4 years ago

First look at the HTC Thunderbolt


We've seen a number of leaks of the HTC Thunderbolt leading up to CES 2011. But to hold the Verizon 4G LTE phone in your hand certainly is electric. <Ducks!> Seriously, though. HTC knows how to make smartphones. Verizon knows how to serve up the high-speed data. And combine them in this 4.3-inch, 1GHz Sense device (and the new Sense, too!), and we've got one powerful beast.

You get Wireless hotspot. You get the Skype video chat. You get games. You get Android 2.2 with a promise to upgrade to Android 2.3.

And you get our hands-on photos and video after the break.

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4 years ago

Super AMOLED plus explained


Super AMOLED plus

Samsung has shown us two new high-end Android phones this week (so far!) at CES -- the yet unnamed Samsing 4G LTE phone for Verizon, and the Samsung Infuse 4G.  Both have had what they are calling Super AMOLED plus screen technology.  We dug around to find out the differences between Super AMOLED and Super AMOLED Plus, because that the kind of thing we do. 

Super AMOLED plus increases the number of sub-pixels by 50 percent -- this means twelve sub-pixels instead of eight.  This makes the screen even more visible in bright light, and should help make text and the edges of images crisper, while still keeping the gorgeous color that AMOLED displays provide.  This is the kind of tech improvement that seems small, until you actually use one.  Our fellas on the floor at CES are saying they look beautiful! 

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4 years ago

First look at the Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone


The Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone has just about the most generic name we've ever seen phone a phone. But the device is anything but bland. (And more on that name in a second.)

We're talking Verizon Wireless LTE. Android 2.2. An 8MP rear camera and 1.3MP front-facing camera. A 1GHz processor. All on a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen.

Screen tech is advancing at such a clip, what's "best" changes from day to day. But you're gonna love Super AMOLED Plus on this Sammy device, thanks to its increased subpixels. The total resolution is the usual 480x800, but there are 12 subpixels to every pixel, up from the usual eight. You need to see it.

Swype video calling also promises to be a big part of this guy. Verizon didn't have it up and running, and the demo video looked pretty standard.

Now about that name. It's pretty bland. But interestingly enough, the words Galaxy S were more than apparent during our demo. So we'll have to get that straightened out.

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4 years ago

Samsung announces LTE-equipped Galaxy Tab coming to Verizon


LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung was on stage at Verizon's CES press conference to announce that an LTE-equipped version of the Galaxy Tab will be hitting the carrier. It will feature the same specs as the previous Galaxy Tab but will be getting a new 1.2GHz processor. To recap, that means you are getting:

  • 1.2GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor
  • 7-inch TFT display at 1024x600
  • 4G LTE radio
  • 5 megapixel rear-facing camera
  • 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera

Verizon was mum on pricing for both the devices and 4G plans and we have the vague "by the middle of the year" to go on for launch date. Check out the full press release past the break. [Android Central live blog, Samsung

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4 years ago

Skype and Verizon announce video calling on many of their 4G Android devices



Today, along with announcing their recent acquisition of Qik, Skype has also announced that they plan to bring video calling to a wide variety of 4G Android devices on Verizon. It has become obvious across mobile platforms that video calling is a feature that is in high demand, and Verizon and Skype wanted to ensure that they were not left behind with this; and to make sure they utilized the front and rear facing cameras to the max. Currently they expect this feature to be usable mid-2011, so while unfortunately not yet available, it is on its way!

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4 years ago

Samsung and Verizon announce Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone


Verizon and Samsung have just announced a device with no name. Yes, you read that right. At this point the device is simply named Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone. The specs for this Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone look pretty sweet and it's the first device to market with Samsungs new Super AMOLED Plus display. It does however lack dual core and comes loaded with TouchWiz for better or worse but hey, no Bing.

  • Android 2.2
  • Google Mobile services, including Google Search
    Google Maps and Gmail, YouTube
  • Brilliant 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touch screen display
  • 1GHz application processor
  • Rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with LED flash
  • Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera to support video chat capabilities
  • Samsung Social Hub and Media Hub.

Any takers on this one? Stay tuned, hopefully we can get some hands on love with this peculiar little device. Press release can be found after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC and Verizon announce the HTC Thunderbolt [update: specs]


HTC thunderbolt

Peter Chou from HTC takes the stage and unveils the HTC Thunderbolt, HTC's first LTE phone.  Mr Chou says he has been using it as his personal device for a while, and "it's blazing fast".  We're looking for full specs, for now we have the basics we did before -- 4G LTE, 4.3 inch screen, HTC Sense, and coming soon.  More as we ferret it out. [Android Central LiveBlog]

Update: You want specs?  Here ya go!:

  • 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU
  • 4G LTE – customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage areas
  • 4.3-inch WVGA display
  • Mobile Hotspot capability – share 4G connection with up to 8 Wi-Fi devices
  • Android 2.2 platform
  • 32GB microSD card included
  • HTC Sense 2.0 with new features, including Fast Boot
  • Built-in kickstand for easy media viewing
  • Dolby and SRS surround sound
  • Fully integrated Skype mobile experience
  • 720p HD video recording
  • DLNA streaming multimedia support

Full press release follows the break.

