Rumors Galore for iPhone 5, Droid Bionic & Samsung Nexus Prime

This is a spin-off,  a stepson, of the old post that began with  my quest for a new phone and the question I posed on the original post:  Buy A New Droid or A New  iPhone?? which you can find by clicking on that link.

The original post will continue to be updated as I am still in search of my next phone and the choice is still Droid (probably Prime) or iPhone (probably 5), unless I leave Verizon since they piss me off way too often lately.

I wish there was a carrier with good 4G service combined with quality phones and good choices and top-notch customer service.  I know…that’s just a dream.

This post will solely be limited to the latest rumors about the upcoming Samsung Nexus Prime and the iPhone 5 as well as a few other highly anticipated phones.

It doesn’t matter if you call the Prime the Samsung Prime or the Nexus Prime or the Google Prime or any combination of Samsung, Nexus and Google with Prime.  Or just Prime by itself which is what I usually call this phone now.  It will still be the Droid that will do battle with the iPhone 5?  Who will win?  Who will have the best phone?

I have no idea, it’s all just guessing right now, but I do know this:  both phones will be steps ahead of their current siblings.  And the ‘steps ahead’ will be 90% software with some minor hardware improvements.

I have also split off the information related to the ongoing lawsuit war and public relations war between Samsung and Apple involving both their tablets and their telephones.  Click here for that post.

Now….on with the rumors!!!

Update  September 16: 

Nice tidbits from 4chan via Ausdroid, explaining that 4chan is claiming they have “hands-on” time with the three big ” Unicorns” of the cellphone world:  They are all about the Android, so no iPhone stuff at that site.

  1. Samsung Galaxy S III (yes, 3)
  2. Nexus Prime (which they call the Galaxy Nexus)
  3. and Ice Cream Sandwich or Fudge Encrusted Waffle Cone or something

This link takes you to the article with Prime specs you have mostly seen:  4.65 AMOLED screen, ICS, 1 gig RAM, 16gb mem, 8.8mm metal body etc etc.

Galaxy S III will be revealed at the 2012 Mobile World Congress, 1.5 gig RAM, 32gb mem, 2250mAh battery, Ice-Cream Sandwich with Touchwiz 5 overlaid, 10 meg camera, 10mm glass & metal body.

The Sammy S III specs are truly insane.

Here is an interesting tidbit:

“Samsung is currently one of Apple’s largest suppliers of components for its products, though the latter has been trying to distance itself from its rival in past months, but it seems that the Korean company is willing to go on the offensive to defend its products against Apple’s legal onslaughts.”

The article that quote is from explains that Samsung is now preparing to sue Apple for patent infringement (as Apple has sued, and won, patent suits against Samsun) as soon as the iPhone 5 is released.  Check the article here.

Upate September 17th: 

Well, the eventual Prime smartphone will tell the truth here, but the latest Nexus rumor is that the Prime may carry the Jellybean Android OS instead of  the anticipated Ice Cream Panini.   That would be a good thing because there were reports last week that Google was putting off highly expected OS changes from ICS to Jelly Belly Bean.

Check the rumor article here.

And…..A Samsung Rep shows some dude his Prime???  Really?

I’ll show you mine if you show me yours!!

Later on September 17th:

Rumored release date for the Prime is November 3rd.

Update September 18th, 1:30 am:

The Prime continues to be tagged a “Beast” on the Korean tech site Electronic Times where it is said to carry a Krait-based dual core Snapdragon processor which “will have the ability to run at an amazing speed of 2.5 GHz per core at the least, which will make it more than 100 times faster than a normal ARM-based CPU.”

This site lists their Top 5 smartphones that will give the Samsung Galaxy S II a “run for its money”.

This article calls the Google Nexus an ATT device on Thanksgiving (still confusing with the Google Nexus, Samsung Nexus, Samsung Prime or wuteva) a “revolutionary” smartphone.  Here are their 5 reasons

  1. the device camera
  2. the operating system
  3. the screen dimension
  4. the processor
  5. other notable features

The rumor mill is so mind bendingly ass-scratching confusing.

Update late September 18th:

Notion Ink outs the release date for Ice Cream Sandwich–late October.  Click here for more.

And here is the Notion Ink blog.

And the Android Central article is at this link.

So, October for the Prime 4G with ICS would make me snatch one up quickly.

We will see what tomorrows rumors bring.

Update September 21st:

So is the Apple really about to give birth to #5 as soon as October 4th?  Here is the article with AllThingsD giving away a new release date.  True or no??

