January 4, 2011

“XPERIA Play” Launching in the Spring?

At this point any launch date is pure speculation as Anyano Higuchi, Sony spokesperson said: “The report isn’t based on anything that we have announced, we do not comment on rumor or speculation”. Thankfully, this is Phandroid and the best part of our job is commenting on rumor and speculation.

Hopefully we will see the official unveiling at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. Unfortunately this device has played the smoke and mirrors game leaving us with little information about its intended purpose, outside of looking like the PSPgo, since we were told this device isn’t meant to be interpreted as a Playstation device.

[via PC World]

Android Phone Fans

Verizon Launching LTE Network in December 2010


It seems Santa is coming right on time this year! For those of you using Verizon, you will be happy to know that a new video popping up on the VZW website shows that Big Red’s planning to launch its 4G LTE network next month! I know, shocking isn’t it?

Now while there isn’t much more information on this besides the date, at least we don’t have long to wonder what phones will be launching with LTE (Long Term Evolution) or if the date is true.

If you want to learn more about Verizon’s 4G LTE network before its big debut next month, hit up the source link below. If not, check out the video below announcing the December 2010 launch date!

Source: Verizon Wireless via Engadget

LG Optimus M launching on MetroPCS Wednesday

With the news of the LG Optimus One hitting 1 million devices sold in just 40 days, it looks that number will steadily rise as MetroPCS has just announced their variant of the Optimus One which will be available on November 24th for $229 on a $50 monthly service plan.

“This holiday season, we’re giving customers what they’ve wished for — an affordable Android smartphone with a full spectrum of applications and unlimited services to do more like never before,” said Roger Linquist, chairman, president and CEO of MetroPCS. “LG Optimus M opens a path to the growing Android market and takes us one step closer to providing a full-service, postpaid experience while maintaining the affordability, flexibility and predictability of our Wireless for All(SM) services.”

Features of the LG Optimus M include:

  • Android 2.2
  • 3.2-inch display
  • 3.2-megapixel camera
  • 600MHz processor

Check out the official press release below.

MetroPCS Launches Its First No Contract Android Smartphone with the LG Optimus M(TM) More than 100,000 apps at your fingertips with nationwide unlimited talk, text and web for just $50 per month

DALLAS, Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Just in time for holiday shopping, MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS) and LG Mobile Phones announced today the launch of LG Optimus M(TM), the first Android smartphone from MetroPCS. Available in MetroPCS stores and online starting November 24, LG Optimus M is a sleek Android device with a vibrant 3.2 inch touchscreen that allows consumers to do more with quick access to today’s expanding number of applications.

With the LG Optimus M, MetroPCS introduces consumers to the growing Android Market(TM) by helping them stay connected and entertained while on-the-go. With multi-app screens and the Android 2.2 operating system (“Froyo”), LG Optimus M provides instant access to more than 100,000 of the latest applications to fit anyone’s lifestyle. The $50 per month no annual contract plan allows consumers to take advantage of Metro USA(SM) nationwide unlimited talk, text and web services.

“This holiday season, we’re giving customers what they’ve wished for — an affordable Android smartphone with a full spectrum of applications and unlimited services to do more like never before,” said Roger Linquist, chairman, president and CEO of MetroPCS. “LG Optimus M opens a path to the growing Android market and takes us one step closer to providing a full-service, postpaid experience while maintaining the affordability, flexibility and predictability of our Wireless for All(SM) services.”

“LG and MetroPCS have come together to offer consumers the first no annual contract Android smartphone at an exceptional value,” said Tim O’Brien, vice president of consumer and trade marketing for LG Mobile Phones. “LG Optimus M is an easy-to-use handset with the capabilities of the latest Android technology and features to enhance the consumers’ experience.”

LG Optimus M will be available from MetroPCS for $229 with a $50 monthly service plan. Key features include:

  • Games, ringtones and wallpapers, easily accessible through the @metro App Store(TM)
  • 100,000+ applications in the Android Market(TM) to do, enjoy and share, and nearly 60 percent of Android Market apps are free
  • The latest Android 2.2 operating system to access Google mobile
  • Text, e-mail, IM, blogs and streaming video to express yourself whenever, wherever
  • A first-class device with superior, high-end champagne finish
  • Brilliant 3.2″ tempered touchscreen with virtual QWERTY keyboard, Swype embedded
  • 3.2 MP camera for sharing pics on social media networks
  • Easy Wi-Fi(R) connectivity – for incredibly simple and swift connections to Wi-Fi networks
  • Multi-app screens to organize your content and access your stuff quickly and easily

To learn more about Metro USA nationwide service and Wireless For All plans and devices, please visit http://www.metropcs.com/.

About MetroPCS Communications, Inc.

