Know who loves it when other OEMs call him big poppa? Ballmer, that’s who. So much so that he’s opened up the company’s coffers to Nokia and Samsung for a holiday blitz of Mango marketing. Hold onto your hats though, it’s no carte blanche access to Redmond’s Gringotts. According to a report on Mobile Magazine, inside sources claim MS has set aside ₤28 million (about $44 million) for the endeavor, with about ₤20 million of that reserved for Nokia’s first Windows Phone 7.5 handset. This joint marketing effort is reportedly a broader extension of the cooperative agreements all parties agreed to, ensuring future WP devices get the media saturation they deserve. So, keep your eyes peeled this upcoming winter. We have a feeling you won’t be able to escape the commercial onslaught, anyway.
Microsoft doles out the dough to Nokia and Samsung, plans Mango marketing bonanza for year’s end originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 14 Oct 2011 15:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Can’t say we didn’t see this catfight coming after Apple boldly rejected Samsung’s settlement offer in Australia, but man, the latter certainly isn’t afraid of striking back in its enemy’s front yard. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Sammy’s set up a pop-up store merely meters away from Apple’s Sydney store, all for just stealing the thunder from the iPhone 4S launch this Friday. The campaign? For the first ten customers each day up to Friday, the Korean giant’s offering its Galaxy S II for just $2 sans contract — no wonder the line’s already longer than Apple’s, according to the Herald. But of course, Samsung’s also effectively funding some of these folks for their iPhone 4S from next door, so it’s pretty much a win-win situation for both companies. See? There’s always a happy ending, and let’s hope that the upcoming Nexus Prime won’t add fuel to the ongoing patent dispute.
Samsung crashes iPhone 4S block party, lures Aussies with $2 Galaxy S IIs originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 12 Oct 2011 05:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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After seeing the screenshots and the video walkthrough of Sense 3.5, do you feel like you’re missing out? Us too. Well, lucky folks in possession of HTC’s Desire HD don’t have to wait another minute, provided they’re comfortable flashing custom ROMs. The crafty folks over at the XDA-Developers forums have taken a leaked version of the software from the upcoming Bliss and ported it over to the Desire HD. As to be expected, there are some bugs with this 2.3.4-based ROM — Bluetooth doesn’t work at all, reportedly — but that seems like a small price to pay for living on the cutting edge of Android skins. Hit up the source link or fire up ROM Manager to download now. After all, why should some anonymous woman with silver fingernails have all the fun?
Sense 3.5 comes to the HTC Desire HD, unofficially originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 03 Sep 2011 11:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Not ready for the future? Too bad, it’s here — well, at least in concept form. Debuting soon at Frankfurt’s international auto show
is Ford’s Evos, a cloud-connected hybrid EV that serves as a preview of the kinds of smart and hyper-connected vehicles Dearborn eventually wants to build. Details on what powers it are scant, but we do know it’ll rock the gasoline-electric drivetrain from the upcoming C-Max Energi
. And when you’ve exhausted the combined 500 mile range, you can top up that lithium-ion pack by plugging in or wirelessly through inductive charging.
With gratuitous access to data you’ve slung into the cloud, the Evos is deeply intertwined with your daily routine. It’ll change your alarm clock if your morning meeting is canceled, continue music playback from other devices where you’ve left off and even suggest alternative routes based on your schedule and past driving history. Oh and it’ll monitor your heart rate too. Don’t believe us? Proof of that and more reside in the video after the break, which’ll hopefully tide you over til September — when we get to see if it lives up to the hype in person.
Continue reading Ford’s Evos concept is the cloud-connected hybrid EV of our future (video)
Ford’s Evos concept is the cloud-connected hybrid EV of our future (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 30 Aug 2011 18:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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With the upcoming introduction of its LTE network and vast fall smartphone lineup, US Cellular’s a regional carrier with a lot to look forward to. But its efforts over the second quarter, paired with the hopes of a bright future ahead, weren’t enough to keep a few thousand customers from parting ways. While most of the reported figures were quite pleasant year-over-year — service revenues bumped up three percent to $1 billion, percentage of smartphones sold skyrocketed to nearly 40 percent, ARPU increased to $51.84, and total operating income shot up a whole 61 percent — the company also experienced a loss of 58,000 customers over the course of three months. The carrier doesn’t seem too worried about this particular figure, however, as it stated its excitement about the launch of its 4G service later this year. Will the bleak and cold winter become warm and toasty because of a blazing-hot network? We’re eager to find out. Hit the source link for the full quarterly earnings.
