August 2012 SmartPhone Articles

Listed below are all of our news and reviews articles for August 2012. If you are looking for an article on a particular day or on a particular topic, you can use the menu on the right to narrow your search

SmartPhone Articles for August of 2012

Below are the 87 SmartPhone articles for August of 2012

Most Popular Smartphones for July 2012

Take a look at last month's Top Ten list of smartphones!

Verizon Wireless Must Allow Free Tethering After FCC Ruling

Thanks to a ruling by the FCC, a large number of Verizon Wireless customers will once again be able to tether freely, without having to pay a monthly fee to[...]

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Sales Still Not Banned

After an initial ruling by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh last month that granted Apple's request for a temporary ban on the Galaxy Nexus, Samsung successfully bypassed the decision thanks[...]

HTC Trophy To Receive Windows Phone Tango Update

The HTC Trophy, the only Windows Phone handset on the Verizon Wireless network, will be receiving an OS upgrade to Windows Phone Tango, accordign to the carrier.

Best Smartphones for College Students

Which smartphones are top choices for back to school?

Verizon Introduces the Pantech Marauder

Equipped with both Simple and Smart Mode options and a QWERTY keyboard the Pantech Marauder is a smartphone designed for first-time users. The device is being sold exclusively on through[...]

“Perfectly Clear” Photo Correction App Now Available for Android OS

Once offered for Apple's iOS only, Athentech Imaging's Perfectly Clear photo correction app is now available for Android OS, complete with a redesigned interface.

Top Five Best Mobile Gaming Picks For Students

Back to school means more work for you students, but when you need a break, there is a wealth of excellent mobile games out there just waiting for you to[...]

More Details on the iPhone 5 Surface

New information on the as-yet unannounced Apple iPhone 5 has come to light, revealing a few details on this smartphone, which is expected to debut in a month or so.

RIM May License BlackBerry 10 to Manufacturers, says CEO

Research in Motion, the company behind the once-popular BlackBerry, could possibly license the new BlackBerry 10 operating system to other manufacturers, such as Samsung or Sony, in an attempt to[...]

Android 4.0 Upgrade For HTC Rezound Now Available

An update to Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, is now rolling out to all HTC Rezound handsets, bringing with it a suite of new features like a new version[...]

Samsung Unveiling Galaxy Note 2 in Late August

Samsung Electronics is set to take the wraps off a sequel to its popular Galaxy Note smartphone at an event on August 29, roughly two weeks before the possible debut[...]

What Are the Essential Smartphone Apps for Students Heading Back To School?

As students, you'll take on all sorts of new challenges like learning French and getting through the week with only $10 in your pocket. So here are five free apps[...]

Google Wallet Now Accepts Any Debit or Credit Card

Google has just updated its Google Wallet service to accept any debit or credit card, no longer restricting users to prepaid cards provided by the company.

Source: Nokia Plans To Announce Windows Phone 8 Handsets Next Month

An inside source familiar with the situation is claiming that Nokia intends to unveil its lineup of Windows Phone 8 handsets early next month, and that they will be made[...]

Verizon Wireless Adds Microsoft Office 365 to Mobile Tools

Verizon Wireless has announced the addition of Microsoft Office 365, a cloud-based office productivity suite, to its Small Business Essentials portfolio for SMBs.

HTC 5-inch Smartphone with Full HD Resolution in the Works

HTC fans yearning for a smartphone that sports a larger screen and packs a Full HD resolution could be seeing the device of their dreams soon enough, as the manufacturer[...]

Is This The First Nokia Windows Phone 8 Device?

Two leaked photos, which have since been taken down, appear to give the world a first look at a prototype Nokia Lumia handset running Windows Phone 8.

Apple iPhone 4S from Sprint Cut by $50

Sprint has recently reduced the price of its Apple iPhone 4S by $50, bringing the 16 GB model down to $150 just in time for the possibly impending release of[...]

T-Mobile Drops HTC One S Price by $50

T-Mobile has reduced the price of the HTC One S by $50, selling the device for $150. Yet, perhaps the carrier also has ulterior motives for discounting the handset, say[...]

Meet Nuance’s Nina, a Siri-Like Virtual Assistant That Breaks New Ground

Nuance has unveiled Nina, a Siri rival touted as able to understand not only what is said, but who is saying it. The Nina SDK will power both iOS and[...]

Samsung Galaxy Note Pen-Based Tabletphone Now Available from T-Mobile

T-Mobile has become the second U.S. carrier to offer the Samsung Galaxy Note, an Android devie large enough that it skirts the line between being a smartphone and tablet. [...]

