We already know Verizon is a major player in the smartphone and tablet game, but it’s now growing its portfolio of accessories too. The famed Sony SmartWatch has been casually listed on its website for a price of $149.97 and can also be found in its stores as well. In addition, Verizon has accessories for the device such as extra wristbands listed as well. This means there is yet another way of getting those Facebook, Twitter and Gmail updates to Verizon customers using the Bluetooth-powered device. I’m sure some of you all are just itching to get more details of the device, so make sure you hit the source link to find more information.
source: Verizon Wireless
We just got word that some DROID Incredible 4G LTE accessories are arriving at indirect sales channels for Verizon Wireless. This means the launch should be fairly close, but we’re also hearing that we probably won’t see it until the first week in July due to software issues. This certainly doesn’t surprise me since this is Verizon we’re talking about.
Actually this phone is way overdue since it’s not even a One X and barely a One S since it lacks the fantastic camera software of the One Series. Droid Life recently reported a June 21st date, which seems realistic as well.
I guess it comes down to the source, and our source is very confident that we won’t see this mid-level phone until closer to Independence Day. More pics after the break
At this point in the game, there really shouldn’t be a phone released without global capabilities. I know a lot of people don’t need it, but it’s something that just needs to be there for convenience. You can’t ask people to simply be forced to buy a certain phone because they “might” travel overseas. It shouldn’t be in the equation, it should just be there. With the news that the DROID 4, Rezound, and DROID RAZR will be getting global capabilities, it looks like we have a trend started because we can now add the Samsung Galaxy S III to that list. Unfortunately it won’t be out of the box as it will require a future software update. I find that totally annoying. Even looking at the DROID 4, Rezound, and DROID RAZR, these phones have been out for 7+ plus months. Why force customers to wait that long into their contract? Let’s hope the update for the GSIII happens a tad quicker.
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: