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A recent entry on the Google Nexus One blog suggests Verizon customers interested in the Android phone look to the upcoming Droid Incredible instead:
“In the US, if you’ve been waiting for the Nexus One for Verizon Wireless’ network, head over to http://phones.verizonwireless.com/htc/incredible to pre-order the Droid Incredible by HTC, a powerful new Android phone and a cousin of the Nexus One that is similarly feature-packed.”
Is this merely a friendly suggestion since the Incredible will be made available before the Verizon version of the Nexus One, or is it Google’s way of saying that the Nexus One is not Verizon-bound?
Update: Google has confirmed that the Nexus One will not be sold for Verizon Wireless.
T-Mobile will soon be adding another Android-powered smartphone to its lineup, the GPS-focused Garminfone.
The smartphone will debut this spring (May or June) on the T-Mobile network and include Garmin’s navigation software:
"Customers can navigate to an address simply by clicking on it from a text message or e-mail, contact, calendar appointment, or web page. Garminfone can even remember where you are parked and navigate you back to your car. The … camera automatically geotags images so you can navigate back to where your family vacation photos were taken, e-mail geo-tagged images to friends and family members, or post geo-tagged pictures on the Web for others to enjoy. Helpful Garmin travel applications such as dynamic, real-time traffic; weather local events; movie listings; and gas prices are pre-installed and easy to access and use.”
Hardware features include 3G connectivity, a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 3MP autofocus camera, Wi-Fi, and a microSDHC memory card slot for up to 32GB of storage.
No pricing details were released by T-Mobile. For more information, visit http://garminfone.t-mobile.com/.
Whether an actual leak or corporate PR stunt, an image of Dell’s upcoming Streak / Mini tablets hit Engadget today. According to the tech news site, the photo shows 10-inch and 7-inch versions of the Android-powered tablets, each with a black bezel and photo gallery on the screen.
Of course, when asked about the photo, Dell responded that they “do not comment on speculation, rumor or unannounced products." Translation: get ready for tablets!
While there are already Android OS tablets available for purchase, non have (so far) challenged the iPad.
But that will change.
A page posted at the Verizon Wireless web site has verified an April release of the upcoming HTC Incredible. It has also confirmed that Incredible will be part of the Droid Family (joining the Motorola Droid and Droid Eris) and that it will either go on sale or begin shipping April 29th.
The HTC Incredible is an Android-powered smartphone similar, in some respects, to Google’s Nexus One. Leaked specs indicate a 1GHz Snapdragon SoC CPU, a 3.7-inch OLED capacitive touchscreen, an 8MP camera with auto focus, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of flash storage, Android OS v2.1, and EV-DO data support.
Update 4/15/10: The HTC Incredible will go on sale April 29th with a retail price of $199 with a two-year service agreement and $100 mail-in rebate.