Verizon future device releases revealed, a whole lot of Android Love is coming soon!

Just over a month after we got our eyes on the last Verizon roadmap for future devices, we now have new details regarding their current plans for future device launches on the carrier. Since the last roadmap we see that some devices have been canceled, some have been delayed, some have been added, and some we have yet to hear further word on. Check out for the full line-up of Android phones coming to Verizon in the next few months after the break. October: Samsung Continuum (SCH-i400) - This is the dual-screen Galaxy S phone that was leaked earlier this week. It’s new processor, running under the code name “Garnett,” will be shipping in the device and clocked at 1GHz. We have not heard much else about this device so it’s probably still in the early stages of testing, expected to launch sometime in late October, and possibly November if things get further delayed. Motorola Venus - The Motorola Venus is rumored to be the BlackBerry style Droid that we have seen as far back as July. The tipster to Engadget even claims it as being very similar to a BlackBerry with a “BlackBerry look and feel.” This device will feature a full QWERTY keyboard, 1 GHz TI OMAP3 CPU, and GSM and CDMA radios. Motorola Droid Pro - Finally a name for what we have been referring to as the Droid 2 World Edition. This may be the phone that will replace the Droid 2 making it standard as we have heard and will feature a 1.2-1.3 GHz processor. With shots and so much information we can definitely expect this by the end of October. HTC Merge - Just as we saw a few days ago, Verizon is getting their own version of the Desire Z naming it the HTC Merge. The device has identical specs to the Desire Z and G2 and should be hitting shelves in October as well. November: LG enV Pro (with Android) - the enV pro will be a uniquely designed clamshell device with dual screens, global radio, and a 1 GHz processor. This is probably the same device that was hinted as the LG enV Touch 2. Following LG’s habit of including NVIDIA Tegra 2 processors in their high-end phones, it’s likely we will see dual-core in the evV Pro. December: Motorola Droid (Tegra 2) - With very little information on the upcoming Droid from Verizon and Motorola we can only assume it’s going to be a new device and not an update of the Droid 2 when it ships in December. 2011: Motorola Stingray - This is the Motorola tablet that we have been hearing about for quite some time now. Engadget has claimed that it will feature a 10-inch display, Tegra 2 processor, 16GB internal storage, and will be running Android 3.0 when it launches in early 2011. The tablet will launch with only 3G support but an LTE modem will be provided later in the year by Motorola. So that’s what is coming to Verizon in the next couple of months. Thoughts? Expectations? Let us know in the comments section! [Via Engadget]

Samsung Epic 4G update delayed due to administrative issues

The much anticipated Samsung Epic 4G update that was supposed to fix 3G uploading speeds has been delayed due to issues getting the software loaded onto Google’s service. The update is ready, it just can not be downloaded, yet. In an official statement from Sprint regarding why we have yet to see the update been pushed to devices, they stated: "We learned this evening that there were administrative issues getting this software loaded to Google's servers.  We don't yet have an expected time when this will be available but will update you as soon as possible.  Please see the statement below that was sent by the Sprint Product Management team:     We  were planning to release an update for your Samsung Epic 4G on 9/30.   The file was delivered and on track for distribution but late this  afternoon, we learned that an administrative issue prevented Google from  releasing the update as we had planned.  We are working to resolve the  issue and will provide an update as soon as we understand the new  delivery schedule. We  would like to clarify that  the timing of this update has nothing to do  with the 30 day return window that many of you on these blogs have been  discussing and that this delay has nothing to do with any last minute  changes within the release package itself.  The delay is simply due to  an administrative issue that we are working to resolve.  The update is set to fix the following:
  • an issue where the battery would drain as a result of the cell modem continuously searching for available networks while on standby
  • an issue with 3G upload speeds
  • an issue with Amazon not being able to download music over 4G
  • an issue where large emails would be slow to upload
More information on this coming soon, it can’t be too long until the download is ready, and when it is - we will for sure let you know. [Via Sprint Forums]

SwiftKey dominates Android’s paid downloads, reigning in as top keyboard

Swiftkey, the insanely popular artificial keyboard in the beta stage of development, has now been the top paid app in the Android Market for a week and counting. If you do not know what SwiftKey is, it is an artificial keyboard that learns your writing style and habits and uses them to be the most productive and efficient typing keyboard on the Android platform.

Android’s appeal is growing, Apple’s declining, claims recent market survey

ChangeWave, a market data company has conducted another survey questioning current and potentially future smartphones owners on their plans to purchase a device. The survey which was conducted for the 3-month period spanning June to September unsurprisingly shows Android’s appeal to have grown 7%. Meanwhile, Apple’s has dropped by about 12%.

Verizon R2-D2 Droid available now on

If you have been waiting for the official release of the R2-D2 Droid 2, the wait is now over with Verizon’s site going live and the phone now available. As expected it’s displaying it’s $249 after $100 (this time online discount) with a full retail price of $699.

Google Maps Updated to 4.5.1, brings weather to live wallpaper

The Google Maps Android application has just received another update. Just a few weeks ago an update brought voice search and the walking navigation Beta. Not much is known about this update but, from what we can tell, it brings weather into the live maps wallpaper. As seen in the screenshot below you now have a weather display directly on the live wallpaper.

DROID R2-D2 Unboxing and Hands-on [Update: videos]

"The Force is strong with this one"; "This could be the DROID you're looking for"; "Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed." The Star Wars clichés almost write themselves when it comes to Verizon's new DROID R2-D2 by Motorola special edition so stand well back and clutch your beloved DVD box set close. Although creating limited editions of smartphones isn't new, it's rare that they prompt the level of interest this Star Wars model has; Verizon and Motorola have obviously discovered a rich seam of Android-loving Star Wars crossover fanatics.
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