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Our sources say that the HTC Incredible could land at Verizon within weeks. It's comparable to the Nexus One, and appears to lead slightly in a couple of areas and trail in a couple of others.  (Source: TechTree)

Sprint, meanwhile, announced that it will soon be offering the Nexus One on its speedy network.  (Source: World in One)
Android soldiers ahead with plenty of high profile deployments

Lawsuits from Apple?  No problem! Google is looking at a dynamite couple of months with some high profile Android releases on the horizon.  

Leading the way is the HTC Incredible.  
DailyTech spoke with sources at Verizon, who confirmed that the HTC Incredible was supposed to begin to arrive at Verizon Wireless stores in two weeks.  That would make sense as Verizon just announced that it was beginning a test deployment of Android 2.1 to the Motorola Droid smart phones, the same OS that would presumably be powering the Incredible.  

Android 2.1 brings improved pinch-to-zoom in the browser, better voice-to-text support, animated wallpapers, and tweaks to Google Maps.  Droid launched with Android 2.0 last November and in December received a minor bump to Android 2.0.1 via an over-the-air update.

The Verizon-carried HTC Incredible could steal the show, though, perhaps being the slickest Android handset to date.  According to reports, the phone will have a 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD 8250 Snapdragon ARM CPU and 512 MB of DRAM, just like the Nexus One.  Unlike the Nexus One, however, the CPU will be underclocked to 768 MHz (watch out for an Apple patent on that one).  While that may 
sound like a bad thing, it should be more than enough speed to run most apps, while helping to providing longer talk time than the Nexus One.

The phone also has a better camera than the Nexus One -- an 8-megapixel camera with a noticeably larger lens.  The camera makes it just slightly thicker than the Nexus One, measuring in at 117.5 x 58.5 x 11.9 mm.  It is rumored to come packed with a 6 GB of flash (much more than the 512 MB on the Nexus One), a microSD expansion slot, and an FM tuner.  The battery is a pretty run-of-the-mill 1300 mAh.

Big Red's decision to carry the new HTC Incredible could indicate that it's considering waiting on the Nexus One for the time being (though other reports indicate that it might not be long before it jumps on board as well).  Sprint, on the other hand is racing to deploy the Nexus One on its powerful 3G network.

The Nexus One handset is the result of a close collaboration from Google and HTC, which goes beyond Google's standard Android involvement.  The handset is currently available on T-Mobile and AT&T, direct from Google.

Sprint aired that it would soon be announcing official release dates and pricing.  Fared Adib, Sprint vice president of product development states, "Nexus One is a powerful device that belongs on a powerful network. This is another step in our continued partnership of innovation with Google.  Sprint customers already have the option of two amazing Android devices with Samsung Moment(TM) and HTC Hero(TM). It is a natural fit for us to add Nexus One to the list of choices available for Sprint customers who want the best value in wireless with the best in Android." 

He adds, "While a pricing plan has not yet been determined for Nexus One, we are confident that it will be consistent with Sprint's commitment to deliver more value than our competitors and keep pricing simple.  Right now, our Sprint Everything Data 450 plan with Any Mobile, Anytime
(SM) gives customers unlimited calling with any mobile phone in America, unlimited text and unlimited Web for just $69.99 per month - the same price AT&T and Verizon charge for just unlimited talk. Our Everything Data plans include unlimited GPS Navigation at no extra charge and annual phone upgrades with Sprint Premier."

It looks like the major U.S. networks besides AT&T have largely given up on the Apple iPhone and are aggressively moving ahead on the deployment of new Android headsets.  The next iPhone, set to air this summer, could see a substantial challenge from the Nexus One on Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile; and the HTC Incredible on Verizon.



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RE: Missing Imagination
By lightfoot on 3/17/2010 5:49:08 PM , Rating: 5
Marketing passed on both the "HTC Mundane" and the "HTC Boring" even though those names might have been just as descriptive.


RE: Missing Imagination
By TheRequiem on 3/17/2010 5:55:26 PM , Rating: 2
So for $99 I can get EVERYTHING on a Nexus One with Sprint?

Bye Bye Iphone...


RE: Missing Imagination
By fic2 on 3/17/2010 6:09:50 PM , Rating: 2
No. For $70 you can have EVERYTHING on a Nexus One with Sprint.


RE: Missing Imagination
By Strk on 3/17/2010 7:41:33 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I think he's also including unlimited anytime minutes. I suppose some business types might need that, but with unlimited mobile to mobile on any network, it's almost unnecessary.


RE: Missing Imagination
By Gio6518 on 3/17/2010 6:31:47 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Bye Bye Iphone...


not just because of this but AT&T also getting Nexus One

http://www.androidcentral.com/hands-att-3g-nexus-o...

until now AT&T hasnt carried android phones, droids are hot and apple is luke warm, the droid alone has outsold iphones can imagine what all the android phones sold

http://www.androidcentral.com/we-get-it-nexus-one-...


RE: Missing Imagination
By TheRequiem on 3/17/2010 7:16:09 PM , Rating: 2
Your missing the point, SAME phone, CHEAPER plan!


