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Fox Mobiles introduces Bitbop: Video Subscription Service For Smartphones

Fox Mobile gives a new dimension to the smartphones by introducing Bitbop – a new wireless subscription service that delivers on demand mobile TV and movies directly to U.S. consumers smartphones.

Bitbop’s mobile video subscription service is very simple to use. It   provides full-length television programs for streaming as well as temporary download. This amazing service is available for just $9.99 a month. It also allows you to manage a queue of your viewing choices. Bitbop’s service works on most advanced technology handsets like iPhone, almost all Androids and several BlackBerry models.

Bitbop service’s launch date has not yet been announced but it is expected to arrive this spring.

Though this service seems to be very nice, we can’t yet be sure that the carrier networks will be able to cope with 3G bandwidth requirements to provide uninterrupted viewing. Lags in video playback will kill all the joy of watching them. The temporary download feature is not yet quite ready and it might be the only solution for slower networks.

Want to Call for free from your iPhone? Go to Line2

Ever wanted to call for free? To talk to your heart’s content? Line2 is an amazing little app for iPhone that helps you do exactly that. This app has been developed by a company named Toktumi. It’s basically a 3G/WiFi based VoIP software but it boasts some features that might very well give nightmares to companies like AT&T.

Line2 offers a separate number, phone book, features like call forwarding, call waiting, etc.

You need to register at their site first to get a new Line2 number. If you are in a WiFi hotzone, this app lets you call other numbers at amazing quality. If you are out of range of WiFi, this app connects to other numbers using AT&T’s 3G network. The reception is not as good as in WiFi but it’s still workable. If the number you are calling is a Line2 number, it uses some enhancements to further boost the sound quality. Users have said this connection to be so good that they could hear the clothes rustling on the other end of the line.

If you are calling through Line2 and a call comes on your original number, you are asked to choose which call to attend. Also, if your Line2 app is closed, you can route all your Line2 calls to your original number.

This app also has an edge over other VoIP clients like Skype and Google Voice:

  • Receive inbound calls via cellular or WiFi network
  • Auto-Attendant
  • Multi-Line Support
  • PC/Mac calling via integrated softphone
  • Call Screening
  • Call Announce
  • Caller ID based routing
  • Visual voicemail
  • Call Waiting
  • Call Swap
  • Call Transfer
  • Conferencing – up to 20 people at once

This app is priced just at $1. Features like voicemail, unlimited US/Canada calling, and others cost about 15$ / month. It’s still dirt cheap if you ask me. The first 30 days are free.

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Verizon plans to Open App Store

It seems that even Verizon is trying to enter the App store race. Today in the CTIA annual wireless trade show, Verizon Wireless stated that it is going to open it’s own App Store as soon as March 29.

Verizon is the biggest US mobile operator and holds a major portion of today’s smartphones. It has many Androids under it. As such, this new idea may prove to be a big hit for Verizon.

Verizon also claims that their App Store will be more convenient to users as they will be able to pay for their Apps directly via their phone bills. Other App Stores require a seperate account for handling such transfers.

Motorola Launches Android Powered Motorola i1

Motorola recently announced its Android powered smartphone, Motorola i1 on the airwaves of wireless carrier Sprint. Motorola i1 is the world’s first push-to-talk Android powered smartphone. Motorola i1 is also the first iDEN device which includes some amazing features such as 3.1 inches touch screen, Wi-Fi, optimized web browsing with the latest Opera Mini 5 browser and a push-to-talk experience.

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Motorola remains focused on delivering differentiated Android experiences within our product portfolio. With the Motorola i1, we’re excited to offer iDEN users the opportunity to enjoy a feature-rich smartphone with push-to-talk, whether it’s for work or play, said Mark Shockley, senior vice president, Motorola Mobile Devices.

As the first Nextel Direct Connect Android smartphone, Motorola i1 with Wi-Fi offers a powerful tool for our customers with access to thousands of applications in the Android Market. With rugged durability, a full touchscreen and 5.0 megapixel camera, Motorola i1 gives push-to-talk customers a compelling smartphone that can withstand some of the harshest environments, said Fared Adib, vice president Product Development, Sprint.

Motorola i1 is a powerful smartphone that runs on Android operating system. It features a 3.1 inches touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixels resolution, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, MicroSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, VGA video recording, audio and video player, Bluetooth, A-GPS, GPRS/EDGE connectivity, document viewer and much more.

This handset will be available in North America during summer. The price of this handset is not announced yet. You can pre-register this handset at Sprint’s website.

T-Mobile HTC HD2 Sold Out?

T-Mobile started selling HTC HD2 phones based on Windows Mobile 6.5 in stores earlier today, however, it looks like the phone was so popular that T-Mobile retail stores have run out of stock in the first few hours itself.

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I came across several forum users who said that T-Mobile stores were sold out as early as 9:30AM in some places. Others were able to purchase the phone from Walmart, however, more and more users are returning empty handed from the T-Mobile stores.

TMO News also came across sources who said that the HTC HD2 were sold out across most of the retail stores. However, some stores still have the device in stock, so you might want to rush to the store before they sell out too.