Dallas-based MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS) is a provider of unlimited wireless communications service for a flat-rate with no annual contract. MetroPCS is the fifth largest facilities-based wireless carrier in the United States based on number of subscribers served. With Metro USA(SM), MetroPCS customers can use their services in areas throughout the United States covering a population of over 280 million people. As of September 30, 2010, MetroPCS had approximately 7.9 million subscribers. For more information please visit http://www.metropcs.com/.

MetroPCS related brands, product names, company names, trademarks, service marks, images, symbols, copyrighted material, and other intellectual property are the exclusive properties of MetroPCS Wireless, Inc. and its subsidiaries, parent companies, and affiliates. Copyright ©2010 MetroPCS Wireless, Inc.

About LG Electronics, Inc.

LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing more than 84,000 people working in 115 operations including 84 subsidiaries around the world. With 2009 global sales of USD43.4 billion, LG is comprised of five business units – Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Air Conditioning and Business Solutions. LG is the world’s leading producer of flat panel TVs, audio and video products, mobile handsets, air conditioners and washing machines. LG has signed a long-term agreement to become both a Global Partner and a Technology Partner of Formula One(TM). As part of this top-level association, LG acquires exclusive designations and marketing rights as the official consumer electronics, mobile phone and data processor of this global sporting event. For more information, please visit www.lgusa.com.

About LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company

The LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is a leading global mobile communications and information company. With its cutting-edge technology and innovative design capabilities, LG creates handsets that provide an optimized mobile experience to customers around the world. LG is pursuing convergence technology and mobile computing products, while continuing its leadership role in mobile communication with stylish designs and smart technology. For more information, please visit www.lgmobilephones.com.

SOURCE MetroPCS Communications, Inc.

Virgin Mobile Canada Launching Samsung Galaxy 550 and Exclusive Plan Nov. 20th

It looks like Virgin Mobile Canada will be offering the Samsung Galaxy 550 and along with this entry-level handset Virgin Mobile will be launching an exclusive plan with the device. It’s pretty clear that the Galaxy 550 will be a budget friendly device. Be sure and head below for a list of specs of the device.

Features of the Samsung Galaxy 550 inlcude:

  • Android 2.1
  • 2.8″ QVGA 240×320 display
  • 2-megapixel camera
  • 150MB internal storage
  • expandable storage up to 16GB via microSD

The details for the new plan can be found below and this plan is available for a limited time only.

“This new plan is EXCLUSIVELY for the Samsung Galaxy 550, but it’s only available for a limited time!
The $40 “Android Social 40 – 300″ plan includes:
•Available for new and existing Members
•300 Anytime Minutes
•100MB of Data
•Unlimited local incoming
•Unlimited weekends and evenings starting at 7pm
•Choice of unlimited text & picture messaging OR Voicemail 10 & Call Display
•Included in the International Text Promo
•All this for just $40 per month!
*The Galaxy 550 is also available on the Android Social Plan for ALL Androids
*Grouping for this plan is Smartphone

One of the greatest things about the holidays is the awesome deals available. This device might not be for you, but we’re sure someone out there will benefit with this little guy. Anyone interested in the Galaxy 550?

Via: MobileSyrup

Verizon launching the HTC Merge Thursday, November 18th?


Given the hype around yesterday’s Web 2.0 event, it looks like Droid-Life ran a story pegging Thursday, November 18th as the newly suspected launch date of the HTC Merge. The HTC Merge is that sexy full-QWERTY slider that many of you have forgotten about, and while many rumors surrounding this device listed a November 11th launch date, it looks like we have a new rumor that pegs a November 18th date for the unveiling of this HTC world phone.

Features of the HTC Merge include:

  • Android 2.2
  • HTC Sense UI
  • 5-Megapixel camera
  • World roaming capabilities
  • full-QWERTY slide out keyboard

If you check out the image below, it looks like Verizon is planning on launching the HTC Merge and re-launching the HTC Droid Incredible. We must also point out that this is the first time that the HTC Merge has been labeled as a DROID handset, we’re a little confused with the previous leaks showing the Bing search application.

What are your thoughts about the HTC Merge?

Via: Droid-Life

Cellebrite listing shows HTC Merge, launching Soon?

The HTC Merge has just about shown up everywhere, except on the shelf and with this latest Cellebrite sighting we know that the device is just around the corner, with the soft launches of the Motorola Droid 2 Global and Motorola Droid Pro, do you think Verizon will silently toss out this full-QWERTY slider to the wolves? We expect an official launch of this device within the next few days or possibly next week, do you all agree with that timeframe?

Via: Android Guys

Lenovo Launching LePad in the US Next Year

China-based Lenovo Group’s Chief Executive Yang Yuanqinq has expressed plans to bring the Lenovo LePad to the United States. This follows interest from the American market after Lenovo showed off their unique user interface for Android and the detachable hardware QWERTY keyboard that you can get with their phone offering, the LePhone.


