DROID HD May be Headed to Verizon as the Motorola “Spyder”
The DROID HD that was pictured with the Droid Bionic a few days ago. Sources are saying that this phone will be coming to Verizon as the Motorola Spyder. Some are saying that Spyder is a code name and that it will more then likely come to Verizon as a Droid phone. Could this be Verizon's first Ice Cream Sandwich Device? We will just have to wait and see!!!
Aug 19, 2011 - 12:04 PM - by dgstorm
It appears that Apple may have pulled some more photo doctoring shenanigans in their lawsuit against Samsung. Previously we reported that they were called out for using re-sized photos of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to compare against the iPad, giving a false impression that the two tabs were identical in size. A new report seems to show potential evidence that they are doing the same thing with the iPhone 3G and the Samsung Galaxy SII smartphone. The pic above shows Apple's evidence picture on the left showing two identically sized devices. On the right you can see an added pic showing the actual size to scale of the SGS2, clearly indicating that the phone is noticeably larger than the iPhone.
This comes hot on the heels of the new announcement that Apple has filed a motion to bar Samsung from selling all of their smartphones and tablets throughout Europe, not just the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This kind of makes you wonder if we really are seeing some sort of minor "Apple-picture-gate." So, I have added a poll to this thread asking if you think someone within Apple intentionally doctored these pics in order to improve their chances with the lawsuit, or not. Without starting a flame-war... sound off your perspective and make your voice heard by clicking on the poll. If someone voices their ideas, remember the forum rules of no personal attacks or flames. Everyone is entitled to their opinion.
Aug 19, 2011 - 11:25 AM - by dgstorm
The Advent Vega may not have received a lot of media attention, but the inexpensive little Tegra-2 powered Android tablet sure is getting a lot of love from modders. Not only does the $329 dollar device already have a port of Honeycomb, but some industrious hackers have also created a more advanced Honeycomb 3.2 ROM that even supports the more powerful GPU acceleration in the tab.
The ROM isn't "fully baked" yet, as the camera and Bluetooth aren't functional, yet, but the savvy engineers are working on that right now too. If you are one of the ucky folks that has one of these tabs, and want to give the ROM a try, just hit the Tablet Roms source link below for more info and a download. You can also check out the video above to get a glimpse of it in action.
Source: AndroidTablets.net via Engadget and Tablet Roms
Aug 19, 2011 - 10:32 AM - by dgstorm
This new ad just showed up on Verizon's website stating that the Droid Bionic is almost here and will "rule all machines." Whether that is true will be determined once we get it in our hands, but it definitely will "rule our pocketbook." The pricing on the phone is an "ouch" inducing $299.99 subsidized, and $589.99 unsubsidized. There is no release date with the ad, but, from the timing of this, most industry folks are speculating that the rumored September 8th release date is probably pretty accurate, and we may be able to start pre-orders on September 1st. We should know for sure sometime very soon.
[Update:] I watched Verizon's website for several minutes and never saw the above teaser show up. Perhaps VZW took it down shortly after the "teasing." At any rate, at least we got a good screenshot of it before it shows up again.
[Update 2:] A Verizon roadmap was leaked that seems to confirm the September 8th launch date. Here it is below:
Source: DroidMatters and VZW and Droid-Life
Aug 19, 2011 - 7:31 AM - by WenWM
Samsung really should consider a locked safe, because now we have another leaked road map of theirs. The latest road map was acquired by the guys at telefonino, and hastily posted for us to indulge in. The road map speaks of all the near future releases by Samsung, including a possible 7 inch Super AMOLED HD tablet and even an Ice Cream sandwich device. Now remember, we've seen this road map before but this one seems more official because it comes with launch date galore.
Launch dates are in weeks, and so being in week 33, that should give you a perspective of when to expect these:
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- GT-I8150 (W40) Android 2.3.3, 3.7-inch 480×800 display, HSDPA network support, 4GB of memory, 1.4GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD recording.
- GT-B5510 (W41) Android 2.2.2 smartphone with 2.8-inch display, 800MHz processor, QWERTY keyboard, 3MP camera.
- GT-S5360 (W42) Android 2.3.3, 3-inch screen with 240×320 resolution, 2MP camera.
- GT-S5610 (W42) Android 2.3.3, 2.4-inch 320×240 display, 5MP camera, 150 MB of internal memory and support for HSDPA networks.
- GT-I9220 (W43) Android 2.3.3, 4.3-inch 1280×720 Super AMOLED display, 1.4Ghz dual-core processor and 8MP camera.
- P6200 (W44) Honeycomb tablet with 7-inch 1024×600 Super AMOLED display, HSDPA support, 3MP rear camera, 2MP front facing.
- P6210 (W44) Honeycomb tablet, 7-inch 1024×600 Super AMOLED display, WiFi, 3MP rear camera, 2MP front facing.
- GT-I9210 (W48) Android 2.3.3, 4.5-inch 480×800 Super AMOLED display, supports 4G networks, 16 GB of memory, 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and front facing 2MP, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n and 1750 mAh battery.
- GT-I9250 (W48) Android Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.65-inch 1280×720 Super AMOLED display, 5MP
Aug 19, 2011 - 7:13 AM - by WenWM
Video promos of the latest high-tech devices are a norm around here, but the mistake Blackberry made trying to show off their latest software is far from it. In an attempt to demo how "cool" their latest keyboard is, they somehow replaced it with an HTC Droid Incredible 2 in this video above. The video was pulled in mere hours, but some smart individual made himself a copy and that's what you're watching now.
So if you're interested in seeing HTC's creation being touted as a Blackberry, fast forward to point 0:15 and 0:27. Now is that not an awesome looking keyboard, it is almost like we're accustomed to it already.
Aug 18, 2011 - 1:24 PM - by Malvado
Well, isn’t this just the cluster**** of all cluster****s (use your imagination). Carrier SoftBank in Japan has introduced a “Yahoo Phone” complete with licensed branding and possibly a completely customized version of Android. Users will get preinstalled Yahoo applications and, for the cost of the phone, two free years of Yahoo Plus. Yahoo is apparently the nation’s biggest website so it should turn some heads just as we figure a Facebook phone in Europe and the Americas would.
Yahoo didn’t go and order extensive R&D for hardware, though – this one’s a rebranded Sharp AQUOS PHONE THE PREMIUM SoftBank 009SH. It has a 4 inch qHD display, an 8 megapixel camera sensor, WiFi, Bluetooth and Android 2.3. On top of that looks to be a custom Yahoo-centric user interface that will give you access to time, weather, stocks, news, social, search and more right on your homescreen.
We’ll probably never see this phone make outside of Japan, but interesting and very ironic nonetheless. SoftBank is set to offer it to their customers next month.
SOURCE: Japan To Get Android-Based “Yahoo Phone” Next Month | TechCrunch
Aug 18, 2011 - 1:17 PM - by dgstorm
The Samsung Nexus Prime just had another tidbit of info leaked about it. This new leak continues the rumor of a possible October release date. Also, from what we understand the screen will be Samsung's new Super AMOLED HD that will have an astonishing resolution of 720x1280 pixels on a 4.5" form factor. Supposedly, it will also be a Pentile screen but the deficiencies of that will be made up for by the HD resolution. Another bit of info from this leak suggests that it will come to several different carriers when it is finally released, which will break with tradition a bit.
Source: Android.net via PhoneArena
Aug 18, 2011 - 12:46 PM - by dgstorm
Earlier today we had a rumor that the Droid Bionic might come on August 26th. While there is no confirmation of this, some other signs seem to suggest that it is possible; the newest sign is that ads for the phone have begun showing up in Best Buy's Buyer's Guide. Some of the primary specs have been confirmed by the ad, but it still doesn't give a specific date or price. Regardless, the device showing up in Best Buy fliers is a very good sign!
Source: BionicForums.net and AndroidCentral
Here is a story that could either be a tale of extreme corporate greed, or one of an individual investor protecting his investment. We will give you the facts and let you decide which it is. Recently, Google announced that it would be purchasing Motorola Mobility for the price of $12.5 Billion dollars. That figure comes to $40 dollars a share to current Motorola Mobility shareholders, which is an instant profit of 63% on their investment. However, this amount didn't go over very well with one investor, named John W. Keating.
Mr. Keating, filed a complaint in a courthouse in Chicago against Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. and its chief executive officer, Sanjay Jha, along with Google and nine members of Motorola Mobility’s board, claiming that they failed to get a better price. “The offered consideration does not compensate shareholders for the company’s intrinsic value and stand-alone alternatives going forward, nor does it compensate shareholders for the company’s value as a strategic asset for Google,” Keating claims. He further added, “Motorola has experienced an economic resurgence since separating into two separate companies. The Android smartphone technology it relies on continues to gain ground on Apple’s iPhone.” He indicated that shareholders will no longer be able to share in the future success of the company. Here's a quote from the Bloomberg article with the final details,
What do you guys think? Does he have a legitimate concern, or should he have just been satisfied to "take the money and run?"
