As I say every time that I review market statistics, we’ve seen a million different ways to prove how one provider is more successful than the next. While Chitika’s statistics don’t really provide anything we haven’t already seen, they do tell us that Verizon is slowly on the decline, and AT&T is on a definite rise. Verizon holds four of the five top smartphones (Droid X, HTC Droid Incredible, Samsung Fascinate, Droid), has hands-down the best service in the country, and provides excellent customer service. So, why does AT&T continue rise while Verizon loses market share? Perhaps the popularity of recent devices (like the HTC Inspire) or growing service area is the culprit, but this reviewer finds the numbers strange. If AT&T’s merge with T-Mobile is blessed, they are even set to overtake Sprint for a solid 2nd place. Here’s to hoping that with the increased user base comes more responsibility to the customer on AT&T’s part.
Recognize this? Over a month ago we were teased by this ad for the DROID Bionic, to find that nothing ever became of it. Well, we now know where it was headed, as September’s Buyer’s Guide features the exact same mockup. We’ve heard that the Bionic could be released as early as the 26th, but we wouldn’t bet on it. With nearly 4 months worth of setbacks, this device has left doubt in this author’s mind. With 4 month’s time to work on it, Verizon had better ship this phone with no problems. And quick.
The Gingerbread (Android 2.3.4) update for the Droid Incredible has been delayed according to VZW Support. The reason given was that additional testing was being done by the production team, and a new release date will be posted once they know when it is coming.
This is disappointing news to those hoping to update to Gingerbread this week, but at least it’s not as bad as when we thought the Incredible was not going to get a sniff of Gingerbread at all.
[via verizon forums]
We were expecting a $100 price tag on the Samsung Conquer 4G, but Radio Shack has come in with a sweet deal. If you sign a new 2-year contract with Sprint, you can grab it for $19.99. Existing Sprint customers wanting to upgrade will need to throw down $79.99. The official launch is this Sunday, August 21st.
We know this is not a high end phone, but this phone is more than enough for a lot of people. Honestly, the specs are not bad for the price. It comes with 1GHz processor, 3.5-inch (480 x 320) screen, Android 2.3 and 4G connectivity.
Make sure to check out our unboxing video and stay tuned for our full review.
Who is grabbing one?
It wasn’t supposed to be until August 23rd, but today Sprint released the maintenance update for the HTC EVO 3D. This is version 2.08.651.2, and the enhancements and fixes include:
- Making additional preloaded apps un-installable by user.
- Updates to applications: Spiderman, Watch, Qik
- Device Lockscreen stuck in “half-state”
- Ability to transfer all contacts over Bluetooth
- Birthday one day off between contacts and Facebook when synced
- Random GPS coordinates issue – stuck in Taiwan
- Lockscreen displays 3-digit temperature correctly
- Spiderman demo lockup
Make sure to hit Menu/Settings/About Phone/System Updates to grab the update.
Who doesn’t love an update huh? Unless it bricks the smack out of your device right? Don’t worry, we don’t think these respective updates are going to kill your high priced investment. Per a leaked Sprint Playbook, it appears that the HTC Evo 3D will be receiving an update to version 2.08.651.2 which can be downloaded on Aug 18th and will be pushed to the rest of us on Aug 23rd. Don’t get too excited though, it’s not Ice Cream Sandwich however, it will address a number of bugs with the device. Be warned though, this update could prevent you from performing the new bootloader unlock and root method.
Samsung’s Conguer 4G, a highly anticipated device, will also be receiving a security patch, placing the Gingerbread 2.3 build at EG15. No other details have been released regarding the update. Plus, who’s going to argue with a security fix, right? If you’re not familiar with the Samsung Conguer 4G, check out our unboxing here and stay tuned for the hands-on review, which will shortly follow.
DirecTV and the NFL are dead set on getting their content to be absolutely 100% accessable on your mobile device. The two entities are gearing up to bring you the Sunday Ticket To-Go while….. on the go, of course. For now, it’s being reported that the Motorola Xoom will be among a number of other Moto devices supported. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab lineup was mentioned as being suppported as well however, we’re not clear as to whether or not this just includes the Tab 10.1 and/or the original Galaxy Tab 7-inch and 8.9-inch models. We’re assuming just Verizon branded devices for now. Per the presser, “other DROID-Branded phones” will receive the service too being that Verizon and the NFL have an exclusive partnership.
DIRECTV customers in the U.S. will continue to enjoy live streaming games with NFL SUNDAY TICKET To-Go on more mobile platforms including for the first time, Motorola’s XOOM and Samsung Galaxy tablets; Motorola’s Android phones; the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry devices with 3G or wifi, Palm Pre/Pixi, and other Droid-branded phones. (emphasis mine)
The extensive list of devices supported was a bit confusing as some devices on the list, which are supposed to be compatible, failed to be so when attempting to grab the app from the Market. We recommend you just head on over and see if your device is supported the old school way. The only other caveat is, you’ll have to pay a $50 “to-go” fee in addition to your regular subscription amount. If you’re a die-hard football fanatic and you’re ok with paying the extra amount, head on over to the Android Market after the break for the download where you’ll also find a few extra screen shots of the app. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. Is it worth the price?
With technology moving at the speed of light, no phone can stay in the market forever. We are always yearning for fresh blood, and the above document confirms some end-of-life information for some Verizon Wireless devices.
First off, the Motorola DROID 3 seems to be out of stock. This obviously has nothing to do with the end for the newest DROID, but it it is good news that sales seem strong. One other newer device is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 gray version, which will have constrained supplies for the next few weeks.
As for the end-of-life and other supply issues we have the following:
Samsung Continuum – might already be done since a lot of the supply has been depleted.
Samsung Galaxy Tab – supply is limited so if you want to grab one, you better get to your local store now. It will end by September / October.
Motorola Citrus – will be done by late August / early September
Motorola Droid 2 Global (Blue and Whilte) – done by August
The above image looks to be from a tips and tricks manual for the Motorola DROID Bionic. The good news is that it gives us more insight into the specs and features of what is probably the most anticipated device of 2011.
The rumors of the Bionic having a 4.5-inch screen can be put to rest because it is going to have a 4.3-inch screen. We knew it would support Webtop Apps and a LapDock, but we now know for sure it will have MotoPrint for WiFi printing, Bedside mode, and the HDMI out will have mirroring.
Zumocast is a nice surprise. With Zumocast you will be able to stream video, music, and pictures from your home or work computer to your Bionic. I think this is a nice addition, but could be a data hog. Thankfully many of us are grandfathered in with unlimited data.
Verizon’s 4G LTE continues to expand, and it is hard to believe that they now cover more than half of the United States with today’s rollout. If you live in the following 15 cities, it is time to dropping some cash on a shiny new LTE phone at your local Verizon Wireless store. The Bionic is almost here and ready to handle all of your data needs.
- Tucson, Ariz.
- Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers, Ark.
- Bakersfield and Salinas/Monterey/Seaside, CA.
- Fort Collins, Colo
- Frederick, Md.
- Worcester, Mass.
- Omaha, Neb.
- Council Bluffs, Iowa
- Albany, Ithaca and Syracuse, N.Y.
- Altoona and Johnstown, Pa.
- Memphis, Tenn.
- Provo, Utah.
Verizon is also expanding its 4G LTE network in Washington, D.C.; Tampa, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Baltimore, Md.; Boston, Mass.; Lansing, Mich.; New York, N.Y.; Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; and Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah.
Full Press Release after the break: