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Google Voice comes to Sprint customers, no app or porting required

Google has made a pair of announcements concerning a tighter partnership with Sprint in the U.S. First, the Nexus S has arrived on Sprint's 4G network. Second, the two companies have worked together to deliver a seamless, app-free Google Voice experience to Sprint customers. Current Sprint users can now make a painless switch to Google Voice. No number porting is required -- existing Sprint...

BlackBerry Protect enters (mostly) open beta

RIM's BlackBerry Protect app is ready for a larger test audience, the company announced in a blog post. BlackBerry Protect is an all-in-one security tool for helping users recover their lost or stolen phone and prevent unwanted access to their personal data. BlackBerry Protect offers GPS tracking, remote lock and wipe (including SD card data), and the ability to display a pop-up message on...

Google purchases SayNow to bolster Voice service

Over on its website, SayNow says it's "reinventing the phone call." With Google doing its best to reinvent the phone carrier, the two certainly seem like a good match -- which is probably why Google decided to purchase the startup. SayNow made a name for itself by offering to connect music fans with their idols, including artists like 50 Cent, Trisha Yearwood, and the Jonas Brothers -- who have...

Google Voice will let you port your current phone number for $20 -- soon

One reason users shy away from Google Voice -- or any alternative calling solution -- is because they can't bring their existing phone number with them. That could all be about to change, however, as several users happened upon an option to port their number to Google Voice. After checking to make sure Google is able to port a given mobile number, a $20 payment via Google Checkout is all that's...

Android Market getting a much-needed update with two new categories and more to come

The Android Market client will be getting a very much-needed update over the next couple of weeks, as it rolls out to all Android devices running any version of the OS from 1.6 to current. The update will immediately add two new categories for widgets and live wallpapers, which will help alleviate some of the clogging that's been going on in other categories (due to the excessive amounts of...

Skype for Android now faster and available on smaller screens

Not everyone who owns an Android smartphone has a glorious 4-inch Super AMOLED display in his or her pocket. Lower-priced devices like the HTC Wildfire have brought budget-conscious shoppers into the Android fold, too. But there's a downside to a device with a smaller screen: not all of the big name apps will run on them. If you've been cursing under your breath about the fact that you can't...

Mozilla Labs Seabird: what an 'Open Web' mobile phone of the future could look like (video)

We're a week late on this one, but considering the delicious awesomeness of this tidbit, I hope you'll forgive us. As part of Mozilla Lab's 'Concept Series', which has produced fantastic proofs-of-concept for the future of Mozilla and the Web, Billy May has produced what he thinks an Open Web mobile phone might look like: the Seabird (video after the break). A few commenters on the Mozilla...

Outside the U.S. ? Don't try to upgrade Voice in Gmail

Now that I -- like a number of our international readers -- have the voice calling feature in my Gmail inbox, I fully intend to use it at least occasionally. Which is why I'm thankful this handy tip was posted over at Google OS this morning. If you're outside the U.S. do not click the upgrade your account button. As you can see, the results are less than thrilling -- you'll lose access to the...

It's official: Google Voice comes to Gmail -- phone booths on the way

As predicted, Google Voice has now become a part of Gmail. You'll need to install the Google voice and video chat plug-in for your browser and you'll also need a U.S. based Gmail address. Sorry, everyone else alive who uses Gmail (and tech-savvy zombies) -- we're out of luck for the time being. But there's a twist to the voice calling story. It seems Google plans on giving new users the first...

USGA concept app for Windows Phone 7 is a golfer's techgasm

What kind of sexy demo apps does your new mobile platform need if you want it to make some noise? Apps which resonate with people who you really, really want using your phones. Executive types, perhaps -- the kind of people with some business clout. People who... enjoy a good round of golf during their downtime? Sure, why not. Long Zheng has shared loads of images of a conceptual Windows Phone...

Microsoft gets serious about WP7 as a gaming platform, launches studio

It wasn't really a secret that Microsoft had big-time gaming ambitions for WP7 -- the demo video above is from way back in March of this year. As hardware specs begin leaking and the release date approaches, it's time to make sure that someone is developing awesome games for the platform. Over at the Microsoft Careers site, there's a new job posting which makes it pretty clear that the...

Root your HTC Android phone with unrevoked

Not everyone who wants to root his or her Android phone is interested in doing things the hard way (like me, for example -- if I had an Android phone, of course). Want to make things easy on yourself? Download unrevoked and let it do the heavy lifting for you! The tool provides simple rooting for five HTC Android phones: the Incredible, Desire, Aria, Hero, and Evo. Windows users: you'll...

HP Labs India creates Internet-via-SMS

By harnessing the power of the cloud, HP Labs India has just revolutionized Internet access for some 300 million mobile phone users. It's called SiteonMobile, and as the name suggests, it's all about compressing the Web experience into simple SMS- and voice-driven interaction. It works by 'packaging' popular interaction on websites into 'tasklets' that can be executed via SMS or interactive...

5 billion mobile phones by the end of 2010 -- but where are the apps and games?

A research group has just released an astonishing figure: at the end of the first quarter, 2010, there were 4.8 billion mobile phone connections across the world. The same report says that by the end of the year there will be no less than 5 billion connected mobile phones. To put this into perspective: there are only 7 billion souls on this planet. That means 71% of the entire world has a...

Google Voice opens to everybody! Everybody in the US, that is.

Google Voice, Google's very useful call-forwarding-slash-voice-mail-slash-transcription service, has finally opened to everyone! Well, everyone in the United States, that is. I know we Americans sometimes act like we're the center of the universe, but plenty of users in other countries can't wait to get their hands on Voice. Even our intrepid editor Lee Mathews can't get it yet, and he's just a...