That's kind of the big question, isn't it. We're now six months removed from our exclusive hands-on with the Verizon-branded HTC Merge. And in that time, it's appeared all but left for dead, only two re-emerge on a couple of regional carriers -- Alltel and Cellular South.
But the big question remains, will we ever see it on Verizon?
Stories have been floating around this week of new "first press shots" of a Verizon-branded Merge. We'd like to think they're new. But seeing as how Verizon was ramping up the Merge so long ago, that's pretty doubtful.
Now that HTC has tripled their profits for Q1 it appears as though they want to celebrate by having a get together with everyone that helped them reach that goal. OK, maybe not everyone -- but everyone near London who can make out for the free event, which is piggybacking a press event the same day where we'll likely see the Pyramid/Sensation launched. There will be food, drinks just like their last London event and according to their Facebook page, they also will have some great news to share with everyone who attend. If you're looking for the full details, hit the source link. The event does take place on Tuesday, April 12, from 7:30 to11 p.m. but you'll want to make sure to RSVP for this one. [Facebook]
Hacking Android onto devices that Android was not meant to run on is a great pastime for some folks. In fact, it's one we enjoy seeing thoroughly. Managing to pull it off, and have it run well -- that's kind of a different story. In any case, the above video looks to be that of an HTC HD7 Windows Phone getting an Android makeover that appears to of have gone rather well. While we can't comment on its legitimacy -- if it is a fake, it's a really good one. What do you all think, fake or real? [HDBlog] Thanks, Niccolo for sending this in!
The Canadian release of the Samsung Nexus S has pretty much every Canadian carrier lined up. From Rogers to Fido to Wind to Mobilicity, most will have a version of the Nexus S available in store. Pricing details are trickling out for each and every single carrier but let us first just cover Rogers and Fido. As they are the same company, both will be launching the device on or around April 12 with a suggested retail price of $499 and going down from there. 1-year contract will be $449; 2-year contact will be $399 with a 3-year contract rolling in at $349. That 3-year contract pricing however will be seeing a promo price of $99 with a voice and data plan agreement. [MobileSyrup]
HTC's profits during the first quarter of this year tripled compared with the same period in 2010, according a report from Reuters. The massive increase in profits is attributed to strong sales of the manufacturer's line-up of Android smartphones.
From atop a gigantic pile of cash, HTC announced that it made a first-quarter profit of T$14.83 billion (~$511 million), beating the predicted figure of T$12.99 billion. Q1 2011 revenues apparently topped T$104.2 billion (~$3.6 billion), with consolidated sales for March hitting T$37 billion (~$1.3 billion). That's a lot of phones.
Expectations are already high for the second quarter, with analysts suggesting HTC's profits could increase by up to 20% during the next three months. [Reuters]
You might remember seeing the picture above -- it's the full view of the training promotion for Sprint's upcoming phones we showed everyone at the beginning of April. At the time we were focused on the Nexus S 4G, as rumor had it that the Samsung Replenish was a feature phone. We received some information tonight that tells us the Replenish will actually be a "green" Android smartphone. We're to see the official press release on April 15, with the device available for sale (online at least) by Sprint on May 5. If we had to make a guess, it would be that the Replenish is that portrait QWERTY Samsung with Sprint's logo we saw last month.
We're pretty confident of the information, because it comes directly from some Sprint internal pages that have been uncovered. I'm not going to reveal how to see them, but you can see the full pages (minus some personal information) after the break. Thanks paulmike3!
We're not quite sure just what to make of it, but an astute reader has spotted a page on Sprint's website with a message about the EVO 3D (see our hands-on with one right here). There's not much to go on, here's what it says:
The vanity request identified as "www.sprint.com/evo3d" is confidential until after the requested launch date of: 04/11/2011
Nothing more, nothing less. Does this mean Sprint is releasing the EVO 3D on April 11? Doubtful. Does it mean they will be announcing the EVO 3D launch date and putting up a pre-order page on April 11? Possibly. Is it just a random date thrown in as a page placeholder? Could be.
Whatever it means, I'm sure Sprint is aware of the consumer interest this one will garner, so expect a big media push once they feel ready to talk about it. In the meantime, hit the source link to see for yourselves, then hit the Evo 3D forums and speculate! [Sprint] Thanks, milad6923!
