Aug, 09 2010

Being a big carrier, it’s inevitable that you’ll have bigger holes than normal for leaks to find their way through. Fortunately, these leaks don’t cause sinking ships: just sheer excitement on our part. You might want to read this list 10 times over, and then quickly call your doctor as you might pass out from seeing all of the juicy details on some new devices and network plans for Verizon coming your way:

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  • In addition to the Motorola DROID and Motorola DROID X, we’re told Motorola will launch a new DROID handset, the Motorola DROID Pro. It is supposed to have a 1.3GHz CPU, 4″ screen and global roaming capabilities. Estimated launch of November 2010
  • Motorola is working with Verizon on a “slab form-factor” device that sort of looks like an old Motorola Q but features a full touchscreen and global roaming. It will run Android 2.2. Maybe this will be a lower cost, MOTOBLUR handset?
  • There are a lot more Android invasions happening before the end of the year, we’re told. This includes a global Android device from both Samsung and HTC.
  • Samsung is working on a 7″ screen Android tablet with front-facing camera. Motorola is also working on a tablet as well, except it will sport a 10″ screen, either 1GHz or 1.3GHz CPU, front-facing camera, and Android 3.0. Don’t expect the Motorola so soon though, as we’re informed that while the launch was supposed to happen in December, Android 3.0 will probably hold up the release of that device and we should expect it around February 2011.
  • Verizon Wireless is aiming and on track to have at least 75% of the country covered in LTE coverage by April 2012
  • There will be a Novatel LTE MiFi device available in January or February that will apparently support up to 10 simultaneous Wi-Fi users.
  • Lastly, we’re told LTE data pricing will stick at $59.99/month, though it’s unclear what the data allowance will be.

Verizon’s taken a strong interest in data-ready tablets and it looks like Android will be the front-runner before any “iPad” makes its way out (from the sounds of things, the tablets will be the Samsung Galaxy Tab and that Motorola TV device we heard of a few days ago). Samsung also joins HTC in bringing a world phone to the carrier – a trend that was only common for their Blackbery handsets. I can’t say I’d be ashamed to be a Big Red customer at this point: it’s clear they have big plans for Android and LTE (regardless of how you feel about the rumored pricing, which will be for data cards and MiFi devices only), and will shake the Android world up even more than they already have unlike any other carrier to date.

[via BGR]

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