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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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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Motorola spokeswoman: Droid Bionic will launch with Verizon Wireless this summer

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We have been reporting that the Droid Bionic might be scrapped and the Targa will be replacing it. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Bionic was originally scheduled to launch in the second quarter, but Motorola pushed back the launch to add new features to the phone.

An unnamed spokeswoman from Motorola was quoted as saying:

“Based on compelling feedback since the show, we are incorporating several enhancements to make this an even better consumer experience.”

The show she is referring to is the Consumer Electronics Show from this past January.

It sounds as if the rumors we have been reporting are true if you read between the lines. In my opinion, “incorporating several enhancements” means they are changing phones. The one thing we learned from this interview is that they still plan on calling this future device the Droid Bionic. It is highly unlikely it will be the same phone shown in January, and will most likely resemble the Targa.

[via wsj]

More confirmation that the Droid Bionic might be dead

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Earlier in the week we told you that the Motorola Droid Bionic might be dead and that it could be replaced by the Targa. A lot of people did not believe it even though the source has a fantastic track record.

Our favorite Panada, Blackmanx, just spoke on his blog about this and he stated the following:

“A recent story came out about the much anticipated Droid Bionic from Motorola being scrapped.   I checked into it and yes there are legs to it, but the final nail in the “bionic” has not been hammered as of yet.”

Most of the other sites did not want to give credit to the original rumor until Blackmanx could confirm it. Although he has not confirmed the Bionic is officially dead, I would say that the chances of seeing the same Bionic we saw in January are slim to none.

The real question is when will the Targa be released? Unfortunately we do not have that answer, and I am sure Motorola is working real hard to get a dual core 4G LTE phone out as soon as possible.

Stay tuned to TalkAndroid as we will keep you posted when more news is available.

[via blackmanx]

Will the Droid Bionic be replaced by the Targa?

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Back in January when Motorola unveiled the Droid Bionic, Sanjay Jha said it would be available early 2nd quarter. Then we heard it was going to be delayed until June. We have not heard much about this phone for a while.

Well longtime howardforums user, wnrussell, just reported the following:

The latest information now is that the Bionic is not going to make it to market, and the Targa or a similar model will take its place.

Last month leaked pictures of the Targa surfaced. At that time it was a complete surprise because no one had heard of this device. The fact that the Targa came out of nowhere leads me to believe this information might be correct.

Although this information has not been confirmed by Motorola or Verizon, wnrussell is a very reliable source on howardforums.

Assuming that the Targa replaces the Bionic we do not know if there will be a name change or when it will be ready to be released.

Stay tuned as we will post more info as it comes available.

[via howardforums]