The HTC Thunderbolt has been the focus of lots of Verizon Android fans’ attention these last few months as they’ve patiently waited for its release. The LTE-equipped smartphone was originally thought to be shipping alongside the Motorola XOOM on February 14th.
When the XOOM launch came and went, reports surfaced that the Thunderbolt would arrive in late February. But this is the last day of the month, and still there have been no announcements. Why?
Apparently, the first LTE Android phone from Verizon has been plagued with terrible battery life, and the folks at the carrier and HTC are working on a firmware update to address the issue. While Engadget is reporting that multiple sources have confirmed that this is, indeed, the cause of the push back, others believe the phone has been purposely delayed to help reportedly disappointing Verizon iPhone 4 sales. Verizon is rightly stating that “no release date has ever been released” for the Thunderbolt, but has made no comment regarding delays.
So, now the word is that March 4th is the day for the HTC Thunderbolt. We’ll see. If the March 4th date holds, this would seem to support the cynical theory that the issue isn’t one of hardware or software, while a longer delay would suggest bigger problems.
We’ll keep you updated on the latest rumors.
No, unfortunately you cannot charge the XOOM with a USB cable.
Just about every device with a microUSB connection uses the port for syncing data and charging the device’s internal battery. But the Motorola XOOM is different.
To charge the XOOM, you’ll need either a XOOM-specific wall or car charger that uses the tablet’s small, round charging port, or a dock that can charge the tablet using the two gold-colored contacts on the bottom edge of the XOOM.
BYA: You ask, we answer.
Hot on the heels of Sprint’s announcement of the HTC Arrive comes word that Verizon Wireless is about to unveil its first Windows Phone 7 device, the HTC 7 Trophy. WinRumors is reporting that its sources say Verizon could announce the phone as early as next week with a release sometime around March 20.
We’ve long known Verizon Wireless would launch a Windows Phone 7 device early this year, so this rumor way well be true. And it makes sense for Verizon to launch its first phone powered by Microsoft’s new mobile OS at roughly the same time as Sprint. A recent update to Windows Phone 7 makes it compatible with CDMA networks.
WinRumors says the HTC 7 Trophy will cost $200.
There’s still no official Dropbox app for Windows Phone 7, but if you’re a Dropbox user desperately looking for a way to access files from your phone, there is a new, third-party solution: Kickbox.
Built using Dropbox’s own API, Kickbox allows you to access files stored in your Dropbox right from a Windows Phone with a UI that’s sleek and attractive. Features include Office document viewing, tap-and-hold rename, copy and delete, and photo uploading.
There are still a lot of features we’re looking forward to seeing in future versions of Kickbox, but it’ll do in the current pinch.
Kickbox is currently $3.99.
The Pocket PC Central Motorola XOOM Accessories Center has been updated. Accessories were added to the following product pages:
In addition, the following sections have been added to the XOOM Accessories Center: