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If you’re like me, you find having to plug in your phone to charge it quite annoying. After all, we now live in a wireless world. What could be more cumbersome than having your phone plugged into the wall half the day? Wireless charging isn’t new, for example Palm (R.I.P) and HP made their Touchstone wireless charging system available for their webOS devices. It just hasn’t quite caught yet, but we’ll get into the reason for that later. The good news is that wireless charging looks like it may soon become more main stream, and one sign of this is…

Should Samsung or Google Buy webOS?

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According to a report from Digitimes, Samsung is considering buying webOS from HP. Some people think that this is because of Google buying Motorola, and while this may be true to some extent, Samsung have been weighing their options for a while now. They made the Bada OS as a back-up to Android, which is not doing too bad right now, out-selling WP7, but I’m sure they’d like it to be a lot more successful than it is. However, it’s very hard to beat Android’s momentum right now. Even Microsoft is having a hard time doing that with WP7. And…

Without Android, Would Manufacturers Be Like Apple or Palm, Right Now?

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The mobile market experienced an earthquake when Apple launched in 2007. But it wasn’t felt right away. It was an earthquake that was felt gradually, and increasing in strength as time went by. It took a while for the other manufacturers to realize the implications of the touchscreen smartphone. The leaders in the industry, Nokia and RIM, and even Microsoft, did exactly what I would expect industry leaders to do when they get disrupted – they dismissed the iPhone. They kept dismissing it for years, until they finally realized that the demand for iPhones is not slowing down at all,…

Going old skool: Graffiti for Android

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For those folks out there that can remember using Graffiti on the old Palm OS devices, you will be happy to know Access has now released a version of its classic text input system for Android OS devices.  The download includes the original Graffiti strokes, which allows text input to be done with either a finger or stylus. Not something you would want to use everyday, at least in my opinion, but something that may offer some fun as well as some nostalgia. Graffiti for Android available now as a free download in the Android Market.  Android Market. [via Palm…

Palm webOS UI head joins Google’s Android team

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In what can only be considered fantastic news for the Android platform, one of the main forces behind Palm’s lovely and easy to use webOS user interface, Matias Duarte, has joined fellow Danger Inc. alum Andy Rubin on Google’s Android development team.  Duarte is now the User Experience Director for Android. For those of you that don’t keep tabs on what happens in the non-Android world, it’s worth noting that HP recently announced that it was buying Palm. [via Engadget]

Palm to drop WebOS and use Android instead?

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Thanks to Slashdot, there is a rumor floating around that Palm may be dropping their beloved WebOS platform in favor of Android. The leak comes from a Slashdot reader who believes that an internal memo is (or will be) circulated stating the following, “While Palm is incredibly proud of our engineers who spent timeless work and effort to bring us this advanced operating system, consumers simply have not caught on. To provide a better future for ourselves and our customers, the only logical choice is to transition our hardware and software to the Android platform.” According to the supposed memo,…

Samsung’s i7500 to hit O2 UK shelves in August

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Flying somewhat under the radar is the news that O2 UK will now be getting the Samsung i7500 device in August this year. Ewan, from Mobile Industry Review, wandered into his local O2 store on Friday this week to pick up a brochure of the up and coming devices. The first Friday of the month is when these things hit the shelves. Allegedly, page six of this O2 July catalogue reveals the Samsung i7500 will land in August. This was confirmed by the shop clerk too. Given the fact that they also have the iPhone and, as MIR point out,…

Verizon CEO says Android phones by year end, hints at Motorola making them

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At an investors conference today, Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam said that his company will offer Android based smartphones by the end of the year, and he hinted that they will be coming from Motorola, which will be a “major player” in Android by then. McAdam also mentioned that his company would begin offering the Palm Pre and the BlackBerry Storm 2 in roughly 6 month’s time. [via MobileBurn]

New HTC Android phone to be better than the Palm Pre?

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Telstra executives quoted by SmartHouse.com.au, the next Android powered smartphone from HTC will be even better than the Palm Pre, which those executives were briefed on at the 2009 CES show in Las Vegas. SmartHouse attributes the following quote to the Telstra folks: We have seen both and we believe that the new HTC phone will be a real competitor to the iPhone and the Pre which at this stage looks nice but is still not delivered to market SmartHouse also says that the execs said that the HTC device was “better and more functional” than the Palm Pre.