Continue reading US Cellular Q2 results bring higher revenue, despite small customer loss
US Cellular Q2 results bring higher revenue, despite small customer loss originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 08 Aug 2011 08:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Still yearning to find out when the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 will be released worldwide? Aside from Sammy’s previously announced September release for the Nordic areas
, there’s been no other official word on when the rest of us can get our mitts on one — not to mention that a month’s time has passed since the AT&T-banded 3G Galaxy Tab 8.9 hit the FCC
. It appears that we’ll know more soon though, as Samsung’s apparently slipped out a new “app” that serves as a demo Retail Mode for the upcoming slate. Reportedly, once the store mode is downloaded from Samsung Apps and installed, using the password “5444″ will grant you the access needed to get it running on a current Galaxy Tab. You’ll find a video of the TouchWiz
filled demo after the break, but don’t get to excited yet; it’s running on the 10.1-incher. Patience, friends. Patience.
Continue reading Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Retail Mode app makes its debut on a Galaxy Tab 10.1 (video)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Retail Mode app makes its debut on a Galaxy Tab 10.1 (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 30 Jul 2011 10:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Still waiting for that Spotify invite? If you’re hip on getting some Chevy Sonic-colored spam, you can snag another ticket in the invitation raffle: the carmaker recently declared itself Spotify’s “exclusive automotive advertising partner.” What’s this mean to you? Chevrolet is doling out Spotify invites to the first 150,000 folks to request info about the upcoming Chevy Sonic. The automotive firm goes on to toot its own horn, bragging that the mere mention of its automobiles in countless country and rock songs qualify it for the partnership. Could this be the start of a beautiful, music streaming, friendship? We certainly wouldn’t scoff at a generation of Spotify-enabled Chevys. Hit the break for the official press release, and conjure up some conjecture of your own.
Continue reading Spotify teams up with Chevy to announce invites, not integration
Spotify teams up with Chevy to announce invites, not integration originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 17 Jul 2011 18:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Too often, “expected summer launches” translate into “the very last day possible,” so we were happy to learn that Sprint’s latest collaboration with Motorola, the Photon 4G, will be available July 31st for the usual $200 on contract. To say the upcoming Android device will come loaded is an understatement: it’ll ship with Gingerbread, a Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz CPU, one full GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch qHD display, dual cameras (8 megapixel rear, VGA front) and 16GB of internal memory. Not surprisingly, Sprint’s also integrating its signature Sprint ID feature into the user interface. While the device will be available to the general public on July 31st, Premier Customers will have the golden opportunity to get it online three days earlier. If you were perched on the fence about the HTC EVO 3D, this may be the only Sprint phone that’s ready to push you in either direction. Full PR following the break.
Continue reading Motorola’s Photon 4G ships to Sprint on July 31st: $200 on contract
Motorola’s Photon 4G ships to Sprint on July 31st: $200 on contract originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 13 Jul 2011 16:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Motorola has sure been taking its sweet time with the Droid Bionic. But hey — better late than busted, right? We got some hands-on time with the LTE handset way back in January, only to get word in April that the device was going back into hiding while the company made “several enhancements.” Rumors about said improvements have popped up in the meantime, and the device has made an appearance on the FCC, but Motorola hasn’t done all that much talking about the upcoming smartphone. Looks like the handset may finally be getting its day in the sun — a newly-leaked Best Buy ad offers up some familiar specs and tough-talking advertising copy, as well as the enticing and vaguely threatening promise that the Bionic is “coming soon.” It’s worth noting that a Droid Bionic accessory page has been live at Best Buy since February, but sadly, not even this ad gets us closer to a cemented release date.
Redesigned Droid Bionic wants to fight you, shows up in leaked Best Buy ad originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 06 Jul 2011 14:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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This is the upcoming tablet from Congolese company VMK — or, rather, this is the back of the upcoming tablet. We received a note from the company’s CEO explaining that, while the Gingerbread slate is making its internet debut, the front isn’t quite ready for public consumption, seeing as how the company is a bit worried about getting poached by copycats as it attempts to register a few trademarks. The Android 2.3.3 tablet is apparently ramping up for a September release in its native Africa, though the company is still looking for more funding, seeing as how difficult it can be to launch a CE product in that part of the world. The device is targeted toward developing nations, and will likely have a price to match, for now, feel free to get acquainted with its rear in the gallery below.
Congolese VMK Gingerbread tablet eager to show its face, shipping in September originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 27 Jun 2011 12:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.