Yesterday, BoyGeniusReport wrote that they allegedly received information about Verizon Wireless's roadmap for 2010 and 2011. Included in the unsubstantiated claims are a Motorola Droid Pro, HTC Android device, Samsung Android device, Samsung Android tablet, and LTE coverage details as well as pricing.
Here are the important parts from BoyGeniusReport:
- 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)
Engadget mentions that they were recently "clued into a global roaming Moto from a trusted tipster of ours with the codename "Venus" that's slated to enter internal testing on the 27th of this month, so that lines up pretty nicely with this rumor -- but Venus could also be another global Android smartphone allegedly in the pipeline from Motorola, the Droid Pro."
The roadmap that BoyGeniusReport is standing behind points to a February release for Android 3.0, while Engadget says that "inside sources of our own are reporting that tablet devices running Gingerbread are still figuring into Verizon's Q4 2010 plans, so we'll have to wait and see how that shakes out."
MobileCrunch notes that the source of the leak probably "sat through a Verizon presentation an dished to the Boy Genius, which is how most of these leaks come out."
Engadget also added that the 75% coverage figure is not specified for geographical or population coverage, but I would bet good money that the figure is based on population, as geographical coverage would likely take much longer to implement.
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