Other than a recent EE4 update for the Droid Charge we haven't heard anything else as far as updates go. No leaked Gingerbread builds like the Thunderbolt had or anything so this is a nice change of pace for all your Droid Charge 4G LTE owners.
Verizon's the biggest carrier in the U.S. and their size is allowing them to churn out 4G faster than any of the other carriers. Verizon has promised to get LTE to over 140 markets by the end of the year, and so far has activated its super speedy 4G in 74 cities. Just last week Verizon flipped on LTE in 19 new markets, including mine. July 21st is looking to be the next turn-on date for 13 more markets.
The Samsung Droid Charge is just the second phone to launch with Verizon 4G LTE, it may be blazing fast but it is not perfect. Lucky for all you Charge owners Verizon has just given the green light for an update to begin rolling out. The update should come OTA (over the air) right to the device and it should fix a slew of issues and problems as well as bring on many performance and 3G/4G connectivity improvements.
Well it looks like the wait continues. Yesterday we reported that several Verizon Xoom owners were receiving emails from Motorola requesting they send in their Xooms for the 4G upgrade. Today Motorola says those emails shouldn't have gone out and that there is still not a hard date for the upgrades to begin.
Could the Motorola Droid Bionic be the first phone to launch on Verizon with both a dual-core processor and blazing fast 4G LTE on board? From the look of things as of late that might be just what you will all be getting come launch. We originally saw the Bionic at CES 2011 and then closely following it were delay after delay. Recently some benchmarks were leaked showing the Bionic running the qHD screen that has recently been confirmed but also sporting a TI OMAP 4 series CPU and the PowerVR SGX540 GPU.
With devices like the Droid Bionic being delayed and the Motorola Xoom still waiting to get the upgrade to Verizon's 4G LTE many have started to wonder if there is a compatibility problem with LTE and dual-core devices, since the Tegra 2 has been the hot selling chip on the block people have started asking questions. Today Nvidia fired back and came out swinging.
We haven't heard much out of Verizon or Motorola regarding this lately but from what we are reading it looks like the update might be starting soon, if not already underway for select Xoom owners. In case you forgot, when the Xoom originally shipped we were promised a 4G LTE hardware upgrade but I dont recall much information from either company following the launch but now it looks like an email either went out early, or the upgrade has started.
From what we are seeing from our friends over at Droid-Life the HTC Thunderbolt and a few other phones at Verizon Wireless are on sale now until June 12th. It looks like Verizon is holding a private sale on many devices for what they are calling "Loyal Customers". This may mean long time subscribers, or multi-line customers but apparently certain people have received emails and texts regarding this sale.
Have a peek at this, one official looking two-sided sheet showing off basically everything you could possibly want to know about the brand new LG Revolution. This device will launch on the 26th of May right next to both the DROIDX2 and the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY - which one will you choose? We're hoping to catch em all. This device will be only the third Android device to work with Verizon's 4G LTE network and the first selection from LG. And it's in all black instead of the silver we saw back at CES.
Verizon's 4G LTE coverage, the fastest 4G in the west, is coming to several new cities this week. Verizon made the announcement as a series of Twitter messages. The cities include Pensacola, FL; Mobile, AL; Denver, CO; Montgomery, AL; Gainesville, FL; Tallahassee, FL; Philadelphia, PA and more. The coverage officially begins on Thursday, May 19th.