We already told you about some hot deals on the Acer Iconia Tab A500. If you are in the market for the 32GB version, CompUSA might have the best deal, which is $449 with a $100 CompUSA gift card. If you fancy the 16GB version, they are offering the same deal as Target, which is $399 along with the same $100 gift card. Who is grabbing one?
According to AT&T via their official Twitter account, the Samsung Infuse 4G will be receiving the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update at some point this month.
AT&T announced in July that all of its phones that were released in 2011 will be receiving an update to 2.3.x. The Samsung Infuse 4G will join the HTC Inspire 4G, LG Phoenix, Motorola ATRIX, Pantech Crossover and the Samsung Captivate as the AT&T models that have already received, or will soon be receiving, the Android OS update.
Last month RadioShack penned a deal with Verizon to start selling Big Red’s phones on September 15th 2011. They also announced that they will no longer carry T-Mobile devices after September 14th. Now, with September coming around the corner, RadioShack needs their T-Mobile stock gone ASAP. They have decided to deal with that issue in a spectacular way. Starting August 12th every single phone is absolutely free, with a two year commitment. Don’t bother rushing to the RadioShack website, however. This deal is only good in stores. No word on when the sale might end, though considering the circumstances, it is probably safe to assume the special will last until stock is depleted.
We know that Amazon will be launching a tablet or tablets soon, and most analysts are predicting that they will have the best chance at putting a dent into Apple’s dominance with the iPad.
How do they plan on doing it? Well their name for starters, but lets be serious, if you want to come out with a splash then you severely undercut your competition with price. Creative Strategies analyst Tim Bajarin thinks the Amazon tablet will cost $300, but they will discount the price to $249 with the hopes of getting their money back with sales from the Amazon app store. It is expected that they could recoup the loss from each tablet within 6 months and make a profit of 10 to 30 percent per tablet over the next 18 months.
Not only would this effect Apple, but it would also affect all Android manufacturers. Pricing like this make sense because I am still asking myself why anyone needs to pay $400 to $600 for a tablet that gives you nothing more than a smartphone except for screen size.
I have already predicted that Android will own the tablet market share by March 2012. If Amazon decides to go with this lower price, it may happen by the end of 2011.
Are you guys ready to jump on board with Amazon if they come in at $249?
Pictures have been taken of a live Bionic at a Verizon store. I hope the girl holding the device in the capture has small hands, otherwise this phone looks to be massive. There are some better pictures of the Bionic here in my opinion, but there is a nice shot of the Lapdock for this device.
The wait shouldn’t be much longer with September 8th right around the corner as its supposed release date. Who is going to be rushing out to get one of these bad boys? I’m a little sick of hearing about the Bionic at this point and moved on to the Hercules, but this sure is sexy live.
Hit the break for more pictures, including the Lapdock.
Last month we reported that the Dell Streak was pulled, but the information we got was that it might be getting some sort of update and it would be back this month. It appears it might be gone for good. On the website it says, “Streak 5 is not longer available.” Then you see the above image of a woman in a car with the following text: “Goodbye, Streak 5. It’s been a good ride.”
Hopefully the Dell Streak 7 and the Dell Streak 10 Pro will make it to the U.S. for all you Dell fanatics out there.
Yesterday we announced the HTC partnership with Beats by Dre. Shortly after Best Buy announced a special offer for this weekend. They are offering 20% off any Beats by Dre headphone with the purchase of an HTC phone. Not a bad deal, but you have to be in the market for an HTC phone to make this work.
The above image shows us that T-Mobile is making a change with the 200MB data plan in that they will no longer throttle when a customer goes over the limit, but instead charge for overages. This is a complete change in T-Mobile’s data policy of never charging for overages. This is the lowest data plan, but you have to wonder what lies ahead.
T-Mobile is doing this “in order to remain competitive.” As of August 13, customers on the plan will be grandfathered, but all others will now be charged .10cents per MB over the 200MB limit. The good news is there is a limit on the overcharge, and that is $30 if you are the Classic Plans or $35 on the Value Plans. Customers will receive a warning message when they have hit 180MB and 200MB.
For now there are no other changes to the higher data offerings, but time will tell. Let this be a warning that something might be looming.
Pictures were recently leaked of a Motorola smartphone that bore a strong resembelence to its current Atrix model. The following week further information surfaced that gave the phone a “name” – The Motorola Model MB865. The MB865 appeared to be a high end device that could potentially be the replacement for the similar looking Motorola Atrix.
AT&T is stepping into the LTE waters this summer with its inaugural LTE service starting in five select markets in the south and Midwest. Earlier this year, it was heard that they planned to expand to twenty markets by the end of 2011 and would be releasing 20 4G devices during that period (though they did not break down the split between LTE and HSPA+). Those expectations appear to have been overly optimistic as an AT&T executive has clarified what we can expect.
HTC recently announced their first NFC device and now have also officially partnered with Beats by Dre. This is certainly good news as anything to help set them apart from the competition is a good thing. Here’s a quick blurb:
Today marks an incredible day for sound and Beats by Dr. Dre. We are announcing a partnership with HTC, one of the world’s leading wireless manufacturers. With this announcement, our two brands are coming together to redefine the smart phone category and redefine the way that sound is heard.
Over the past year, Beats by Dr. Dre has continued to evolve from a headphone company to a cultural movement that is redefining the way sound is heard. We have strived to take studio-quality music into the hands of you, our consumers, across the globe. This partnership with HTC represents the next phase of our vision, placing the utmost importance on giving smart phone fans the opportunity to hear the highest-quality of sound possible. The Beats team, still led by Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine, will continue to manage Beats autonomously.
There will be a lot more exciting news to come and we will continue to keep you on top of all of the wonderful things happening within the Beats World. This is truly an incredible chapter for Beats and we are proud to have you with us. Let’s Go!
Hit the break for more info and a video.