rein on which carriers could offer its smartphones, Apple is apparently opening the floodgates. An unconfirmed report indicates that T-Mobile will be the[...]

Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO

Steve Jobs, the iconic head of Apple computer and the man that many consider responsible for the company's success with the iPhone and iPad, has just resigned as CEO.

AT&T Lawyers May Have Accidentally Torpedoed T-Mobile Acquisition

One of the biggest deals in telecommunications history may fall through because of a simple mistake made by some nameless person at a law firm. An unedited document that was[...]

Apple Will Survive Without Steve Jobs

Although many can't think of Apple without Steve Jobs, Brighthand's editor is going out on a limb by finding reasons why this company will continue to make awesomely great smartphones[...]

Windows Phone 7 Mango Handsets to Feature Skype Integration, Microsoft Confirms

Microsoft has confirmed that new Windows Phone handsets that launch with the upcoming Mango version of this operating system will feature Skype integration and front-facing cameras.

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY: Getting Students into the Game

It's that time of the year again. It's time to go back to school, but it doesn't have to be a chore and it certainly doesn't have to be a[...]

BlackBerry Torch 9850 Headed Toward Verizon Wireless

It appears the Big Red will be getting another one of RIM's latest BlackBerry OS 7 handsets. A poster in a Verizon Wireless retail store illustrated the Torch 9850 will[...]

Apple’s New CEO Promises To Follow in Steve Jobs’ Footsteps

Tim Cook took the reins today as CEO of Apple, following yesterday's resignation of Steve Jobs. Cook sent an email to company employees today promising "Apple is not going to[...]

Verizon Not Getting the Samsung Galaxy S II

A spokesperson for Verizon Wireless said today that her company isn't going to offer a version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, a high-end Android smartphone that's selling well in[...]

Verizon Wireless Tops J.D. Power Network Quality Customer Survey

J.D. Power, the global marketing information service company, has just announced which carriers did the best in its semi-annual customer survey on network quality, with Verizon Wireless once again topping[...]

Apple A6 Processor In Development for the iPhone 6, iPad 3

New generations of products need new processors, and Apple is reportedly well along in the development of the A6 chip, which will be used in the smartphone and tablet this[...]

Samsung Confirms Nexus Prime Existence

Although its intent was to keep details of the Nexus Prime under wraps, Samsung's legal department has confirmed both the existence of the Nexus Prime and that the device is[...]

How To Prepare Your Smartphone for a Hurricane

With Hurricane Irene barreling up the East Coast, millions of people in New York and Boston are about to experience the biggest storm of their lives. Staying in communication with[...]

iPhone 5 Have May Have a Larger Screen, But Not a 4-Inch One

The launch of the iPhone 5 is drawing nearer, but many of the specs of this device remain a mystery. One hotly-debated area is screen size, with a new report[...]

Samsung Might Buy the webOS from HP

Although HP has stopped making webOS smartphones and tablets, the company hasn't completely given up on this operating system. Samsung may be interested in taking the webOS off HP's hands,[...]

Dropbox for iPhone Review: Multimedia Storage in the Cloud

Dropbox for iPhone is a free app for saving and sharing photos, tunes, and other files stored in the cloud. While the mobile app can be useful for some tasks,[...]

Google Nexus Prime Will Actually Be the Samsung Droid Prime

Verizon will reportedly be the exclusive provider of the Samsung Droid Prime, which previous reports had called the Nexus Prime. This cutting-edge smartphone be the first with Android OS 4.0.

LG Thrill 4G Headed to AT&T Next Week

After a summer of suspense, the LG Thrill 4G will be coming to AT&T on Sept. 4, according to a tweet from the carrier. This will be this carrier's first[...]

Motorola Pro+ Designed for Business Users

Motorola has just taken the wraps off a new smartphone that will target professionals, the Motorola Pro+. This device will run Android but have a design reminiscent of a BlackBerry.

HTC Runnymede ”TabPhone” Will Sport a 4.7-Inch Display

Smartphone displays keep creeping up in size, and the latest example of this is the HTC Runnymede, which will reportedly have a 4.7-inch screen. This is big enough that the[...]

Microsoft’s Connector App for Mac Gets Update for Windows Phone 7.5

With Windows Phone 7.5 launching tomorrow, Microsoft has made the platform more Mac-friendly with an update to the app that synchronizes Apple's desktops and laptops with Windows smartphones.

Federal Government Says No to AT&T Acquisition of T-Mobile

The U.S. government has filed a lawsuit to prevent AT&T from buying T-Mobile. The reason given is that having the second largest U.S. carrier buy the fourth largest would "substantially[...]

T-Mobile’s BlackBerry Bold 9900 Now Available to Everyone

Business users could buy the BlackBerry Bold 9900 from T-Mobile starting a few weeks ago, but it wasn't until today that anyone could go to this company's website and purchase[...]

Hands-on with Samsung Galaxy S II for Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile

Samsung brought the second-generation Galaxy S to the U.S., and TechnologyGuide's Jacqueline Emigh was there at the NY event to see how Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile will deliver the newly[...]