Apple iPhone 4S vs Samsung Galaxy S III

They are the most popular smartphones available today, but deciding between the two can be a challenge. Brighthand compares these flagship smartphones.

HTC’s New 1.7 GHz quad-core One X+ Detailed in Recent Leak

HTC's new successor to the One X now codenamed the "Endeavor C2" reportedly will be sporting a quad-core 1.7 Ghz processor, improved battery life, and full compatibility with all of[...]

Android and iOS Dominate Global Smartphone Market, Powering 85% of All Devices

Google and Apple have established a new combined high for their mobile operating systems in the smartphone market, with Android and iOS powering 85% of all smartphones shipped in the[...]

Sprint’s Photon Q 4G LTE May Have A Release Date Of August 19

The Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE, an Android handset with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, may be released on Sprint's 4G LTE network on August 19, according to an inside source.

Nokia Phi, Windows Phone 8 Successor to the Lumia 800, in the Works

Nokia has a successor to the Lumia 800 in the pipeline, codenamed Nokia Phi, and the Windows Phone 8 handset will reportedly be released in the last week of October.

Samsung Galaxy Note from T-Mobile Gets “Secret” Discount on Wirefly

With the Samsung Galaxy Note recently landing at T-Mobile, Wirefly is now offering a "secret" pricing on their "hidden" WireflyFriends.com website, selling the smartphone-tablet hybrid for $180.

Smartphone and Tablet Users Are Still Frustrated with Slow Mobile Download Speeds

Keynote Competitive Research shared results of its nationwide mobile user survey, revealing important insights depicting consumer mobile web experiences.

Apple iPhone 5 Leaked Images Show Battery Capacity and Tiny Connector

With the supposed Sept. 21 release date of the next generation Apple iPhone quickly approaching, more details of the device have come to light, with new reports leaking images of[...]

Top Five iPhone & Android Smartphone Apps

Here are our five top picks for smartphone apps, based on our reviews, that are worthy downloads in categories that include cloud storage, office suites, photography, music, and cool[...]

Android 4.0 Upgrades Still Headed for Select HTC Devices by End of August

HTC Thunderbolt owners and users of the other select smartphones that were promised to get a taste of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich this summer can breathe easy, as the[...]

Motorola Mobility Undergoing Massive Overhaul

Motorola Mobility - under the leadership of Google, which bought out the cellphone maker back in May - will experience drastic changes in the near future, including significant layoffs and[...]

Samsung Galaxy S Blaze Q Expected to be Released August 15

The Samsung Galaxy S Blaze Q is expected to be released August 15. This will apparently be one of the few new smartphones to offer a physical QWERTY keyboard.

VIDEO: T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Overview

Our video includes a look at the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G.

Apple iPhone Buyers Can Get Discounts at Target and Best Buy

With the sixth-generation iPhone expected to debut in less than a month, two more retailers are offering discounts on select Apple smartphone models, including the current iPhone 4S and[...]

Official Release Date of Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE From Sprint is August 19

The previously-rumored release date of August 19 for the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE, an Android smartphone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard from Sprint, was officially confirmed by the carrier[...]

Scout Update Allows iPhone Users to Navigate Offline

Telenav released an update to Scout today in the Apple App Store, which includes Always There Navigation, which grants users GPS functionality even offline and new speech recognition which allows[...]

Microsoft Suspends App Publishing To Marketplace After Error

An error preventing Windows Phone users from installing or updating certain apps has led Microsoft to temporarily suspend the publishing of new apps to the Marketplace until the issue is[...]

Adobe Flash Player: Good Riddance

Android smartphone or tablet users can no longer install Adobe Flash Player. Adobe gave up on this software for a very good reason: it was terrible.

Nokia Rolls Out Lumia 900 Update, Brings Flip-to-Silence and Other Improvements

Nokia began rolling out an update for the AT&T version of its flagship Windows Phone model, the Lumia 900, today, bringing with it the addition of flip-to-silence and improvements to[...]

Apple iPhone 4S Selling for Amazingly-Low $50 at Sprint

Sprint has once again dropped the price of the iPhone 4S, offering the 16GB version of the device for just $50. Of course, customers will still have to pay $150[...]

Sprint Bringing Out Wallet-Friendly Kyocera Rise Android Smartphone

Sprint has just announced that it will carry the Kyocera Rise, a slideout QWERTY keyboard phone that will be targeted at the budget-conscious consumer. This entry-level model will sell for[...]

