HTC and Verizon have finally gone ahead and announced the release date of the highly anticipated HTC Thunderbolt. The launch of the handset was delayed numerous times because of unknown reasons. According to rumors, the launch was delayed because of the poor battery life of the handset.
The Thunderbolt was announced by HTC during CES 2011. The handset will be the first phone to support Verizon’s so called 4G’ LTE network. The HTC Thunderbolt will be available on the Verizon network starting from March 17th, for $249.99 with a two-year contract.
The HTC Thunderbolt sports a huge 4.3-inch LCD with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor (MSM8255) and packs 768MB of RAM. The phone also has 8GB of on-board memory, and a 32GB (!) card will come pre-installed as well.
The back of the handset houses an 8MP camera, while there is a 1.3MP front-facing camera for video calling. There is also a kickstand at the back of the handset. The handset runs on Android 2.2 (FroYo), with the latest version of HTC’s Sense UI running on top of it.
The HTC Incredible 2, also known as the Verizon Droid Incredible 2, is supposed to be launched soon. It will be one of the few new high end Android smartphones which will be powered by a single core processor. Other than that, the HTC Incredible 2 seems to have some really good hardware specs.
Today, images and specifications of the HTC Droid Incredible 2 have leaked out.
It will come with a 4.0 inch Super LCD display with a WVGA resolution. It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the HTC Sense UI (It is running Android 2.2 Froyo, but will get a upgrade to Gingerbread before launch).
It also has an 8 MP camera with flash as well as a 1.3 MP front facing camera. It is powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8655 processor and offers 768 MB RAM. It also has 4 GB internal storage and has a 1450 mAh battery.
Compared to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S 2 or the Motorola Atrix 4G, it seems a bit underpowered in terms of clock speed and RAM, but it is an impressive device nevertheless. Pricing details and launch dates should be announced soon.
It was in late January that we reported about the original Motorola Droid Android 2.2.2 update is under testing from Motorola. Today, Droid-Life is reporting that Motorola and Verizon are done with all their tests, and will be releasing the OTA update to Droid owners today itself.
The FRG83G OTA update will update the Droid Android OS version to 2.2.2. The Android 2.2.2 was released by Google so as to fix the famous ‘SMS’ bug.
Here is the official change-log from the big Red itself -:
* Sporadic issues with unintended recipient list corrected for text, audio, picture, video and audio multimedia messages.
* Correct message populates when messaging application is quickly opened and accessed.
It is more or less certain that the Droid won’t get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. However, it is nice to see Motorola still releasing minor Android OS update a handset which is more than a year old now.
The Droid is the first handset in the market to get the Android 2.2.2 update, excluding the Nexus One. Other manufactures should learn from Motorola and release the Android 2.2.2 update for all their Android handsets.
The FRG83G update for the Droid weighs in at 3.4MB, and will be pushed to all Droid handsets beginning from today.
The HP Pre 2 has been on select few U.S carriers for a small amount of time now and with the recent announcement of the Pre 3 and Veer, it seems that carriers are looking to clear house to make way for some of the new and upcoming smartphones. Getting new consumers and developers onto the platform is a good way to build a user-base for future devices, including the TouchPad which also runs webOS and pairs quite well with a Pre 3 and it’s Touch-to-Share capabilities
The Pre 2 is now available from Verizon for the low price of $49.99 on a 2-year contract. Unfortunately the original carrier that ushered Palm in, Sprint, is not currently offering subsidy on the Pre 2, nor are they actually carrying it. In Europe, it’s only available off-contract for a hefty price of £399 from HP or from warehouse retailers who will bundle it with a plan and give you an unlocked device. In Canada, Rogers is purported to be offering all current smartphones for their regular 36 month contract prices with an added $100 discount putting the Pre 2 available for the scoffable price of absolutely freeâ€¦with a 3-year contract, that is.
WebOS is one of the newest platforms to make it bigin the wireless world, with a growing App Catalog, a thriving grassroots following of homebrew and hackers alike. According to comScore reports as of January 2011, their research on the U.S Mobile Subscriber Market Share show that Palm (now rebranded to HP) had the lowest point change in subscribers and is trailing with a 3.2% share in the market. HP is slowly but surely gnawing away at the revival and their future of everybody having a smartphone in the palm of their hand.
A couple of days ago, Samsung and Sprint started rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Samsung Epic 4G. Today, AT&T has announced that they will be rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Samsung Captivate handset from tomorrow!
However, the update won’t be an OTA (Over-The-Air) one. Users need to use their Windows based PC or a Mac to update their Captivate to FroYo.
As stated above by AT&T, the download link to Android 2.2 FroYo for the Captivate will be posted on their Facebook page tomorrow. Hopefully, the update will be a trouble free one and won’t end up bricking the handsets like the WP7 update did to Samsung phones. Including the Captivate, 3 out of 5 Galaxy S variants will taste Android 2.2 FroYo this year.
Hopefully, Samsung and Verizon will release the Android 2.2 update for the Fascinate by the end of this month or early next month.
The Motorola XOOM, the first Honeycomb tablet of 2010 which will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb is slated to launch in two days, on February 24. There has been much speculation about the price of the Motorola XOOM, but we now know that it will be priced at $800 without contract at Best Buy.
Today, Verizon issued a press release which announces the contract pricing of the Motorola XOOM. It will be priced at $600 with a 2 year contract. Data plans start at $20 per month for 1 GB usage.
The pricing is surely a bit steep, but this subsidized pricing brings it closer to beating the iPad. Verizon has also announced that the LTE upgrade to the Motorola XOOM will be free for users when it is released in Q2 2011.
The Verizon Motorola XOOM is a ‘Google Experience’ Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet with a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel capacitive touchscreen display. It has a 1 GHz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 1 GB RAM. It also has a 5 MP camera and comes with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity and offers 32 GB of internal storage. It won’t offer Flash support when shipped, but should get it within a few weeks of its launch.
Back in October, HP announced the first smartphone which runs on the HP’s latest webOS 2.0 operating system. HP Pre 2 is the successor of the popular Palm Pre smartphone. This handset is already available in many countries including the UK, Germany, Canada, Russia, etc. Sadly, this handset was delayed in the US for some unknown reasons. The wait is finally over. HP Pre 2 is currently available for purchase in the US, exclusively on the airwaves of Verizon Wireless.
HP Pre 2 comes with a 3.1 inch HVGA touchscreen display, 320Ã—480 pixels resolution, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1 GHz p rocessor, webOS 2.0 operating system, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, 3G Connectivity, Stereo Bluetooth, 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash, GPS, 3.5mm headset jack, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta, 16 GB internal memory, 512 RAM, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, Microsoft Exchange, Proximity sensors, Accelerometer, 5.5 hours of talktime and so on.
HP Pre 2 allows you to buy and download music using the Amazon MP3 app when on a Wi-Fi hotspot. This handset also supports Skype-to-Skype calls and messaging from the US to anywhere in the world. HP Pre 2 is currently available for just $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two years service agreement.
Earlier last Sunday, Apple released a new set of ads which showed off their new partnership with Verizon with an advertisement which also featured AT&T. The catch line of the ad was "Two is better than one".
However, it looks like some smart person doesn’t like AT&T and has gone ahead and created a parody of the advertisement where the ad takes apart AT&T’s connection issues on the iPhone and ends with a catch line "One is better than the other". Well, considering the problems faced by AT&T customers you might say that this ad would preferably have been better.
If you are an AT&T customer and hate their service and are looking to switch to Verizon, they will be starting to ship the iPhone 4 starting February 10, pre-order starts on February 3rd and the unlimited data plan will be costing $30.
In the meantime have some fun watching the "Two is Better Than One" ad parody below.
Click here if you can’t watch it. Oh and yes, if you haven’t watched the original ad you can watch it below too.
If you watch television in America, you might have come across several At&T and Verizon ads slamming each other. Frankly, there is no love lost between these two networks. However, it looks like Apple has managed to put both these rivals in a single advertising frame.
While watching the NFC championship today I was bombarded with Apple ads which had not one but two iPhone 4 being used in a commercial. That was pretty unusual since I have hardly seen that happen. However, at the end of the ad Apple has a catch line saying that "Two is Better than One" and splashes the AT&T and Verizon logos.
However, there was one question which was asked at the conference which goes like this:
Is the CDMA iPhone exclusive to Verizon?
Tim Cook, COO of Apple answered: It’s a multi-year, non exclusive deal.
Prior to the Verizon launch, iPhone only worked on GSM networks. Now with the Verizon deal, iPhone has been modified to work on CDMA networks too. Since this is a non exclusive deal, Apple will more likely than not use the same phone model to court CDMA Networks across the world.
This would sound good for several networks including Reliance in India who run on a CDMA network. So you can expect Apple to launch on more CDMA networks soon, but I don’t see it happening for the next 3-6 months.
However, Apple will definitely be taking calls from several CDMA operators for sure. So keep your fingers crossed.