The Pantech Breakout is next in line on the Verizon LTE network and according to a new leak, it should be launching on September 22nd in all channels. The exposed retailer notice also confirms many of the specs for this Android 2.3 device we told you about last week, but let’s recap again:
• 1GHz single-core processor
• 512MB RAM
• 4-inch WVGA display
• 5MP rear camera / VGA front facing cam
It may not sound like the most impressive handset, but the high data speeds, mobile hotspot capabilities for up to 10 devices and Pantech custom UI is definitely enough to keep me interested. What do you think? Leave a comment below.
When you walk through RadioShack’s doors tomorrow there won’t be a T-Mobile device in sight and their recent partnership with Verizon will officially be live. So what better way to kick off the occasion than with a $100-off Verizon Android smartphone promotion, right? An internal document outlines this offer to be available to customers with qualified new contracts. The devices include the Droid 3, HTC Droid Incredible 2 and Droid Bionic 4G LTE to name a few and accessory bundles are noted as well. The deal begins tomorrow, September 15th and concludes October 15th.
Hit the break for the internal doc image with the full list of devices included in this offer.
It looks like Samsung Infuse owners on AT&T are getting a major tease. An update is available for the Infuse that is not Gingerbread, and doesn’t seem to have any major changes included. Most users are wondering what up update did at all if anything. The Gingerbread update was supposed to hit in August, so owners will have to keep their fingers crossed that this update was preparation. Stay tuned.
It has been brought to our attention that some early adopters of the Motorola Droid Bionic are having signal issues causing an ongoing switch between 3G, 4G, and no signal at all. (My Bionic was defective out of the box and wouldn’t even activate). It has been reported that the constant switch between radios can decrease battery life to under 6 hours with only minimal use. Since the Bionic is such a new device, Verizon may not even know that some phones are experiencing this issue.
If you are having radio problems it’s a good idea to contact your local retailer or customer service rep to seek out a possible replacement. You are still within your “14 day worry free guarantee” and should have no problems getting a new Bionic. Enough reports have surfaced on the interweb to deem that this might just be an actual defect.
It seems like everyday we have new details to report on the Samsung/Nexus/DROID Prime. We have already seen leaked documents showing the Samsung Prime as replacing the DROID Charge on Verizon Wireless. It appears this very phone was in Las Vegas today at the Verizon Developer’s conference.
Our friends at The Droid Guy spotted a Samsung rep with an identified phone. He agreed to show them the phone in a side office at the Aria Hotel as long as they removed their backpacks, hats, and couldn’t have another phone out. It looked a lot like the Nexus S, but a little taller and thicker. The thickness has to be due to the LTE radio. It had a rear 8MP camera and a 2MP front-facing, along with NFC, MHL, and HDMI. It packed a Texas Instruments OMAP processor, which we know is the processor of choice for Ice Cream Sandwich. They were also told that it was the Nexus Prime, but he did suggest that Verizon might call it the DROID Prime. Either way there is a GSM and CDMA version in the works. Ice Cream Sandwich wasn’t present as it isn’t ready, so it was packing Gingerbread 2.3.4.
What is most interesting is that the phone sported only a single home button. We were under the impression that Ice Cream Sandwich would remove all physical hardware buttons, much like Honeycomb tablets. It also surprises me that Samsung would continue to release devices that could resemble the iPhone with all of their legal battles.
The rep said it will launch first on Verizon Wireless in late October or early November with the rest of the carriers to follow.
This is getting more interesting everyday. I can’t wait to see what news leaks out tomorrow.
HTC Merge owners, that is to say those of you on US Cellular at least, Android 2.3.4 is ready for your device! You can download the update here. Granted there have been scattered reports of problems with the download, nothing harming the phones, but other than that everything is looking good. You all lucked out on this one. Being a mid-range phone its a wonder that Gingerbread ever came to this device at all. Way to go US Cellular, and enjoy everybody!
The LTE switch is being flipped on for 26 more markets tomorrow as well as a footprint expansion for three metro areas. Here are the new markets.
- Fort Smith and Jonesboro, Ark.
- San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, Calif.
- Daytona, Fla.
- Bloomington, Champaign/Urbana, Rockford and Springfield, Ill.
- Quad Cities, Ill./Iowa
- Iowa City, Iowa
- Shreveport, La.
- Kalamazoo and Saginaw, Mich.
- Reno, Nev.
- Las Cruces, N.M.
- Fargo, N.D.
- Canton, Lima and Mansfield, Ohio
- Dyersburg, Tenn.
- Tri-Cities, Tenn./Va.
- Austin, Beaumont/Port Arthur, Wichita Falls and El Paso, Texas.
The footprint expansion applies to San Francisco, Calif., Indianapolis Ind., and Cleveland/Akron Ohio. Are you finally getting LTE? Let us know in the comments.
Press release after the break.
The wait will soon be over for LG Optimus S owners who have been waiting for a little Gingerbread love. The Optimus S is scheduled to receive Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) via an update that is being released in stages over the next 10 days. The official version number of the software is LS670ZVH and it brings the following enhancements/fixes to your Optimus S:
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- Volume adjustment from handset when backlight is off and in a Bluetooth call
- Initiation of a 3-way call in certain markets
- Updated color scheme (includes darker notification bar and black-based menus)
- New on-screen keyboard (supports multi-touch input and a smart auto-correction function)
- Improved cut-paste functionality
- New integrated download application for ease in accessing downloaded files
- Updated camera application
- Power management and task killer applications
It is unknown if you will have the option to manually update your phone, or when that choice may be available. Keep checking back as we will continue to post information on the update as we receive it!
Back in April, Verizon Wireless started testing a $50 unlimited plan for prepaid phones in select markets. It obviously went well because they are going to make it nationally available this week.
The $50 per month fee will include unlimited talk, text, and Web use. It will be available in Verizon stores, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Target.
As phone prices come down, the prepaid segment is only going to grow. Right now Verizon only has 4.4 million prepaid customers, and in contrast, Sprint has 13.8 million customers.
“This is a very competitive market, and we want to make sure we have a price portfolio to fit a greater number of customers,” Verizon spokesperson Brenda Raney said. “In these times, there are some people who would prefer living on a prepaid plan.”
It appears Virgin mobile is going to get a little taste of Gingerbread in the form of a TCT Mobile QWERTY keyboard phone. A photo has been spotted showing the TCT JukeB Android phone. Not only having a fully exposed QWERTY keyboard, the name JukeB could possibly mean some form of music integration, whether it be upgraded headphones or beefed up internal speakers. It has also been said that “Juke” could in fact be referring to some kind of Virgin Mobile streaming service. At this point, reasoning for the name is merely speculation.
What we can be sure of is the JukeB will have a QVGA display, run on Android 2.3.4 and be 12.43 mm thick. We also know that it is heading to Virgin Mobile North America, but can’t be sure whether it will land in the US or Canada first.
As always, keep checking back for the latest news as it unfolds.