Welcome to this edition of Mobile Monday Madness! We wrap-up the latest mobile news so you can get on with your Monday. This week we are taking a look at brand new Droid 2 set to be officially announced any day now, Smartphone makers’ response to Apple’s “antennagate” conference last Friday and the news that iChatr, the fun Chat Roulette-esque app for iPhone has been removed from the App Store.
While Motorola has been very hush-hush about the announcement of the Droid 2, this hasn’t stopped some anxious people who just simply can’t wait to get a peek at the new device. On the official Droid Does site for Verizon, a few people have deciphered a code on the site and recovered images of the phone in a flash file. While images of the Droid 2 have been floating around for a long time, these images mark the first ‘official’ confirmation of the device.
The images clearly show that it looks very similar to the original Droid with large screen, 4 buttons, 5MP camera, slide-out keyboard and more. The full spec sheet will have to wait until the Droid 2 is officially announced however.
While Apple did announce some sort of compensation for irritated iPhone 4 buyers on Friday, they also criticized other smartphone manufacturers in their antenna development as well, saying that the iPhone 4 problem is in “virtually all other smartphones.” and not just the new iPhone.
Nokia responded to Apple’s claims by saying that they “prioritize antenna performance over physical design if they are ever in conflict,” which some have interpreted as Nokia saying that their phones are ugly, but at least you can use them to make a call.
RIM, makers of the Blackberry series have also responded to Apple a bit more aggressively: “Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable,” said RIM spokesmen Mike Lazaridis and Jime Balsillie, in a statement. “Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation. RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years. During that time, RIM has avoided designs like the one Apple used in the iPhone 4 and instead has used innovative designs which reduce the risk for dropped calls, especially in areas of lower coverage. One thing is for certain, RIM’s customers don’t need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity. Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions rather than trying to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple.”
Motorola has also responded with: “It is disingenuous to suggest that all phones perform equally. In our own testing we have found that Droid X performs much better than iPhone 4 when held by consumers.”
It’s no surprise they would be somewhat angry over Apple’s comments considering that the smartphone environment is currently extremely competitive.
Lastly, a quick story popped up over the weekend concerning the iChatr app on the iPhone App Store. We reported on the release of the App last week, but it appears that was all short lived as Apple has reportedly pulled the app entirely, with likely no return in site. The reason? Well, it’s not surprising at least:
“The iChatr application has currently been removed from the App Store due to reports of a number of users exposing themselves during the random video chat sessions. We are currently discussing possible solutions to the problem with Apple.”
It was fun while it lasted, I suppose. I guess we’ll just have to stick with Chat Roulette for random video chat.
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