Motorola developing own OS? [silly rumor]

Motorola is working on their own OS? What? Back that up. Several blogs are putting forth the rumor that Motorola's friendship with Google is waning and that the cellphone manufacturer has been quietly hiring Apple and Adobe engineers with the aim of developing their own platform OS to compete with Android. The thinking is that Google is "shooting itself win the foot" with fragmentation problems, manufacturer support issues, and market saturation of so many Android phones, you can't tell one from the other. Can this rumor really be credible? We don't think so.

Samsung Galaxy S2 TouchWiz 4.0 Special Features Demo [EXCLUSIVE]

Whilst at CTIA 2011 we were given the opportunity to take a peek at the fabulous new Samsung Galaxy S2 running with the excellent new version of Samsung's user interface overlay, TouchWiz 4.0. In the video you're about to watch, you'll see our good pal Philip Berne speaking about some of the new features coming in on the Samsung Galaxy S2 via the new version of TouchWiz featured on it. I'm sure you're aware that we're always a bit hesitant to work with manufacturer-added interfaces, instead relying on 3rd party people to give us what we want, but behold this: TouchWiz 4.0 seems like a really excellent addition to the history of Android and we can't WAIT to use it - it and all of its everloving gesture movements for great justice in interaction.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G Review

Behold a rather familiar customer upgraded to meet the needs of the ravenous hoards of Galaxy S users across the country. This is the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, and if you're still reading this paragraph, you've quite obviously never picked this phone up with your own hands. It's a nearly perfect replica of the Samsung Vibrant that you may well be rather familiar with save for a couple of differences: a front-facing camera and a super odd super awesome back cover with a dash of pazaazz, making it look like a lighting mistake whenever I take photo - every time!

Touchscreens may do double duty as solar panels

French company Wysips is working on a new technology which would cause smartphone touchscreens to do double duty as solar panels to recharge phones. The concept is quite interesting as it involves laying an ultra thin transparent photovoltaic film layer on top of the cellphone display screen. The film would capture energy not only from the sun, but any nearby light source. Projected recharge times would be about six hours from direct sunlight and a few hours longer from leaching energy from indoor lights. Wysips is already at work on the second generation of the technology, which looks to provide 30 minutes of talk time after just an hour in the sun.

Samsung Vibrant passes FCC

Samsung has gotten the green light from the FCC for the Samsung Vibrant to operate in AT&Ts 3G spectrum. The repackaged Galaxy S 4G, may be a phone that will be used to transition T-Mobile customers over to Ma Bell as it's model designation points to a Get More network pedigree (Model SGH-T959P). The speculation is that this phone is part of a fast track strategy to move towards the AT&T-Mobile merger, and which starts with T-Mobile customers being allowed to roam AT&T's network with phones that support AT&Ts spectrum. And while FCC approval is widely believed to be a long way off, the roaming agreement will happen regardless.

GameLoft to distribute games through Amazon [Updated]

GameLoft has announced that they've hitched their wagon to the Amazon AppStore for Android and will be distributing their games. Citing security and piracy concerns, GameLoft stated that they want their users to be confident that the games they download aren't being co-opted with malware, which has afflicted the Android Marketplace lately. Additionally, GameLoft stated DRM as another reason to go with Amazon as a distribution partner. Considering that Amazon will be putting strict controls and must approve every app for listing is a compelling and attractive reason, but let's not forget the large pond that Amazon enjoys. Although not as large as the Android Marketplace, the online portal has launched with over 3,800 titles out of the box, its one-click eco system makes purchasing apps both secure and easy.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G wins best of CTIA

The Samsung Galaxy S 4G, also known as the Samsung Vibrant, took best in show honors for the mobile phone category at CTIA 2011 in Orlando, FL, today.  Categories included mobile applications, mobile consumer electronics, enterprise and vertical markets and network infrastructure..   The award is based on a popularity contest whereas phone fans text in their votes for their favorite seen at the show.  Samsung also took third for their 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot feature in the mobile consumer electronics accessories category.

