Verizon Officially Launches Its Data Share Plan

Customers would also have the option of adding 3G/4G tablets to their Data Share plans for an additional $10, though there is no need to sign a contract or long-term commitment. In all reality, the Data Share plan isn’t too bad— especially for couples and families. But if you’re not fortunate enough to be on a family plan and ride solo, then there’s nothing like having the luxury and freedom of unlimited data for Verizon customers— so you may want to hold onto that coveted unlimited data plan for as long as you can.

source: Verizon Wireless PR

iPhone Dethroned as Top Seller at Verizon by the Droid RAZR MAXX

For the first time in a long time, an Android  phone has managed to outsell the Apple iPhone at a major US carrier.  The Droid Razr MAXX outsold the iPhone in the first quarter of 2012.  What does this mean for Android?  Has the mighty iPhone begun to falter?  Not so fast, says analyst Anil Doradla at William Blair.  He points out that Verizon has been “aggressively marketing competing 4G devices”.  This is a fair point, as Verizon has spent a lot of money building out an impressive 4G network and is eager to get customers using it (and paying higher monthly bills).  The iPhone is marketed heavily by Apple, but not as much by the carriers.    Here’s what else Doradla had to say:

Since Apple’s iPhone launch in North America, we believe this was the first quarter where the iPhone was not the best‐selling smartphone at a North American mobile operator (where it was available). While Apple continued to maintain its top position at AT&T and Sprint, Motorola’s Droid RAZR MAXX was the best‐ selling smartphone at Verizon. Our checks also indicate that at this stage consumers are not pausing in front of the iPhone launch as it is not influencing their purchasing decisions (but we expect it to start impacting over the next couple of months). Despite the “increased competitive landscape from 4G devices (and the iPhone 4S is not 4G),” Doradia is “not worried” as the next iPhone model, a true 4G phone, “will be an important catalyst for the company,” he believes.

If I had to guess though, it’s that consumers just wanted a phone with an large screen, impressive battery life, 4G connectivity, a thin body style all backed by a company Google just purchased.  Android phones and the OS itself have rapidly caught up to (and surpassed) the iPhone, so this won’t be the last time we see a story like this.

By the way, the ICS release for the RAZR and RAZR MAXX  is expected very, very soon.

source: Barrons
via: IntoMobile

Leaked Inventory Sheet Shows The Navy Blue Samsung Galaxy Note Demo Unit Is On Its Way To T-Mobile Stores

We already know the Samsung Galaxy Note has plans on crashing a certain magenta-colored brand’s store in the not-too-distant future, but may now have a key indicator highlighting it will come a lot sooner than we previously thought. According to an inventory spec sheet acquired by the gang at TmoNews, a Navy Blue-colored Galaxy Note demo unit is set to arrive in all T-Mobile retail stores. Sure the demo units still don’t give us a concrete date of the device’s arrival, but it’s even more evidence the SGH-T879 is very much real and on its way.

source: TmoNews

How to disassemble and reassemble the Samsung Galaxy S III

I can’t imagine there will be too many of you that will need to do this, but if you find yourself in need to do a repair to your Samsung Galaxy S III or you just like to tinker with $700 hardware, you’ve come to the right place. Below is a video that will show you how to completely dissemble and reassemble the most coveted Android phone. It’s actually a pretty detailed video so you might actually enjoy just watching it. Set aside 20 minutes, grab some popcorn, and enjoy.

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Amazon Appstore could finally open in Europe this Summer

The Amazon Appstore has been around for a little over a year now, but it’s only available to U.S. residents. I’m not sure why they didn’t release it all over the world, but it looks like Europe may be the first area outside the U.S. to get a taste of it. All Things D is reporting that Amazon will announce next week that they are accepting submissions from developers soon.

The timing of this is interesting since sales of the Kindle Fire are starting to show declines. Amazon sold 4.8 million units in the 4th quarter 2011, but only 750,000 in the 1st quarter of this year. This was obviously due to Holiday sales, but that’s a pretty big drop. This might have been part of the plan all along, but it certainly can’t hurt Amazon to start selling Kindle Fire’s in more areas. Not to mention the Google Nexus tablet (and possibly an iPad Mini) is looming.

source: allthingsd


Sprint’s Touch Wallet is closer to reality thanks to leaked presentation slides

Last week we reported that Sprint was looking to develop their own NFC-based mobile wallet. Now we have a couple of leaked presentation slides to prove the validity that Sprint is seriously looking to launch something soon. The slides show McDonald’s Macy’s, Target, Dick’s and Barnes & Noble as possible retailers. We don’t know if they’re actually signed up or just examples. As to financial partners we have no idea.

