As expected, it appears that Verizon is not slowing down when it comes to turning up LTE in as many cities as humanly possible and in the least amount of time. Our friends over at DroidLife managed to receive a list of cities LTE bound thanks to a number of sources. If the list is accurate, a number of Big Red customers are about to get a little more out of that 4G device they emptied their wallets over. With the recent launch of 28 cities on the 21st, the company will yet again impress us with another rapid slew of cities to add to the list. Hit the break for the full list and if you’ve been heavily contemplating whether or not to purchase an LTE device because the service hasn’t rolled out in your area yet, hit the list up as fast as you can to help smooth out the decision process. As always don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. » Read the rest
No matter how great a phone is, one thing we know for sure, it will eventually be replaced. The above document is a list of Sprint’s End of Life listings with approximate phase-out dates.
The most notable phone on the list is the HTC EVO. Starting this September, the white EVO will start to phase out. Next on deck is the black EVO and the Samsung Epic, slated for October.
For those worried about warranty replacements, there will most likely be refurbished units or you will receive a comparable handset.
Just when you thought we did not need another mobile OS, Mozilla is gearing up with their Boot to Gecko (B2G) mobile platform.
B2G aims to clean up mobile fragmentation with an open-sourced standards-based web technologies OS. It appears to be in the beginning stages, but they plan on publishing source code as its developed so devs can add to it and help them out.
What makes B2G interesting is that Mozilla is building it by taking the Android code that lets it work on hardware, and adding a UI pulled from Firefox’s cross-platform layout engine Gecko. This appears to be like any other Android phone with HTC Sense or Samsung Touchwiz, but Mozilla said they won’t be adopting the Java language used in Android, nor will they support native code programming.
Last September, Mozilla showed of a prototype cellphone dubbed the Seabird. It has an 8MP camera, two pico-projectors, and inductive wireless charging. We could see something like this in the near future with B2G. You have to check out the video after the break because this could be the coolest phone on Earth someday.
It appears today is Samung Galaxy S II day because we just reported about it landing on Verizon Wireless in August, and now we have some news for those of you on AT&T. Yesterday, we showed you a picture of the above unnamed Samsung QWERTY slider, and today the story is that it might be AT&T’s version of the Galaxy S II.
It has been rumored that the AT&T Galaxy S II phone would be called the Attain, but we are not sure if that name will land on this device or another version without the QWERTY slider.
The model number is SGH-I927, and it will be running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. It is expected to have matching specs to the Galaxy S II which is a 1.2GHz dual core CPU, 1GB RAM, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus Screen, 8MP rear camera, and 1.9MP front camera.
The other interesting thing is that Samsung is bringing an unnamed QWERTY slider to Verizon as well. Wouldn’t it be interesting if that turns up to be another variant of the Galaxy S II as well?
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Many hoped the Gingerbread update for the Samsung Epic 4G was going to be here this month, but an announcement by Sprint squashed that. While you are still waiting for official release, you can check out a leaked ROM. This ROM is build EG22 (back in June it was EF02), and it is based on Android 2.3.4. It looks like there are some fixes with this new build, including one for existing sound-related problems
This ROM is flashable with ClockworkMod and is pre-rooted. Head over to the source link to give it a try.
It looks like an unnamed Samsung phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard is headed to AT&T. We don’t know much about it other than the fact it looks really nice with the 4 row keyboard.
We will let you know more as we hear it.
The above leaked spreadsheet shows estimated launch dates for upcoming devices on Sprint. The Samsung Conquer, which was originally going to launch yesterday, has been pushed to August 21. The August time frame was confirmed from a Sam’s Club leak as well.
If you look further down the list, you will see a phone called the Sprint M650 Handset Kit for October 30. This looks to be the Huawei M650 which recently passed WiFi certification on June 28.
The other surprise is the ZTE V55 tablet which is scheduled for the 1st quarter 2012. We do not know anything about this device, but we are assuming it will have 3G/4G support. In the past ZTE has been exclusive to Chinese carriers, but has been slowly creeping into the US Market.
The Droid Bionic is one of the most anticipated phones, but I am starting to wonder if it will live up to the hype. We have been expecting it to launch on August 4, but according to a Sam’s Club document, it will be in September.
Nothing is confirmed, but I am not expecting it to land on August 4th because I it is likely Verizon and Motorola will hold a major press event to announce the phone, which is likely to be at least 2 weeks before the release. Right now there is nothing scheduled.
I also expect them to launch a major Twitter campaign like they have done with most of the top Droid phones. This will be the biggest Droid release to date so we should expect the same. Even if they don’t do a press event, they will at least run the Twitter campaign, and until that begins, there is no need to start lining up at your nearest Verizon store. The Droid Charge campaign started 8 days before the launch so we need to see something by this Wednesday. I know a lot of people want to believe the August 4 date, especially since some accessories were leaked at Amazon, but I am not holding my breath.
Also to note, the LG Thrill is showing as late July, but we reported earlier that all signs point to August 7, and the Samsung Conquer was originally expected to launch yesterday, but it has been pushed to August. The Motorola Photon seems to still be on track for July 31, which was officially announced by Sprint.
Sporting Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 1GHz MSM8655 CPU, an HVGA screen, and a rumored 2 megapixel camera (we certainly hope this isn’t true), the device is most likely several months away from release yet. Samsung is still waiting on FCC approval, though both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi certifications are already in place. The phone really just seems to be held back by red tape at this point.
In what we had originally thought to be a followup to Sprint’s mid-level Transform, this device will actually be Boost Mobile’s first sliding-keyboard smartphone. We realize that many would argue that the sliding keyboard is a dying breed, but Samsung knows that there is still a loyal market for slider phones out there (here’s talking to you, Mom). It’s great to see manufacturers catering to all parties.