My only iPhone rumor is that there will be a new iPhone rumor tomorrow.  Take it to the bank.

Also, today Apple is spending big big bucks (many zeros please) buying up flash orders in order to reduce the need for Samsung products.

Of course, Apple would like to have the ability to reduce their dependence on Samsung even for something as generic as their flash products.

And now they are swallowing up flash memory and RAM from Japanese suppliers, as the two companies are engaged in ongoing lawsuits.

Devious?

“Apple could have the freedom not just to avoid vulnerability to Samsung but to  punish the company by depriving it of what’s often its largest customer.”

October 22nd:

I guess it must be true, huh??  Al Gore says the iPhone 5 will be released in October.

“Gore spoke Wednesday at the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.”  You have been waiting for that verification, haven’t you??

Al Gore is on the Apple board, so he would certainly have some (limited) information about products and maybe even timeframes.  But even if, he would be under board member expectations to keep his fucking mouth closed.

Some peeps just can’t help themselves.

Later on September 22nd:

My friend of the Who is suing whom? fame (check that post and the excellent article out here) now has shared an amazing article with me with a link here saying that Samsung has now unveiled a FLEXIBLE Android phone.  Like my friend said, “WHAT??”.  The article says “Do you think a flexible phone is just science fiction?”  To what I say, “Well, hell yea!”

Apparently Samsung has unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Skin, slated for release in the 2nd quarter of 2012.  Samsung insists that the Skin can “take on different shapes and take on even hammer blows”.

I gotta see this, until then my good old skeptics (aka:  bullshit) antenna is at full height.

Check out the article and keep your ears open.

Scary thought:  Imagine  the world dominated by Apple.  Almost as bad as Microsoft domination.

Android Central has a forum on “Is the Prime a Better Phone Than The Bionic”.

Check it out here if you are wondering.

September 24th:

This link takes you to a TON of info on iPhone (why you should by a 4 instead of a 5), the Prime, and the Nokia Windows Phone plus a few other juicy tidbits.  This is a UK site called Fone Home by VodaFone.

cnet has more rumors today that indicate the iPhone 5 release will be on or before October 10th.  Today they use iundications from Twitter events and vacation days as pointing toward the October 10th release date for iOS5.

They say the possible iPhone 5 announcement date will be October 4th (see the Al Gore stuff above).

Apple is not allowing any employee vacation days on and around October 5, 2011.

September 24th:

Global sales of the Samsung Galaxy S II hit 10 million units.  I wonder if Verizon is rethinking their decision to say “no thank you” to this great phone??  Yes, they will have the Prime (eventually) and they have the Bionic (finally) but the S II is a top seller world-wide, stymied in the US by threats of Apple lawsuits and wuteva.

Everyone seems to be repeating the same October 5th iPhone 5 announcement date, so it seems it is a bit truer now.  Maybe a new iPhone in mid-October, an early Christmas present!!

The HTC Amaze 4G has some leaks including press photos and is scheduled for T-Mobile, on par with the Samsung Galaxy S II.

Today Twitter schedules an October 12th meeting to discuss iOS5 integration.  Hard to believe we are reaching the finish line.  Then we can start the countdown to iPhone 6 and iOS6!!

September 26th:

Samsung:

Since Samsung is a Korean company, it makes some sense that Korea is the first to get their hands on the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and HD LTE.  See them here.   Nada for the U.S. markets yet, but at least these beasts have been released somewhere.  If they were released here I would have toswitch carriers because Verizon so politely said “No thank you” to the S II handsets.

Google:

Google continues to take steps toward their dream of becoming a carrier.  (of what, you say?  I won’t make any carrier jokes).  Today they lauch a MVNO (mobile virtual network operator ) trial in Spain.  Click here for details.  You find Google as a mobile carrier hard to believe?  Remember their purchase of Motorola Mobility?  They can do a lot with that company and the assets, but it would make a great start toward establishing a service at some point..

What Google is missing is the needed infrastructure.  Hence the MVNO.  it positions you a little higher up the food chain than a simple reseller of mobile services, but you don’t need to build an entire network.  The example used is Virgin Atlantic Airlines and their Virgin Mobile.

Nexus:

Going to the Open solutions conference?  Sprint will give away 1,500 Nexus S 4G’s at the conference.

Check it out here.

The following is from my Lawsuit post, but is of interest here:  Apple reduces patent infringements suit against Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung claims Apple infringes on 3g patents “structurally”.  See the article here from Next Gadgets.

