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A recent document that has been leaked online suggests that Verizon will be coming out with a new phone that in the future (September) will give the upcoming iPhone 5 competition.
The phone is rumored to be called the HTC Vigor and in a post I made earlier this week, it says that the launch date will be on September 29th. It is said that the Vigor will be the replacement of the HTC Thunderbolt jam packed with features to bring in more customers to the LTE market.
Verizon Wireless has not admitted to the existence of the Vigor so not many specs are known right now. One of the main features about the phone to get excited about is the brand new 1.5GHz dual-core processor (most, if not all, smartphones right now have a 1GHz processor or less). Also people have speculation that the camera on this phone will be somewhere at 8 or above megapixels. Reason being is that since the Vigor is going to be a second generation Thunderbolt, the camera must be a little bit upgraded. On top of this, the phone will be running on Android’s latest operating system, Android 2.3 commonly known as Gingerbread.
The phone, the Conquer, is built by Samsung and on Sprint’s network. The Conquer has all of the “bells and whistles” that a normal smartphone user would look for including a 3.5 inch display, 320×480 resolution, 4G network, as well as running on Android’s Gingerbread software (Android 2.3). Did I mention that the phone is only $99? Yes, this is true making the Conquer the cheapest 4G Android 2.3 run phone on the market.
Besides all of this, the Conquer also has a 3.5 megapixel camera, 1GHz snapdragon processor, and a 2GB SD card. Couple other interesting features is including a front facing camera and also having mobile Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.
This new smartphone from Sprint seems to be a great deal. With all of these features and a $99 price tag, what’s not to like?
This morning, IGN posted a picture of what claims to be a planning document from Verizon Wireless. Many release dates are listed in the document for upcoming smartphones as well as hints for a new Galaxy Tablet.
Here are some of the phones and launch dates according to IGN
- Droid Bionic – September 8th
- LG Revolution 2 – October 20th
- HTC Vigor – September 29th
- Samsung Galaxy S ll – September 8th
- Xoom 4G upgrade – September 8th
So as you can see, Verizon has a lot going for them in these upcoming months (if the document leaked is legitimate). So if you are a Verizon Wireless customer and are looking for a new smartphone, wait for a couple months for these.
For quick reviews on all of these upcoming phones check out this article from pcworld.com
Looking for a new for or to upgrade to a smartphone but don’t have the money? Your problems may be solved.
For today (August 3rd) only, BestBuy stores will be offering customers Google’s Nexus S smartphone for free. Only catch is that the customer has to sign up for a two-year contract with AT&T, T-Mobile, or Sprint in order for the phone to be activated on the spot at BestBuy.
The Nexus S is designed with a 4 inch touch screen display, and includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and a 5 megapixel camera. It also runs off of Android’s operating system which is Android 2.3, also known as Gingerbread. For a better review of Google’s Nexus S, check out my review on it here.
A new type of trojan virus for Android powered phones was discovered early today which has cause a scared considering how much more advanced the virus is compared to older viruses found on Android devices. This new trojan has the ability to record your conversation and then send it off to a remote server for storage for who knows what.
On the bright side, the virus is not capable of installing by itself, it needs the user’s permission first. This may sound dumb but it can be disguised as a game or some sort of app and when you choose to install it, you instead get a virus installed on your phone. The trojan looks to be a prototype of some sort so we may have more to fear in the future.
Anyways, be careful with what you download, make sure that it is something trustworthy and legitimate.
If you are worried about this then take a look at this article on 5 ways to protect your smartphone!
There are a couple Android anti-virus apps that you can download to protect your smartphone from this trojan and many others. Some of the many are by AVG, and Creative Apps (both called anti-virus free but of course the paid version will do a little more).
If you are the owner of a smartphone from AT&T, then you most likely have good news coming your way. Earlier today, AT&T confirmed that after the launch of the HTC Status, they will be launching the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for all of the smartphones on the network.
Some of these phones include:
- HTC Inspire
- LG Phoenix
- Motorola ATRIX
- Pantech Crossover
- Samsung Captivate
- Samsung Infuse
Side note that some AT&T users may have to connect to Wi-Fi or to their computers in order to download/install the new update.
Earlier on February 3rd, At&t announced that starting on the 13th, users will be allowed to pre-order their newest phone, the Motorola Atrix, which will be coming out on March 6th. The phone will run on the brand new 4G network and will go for $199.99 with a new two-year contract.
The Atrix will be powered by Android 2.2 and a insanely fast Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor. Besides having 1GB of RAM, it will also have a 4 inch touch screen display along with both a rear and front facing camera.
The down side? It costs $45 a month in order to get 2GB of data compared to other companies such as Verizon that offers unlimited data for $30 a month. All in all, look s like a good phone but may be a little bit pricey. Thoughts?