DROID X2 for Verizon, Available Online NOW!

Yesterday, we told our readers that Big Red would officially have the DROID X2 in store on May 26th for $199 with 2yr contract, and online today for the same deal. Well here’s a screenshot of the proof. Today is May 19th and VZW has held up their end of the bargain. This new device may be only releasing with Android 2.2, but the press release assures us that it’ll see an update to 2.3. Powered by its 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 540×960 qHD capacitive touchscreen it definitely beats out its predecessor the Droid X.

So if this is the DROID you’ve been looking for, the wait is over. Head on over to Verizon Wireless and check out the deal today.


It’s Official: Motorola Droid X2 coming to Verizon on May 26th for $199

We have been talking about the Droid X2 for a while now. Last week we reported that it would be in Verizon stores on May 26th with online orders beginning May 19th.

Today Motorola and Verizon made it all official. The price will be $199 for a 2-year contract. We originally thought that it would ship with Gingerbread, but it will ship with Froyo. Again the specs for the X2 are:

  • 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
  • 4.3-inch qHD capacitive touchscreen (that’s 540×960 pixels)
  • EV-DO Rev. A connectivity
  • 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash
  • 802.11 Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
  • HDMI out
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Proximity, ambient light, accelerometer and compass sensors
  • 8GB of internal storage

Full press release after the break

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play with Verizon- pre-order May 19th – in store May 26th


Verizon, one of the last carriers to get the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, is finally bringing it home by launching pre-orders on Thursday May 19th for all, and available in stores Thursday May 26th 2011. You’ll be able to grab this for $199.99 with a 2 year contract, then you’ll be ready to hit some good ‘ol PSOne titles along with all the other titles available from the Xperia Section of the Android Market on top of the hundreds of thousands of already available Android apps.

Here’s a refresher on specs just in case:

  • Gingerbread OS (2.3)
  • HSDPA Technology
  • Slide out PSP style gaming pad
  • 4-Inch Multitouch 854 x 480 LCD
  • 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon II processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 802.11n WiFi
  • FM Receiver and Transmitter
  • 5 Meg Camera With LED Flash
  • VGA Front Facing Camera

Full Press release below.

Triple threat: Motorola Droid X2, LG Revolution, and HTC Trophy to launch May 12 on Verizon Wireless

A month ago we told you that Verizon was going to have some nice releases for April and May. It looks like the Motorola Droid X2 and the LG Revolution are on schedule and will be released next Thursday, May 12. The HTC Trophy (WP7) which was originally expected to hit in April, will now be released next Thursday as well.

For those waiting for the Sony Xperia PLAY, you will be happy to know that it has been scheduled for Thursday, May 26th. This phone was also originally scheduled for April, but due to some bugs it was pushed back.

The Droid X2 will be Verizon’s first dual-core Tegra 2 phone. The LG Revolution will be a 4G LTE phone and be the first Android phone with Netflix support.  The HTC Trophy will be Verizon’s first Windows Phone 7 device.

It looks like the Verizon stores will be pretty busy next Thursday.

[via droid-life]

Motorola will change bootloader policy late 2011

Motorola has been locking bootloaders for a while now and a lot of consumers have been on their case about it. Recently Australian Atrix owner, Irwin Proud made a Groubal page to get the attention of Motorola. There are now over 8800 signatures.

In response to this, Motorola made the following statement:

“In terms of your question – we completely understand the operator requirement for security to the end user, and as well, want to support the developer communities desire to use these products as a development platform. It is our intention to enable the unlockable/relockable bootloader currently found on Motorola XOOM across our portfolio of devices starting in late 2011, where carriers and operators will allow it.”

If you remember, back in January, Motorola stated the following:

“working closely with our partners to offer a bootloader solution that will enable developers to use our devices as a development platform.”

This will all be very interesting because which carriers will go for this? Motorola has been very tight with Verizon Wireless, and it remains to be seen if they would allow unlocked phones. Is Motorola going to play the blame game with the carriers?

[via androidcentral]

Verizon makes it official: Droid Incredible 2 launching April 28 for $199.

Verizon has just announced that the HTC Droid Incredible 2 will be launching on April 28th for $199 with a 2-year contract.

Key specs:

  • 4-inch WVGA (800×480) TFT display
  • 8MP rear facing camera with dual Xenon flash, VGA front facing
  • 768MB of RAM
  • 8GB micro SD card out of the box
  • 3G connectivity on Verizon’s EVDO Rev. A network (no LTE, unfortunately)
  • Global (GSM/CDMA) radio with Verizon/Vodafone SIM out of the box
  • 1420mAh battery

Hit the break for the full press release

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Sprint joins the Rural Carrier Association to prepare for fight of AT&T / T-Mobile Merger

The proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile has created a lot of concern in the mobile community. Sprint, who currently is the third larges US operator, has to have most concern.

Sprint CEO, Dan Hesse, is announcing that Sprint is joining the Rural Carrier Assocition (RCA). The RCA represents about 100 small operators who have a wireless footprint that covers 80% of the US. They are headquartered in Washington, D.C. Their job is to fight for their members and to make sure the White House, Congress, and the FCC do not cater to Verizon and AT&T.

Vonya McCann, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for Sprint, said, “The competitive carriers who make up the RCA are engines of innovation in the wireless industry. At Sprint, we have many issues of mutual concern with RCA members and we look forward to advocating for policies that promote competition and a level playing field across the wireless industry.”

Hu Meena, President & CEO of Cellular South and the 2011/2012 Chairman of the RCA Board said, “We are pleased that Sprint has become an RCA member and that they will join our efforts to provide a vibrant wireless marketplace for consumers throughout the entire nation. I call on all other competitive carriers to join our fight to restore competition in the market and pull the industry back from the brink of a duopoly.”

I think it is a good move for Sprint to join the RCA, but I am not sure if it will really make much of a difference. Either way, Sprint is against this merger as they should be. In my opinion, whether they fight on their own or with the RCA, it won’t change the outcome. That outcome probably won’t be determined for close to a year so expect a long hard fight.

[via intomobile]

HTC Droid Incredible 2 will be available for pre-order at Wirefly 3:00am EDT on 4/21

Starting tomorrow morning at 3:00am, you will be able to pre-order the HTC Droid Incredible 2 from Wirefly. Verizon Wireless hasn’t officially announced the phone, but it will be available on April 28th. Pre-orders will be shipped on the 28th.

The specs for the Incredible 2 include:

  • 4-inch WVGA (800×480) TFT display
  • 8MP rear facing camera with dual Xenon flash, VGA front facing
  • 768MB of RAM
  • 8GB micro SD card out of the box
  • 3G connectivity on Verizon’s EVDO Rev. A network (no LTE, unfortunately)
  • Global (GSM/CDMA) radio with Verizon/Vodafone SIM out of the box
  • 1420mAh battery

Wirefly has done an unboxing and overview video which you can see after the break

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