Based on previous leaks, we already knew Verizon Wireless was going to be carrying the 16GB version of the Galaxy Nexus at some point, in both grey and white variations. The only question is when? According to a tip received by our friends at Droid Life, it looks like the half-pint GNex will arrive on all channels at the beginning of next month, April 5th to be exact. Since the storage size has been reduced by half, one can only assume the price will be similar to that of the recently reduced 16GB Droid Razr, which retails for $199 on contract. Nothing in this leak confirms any color options, though. We will just have to wait to see how that one pans out.
Along with the Galaxy Nexus leak, comes details of a April 26th launch for the Droid Incredible 4G (aka HTC Fireball), and a March 29th launch for the LG Lucid (previously reported, LG Cayman).
source: Droid Life
The LG Lucid 4G (most likely what was known as the LG Cayman) and the DROID Fighter were leaked last week as coming to Verizon, and it looks like the “workshop” dates reported earlier are actually release dates. The folks at Droid-Life are reporting that they have new information that the Lucid 4G will be coming on March 29th, and the DROID Fighter on April 12th. Little is known about these two devices.
Also seen on the list of phones is the HTC Fireball, which is now believed to be the Incredible 4G. Rumored specs show a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a Super AMOLED display, 8MP rear camera, VGA front camera, and ICS. Good specs… but not great in comparison to HTC’s own recently announced HTC One X.
How does a little insight into what Verizon may be bringing out in the coming future sound? Good? Well according to the folks over at Droid-Life and their inside sources it’s suggested that the HTC Fireball will be coming to us as the DROID Incredible 4G, LG will be bringing out the LG Lucid 4G and that the RAZR will be coming out in a new color, this time in blue.
While rumors for the Fireball/Incredible 4G have the specs as being underwhelming compared to that of the One-X and today’s standards (1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a Super AMOLED display, 8MP Rear VGA Front cameras, and ICS) the Incredible line is usually quite solid. Plus with its rumored Global radios it could be a contender all of its own. HTC and Verizon seem to push this as a mid-range/budget device but if the Incredible 2 is any indication you will be hard pressed at finding a better bang for your buck.
There is also talk of LG releasing the Lucid 4G but there isn’t anything concrete in terms of details. The RAZR, not sure if they mean the original or the MAXX, will also be adding a blue color to add to its purple, white and original colors. Here’s hoping that Verizon drops some insight on us here in the near future. Given that the HTC device has passed Wifi FCC certification we may see it sooner than later.
Did you know that Leap Day was also the 27th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference in Los Angeles? Sprint knew, and announced that it has launched a free app that provides easier access to the smartphones of blind or low-vision Android users. Dubbed “Wireless Accessibility“, the suite has been specifically designed by developers Code Factory for the blind or visually impaired, or for anyone who is having trouble using a smartphone due to physical or developmental disabilities.
This suite normally costs $99, but Sprint is now making it available for free in the Android Market. AT&T has a similar free version in the Market for a limited time called Mobile Accessibility Lite.
Mitch Pomerantz, president of the American Council of the Blind (ACB), said the following:
“Having the ability to gain greater access to information on smartphones through the use of a free suite of applications is a very positive development in the blind community’s quest for more affordable choices. The American Council of the Blind commends Sprint for its willingness to take another positive step toward full product accessibility.”
Full press release and a video of the app after the break.
As more and more Tegra 3-based devices become the norm, we will see more and more devices being launched. Chinese manufacturer Tianyu is no exception to this and has launched its K-Touch Treasure V8. Among the confirmed features in the device are the Tegra 3 processor, 4.3-inch screen and Ice Cream Sandwich. Rumor also has it that this mysterious device will feature an 8MP camera and will run on China’s Unicom WCDMA network as well. Further details are scarce at the moment, but hopefully more information will come out on this device which will likely be found within China only.
