A few hours ago we showed you an HTC ThunderBolt teaser, which may give you a few hints when this beast will be set free, but now a much more definite (but not official) proof is leaked – the Best Buy inventory system shows that the HTC ThunderBolt is to be launched on February 21.
It’s important to note this is the in-stock date of the device, but according to the tipsters at Phandroid’s forum, this is the launch day of this powerful phone as opposed to its out-stock date, which is February 24.
Either way, the HTC ThunderBolt’s release is nearing, and we’re most eager to spend some quality time with this powerhouse of a phone. Are you getting one?
Ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt spoke at MWC and virtually confirmed that Ice Cream (Sandwich) is to incorporate some Honeycomb features when it’s officially released.
The exact words:
“Today I’ll use the commonly used names. We have OS called Gingerbread for phones, we have an OS being previewed now for tablets called Honeycomb. The two of them… you can imagine the follow up will start with an I, be named after dessert, and will combine these two.”
This news is in accordance with previous rumours, but there is no official timeframe when Ice Cream will be released (even a Honeycomb-powered device is not launched yet) or what version of Android it will be, although Schimdt noted that “we will be seeing a 6-month OS refresh cycle.”
This is not something the Mountain View-based company is eager to discuss, but do you think this may be Google’s answer to all these critics that claim fragmentation is killing Android – by creating a universal version for both tablets and smartphones? Or Ice Cream will be a smartphone-only version of Android? Tell us with your comments.
As the long time flagship model over at Verizon, the Motorola DROID X has started to feel a little long in the tooth. Many would-be buyers have been waiting to see how low the price of the phone will go, especially with the carrier’s first 4G handset, the HTC Thunderbolt, expected to launch soon. Also, we recently showed you pictures of what appears to be the DROID X 2. Throw in the dual-core powered Motorola DROID Bionic and you can see why the days are numbered for the original DROID X.
Verizon has cut the price of the Motorola DROID X to $149.99 with a signed 2-year contract. At Costco, the handset can be purchased for as low as $9.99 with a 2-year contract. But one of the reasons for the price cut could be that once all units that come with a 16GB microSD card pre-installed are sold out, the phone will come with just a 2GB card instead. Now, that isn’t the end of the world because you will still have 8GB of onboard memory for emails, apps, texts, etc. And if you need more, the DROID X supports microSD cards up to 32GB. And there is still a chance that the unit you buy could still have a 16GB microSD card installed. It all comes down to luck. Do you feel lucky?
Verizon’s landing page for the HTC Thunderbolt was switched on today, and on the page is a brief 15 second video of a girl counting the time between spotting a lightening strike and the sound of thunder. Supposedly, you can compute how far a storm is away from you by counting the seconds between seeing the lightening and hearing the thunder with each second accounting for 1 mile of distance from you (is it just us or does anyone else think that the sound effects were leftover from the release of the BlackBerry Storm?).
While all that Verizon will own up to is the “Coming Soon” label at the end of the video, there are some You Tube viewers who have made comments that by counting each second as a day, the girl is actually counting when Verizon’s first 4G phone will be launched. Most of those who kept track say that the girl counts 10 days. Including Tuesday as day #1, it all adds up to February 24th. Sound familiar? We recently reported that speculation has centered around that date as being the launch date for the device.
Sure, if Verizon had wanted to pass along the launch date, why not just write “Coming February 24th” instead of “Coming Soon”? And why make a video containing a code? This is how rumors get started. And yeah, perhaps some cellphone fanatics have a little too much time on their hands. But it also shows how eager the public is to get a hold of Verizon’s first LTE handset. In fact, it would seem that the HTC Thunderbolt has garnered more attention from Verizon customers than that iOS flavored touchscreen phone that was recently launched by Verizon.
According to reports circulating overseas, before deciding to partner with Microsoft and its Windows Phone 7 operating system, Nokia attempted to work out a deal with RIM. And while it seems that Nokia was extremely interested in having its smartphones loaded up with the BlackBerry OS, RIM told the Finnish based firm that it was not interested in a partnership. And that left Nokia with two options-Android or Windows Phone 7.
With Android, Google refused to make a number of changes that Nokia wanted. For example, Nokia wanted Google Maps replaced with Ovi Maps and also wanted to change the way Google’s open source OS handled PIM data. Nokia also wanted changes in the way Android handled email, the calendar and contacts. Giving in to Nokia would have affected Google’s revenue flow, so the Mountain View based firm rejected the idea.
On the other hand, Microsoft was willing to make the changes to Windows Phone 7 that Nokia wanted. The latter will have some say into the future development of Windows Phone 7 and Ovi Maps will become part of the platform. And for Nokia, exiting the OS business means letting people go in R&D and software engineering. Spending on Symbian and MeeGo is expected to be close to zero next year. And the handset manufacturer plans on taking its integration of Windows Phone 7 to the U.S., specifically the Silicon Valley area from where it hopes to start gaining a larger presence in the U.S.