Here's the deal: Most of the time normal consumers (that's not likely to be many of you out there, right?) purchase a smartphone, they do it on contract. That's 24 months in which you're legally obligated to pay Verizon the monthly penance, and in exchange Verizon subsidizes the cost of the phone, getting it down to $300, $200, or maybe even less -- all the way down to free.
But what's not often talked about is the one-year contract. You pay a little more up front for the hardware, but you're only indebted to the carrier for 12 months. And, really, it's the way to go.
But Verizon apparently is about to do away with that. So you'll either have to pay $500 or $600 for a top-end smartphone, or get ready to sign away two years of your contract life. Up to you. Thanks, W!
Samsung has finally announced that the Wifi only Galaxy Tab is coming, and that brings up a very interesting question we want to ask you guys. Which would you buy, the Wifi Tab, or the Nook Color? On the outside, they are pretty similar. Both are seven inchers, neither runs Honeycomb, and with the current state of AOSP, maybe neither one ever will.
The innards have a good many differences, starting with the Tab having a 1 GHz Hummingbird CPU and the Nook Color using a TI OMAP 3621 at 800 MHz. The Tab's GPU is a step up from the Nook's, but both are capable PowerVR chips, and both check in at 512 MB of RAM. Storage space on the Wifi Tab is 16GB, and the Nook comes with 8GB on board -- both can handle up to a 32 GB SD card. The biggest hardware difference is the cameras (front and rear) on the Tab.
On the software side, the Tab ships with Froyo, and according to rumors the Nook is scheduled to get Froyo with "tablet features" and Adobe Flash sometime this month. As it stands now, you'll need to root and hack the Nook Color to get the same feature set as the Tab, but that's a really simple affair, with none of that locked and encrypted mumbo jumbo you've heard about with other Android devices.
I guess it all really comes down to personal preference, so we've set up a poll. Let us know what you think, and discuss in the Nook Color and Galaxy Tab forums!
Although we recently had to unleash some bad news for Motorola Bravo owners addressing the delay of Froyo, that doesn't mean Motorola has stopped working on the update altogether. In fact, Motorola has now announced that they are seeking out some beta testers for a pre-release round of testing for the eventual OTA update.
Motorola and AT&T are happy to announce a pre-release of the first software upgrade* for BRAVO™ with MOTOBLUR™, before it is officially released to all customers. We are recruiting 1,000 BRAVO™ owners to test and provide feedback on the upgrade to FroYo (Android 2.2).
This registration period will be open until we receive our limit of qualified applicants. Note that you must be a member of the Motorola Owners' Forums to register. If you're interested in testing and want to take part, just join Motorola's community now and then fill out the short registration form.
Although registration doesn't guarantee you a slot for when the testing begins, adding your name to the list is certainly worth it. Hit the source link for the full details and registration link [Motorola Owners' Forum]
It's Thursday and as we get set to rock yet another awesome podcast for you all some folks in the forum are having some fun at guessing the next OS name for Android after ice cream. If you think you've got the next version pegged then join us in the forums and post what you think it will be. If you're not really into guessing games hit up some of the threads below:
After getting into a battle with Twitter over its use of Twitter's real-time search access, the folks from Scoopler have moved on and have now released their Just Spotted celebrity tracking application to the Android Market. As described in their press release, the Alpha version release allows you to:
Receive push notifications whenever a celebrity is spotted in your area. Check out the list of nearby spottings to see other spottings near you or click ‘everywhere’ to see the latest spottings world-wide. Click any spotting for more details.
Stalkerish? Certainly, but that's pretty much what they are going for here -- if all you Justin Bieber fans out there are ever going to have a chance at meeting him, you'll first need to know where he is. Jump on past the break for the full press release.
Some of us don't need a big, bulky case that protects our phones from rough treatment, and prefer a slim case that keeps things from getting scratched and slips easily into a pocket or purse. The Case-Mate Barely There case for the Inspire 4G is that case.
It's a one-piece, very thin (hey, it's barely there!) hard, yet flexible and impact resistant shell that neatly covers the rear of your Inspire 4G or Desire HD. It's designed to leave all the ports and buttons on the top and bottom of the phone open, and the volume switch on the side is cut-out for easy use. It's simple to put on and take off, and is going to do a great job keeping the back of your phone from getting dings or scratches. While the case covers the back and corners, the included Case-Mate screen protector covers the big 4.3-inch piece of glass up front.
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