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Would a Facebook Phone Flop?

Would a Facebook Phone Flop?

TechCrunch is reporting that Facebook is working on a phone that would move it from mobile app to mobile OS.

Even though Facebook has officially denied “building a mobile phone,” it may be a technicality referring to the fact that they aren’t likely to be building any hardware for the phone. If we go with that definition, Apple doesn’t actually build iPhones, since the manufacturing is outsourced, but most people would agree that’s splitting hairs.

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T-Mobile G2 Finally Made Official With Design and Specs

T-Mobile G2 Finally Made Official With Design and Specs

For a few weeks T-Mobile has been teasing us with the impending successor to the G1, aptly named the G2. There have been leaks pointing to what the phone was, and it’s design, and now T-Mobile has finally made the phone official.

The T-Mobile G2 is a smartphone designed largely with HSPA+ (T-Mobile’s 3G network with “4G speeds”), and seems to be the only phone currently available running on the stock Android 2.2.

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Nexus One Lives… As A Developer Phone

Nexus One Lives... As A Developer Phone

A few weeks ago, Google killed the Nexus One. The phone wasn’t so much killed as the last shipment was completely sold out just a few hours after it was announced it would be the last chance to get the phone. The phone never found strong sales success, but it was still disappointing to think that Google’s one official phone was gone.

Now it looks like the Nexus One is back.

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AT&T Smartphones: Tech Under $50

AT&T Smartphones: Tech Under $50

Last week we talked about a few of the less expensive smartphones for Verizon Wireless. That’s great if you don’t plan on travelling much outside of the US anytime soon. The biggest carrier in the US with phones that work in a majority of other countries is AT&T. Finding a smartphone on AT&T that’s worthwhile and not an iPhone can be tough, especially when you’re on a budget or refuse to pay more than $50 for a smartphone. As with last week, most of the phones come from Amazon which tends to sell phones cheaper than the carriers do.

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Dell Streak Coming to AT&T for $299?

Dell Streak Coming to AT&T for $299?

Dell has been touting it’s massive Streak smartphone for quite some time now. The phone has been out in the UK for some time now, and is supposed to be coming to the US in “late July.” It’s late July now, and we haven’t heard a lot from Dell about the release of the product.

On Tuesday Dell posted a video on YouTube announcing that, as rumored, the US version of the Dell Streak will only be available on AT&T’s network. So it looks like that for now those hoping to get the 5-inch smartphone/tablet on T-Mobile will just have to wait, or deal with EDGE data. The video also showed off the Streak running it’s customized skin on top of Android 2.1. The phone will ship (and has shipped in the UK) running on Android 1.6, and an update to Froyo has been promised for shortly after launch.

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Acer’s Android Smartphone Coming to Expansys on August 9th

Acer's Android Smartphone Coming to Expansys on August 9th

It seems you can’t go a week or so without hearing about the newest and greatest Android phone. Phones with the Google mobile OS are coming almost too fast at times, with most of them coming from HTC or Motorola, and maybe Samsung and LG. There’s also a lot of smaller companies that use Android for cheaper phones, and even PC manufacturers like Dell are in the mix. Now we have another PC manufacturer, Acer coming with it’s own Android phone. {Engadget}

The smartphone is dubbed the Acer Stream, and it runs on a modified Android 2.1. The Android version actually looks pretty slick, with the navigation bar halfway down the screen rather than on top. Below the bar is a collection of 6 apps that can be changed by the user. Above the bar is what appears to be screens of recently used functions, though that’s a bit unclear. It looks fairly similar to the cards used in WebOS for multitasking. Apps are accessed by flicking upwards, and revealing the rest of the apps which have to be navigated by flicking left and right between pages. To add to the difference, the navigation bar is pushed to the bottom while inside any app.

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Verizon Smartphones: Tech Under $50

Verizon Smartphones: Tech Under $50

Smartphones can be pretty expensive. The monthly contracts tack on more fees (and services) than feature phones, which add up over time. Even at the outset, they are also quite expensive. Phones like the previous version of the iPhone (currently the 3GS) are selling for $99, but there are still a lack of smartphones in the $100 or less category. Unlike wine, vintage technology is rarely in demand, but if you’re willing to sacrifice some of the latest and greatest features, there are a few decent phones to be had at a relative bargain.

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Calvin Klein’s Newest Ads: Suggestive QR Codes

Calvin Klein's Newest Ads: Suggestive QR Codes

Calvin Klein Jeans is known for having fairly racy billboard advertisements, or just racy ads in general. Last year the label debuted an ad in New York City depicting a two guys and a girl in a threesome, and a fourth undressing on the floor that was too suggestive for many people. This year it looks like the brand is trying to capitalize on that history while avoiding it at the same time.

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AT&T v. Verizon v. T-Mobile v. Sprint: the Smartphone Network Comparison

AT&T v. Verizon v. T-Mobile v. Sprint: the Smartphone Network Comparison

With the new iPhone 4, the EVO 4G, Droid X, and Samsung Galaxy S among other still-great phones like the Google Nexus One, deciding can be tough. Sure, each phone has theta own strong points, but there’s also the pricing to consider. Comparing the phones themselves is more of a personal choice, whether you personally like the design of the phone, feature set, or the OS (though most will likely be Android, maybe one or two BlackBerry and one iOS).

First, there’s all the main carriers: AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon. AT&T and T-Mobile are both GSM networks so the phones will work outside of the US, but . Sprint and Verizon, however, will not work outside of the US, but have 3G across their entire network.

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