There have been plenty of rumors lately about the iPhone launching on Verizon within the next several months. Looking at Verizon’s incredibly successful history with Android and the Droid brand, it seems unlikely; and in case you thought that Verizon might be giving up on Android, think again. A Verizon roadmap leaked by Boy Genius Report shows that the Big Red has plenty of new Android goodies in store for us over the course of the next year.
First off, a new addition to the Droid family. Along with the Droid X, Droid 2, and Droid Incredible, Verizon will be launching the Motorola Droid Pro. We’ve only got the screen size and processor speed so far, but it already puts it head-and-shoulders above the rest: a 4.0” screen and a 1.3 GHz processor. It’s expected to launch this November, so Gingerbread seems likely, but that is pure speculation. This is the first concrete evidence we’ve heard of a phone with a processor speed above 1 GHz, so it could get the honor of being the first phone faster than today’s “superphones.”
Another Slab Motorola Device
Motorola will launch another device, with a “slab form-factor” set to run Android 2.2. This is likely going to be a budget handset, so MOTOBLUR should be expected; still, without any specs, it’s hard to tell.
Samsung and HTC Devices
Samsung and HTC will both be launching another Android device before the end of the year. Presumably, Samsung’s will be the Fascinate, Verizon’s version of the Galaxy S.
Tablets galore! A Samsung tablet, presumably the Galaxy S “Tab”, is also headed to Verizon. The leak also mentions a 7” screen and a front-facing camera, so this one seems quite likely. Motorola is also prepping their own tablet for Verizon with a 10” screen, Android 3.0, a front-facing camera, and either a 1 GHz or 1.3 GHz processor. Given the fact that this tablet is set for release in December, I would guess that it would feature the fastest processor available.
Verizon’s LTE network should be seeing a lot of expansion in the next several months, as they plan to cover at least 75% of the country by April 2012, so it wouldn’t be too shocking if one of these high-end devices became the first to be compatible with the LTE network.
So there you have it – two great tablets of very different sizes, and a phone that beats anything on the market today. Verizon’s plans for Android may just be more ambitious than all the other carriers, so right now may just be the time to switch.
Source: Boy Genius Report