The good folks at Droid-Life.com have obtained several photos of an upcoming Verizon Wireless Android phone, the HTC Thunderbolt. What makes the Thunderbolt interesting, aside from its badass name, is that it’ll be an LTE handset.
LTE is the next generation of wireless data. Verizon currently has the 4G technology available in a handful of U.S. locations and hopes to have it everywhere 3G is now by 2013.
Essentially an HTC Ace, the HTC Thunderbolt (or Thunderbolt 4G) looks to have a 4.3-inch display and a smooth, rounded shell. No other details on the Thunderbolt are yet available, but it’s expected that HTC and/or Verizon will unveil this new smartphone at CES 2011, which begins next week.
Take a look at the Droid-Life.com post for more photos.
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The newest Galaxy S Android phone from Verizon Wireless, the Samsung Continuum, is now available from Amazon.com for $0.01, shipped, with a new two-year service agreement; if you already have a Verizon account and want to upgrade, the price is $29 with an extended contract.
Features include a 3.4-inch AMOLED primary display plus a smaller ticker display below, a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird CPU, a 5MP camera with HD 720p video recording, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 7 hours of talk time, and an 8GB microSDHC memory card (32GB max). The Continuum runs Android OS 2.1.
The direct Verizon Wireless price for the Continuum is $299 with a $100 mail-in rebate for a final price of $199.
Whenever Google releases a new version of its Android OS, questions about existing device upgrades immediately follow. Will my Android phone get the update? If so, when? If not, why?
It’s obvious that Android users want to see updates for their devices, but it’s also an unfortunate reality that not all devices get them. So, what’s the update situation vis-à-vis Android 2.3, the latest version of the popular mobile OS?
At this point, very murky.
The only Android device absolutely confirmed to be getting Android 2.3 (aka Gingerbread) is the upcoming Nexus S: it’ll ship running 2.3. After that, there’s almost no certainty at all.
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