About a week ago, we heard that a new device from ZTE, called the Olympia, could be headed to T-Mobile soon. Now today we are hearing that T-Mobile is testing a ZTE phablet. Is it the same phone? We don’t know, but it seems likely.
Unfortunately we don’t know too much more. The picture above doesn’t reveal too much other than it looks like it’s running stock Android. ZTE announced over the weekend that they would be adopting the Google Now Launcher on future devices, and this one could be among the first ones.
It looks like Verizon will continue to push the DROID branded handsets. Last year’s models featured mostly the same specs as the Moto X other than display sizes and storage options. Motorola will probably unveil the Moto X+1 in about a month so that means the new DROIDs will probably get announced around the same time.
A lot of people were disappointed when they heard the Moto X and DROIDs sported the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro as part of the Mobile X8 Computing System. This year, things are a little different. It looks like the DROID MAXX and DROID Mini are confirmed to sport the Snapdragon 801, which is found on all the flagships so far this year. Assuming there will be a DROID Ultra again, I think it’s safe to assume it will also sport the same processor, as well as the Moto X+1.
T-Mobile is not expected to release Q2 results until the end of the month, but the wireless carrier is already generating some buzz on the part of analysts who are trying to predict what those results will be. Notably analysts want to see how T-Mobile’s performance compares with Q1 when the company had their best quarter ever. That included staking a claim to the title of fastest-growing carrier after adding 2.4 million subscribers. » Read the rest
HTC has officially announced the HTC Desire 610 will be available on July 25th through AT&T. As expected based on previously leaked information, the Desire 610 will come with a 4.7-inch running at 854 x 480 resolution. Powering the device is a Snapdragon 400 processor running at 1.2 GHz with 1GB of RAM and at least 8GB of onboard memory. The device does have a microSD slot that will support 64GB of additional memory.
Along with the announcement, AT&T has setup a page for customers to sign up to be notified when the device is available. However, no pricing information has been released. AT&T indicates the device will be available on their regular plans as well as through their GoPhone prepaid service.
Verizon has announced that beginning on July 17th, customers will have a new option for getting a smartphone with 4G LTE service. Verizon is going to make their 4G network available through their prepaid ALLSET PLANS. These no contract plans come with unlimited talk and text. Customers can get a plan with a 500 MB data allowance for $45 per month or bump it up to 1 GB for $50 per month. As a special offer for a limited time, customers can double the initial 500 MB allowance by agreeing to autopay.
The next member to join the tablet lineup for AT&T is the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0. Its launch date? Today. While today is only for the carrier’s website, AT&T stores will start carrying the tablet on July 25. With a new two-year contract, this Samsung tablet will cost $269.99; however, customers can take advantage of Next and pay $18.50 per month without paying anything upfront. But for the people signing that two-year contract, AT&T will reward you by taking $50 off of the tablet when bundling it with a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
As Sprint edges closer to a merger deal with T-Mobile, sources say the parties involved are bracing for a longer than expected approval process. This has triggered lenders to seek higher fees as part of the financing deals. Both Softbank, Sprint’s controlling shareholder, and T-Mobile shareholder Deutsche Telekom AG expect the regulatory approval process to take at least 12 months. Building in some cushion to the schedule, it is expected a drop-dead date will be set for around 18 months after an official announcement is made. » Read the rest
Moto Maker will be made available to customers in Mexico this week, according to Motorola.
The news follows the service’s expansion to Germany last week.
The Mexican site will have the same customization options. It’s live now, but the check out service doesn’t work yet. Pricing isn’t known but we do know it will depend on the customer’s service plan through Telcel.