Sure HTC’s Sense is one polished looking interface, especially when it’s one of the more favorable Android skins out there, but some might think of it as being less attractive on the tablet oriented HTC Flyer.
Some may be wondering why they decided to stick it out with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread as opposed to Google’s tablet optimized Honeycomb experience, but it seems likely we’ll be seeing it doused with Honeycomb in the future.
According to Android Central, HTC confirmed that we will indeed see an update for Honeycomb down the road, but there is no exact time frame on when it’ll occur. Specifically, an HTC rep stated, “I can confirm that we are working to bring a Honeycomb update to Flyer in short order – however, I don’t have any specific information on what the timing may be.”
Without question, that’s music to the ears of people who are planning on picking up this tablet when it’s released some time in Q2. Needless to say that we don’t deny the beauty of Sense, but when Honeycomb is all the rage amongst tablets, it’d be hard pressed to not use one offering the most up-to-date tablet experience.
source: Android Central
We didn’t expect that Google will let Apple offer iMovie, and not have its own Android video editing software in the offing now, did we?
In his keynote speech at the MWC Expo today Eric Schmidt announced that Google is working on Android Movie Studio – a video editing application, which will appear on tablets with Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
Not much else to this news bit, except that YouTube will most probably play a major role in the Android Movie Studio video editing integration. As far as we know Google, the app will most likely be free, so anything that makes our lives easier, and doesn’t require us reach for our pockets, is welcome.
For the many phone manufacturers out there in the world, they generally would try to make their business case to the largest wireless carriers out there in hopes of striking a deal of some sort to distribute their devices.
Unfortunately for Nokia, they might face some barriers with Verizon if they intend on reentering the US market now that they’ve decided to move forward with Windows Phone 7 as its primary OS of choice. It appears that Verizon’s CTO, Tony Melone, is skeptical of seeing the newly formed partnership between Nokia and Microsoft having any major impact in the market right now. Specifically, he doesn’t seem to think that “Verizon needs the Nokia and Microsoft relationship” since there are three primary contenders right now.
In fact, Melone doesn’t agree that there will be a “three-horse race” between iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 7 that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop envisions. Rather, Melone believes that the heated competition is between iOS, Android, and BlackBerry – with no indication of Windows Phone 7 making a huge impact. Granted that his attitude about Microsoft’s platform isn’t as favorable as one would allege, it could easily change if Windows Phone 7 starts to pick up some serious steam.
In any event, it’ll be interesting to see what plan of action Nokia might pull out of their sleeves in order to win Verizon’s heart – not to mention their business.
In his keynote speech today Eric Schmidt talked in Google’s usual frank way about the Nokia Windows Phone. “We would have loved Nokia to choose Android and we certainly tried… The offer remains open for the future.”
Now this is some straight talk. It’s been just a few days since Nokia announced its deep partnership with Microsoft, and most comments were pointing out how the old fox Ballmer planted Stephen Elop at the helm to drive Nokia right into his arms, exerting pressure on Nokia’s board through its largest American shareholders.
Whatever was going on behind the curtain at the time, one thing is certain now – Android definitely was an option for Nokia, but at the last possible moment (last Thursday, if you believe Stephen Elop), it went with the underdog Windows Phone.
For what it’s worth, Eric Schmidt also mentioned that they still consider Microsoft their main competitor. Not Apple, nor Facebook, but Microsoft. After all, despite all the hype, Facebook still hasn’t monetized its popularity, whereas Microsoft has established revenue streams and is getting big in cloud services.
Tying these together and placing them on a Nokia Windows Phone might be as disruptive as Google throwing a wrench into Apple’s quest for mobile dominance with the purchase of Android. The move is typical Microsoft – wait for a market to mature, and then go all-in, guns blazing, to take advantage of the already established best practices. Anyway, those Nokia Windows Phone renders from yesterday look cute as a button, and not formidable at all.
Since the end of December, we’ve been hearing that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Google Nexus One would be available in “the coming weeks.” Sadly though, those weeks easily turned into a month and now we’re heading close to a solid 2 months without any potential news of its arrival.
Thanks to all of the surprises that come from MWC, it’s now being reported by a handful in independent sources that the much-anticipated over-the-air update will be landing “within the next few days.” Naturally, that’s all fine and dandy at this point since Nexus One owners have been patient all this time, but we’re really banking on it to come relatively soon. Come to think about it, Android 2.3 Gingerbread is quickly approaching 3 months of activity since it went live with the Google Nexus S.
Hopefully, the wait will be over shortly as the Nexus One can breathe in some new life thanks to the latest version of the platform. So maybe we’ll see something arrive either later in the week or some time early next week.
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