Keating accused the individual board members of breaching their duty to investors and claims Motorola Mobility and Google aided and abetted that breach.
He is seeking class-action, or group, status for the case, an order declaring the agreement is unenforceable and an order barring the completion of the sale.
Jennifer Erickson, a Motorola Mobility spokeswoman, said the company hadn’t yet had an opportunity to review the complaint and that she and couldn’t comment on it. Google declined to comment, Katelin Todhunter-Gerberg, a company spokeswoman, said in an e-mail.
Source: Android.net via Bloomberg/Businessweek.com
Aug 18, 2011 - 11:02 AM - by dgstorm
A new report from marketing research firm Chitika suggests that Verizon's Android marketshare has been eroding lately, and that AT&T and the budget carriers (like US Cellular, & Virgin Mobile) are to blame. Verizon used to hold a commanding 50% share of the Android market, but in just the last five months they have dropped considerably to 40%. AT&T has almost tripled their marketshare in that time-frame, up from 3.5% to 9%. The budget carriers together used to make up 3%, and now they hover near 8.5%.
Reading between the lines of this report doesn't make it look as bad for Verizon as it initially appears. Keep in mind that during this time the Android market has been exploding and so some of the market erosion from Verizon is simply increased competition. Furthermore, the budget carriers tend to carry much less expensive Android devices, which is another important factor to consider, especially since you can't really call Verizon's plans "budget friendly." Verizon can sit fairly comfortably at the high-end of the market for a while, but if this trend continues, they will need to start getting competitive again.
Source: AndroidPolice and Chitika
Aug 18, 2011 - 10:26 AM - by dgstorm
According to some industry intel, it is possible we could see the Motorola Droid Bionic as early as August 26th, and that the unsubsidized price of the device will be $587. Additionally this source even claims that some Verizon stores have already received their shipments of the superphone. The pic of the SKU above seems to confirm the pricing details, but it is probably a good idea to take the release date with a grain of salt, since we have already heard from sources within Motorola themselves, including its CEO, Sanjay Jha, suggesting that the phone was probably coming in September.
Of course, if this rumor turns out to be true, we wouldn't complain about a pre-Labor Day surprise gift now would we?
Source: BionicForums.net via AndroidCentral
Aug 18, 2011 - 8:18 AM - by WenWM
The recent purchase of Motorola by Google has brought out a few choice words from Nokia's CEO-- Steven Elop. While at an almost unrelated seminar in Helinski, the CEO was quoted as saying the following:
Nokia seems to have all their balls in one bag with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 and we've read many quotes from the former Microsoft employee against Android powering their Nokia phones, but could he be right? Could Google owning Motorola be a bad sign for Android’s quad-team-of-winners (HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson)? Respond below.
"If I happened to be someone who was an Android manufacturer or an operator, or anyone with a stake in that environment, I would be picking up my phone and calling certain executives at Google and say, ‘I see signs of danger ahead.’ The very first reaction I had was very clearly the importance of the third ecosystem and the importance of the partnership that we announced on February 11, it is more clear than ever."
Aug 18, 2011 - 7:41 AM - by WenWM
We have a newly leaked document that shares the end of life for several Verizon devices, including versions of the Motorola Droid 2. The screenshot above gives you an idea of when the popular Galaxy Tab 10.1 will get restocked. The dual-core honeycomb tablet has been doing quite nicely on our network and it is no doubt why they are running low on supplies. The Motorola Droid 2 and the Citrus on the other hand are not that lucky, they are in short supply and Verizon is not planning on getting more in any time soon.
Here is a quick decoding by Androidcentral:
Motorola Droid 3: Seeing some backorders. (Not sure if that means non many were ordered by Verizon in the first place, or if it's that popular. We'll hope for the latter.)
Samsung Continuum: Good luck finding one. If a store has it,it's likely one of the last few, as "supply is depleted."
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7: In short supply, but not dead yet.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (gray): Supply "expected to be constrained for the next several weeks." Not surprising -- the gray one ishawt.
Aug 18, 2011 - 3:33 AM - by Malvado
While taking his Nexus S in to his local Best Buy for repairs, a Youtube user that goes by the name of halfcab123 took the time to root the 6-foot tall Nexus S display they had in the store. A pretty amazing if not amusing feat. If you doubt that the monster sized Nexus S is in fact rooted, the guy goes on to give you video proof using Terminal Emulator. A tip of the hat to you, sir.
SOURCE: Man Roots 6-Foot Tall Nexus S At Best Buy – Lives To Tell The Tale [Video]
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