Verizon: Global Roaming on the DROID 4 and LG Spectrum to be Enabled Later this Year

Both the DROID 4 and LG Spectrum that were announced this week at CES have global radios inside, but because of a network issue, they are not active. To this point, none of Verizon’s LTE phones have active global roaming, however, that is about to change according to VZW spokesperson Brenda Raney:

 “The LTE phones work globally in over 40 countries that currently use CDMA technology…. For the new LTE phones to provide global roaming voice and data in non-CDMA countries, we are working on a few network enhancements so we can provide customers with the best voice and data roaming experience. We anticipate this capability to be available this year, likely the first half of the year.”

You can see our first looks at the devices here and here.

Via:  Phonescoop

Cheers Tim!

ASTRO File Manager Launches Cloud Storage Public Beta

Our good friends over at ASTRO launched a public beta for their newest service, cloud storage. It allows you to backup, access and download your files from any device you might own. To begin, the amount of storage you have is limited, but they told us that this is just for initial launch to test the waters. ASTRO has been one of the apps that we have used since the beginning, all the way back to the “OG” days, so be sure to check out their newest services.

We spoke with their CEO earlier and here’s what he had to say about the cloud:

“ASTRO Backup is simply the easiest way for any Android user to store their mobile content to the cloud. There are a lot of services for backing up and syncing to the cloud. However, we are focused solely on users of Android devices and since our 25 million users are already using ASTRO to organize and manage their files, we are giving them the easiest way to store them in the cloud without having to open or connect to other applications.”

Sign up for the public beta here.

Motorola Plans to Release Fewer Phones This Year, the World Says “Thank You”

At a round table discussion with reporters at CES yesterday, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha mentioned that his company plans to release fewer devices this year than it did in 2011. Their focus will be on “marketing dollars” and trying to make more devices “stick.”

All I have to say to that is, “Thank you!” While we love to cover a constant flow of devices as media, we also realize that Moto’s flooding of the market was a little much, this year. Jha echoed that thought, saying “A lot of products that are roughly the same doesn’t drive the market to a new place.” This is coming from the company that released the DROID 3, Bionic, RAZR (in 3 colors over 3 months), RAZR MAXX, DROID 4 and two XYBOARD tablets over a 6 month period.

In 2012, we know that we will see phones from Moto with Intel’s Atom processor, but other than that, most of their roadmap is a mystery. One thing that will be interesting to watch, is how quickly they can close their merger with Google and how that affects their product line.

Via:  AllThingsD

LG Spectrum First Look and Hands-on

Before day 2 (well, day 1 of the open show floor) ended, we had a chance to sneak into the Verizon booth and grab a quick hands-on with LG’s latest device, the Spectrum. This phone is headed to store shelves on January 19 for $199, has a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 8MP camera, LTE connectivity, and most notably, a 4.5″ True HD IPS display. The Spectrum is a great effort at a comfortable price from LG, a company that had what we would consider a rough 2011 in the Android game here in the U.S. This could be the device that helps them turn things around.  (more…)

Fujitsu Shows Off the World’s First Tegra 3 Quad-core Phone, Behind a Glass Case

Last night at PepCom’s Digital Experience, we swung by the Fujitsu booth since there were rumors of them having some sort of a quad-core Tegra 3 phone in Vegas. While they didn’t have it with them, they said to stop by their CES booth today because it would be on display. They weren’t lying, you are looking at it above.

Keep in mind that this is a prototype and may not be anything close to the final product. It was hooked up via HDMI to a TV though, running Riptide for Tato to ball out on. Overall, it ran incredibly well, we just wish we could have actually touched it.

Thankfully, they did have a life-sized flyer of specs for it. According to Fujitsu, this phone will sport a 4.6″ “HD-quality” liquid crystal screen, 13MP camera, Tegra 3 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, and is “LTE-compatible.”

Their plan is to show off a much more finished product at MWC next month. Also, from what we heard around CES this afternoon, there may be a handful of quad-core devices to drool over come February 27. While CES so far has been sort of uneventful for the most part compared to last year, February should be nutty.

More pics below.   (more…)

Motorola and Intel Announce Multi-Year Partnership to Produce Android Mobile Devices

GooMotel, anyone? Motorola and Intel announced this evening at CES that they have agreed to a multi-year partnership that will pair Moto’s use of Android with Intel’s Atom processors. The goal is to “collaborate across hardware, software and services to deliver complete solutions and disruptive new user experiences that offer long battery life, increased computing performance, advanced imaging and video capabilities, and seamless wireless connections.”

They fully expect products to ship some time this year, likely in the second half.   (more…)

Video: Hands-on With Motorola’s Two HD RAZR-esque Devices for China, Talk About Beautiful Screens

 

As we were wrapping up our Motorola booth session this afternoon, we stumbled onto two devices that looked extra special, but at the same time, sort of unfamiliar. Sure enough, they were the MT917 and the XT928, the two HD RAZR-esque devices that Moto released to China back in November.

We paid attention to these devices for one simple reason – that they both rock upgraded specs (4.5″ HD 720p screens, Dolby Digital sound, 13MP cameras, etc.) over the RAZR which was released around the same time here in the States. Why release these in China if they are ready for prime time, yet leave us with a phone that is essentially a step below? We will likely never know that answer.   (more…)