In the midst of their lawsuit against Samsung related to the iPad and Galaxy Tab 10.1, Apple has cut supply orders for the iPad 2 by 25% in the last two weeks,  according to JP Morgan.  Check the Business Week article here.  Watch for possible movement on the stock market.

CTIA Conference:

So some digging by intoMobile reveals that there are two unannounce awards to be presented for two also unannounce devices, tablets or cellphones.

On the CTIA website there is a Holidays Award List with those two empty holes and intoMobile is suggesting (or hoping???) that there could be two Samsung devices that plug right into the list.

  • the Samsung Galaxy S II 7.7″ tablet
  • and, the Samsung Nexus Prime

The holes in the list say “A product to be announced from Samsung Mobile, Samsung Telecommunications America.”

They actually have a copy of the list on their website at the link above.  Check it out if you are interested.

Samsung Galaxy S II:  If you click this link  it will take you over to AndroiodCommunity and you can watch a little video of a guy unboxing an AT&T Galaxy S II and booting the phone up as he walks thru the basics of the device.  It sure does look sweet even with the AT&T logo on it and their screens.

iPhone 5 features may have been leaked and if the data provided by 9to5mac is true, the “5” will be a beast to contend with.  “Apple’s dual-core A5 processor like the iPad 2 for even faster performance, better gaming, and drastically improved graphics. Apple didn’t stop there though. Unlike the iPad 2, the new iPhone packs 1GB of RAM”.  The biggest change will be a software feature called the Assistant.  “Assistant taps into many aspects of the iPhone. (…) Assistant allows users to set reminders for the iOS 5 Reminders application, it will use the user’s current location via GPS and provide directions, (…) it provides  the ability to create and send an SMS or iMessage with just your voice. One of the key elements of Assistant is the conversation view. The system will actually speak back and forth with the user to gain the most information in order to provide the best results. (…) Assistant is literally like a personal assistant, but in your phone. The speech interpretation is so accurate that users do not even have to speak very clearly or in a slow and robotic tone, according to a source familiar with the software.”

Here is the 9to5mac site, lots of good Apple “stuff” there.

September 27:

BIG Apple news, Apple sends invitations today to their big “announcement” event scheduled for Tuesday, October 4 at 10am Pacific Daylight Time on Apple’s campus in Cupertino.

The event is titled Let’s Talk iPhone“.

So, most of the recent Apple/iPhone 5 rumors were correct, right down to the date.

Now we shall see if the remaining parts of the rumors are right.  Will Apple announce a date for the iPhone 5 release that matches up?  Most recently the talk has been a release date of October 10th.

On September 21 AllThingsD, citing “sources close to the situation”, said that Apple had selected the date to showcase the iPhone 5, with the company expected to announce that its new smartphone(s) would be available “within a few weeks” after the announcement.”

The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple posted the 1st word that I saw at a little after 8 a.m. this morning, stating The Loop had received an invitation to the event from Apple and will be attending.

So here we go.  What will Samsung do?  Will they wait before their own Prime gets officially announced?  Initially the expectation was that Apple would let Samsung announce and then steal their thunder by announcing the “big” new smartphone, their own iPhone 5.

I like cnet a lot.  Today they have started a video rumor blog and here is Episode 1, Let the Battle Begin!

“…you’ll never have to hear an iPhone 5 rumor on our show again.*”

*We reserve the right to renege on this promise if something goes haywire on Tuesday and there are more rumors to come.

Now we will be anticipating an announcement about the Samsung Nexus Prime at some point soon.

iPhone 5, What to Expect:  From Mashable, but not much new.  Design change, faster, better screen & cameras, voice recognition, 4g or not 4g (?), no shopping, more carriers, also a 4S.  Even more at Mashable.

And now you can draw your version of the iPhone 5 (or as they guys at TUAW say, the iFauxn), even in crayon, and win their contest!  Get your design on baby!!

Nice article at Next Gadgets today about Apple and the decision that they are not able to trademark the term “multi-touch”.  They explain Apple isn’t too upset about this decision because the term Apple execs really want to trademark is…..”App Store”.  What?  That is almost as bad as back when the company tried to sue God for using the term “apple” in the bible.

The Prime:

Not strictly a rumor, but related:  it is always suprising when phone accessory makers jump the gun on the phone’s actual release.  This Product Reviews site reminds you to be careful when you see folks selling you items to go with a phone that is not even on the market yet, and they talk specifically about the “Nexus Prime”.

