Earlier this week, we announced a soak test was coming this month for the Droid 3. Now we have even more solid evidence that the update should be hitting within the next week or so. Verizon has posted instructions and a changelog for the update which is usually followed by a soak test and a release to the masses within a week. On top of fixing call audio and bringing Google Video Talk to the Droid 3, there is a pretty long list of bug fixes as well taking the device up to 5.6.890. You can check them all out from the source link below. Be sure to let us know if you see the soak test hit your Droid 3.
If you want the DROID Bionic, and you going to sign a new 2-year contract, than you need to head over to Amazon. They are offering it for $179.99. That is the good news, the bad news is that it is already backordered with an estimated date of September 9th. I would say the extra few days is well worth the savings.
If you are already a Verizon Wireless subscriber, you can still get a decent deal along with your 2-year contract upgrade. You will save $50 from Verizon’s price and only pay $249.99.
Last week we saw the HTC Rhyme on a leaked Verizon Wireless Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) list. We don’t know anything about it other than its name must mean it will be marketed with Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. It just past DLNA certification which unfortunately gives us no more insight than what we already knew, which is basically nothing. It is at least one step closer to being launched.
What we do know is the model number is ADR6330VW which puts it in the class of a DROID Incredible 2. Blog of Mobile thinks this is actually the HTC Bliss, the phone marketed towards females, and it will be released as the Rhyme. Stay tuned.
[via dlna and blog of mobile]
There was one last item to check off our list, and it just happened. Motorola and Verizon Wireless officially announced the DROID Bionic will be available tomorrow for $299. There is nothing surprising in the press release, but we did find pricing for some of the accessories:
- Lapdock $299.97, plus receive a $100 mail-in-rebate when purchasing it with the DROID Bionic and subscribing to a $50 data plan or higher.
- HD Station $99.99
- Adapter for Webtop Application $29.99
- Vehicle Navigation Dock $39.99
- Battery Dock $49.99
Unfortunately the Lapdock is still priced way too high.
Full press release after the break:
Yesterday we showed you the first press shots of the Samsung Stratosphere (SCH-I405) headed to Verizon Wireless. It just passed through the FCC, which makes it officially ready for launch. As expected, 4G LTE band 13 is onboard which could make this the most affordable Verizon LTE phone. In addition to the LTE, it has Verizon CDMA and EV-DO bands, and it supports 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz WiFi.
All we need now is the full hardware specs. There is speculation that the Stratosphere could drop any day now, but most of the time it takes six to eight weeks after passing through the FCC. One thing I can promise you is that we will report any updates as soon as we hear anything. Stay tuned.
Are any QWERTY fans excited for this one?
We heard about the Samsung Stratosphere 4G (SCH-i405) for Verizon Wireless about a month ago. and we knew it had to be the leaked Samsung QWERTY slider that we saw in June. What else could it be since Verizon decided to pass on the Galaxy S II?
If you were looking for something more concrete, than take a look at the above pictures which confirm the Stratosphere 4G will indeed be a variation of the Sprint Epic 4G. Specs are not confirmed, but as we earlier reported, it is expected to sport a Super AMOLED Plus screen, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, and Android 2.3.4.
If you are a fan of QWERTY sliders, this is a better alternative to the DROID 3 since it supports 4G LTE. It might actually be an affordable LTE device as I am expecting it to come in at $199 with a 2-year contract. We will let you know more as we hear it. Is anyone excited for an affordable LTE phone?
Last week we told you about the Pantech Breakout LTE for Verizon Wireless which will have a 1GHz single-core processor, 512MB RAM, and a 5MP rear camera, along with a front facing camera that will most likely be VGA. The specs aren’t hot, but speaking of hot, it has the ability to be a mobile hotspot for up to 10 devices over LTE. It could be launched any day now.
The next device we can show you is the Samsung Illusion (model number SCH-i110). We have no idea what the specs are, but from the model number, this has to be an entry-level phone with most likely an 800MHz processor, 480 x 320 resolution, and a 3 to 5MP camera. We might see this one by the end of September.
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We’ve got some images from a browser benchmark on the Droid Bionic. While benchmark tests don’t always mirror real-world usage, this at least gives us somewhere to start when comparing. While the Bionic is running full blur, it look the lead over a stock Nexus One running Android 2.3.4 (as it certainly should with it’s dual-core goodness). Initial thoughts in the report was that the phone is extremely light, pretty thin, and boots up very quickly. I can’t wait to see this phone in person it looks to be a solid device for sure. Hit up the break for the Bionic and Nexus comparison images.
The Droid Bionic Arena scavenger hunt game for Android is live today and I made sure to try it out first thing this morning. After some concerned looks explaining to someone what I was about to go and do, I updated the app to the newest version and put on my shoes to head outside. After starting the first game, I noticed the app was really wonky when trying to point my phone in the prize’s direction. Performing a quick calibration on the compass fixed this issue (go to settings -> Location & security -> Calibrate Compass). Once this was fixed, I setup my e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter account in the app and started looking. Hit the break for how this all went down.
Verizon Wireless has an offer where you can buy any smartphone and get a $100 gift card with the trade in of your old phone. Specifics of the offer as per Verizon Wireless:
For a limited time, activate a new line of Smartphone service with Verizon Wireless, and receive a Verizon Wireless gift card worth at least $100, when you trade in an old phone.
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