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
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.
quote: Bye Bye Iphone...
quote: Your missing the point, SAME phone, CHEAPER plan!
quote: droids are hot and apple is luke warm, the droid alone has outsold iphones can imagine what all the android phones sold
quote: There are 30 million iPhones sold (around 10 million in the US).
quote: I don't have numbers for the DROID but its certainly not more than 1 million
quote: your statement is utter bunk.