It’s starting to feel like a Bionic type of weekend around here. Following news of a DROID Bionic image leak, a COSTCO accessory bundle deal, video of the Bionic’s new MotoBlur, and a curious piece about a DROID Bionic page that appeared…and then disappeared…from the Motorola store, we now bring you news that a Webtop Adapter has been added to the DROID Bionic accessory lineup.
The Webtop Adapter as described by Motorola:
- Quickly create, edit, or share PowerPoint presentations, photos or videos wherever a monitor or HDTV is available.
- Imagine how handy it could be to give a presentation or collaborate with others in a meeting. Adjustments can be made on the spot using a wireless keyboard and mouse.
- Simply connect the phone and the adapter to an HDTV or monitor via HDMI cable and it’s ready to go!
The price is not known at this time, but is supposedly going to be affordable.
Here’s a taste of what MotoBlur will be like on the soon to be unleashed Droid Bionic. MotoBlur has, in the past, had a bad brutally terrible reputation for its looks and functionality. The Bionic’s MotoBlur may be a chance to redeem itself, although its still not perfect yet – as you’ll see from the video. If you can look past that for now, however, it seems Moto worked pretty hard this time to make it super smooth. Also, it lends a lot of its functionality to what you see in Honeycomb; 3D and sort of Tron-like elements. After watching the video, we would love to hear what you all think, especially if your feelings have changed toward MotoBlur. Remember, Verizon’s Droid Bionic “destroys all machines” September 8th.
Video after the break.
A recent leak has us wondering about the possibility of a new Verizon device, the Breakout, coming in the following months. While the specs aren’t great – just a 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, front and back cameras and Gingerbread – it does support Verizon LTE. Judging by the popularity of LTE and the relative demand for inexpensive smartphones, our guess is that this phone will target the low-budget crowd (maybe even the prepaid crowd). While nothing is confirmed yet, we do have a comparison sheet, which is more than we can say for many other rumors.
If you shop at Costco and are looking for your next Verizon phone, pay close attention to this screaming deal. When the Bionic releases on September 8th, Costco will be offering the Droid Bionic at $299 including an accessory bonus pack. For the same price as you’ll find the Bionic at Verizon, you’ll also get a Standard Dock, Vehicle Navigation Dock, and a battery dock with an extra battery. Did anyone else just yell “YES!”? The Droid Forums posted the flier seen above and it’s mentioned that Costco will be getting their displays on September 8th, and the phone soon after. Get your Costco membership cards ready to grab this killer deal.
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We’re pretty excited here at TA because we likely have a bit of Nexus Prime news on our hands. The Samsung GT-I9250 has just passed WiFi certification today. If the info on a recently leaked Samsung roadmap holds any truths, this is 99.9% the Nexus Prime. It’s coming people, we’re close. If you’ve been out of the Android loop recently, the new Nexus will have a Super AMOLED 1280×720 HD screen, feature Ice Cream Sandwich, and some sort of TI OMAP4 processor rumored to be a 1.5Ghz dual core. This will be the Android to own. Being a Verizon customer, I’ve been denied a Nexus One and Nexus S, but my hopes are high this time.
The HTC Vigor is officially Bluetooth 3.0 certified, having just made its way through Bluetooth SIG. As we detailed in a previous post, the Vigor is rumored to sport a 4.3-inch 1280×720 resolution HD display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon, 8MP camera, Sense 3.5, Beats audio, and Gingerbread 2.3.4. Those combined specs will no doubt make the Vigor a heavy hitter when it arrives on Verizon’s store shelves, which by the way, could be as early as October 5th.
Emails are cropping up in Verizon Xoom owners’ inboxes, letting them know that the 4G upgrade process will begin next week! That is, if your Xoom is for business or government use. Other Xooms will come second. This initial upgrade group is being referred to as the “pilot” program.
The original upgrade process will remain unchanged. Your upgrade will be free of charge and will be initiated by an email from Motorola. You’ll also receive a pre-paid FedEx box to ship your Xoom in. Also, please keep in mind that you will want to back up all of your data before the send off, since it is likely the device will be wiped during the upgrade process.
Our friends from Droid Life have screenshots of the emails being sent out. Check them out here after the break!
At one time it was thought that Verizon would be the first U.S. carrier to get the Samsung Galaxy S II, and now it seems as though Verizon has decided to not carry it at all. It has been confirmed by the Wall Street Journal and Brenda Raney, a Verizon spokesperson.
We know the Samsung Stratosphere is coming, but it will be an Epic 4G variant. Of course, rumors are that the Nexus Prime will show up on Verizon, and since it will most likely be made by Samsung, this could have contributed to the decision.
Ultimately I think it comes down to Verizon wanting to have the DROID Bionic and the iPhone 5 as their featured phones this fall. Verizon will put a lot of money into the Bionic and they have a strong relationship with Motorola. Many thought that if it weren’t for 4G LTE compatibility, the Bionic was dead in the water. The Galaxy S II has been declared the better phone and their is no question that it would’ve impacted the Bionic’s sales and success. With no Galaxy S II in play, the Bionic gets center stage.
I would love to hear from Verizon customers. What are your thoughts? I am on Verizon myself and was already leaning towards the Bionic because of the 4G LTE capability.
There is no question the patent wars plaguing the smartphone and tablet industry is out of control. Verizon’s chief counsel, Randal Milch is now asking President Obama to step in. He wants a blanket statement from the President making clear that he would not allow any decision blocking imports of consumer wireless devices. He would rather see the parties enter into a license agreement.
The real question is if the President has the authority? It happens to be one peculiarity of the ITC that allows rulings to be waived by the President.
Unfortunately Verizon’s perspective is to provide new phones and tablets, and the blocking of imports hinders that. They want everything to be settled with licensing fees, but that is not the solution either. Licensing fees add to the costs and slows innovation. The real problem is the patent system. Patents are given out for just about anything, and the entire system needs to be overhauled.
Ultimately Milch’s request is a start. It could help burst the patent bubble so we can get back to pure innovation.
Here we go! Thanks to Droid Life we have an Official Bionic teaser trailer. A new Droid campaign was only a matter of time and it’s sure to get some huge Bionic hype going for the masses. I find this a little late since the device should be launching in about 2 weeks, but I’m still excited to see more. Verizon always pumps money into these huge Droid campaigns and they are sure to get people in the store looking to check one out. Yeah, the video is a bit corny, but aren’t they all? Check out the high quality video after the break. Think the Bionic can really “rule all machines”?