Ford Pushes for More Integrated Euro-US Auto Market

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Ford, along with allies in Congress, is pushing for a trade deal with the European Union that would allow companies to design one vehicle for sale everywhere in the world. Talk to any automotive enthusiast in the United States and they will tell you that Europe has some great cars. The Ford Focus RS is a […]

LG Finally Announces Optimus G Pro for Japan


LG has finally taken the wraps off of the much rumored Optimus G Pro, a high-end smartphone that’s designed for the Japanese market. The device will allow LG to compete more effectively in Japan against devices like the HTC J Butterfly, which has quad-core processing and a full HD 1080p display. The LG Optimus G […]

Sony Challenges iPad, iPad mini With Xperia Tablet Z


Sony’s announcement of the Xperia Tablet Z came with a surprise–it’s the thinnest tablet to be released to date with a thickness of just 6.9 mm, besting Apple’s iPad mini’s 7.2 mm girth. Sony’s untimely announcement of the Xperia Tablet Z is unclear as the Japanese electronics-maker could have introduced the tablet at the Consumer […]

5-Inch Full HD 1080p HTC Phablet a Reality…For Japan

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It looks like not only were rumors true that HTC is in fact working on a quad-core 5-inch phablet, but it appears that HTC is increasing its leadership with display technology thanks to a brilliant Super LCD 3.0 display. The company is showing off its Japan-centric J Butterfly quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro-powered smartphone recently and […]

Sony XPERIA acro HD is a Waterproof XPERIA S Variant for Japan


In addition to having introduced the XPERIA S (and its 4G LTE cousin the XPERIA Ion for AT&T), Sony is also unveiling the XPERIA acro HD Android smartphone. The acro HD features the same specs as the XPERIA S, but eschews the illuminated strip at the bottom where the Android navigation buttons are placed, and […]

HTC Vigor Looks Pedestrian Next to Sharp Aquos 102SH Smartphone


If you want everything–and the kitchen sink–in a smartphone, look no further than the Sharp Aquos 102SH Android smartphone that’s destined for the Japanese market. The Aquos-branded Android device packs in a lot of drool-worthy specs that makes our geeky hearts lust after it, including being among one of the first publicly announced devices to […]

First Windows Phone 7 Mango Device Arrives August 25th

Windows Phone 7 Mango Device Announced

We are eagerly awaiting Windows Phone 7 Mango, also known as a Windows Phone 7.5, for a few months, and it looks like the wait is now over. We had pegged the Windows Phone 7 Mango release date at September 1st, which still looks like the most likely official announcement date despite Microsoft’s denial, but Fujitsu has just […]

Panasonic Smartphones Coming to the World, But Not U.S.


Panasonic has introduced its plans to release its first smartphone in Japan and then to continue to spread out to other regions worldwide, but company president Fumio Ohtsubo warns that U.S. residents should not hold their breaths for Panasonic to launch phones there. The company has focused solely on the Japanese market for cell phones and […]

Sharp Taking Aquos Smartphone Brand Global


Sharp, which has released a number of Android smartphones under its Aquos brand in Japan, will be looking to take the brand global with smartphone releases worldwide. It’s unclear which models and what features will make it outside of Japan when they do begin to roll out worldwide. At CES, when I last talked to […]

Fujitsu Aims to Meld Symbian and Windows 7 Together in Japan


In a mobile handset that is speculated to be destined for Japanese carrier DoCoMo, Fujitsu is said to be placing the desktop-class Windows 7 OS along with Symbian on a dual-booting Fujitsu Loox smartphone.  The former Windows Mobile licensee of Microsoft’s mobile OS will be attempting to bring Windows 7 and Symbian together on an […]

Will Droid Bionic, BlackBerry PlayBook Cost More as Result of Japan Quake?


Update 3/23/2011: Despite Motorola reps telling us at CES 2011 that the Droid Bionic for Verizon Wireless will be utilizing a Texas Instruments–that information was used and referenced in this article–NVIDIA reps at CTIA 2011 had informed us that the device actually uses the dual-core Tegra 2 mobile applications processor. As such, the Droid Bionic […]

Verizon Offers Free Calls, SMS, MMS from US to Japan

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Verizon is offering free calling and messaging to Japan for most of its customers through April 10. The move is an attempt to make it easier for friends and family to communicate with those affected by the earthquake and Japan. Verizon is partnering with non-profits to make it easy for Verizon Wireless customers to donate […]

Google Person Finder Now Online for Japan Earthquake/Tsunami


The news of the historic earthquake and subsequent tsunami is both terrifying and humbling in its scope of this still very early event.  Certainly our thoughts and prayers are with all that are affected. If you’re concerned about family and friends in the area, Google has launched its Person Finder application online for those trying […]