“The eve of the Samsung  Nexus Prime is almost upon us”, that from Android Cenntral today.

You can find more on this here.

They explain that a  GSM version passed by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group today. so combined with the Apple invitation today, it really is just a matter of time before the big announcement and release.

I’m not sure which phone interests me more.  I am anticipating both devices.  Mebbe I needs to buy both bad boys.

Droid 4With the Bionic out and the Prime coming we are getting a Droid 4?  Really?  And, why??  Anyway, it is code-named Maserati.  4g, slide out qwerty keyboard (I like that even tho it adds a little weight), & 4″ screen.  Check the sitte for the rest.

Windows Phone:

Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango begins it’s “slow, confusing rollout.”  Read more at Digital Trends  and on the Windows Phone Blog

September 28th:

Google  releases a 2nd attempt at a bug fix for the Nexus S with an upgrade.  ZDNet UK reports that Google has begun updating its Nexus S smartphones around the world to Android ‘Gingerbread’ version 2.3.6.  “Android 2.3.6 is only a minor upgrade from 2.3.4, chiefly aiming to fix a voice-search bug that some experienced with that previous version.”

T-Mobile posts a letter to customers about the iPhone, “acknowledging in unusually candid terms that it was aware of “many” customers  who were disappointed that the company does not carry the iPhone”.

Worldwide times for the October 4th Apple EventClick here for a chart from iPhone4 Jailbreaks showing times by location for the (hopeful) iPhone 5 announcement.

The Nexus Prime:Approved, 3.0 Bluetooth Technology.  Product Reviews is happy to see Bluetooth approved for the handset they suspect is the Prime, but they worry that ICS may not be included if the phone is released next month.

Into Mobile has a few tips for Samsung as they move their product line forward. :

  • (why does this not surprise me?)  Stop with the Apple bullshit
  • give Steve Kondick more creative control
  • let Ice Cream Sandwich shine through
  • Samsung, meet metal (cut the plastic cord)

Amazon Kindle-itisSome peeps are saying that Amazon stole some ink and thunder from Apple by coming out with their three new Kindle units before Apple can even hold their untitled “event”

Here is a cnet “First Look” at the new Kindle Fire, which they are reviewing strictly from the presentation Amazon gave to the media today and written specs.  No hands-on yet, no release for these devices until November, so it does seem to be kind of quick on the announcement.

Two Minutes of Ice Cream SandwichSome dude buys a Nexus S on eBay and it turns out the device is loaded with ICS?  Really??  How come that shit don’t happen to me?  So, he makes a crappy little 2 minute video and ships it off to the great folks at Engadget who share it with us.  Just click the lead in link to watch the (not so good) video and read their write-up.

If it’s a fake, someone went to a hell of a lot of trouble, especially since we will all see the real deal ICS in a few weeks according to the rumors.  And the rumors are pretty accurate as far as saying ICS will be revealed by mid-October because Google has incentive to show it off now that Apple is about to reveal iOS 5.

Such secrecy!!

Apple Insiders reveal a date on which Google will “launch their flagship Nexus Prime” on October 11th.

Here’s what they are saying:

“Samsung and Google are partnering up for an event on Oct. 11 that will showcase “what’s new from Android” and will likely launch the Nexus Prime, the first phone running Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich,” just one week after Apple unveils its next-generation iPhone”.

We shall see, but if anything it’s a pretty good guess.  It is driven by an article on Tech Crunch (here) telling us that Samsung & Google have sent out invitations (did you get one?) for their event on October 11th in San Diego at 11:30 a.m.  And, of course, the hope is that on the 4th we see Apple’s iPhone 5 and on the 11th we get the Samsung/Google/Nexus Prime (I still just want to know what the fucking name is).

Throw in iOS 5 and ICS and that would be a good October.

Here is a different take on the same ICS video & circumstances from the Android Guys, and they also suggest that we circle a date on our calendar when we will learn more (hint:  it’s October 11th!!)

Unless something breaks loose I’m not adding anything else to this.  Everytime I breathe someone posts another copy of this video and a different version of what the original folks said.

And thanks Engadget   Twitter @engadget

HTC Rhyme now available on Verizon, not part of the rumor anymore.  It’s just here cuz it was the “female” phone and they had that wierd damn commercial which they actually show you at the link.  Who would buy it?  Even at the give away price?

Peeps are already counting iPhone 5 fans vs Prime fans??  And the score (at least on this website) is:  Apple’s got more!!  Uh, how many have the phones?  Anyway it’s device magazine, check it out.