AT&T Prepares a Long Goodbye for its 2G EDGE Network

AT&T is preparing to eliminate its entire 2G network by 2017, according to a recent quarterly filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The spectrum used by the[...]

Bigger is Better: the Galaxy Note Has Sold Over 10 Million Units

When the Galaxy Note first launched many were skeptic that the handset was too large. However, it appears that bigger was better as Samsung announced yesterday via there press conference,[...]

Microsoft and Nokia To Make Announcement at NY Event on Sept. 5

Microsoft and Nokia will be holding an event for a press conference in New York on September 5, the first day of the Nokia World show in Helsinki, Finland. The[...]

RIM Reveals Screen Resolutions for Keyboard and Keyboard-less BlackBerrys

Without giving any more details about its upcoming devices, Research in Motion has gone ahead and told developers what screen resolutions they can expect from smartphones running the upcoming BlackBerry[...]

Microsoft Issues Fix To Marketplace; Resumes Publishing of Apps

After errors from a newly-designed backend infrastructure caused Microsoft to suspend publishing to the Windows Phone Marketplace, the company has now issued a fix and resumed publishing.

Name Correction for T-Mobile’s Next QWERTY Device Thanks to Training Docs

It turns out T-Mobile isn't prepping the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze Q as new training docs correctly identify the device as the Samsung Galaxy S Relay.

Smartphones Replacing Compact Cameras?

It has taken well over a decade, but the cameras in smartphones are finally reaching the point where they can replace a simple point-and-shoot.

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE

Fans of physical keyboards should be pleased with the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE. This Android smartphone has a range of high-end features, but not cutting edge.

Apple iOS Security Flaw Detected

An iOS security researcher has discovered a significant flaw in Apple's operating system, detailing a vulnerability that has apparently existed in the platform since the launch of the first iPhone[...]

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE Brings Its Sliding QWERTY Keyboard to Sprint

Fans of physical keyboards should be pleased at the release of the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE, which debuted today from Sprint. This new Android smartphone has a range of[...]

It’s FaceTime All the Time, with a Catch

With the introduction of iOS 6, Tim Cook also announced that FaceTime calls will be available over cellular-wireless connection, not just Wi-Fi. AT&T will support this new feature, but only[...]

Do Not Buy an iPhone!

Here's a piece of advice you won't hear very often: don't buy a smartphone from Apple. If you do, you'll be cheating yourself.

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus Surfaces, Possible 2012 Landing

Amid the thrill of Samsung's latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, it appears the manufacturer has another Galaxy model in the works, only this device will be more comparable[...]

Google Play Gift Cards Make Giving Android Apps, eBooks, and Videos Easier

The search giant is following in the footsteps of Apple, releasing its own brand of gift cards exclusively for Google Play. The cards are being sold now, though availability is[...]

T-Mobile Introducing a Truly Unlimited Data Plan

Reversing a trend in the phone industry, T-Mobile has just announced that it will soon begin offering a wireless service plan with unlimited data. The company promises no caps, no[...]

Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G Lands at U.S. Cellular

A new Android-powered smartphone has landed at U.S. Cellular, as the carrier has just begun selling the QWERTY keyboard-equipped Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G online, with the smartphone set to hit[...]

AT&T Responds to Complaints about its FaceTime Policy

AT&T has drawn complaints from some subscribers and pundits for its decision to block those who are on its grandfathered unlimited data plan from using the FaceTime video chat app[...]

Google Android Takes A New Form With the Nikon Coolpix S800c

A new Android-powered device has launched, but sorry smartphone and tablet fans, this technology is targeted at the photographers out there, as Nikon has just announced the Coolpix S800c, a[...]

Verizon Passed on the Galaxy Note, but Is Interested in LG Intuition

While Verizon has so far shown no interest in the Samsung Galaxy Note, the mobile carrier might have its eye on a rival tabletphone. According to a number of sources[...]

AT&T’s Mobile Share vs. Verizon’s Share Everything

AT&T and Verizon now allow multiple devices to share a single data plan, including smartphones and tablets. But which carrier has the better option?

Verizon Prepping Motorola Droid M for Release Soon

Some details have leaked out about the smartphone that could be the follow-up to the Motorola Droid RAZR. This model might be unveiled early in September.

T-Mobile Launches the Contract-Free Concord

T-Mobile has launched a new handset for its 4G network that is aimed to entice first-time smartphone owners looking for a non-annual contract plan, as the Android-powered Concord will be[...]