Sonos Controller for Android delayed

Sonos has confirmed delays in the release of the Android controller app, which will now arrive sometime in April. Originally the company had promised to release it this month. "We know you’re anxiously awaiting the Sonos Controller for Android. Unfortunately, testing the app is taking a bit longer than we anticipated" Andrew Schulert, Vice President of quality at Sonos says. "The latest addition to our free controller line-up won’t arrive until April, but when it does, it is going to rock." More info on the app here. [vms 2108eee6dd897f3bca8a]

Ainol Honeycomb tablet gets pictured

Having taunted us with specifications for its upcoming Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, Ainol has now turned to photos to build pre-launch hype. The trio of shots show a reasonably chunky, though also nicely distinctive slate, which is said to have WiFi and 3G along with a 1280 x 800 IPS capacitive touchscreen display and SoChip Cortex-A9 processor. Ports include HDMI and a microSD card slot, along with a headphones jack, and there's at least a front-facing camera for video calls. We can also make out a kick-stand, useful for standing the tablet up for video playback; given Ainol is better known for its PMPs, it's not too surprising that they saw fit to add that in. Curiously, despite Honeycomb having on-screen controls, the Ainol tablet has physical keys for home, menu, back and search. Still no word on when exactly we can expect to see the unnamed slate hit shelves. [gallery] [via MP4Nation]

Mobiado CPT002 Aston Martin concept promises transparent touchscreen

Car designers are used to being able to come up with outlandish ideas that will never quite work, so why shouldn't they do the same with smartphones? The Mobiado CPT002 Aston Martin concept phone takes a sheet of solid sapphire crystal, layers on a transparent capacitive touchscreen, and then brackets it with platinum side bars containing the battery, electronics and SIM card. At least, that's what the design brief says; actually manufacturing all this would, we fear, be a little outside the realms of what's feasible. Still, the Android-based concept looks fantastic, and would have plenty of integration with your Aston Martin (you do have an Aston, don't you?). As well as working as the key, the CPT002 would automatically hook up to your car's display, showing FourSquare-powered points-of-interest, parking and your friends, while cameras embedded in the car will share photos to Twitter and Facebook. Should you accidentally crash, the phone will record stats from the airbag and other sensors. Mobiado say the whole exercise is designed to "push the boundaries of invention"; as long as they're paying for the car, we won't argue with them. [gallery] [via GSMArena] Press Release:
MOBIADO CPT002 ASTON MARTIN CONCEPT PHONE: DESIGN IN MOBILITY Basel, Switzerland – March 24th, 2011: The CPT002 exemplifies what a concept phone can be, combining existing technology and software with state-of-the-art advances in electronics to create a realistic vision of luxury mobile phones. The CTP002 will present this futuristic image at BaselWorld, the world watch and jewelry show in Switzerland (Hall 2.1, Booth A22). The CPT002 is the key to your Aston Martin vehicle, automatically unlocking the doors as you approach, however this is just the beginning as the phone also connects directly to the car display while remaining in your pocket. The CPT002 software combines with the vehicle GPS providing a new level of social network experience:  FourSquare will show your current location as well as the location of your friends and nearby venues all integrated on a GPS map of the Aston Martin car display, to help you plan your night and organize parking locations.  Cameras integrated into the vehicle can be set to periodically update FaceBook and Twitter with pictures, video, and information of passing cities/landmarks during road trips, or can update your social sites in real time with your progress during race track days.  At the time of an accident, the vehicle Airbag will receive accelerometer information from the CPT002 in the driver’s pocket. These readings will give the car information of the driver’s acceleration movement from within the car seat, allowing for more responsive control over safety deployments such as airbag sequence, timing, and seatbelt stiffening. Mobiado is consistently guided by a philosophy of doing things differently, and this principle has now given rise to the CPT002 Aston Martin Concept Phone. Staying on the cutting edge of design required the freedom to push the limits of what a luxury phone can be. The heart of the CPT002 is the solid sapphire crystal, see-through capacitive touch screen. The sides of the CPT are crafted from platinum; they incorporate the battery, electronics, and SIM card allowing for the screen of the phone to be transparent giving the phone a simple modern look while maintaining a luxurious appearance. The purpose of a concept is to push the boundaries of invention, allowing concept ideas to be identified for future production designs. Mobiado’s passion for the avant-garde is an essential element of its DNA and history, and the driving force of its R&D strategy.