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

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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.

Will the AT&T Attain, Verizon Function, and Sprint Within be the US versions of the Galaxy S II?

When the original Samsung Galaxy S phone came to the U.S., it was branded as the Verizon Fascinate, AT&T Captivate, T-Mobile Vibrant, U.S. Cellular Mesmerize and the Cellular South Showcase. Is it any surprise that the same thing is going to happen all over again for the new Galaxy S II. For some reason the Fascinate 2 or Captivate 2 is just not good enough.

An online web store has a listing for a silicon gel case that’s compatible with the generic Samsung Galaxy S II, but also lists Attain (AT&T), Function (Verizon), and Within (Sprint).

Get ready for the bloatware and other tweaks from the U.S. carriers. It  will also be interesting to see if NFC makes it over on any of the U.S. versions.

A notable exception from the U.S. carriers is T-Mobile. They were the first to offer the Samsung Galaxy S. They even had a second version with a slightly tweaked 21 Mbps HSPA+ radio. Right now the biggest competition to the Galaxy S II would be the HTC Sensation which will be on T-Mobile. Is it possible they will not go head to head on the same carrier?

[via intomobile]

The DROID Charge available now at Verizon Wireless

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A couple months after the release of the HTC Thunderbolt, the first 4G LTE Android phone on the Verizon network, they’ve finally released their second one, the DROID Charge. You can pick up this new device today for $299 with 2yr contract sporting the following specs:

  • 1GHz Hummingbird processor
  • Android 2.2
  • 4G LTE capability
  • 4.3 inches Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 8 Megapixels rear-facing camera /1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 2GB internal storage
  • Micro-SD support for up to 32GB memory

Now don’t wander far off  because TalkAndroid will have a hands-on video for you this week. So go on over to the TalkAndroid YouTube channel and subscribe so you’ll receive an alert for when the video will be up. Then you’ll be set for all future videos as well. Enjoy!

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HTC Sensation Continues Their Anti-Rooting Trend with a Locked Bootloader

A little while back, my esteemed colleague Robert brought us news that the HTC Incredible S would have a locked bootloader. What this means is that it makes it much more difficult (not impossible mind you) to root the phone and then add custom ROMs, kernels or recoveries to it. This has been an increasing trend with formerly-development-friendly HTC, with both the Incredible S and the Thunderbolt including locked bootloaders.

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Thunderbolt software updates delayed from Verizon

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Just a few days ago we got all excited that there was an update being push to the HTC Thunderbolt. @VZWSupport did tweet last Tuesday that these updates would start rolling out. But, as it seems this update is being delayed.

Here were some of the specifics of the update. Hopefully VZW will get back on track and get all you Tbolt owners the update you deserve.

Web Browsing and Data Access
  • Enhanced data connectivity when accessing the Verizon 3G network.
  • Email and Messaging
  • SMS and MMS messages are stored properly in the Messaging Application (Inbox, Sent, etc.).
Additional Device Features
  • Timing for device activation has been improved.
  • “Backup Assistant” is correctly displayed in the Application menu.
  • Stability improvements for data centric applications such as Facebook, KAYAK, Yahoo! Mail, My Verizon and more.
  • Accurate location is displayed when accessing the Weather Widget.
  • Quickly load GPS updates for Google Maps and VZ Navigator
Stay tuned for information on when this update will be put back in motion. And if you catch it before we do let us know in the comments.

Verizon Looking at Female-Centric, Android-Based HTC Bliss

Go ahead and put this into the possibly interesting, possibly offensive categories for the day. According to a source of thisismynext.com, HTC and Verizon have been doing research and studies to put out an Android-based phone aimed almost completely at American women in their 20s and 30s. Check in after the break for some more info on this particular curiosity.
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@VZWSupport: Software Updates now being pushed to Thunderbolts

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That right, Verizon Wireless has announced via their support Twitter account  - @VZWSupport – that a software update is being pushed to the Thunderbolt. Look for: Build Number: 1.13.605.7 Baseband: 1.16.00.0402w_1. So all you Big Red faithful that own Verizon’s über cool 4G/LTE phone, keep your eyes peeled, and watch your notification bar for the update.

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If you’re like me and you can’t wait for the push, you can check every 2 minutes if you want by going to: Menu>Settings>Software Update>Check New

See the specifics on the update below from the VZW site:
Web Browsing and Data Access
+ Enhanced data connectivity when accessing the Verizon 3G network.
Email and Messaging
+  SMS and MMS messages are stored properly in the Messaging
Application (Inbox, Sent, etc.).
Additional Device Features
+ Timing for device activation has been improved.
+ “Backup Assistant” is correctly displayed in the Application menu.
+  Stability improvements for data centric applications such as
Facebook, KAYAK, Yahoo! Mail, My Verizon and more.
+ Accurate location is displayed when accessing the Weather Widget.
+ Quickly load GPS updates for Google Maps and VZ Navigator™
[via vzw]

Walmart to sell the Droid Charge, $298.88

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First we directed you to ‘Evidence points to Droid Charge Launch on Tuesday’ – Now it looks like the device will be listed at Walmart for $298.88. I’m sure many of you have been waiting patiently for this new Droid. So keep your eyes peeled for it, and let us know when you have one. And if all indications are correct, tomorrow could be the day!

The Droid Charge in line as Verizons soon to be relased 4G/LTE device. Below are a few of the specs:

  • 1GHz Hummingbird processor
  • Android 2.2
  • 4G LTE capability
  • 4.3 inches Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 8 Megapixels rear-facing camera / 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 2GB internal storage
  • Micro-SD support for up to 32GB memory

[via ac]