Stories by Matt Hamblen

Motorola offers more rugged handhelds running on CDMA, GSM

Motorola launched two new rugged handheld computers today, bringing to three the number of handhelds it makes that support both CDMA and GSM wireless technologies.

Droid X update to Froyo is now ready

Verizon Wireless will push Android 2.2, or Froyo over the air to Motorola Droid X smartphones on Wednesday, though customers can now start updating to the new OS now on their own, the carrier said Tuesday.

Verizon launches toolkit for location app developers

Verizon Wireless took more steps Tuesday toward opening its network for location-based applications by releasing a software developer kit (SDK).

Verizon Wireless CEO McAdam move up to parent firm

Lowell McAdam, 56, has been named president and chief operating officer Verizon Communications effective on 11 October.

Gartner: Mobile commerce growth outpaces anti-fraud tools

By 2014, about 12 per cent of all e-commerce transactions will be made using smartphones and other mobile devices, but fraud detection tools for mobile commerce are lagging, Gartner said today.

We're 'not building a phone,' Facebook insists

Rumors Monday that Facebook is building a mobile phone evolved later in the day to a Facebook spokeswoman insisting that the social networking giant simply wants to "integrate deeply into existing platforms and operating systems." And it's not working on any phone.

Texting is 'here to stay,' says SMS provider Clickatell

Even though mobile apps make big headlines, texting is far more widely used.

Sprint says Galaxy Tab still under development

A Sprint Nextel spokesman said late Friday that the Galaxy Tab with the Android Froyo operating system is still under development, and suggested that reported problems with running Android apps would be fixed before the device is released this fall.

WP7 initially on GSM, then CDMA in 2011

Windows Phone 7 devices coming this fall will initially work with GSM carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile, but will not include carriers of CDMA technology, which include Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel.

Avaya unveils 'desktop video device'

Avaya had barely announced its new portable video device on Wednesday when just about everybody started calling it the Flare Tablet.

No Froyo for Droid Eris, Verizon confirms

Verizon Wireless confirmed Thursday that the Android 2.2 update known as Froyo will not be provided for the Droid Eris smartphone, outraging some customers.

Good security tools now support Verizon Android phones

Verizon Wireless today announced that Android smartphones using its network can now use Good Technology's security and management software.

Avaya's new portable isn't a tablet, it's a 'desktop video device'

Avaya had barely announced its new portable video device on Wednesday when just about everybody started calling it the Flare Tablet.

Nokia unveils new phones, says chairman to step down in '12

Nokia today confirmed that Chairman Jorma Ollila plans to resign in 2012, marking more sweeping changes as the company tries to win back leadership of a complex market with new smartphones.

Nokia plans U.S.-centric phones

Nokia wants to "re-enter" the U.S. market and is developing smartphones for U.S. consumers, but the phone maker won't be building more CDMA-based phones, which run on half the nation's wireless networks, Nokia's global head of sales said Tuesday.