The interface itself does resemble Google Wallet, and interestingly enough, Sprint is the only U.S. carrier that supports Google Wallet. That will be up until this launches because it’s unlikely Sprint can support both services.

I don’t know about you, but this doesn’t impress me whatsoever. First of all Sprint is one of the worst networks in the U.S. Second of all, I can’t stand carrier only apps. When it comes to mobile payments, we need something universal that works across all carriers and phones. I’m not saying Google Wallet is the answer, but something like it has to be. Hit the break for one more slide.

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Max Payne Mobile For Android Coming June 14th

It’s official… Android’s gaming cred is now legit. Rockstar Games, fresh from their Grand Theft Auto III near-sweep of the TegraZone Player Choice Awards, announced yesterday that Max Payne Mobile for Android will be released in the Google Play Store for $2.99 on June 14th. That’s just a few days away! Of course, this is a bit later than originally announced.

According to Rockstar Games, the game is optimized for Android devices, featuring HD graphics, high resolution textures, gamepad support, customizable controls, and more. The one kink is that the game will be released for a specific list of devices, presumably those that performed well in testing. Whether other devices will be added with future updates, we’re not sure, but it’s a good bet since we don’t see the Samsung Galaxy S III on the current list, and I’m sure the pitchforks and torches will be out in full until it’s supported.

Here’s the current list of supported devices. Glad to see all of mine are listed :-)

Supported Android Phones: Motorola Razr,  Razr Maxx, Motorola Atrix, Motorola Photon, Motorola Droid Bionic, HTC Rezound, HTC One X,  HTC One S,  HTC Evo 3D, HTC Sensation, HTC Droid Incredible 2,  Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung S2, Samsung Galaxy R, Sony Xperia Play, Sony Xperia S, Sony Walkman Z Series Media Player

Supported Android Tablets: Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Dell Streak 7, LG Optimus Pad, Medion Lifetab, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 / 10.1, Sony Tablet S, Sony Tablet P, Toshiba Thrive, HTC Flyer, HTC Jetstream

Thanks James!

source: rockstar games

HTC Denied Chance To Use Google Patents Against Apple

Last year, HTC “borrowed” patents from Google in order to go on the offensive with Apple. Of course, Apple filed a motion against the use of these patents, and now Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender has granted Apple that motion. Pender ruled that HTC cannot use the patents since they failed to properly acquire all the necessary rights.

If this decision remains after the inevitable appeal by HTC, it effectively cuts HTC’s legal arsenal by more than half, leaving only three of the original eight patents they can use in the ITC dispute against Apple.

Not great news for HTC.

source: foss patents
via: engadget

DISH Network And Qualcomm Partner To Bring Devices That Support Cellular And Satellite Connectivity

Right now there are two big chips on campus… NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3, and Qualcomm’s dual-core Snapdragon S4. The S4 is rapidly gaining market share due to its integrated LTE support and can be seen in both the U.S. versions of HTC’s One X and Samsung’s Galaxy S III.

Satellite TV company DISH Network has announced that, in conjunction with Qualcomm, they plan to develop “mobile handsets and other devices” using the S4 chips, along with their LTE prowess. Qualcomm has developed a new 3G satellite technology called Enhanced Geostationary Air Link (EGAL), which enables DISH to support these new devices on the 2GHz/AWS-4 band in both terrestrial (LTE) and satellite modes.

DISH is continuing development of this program while waiting for the FCC to approve the use of their spectrum in this way. It’s a “risk-based investment” according to DISH, but one which is important “to accelerate a long-term path to developing both the satellite and ground-based mobile markets.”

In other words, smartphones with both LTE and satellite capabilities could be coming relatively soon. Cool.

Full press release after the break.

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III To Arrive “On Or Before” June 21st

AT&T has yet to officially announce a release date for their Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, and last week we reported that pre-orders could start shipping on June 18th. Now, according to Droid Matters, it seems that when AT&T Premier customers pre-order, they are being told that the S III will arrive “on or before” June 21st.  This is the same date that the S III will be available on Sprint and T-Mobile.

This is still not an official release date announcement, but June 21st is really starting to look like Galaxy Day. Not too long now, folks!

source: droid matters
via: bgr