An internal Verizon document has leaked, revealing the exact launch dates for several phones and tablets that we've all been eagerly awaiting. Some of these devices have already been announced, some have only been rumored, and one in particular is way past due.
The year 2011 has been a time of many advancements for Android, not least of all in the land of processors. In the United States, the Motorola ATRIX 4G was the first dual-core Android handset to hit the shelves, while the first dual-core tablet was the Motorola XOOM. Besides both of these devices being Motorola, what's do they both have in common? They've both got the power of the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor inside. From the very start of this dual-core revolution here in the USA, NVIDIA has been dominating the market.
Verizon is now offering a special discount for customers that purchase a smartphone with a new 2-year contract between August 1 and 31. The discount is for $50 off a 3G or 4G tablet purchased at the same time. This combo package applies to all Android tablets offered through Verizon as well as the iPad 2, with the only exceptions being the original iPad and the WiFi Galaxy Tab 10.1
During Motorola's quarterly earnings call today, CEO Sanjay Jha was surprisingly candid about the company's upcoming products. He not only confirmed the timeline for the much anticipated and long delayed Droid Bionic, but he also revealed that the company has planned two new 4G LTE tablets to hit the market before the end of this year.
Motorola XOOM 3G customers who have been patiently waiting for the promised 4G LTE upgrade, have gotten a little worried in recent months as rumors emerged that the company was pushing a new tablet and leaving previous customers in the cold. Well, thankfully that's not the case and the company has just begun sending out emails to confirm with customers that the upgrade will be happening sometime in September.
What looks to be the new Motorola XOOM LTE tablet has just passed through the FCC today, signaling an imminent launch. This is good news for some but also upsetting for original XOOM customers still waiting for the 4G LTE upgrade. The FCC documents list the device only as IHDP56LU2 but reveals several interesting details on what could be the Motorola XOOM 2.
The last time we talked about a price cut for the Motorola Xoom was back in April when the tablet got a price cut in the UK to £479.99. The Xoom didn’t exactly sell like Motorola had hoped in the US or in the UK. The tablet was overpriced in some geek's opinions and just couldn't match the iPad and shoppers didn’t buy in volume. The price cuts will certainly help the Xoom sell.
Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha has admitted that the company's research into phone design and functionality has led to tears among users, though the chief exec is more curious about the potential for consolidation with a mobile software business. In an interview with Fortune, Jha suggests that phone manufacturers acquiring each other is not necessarily the best approach, and that instead "consolidation across content manufacturers and hardware and software manufacturers" has more potential value. Given Jha threw out all software on Motorola's phones but Android, could the CEO be hinting at a potential Google merge?
So you're looking for another Android tablet running Honeycomb, yes? Perhaps another Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablet specifically, one with an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 16GB internal memory, and a 10.1” 1280×800 pixel resolution display? You're in luck, Toshiba's got you totally covered! What we've known from June 2nd remains essentially true, that being the specs you see above, but now we've got a brand new model number. What was going to be released as the AT300/23C, known in Japan as the Regza and here in the states as the Thrive will be replaced by the AT300/24C and will have Android 3.1 Honeycomb officially in its Japanese release.
Any time a video hits a wireless carrier's YouTube or other network and is then quickly pulled after people start talking about something in the video we all start to wonder why. Such is the case with a video that surfaced for Verizon Wireless. In the video, a hot brunette is using a tablet that we haven’t seen before. Naturally, the tablet started being talked about. Shortly thereafter the video was pulled.