RE: Missing Imagination
By Gio6518 on 3/17/2010 7:40:32 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Your missing the point, SAME phone, CHEAPER plan!


no i understood thats one reason why ive been on sprint for a couple years now, AT&T way too expensive on sprint you get it all for half the price of an iPhone on AT&T, me and my iPhone parted ways a while back, and havent missed it at all


RE: Missing Imagination
By biggsjm on 3/17/10, Rating: -1
RE: Missing Imagination
By Gio6518 on 3/17/2010 7:36:42 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
There are 30 million iPhones sold (around 10 million in the US).


since june 29 2007
quote:


I don't have numbers for the DROID but its certainly not more than 1 million


click the link over the first 74 days droid sold 1.05 million comparred to iphone 1.00 million while the nexus one 0.135 million (not worth mentioning) but that is probabally due to the network

quote:
your statement is utter bunk.

so its not utter bunk, check facts before you post your comment please THANK YOU


RE: Missing Imagination
By Chaser on 3/18/2010 8:18:29 AM , Rating: 1
Ok both of you need to "check your facts" a little here. Droid outsold the iPhone comparatively for the first 74 days since the DROID was released in November 2010.

I own a DROID. TOTAL sales the DROID doesn't even come close to the iPhone to date.

The question is is will DROID sustain its sales numbers or will sales numbers begin to die as these newer and in some cases more powerful Androids come to Verizon.


RE: Missing Imagination
By omnicronx on 3/18/2010 4:23:40 PM , Rating: 3
I think you are missing the point here, sales to date is completely irrelevant unless both phones have been sold for the same period of time.

Using the first certain amount of days on the market is a well known benchmark.

Of course this discounts alot of other variables, the iPhone for example created its own hype, while the Droid and other smartphones released after the iPhone have certainly piggybacked on their success. i.e when the iPhone was release, the smartphone market was minuscule compared to today, making the 1 million in 74 days much more impressive.


RE: Missing Imagination
By dwalton on 3/17/2010 8:01:02 PM , Rating: 2
Sigh..

"the devil is in the details"

Units sales alone don't tell the whole story. In the first 74 days the iphone generated somewhere between 500-600 million in sales while the Droid generated ~200 million. The reason the iphone sold for $499-$599 while the Droid sold for $200 (both with contracts).

While I think the Google's Android is arguably a better OS, I really don't understand why its always turns into a Iphone versus Android pissing contest. Android's success hasn't been about the general consumers liking the Android OS more than the Iphone. Its been about the fact you have one OS that costs $0 to license and openly available to all carriers versus an Apple OS tied to Apple hardware tied to AT&T.

The average consumers doesn't know much, if at all, about the Android OS, while you have to be totally oblivous to technology to not know about the iphone. I think one can easily make the argument that the Android based smartphones' biggest selling point is getting a "iphone" like phone without getting AT&T like service.

If Apple adopted Google's profit model and unhindged its OS from its hardware and licensed it for free, the next biggest smartphone from every US carrier not named AT&T would Iphone based. Under that scenario, the android OS would likely be the smartphone version of linux. A great OS that favorably compares to any other OS but has a very limited marketshare.

Luckily, Apple maintains such a restrictive profit model as it benefits us all as consumers because we get to choose from 3 or 4 (if winmo 7 is able to compete well) different cellphone OSes which all in the future will have pretty broad support. I think this where the focus should be not "ohhh I got copy/paste and multitasking and you don't".


RE: Missing Imagination
By Jalek on 3/17/2010 10:21:19 PM , Rating: 2
All these new model releases, new carrier programs... and Apple's got nothing.

Nobody'd leak anything even if there is a new iPhone coming, they wouldn't want to fall out of a window in Beijing.


RE: Missing Imagination
By crystal clear on 3/20/2010 4:23:23 AM , Rating: 1
Stolen brand names & maybe even patents (thats for the courts to decide).

Nexus- Integra Telecom has used the Nexus name as far back as 2008.

Google was denied a trademark application for the Nexus One's name.

Andriod- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, later filmed as Bladerunner.

Philip K Dick challenged the Nexus name on the grounds that it was used for the androids in Dick's most famous book, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, later filmed as Bladerunner.

HTC Incredible - Stolen from the marketing brand name of " Incredible India "

Where is the creativity & imagination....just everything copied or better said "stolen".

What more ! soon the courts will decide if they are stolen technologies.

Google will have to pay millions in the end to get permission to use these brand names & technology patents.

Google entry into smartphone business will end up becoming a financial disaster.


RE: Missing Imagination
By porkpie on 3/20/2010 8:41:57 PM , Rating: 1
First of all, trademarks for meaningful words (words which appear in dictionaries) such as "Android" and "Nexus" are restricted only to the particular product(s) to which the trademark is applied. If you trademark "Android" for a cellphone, you cannot prevent someone from calling a new car or soft drink by the same name.

Secondly, Philip K. Dick didn't challenge anything; he died decades ago. His estate challenged Google, in a suit widely considered frivolous. Why? Firstly, books are copyrighted, not trademarked (a vast difference), and even if PKD's estate held a trademark on the word "Nexus", it wouldn't deal with smart phones.

quote:
HTC Incredible - Stolen from the marketing brand name of " Incredible India "

Where is the creativity & imagination....just everything copied or better said "stolen".
Maybe my sense of humor is broken, but I hope you're joking with this.


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