Verizon Expecting Froyo On The Fascinate By The New Year?

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A warning to the wise, take this one with a grain of salt.  It looks like the guys over at Android Central caught wind of an internal spec’s comparison sheet, detailing expectations of the Fascinate receiving Adobe Flash by the end of 2010.  Well, that’s about a week away and the device requires at least 2.2 to run the application. Anyone receive it yet?   We didn’t think so.  So, we highly doubt that this is an up to date document.  To further confirm that, the document shows that the Droid X is sporting Android 2.1.  The X received 2.2 back in September.  So, sorry if we got your hopes up.  Hang in there Fascinate lovers.  There’s always the comments below if you want to vent.

[via androidcentral]

Sprint Trash Talks T-Mobile’s HSPA+ Network, Oh It’s On…

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Stephanie Vinge, a corporate communications manager with Sprint, today sprinkled a little trash talk on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network using her Twitter account.

“A little #4G math: # of T-Mobile 4G phones: 0 (oh wait, they don’t have a 4G network yet) # of VZW 4G phones: 0. # of Sprint 4G phones: 2.”

The words, “open mouth, insert foot” come to mind, in this clear case of misinformation.  This is strangely ironic, since the ITU, those fellas responsible for defining what 4G is, just declared LTE, WiMax and HSPA+ to be labeled as legitimate 4G technologies.  But what do they know? They have only been around for 145 years.  In addition, to further add insult to injury, a few tweets later she states that the ITU is just one “perspective.”  Really?  That’s like saying a particular law ruled by the Supreme Court is not valid because it’s just one perspective. » Read the rest

Samsung 4G LTE Phone Headed for Verizon

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On December 5th, with high hopes and aspirations, Verizon launched their long awaited 4G LTE network.  Since the launch, we have all been waiting for them to reveal their arsenal of LTE capable devices.  Well, it looks like the guys over at Gizmodo received news from a tipster, with the leaked photo above, of what appears to be Samsung’s first 4G LTE Android device. Though we are a little disappointed to see this device touting Froyo, we have high hopes that as a final product, we’ll see this phone sporting Gingerbread, or shortly thereafter.   » Read the rest

Verizon “Thunderbolt” is the HTC Mecha?

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Reports are floating around that the phone that has been referred to as the HTC Mecha and also as the Incredible HD may hit Verizon as the “Thunderbolt.” We know it’s going to be an LTE phone, and we’re hearing that it may have the designation ADR6400, which sequentially follows the Incredible, so it all adds up. Both Android Central and Droid-Life are reporting that it may be hitting Verizon in the next couple of weeks, so keep your eye out.

Hopefully we’ll see an official announcement soon, so we can clear up what the name will actually be. Mecha? Incredible HD? Or will these rumors be true and have Verizon bringing in the Thunderbolt? Which do you think is the best name? Weigh in with your two cents in the comments, and we’ll bring you word when everything becomes official.

[via Android Central]

Verizon Begins Rolling Out Droid 2 Global Update 2.4.330, Fixes Global Calling Bugs

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Verizon Wireless recently announced that they will begin rolling out their newest update for the Droid 2 Global, improving upon a number of enhancements and issues with the company’s global calling features.  The update, v2.4.330, is supposed to address a number of bugs reported by unhappy global phone users.  As to whether or not this update actually works, well, we’re hoping you can let us know in the comments, once you get it.  Hit the break to see what Verizon says the update will address. » Read the rest

Verizon Galaxy Tab Drops to $499 at Best Buy

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Prices keep on dropping for the Samsung Galaxy Tab running Android 2.2, and Best Buy is showing the Verizon Galaxy Tab dropping $100 off the no contract price from $599 to $499!

“What’s the catch?” you say…well, you do have to sign up for your first month, then after that, you’re free to leave and go on without a contract from one of the monthly price points listed below;

  • $20/month for 1GB
  • $35/month for 3GB
  • $50/month for 5GB
  • $80/month for 8GB

Seems like a pretty good deal for the Galaxy Tab considering it hasn’t been out just over a month. Will this new price convince you to grab one?

[via AndroidCentral]

T-Mobile has Fastest Speeds in Top 100 US Cities

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T-Mobile has sent out a press release stating the findings from third-party research which states that T-Mobile has the fastest speeds in the top 100 US cities, beating our Verizon’s LTE network of all things. The speeds were shown as hitting 21Mbps, which T-Mobile now states they will double those speeds in 2011!

OK T-Mobile, talk is cheap…let’s see you make 42Mbps happen in 2011. For Reals.

It would be pretty sweet to get speeds like that for some video conferencing as the T-Mobile G2 Android ads have been touting against AT&T’s iPhone facetime lack of usability due to AT&T’s slow network. After CES, and we see a bunch of 4G smartphones and tablets launching for 2011, this will make things even sweeter, which kicks off the argument again, why would we really need home internet when we can get 42Mbps (unless you’re doing that torrenting illegal thingy)?

Let us know what you think!

Full Press Release below.

Is Verizon going to unveil Android based LTE hardware at CES?

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Oh, look… more Twitter news! According to the @VerizonWireless Twitter account, there’s some pretty cool LTE stuff coming up at CES in two weeks. To quote:

Jan. 6 at #CES: #Android and #LTE – could it be like peanut butter and chocolate? YUM!

While this doesn’t make anything official, it’s pretty obvious. Verizon should – and probably will – be showing off their Android-based LTE hardware at CES. Remember, we’ll be there, so be sure to keep it here when the time comes!

[via twitter]

Wireless providers considering charging a premium for services like Facebook, Youtube

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Here’s to hoping that this is just another crazy idea to make money that never comes to pass. It seems that Allot Communications and Openet, two companies that call Verizon, AT&T and Vodafone clients, have come up with the brilliant idea for wireless providers to begin charging premiums for things like Facebook, Skype, and YouTube, while leaving carrier services free of charge. Here is a direct quote from a marketing webinar put on by the two companies:

[We use] a number of different methods to accurately identify the application — methods like heuristic analysis, behavioral and historical analysis, deep packet inspection, and a number of other techniques. What’s key is that we have the best application identification available on the market, which means that even applications that are encrypted or use other methods to evade detection will be correctly identified and classified… We essentially feed this real-time information about traffic and application usage into the policy and charging system. Each subscriber has a particular service plan that they sign up for, and they’re as generic or as personalized as the operator wants.

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Droid 2 R2-D2 gets a price drop, now $200 on contract

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It’s not the biggest price drop, but for the budgeted Star Wars fan, you can now pick up the Droid 2 R2-D2 for $200 on contract – $50 less then it used to be.  Usually the special edition phones stay at their original price, but it would seem that Verizon is really in the holiday spirit and decided to drop the price on their Droid 2 R2-D2 as well.

The geeked out Droid 2 comes with a special edition theme which includes custom Star Wars wallpapers, audio, and video.  If you want to see more on this phone, be sure to check out the R2-D2 Droid 2 site, and if you decide this is the droid you are looking for, pick it up over at Verizon.

[via Engadget Mobile]