As of right now, only about 18% of Android phones are on Gingerbread, but AT&T is looking to change that. They just announced that all post-paid Android smartphones that were released in 2011, will receive the update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The planned devices include:
- HTC Inspire™ 4G
- LG Phoenix™
- Motorola ATRIX™ 4G
- Pantech Crossover™
- Samsung Captivate™ 4G
- Samsung Infuse™ 4G
The Atrix 4G update started rolling out today, and the HTC Inspire 4G will start receiving an update in the coming weeks.
Full press release after the break
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.
With the EVO 3D on Sprint, it’s time to get some 3D love for AT&T. Back in March, AT&T said they would be launching the LG Optimus as the LG Thrill. The wait is finally over as it looks like it will launch on August 7, and you can pre-order it now with the purchase of a $50 gift card from Radio Shack. The purchase price looks to be competitive at $79.99 with a two-year contract, or $550 off contract.
Many feel that 3D phones are just a fad, but it looks like it is here to stay for the time being. Recently, news surfaced that Samsung is planning on crashing the party with the Galaxy 3D later this year.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE version will finally makes its way into Verizon Wireless stores this Thursday, July 28. This will be the first 4G LTE Android tablet available on Verizon, and it will be the first LTE device to utilize a micro SIM card.
It looks like stores will only carry the grey version. If you desire the white version, you will have to order it via direct fulfillment.
Pricing will be $529 for the 16GB version and $629 for the 32GB version.
If Android is going to continue market share dominance, it needs to step up its enterprise security game. Good Technology announced that the Good for Enterprise solution is now available through T-Mobile USA on a wide range of Android devices. Good Technology is a leader in multiplatform enterprise mobility and was recognized by the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) as the Best Mobile Operations Management Solution in 2011.
The Good for Enterprise Android solution lets business customers provide enterprise-grade security and control over their business data and applications with the Android operating system.
“As more employees start to use personal devices at their places of work, and as more companies adopt Android for business, we want to provide the best services to support their needs,” said Britt Wehrman, vice president of B2B marketing for T-Mobile USA. “With Good’s solution, now IT administrators can help make sure company information is secure when employees are using T-Mobile’s powerful array of Android devices.”
T-Mobile business customers can contact a T-Mobile sales representative to obtain Good for Enterprise.
Full press release after the break
Back in June, Best Buy and Future Shop were taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with an expected ship date of July 22nd. According to Best Buy’s website, the warehouse arrival time moved back to August 19th. At this time we don’t know why, but this is obviously bad news as I am sure a lot of people up north have been dying to get their hands on this super nice tablet.
The above picture shows that Costco is pulling the Atrix as an “inventory pullback” and that a new handset is coming soon. Not only that, the new Planogram and signage is scheduled for July 24. Could this be for a new handset or some sort of an updated Atrix? We will let you know as soon as we hear something.
Have you been drooling over a tablet you’ve been wanting for a long time. Just don’t have the cabbage to drop down on your dream device. Seem that Staples knows how you’re feeling. So they have given us a coupon for a cool $100 off any tablet purchase. You’ve got a total of 8 days to decide if you want to take this deal, as it expires on the 30th. It does exclude a couple tablets, so read the fine print.
Unfortunately, what we are seeing when attempting to purchase, is that the ASUS Transformer is out of stock online. Either way, here’s the coupon link. Give it a shot, browse Staples.com and and check out the various tablets. Alternatively, you could run down to, or call your local store, and see what they have in stock.
As of today the Samsung Replenish is available in Onyx Black and Arctic Blue. Now for all you who like a more flashy look to your Android device, on July 24th you’ll be able to pick up the eco-friendly phone in a brightly colored, Raspberry Pink.
This Samsung model, branded by Sprint was initially created to promote commitment to environmental awareness, in part by being made out of 80 percent recycled material. This touch QWERTY device, offers the first (sold separately) solar charging battery cover. You can pick this up at the different retailers and Sprint for $50 w/new 2yr contract.
Note: I attempted to upgrade one of my 5 lines to the original Onyx Black Replenish, since of course this Raspberry version is not yet out. I am able to upgrade one of my additional lines if I choose to for the price of zero dollars. So If you’re due for an upgrade, and are savvy about the environment, this might be for you.
Lenovo announced the IdeaPad KI yesterday, and today it is available for pre-order. For now, it is the 32GB version, and they are listing it as having a regular price of $599, but it is on sale for $499.99 (your choice of white and silver or red and silver). It is expected to be available sometime in August, but they are showing the estimated ship date to be 8/1/11, which is just an estimate.
They are offering another option of black and silver with a leather case for $519 ($100 off) with an estimated ship date of 8/4/11.
Be sure to check out the unboxing video as well.
We have been hearing about the myTouch 4G Slide for so long that it is hard to believe you can pre-order it now. T-Mobile has it priced at $199, but you can get it at Wirefly, in your choice of black or khaki, for $149. If pre-ordering is not your thing, and you would rather put your hands on it first, you will have that chance on July 27th when it reaches T-Mobile stores.
HTC is promising that the myTouch 4G Slide will have the most advanced camera of any smartphone, plus you get HTC Sense 3.0 and Android Gingerbread. This one looks like a real winner!!
[via wirefly black or khaki]
Lookout is quickly becoming the leader in mobile security. Recently, they teamed up with Sprint, and now they are teaming up with Verizon Wireless. Lookout introduced its Mobile Threat Network and Verizon’s V CAST Apps is the first app store to adopt it.
Mobile Threat Network is a platform that automates the mobile threat detection and analysis process, and delivers over-the-air protection to mobile users around the world. Lookout developed the Mobile Security API which extends protection available in the network to any app store or download site.
“We want Verizon V CAST Apps users to continue to feel confident doing anything with their smartphone,” said Todd Murphy, director, Business Development at Verizon Wireless, “Working with Lookout gives not only us, but developers who distribute their apps through V CAST Apps the knowledge that apps in this store are safe from malware and other issues.”
Full press release after the break:
Verizon Wireless just put the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY on sale for $99 with a new two-year agreement as part of a back-to-school sale.
The Xperia PLAY features:
- 1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® processor with Adreno 205 GPU
- Adobe Flash Player
- 4-inch multi-touch display
- 5 Megapixel rear facing camera
- VGA front facing camera for still shots and video chatting
The Xperia PLAY also comes pre-loaded with seven games including Madden NFL 11 (EA Sports), Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior (Digital Legends), Asphalt 6: Adrenaline (Gameloft), The Sims 3 (EA), Star Battalion (Gameloft), Crash Bandicoot (Sony Playstation) and Tetris. They expect to have more than 100 additional titles available by the end of the year via V CAST Apps.
As part of the back-to-school sale, Verizon is also offering a Buy One Get One Free promotion for the Droid X2 and Droid 3. Amazon recently put the Droid 3 on sale for $70 for new contracts.