24
Jan
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Last Updated: December 30th, 2011

Well, we knew it was coming. Did you honestly think Big Red would bundle your 3G and 4G into one big, happy family? Neither did we. An anonymous Engadget tipster snapped a picture of Verizon's latest data plans - probably set to be released in time for the iPhone 4. Check it out:

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Droid-Life posted a helpful companion image of the old pricing for comparison's sake:

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Notice the 150MB smartphone plan has vanished, along with an increased base data cap for feature phones.

23
Jan
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This morning, I noticed an interesting thread in the EVO subsection of the XDA forums that claimed to be able to fix music streaming (which was broken in some apps after the latest OTA), while boosting 3G speeds by .2 to .6 Mbps. As the process is very simple and easily reversible, I gave it a go - but decided that I was going to use SpeedTest to benchmark the changes.

21
Jan
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Were the four phones (and the one amazing tablet) Verizon announced at CES not enough for you? Then you'll be happy to hear that Droid Life has unearthed two more devices headed Verizon's way: the Motorola Droid X2 and the HTC Incredible 2.

Unfortunately, the Droid X2 will not feature a LTE radio, although it will pack a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. Interested? Droid Life says Verizon is planning to release the device in May.

18
Jan
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It isn't often that a US carrier offers one of its flagship handsets for free, but it would appear that that's exactly what T-Mobile is doing with the G2. Starting today and ending January 20th, new or add-a-line T-Mobile customers can snag a G2 from the carrier's online store for $0.00 (that's right, completely free!) with a new two-year contract. Party on!

Source: T-Mobile via Engadget

14
Jan
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It doesn't seem like it, but just a year and a few days ago, Google made available the first handset to bear the Nexus name - and what a long way we've come since. When the Nexus One was released, there were cries of "iPhone killer" and of Google entering the handset arena in direct competition with Apple. While the latter assertion remains debatable - the first does not. The Nexus One was a near-total commercial failure next to the iPhone 3GS, and even the original Motorola DROID ate the Nexus One for breakfast in terms of sales.

13
Jan
evo_bat

Certainly makes sense (get it?), doesn't it. Nearly every EVO owner I know has, at some point or another, complained about the fact that their battery life drops about 5-10% as soon as they unplug it. Well, it turns out that's because of there's an overcharge protection chip inside Li-Ion batteries.

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XDA user willy900wonka decided to tear his extended EVO battery apart, and lo and behold:

What I found was that a 8205 chip is used to provide protection and prevent over charging and over-discharging.

10
Jan
xoom

Motorola is expected to launch its XOOM tablet in February 2011 and, according to DigiTimes, they have placed an order for about 700,000 to 800,000 units. If there is greater demand, DigiTimes expects the order to reach up to one million units by the end of the first quarter of 2011.

Interestingly, DigiTimes also claims that Motorola and Samsung are being given special treatment by Google, while competitors, such as LG and HTC, are being left behind.

06
Jan
IMG_8096_wm

I'm slightly miffed that HTC doesn't seem to have a dual-core Android device in the works (at least for now), but the LTE-capable Thunderbolt still isn't anything to scoff at.

It features:

  • A 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
  • A 4.3-inch WVGA (800x480) display
  • An 8MP rear camera capable of recording 720p HD video
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • Android 2.2 Froyo with the new HTC Sense, as seen on the Desire HD and the Desire Z
  • 32GB (!) microSD card slot out of the box
  • Integrated kickstand
  • Dolby and SRS surround sound audio
  • Skype mobile pre-installed (presumably the new version with video calling)
  • DLNA support
  • Mobile hotspot (presumably with a nice fat fee attached)
  • An LTE radio

Want more?

06
Jan
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We are live at CES 2011 at the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE conference. This post is being updated live.

  • currently serving 38 major markets, 100 million people
  • will cover 2/3 of population by mid 2012
  • adding 140 new markets by 2011
  • by the end of the year, 175+ markets, such as Little Rock, Detroit, Memphis, etc
  • 10 4G LTE devices in the first half of 2011
  • LG is on stage, just announced the LG Revolution 4G LTE Android phone
  • Skype is on stage now talking about how all 4G LTE smartphones will have Skype pre-installed, with video calling
  • HTC presenting the 4G LTE-enabled Thunderbolt with HTC Sense, with Skype, video calling, etc.
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