September 29th:

The BIG news is still the October 11th Samsung event.  prime or not to Prime?  The cnet Asia news includes the rumors we have all heard:  screen size, ICS, etc and they credit Tech Crunch for the rest of the post.

Product Reviews (PR) website sets off their day with the Google Unpacked event news.  “A perfect scenario for us and indeed Android fans around the world would be the full unveilings of both Ice Cream Sandwich and the Nexus Prime or Galaxy Nexus. It would definitely send a message and to Apple and kick off considerable excitement if Google drop solid release dates for both.”  That’s the expectation.  Will they live up to it or did they rush their event because Apple set theirs for October 4th?

For that matter, assuming the expectations for Apple are the same (iOS 5 & iPhone 5 with solid dates), can they meet the expectation or did they jump their own gun?

September 29th:

Today it is said that Google has remotely wiped the leaked ICS OS from the Samsung Galaxy S phone purchased on eBay.  I guess it should not surprise, but having the OS go “poof” makes the argument that it was always a ‘fake’ even stronger.  Read the Gizmo Crunch article at the link.

Android Tablet rumors/thoughtsI own a Kindle.  I never really thought of it as a tablet, even though I know at some level, it is exactly that.  I also own a 7″ companion to a HP wireless printer.  I never really thought of it as a tablet, even though I use it as one because you can access the internet and pull down your e-mail as well as remotely print from the device.  It has some limited Android OS.

And so, I have not thought of the new Kindle devices, including the Fire, as Android  tablets.  The article at the link not only suggests the Fire is an Android tablet, it suggests it may be the Android tablet that kills off the others and challenges the iPad.  I’m not sure I believe that.  I think Samsung will at some point get to sell their 10.1 here and that people will realize the 8″ may be a better form factor for tablets.

That said, Next Gadgets makes a strong argument for the Kindle Fire as an Android Tablet to beat all others.

“Whether Amazon’s 7-inch tablet fires up Android development will depend on the success of the device.  ‘It’s a bit of a chicken and egg problem,’ Gartner analyst Van Baker says. If the tablet is successful with consumers, then it will spur Android tablet development.  But it really doesn’t look like the Kindle Fire will have any problems being successful.”

“Elaine Coleman of Resolve Market Research shares a similar sentiment. The Kindle Fire will elevate Android app development because Amazon has already done such a standout job of establishing itself in the space with customers, and the Kindle Fire has direct access to its built-in app store.”

So the Amazon Kindle Fire’s success will dictate Android Tablet App growth, but the tablet must be successful without many apps first.  In other words, it must be successful as an e-reader and then generate developers creating other apps for the Fire.

Read the article.  It includes links to other informative articles about the Fire.

And if you do not believe that the Kindle Fire will be successful, check this article out.  Because both the Fire and the Touch have already taken their place at the top of Amazon’s best selling list.

This cnet video suggests the Kindle Fire is already a big success.  “Amazon had a pretty freaking good week.”

The Amazon CEO says the Kindle Fire is an “end-to-end device like the iPhone.  Read the Android Headlines article at the link.  “He’s quick to highlight how the branded device is a world away from other Android tablets on the market, and more like Apple’s iPad.”

oOh my…..Amazon has plans for world domination?  Really??  According to Digital Trends this is true.  “the Kindle Fire is designed expressly to consume other types of media.”  And, of course, books too!

Is this a “list of files” for the Nexus Prime?  This Android Central article suggests the list is surprisingly bloatware free.   You will find the list of files at the link.

The Germans create an iPhone 5 prototype based on the same design rumors that you & I have heard.

The article, a nice video and some pics are here at this Digital Trends link.  “The gadget heads at Germany-based technology website Giga.de have created their own iPhone 5 prototype based on a variety of iPhone 5 rumors.”

You can find the Giga.de website at this link . it says Benm.at, and their iPhone prototype article is in English (thank god) while the rest appears is in German (mine is quite rusty).

The video has English subtitles, which are welcome.  I had to turn the sound down and just read.  The language always sounds harsh to my ears.

iPhone 5 Visualized:  Rumors are that the new phone looks like its worst enemy!!  Read the Gizmo Crunch article at the link.  If it turns out to look like the Samsun, who will sue first?  And where?  There is the German prototype video at Gizmo Crunch.

September 30th

Android Central adds a video podcast here.

AT&T begins throttling on October 1st.  Don;t get caught by surprise.  Check the link.

