If the Samsung Galaxy S taking over sales of the iPhone 4 in Japan is any indication, Android is growing at an insane rate, and isn't showing any signs of stopping. And that's exactly why Panasonic is choosing our favorite mobile OS in its return to the smartphone market. Starting early next year, the company plans on selling multiple smartphones in Japan, although sales in other countries will not begin until 2012.
Believe it or not, Verizon and AT&T aren't alone in the LTE scene; not by a long shot, as US Cellular CFO Steven Campbell has just reminded us all. During the Wells Fargo Technology Conference in NYC, he stated that the carrier will be rolling out LTE to one test market next year, while the rest of us will just have to wait until 2012. Rather discouragingly, the carrier hasn't even chosen a network equipment vendor yet, although Clearwire and LightSquared are, reportedly, being considered. You could argue that the carrier's really shooting itself in the foot here by waiting so long (Steven said that "I don't think we're feeling a sense of crisis or urgency"), but maybe they plan on introducing some awe-inspiring launch devices to save their bacon.
Engadget - whose record on these things is usually among the best in the business - seems to have pulled the trigger on one that's pretty obviously fake. Check it out:
The spec sheet reads like a dream phone (which, again, it very well may be):
- Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
- 4.3" or 4.5" (Depending on which part you read) SAMOLED2 screen
- February release
- 8 MP Camera
- 1080p video recording
- 14.4 Mbps HSPA
- 1.2 GHz CPU
- 16 GB of storage
- Insanely thin
Cool, right? Well, not so fast. Here's the stuff that makes at least the render seem like a mockup done in MSPaint.
Samsung may have its Android tablet out and about in Europe, but it looks like the other large Android manufacturers - Motorola and HTC - are just getting themselves into gear. Last month, DigiTimes reported some dubious rumours that Pegatron (a division of ASUS) had won the contract to manufacture HTC's tablet device with the following description:
From the Unsurprising But Still Exciting department comes this fresh tip, via everyone’s favourite rumour rag, Digitimes. With a suitably vague allusion to “Taiwan component makers”, Digitimes claims that HTC will be leveraging their strong partnership with Google in releasing a tablet worldwide.
Much like the Galaxy Tab, HTC’s take on the new tablet market will be powered by smartphone components and will feature similar performance and design quality. This doesn’t really give us much to pin our hopes on, but as AndroidCentral points out, the supposed Q1 2011 release date aligns with the previous release of the Nexus One, and we know how special that was.