HTC Droid Incredible Pre-Order Page And Demo Video

HTC Droid Incredible was unveiled by Verizon last week to much positive acclaim. The device features Android 2.1 OS with Sense UI, brings an 8 megapixel camera and is powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor.

Starting today, Verizon shall also be opening up their portal for pre-ordering of the device. Follow this link here to go ahead and make your purchase.

Meanwhile, folks at Boy Genius Report have now been able to get hold of a walkthrough video which gives you a great glimpse of the new HTC device all set to launch on April 29th. Apple, let’s see what you can bring to the table.

[via BGR]

Droid Incredible Features And Technical Specifications

As you may have now known, Droid Incredible is how HTC Incredible will be launched as. The network carrier has just released the official tech specs for the soon to be launched smartphone device. ┬áHere’s what you need to know

Display : 3.7 inch 480 x 800 WVGA OLED Screen
OS : Android 2.1 Google experience device
Internal memory : 8GB
Processor : 1GHz SnapDragon
Storage : Up to 16GB of optional microSD
Camera : 8 megapixel with auto focus and video capture
Keyboard : Virtual QWERTY
Battery : Up to 312 minutes usage and 146 hours of standby

Plus, there are other features like advanced speech recognition, facebook and Google contact integration and Push Gmail

[Verizon via Engadget]

Verizon Blackberry Tour To Support Push-To-Talk Functionality

If you are a Verizon Blackberry Tour 9630 user, do expect an upgrade to Blackberry OS 5.0 sometime next month. According to sources BGR spoke to, the OS upgrade will also come with other bells and whistles; most notably the ability to Push-to-talk for an extra $5 a month.

If you are contemplating to purchase a Tour for yourself, hold back for a couple of more months. According to the tipsters, a new upgraded Verizon Blackberry Tour may well be on its way in May. You can probably go for that.

[BGR via Mobile Crunch]

Verizon MiFi Plan For iPad To Take On AT&T 3G

A leaked memo from Verizon has revealed the company’s plans to target customers looking to buy Apple iPad’s 3G version which comes with an exclusive AT&T data plan. The memo apparently is to convince customers to sign up for Verizon’s MiFi device that comes with a Verizon data plan.

Considering that a good chunk of iPad customers are likely to go for the Wi-Fi only version of the device, Verizon is apparently looking to communicate the message that the Wi-Fi only version of the device is not AT&T exclusive and can be used to access hotspots from Verizon as well.

Taking a potshot at AT&T, the memo reads

“Why pay more for the 3G version and get 3G service on an overloaded network with limited coverage?”

[via Engadget]

Nexus One To Sell At Verizon Retail Stores

The launch of Nexus One not only brought the world’s most popular Internet company to the mobile space, but also heralded a new age business model where the sale of the handset was moved completely online. However, has this model failed? Or is Verizon not convinced about the viability of the same?

Just a couple of weeks after we reported speculations that the Google Nexus One could move out of an exclusive carrier to also be offered on Verizon (as was promised during launch), we are hearing that the handset could actually put up on sale on the Verizon retail stores; contrary to the famed online marketplace.

For now, this is just a rumor and take it with skepticism. But we wonder if Google is trying to make a side-by-side comparison of the two models to see which one fares better. Though, it is unlikely that T-Mobile would be game for such an experimentation.

[via Boy Genius Report]

Microsoft Smartphone On Verizon Launching Next Month?

Microsoft’s Project Pink is well and alive according to an inside source. Reuters cites the source as being informed of a Microsoft branded smartphone hitting the US market by “late spring or early summer“.

According to the claims, the phone shall run on Verizon Wireless and shall be targeted at the heavy social networkers. We are not sure of the OS though it is likely to be Windows Phone Classic considering that the newly unveiled Windows Phone 7 series phones are not expected to launch until late this year – earliest by September.

While Microsoft has all along denied these rumors, considering that the expected launch date is just over 10 weeks away, we expect the beans to be spilled sooner than later.

[via Reuters, Gizmodo]

Skype VoIP Over 3G Not To Come On iPhone?

Last week, Verizon signed a bizarre deal with Skype. According to the terms of the deal, Verizon will embed Skype’s click to call application by default on all Verizon powered smartphones. The company said this will give its users the ability to quickly make calls to anywhere in the world using Skype.

Why is this bizarre? Because there is apparently no take away whatsoever for Verizon. Not only is Skype able to reach out to Verizon’s subscribers in a quick and easy way, but also the VoIP solution to call international numbers would mean loss of lucrative dollars to Verizon.

More insights about the deal are now coming to light. According to a report on GigaOm, the deal between Verizon and Skype could be exclusive in nature. This would forbid the VoIP service from making their 3G based calling solution available to rival networks, including AT&T which is the operator for iPhone. It is believed as an aggressive approach that Verizon has employed to deprive iPhone customers of a much in-demand service that could motivate them to move to rival platforms and potentially become Verizon customers.

I do believe that Verizon’s strategy appears far-fetched. While Skype is no doubt the most popular VoIP service, it is by no means the only one. Competitor services like Fring are already available over 3G and this means users will more interested in trying out these alternative VoIP over 3G services.

What do you think?

[via BGR, GigaOm]

Palm WebOS 1.4 Launching Feb 25

The next version of Palm’s WebOS platform could be out this week. According to sources from Verizon that folks at PreCentral quote, the “hard date” for the release of WebOS 1.4 is scheduled for Feb 25.

The release shall happen over-the-air for 100,000 devices at a time. What’s new in this version? PreCentral note the following

  • Enable video recording
  • Flash 10.1 compatibility
  • Improved speed
  • Turn on LED alert by default
[via PreCentral]