Device Magazine points to rumored Prime processor and battery problemsThey (and we) don’t know what processor will be included or who the manufacturer will be, but guess that the size and needs of the processor will have a negative effect on the battery.  Check it out at the link.

Gizmo Crunch says iPhone 5 or Prime, it’s what’s inside that counts.

Of course it seems that no one actually has anything new to say while we wait for the next week and then a week after.

My guess?  The iPhone and the Samsung will be top-quality amazing new phones.  People will buy one or the other and then most will remain entrenched with the one that they buy.  By mid-October (if the phones are available that early) it will be:  What phone is the best?  The one that I bought.  Very few of us would say…Damn!  The best phone is the one that I DID NOT buy!!

Apple Stores close for unknown reasons, with signs saying “We will reopen October 5th”.  Strange, must really be stocking up.  maybe those iPhone 5 screens got a LOT bigger!  Read it at the link.

Samsung S II on AT&T has security flaws,  Check on Android Central at the link.

and here is a fix for the lockscreen issue

cnet calls these the FINAL Apple rumorssomehow I don’t think so.  Click on the cnet link.

Prime and other phones appear on the Verizon Cellebrite system.  What is cellebrite?  The system stores use to transfer your info from your old phone onto your new phone when you buy one.  When new phones show up there it means they are real.

The Examiner says that Verizon will be the first carrier to get the Prime.

October 1st:

Radio Shack lists the iPhone 5

More on the Samsung “Unpacked” event

iPhone 5 Prototype:  The 2nd one is lost and sold to the case maker??

October 2nd:

Is your iPhone ready for iOS5??  If you are not getting a new iPhone, make sure your phone is ready for a new iOS.

This article explains why the author feels iPhone 5 will out “event” Prime.     It may.  Apple has always been good at events.  But what does that mean?  Is it important if it is true?  He explains that people will line up like Star Wars for their iPhone but won’t line up for an Android.  People have lined up for Apple products in the past.  Certainly for iPhones.

But they lined up because Apple’s marketing plan has always been about controlling the product.  You could only buy an iPhone at an Apple store.  If you wanted it day one, as diehards want it, you lined up.   It was an Apple event and you knew you couldn’t walk into AT&T store (THE Apple carrier, bad choice to me) and buy one.  It is only recently iPhones could be purchased from the carrier.

How will the 5 roll out?  Only at the Apple store?  Or has Apple decided their relationships with carriers is too important to suddenly pull the product back in-house?  If every AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile store is selling the 5 on day one will folks need to camp out for days?

We shall see.

Are you an Apple Fanboy?  Are you salivating over the chance to camp out in the rain at your local Apple store and be the first in your little Fanboy group to buy the iPhone 5??  Answer the quiz at the link and find out if you are an Apple Fanboy.

The bad thing?  My results say…..I might be a damn Fanboy too.

TUAW asks us why no iOS5 BETA??  They explain that Apple usually pushes BETAs out to users every week or so, but this time it has been over a month since the last BETA which was “not fully baked” and they wonder why.

And you can vote on the answer or even comment and give your own!  Check at the link.

Gee…I wonder what is happening THIS week, asks TUAW??

Ya think that we will have any announcements?  Or rollouts?  Or rumors?  Or new information to talk about?  Hmmm….I wonder if anything will happen this week???

I’m as confused as hell.

Detailed review of Mango 7.5  I expect that at some point soon Microsoft will climb their way up toward the heap of the smartphone OS world with Apple and Google, because as I have said above, over 90% of a smartphone is software.  The OS and the apps.  And Windows may not know phones, but they know software and it seems that they have finally figured out they can build phone software that can compete.

This review is pretty detailed by an author who had spent time with an original Windows phone and was not impressed.  Click the link to find out if 7.5 impressed him at all.

October 3rd:

Well, one more day and here we hav a video purporting to be of the iPhone 5 running iOS 5 “Startup”.  I’m not an Apple expert so I am not sure what exactly this is.  It does look different than iPhone start screens I have seen.  Faster and with a different placement of the “slide to unlock” lock.  Of course, it could be the East Indian background music that twisted my head around.  Check it out at the link for something to do before the big day.

It is expected that global shares in the smartphone market will change in 4Q 2011 due to the launch of the iPhone 5, Samsung Prime and Nokia Mango 7.5.

How badly does the iPhone need a redesign?  cnet dives into this issue at the link.  I can’t wait until tomorrow.  I want to be “wow’ed” by the design and by the software upgrades.  I want speed and even a larger screen I guess, tho that is not so important.  And I do not want significant increases for phone and data plan.  F the providers.  Can Apple get me to switch?

Watch the Apple event live on CNET.  You can set an e-mail reminder from 1 day to 15 minutes prior to Let’s Talk iP  hone.  I’ll see you there.

What time???  10 am Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Last minute whispers:  iPhone 4S pricing and October 14th as the launch date?? Next Gadgets says international subsuduzed pricing for the 4S:  “we think it’s highly likely that the 64GB iPhone 4S will cost $  299, the 32GB will cost $  199, and the 16GB will drop down to $  99 in the United States.”

As for the October 14th launch date, Next Gadgets tells us that “We’re now hearing that Apple is preparing their retail stores for an October 14th iPhone launch. This phone will of course be the iPhone 4S with an A5 processor, the breakthrough Assistant feature, an eight megapixel camera, Nuance speech-to-text, and 1GB of RAM. Apple Stores are also planning overnights for October 13th. We’ve also heard that stores will open at 7AM for the crowds on that Friday. Certain locations will even be open until midnight to help meet demand.”

Could the iPhone 5 really be exclusive to Sprint??  Next Gadgets says:  “Just when I thought there was no more room for surprises relating to tomorrow’s iPhone announcement, we get a couple of doozies. Actually, it’s more like one big piece of legit-sounding iPhone news, and another that is so bizarre that it could be right at home in the National Enquirer.”

The Wall Street Journal claims Sprint has agreed to pay Apple $20 Billion for 4 years worth of Apple smartphones.  Gadgets is right that it would make sense to put all their apples in one basket, especially if they are iPhone 5 apples.  I’m not sure it makes sense for Apple, but they did have an exclusive deal with AT&T and that made just as much sense I guess.

See the link for the other leak.

Mashable explains the October 4th Apple event will be focused mostly on software and the important software will be the Assistant, which is “artifial intelligence”.  “Assistant is the successor to Siri, the iPhone app that helped users with their daily tasks with natural language voice commands. …..On Tuesday, Siri will be reborn as Assistant. And while we have not had a chance to play with Assistant ourselves, we’ve heard amazing things from the people who have used it.

Say you’re in a new city and you’re really craving Chinese. In the past, you might have pulled up the Yelp App, performed a search on Yelp and combed through results. With Assistant, you can say to your iPhone, “Please find me a Chinese restaurant within a mile of my location.”

Check for more at the link.

Here is the EXCLUSIVE iPhone 5 preview video!!!

October 4th:

Droid Matters has leaked pics of the Prime today.  “The  picture confirms the HD resolution on the massive 4.6-inch display. Also on the image, you can see that there are no physical buttons on the front of the phone. That is because Ice Cream Sandwich will have all buttons integrated into the OS, just like in Honeycomb.”

Check the link for the (poor quality) leaked photo.  So the screen is giant size, so will fit in my big mitts but maybe not so good in yours.  The one bad pic isn’t enough to steal Apple’s thunder, so we have another week of this stuff for Android.

Apple is NOT allowing any live-streaming of today’s event.  So, we will get some gangsterized pics maybe video and later the official crap.  Apple is so stoopid.

But engadget gives us pics of the (outside) of today’s Let’s Talk Apple event.  Check the link if you are an addict and just have to see.

The Samsung Pen-Tile technology will be in the new PrimeCheck the link for more.

My last until the event, No 4G for the iPhone 5?  I think we all expected that conservative approach from Apple, yes?  Check the link for more.

Let’s Talk Apple:  So, no more iPhone 5 rumors.  At least today.  Now we know the real deal.  Some of you may be disappointed, I know I am.  There is no iPhone 5, after all that lead-up and all that suspense we find out there are some improvements to the iPhone 4 including a 4g model )(named the 4S and now carried by Sprint.

A couple of the rumors turned out to be true, there really is a 4S, Sprint really did lock down an exclusive deal with Apple (was it for $20 Billion?  I think it probably was) Assistant/Siri will be a big-deal application although people may not use it much (hard to say so soon) or even like it.  If the AI works easily and seamlessly, I think it is going to be the best part of this device.

But the biggest piece of the morning for me was…..NO Apple iPhone 5!!

However, we do have an iOS 5.  Check the link for more information on Apple’s “event” from engadget.

Here is a distilled Day 1 version of the 4S vs the smartphone elite, the Samsung Galaxy S II, the HTC Titan and the Motorola Droid Bionic.

Check out the great chart that engadget has put together, and (as engadget says) the results are “pretty clear-cut”.