Are you with Sprint and jonesing for a Galaxy Nexus? Well here is your chance to win one of 30 Nexus’ being given away by Sprint. The Now Network is holding a Data Storm sweepstakes that ties in gameplay for additional contest entries. Sounds easy enough right? Play a game, win a Nexus! Head over to the source link below to get entered, you have until April 5th to get as many entries in as you can. Curious about the cutoff date? Maybe that’s the day Sprint plans on releasing the Galaxy Nexus to the masses…
Barely a month has passed since we took the time to explain exactly how and when AT&T throttles data usage for customers on the unlimited data plan. Since then the spotlight has really been on the network giant due to some high profile complaints. Fox News very own Shep Smith made his thoughts known live on TV after he personally fell foul of data throttling and more recently a small claims court ruled in favour of an AT&T customer who took legal action against the network following a similar issue.
As a result of thousands of complaints from subscribers, AT&T has revised its throttling policy and posted an update to the support page on its website. Moving forward, data will only be throttled for customers who exceed 3GB of usage within a billing cycle. Previously all customers who were within the top 5% of data users were throttled, irrespective of the actual amount of data consumed. The previous policy was particularly unfair as a user would have no obvious ways of knowing when they were edging towards that top 5% until they received the infamous text message warning, by which time it would normally be too late.
In a statement released on Thursday, an AT&T spokesperson stated “Our unlimited plan customers have told us they want more clarity around how the program works and what they can expect,” So what’s the verdict subscribers to AT&T’s unlimited data plan, are these recent changes sufficient? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
source : AT&T
HTC stole the show at Mobile World Congress with the unveiling of their HTC One series of phones. We’re talking specs spanning dual-cores, quad-cores, HD screens, polycarbonate unibodies, and more. One of the areas HTC focused on (pun intended) is the camera, with a new integrated custom HTC ImageChip, and big improvements to the lens, sensor, and software. This suite of imaging improvements is known as HTC ImageSense.
The specs sound great, but how does it perform in real-world situations? Androidandme managed to get a hold of sample pictures taken with an HTC One, and although they are not the full resolution originals, they show just how amazing ImageSense can be. The focus is sharp, the colors vibrant, and the contrast high. These rival many point-and-shoots in my opinion. Granted, these were probably shot by a pro under the best conditions, but they prove that the One series ups the ante significantly in the imaging department.
Check out the gallery after the break.
Sprint has just announced that customers in Atlanta, Georgia now have access to an upgraded 3G network, which has seen a capacity increase by 17 percent over the past year. Also, the Atlanta metro area has seen Sprint implement 100 network capacity upgrades in the past 90 days and will continue to see 122 more in the next 3 months as well as will be one of the first areas to receive the upcoming 4G LTE network.
“Sprint is pleased to offer its customers products and services to enhance their business and personal lives,” said Jeff Bennett, regional vice president, consumer. “Atlanta is a non-stop, first-class city, and Sprint is keeping up with our customers’ lives and data demands with our cutting-edge network plans, including these 3G enhancements and our upcoming 4G LTE service.”
So by the middle of this year, you Atlanta folks should be among the first to have the 4G service from Sprint. In the meantime, though, you should already be seeing improved 3G speeds and it should continue to better itself over the next period of 90 days. Have you seen the improvements so far? Let us know in the comments below. Full press release after the break. Read more
Well, bootloaders are back on the menu and this time our friends over at Droid Life managed to intercept a letter given to a DL reader by Verizon Wireless regarding locked bootloaders. The customer politely reminded Verizon about the “Block C License” but Verizon provided a song and dance claiming the unlocking of a bootloader would cause an instability in customer service and a negative impact on the user experience altogether. The company has taken a serious stance on not allowing “unapproved” software on their mobile devices. However, many argue that in the license agreement, nowhere does it state that Verizon is referring to “bootloaders” when it states that “no device shall be locked”. Most argue that this is referring to the device’s capability to access the network and not in fact the bootloader. While we’re not 100% sure what they’re referring to, one thing can be certain, customers are complaining. Having a locked bootloader denies a user his/her God given ability to make certain changes and take certain advantages of their device. It’s no wonder users will grab their torches and pitch forks the second a bootloader gets locked. So, for now, Vz’s stance is this, regarding bootloaders; The carrier has issued that OEM’s lock device bootloaders in an effort to obtain a “standard of excellence in customer service“. The company is bent on not letting unlocked phones lessen the experience of users. Ok, I guess. What say you though? Feel free to throw your rants in the comments below. Meanwhile, check out the letter in its entirety after the break. Read more