The day has finally come, Verizon Wireless has made the HTC ThunderBolt handset officially official. We’ve seen leak after leak — and even an authorized third-party provider announcement — but now, straight from the horse’s mouth, the handset has been anointed with a March 17th release date and $249.99 price tag. LTE data plans, which have been the topic of much discussion, will retail for the same price as their 3G counterparts — $29.99 per month for unlimited use. Verizon is also providing mobile hotspot capabilities to all ThunderBolt owners for free until May 15th. Get those credit cards ready, Thursday is the day. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →
Apple has just gone and done it, boys and girls — the next generation iPad is now official. Moments ago, Steve Jobs just announced the new iPad, the iPad 2 — surprise, it’s pretty much what we were suspecting. Here are some key specifications right from the man himself:
- Apple A5 processor, dual core CPU
- 2x CPU speed, 9x graphics speed improvement
- Front and rear cameras
- 33% thinner, 13.4mm to 8.8mm thin — thinner than an iPhone 4, and lighter than the previous iPad
- AT&T and Verizon models, white and black iPads
- Same original iPad battery life, over 10 hours of usage and a month of standby time
Pricing for the new iPad lines up exactly with the original model: iPad Wi-Fi will be available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacitties for $499, $599, and $699 respectively. The iPad Wi-Fi + 3G will be available in the aforementioned sizes for $629, $729, and $829. The new model will go on sale in just under two weeks starting in the U.S. with many more countries joining in on March 25th. More →
The day hath cometh. The world’s first Honeycomb (Android 3.0) tablet has officially hit the streets and is ready for purchase. You can run to your local retailer and pick yourself up a shiny, new XOOM for $599 with a signed two-year contract or $799 contract free. Interested parties can read our thoughts on the Moto’s first tablet here, and if you go and pick one up for yourself… be sure to swing back by and let us know what you think! Happy XOOM’ing. More →
Following our report from earlier this morning suggesting the Motorola ATRIX 4G would become available on February 22nd, AT&T has reached out to clarify launch details surrounding the anticipated device. Motorola’s ATRIX 4G will indeed launch on February 22nd in AT&T stores across the country for $199.99. Pre-sales of the Motorola ATRIX 4G began earlier this week on February 13th, and customers who pre-ordered the phone for home delivery will see their orders ship on February 21st. Customers who pre-ordered their phones and opted to have them shipped to a local AT&T store will be able to pick them up on February 21st, one day ahead of general availability. The Motorola ATRIX 4G, which BGR reviewed earlier this month, features a dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, a 4-inch qHD touchscreen display, 1GB of RAM and version 2.2 of Google’s Android operating system.
During last night’s keynote, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was pretty tight-lipped about an exact release date for the company’s first major Windows Phone 7 update; all that was said was, “in the next few months.” But a quick glance at the URL Microsoft is using to tell consumers about the benefits of said update points to a release sometime this month. The pages address is:
and goes on to detail the update’s payload. Additions and improvements include: copy and paste, faster app and game start-up times, and better Marketplace search. You don’t have to take our word for it. Hit the read link and have a look for yourself. More →
This one definitely snuck under the radar for quite some time. On November 23rd, Google Hong Kong posted a video showcasing its Google Voice Search capabilities on the Android and iOS platforms. While Voice Search itself is neither new nor notable, the Android device being showcased in the clip is. The hardware appears to be a standard Nexus One handset, the software running on said device appears to be Google’s next OS revision, Gingerbread (Android 2.3). In looking at some of the UI controls, as well as the status bar, we get a clear look at the direction Google’s stock-Android interface is heading. The new elements look very clean and, in our opinion, slightly more mature than the ones currently in use.