Verizon Wireless Tops J.D. Power List For Best Wireless Network Performance

Verizon Wireless has once again taken the top spot for wireless network performance in the J.D. Power and Associates semi-annual report, a ranking that is, in part, due[...]

Verizon’s First Windows Phone 8 Device to be a Nokia Model

The first Windows Phone 8 model from Verizon Wireless will be a Nokia handset, according to an inside source familiar with the situation, and it will be released later this[...]

U.S. Court Rules Strongly in Apple’s Favor in Patent Suit with Samsung

It didn't take a jury very long to decide that Samsung's smartphones infringe on some of Apple's patents. The S. Korean company has therefore been ordered to pay over $1[...]

Samsung Galaxy S III Rumored to be Receiving Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Update Next Week

According to several rumors, the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 will update to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) after next week's Mobile Unpacked event in Berlin on August 29.[...]

LG Reportedly Producing iPhone 5 Screens with In-Cell technology

With iPhone 5 rumors heating up, as its supposed September announcement nears, a new report claims that LG Display has started mass production of a new thinner display that is[...]

Microsoft Real Victor in Apple vs. Samsung Showdown

Is Microsoft the real winner in Samsung-Apple patent infringement decision?

Getting into the Game Special Report

How mobile, F2P and other evolving trends will impact the future of gaming.

Apple Asks That Eight Samsung Smartphones Be Banned in the U.S.

Shortly after a jury decided that some of Samsung's smartphones infringe on patents held by Apple, the judge on the case asked Apple to list the products it wants to[...]

Samsung Goes Big with Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Player 5.8

Samsung clearly believes that "bigger is better". ?It has taken the wraps off the largest member yet of its Galaxy Player series of handheld computers, and the Galaxy Note II[...]

New HTC Desire X Mid-Range Android Smartphone Spotted

Last week speculation stirred about HTC?s new affordable Handset the HTC Proto, but new leaks suggest that the device is now known as the HTC Desire X. The HTC Desire[...]

IFA 2012: New Smartphones, Tablets, and More

A tradeshow sometimes called "the European CES" starts this week in Berlin. Expect new smartphones and tablets to be unveiled at IFA 2012.

Nokia Video Hints That ‘Things Are About To Change’

Nokia posted a video to YouTube today teasing its September 5 event with Microsoft in New York City, hinting that "things are about to change."

Motorola Droid RAZR M Gets an Early Unveiling Thanks to Spec Leak

With last week bringing rumors of a follow-up to the Motorola Droid RAZR, more details have now surfaced about this device, revealing everything from its processor to its price tag.

LG Unveils Quad-Core, 4G LTE-Enabled Optimus G

LG has just taken the wraps off its latest flagship handset, the Optimus G, and from the spec list it looks like it will be among the first to feature[...]

First Windows Phone 8 Device Officially Announced: The Samsung ATIV S

Samsung unveiled the world's first Windows Phone 8 handset at IFA in Berlin today, the ATIV S, the specs of which include a 4.8-inch display and a 1.5 GHz dual-core[...]

First Impressions of the Samsung Galaxy Note II

Brighthand's sister site TabletPCReview was able to try out the newly-announced Galaxy Note II at the IFA tradeshow. Check out their first thoughts.

From Rumor to Reality: HTC Desire X Announced

Two days ago the HTC Desire X (previously named HTC Proto) was leaked. Well today HTC officially announced the HTC Desire X, which looks to bridge the gap between quality[...]

Next Stage in Samsung vs. Apple Trial Scheduled for December

The judge in the Samsung vs. Apple trial has decided that the next major hearing isn't going to happen for over three months. That's when Judge Koh will listen to[...]

iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 4S: a Visual Comparison

At this point, there have been enough leaks that it's a safe bet that the next-generation iPhone is going to have a larger screen than its predecessor. A new set[...]

Alleged Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 Images Leak Via Twitter

A Twitter account that has a history of leaking accurate photos and information regarding upcoming handsets has recently disclosed a few key tidbits about the upcoming Nokia Lumia 820 and[...]

Huawei Ascend G600 Android Smartphone Unveiled

Huawei, a leading global information and communication provider (and one of largest companies in china) is looking to break into the mobile handset industry with the introduction of the Ascend[...]

Rumor: Windows Phone 8 to Launch Oct. 29, Phones on Sale Shortly After

An inside source has revealed that the official launch date of Windows Phone 8 will be October 29, with handsets running the OS being made available for purchase a couple[...]