Everything aside, if you do not get your hands on the HTC HD2, you can always order it online at the T-Mobile store and pick it up in-store after they have restocked in a day or two.

Samsung Galaxy S Hands-On Pics And Video

Samsung recently launched its Android based smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S at the CTIA, 2010. This handset comes with some powerful features such as 4 inches Super AMOLED touchscreen display, 3G connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and much more.

This is the second handset manufactured by Samsung which comes with Super AMOLED touchscreen display. This device runs on Android 2.1 operating system and a 1 GHz Application Processor.

The guys at Engadget shared some exclusive hands-on pics and video of this powerful smartphone. Check out the amazing hands-on pics of this device below.

Samsung Galaxy S Hands-On Pics:

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Samsung Galaxy S Hands-On Video:

Sprint Unveils A New Eco Friendly LG Remarq

LG Electronics recently launched the new eco-friendly phone LG Remarq on the airwaves of the wireless carrier Sprint. This handset is made from 87 percent of recyclable materials and 19 percent of recycled plastic. This handset features a slide-out QWERTY keypad, 1.3 megapixel camera, 16GB expandable memory and much more.

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Our research shows that consumers are passionate about making eco-friendly choices when purchasing their mobile phones. We’re continually finding new ways to weave recyclable alternatives throughout our product line-up, continuing to show our commitment to change, said Ehtisham Rabbani, corporate vice president, LG Mobile Phones.

LG Remarq gives the eco-minded consumer a way to stay connected with the people who matter most at an incredible price. Sprint continues to lead the U.S. wireless industry with our commitment to environmental initiatives and products, said Kevin Packingham, Sprint senior vice president-Product Development.

LG Remarq comes with a QVGA display, slide-out QWERTY keypad, 1.3 megapixel camera, audio and video player, microSD card slot, 16GB expandable memory, Bluetooth, GPRS/EDGE connectivity, IM and easy access to social networking sites.

This handset will be available from May 9. You can get this eco-friendly phone for free after a $20 mail-in rebate and a 2 years contract from the carrier.

HTC HD2 Now Available On T-Mobile USA

Earlier this month we told you about the pricing for the HTC HD2 on T-Mobile USA. Now, we have some more good news for you, T-Mobile USA has officially begun the sale of HTC HD2 on their website.

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As we told you earlier, the phone will sell for $200 with a 2 year contract, users who do not want to be bound by the contract can purchase the phone for $450.

HTC HD2 has a 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 512MB ROM and 448MB RAM. and a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen. The phone also has support for Wi-Fi and has a built-in GPS. The camera on the phone is 5 Megapixel and it also comes with a 16GB Memory card.

The HTC HD2 runs on Windows Mobile 6.5 and also comes with HTC Sense. You can purchase the phone on the Official T-Mobile site by visiting this link.

Android vs. Maemo

Touchscreen Smartphones have become massively popular since Apple introduced its iPhone.

In the last year or so, many touchscreen devices have come into the market. The growth of smartphones has led to development of better mobile operating systems.

Today, let’s compare two of the most powerful mobile OS: Android and Maemo .

Both Android and Maemo are Linux based operating systems but there is definitely a big difference between the two. Maemo   is a fully Debian based distro while Android is a solitary kernel with a few programs like Dalvik virtual machine and Sqlite database written on top of it.

Maemo`s ability to run largely-unmodified linux packages is the main difference compared to Android.

Maemo uses established desktop technology like X11 and GTK+ and is a lot easier to port existing applications. Some of the open-source apps, which are already ported to Maemo, include MPlayer, Pidgin, Gnumeric and Abiword. Android on the other hand runs applications in a Java-like virtual machine and hence the burden on authors is heavier, as they have to re-write the application from scratch.

For game developers, Maemo offers a common start-up and settings screen, and a framework called Osso-games-startup. This library has made the work of game developers a lot easier as they can now reduce the common start-up screen coding and concentrate more on game programming.

As far as strategic position is concerned, Android holds an edge over Maemo. The reason being, Nokia alone backs Maemo (featuring in four devices:   Nokia N770, N800, N810, N900 by the end of the year) , while Android is backed by  Google, Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC, Acer and others (featuring in more than 18 devices). Maemo has a big disadvantage here. The best apps are going to be built for Android and iPhone because those will have the most users. However it seems that Maemo   is  more suitable for larger devices   like MIDs and netbooks.

The fate of Maemo may change drastically when Maemo imports Moblin OS next year. This new OS is to be called Meego and might very well change the future of Mobile computing.

How to Run Deb Files on Android

Android is one of the most powerful OS available today. We can even run debian applications on Android. To do so, ghostwalker at androidfanatic has made a custom Debian Shell for Android. The process is quite easy and it helps you to boot into a Debian shell which expands your reach to many new softwares. Just follow the steps below :

  • You need to download a modded firmware update if you are using G1. Get it here.
  • save the update.zip file on the SDcard
  • Boot into recovery mode (home+power) then press alt+s to apply changes
  • Download the installer for Debian Shell here.
  • unzip the file and copy the folder debian to SDcard’s root.
  • Go to /sdcard/debian through the terminal
  • Type su
  • Type chmod 4755 *
  • run the installer by typing installer.sh
  • Type bootdeb to mount and boot the debian system.

