DROID 3, LG Revolution, and all of Verizon’s 4G LTE Hotspots to be discontinued in January, report claims

By on January 2, 2012 at 5:41 PM.

DROID 3, LG Revolution, and all of Verizon’s 4G LTE Hotspots to be discontinued in January, report claims

In 2011, carriers and manufacturers were releasing smartphones at such short intervals that within weeks, your once new and high-end device would most likely already be outdated. Unfortunately, it looks like things won’t be slowing down in 2012. After a mere six months on the market, Verizon Wireless has issued an end-of-life discontinuation for the Motorola DROID 3, The Verge reports. The article also claims that Verizon has issued EOL’s for the Blackberry Curve 3G, Palm Pre 2, LG Revolution and all of their 4G LTE Mi-Fi Hotspots. The carrier will soon be left with not a single LTE hotspot and a hole in its smartphone line up, however, we expect to see an array of new devices at the Consumer Electronics Show which kicks off January 10th. More →

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iPhone 4 delivery times slip as iPhone 5 looms [updated]

By on September 9, 2011 at 7:00 AM.

iPhone 4 delivery times slip as iPhone 5 looms [updated]

Delivery times quoted on Apple’s online store for new iPhone 4 orders slipped to 1-3 business days this week, suggesting inventory may be diminishing. Orders placed on Apple’s U.S. website had previously shipped within 24 hours of being placed. With an announcement regarding Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone expected within the coming weeks and a launch to follow in October, iPhone 4 supply is likely beginning to run low. Apple may also launch a new low-cost version of the iPhone 4 alongside the iPhone 5 next month, so the current model could very well be near its end of life (EOL). Additionally, shipping quotes on Apple’s site historically grow longer as new product launches approach, as noted by several reports.

UPDATE: As of Friday morning, Apple has removed estimated shipping times from its order page, replacing them with an “In Stock” note. More →

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No, HP, you're off the mark

By on August 20, 2011 at 9:50 AM.

No, HP, you're off the mark

Oh nooo. That was the first thought that crossed my mind as I began to read Jon Zilber’s post on HP’s company blog. Quoting Mark Twain? Oh no he didn’t. In a nutshell, Zilber’s intent was to correct the world’s press, which collectively played Taps while standing over webOS’s grave this past week. “To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports about the demise of webOS have been off the mark,” Zilber wrote. “HP has made these tough decisions to ensure that our efforts with webOS remain tightly focused. Far from burying webOS, our goal is to ensure the platform’s evolution as a robust operating system for an increasingly mobile and connected world.” OK, time to set the record straight. Read on for more.

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RIM: ‘No plan to discontinue’ BlackBerry PlayBook

By on July 18, 2011 at 5:35 PM.

RIM: ‘No plan to discontinue’ BlackBerry PlayBook

In response to a report published by BGR earlier today, Research In Motion confirmed that it has no plans to discontinue its Wi-Fi BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in favor of newer models expected to launch this fall. RBC Capital Markets Managing Director Mike Abramsky cited an OTR Global report in a note to investors on Monday that said RIM may be canceling the QNX-based tablet based partially on weak sales. Abramsky speculated that such a move might also allow RIM to focus on the 4G PlayBook and its upcoming next-generation QNX smartphones. “Pure fiction. No plan to discontinue,” RIM said to BGR from its official BlackBerry Twitter account. “In fact, WiFi PlayBook is launching in new countries practically every week.” RIM stated on its earnings call in mid-June that 500,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets had been shipped in the fiscal first quarter. More →

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Motorola will stop building XOOM tablets after June, report claims [updated]

By on March 22, 2011 at 5:35 PM.

Motorola will stop building XOOM tablets after June, report claims [updated]

According to an unconfirmed report, Motorola is set to curtail production of its XOOM tablet beginning in April and production will cease after June. Industry watcher DigiTimes cites anonymous sources from within component suppliers in claiming that XOOM production in the first quarter of 2011 met forecasts of between 700,000 and 800,000 units. Motorola’s manufacturing partners are expected to ship between 400,000 and 500,000 units in March, and then April production will drop to 300,000 tablets. May’s production will reportedly dip further still and DigiTimes claims Motorola will stop building the XOOM at the end of June. The cause of the alleged drop in production is unclear, though the website’s sources speculate that Motorola may be uncertain about its position in the tablet market and will therefore slow production. They also speculate that Motorola may instead launch a new version of its XOOM tablet, which is the more likely scenario considering Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha’s previous comments with regard to the tablet market. Total XOOM shipments in 2011 are expected to be 3-5 million units, the report states.

UPDATE: Following the publication of this post, Motorola supplied BGR with a comment via email. The company states that DigiTimes’ report is not accurate, and Motorola will continue to manufacture the Motorola XOOM.

