We can't point the finger at anyone in particular for Skype being pulled from the HTC Thunderbolt before release, but we can have a chuckle at how this particular SNAFU is getting fixed in some Verizon retail locations. Above is a picture of the stand-up display for the Thunderbolt as it reads now. Notice that Skype is featured on this one. Rather than pull the displays, stores are getting stickers to cover the text that tout DLNA instead.
Just goes to show that everyone thought Skype was coming at launch. We do have to give credit where it's due -- nice work keeping things green and not wasting a few hundred pounds of cardboard Verizon. Thanks to you know who!
To help promote their upcoming "Android Week", Dutch retailer The Phone House has destroyed a perfectly good car to let people know that the Android invasion of Amsterdam can not be stopped. Their promo appears to be in response to a recent survey conducted by the retailer that showed 34 percent of Dutch smartphone users were on Android, making it the most popular smartphone platform in the country. The iPhone took second a 21 percent and Windows Mobile was a surprising third at 17 percent. [Android Planet (in Dutch)] Thanks to mlopez for the tip!
If Cincinnati Bell is your carrier of choice, and you have been waiting for an Android tablet to arrive, the wait is over. The first Android tablet released on their network is the Commtiva N700, which is a 7-inch tablet running Android 2.2, and powered by a 600 MHz processor. With a 480 x 800 WVGA TFT LCD display, and a 3MP camera, the tablet does not rank amongst the top available on the market, but it is also far from the bottom. Locking into a two year contract will land you this device for only $199.99 and it retails for $399.99 off contract. [Cincinnati Bell] Thanks, Josh!
In an official press release about the new "Gold Standard" CDMA push-to-talk service coming this year, Sprint let everyone know that one of the new featured PTT phones will be an Android model. The details are slim, only stating that it will be "an Android Smartphone with a touch screen and a QWERTY keyboard." Further details say that the featured phones will be from Motorola and Kyocera.
While many of us have no need, PTT is still a very popular service that many people need in their jobs. We're all glad to see Nextel and the iDEN network die a painless death, and Android seems ready to help get the CDMA version of it ready. The full press release is after the break. [Sprint]
Samsung has posted a new video teasing a new Galaxy Tab device. The thirty second video is rather interesting. In the beginning of the video you see a couple of people holding a regular Samsung Galaxy Tab... cool. But after their babbling, Samsung asks, "What's your Tab life?" The numbers 7,8,9, and 10 appear across the screen. Could those numbers be hinting at 7, 8.9, and 10 inch tablets? Soon after Samsung flashes some quick side shots of one or more devices. One quick screen shot grabbed by the Samsung HD Blog suggests that this Tab might be running Touch Wiz 4.0.
Well, I guess we'll have to find out next week in Orlando, Florida. And you can be sure we'll be there. Video after the break. [YouTube via Samsung HD Blog]
An anonymous tipster has sent us s few screenshots of Verizon's LTE data pricing quick reference guide for indirect sales. Besides taking a shot or two at the competition (did anyone not expect that one?), and confirming what we've already heard about the pricing, there are a few juicy details here.
The $20/2 GB plan will not be available for LTE phones
The free MHS (mobile hotspot) lasts only until May 15, regardless of when you sign up
Soon after the MHS promotion ends, an OTA update is scheduled to allow customers to pay for tethering for a monthly fee (details and pricing to be determined)
3G and LTE smartphones will have a data only plan if you buy off-contract. It's $49.99/5 GB (with a $10 per GB overage), and you'll have to sign up for a voice and data plan on a month-to-month agreement, then call Verizon Customer Service to get changed to this plan.
The MyVerizon Mobile app is getting updated to track LTE data usage
The two standouts here are the data only plan, and the OTA news. An OTA on or around May 15 would be a great time to offer Skype, and Netflix streaming, but we have no word that either is coming. And many of you have already asked about a data only plan, so there's your answer. We have one more picture after the break. Thanks Anon!
The Samsung Galaxy S line gets a lot of custom ROM love, and the Captivate is no exception. The awesome hardware just begs to be put to task, and there's that whole Android 2.2 update issue for Galaxy S phones in the USA. This time around Android Central forums adviser ls377 gives us a look at Serendipity 6.2 for the Captivate, and it's a stunner. But don't take my word for it, head on past the break and have a read. Thanks, Larry!