That’s it. This little mod is all it takes to run deb files on your Android.

Note: This mod does not in any way change your phone’s OS or harms it in any way.

Yahoo Launches New iPhone Search Applications

Yahoo has introduced two new mobile search apps. The first one is Yahoo Search iPhone app and the second one being,Sketch-a-search. Yahoo Search iPhone app is an integrated search service for the Apple iPhone including a number of interesting features like voice search and Shake to Clear(clears the last search when you shake the phone).

This fully featured search tool also provides information from Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Movies, and Yahoo News into the search results. The search application also takes advantage of location information and provides search results that are relevant to the user’s location. The Yahoo! Search for iPhone app is currently available in only 22 countries across North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, and is expected to cover the other parts as well.

The more interesting of the two apps is Sketch-a-search. The service works by allowing users to sketch a boundary on a map encompassing a specific location. This app will then, provide you with local information including restaurants and local businesses. It is really amazing because without even typing keywords,you get the search result.

The release of these new application shows that Yahoo has continued efforts to stay involved in the growing mobile industry. Well, we hope there is a lot more to come from Yahoo.

Sprint’s First 4G Smartphone HTC EVO 4G Unveiled

We already knew that Sprint would announce the rumored HTC Supersonic at the CTIA 2010. As expected, Sprint unveiled the handset at the event, but this device is now officially known as HTC EVO 4G. The rumors regarding the handset coming with WiMax connectivity options was found to be true, since the new HTC EVO 4G has a 4G connectivity.

HTC EVO 4G is the Sprint’s first smartphone which has a 4G connectivity. This handset is powered by Android 2.1 operating system, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8 megapixel camera and so on. Check out the complete specs of this device below.

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HTC EVO 4G is a powerful smartphone powered by Android 2.1 operating system and runs on a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. It has a 4.3 inches WVGA display with 800×480 pixels resolution, 4G connectivity, 1GB ROM, 512MB RAM, 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, built-in kickstand for hands-free viewing and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP Stereo and EDR, 1.3MP front-facing camera, high-quality video streaming, MicroSD card slots, 32GB expandable memory, Digital compass, G-Sensor, proximity sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, A-GPS and more.

This device is expected to be available during summer on the airwaves of Sprint. The price and availability of this handset is not available yet.

Virus Alert!! Merogo Worm is Searching for Symbians

Guys over at F-Secure labs have reported a new worm in the market – the Merogo SMS worm. This virus spreads through SMS and is named Trojan:SymbOS/MerogoSMS. It works only for s60 v3 devices and is completely incompatible with any other symbian device.

It deploys itself by sending an SMS to every contact in your phonebook. The receiver will see a long message in chinese with a link in it. If you click on that link, you’ll download the infected file and it will once again start sending messages. It also sends SMS to many premium numbers.

Traditionally, no one can install an unsigned app in an S60 device. This worm happens to be a signed app which contains many unsigned apps within it. It installs them when it is being installed itself.

F-Secure is trying very hard to contain this virus as no reports of attacks outside China have been observed. But even then, beware of any Chinese messages.

Opera Mini 5 On iPhone Video [Demos]

Now that has submitted the Opera mini app to the Apple app store, several people might have their fingers crossed, because if the Opera app does get approved, it would mean that iPhone users get to use one of the best mobile web browsers on planet Earth.

If you have no clue about how Opera Mini 5 will work on the iPhone, you can take a look at a video released by Opera, which showcases it’s features, which include:

  • A really fast browser for iPhone.
  • Opera Speed Dial
  • Fast browsing even on a 2G network.
  • Easy tab management, better scrolling and more.

The video also has comparison between the Opera browser and iPhone’s native Safari browser, where Opera Mini is obviously the fastest one. Guess what Apple might have to say about that.

Samsung Officialy Unveils New Android Powered Galaxy S Phone

As expected, Samsung launched its Android based smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S today at the CTIA 2010. At the first sight, this handset looks much similar to Samsung Star range of phones, but this device is completely different since it comes with a 4 inches Super AMOLED touchscreen display.

Last month Samsung announced its first smartphone with Super AMOLED touchscreen display, Samsung Wave which was powered by BADA operating system. If you want to experience Android operating system and Super AMOLED display in a single smartphone, then you should consider buying this device. Check out some amazing features of this handset below.

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The Android-powered Galaxy S will set a new standard for smart phones. The Galaxy S is the perfect device for people in all corners of the world who want that extra edge; to be more effective, productive, better connected, and in tune with their smart life both personal and professional all in a very easy and simple way,said JK Shin, president and head of Mobile Communications Business.

Samsung Galaxy S is a powerful smartphone powered by Android 2.1 operating system. It runs on a 1 GHz Application Processor and it has a 4 inches Super AMOLED touchscreen display with 800×480 pixels resolution, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and playing, integrated messaging Social Hub and more.

Other feature includes 3G connectivity, A-GPS, Android Market, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, 8GB or 16GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity sensor and 1500 mAh battery.

The price and availability of this handset is not announced yet.