Verizon’s COO John Stratton, confirmed today that Motorola will indeed have a 4G LTE offering some time next year. And while we’re pretty sure that phone is codenamed “Etna“, no one would confirm any other details including Moto. Stratton did however, offer up the strength of the relationship between them and the “DROID” founders, which likely means this device he’s talking about will fall under our favorite brand name…
“We’ve got LTE smartphones on the horizon,” Verizon’s Mr. Stratton said. “Motorola will be right there.”
“Over last 13 months, they have done a very good job in supporting our business and have worked their way up into almost a preferred vendor,” Mr. Stratton said. “They have been driving our Droid strategy.”
None of you are surprised though, right? The interesting thing here is the fact that they could have multiple 4G LTE devices out at the same time since the Motorola Everest tablet is also rumored to be capable of utilizing their new network. 15 days from now and we’ll know everything.
Via: WSJ, Engadget
I keep using the word silly, but seriously it’s just been that kind of week. Apparently a tipster over at Gizmodo found the phone pictured above which is said to be the Motorola Olympus at a flea market…we’ll just pause here for a second. (more…)
Silliest question ever? Hear me out for a second. If you read this site at all, then you know we love us some Motorola phones on Verizon’s network and pretty much ignore everything that is AT&T. However, with news slowly leaking out each week that Motorola is leaning towards launching two separate dual-core Tegra 2 phones on both of these networks (Olympus for AT&T) (Etna for Verizon) with the AT&T version possibly coming first, we want to know which you would consider? What if the Olympus launches in January as a 3G AT&T device with specs to crush the world and the Etna doesn’t come out until March, but will run on 4G LTE?
Did AT&T just slip up? According to their Facebook admin, the Motorola Olympus, which is codenamed the Etna on Verizon, could hit stores in either December or January? That was the initial thought until that same response was quickly removed. While this isn’t incredibly huge news as far as a release date goes (2 months is sort of a wide range), it is huge in the fact that they acknowledged the device’s existent. Until now, it’s only been a rumor seen on sites like ours that have led the charge to uncover this next big Android device from Motorola.
Source: Facebook (although it’s been removed)
Can you think of a better way to send you all off into a long food filled weekend than with a couple of quick rumors?
The first has to do with those pictures above which is rumored to be the Motorola Olympus, a device headed to AT&T some time early next year. Well, if you spend any time cruising through the 8,000 Android forums out there, then you may have stumbled across a few threads that have users also referring to it as the “Etna“. Apparently “Etna” is the code name for the Verizon version and fits nicely into the large mountain theme that Moto chose for this round of devices. From here forward, we’ll do our best to keep the names separated, but all signs now point to them being the same exact device only running on different networks. Expect Blur, Android 2.2 and a Tegra 2 packed inside unless a miracle happens and Gingerbread bakes itself on board at the last minute.
The second rumor has to do with a device that seems to be topping everyone’s list for yearly upgrades, the Incredible HD. The Inc HD, which gained some buzz after a ridiculously rumored original launch date of November 23rd was mentioned, is definitely not coming this month and more than likely won’t see December either. We had already heard from a VZW player that it had been delayed until the first part of the year and today we’re hearing it again. Store managers have apparently caught wind of either our site or are hearing it from higher up the chain that it will definitely be a 4G LTE device and not seeing the light of day until January at the earliest.
Recap! Motorola Etna is what we all care about now. The Incredible HD is confirmed for the 10th time to be real and won’t be here until January.