We first told you about the Saygus VPhone back in 2009, but never heard a thing about it until now. It should have been on the market by June 2010, but it took way longer to get approved than anyone expected.
Verizon’s open development program (ODI) was designed for machine-to-machine devices like power meters and thermostats, but 9 phones have been approved before the VPhone. The fact that it took this long to get approved shows you how difficult it is for mobile phone companies to pass through the carrier labs.
What does any of this mean? You will be able to buy the phone and use Verizon Wireless’s network, but it won’t be supported by them. That means it will be free of bloatware so it will be the closest thing to a Nexus device.
Unfortunately the specs are nothing to rave about. As for what Android version, we have no idea, but wouldn’t be surprised if it is a Froyo device. Hit the break for the rest of the specs.
We recently reported about Motorola and their large patent portfolio. Some even thought that Motorola would use them to hurt other Android manufacturers, which we now know was never going to be the case because Google is going to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion or a 63% premium over Friday’s closing price.
Google takes care of two major things with this purchase. They picked up a slew of patents that could finally slowdown Apple and Microsoft from their cowardly attacks, and they now have a true manufacturing partner to take Android to “infinity and beyond” as Buzz Lightyear would say.
In case you are nervous that Android will be closed off to other manufacturers, that won’t be the case. Android will remain open, and Motorola will continue to run as a separate business.
Ah leaks, you gotta love ’em, especially if you’re in the press like we are. ;) Regarding Android, our latest leak comes from Verizon Wireless, from which IGN was able to get a memo detailing several holiday releases of upcoming Android smartphones and tablets (it also had Blackberry and budget phones on there, but we care not about those).
Items of note and their release dates contained within this memo include:
- The dual-core Motorola Droid Bionic has a release date of September 8th.
- The Samsung Stratosphere — rumored to be their version of the Galaxy S 2 — also has a release date of September 8th.
- A Motorola Xoom tablet is also scheduled for release on September 8th.
- The HTC Bliss Gingerbread smart phone has a release date of September 29th.
- The HTC Vigor — the Thunderbolt replacement — has a release date of October 5th.
- The Samsung Galaxy Tab P8 with a 4G radio. The specs are yet unavailable for this tablet, but it has a general “November” release date.
Lots of juicy tidbits there for Android fans, to be sure. Which one of these will be competing for your hard-earned cash come the holiday season? If you’re a Verizon customer, you sure won’t be wanting for choice, that’s for sure. We’ll bring you more info on these devices as we get them.
American Express and Verizon Wireless announced they will integrate Serve, a next-generation digital payment and commerce platform, on many Verizon mobile smartphones and tablets. Verizon customers will be able to make payments and redeem offers for goods and services from their mobile phones or tablets using Serve.
Serve authenticates the mobile number which allows customers to make a purchase on-screen with only a few clicks. It is currently accepted by the millions of merchants in the United States who accept American Express.
You will be able to redeem mobile offers from participating merchants with credits automatically appearing in your serve account. The two companies are also working with Payfone to support Serve checkout on Verizon Wireless devices.
Full press release after the break
With the majority of phones being black, it is nice to see a little color once in a while. It looks like Verizon Wireless might be prepping a silver Droid Incredible 2. The Droid Incredible 2 is a really nice upper mid-level phone and now that it has been unofficially unlocked with CyanogenMod7 and MIUI now available, this silver edition might be a sweet deal. We expect that it will have the same specs as the original black edition.
The only negative is that it is not 4G LTE, but there are still a lot of people that do not have access to LTE or don’t feel they need the extra speed at the expense of decent battery life.
We have no idea when this will be available, but you can trust that we will let you know as soon as we hear more.
This has to be declared Samsung Galaxy S II week. First, pictures surfaced for an AT&T version with a QWERTY slider, then a 2nd slate version appeared. Then out of nowhere, pictures surfaced for the Verizon Wireless version. All of these are expected in August so they have to be hitting the FCC right? We already have news of the Sprint version (might be called the Within) passing, and now here comes one of the possible AT&T versions.
This one bares the model SGH-I777. It does not appear that it has a keyboard and we know that one of these versions could be called the Attain. It has 4G HSPA and NFC. This week might be Galaxy S II week, but it is looking like August might be declared Galaxy S II month, and Samsung will be on their way to selling 10 million units.
The Fascinate has been suffering from a bug in which you cannot receive calls, but some of you might not have noticed because you forgot you can actually use your phone for calls. For the ones that did notice, some were able to get replacements devices from Verizon with constant complaining. That route might be unlikely now because update i500.ED05 is now available too fix it, along with some additional SMS bugs.
The LTE upgrade passed through the FCC recently, and it looks like Motorola will finally begin the upgrade to LTE for the Verizon Wireless XOOM 3G. Make your plans to part with your XOOM sometime in September as internal documents and emails to customers are confirming that the end to this saga is near.
This was originally promised for the summer, but everything went wrong for Motorola as the Bionic was also delayed. Nobody knows exactly what happened, but the fact that the NVIDIA Terga 2 is in the XOOM, and was in the original Bionic, leads me to believe that it was the issue. Motorola has switched to Texas Instruments with the Bionic, and their next rumored beast, the Dinara, looks to have a TI chip as well. The XOOM was going to be Verizon’s 1st LTE tablet, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE ends up with the crown because it launches tomorrow.
One more picture after the break.
Radio Shack has entered into an agreement with Verizon Wireless to provide postpaid and prepaid wireless products in over 4,300 of its company-operated stores starting September 15, 2011. The company also announced that as of September 14, 2011, they will no longer carry T-Mobile wireless products.
Jim Gooch, president and chief executive officer of RadioShack Corporation, said, “This is a substantial win for our customers, as this relationship with the nation’s largest wireless provider will further enhance our position as a leading multi-carrier wireless retailer. The addition of Verizon Wireless, in combination with our existing carrier partners, positions us to now offer the best assortment of carriers, rate plans, devices and accessories for every consumer need.”
Full press release after the break
The Droid Incredible 2 recently received some Gingerbread love, but it looks like there is a minor update on the way to fix server connection issues with email and contacts. HTC has been a leader in updates and fixes, and it is refreshing to see even the slightest fixes. Kudos to HTC.
The build for this update is 3.02.605.1. They did not provide a date, but check your phone because it could be anytime.