Samsung 4G LTE handset leaks, with a clear photo, again

No really, some PR dude (or dudette) is leaking 4G LTE all the way for some gadget blogs (send some our way guys), and this time Gizmodo gets another one in the portfolio. This 4G LTE Samsung handset has a front-facing camera (a first at VZW!), Android 2.2.1 (come on, man!),  no Bing by defualt (yay!) and Touchwiz (fffuuuu). I’d like to applaud Samsung on the SCH-I520 because it does seem to contain dubious amounts of awesome sauce, despite the Touchwiz coating. Via: GizyWhizzyModo

Verizon Windows Phone 7 apps find a home in the Marketplace

How strange is this? Well, not really. Verizon is getting WP7 devices, and apps from Verizon Wireless have surfaced (i.e crapware), except that on this occasion it seems, they have better tastes: apps with the Verizon Wireless source are Slacker (as usual), My Verizon, and Netflix (which is good!). Anyone extremely happy about CDMA technology coming to Windows Phone 7. Via: BGR

Wait, We Still Use Foursquare Now?

So let me get this straight: we still use Foursquare? It was a new and aspiring service that you could sign up for, download the app to your iPhone/Android/Windows Phone, and “check-in” to places, become the “mayor” of that said venue, and get bragging rights among your friends, as well as leave tips about what you think of said establishment. At first, this all seemed revolutionary, but the love-affair with Foursquare may be drawing to an close.

Just what is the point now with “checking-in” and telling my friends? Sure, yours truly has a Foursquare account, and I have great friends in it, like Kevin Rose, John Biggs, Joel Johnson, and Kate Gardiner to name a few. But after more than a year of being in the spotlight, where’s the innovation? Where’s the “ooh” and “ah” that we want to see in a shiny, new company with tons of potential? In a desperate attempt it seems to keep the service “cool” Foursquare management has struck deals with some big-name stores (and smaller businesses), allowing you to become mayor and get coupons — for perilously little amounts. This may encourage more visits and traffic for the venue, but what of the end user?

So I can see where my friend was 30 minutes ago? When I could just use Twitter, Facebook, an SMS, or dare I say, an email, phone call, or actually seeing my “friend”? Foursquare is not a dying service; they’re running out of innovative and fresh ideas it seems. And when you run out of ideas, you soon run out everything you had, in one fell swoop.

So we all still use Foursquare? For what, “keeping up with your friends”? Tell me Foursquare (even on my own FS account) what’s your purpose of “discovering new places” now anyway? Haven’t I become mayour of enough places already, with little to no benefit to me, the end user, whatsoever?

Windows Phone 7 Sold 1.5 Million In First 6 Weeks, Though Not What You Think

So the numbers are here. Windows Phone 7 launched October 21 and in the United States and Canada on November 8th of this year. 1.5 million handsets were sold in six weeks (but shipped and sold to carriers and retailers), the Marketplace has gained about 4,000 apps 2 months into availability, and plenty of possibly skeptical persons who are looking at these numbers while reading this.

As for Achim Berg, VP of business and market for WP7, he had this to say:

Yes, and I think our expectations are realistic for a new platform. We started fresh with Windows Phone 7, and it’s a different kind of phone. Measuring for success is more long term than short term. We launched with many of the top mobile operators in the world, and even more in the coming year in 2011.

We have 18,000 developers who are developing for our marketplace. It’s just getting better and better.

Now for my comment: That’s not so micro of you at all to “sell” 1.5 million units in 1.5 months (but they’re not the real data) but just how many were “bought” by consumers? Now, as for my copy and paste update, Achim states that they’ll be releasing “first of several updates” in the next few months.

Via: Microsoft US

One Of Our Favorite PR Buddies Is Leaving Nokia

This guy was awesome. His name is Joseph Gallo and a great agent to have. Of course like all things that must end, he’s ending his job at Nokia PR effective on December 30th. He also seemed pretty bummed too, see here:

Unfortunately, this means I won’t be able to grab drinks with everyone at CES as I won’t be going this year.

You can follow him on Twitter as @jgallo02. Good luck Joe!