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An army of new Android devices are reportedly incoming from Verizon.  (Source: TSB via Daily Mobile Forum)
Android 3.0 tablets, 1.3 GHz Android smart phones, and LTE are all incoming

Boy Genius Report has reportedly been gifted with a treasure trove of roadmap leaks from a trusted source at Verizon.  The leaks read like a mobile user's wish list.

First up, it describes a new Android handset called the Motorola DROID Pro -- a successor to
DroidX and the soon-to-be-released Droid 2.  The Droid Pro reportedly will pack a smoking 1.3GHz CPU and "global roaming", alongside a more pedestrian 4-inch screen (in comparison to the 4.3-inch monster screen of the EVO, at least).

By "global roaming", Verizon likely means that the phone will pack both GSM and CDMA reception equipment.  While Verizon's U.S. network uses CDMA -- thus making CDMA the prevalent standard in the U.S. -- worldwide GSM owns 80 percent of the global market share.  Thus standard CDMA handsets are a poor choice currently for a great deal of international business travelers.

Samsung and HTC will both reportedly launch their own new Android-driven global roaming capable handsets on Verizon, as well.

The leak also shows off a wealth of incoming tablets/slabs set to challenge the iPad for dominance.  The first listed was a Motorola Q look-alike/"slab form-factor" device running Android 2.2 and offering global roaming.  Samsung looks to counter, with its own upcoming 7-inch Android-driven touchscreen device which sports a front facing camera, to boot.  

But Motorola has its own counterattack lurking -- a tablet packing a 10-inch screen, 1GHz or 1.3GHz CPU, front-facing camera, and 
Android 3.0.  That beast will launch either late in the holiday season or early next year, with the date likely contingent on Android 3.0's release schedule.

Rounding out the leak is a bunch of detail on the company's 
Long-Term Evolution (LTE) plans.  Verizon writes that it hopes to cover 75 percent of the United States with the 4G technology by April 2012.  It will launch a Novatel LTE MiFi device in January or February corresponding with its early phases of deployment.  The device will support up to 10 simultaneous users and will reportedly stick to the current $59.99 USD/month pricing for the company's data cards (no word on what the usage cap will be, though).

Regardless of the 
Big Red's iPhone plans, it's clear that the largest wireless carrier in the U.S. is heavily betting on Android as the jack-of-all trades to dominate the wireless industry in months to come.  Android already has passed RIM and the Apple in the U.S., and is predicted to pass Apple worldwide by 2012.



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cant wait to see more specs
By invidious on 8/9/2010 2:20:37 PM , Rating: 1
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...a tablet packing a 10-inch screen, 1GHz or 1.3GHz CPU, front-facing camera, and Android 3.0
They better add true 720p video playback with mkv support if they really want to make this something everyone will want.




RE: cant wait to see more specs
By mcnabney on 8/9/2010 2:36:31 PM , Rating: 2
Don't know what the screen resolution would be. Haven't seen whether it is 16x9 or something else.

I would settle for 1280x1024 that can letterbox down to 1280x720.


RE: cant wait to see more specs
By ChugokuOtaku on 8/9/2010 2:41:53 PM , Rating: 2
regardless of the screen resolution, having hardware accelerated AVC support in mkv container is a winner for me.


RE: cant wait to see more specs
By theArchMichael on 8/9/2010 3:14:58 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder how processor intensive it is displayed at the 720p native resolution though? Still it would be super dope.

BUT if you're gonna have 720p playback support you HAVE to have an interchangeable hard drive as I'm sure any hard drive it ships with will probably not be enough to include a decent library of blu ray titles (even 64GB is tight and still expensive in SSD). Obviously you could change it once you got back to your server, or download it over LTE but with a 13GB file...


RE: cant wait to see more specs
By NullSubroutine on 8/9/2010 5:13:56 PM , Rating: 2
there are quite a few 720p blu-ray rips @ 4-5GB (most trying attempt to size it to fit on DVD). it really depends if it is a 1.8" drive or 2.5", it could even not ship with either and rely on SD cards or some other type of flash memory. In either case you don't have to store your entire library on the device.


RE: cant wait to see more specs
By Jeffk464 on 8/9/2010 5:57:10 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget intel is suppose to moving into the cell phone business soon, should be interesting.


RE: cant wait to see more specs
By mcnabney on 8/9/2010 2:41:27 PM , Rating: 2
And do you really think the masses are clamoring for native Matroska container usage?


RE: cant wait to see more specs
By ChugokuOtaku on 8/9/2010 2:42:49 PM , Rating: 2
why not?


RE: cant wait to see more specs
By mcnabney on 8/9/2010 2:49:56 PM , Rating: 5
I think media formats and containers fall into the same category as IPv6. Very useful technology that devices should have, but the masses will have no idea what it really is and why it is important.


RE: cant wait to see more specs
By adiposity on 8/9/2010 4:55:31 PM , Rating: 2
nail on head


RE: cant wait to see more specs
By invidious on 8/9/2010 3:26:35 PM , Rating: 2
The masses dont need to know the technical name, but yes I am sure they are clamoring for HD video playback. And 99% of the HD video that I come across is h264 codec in an mkv container. The other 1% being either avi or wmv.


RE: cant wait to see more specs
By bug77 on 8/9/2010 3:52:25 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think AVI even supports h264.


By ChugokuOtaku on 8/9/2010 5:19:20 PM , Rating: 2
it does, just not variable frame rate


RE: cant wait to see more specs
By icrf on 8/9/2010 5:15:02 PM , Rating: 2
Really? I keep everything straight MP4 spec, H.264 video and AAC-HE audio in an MP4 container. What would moving to an MKV container get me?


RE: cant wait to see more specs
By himono on 8/9/2010 5:25:44 PM , Rating: 3
Multiple audio languages and multiple subtitles for those interested.


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