They’d be butting heads with some rather large players here in the states. Most worthy of mention is Apple, of course, who is currently dominating the market with their iPad. Samsung in Korea just introduced a nice option on the Android front, of course, with the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and Blackberry’s Playbook tablet could be a sleeper hit once RIM is finally ready to release it.

And if they’re willing to bring a tablet to the table, we don’t see why they wouldn’t bring their Android-based phone out, as well. Let’s hope we hear more about that come early 2011.

[via Wall Street Journal]

Motorola’s Droid X Heads South Of The Border, Launching As Motoroi X

Coming as the first device to hit Mexico running Android 2.2 out of the box, the Motoroi X will soon be launching on Luscacell at the end of the month. For those of you unfamiliar with the Motorola Droid X or shall we say Motoroi X, this device features the latest Android OS, a 4.3-inch display and and is rockin’ a 1GHz processor under the hood.

Other features of the Motoroi X include:

  • 4.3 inch WVGA touchscreen display
  • MotoBlur UI
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • HDMI
  • 8MP camera with autofocus and HD video recording

Anyone looking to get this device?

Via: Unwired View

Verizon Launching The Motorola Citrus Tomorrow

While this device isn’t going to impress many of you, this device will impress the entry-level user. In an official press release which can be found below, Verizon will be unleashing this entry-level addition to their Android line-up and if you’re thinking of picking this device up for a loved one for the holidays, you’ll be happy to know that this device will only run you $49.99 with a new 2-year service agreement.

Features of the Motorola Citrus include:

  • Android 2.1
  • Motoblur UI
  • 3-inch QVGA screen
  • 3MP camera
  • 3.5mm headset jack

Anyone planning on making this device a stocking stuffer? Check out the official press release below.

Motorola CITRUS Available Tomorrow on the Verizon Wireless Network

Full-Touch, Customizable, Android-Powered Smartphone Now Available for Verizon Wireless Customers

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless 3G network, and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced that Motorola CITRUS™ will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com tomorrow for $49.99 after a $100mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

Powered by Android™ 2.1, Motorola CITRUS delivers an affordable, entry-level, customizable smartphone experience in a compact design that is easy on both the eyes and the earth. The full HTML Web browser comes preloaded with Bing Search and Bing Maps and delivers a PC-like Web browsing experience, while the easy-to-use on-screen QWERTY keyboard or Swype® keyboard allow for quick messaging.  Get fast access to Web apps and services such as Facebook®; Google services such as Gmail™, Google Talk™ and YouTube™; and customize your phone with free and paid apps available from Android Market™.  Plus, the CITRUS phone housing is made from 25 percent post-consumer recycled plastic, is CarbonFree® Certified through an alliance withCarbonfund.org, and is PVC and BFR free.  The packaging is made from 80 percent post-consumer recycled paper, and the user manual is made using 100 percent recycled paper and soy-based ink.  Additional features and specifications on the Motorola CITRUS are available athttp://news.vzw.com/news/2010/10/pr2010-10-05a.html.

Verizon Wireless customers who purchase Motorola CITRUS will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.  Motorola CITRUS customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide plan (beginning at $39.99 monthly access) and a Data Package (beginning at $15 monthly access for 150 MB).  Customers can track their data usage by downloading the My Verizon app available in Android Market or by logging on to their My Verizon account online atwww.verizonwireless.com/myverizon.  For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go towww.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 93 million customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with  more than 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com.  To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library atwww.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Motorola

Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and is focused on advancing the way the world connects.  From broadband communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility and public safety solutions to mobile and wireline digital communication devices that provide compelling experiences, Motorola is leading the next wave of innovations that enable people, enterprises and governments to be more connected and more mobile.  Motorola (NYSE: MOT) had sales of US $22 billion in 2009.  For more information, please visit www.motorola.com.

MOTOROLA, the Stylized M Logo and MOTOBLUR logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC.

Android, Google, Gmail, Google Talk, YouTube and Android Market are trademarks of Google Inc. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners.  © 2010 Motorola, Inc. All rights reserved.

SOURCE Verizon Wireless

Droid Pro Presale coming Nov. 9th, Launching the 18th; Galaxy Tab Dummy Unit, Continuum Accessories Arrive

A round of Verizon news for you this evening. First up, Android Central’s received a tip that the Motorola Droid Pro will be available for pre-sale starting November 9th and will go on until the 17th. Two days after that – the 19th – will be its official launch date. (Folks who pre-order it will receive it ahead of the in-store launch starting November 10th and 11th.) No pricing to be had yet, still, but we don’t expect there to be any surprises.


The Samsung Continuum and the Samsung Galaxy Tab also seems to be headed our way soon. The first dummy units for the Galaxy Tab have been spotted in the while, and the Continuum’s accessories are also sitting out and about. Still no announcement for the latter, but I don’t think Verizon’s going to be holding a parade for it. Or will they? [Droid-Life]