The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) conference call has just started, but here’s the important topics that should be covered. Starting off, 4G LTE will be at speeds of 10x the average speeds of their EV-DO 3G network, launching on December 5th. Coverage of 4G LTE will be at 60 airports relatively close to the 38 cities that also will receive 4G LTE, covering over 110 million people, and nationwide coverage “coast to coast” in 2013 — 3 years from now, which is not a long time for a complete LTE roll-out of the United States with speeds on average of 5MBps to 12MBps download, and 2MBps to 5 MBps upload, with half the latency of the 3G network. As for coverage, street-level maps will be available on Sunday as well.
As for USB modems, the LG VL600 and Pantech UML290 4G data-sticks will also be available on the 5th (backwards compatible with 3G, by the way), and data plans are strict and straightforward, with 5GB to 10GB data plans without throttling after you’ve gone over your limit. Pricing related, the 5GB data plan which costs $50 per-month, and the 10GB plan will cost $80 (for USB modems). Other devices, like phones; they’ll be discussed at CES and launched “by mid-2011″. Verizon also heavily mentions that “not all 4G is the same” and [Verizon] LTE is a big deal”.
The interesting points here are numbered, actually. First off, voice will still be based on 3G (for now) and 4G will take over the data spectrum at Verizon. Also, when a 4G connection is lost, 3G will be switched over without hassle or delay, but when in use, it will not switch onto the 4G LTE network until finished.
But that settles that. Visit the via link below for the newly-launched 4G LTE site.
Via: Verizon 4G LTE
Angry Birds is getting boring. So to rejuvenate the series a little bit, Rovio Mobile has released Android Birds Seasons for free on the Android Market and Getjar. This version of the game allows for more productivity destruction, the Halloween and Christmas levels with 25 daily surprises until Christmas Day. No wonder they’re already planning the sequel; I yawned. Via: TDG
Turns out yesterday I got contacted by Dell about the Venue Pro release date and post I made, and it turns out the page was only a test. Now the Dell Venue Pro is really official, and it costs $99 for the 8GB version, and $149.99 for the 16GB. Remember for these prices you’re getting a 4.1-inch multitouch screen, 1GHz Snapdragon, slide-out QWERTY, 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD recording, Windows Phone 7 in all its pretty glory, and probably the coolest looking handset in the series. It ships on the 9th, and for a few days of free shipping, it would be totally worth it. Oh, and Dell offers them unsubsidized, $449 or $499, respectively.
Via: Dell Venue Pro Site
It turns out there’s a new version of Flash in the works, and the latest comes from Adobe Labs as Flash 10.2. New fetatures include Stage Video API and GPU acceleration that have “seen laptops play smooth 1080p HD video with just over 0% CPU usage.” GPU acceleration is now available for Internet Explorer 9, as well as more APIs like native custom mouse cursors API and support for full screen playback with multiple monitors; that sort of stuff. Turns out the beta is only in 32-bit version, and I’m using 4GB of DDR3 RAM here and I have 64-bit, so that means I’ll be laying back on Flash 10.2 for a bit.
Via: Adobe Labs
Wait a minute here. Before we get on with the story that my dudes and dudettes at Gizmodo broke, we have to ask ourselves something: did this person really buy the Motorola Olympus at a flea market? No one can be sure, but hey, the reader powered it on, said it used Android 2.2 with MOTOBLUR, has an HDMI-out, a front-facing camera, and the body looks like a larger version of the Motorola Defy with instead a 4-inch screen and Tegra 2 processor. Hit up Giz for the rest of the shots; this looks to be AT&T’s best Android yet. Hopefully they won’t cripple it. Via: Giz
The Dell Venue Pro is the best looking Windows Phone 7 device. In fact (and I’m not joking) but my contacts at Dell feel so bad that the Venue Pro is hard to find (lol?). And so do I. Turns out, we’ll all be happy (well, at least you) when it launches on December 14th on a two-year agreement with T-Mobile — for $149.99. That gets you a 4.1-inch multitouch LCD, slide-up QWERTY, Windows Phone 7, 5MP camera with 720p HD recording, 16GB of internal storage, and some very, very pretty looks. The page is live now, if you’re wondering. Via: TNW, Dell
Update: This one came straight from Dell and into the inbox. It turns out this was just a “test”:
“Dell routinely tests its online capabilities before releasing products via its direct channel. What’s been reported was a test, and we’ll provide additional information when it’s available.”
Oh, lookie! It’s been a few days for a new laptop not to get announced by some company, so it turns out Dell will have a crack at it. The Dell Vostro V130 is a thin 13.3-inch WLED display beast with Core i3 or i5 ULV processors, Bluetooth 3.0/WiMAX/Bluetooth/Wi-Fi, HDMI port, 2 USB ports, E-SATA/USB port, and finally a 5-in-one SD card reader. And it starts at — $429. Nice.
Wait — it has this new fancy tech that allows it to stay on your lap, courtesy of the ULV processors. You know for your — lap. Never mind. Via: Dell
Turns out that whie Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (launched back in march) is still going strong. Tomorrow, VIP Map Pack 7 is debuting, which brings four new mas to PC players (like me) and VIP Players on consoles. Fan-favorites like Oasis (yes!), Harvest Day, The Cold War, and Heavy Meta (the largest map in the game) will debut tomorrow morning. This news comes right after an multiplayer update which prepares the game for the Vietnam expansion pack, which debuts on the 21st of December. Video of the new maps after the break.
Good times. Oh, and if you don’t mind, I’ll be playing the game as much as I can. The includes getting headshots from across the maps. Bwahahaha.
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Turns out since I’m an avid reader of the Entrepreneur Magazine, I feel ashamed having not being able to provide *cough* better photographs than AndroidCentral did. Everything you’d want to know about the Merge is in the ad, including its abilites, like “a work phone that’s updated for your life … Everything your work phone couldn’t do.” Turns out the Merge has been so heavily leaked that I’m wondering why Verizon hasn’t released it yet, due to the high specs it has, the Merge could have even been considered an honorary DROID.