What are you still reading this for? The video is waiting for you after the jump.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, the video has been removed from YouTube. More →
It has been a pretty good day for a couple marque iOS applications. This evening, Twitter released an update to its iOS client that adds push notifications for mentions and direct messages along with several other fixes. The press release reads:
Whenever an account that you follow mentions you, you’ll immediately receive a notification. You’ll know who is talking to or about you on Twitter, and you’ll be able to continue the conversation in real-time. Notifications for @mentions will initially be available on SMS and on the latest version of Twitter for iPhone, which you can download today from the App Store.
The post also notes that the company is “working hard to introduce this feature to Twitter for Android and Twitter for Windows Phone.” The official list of changes includes:
Hit the App Store for the new bits. More →
The day hath cometh. Today, an official — Google made — Google Voice application landed in Apple’s iOS App Store. The new program, which requires and iPhone and iOS 3.0 or higher, offers push notifications of text messages and voicemails and allows users to access GV’s settings and dialer directly from their device. If you’re a Google Voice and iPhone user, make sure to pick this up! More →
There’s still some time left to grab a new LG Quantum from AmazonWireless for just 1¢, but LG has announced that its new Windows Phone is now also available directly from AT&T. LG’s first Windows Phone 7-powered device is available immediately online and in AT&T stores nationwide for $199.99 with a two-year contract. While AT&T’s price is $199.98 more than the great Amazon sale price that expires tonight at midnight, it’s still a decent deal for a 3.5-inch touchscreen device with a sliding QWERTY keypad, a 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera and 16GB of internal memory. Takers also get to snag 10 free apps from the LG section in Microsoft’s Windows Marketplace. Hit the break for the full press release. More →
One of the worst kept secrets in the mobile industry was undoubtedly Motorola’s DROID 2 Global edition smartphone. Rebate forms, web appearances, commercials appearances, photos, videos… you name it and the revamped handset got it before its official release date. Now that the worldly D-Deuce is out of the closet and official, Motorola has done the honors of posting a hype-video on YouTube touting the computing prowess of the 1.2GHz handset. If you’re eagerly awaiting the release of the D2G, and want to get yourself all fired up: slam a few Red Bulls, do a couple dozen push-ups and hit the read link… the video is waiting for you. More →
If you’re curious as to what the HTC Desire HD and accompanying, revamped version of Sense will look like, HTC has got you covered. The mobile phone manufacturer has released an official walkthrough video of said handset and revamped software. Grab your morning cup of joe and enjoy the official 7:34 clip, it’s waiting for you after the break! More →
If you’re dying to get your hands on the sexy, 7-inch slab that is due out from Samsung “this fall,” listen up. A two minute promo video, showing you just how you can use your newly acquired Tab, has hit the web. The video doesn’t reveal anything new, but it does provide a couple laughs; twice Samsung shows the Tab being jammed into the rear pocket of a pair of jeans. The video is awaiting your scrutiny after the break.
Just a quick PSA here. If you want to know the official (and vague) dates of when your Motorola Android handset will be updated, direct your web browser to Motorola’s support forums. The company has updated their “Android Software Upgrade” page to let you know in which three to six month window you can expect to see an update for your handset. Here are the listings for the U.S. and Canadian models:
|BACKFLIP (USA)||Upgrade to Android 2.1 planned for Q3|
|CLIQ (USA)||Upgrade to Android 2.1 – testing in process, planned for late Q3/early Q4|
|CLIQ XT (USA)||Upgrade to Android 2.1 – testing in process, planned for late Q3/early Q4|
|DEVOUR (USA)||Will not have a software upgrade to Android 2.1|
|DROID by Motorola (USA)||Upgrade to Android 2.2 currently rolling out in phases|
|DROID X by Motorola (USA)||Upgrade to Android 2.2 planned for late summer.|
|BACKFLIP (Canada)||Upgrade to Android 2.1 under evaluation|
|DEXT (Canada)||Upgrade to Android 2.1 under evaluation|
|MILESTONE (Canada)||Upgrade to Android 2.2 under evaluation|
|QUENCH (Canada)||Upgrade to Android 2.1 under evaluation|
Hit the read link for the full list. More →