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Sidekick users beware: Danger Services to shutter on May 31st

By on March 1, 2011 at 7:09 AM.

Sidekick users beware: Danger Services to shutter on May 31st

In a statement released at 12:00AM ET this morning, T-Mobile announced that Microsoft’s Danger Services — the service that powers T-Mobile’s Sidekick — will be shutdown on May 31, 2011. The announcement was brief, and noted that T-Mo will be providing offers to Sidekick customers, incentivizing them to transition to a new device before the end of May. A web tool has been created that will allow users to export their personal data from the Danger service — including contacts, photos, calendar, notes, to-do lists, and bookmarks — for importation onto a new device. The full statement from T-Mobile is waiting for you after the break. More →

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Sprint discontinues the Palm Pre

By on November 15, 2010 at 7:47 PM.

Sprint discontinues the Palm Pre

When the Palm Pre disappeared from Sprint’s website last week, many speculated that the world’s first webOS phone was probably gone for good. Now, a leaked document obtained by enthusiast blog PreCentral.net puts another nail in the smartphone’s coffin. According to the document and accompanying report, Sprint’s Palm Pre has been designated as EOL (End of Life) by the carrier, meaning it will no longer be sold. Remaining inventory, which is said to be in the hundreds, will be depleted by physical Sprint stores and telesales, and then Sprint’s Pre is off to the great gig in the sky. Though no announcement has been made, this could mean that Sprint will soon offer the Palm Pre 2 as a replacement to the original. Of course it could also mean Sprint is shifting focus away from Palm devices for the time being, and onto the Android platform where devices like the EVO 4G have done quite well for the carrier. Sprint did not respond immediately to a request for comment. More →

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Joojoo, we hardly knew ye; Fusion Garage’s tablet is discontinued

By on November 11, 2010 at 9:23 AM.

Joojoo, we hardly knew ye; Fusion Garage’s tablet is discontinued


First it was called the CrunchPad, then it was called joojoo… now it’s just called dead. Fusion Garage founder Chandrashekar Rathakrishnan confirmed to e27 on Thursday that the company’s virgin tablet offering has been discontinued. The news is hardly shocking following the revelation earlier this year that only 90 people pre-ordered the device. Originally conceived by TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, the joojoo was a large-form Linux tablet that was initially envisioned to be little more than a cheap Web browsing tool. Arrington formed a partnership with Fusion Garage to build the device, but it ended in a messy divorce and a DOA $500 tablet. While the joojoo was quick to find its way to the gadget graveyard, Fusion Garage will apparently live on. Rathakrishnan confirmed rumors that a joojoo follow up is in the works — several, in fact — and that Android will be the company’s operating system of choice moving forward. More →

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Verizon discontinuing original Motorola DROID 2, will only carry DROID 2 World Edition?

By on September 17, 2010 at 4:36 PM.

Verizon discontinuing original Motorola DROID 2, will only carry DROID 2 World Edition?

We’ve just gotten wind of a vicious little rumor that we wanted to share. We’re hearing that Verizon Wireless will be slowly discontinuing the Motorola DROID 2 that it launched last month and will soon only be carrying the yet-to-be-launched DROID 2 World Edition. While the move makes complete sense — from a manufacturing and inventory perspective — it may rub those who ran out and purchased the original DROID 2, sans world capabilities, the wrong way (especially if they price it at $199). This is just a rumor for now, but we want to know what owners of the original DROID Duece think? If this comes to fruition, are you going to be upset?

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Google now selling its final inventory of the Nexus One

By on July 16, 2010 at 4:31 PM.

Google now selling its final inventory of the Nexus One

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Folks looking to snag a Nexus One before the Android handset disappears into the sunset are encouraged to make their purchase as soon as possible. Google has received its last shipment of Nexus One handsets from HTC and is selling off its remaining stock. Though the Nexus One will still be available through Vodafone in Europe and KT in Korea, the developer stock available from Google will soon be gone. Login to your Android developer account and grab this piece of Android history while you still can.

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HTC DROID ERIS and BlackBerry Tour 9630 set for end-of-life with Verizon

By on April 10, 2010 at 8:28 AM.

HTC DROID ERIS and BlackBerry Tour 9630 set for end-of-life with Verizon

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With Verizon soon to be carrying some hot new smartphones from HTC and RIM, the carrier has decided it no longer has a need for the HTC DROID ERIS and BlackBerry Tour 9630. In an internal memo sent out during the week, Verizon informed employees that the DROID ERIS will reach end-of-life at the end of May while the Tuh-Tuh-Tuh Tour (it’s been a long time, eh?) will hit the same brick wall in June. They’ll be around only as long as their stock holds up, so in case you’re dying to have either for your collection or just because you don’t share our compulsive need for the latest and greatest, we’re sure you’ll be able to finagle yourself one hell of a deal. More →

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