August 9, 2010 | by Chris Smith
It’s no wonder that big electronics companies and providers don’t want you to know what devices are in the pipeline. When consumers know that something better is coming for the same price they can get something “sub-par” today they tend to h0ld their money and wait. The Boy Genius Report has a rumored 2010/2011 Verizon roadmap and it really is all about Android with an upsetting point about LTE.
The points come straight from BGR’s “Verizon Wireless source”. They sound not to over the top, but of course take them with a grain of salt:
- In addition to the Motorola DROID and Motorola DROID X, we’re told Motorola will launch a new DROID handset, the Motorola DROID Pro. It is supposed to have a 1.3GHz CPU, 4? screen and global roaming capabilities. Estimated launch of November 2010
- Motorola is working with Verizon on a “slab form-factor” device that sort of looks like an old Motorola Q but features a full touchscreen and global roaming. It will run Android 2.2. Maybe this will be a lower cost, MOTOBLUR handset?
- There are a lot more Android invasions happening before the end of the year, we’re told. This includes a global Android device from both Samsung and HTC.
- Samsung is working on a 7? screen Android tablet with front-facing camera. Motorola is also working on a tablet as well, except it will sport a 10? screen, either 1GHz or 1.3GHz CPU, front-facing camera, and Android 3.0. Don’t expect the Motorola so soon though, as we’re informed that while the launch was supposed to happen in December, Android 3.0 will probably hold up the release of that device and we should expect it around February 2011.
- Verizon Wireless is aiming and on track to have at least 75% of the country covered in LTE coverage by April 2012
- There will be a Novatel LTE MiFi device available in January or February that will apparently support up to 10 simultaneous Wi-Fi users.
- Lastly, we’re told LTE data pricing will stick at $59.99/month, though it’s unclear what the data allowance will be. (This is for data cards, not smartphones)
A couple of things to point out. It looks like that the HTC world phone slider is corroborated by the information here and we should see that sometime soon. It’s good to see some world phones coming into the mix; maybe a ploy to play against Blackberry. It really is amazing just how many new Android devices are getting ready for release by Verizon. This information alone makes me second guess the idea of the iPhone coming to VZW. It looks like Verizon is truly going all in on Android.
And lastly, on an upsetting note. $59.99 for LTE data a month? I don’t care how fast it is, there is no way that most consumers are going to double their data costs. There is no mention of what that price will give you, but if it isn’t unlimited data with tethering and a servant to help you get connected it really isn’t worth it.
So, what do we think of VZW’s Android army strategy? And will you be holding out for any of these new devices?