Although we got a heads up from some leaked information, Motorola has gone ahead and made things all official like with the announcement of the Wi-Fi only XOOM. As expected the retailers such as Amazon.com, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam's Club, Staples and Walmart will all have the XOOM available as of March 27. If you were holding out for this version expecting it to be cheaper then you may or may not be surprised -- the Wi-Fi only version will be priced at $599.99 across retailers. If you're still wondering what the Motorola XOOM is all about, check out our full on review. [PRNewswire]
Google TV rolled out the latest update over the past few days. The latest release serves to correct some system issues as well adds some new features to the services overall. Despite Google TV now sitting at v1.3 it still lacks the Android Market Google stated was coming soon. A list of updated features is below:
The media player now supports more WMA audio files
Netflix and CNBC Real Time are better integrated into Google TV
Improved transition between songs in Pandora
Support for Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity on Sony devices
Support for a broader range of Blu-ray discs
Google seemingly was aware the question of Android Market access would come up again and as such they took the time to remind everyone that Google TV is an ever-evolving system. That to us, when translated basically breaks down to -- we know you want it and it is coming just, not this time around. [Google TV Blog]
Free swag is always nice, especially if it comes to you unexpectedly. Jason, one of our readers -- was taken by surprise by some free swag sent to him in the mail from Google. Being an avid Google Books user someone at Google felt Jason could likely make use of some bookmarks for any of the hard copies he may have in his collection. Pretty awesome if you ask me. Anyone else receive some of these after purchasing some Google Books? Thanks, Jason for sending these into us!
No surprise here since Bell issued a press release back on March 4 announcing the release date but just in case anyone needed a reminder, Bell will be releasing the Motorola Atrix tomorrow. A three-year contract will knock the price down to $169.95 with a minimum $50 plan. Or you can buy it outright for $599.95. You can hit up the Bell website for further details. Jerry has been working on a AT&T version review so, if you're still on the fence you may wanna hold off until we get that posted up for you all. [Bell]
Boom! HTC Thunderbolt goes official and our forums explode with excitement. That begs the question, who's riding the lightning come launch day? Many folks have been waiting a long time for the Thunderbolt but after the long wait time some have moved on. Where do you all stand, join us in the forums and let us know.
The HTC Desire and Desire HD on TELUS will receive updates to Gingerbread sometime this Spring, while a TELUS-approved Froyo update for the Motorola Milestone is expected "very soon", according to information provided by the Canadian carrier to MobileSyrup. Other Android update plans include Froyo for the Samsung Galaxy Apollo, also due in Spring, and Gingerbread for the LG Shine Plus, due in early Summer. The Shine Plus will skip Froyo altogether and receive an update from Eclair straight to Gingerbread.
Gingerbread updates for the Desire series have already been confirmed for Q2 by HTC, but today's news will reassure TELUS customers that their updates won't lag too far behind the European and Asian versions. Similarly, European Milestones got their Froyo update today, so it's not too surprising to hear that a carrier-approved version isn't far behind. [MobileSyrup]
Well, another photo has emerged on the same forum, showing the keyboard and it looks pretty slick. Keep in mind that this is all just speculation at this point, but it can keep us drooling in the meantime. What do you think of the look and keyboard? Does it entice owners of the first and second generation original Droids or other devices enough to switch? [Howard Forums]
Now that the iPad 2 is out, there has been a lot of back and forth about how it stacks up against the Motorola XOOM. While we've yet to do any head to head comparisons our sibling site, TiPb.com, which covers all things Apple iOS related, has broken the iPad 2 down for us from their perspective.
Quite honestly, I'm a fair gamer when it comes to tablets. Full disclosure -- while I would love to have a Motorola XOOM, no retailer in Canada currently has them so I did purchase a White 32GB WiFi iPad 2 for myself. As soon as a WiFi XOOM becomes available, I'll be grabbing one of those as well.
Considering we posted up our Motorola XOOM review today, if you were looking to compare the two now would be a good time to head on over to TiPb and get a good feeling for the iPad 2. I'm sure they would love some comments from some Android users that offer up a friendly contrast -- or just share with them why you chose a XOOM over an iPad 2. [TiPB]
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