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4 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt and LG Revolution appear on the Verizon website


We're still catching all the details as we sit in on the press conference right now but if you're looking to get a taste of what's being announced you can hit up the Verizon website for some high res images of the HTC Thunderbolt as well as the LG Revolution. Sit tight folks, lots more coming up in the next few minutes. [Verizon]

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4 years ago

Verizon and LG announce the LG Revolution


LG Revolution

Dr. Jong-seok Park of LG Electronics takes the stage at the Verizon press conference and announces the LG Revolution, LG's first LTE device.  We'll update with specs and more information as it becomes available!  [Android Central's LiveBlog]

Update:  We have the press release, and the specs everyone wants:

  • 4G LTE – customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage areas
  • 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi capable
  • Mobile Hotspot capability – share 4G connection with up to 8 Wi-Fi devices
  • DLNA, HDMI and DIVX capable
  • Video telephony support with front-facing camera
  • Android 2.2 technology for Google Mobile Services, including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk, Google Voice and access to Android Market™
  • Virtual QWERTY keyboard
  • Bluetooth® 3.0 capabilities with support for Bluetooth Profiles Supported: Headset, Hands-Free, Dial-Up Networking, Object Push, Advanced Audio Distribution (stereo), Audio/Video Remote Control, Phone Book Access, and File Transfer
  • 16GB internal memory with microSD™ card slot with expandable memory up to 32GB

No official word on CPU or RAM, we'll keep looking.  Hit the break for the full presser.

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4 years ago

Is this Samsung's LTE phone?


samsung lte

Our LiveBlog of the Verizon CES event just started, and Samsung took a minute to show their support for Verizon's LTE network.  Is this a glimpse of their first LTE phone?  Stay tuned!

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4 years ago

Live from the Verizon Wireless press event!


Verizon press conference

The excitement's been building for this one, and we're live at the Verizon Wireless press event at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

We've already seen a couple new Android devices on Verizon -- the Motorola Droid Bionic and Xoom Honeycomb tablet. Will they have something else up their sleeve? Join us after the break to find out!

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4 years ago

T-Mobile to double their 4G speeds


HSPA+ coverage

T-Mobile talked about more than Android phones and tablets today, also letting us know that they will be doubling their 4G HSPA+ network speeds.  T-Mobile plans to get their network up to 42 Mbps (zooooom) and launch at least 25 new 4G devices to take advantage of the new speeds.  Whether you want to call it 4G, 3.5G or 3G, 42 Mbps is fast, and we're all for it.  Press release after the break.

Update: T-Mobile also makes the bold promise that there will be no surcharges of any kind for their 4G service.  That's the kind of news we like to report.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile makes LG G-Slate official


 T-Mobile LG G-Slate

T-Mobile today officially announced their G-Slate tablet. Made by LG, the tablet comes with TMo HSPA+ for "4G" speeds and Android 3.0 Honeycomb running the whole assembly. We already saw some leaked videos of the device in action and we are awaiting more hard tech specs. Press release after the break. [Android Central live blog, T-Mobile]

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4 years ago

T-mobile announces the Dell Streak 7


Dell Streak 7

We already knew it was going to happen, but T-Mobile announced the Dell Streak 7 at their CES press conference today. From their press release:

"T-Mobile’s first 4G tablet, the Dell Streak 7, is capable of peak speeds up to 21 Mbps to provide a super-fast 4G mobile broadband experience for watching movies and entertainment through preloaded content and thousands of widgets, games and applications available on Android Market™. Running the Android 2.2 operating system, the Dell Streak 7 features a brilliant 7-inch WVGA touch screen with Gorilla® Glass, dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and full Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 support."

Sounds like a great new device for those who aren't interested in bigger (and heavier) gear, as long as Dell can get the updates to it in a timely manner.  We'll share more as we hear it!

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4 years ago

Qik acquired by Skype [update]


Qik, the company behind video conferencing on the HTC Evo 4G, and many other mobile devices, has been acquired by video and voice over IP giant, Skype. Tony Bates, the CEO of Skype, has posted the announcement on the company's blog.

"Skype and Qik share a common purpose of enriching communications with video, and the acquisition of Qik will help to accelerate our leadership in video by adding recording, sharing and storing capabilities to our product portfolio" said the CEO.

No word on how much the acquisition cost and when the two will officially join forces. We'll keep you posted as this week's CES plays out. [Skype]

Update: Mashable has confirmed that Qik has been purchased for $100 million bucks.

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