Finally! The HTC Thunderbolt is rolling into retail locations and users will be able to pick one up for themselves. No more rumored release dates, no more cases showing up in store inventory with no devices available. As a Canadian, I cannot partake in the luxury of grabbing one but I'll certainly be scouring the Android Central forums to get folks opinion on it after it hits the masses. Until then, check out some of the threads below:
The LONG awaited HTC Thunderbolt is destined to release tomorrow as we found out earlier this week, and we need to know, is this device the one for you. The Android Central Forums have been home to "The Official HTC Thunderbolt Waiting Room", and with over 18,000 views, and nearly 400 replies, we would like to think that users are rather excited about this device. So, let us know, are you still interested, or have the "delays" swayed your decision and opened your curious eyes to a new device? Be sure to let us know what device you will be leaving behind for the Thunderbolt in our forums as well!
Since the HTC Thunderbolt is going on sale tomorrow, the fact that they're arriving in stores isn't a surprise. I'm not going to let a little thing like that keep me from showing you guys a few pictures of HTC LTE goodness sitting in the backroom though. Nothing new to report, just beautiful black boxes ready and waiting for you to show up tomorrow and make one your own. Two more pictures after the break. Thanks Anon!
Need a reason to keep in shape? Wondered what you would look like if you let yourself go? Well, no need to imagine it anymore as Fatbooth, a newly released Android application that did very well on iOS has no problem showing you exactly how you would look. While yes, the application may not assist you in your daily tasks, it certainly can help out that extra ounce of motivation in you to push yourself into the gym that day. So, let's have some fun with this free application, and if you aren't shy, show yourself off in the forums here. Download links after the break.
Although Rogers was quick to jump on the official announcements of the Xperia Play and Xperia Arc, they've remained quiet when it comes to stating a launch date for either. Instead they've just opted to roll with the "coming soon" banter and leave it at that. However, if there was any indication that "coming soon" actually means sooner then we think it's the fact that Rogers has now set up dedicated sites for each device.
Yes, both the Xperia Arc and Xperia Play have their own pages on the Rogers website along with a bunch of videos and other specs and information. Rogers appears to be boasting rather proudly, as they should they'll have not one but rather two Android devices running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. [Rogers]
Sprint has been coy to say the least about information regarding a true successor to the EVO 4G, but the cat might just be out of the bag if leaked benchmark scores are to be believed. They show a "HTC Shooter" running on Sprint's network along with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and a 960 x 540 resolution screen. In addition, the Adreno 220 GPU found on board is set to be paired with Qualcomm's upcoming slate of dual-core Snapdragon processors - meaning that something along the line of the 1.2 GHz MSM8660 Snapdragon CPU is a real possibility for this device.
The benchmarks themselves are quite impressive, with the device scoring 22.7 fps on GLBenchmark 2.0 Egypt. For comparison's sake, the Tegra 2-powered Atrix 4G got a score of 19.4 fps on the same test.
Google has updated the statistics for the state of the Android ecosystem and they show that over 90 percent of all Android devices connecting to the Market are running at least Android 2.1 Eclair, which launched just over a year ago with the Nexus One. The majority of devices are on Android 2.2 Froyo (61 percent), which has seen healthy growth over the months since its launch last summer thanks to updates and the masses of new phones launching with it.
Gingerbread launched alongside the Nexus S late last year but only accounts for 1.7 percent. This is due to the fact that only the Nexus S and Nexus One officially have the update thus far, but anyone running a hacked Gingerbread ROM like CyanogenMod would show up in these numbers as well.
The tablet-optimized Honeycomb also made an appearance at just 0.2 percent, which should not be too surprising as the Xoom is the only 3.0 tablet on the market right now. Check out the full breakdown for each version past the break. [Android Developers]
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]
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