Well, thanks to the folks over at the Android Forums, Ytram was able to extract a few press shots of the up and coming, long overdue Galaxy Nexus for Verizon. And much to our disappointment, the device is branded like a cow getting its first stamp of approval. It’s obvious Verizon must have some serious pull to get Google to agree to put their “Verizon 4G LTE” branding on the backside of the device. And to much dismay, there is still no official word on a release date other than the many speculated ones given previously. So, as always, stay tuned and don’t forget to let us know what you think of all of this branding nonsense in the comments below. Should Vz be stamping their name all over an official Google branded phone? Hit the break to check out some more screen shots of the device courtesy of our friends over at Android Central. » Read the rest
It appears that photos of the Verizon branded Galaxy Nexus are popping up out in the wild. The folks over at Droid Life have said photos and have also received information regarding an update being pushed out to test devices. This update brings ICS to version 4.0.2. It’s not known as to what this update fixes, but with the recent bugs popping up it’s hopeful that this update fixes those. Although if it has, the GSM models of the phone have not received this update. There are also photos that show the 4G LTE version’s battery life. Which when you look at them, you’ll see it’s neither that great or that bad.
So with that being said, there is still no word on the supposed pre-order and launch information we saw yesterday. Although it looks like Verizon is pushing out updates even with the phone not being out yet. Hit the break below to check out the battery life photos. » Read the rest
Just in time for the holidays and those all those brand new LTE devices wrapped neatly under the tree, Verizon will be adding more than thirty new markets to their impressive 4G coverage map. Recent figures suggest Big Red is providing their signature high speeds in 179 markets presently, which means the 200 mark will easily be surpassed when the newbie cities go live on December 15th.
Has your location has been added? Check below to see which new markets will be included.
New Verizon 4G LTE Markets:
- Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
It appears that Verizon is pushing towards its goal of a country wide 4G network by 2013 by adding 14 new markets tomorrow and expanding service in 4 others.
The New Markets are:
- Little Rock, Ark.
- Savannah, Ga.
- Cedar Rapids, Iowa
- Des Moines, Iowa
- Lexington, Ky.
- Starkville, Miss.
- Kansas City, MO
- Springfield/Branson, Mo.
- Lincoln, Neb.
- Orange County, N.Y.
- Greater Providence, R.I.
- Rapid City, S.D.
- Roanoke, Va.
- Appleton/Oshkosh, Wis.
Markets that are expanding include:
- Louisville, Ky.
- Grand Rapids, Mich.
- Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
- Pittsburgh, Pa.
So those with 4G LTE phones in those areas, it looks like your wait for blazing fast speeds is almost over. For those in the expansion areas, your coverage is about to get better.
It’s only been a day and a handfull of hours since AT&T launched their new 4G devices, the HTC Vivid and the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Only a few markets have access to the new network already and a few early adopters have some interesting news to report.
I was always curious to see how Ma Bell’s 4G would stack up to Big Red’s, and By the looks of the speed test results – pretty damn good. Users in Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio and Chicago are reporting speeds ranging from 15Mbps to a whopping 65 Mbps. Kinda makes blazing fast seem like a blazing crawl, huh?Keep in mind there are only a small amount of people using the network right now and as more people sign on with 4G service from AT&T, the network will get bogged down, slowing the speeds down as well. Either way, the initial reports are pretty good, a lot faster than Verizon’s LTE launch if I remember correctly.
Jump past the break for a gallery of reported speed tests. The results are pretty amazing.
If there is any truth to the latest rumor that was fed to Phandroid, US Cellular appears to be gaining clout with device manufacturers. A tipster, said to be an employee at US Cellular, has provided an internal document showing a couple of impressive upcoming devices made by Samsung. If you have already studied the picture above I am sure you can guess what they are. Yep.. you’re right! You’re looking at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Not too shabby for a small time carrier if you ask me.
Another thing the document mentions is US Cellular’s 4G network, which is all ready to go, just has no devices yet to support it. My guess is that the devices shown in the document are going to be the first to bat once US Cellular throws the 4G pitch. By the looks of things, US Cellular may be planning to play with the big dogs in 2012. Welcome to the majors? We shall see my friends.
Yesterday, U.S. Cellular announced the impending launch of its 4G LTE network, saying that they have plans to cover about 25 percent of its footprint in the initial rollout. Throughout the announcement there is no mention of which markets would be a part of the first LTE push, but the carrier just issued a press release detailing a few cities that will be included within the initial launch.
- Iowa: Cedar Rapids, Davenport, and Des Moines
- Maine: Portland and Bangor
- North Carolina: Greenville
- Wisconsin: Madison, Milwaukee, and Racine
U.S. Cellular also confirmed that markets in Texas and Oklahoma will be included as well, but didn’t specify which cities. With new LTE coverage comes new LTE handsets, and U.S. Cellular is currently testing devices that should be available in the first quarter of 2012. No word on which devices are being considered, but you can assume most of them will be Android based.
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We still need to get confirmation from Samsung and AT&T but it looks like the wireless provider will add a new Android powered tablet to their 4G LTE device roster.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 made another visit to the FCC last week, this time packing AT&T radios inside. The FCC filing lists the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as model number SGH-I957 and shows the device supports the AT&T 4G LTE network – complete with the AT&T 4G logo on the back. We’re not sure if this new Galaxy Tab will have the same features/specs as the Wi-Fi version which has the Tegra 2 processor 1GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB internal space and Android 3.1.
The big question is pricing and availability. We are not sure of either right now but the addition of this 4G tablet alongside their two new 4G LTE phones, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid seems like a great way to launch a new network.
The FCC was successfully able to keep the Motorola Droid Razr under wraps until this mornings big announcement. It was only minutes after the unveiling that the FCC gave clearance to the phone, leading to some wishful thinking within the rumor mill.
Not only does the device support Verizon’s CDMA 800 and 1900 bands, GSM and WCDMA support is included as well. The FCC documents continue to say, “this device supports voice call functionality over GSM and WCDMA on non-US cellular networks,” which led to the wishful thinking I mentioned earlier. Other sites are reporting beliefs that the new Razr may actually be a world phone and if so, the first to support world-wide LTE connectivity. While this sounds all fine and dandy our very own, Sir Robert Nazarian, was at the official event and was able to confirm that in-fact this device will NOT be a globetrotter. Besides, wouldn’t that be a huge selling feature, one that Moto would have most definitely announced alongside the device? We will just have to wait and see exactly what this means for Moto’s new ridiculously thin smartphone.
The wait is finally over! Motorola Xoom owners can now upgrade their tablet to the blazing fast speeds of 4G LTE. Beginning today, you can send in your device for the free upgrade and expect to have it back within six business days. I know it’s no fun being without your tab for almost a week, but will be worth the wait since 4G connectivity is a vast improvement over 3G speeds. I highly recommend the upgrade and it’s free!
If you have already signed up on Verizon’s website for email alerts you should check your inbox. Reports say the notice has already been sent out. If you haven’t received a notification yet be sure to check your junk/spam inbox for details on how to get 4G’d. If you haven’t signed up for the alerts head to Verizon’s website for complete instructions on how to get your upgrade.
If you have been waiting for the pre-baked 4G version of the Xoom it will be launching on October 13th for $499.
Full press release after the break.