Somehow we missed the Verizon press release yesterday on the Samsung Galaxy S III. There really isn’t anything new because we already knew that pre-orders will start tomorrow, June 6th with a price of $199 for the 16GB version and $249 for the 32GB version. What we didn’t know was the release date, but Verizon didn’t offer one up in the presser. It’s likely to be June 21st since Verizon likes to release devices on Thursdays, and yes, sometimes on Fridays, which would make it the 22nd.
They do offer one thing that differentiates their version of the GSIII from the others and that’s the Color App. About a month ago Verizon and Color announced their partnership, so it’s no surprise that it will come pre-loaded on their GSIII. If you’re not familiar with Color, it will allow you to live broadcast video with audio.
The other thing to note is that Verizon’s presser uses “Pebble Blue” terminology as opposed to “Metallic Blue,” which was in T-Mobile’s presser. Rumors have circulated that Samsung may have changed the color. I haven’t received a flat out denial from Samsung reps, only that it’s supposed to be called “Pebble Blue.”
I guess we might as well make today National Galaxy S III day because if you thought the buzz around it was major before, it just got bigger with the announcement that all five major U.S. mobile carriers will be offering the Samsung Galaxy S III starting this month. We already have a good idea that T-Mobile will probably be the first one on the list with a June 2oth date, and Sprint seems close since they have an event scheduled for next week.
So you want more goodies don’t you. How about pictures of the Verizon version? Well the boys over at Android Police obtained some photos. Ahh yes the blurry variety, but definitely seem legit. Of course there really isn’t much information to gather from these photos other than the Verizon logo will be on the back just like the Galaxy Nexus. Also, we can confirm that the placement of the capacitive buttons will be the same as the international version. Hit the break for more images.
All has been quite at Motorola lately. Earlier in the year they released the DROID 4 and the DROID RAZR MAXX, but they sat back and watched HTC and Samsung show off their latest goods. I’m not sure if the DROID RAZR HD (XT926) will turn anyone’s attention away from HTC or Samsung, but it’s release is getting closer. It just appeared in the Cellebrite database, and as a quick refresher, the Cellebrite system is used by mobile carriers for transferring contacts from an old cell phone to a newly purchased one.
We’ve been hearing rumors about this one since March, and it looks like this will be Motorola’s first 720p display phone in the U.S. Of course the highlight is the 3300mAh battery that will probably go down as the biggest innovation for 2012. Neither Samsung nor HTC could come close to matching Motorola’s prowess on this one, but will it be enough to put Motorola over the top?
Newsflash: Verizon has the biggest LTE network and they continue to get bigger. This month’s expansion is hitting most of the major beach towns and vacation destinations. Everything below should be up by Memorial Day, which will be in time for those Summer trips. I’m excited because I’m heading down to Virginia Beach in June so my Galaxy Nexus will be at lightning speed for streaming Slacker and Google Music. Hit the break for the complete rundown.
While the DROID RAZR looks like it will likely don a shade of blue, we’ll have to treat this as a rumor until Big Red says its official— which should be too long from now.
Back in late November of 2010 we brought to you news that the FCC was looking into people being able to send SMS, photo, or video MMS messages to 911 services around the country. Since that time we have heard very little of these proposed plans going into action. Well Verizon appears to have had enough of waiting around as it made the announcement today that it hopes to enable this feature for its customers as early as 2013. It will be based on current CDMA SMS networks so the roll out should be fairly quick. Marjorie Hsu, Verizon VP of technology had this to say:
“Verizon is at the forefront of 911 public-safety innovations, and today’s announcement is another step in making SMS-to-911 service available to those who cannot make a voice call to 911.”
While Sprint did announce that it would be enabling emergency text alerts back in November of last year on its network, this is the first big push by a carrier in the text-to-911 ability. Some of you may be skeptical of its uses but this would be a huge benefit for those who are hard of hearing or for those who are in a situation where making sounds is less than ideal. So if everything works out correctly we can look to see this sometime next year.
Full press release after the break:
We kind of expected Verizon would kick off CTIA with the official announcement of the DROID Incredible 4G LTE and that’s exactly what they did. For the past month or two we’ve been getting rumors and leaks so there are no surprises here. It’s more of a variant of the One S as opposed to the One X, which is a little disappointing for DROID Incredible fans. Some of the differences are a smaller display and a micro SD slot for up to an additional 32GB of storage. Full specs include:
- 4-inch super LCD qHD (960 x 540) display
- 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash, BSI, f/2.2 and 28 mm lens
- Front-facing camera for video chatting with friends and family
- Mobile Hotspot capable to share 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
- Support for up to 32 GB microSD™ memory card
- 1,700 mAh lithium ion removable battery
- Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 4.0
No pricing was mentioned nor a definitive date, but they did say it would become available in the “coming weeks.”
Full press release after the break:
Motorola recently sent out a “confidential email” to DROID Bionic owners part of the Motorola Feedback Network, so you know what that means— an update is on the way folks. What this update is exactly, no one knows. But we do have the lovely letter in its entirety, so come join us as we share it with you after you hit the break.
You remember back in 2009 when we started seeing the Droid Does commercial campaign? Remember how it called out the iPhone in what it couldn’t do? Remember how we just stopped seeing the Droid Does commercials? Well the point to this line of questioning is that the Droid Does Campaign is back but it’s much less edgier in its presentation than before. Given that Verizon sells both the iPhone and the Droid line nowadays it makes sense for Verizon to tone back the iPhone bashing.
So instead of the in-your-face campaign it once was, it’s now a more “warmth-of-a-cozy-fire” direction. If you don’t believe me you can hit the break below. There we have the new commercial for you that shows off the Droid 4, RAZR, and RAZR MAXX. We also have two of the older commercials too for the sake of comparison. Let us know what you think in the comments below. Is this new direction a nice breath of fresh air for the campaign or did you prefer the old anti-iPhone direction?
What a ride it’s been for the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX smartphones for the last few weeks. We’d heard everything from a soak test for a small update to a soak test with a potentially big update— which caused a ton of confusion and uncertainty as to what this upcoming update could be. Well friends, an update has officially arrive out of the blue for those devices which does confirm it is the Version.6.12.181.XT912.Verizon.en.US update we had previously suspected before.
The update includes a host of nice features too. For starters, there’s improved device stability, extended battery life, a more accurate 4G indicator and improved text messaging. If you’re an owner of one of those devices, make sure to be on the lookout for the 17MB update which should arrive very soon. Let’s hope it’s not too much longer before we see the Ice Cream Sandwich update afterwards.
source: Verizon Wireless