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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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RE: .........
By Alexstarfire on 8/10/2010 2:08:29 AM , Rating: 2
It has nothing to do with the patent system. It has to do with our crappy US mobile service providers. They are the ones that screw with the phones.


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