Anyone who’s been anxiously awaiting to hear what network the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play would be landing on here in the States, wait no more. It’s been announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that the Xperia Play will first be available on the Verizon network, with plans to launch around Spring this year. It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that the network with the best lineup of Android devices would get the best gaming smartphone on the market. Check out some new photos below.
As we all patiently await the launch of the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon, we can’t help but take notice of the other retailers who have started listing the Android handset on their websites. Amazon is among the first to do so, and while they have to post any kind of contracted pricing, or any pricing for that matter- they do indicate that the Thunderbolt will be available February 14th. Whether or not we’ll be able to purchase on on-that-date or not is currently unknown, but chances are Amazon will do it up right, like they always do.
As we get closer to the suspected February 24th launch date, one of Best Buy’s newest ad’s features the HTC Thunderbolt in it with the words, “COMING SOON.” Apparently you can start pre-orders for the Thunderbolt with Best Buy after a $50 deposit. Assuming that the February 24th date is accurate, and you’re looking to get your hands on this device- I’d get that pre-order in ASAP.
Starting today, Verizon is throwing some super-sweet deals out at us for devices such as the Samsung Fascinate, Continuum, HTC DROID Incredible and the DROID R2-D2. Right now you can pick up any of the previously listed devices for only $100 after signing a 2-year contract. The other good news is that Big Red is also going to be doing some additional one-day sales for their “10 days of sweet deals” up until February 10th. So if any of those devices didn’t strike your interest, then stay posted online because you never know if they just might toss in the Droid X or Droid 2 Global for the same deal!
Some great news for HTC Thunderbolt fans on Verizon! Even though we heard previously from the provider that the Thunderbolt would lack the mobile hotspot feature, it seems as though Verizon has sent out an updated document stating the following:
“While it was previously communicated that the HTC Thunderbolt was not Mobile Hotspot capable, at launch, customers will in fact be able to turn their HTC Thunderbolt into a wireless hotspot.”
Confusing? Maybe. But if this is indeed true, then it’s awesome that the Thunderbolt won’t lack such an important feature that everyone is surely looking forward to having. This new VZW document also clarifies that the Thunderbolt will sport simultaneous voice and data while on the 3G networks. They do note that it may not provide the best experience, however.
Cheers to staying on the ball, Verizon!
Excited about the new HTC Thunderbolt lauching on Verizon in the very new future? We wouldn’t blame you if you were. But Verizon has announced some disheartening news that may leave many of you looking forward to the most exciting features a little ticked off. Specifically, the mobile hotspot feature, which allows you to host a hotspot for up to 8 devices will not be available when the device is launched, nor will the video chat feature for Skype be ready either. This leaves the question, “Why would Verizon leave us hanging like this?” Unfortunately we don’t have the answers to some of life’s biggest questions, but what we do know is that Big Red won’t waste any time getting both of these features up and running right after the Thunderbolt see it’s debut, so there’s no reason to panic too much.
Some new training docs for the upcoming HTC Thunderbolt have been spotting thanks to the folks over at AC, which gives us a good indication that the launch of the device should be very soon. (Or so we hope) As the above document shows, the Thunderbolt will be the first Verizon Android device with simultaneous voice and data capabilities, enabling customers to browse the web and make voice calls at the same time. Although this isn’t really ground breaking for the rest of us on say, AT&T or Sprint… it’s good to know that the Thunderbolt will hold such an epic power over the rest of the VZW devices to grant such wishes.
It seems even though we had the heads up prior to this announcement, Verizon has just now started releasing advertisements regarding updates for both the Samsung Fascinate and Motorola Droid Pro. Who knows why the Big Red delays these kinds of things, but at any rate you know the drill. Tap over to your Settings > Software Update and grab the latest and greatest.
Check out our exclusive video on the new Acer Tablet that is going to be out on Verizon soon. Tell us what you think about it!
Motorola has just finished their keynote presentation here at CES, and they definitely had been holding quite a few sweet devices from us until now. Let’s go over what we can expect from Motorola this year, shall we?
First and foremost the Motorola Atrix 4G on AT&T is anticipated to be “the worlds most powerful smartphone”. The Atrix 4G will be available throught AT&T, Bell Canada and Orange UK. This device features dual-core processors, 1GB of RAM, qHD display, and packs a 1930mAh battery. As specs spill out for this device, the more and more we see that it’s definitely a multimedia phone most of all. It has an HDMI port so you can connect the Atrix to your home TV enabling a full screen android experience with all your apps, games and Android utilities. If that wasn’t enough to make your mouth water, the Atrix even features an innovative fingerprint reader, which not only allows you to keep your device much more safe and secure, but allows you to unlock your device much more quickly and efficiently. Being an AT&T customer myself, I’m seriously loving this device to death so far, and cannot wait to rid myself of the Samsung Captivate and get my hands on the Motorola Atrix.
The Motorola Cliq was first launched back in October of 2009 and was Motorola’s first Android smartphone to hit the market. Now the company estimates to have over 20 new 4G Android devices on AT&T alone by the end of 2011. Pretty impressive, right?
The days of the original Moto Cliq have long passed us, and now it’s time for Motorola Cliq 2 to take the rank as the real-deal Android. The Motorola Cliq 2 is exclusively with T-Mobile and features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera with full resolution capture and a handful of IT-friendly security features that are sure to keep you safe from harms way.
This next beast that you’re looking at is none other than the Motorola DROID Bionic. This bad boy will be an exclusive through Verizon, and sports a 4.3″ qHD touchscreen along with Adobe Flash compatibility, 4G LTE speeds, 1GHz dual-core processor and of course support for videocalling over WiFi or 4G networks. The Big Red and Motorola expect this upcoming device to launch around early Q2 of this year.
Last but not least, the finale of Motorola’s Keynote Presentation was the official unveiling of the Motorola XOOM Tablet. This, ladies and gentlemen, is going to the mac-daddy of Android tablets. The XOOM runs with nothing less than Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), and packs a dual-core processor underneath a 16:10 HD display. Not surprisingly you’ll have your front and back facing camera’s which offer HD video capture and even video calling. What’s really unique about this tablet is that it’s completely upgradable from 3G to 4G, and is compliant with Adobe Flash making it an awesome option for doing any kind of mobile gaming. Availability for the Motorola XOOM tablet should be around Q2 of this year as well.
So there you have it folks, that’s a brief wrap up of the new devices that were displayed at Motorola’s KeyNote presentation at CES this year. We’ll be bringing you more information on new devices as they days progress here in Vegas, so be sure to stick with us!