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T-Mobile Introduces Two New Smartphones

Earlier today at the GigaOM Mobilize conference, T-Mobile announced the forthcoming of two new smartphones running on the 4G network.

Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer for the company, revealed that the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Amaze 4G soon will be available on T-Mobile’s 4G network, which is based on HPSA+ 42 technology. He said users of the two smartphones could expect download speeds of 8 Mbps on average and 20 Mbps peak.

Both smartphones are scheduled to be available on October 12. A week ago, AT&T said it would offer the Samsung Galaxy S II on its network on October 2.

Along with these two smartphones, Brodman also introduced T-Mobile’s new 4G Mobile Hotspot which allows up to five devices to connect to the internet.

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HTC Holding September Event

The popular smartphone manufacturer, HTC, has been inviting a handful of press people and companies to a mysterious media event being held in New York City on September 20th.

It seems that HTC is planning on introducing a set of announced and unannounced Windows Phone and Android devices that could get release dates this year.  Some of these upcoming phones include the HTC Vigor, and the recently leaked HTC Ruby (also known as the Amaze 4G).  Another phone that might be joining the other phones is the HTC Holiday,  which is a dual-core LTE Android smartphone.

The HTC Vigor is, in our opinion, the possible scene stealer knowing that there’s a possibility that the device will hit stores this month according to the semi-accurate roadmap provided by IGN. It is worth noting that the document predicted the September 8 launch of the Motorola Droid Bionic, but failed in the Samsung Stratosphere release date department. The HTC Vigor recently passed FCC so it is highly possible that the phone will get a release date not later than October, which is the “heat month” of the smartphone market, knowing that the iPhone 5 is rumored to hit the US market in mid-October.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Images Leaked

Android users pay attention because the new Android version, Ice Cream Sandwich, looks to be near its launch date.

Earlier this morning, images from multiple websites appeared showing off what looked to be the new Android Ice Cream sandwich.

One of those sites, Rootzwiki.com, showed Ice Cream Sandwich running on Google’s Nexus S phone (image on right).  The images shown show a new updated notification bar with some updated icons along with a blue theme.  A new customization control panel is also shown.  Many people have said that it looks like the panel that you would see on Android Honeycomb powered tablets.

The other site, AndroidPolice.com, have also uploaded a couple images (image to left).  These images show that the phone is in fact running on Ice Cream Sandwich.  The other image shows what looks to be the notification bar pulled down and has a new black theme to it.

So it looks like Ice Cream Sandwich might come out sooner than expected.  It will most likely be available for Nexus S phones first and then for other phones as the year goes on.

iPhone 5 Competition

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.

Leaked Verizon Documents

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

AT&T Supplying Android Update

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.

HTC Tablet leaked!

Earlier today, some specs from HTC’s upcoming tablet known to be the “Flyer” were leaked to the public including the screen size, resolution and, processor.

To start off, the HTC Flyer looks oddly similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab with it having a 7 inch touch screen and 1024×600 screen resolution that will all be controlled by using a stylus.  The Flyer will also be running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and will have 1GB of RAM.  It will also be running on Android 2.3 rather than Honeycomb (Android 2.3).

Physical features look decent on the device. It will have HDMI capabilities and also both a front and rear facing camera.  The front is 1.3mp while the rear is 3mp but has a flash.

That’s the end to the leaked specs.  Doesn’t look like this device will be much of a “threat” to other company’s upcoming tablets but still always nice to have options to choose from.

More 4G phones coming to Verizon users

On my blog yesterday, I typed about one of Verizon’s upcoming 4G phones, the DROID BIONIC.  Today’s blog is yet another 4G Verizon phone called the HTC Thunderbolt.

Announced a couple days ago at CES, the Thunderbolt looks pretty impressive.  It has a 4.3 inch touch screen display, front and rear facing cameras and runs on Android 2.2 mixed in with HTC’s Sense 2.0 display.

Looking at the phone, it looks to be a media based smartphone.  A 8 megapixel camera that records in HD is just the tip of the iceberg. Besides this, its wireless DLNA allows the device to stream video and other media to other DLNA devices such as HDTVs.  It also comes with a 32GB microSD card and there is a stand built in the phone to make things more comfortable while watching HD videos.  To top it all off, the phone’s audio is considered surround sound.

All of this on top of a 4G network seems to be pretty impressive.  Looks like we will have a ton of more smartphones on the 4G network coming our way.

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