The winning smartphone from this group?  The Samsung Galaxy S II.  Which leads me to say…

…I am one step closer to a new Android now.

The Prime is the last phone on my original list of considerations (the 4S never was on the list) and until today’s announcement I was about 60-40 leaning toward the iPhone 5.  There were a number of things that kept the Android phone near the top of my list, including the fact that I know Android and would not need to fully learn a new system, I like my Droid, what I have read about the Prime seems promising.

The Apple had (has) some good things in its corner:  quality company, I use an iPod Touch and the methodologies are similar, the iPhones have developed a strong following for legitimate reasons.  I’m unhappy with Verizon and the Prime seems destined for that provider, though there will probably be similar handsets with different names on other carriers if I switch.

A video of today’s Apple event is HEREAt this link you have a choice of watching Apple’s own video of the event, or checking out engadgets live-blogging….or both!!

We’ll see how the Samsung event goes next week.  Maybe there is no Prime either???

cnet provides us with an iPhone rumor scorecard HERECheck your list and give yourself a score.  Actually the rumor mill did a pretty good job.  Except this one big rumor that cnet did not even place on their list:

Rumor:

We are waiting for an iPhone 5.

outcome:

Ummmm…hmmmm…well I guess you could say True because we are still waiting.

And HERE you can meet the new iPhone.  It’s the same as the old iPhone.

No, I am not being “mean” and I am not “going too far”.  As Android Central says ” all Apple users have been expecting something very big from Apple considering the launch of the next iPhone has been delayed for 4 months already. That’s 16 months of waiting for Apple users. “

16 months is a lot of effort by Apple just to introduce the 4S.  And why keep it all as secret as they would if the phone was actually a 5?

And why all the drama?  Losing a phone in a Bay Area bar, resulting in at least one lawsuit.  Etc, etc, etc.

Nexus Rumors & TruthDigg say “Don’t judge the iPhone 4S by its cover.” 

“Instead of changing the phone’s appearance, Apple has stuffed it with superior innards. A new dual-core processor the likes of which can be found in the much larger iPad promises twice the speed, while a new graphics processor allows for more powerful gaming. A new eight-megapixel camera is supposed to not only take better photos, but greatly reduce the lag between shots.”

“It would have been nice to see 4G and its superior download speeds—Apple was already behind the curve with the last new iPhone and by the time the next version comes out, the addition of a modern data radio will likely mbarrass for its long absence.”

Can the Prime compete with the 4S?

I think I’m just kind of tired of this whole thing.  Must be.  Gotta Be Mobile asks this question at the link.  I’m not sure it’s even a valid question anymore.  But we do have to wait and see what Samsung/Google announce.  Given the fact that Apple did validate many of the rumors today, other than the main one which disappointed so many folks.  If Samsung validates most of the rumors surrounding their phone, they will blow the Apple phone out of the water.

Why?  They already have 4G LTE so I expect the Prime will as well.

The screen size will be immense next to the iPhone which had no size increase.

The chip should be at least as fast and I hope they provide sufficient memory.

This article seems to believe that Verizon must live up to the Apple 4S phone.  I just don’t see it.  I do agree with some of the premises set forth in this article, including:

1)  the phone(s) must be competitively priced.  And I believe Samsung must undercut Apple.  They cannot be priced in the Apple stratosphere.  (2)  The Prime does need ‘killer’ software.  This article expects Assistant to be killer.  I am not so sure.  Perhaps Apple has taken giant steps on this software.  Even if they have, I am not impressed.  And I don’t care much about Google Voice.  (3)  They want better marketing than Verizon showed for the Bionic.  I agree.  (4)  The phone must have Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).  Without it this phone fails, no matter how good it may be.

I would buy something cheaper.  a 3G Droid or iPhone 4 (no S).

My guess today??

Apple fell off a rock today.  They failed to meet the public’s expectations.  Apple stumbled.  Except with the AI which I am willing to give a nod and wait to see if it works without any significant “burps”  I h8 the name “Siri” for it though.  But “Assistant” was indeed pedestrian.

Samsung/Google has an opportunity to take significant steps forward if they do meet the expectations of the public with the Prime.  I do think those expectations will be a little lower on the 11th of October.  Which gives Samsung the opportunity to take giant steps forward.

Perhaps Samsung will stumble.  I don’t expect it.  I don’t think this phone will be the Galaxy S II Prime.  I think it will be a new phone with new software (ICS), a larger screen and a faster processor.  If so, the Prime will be the winner in this battle.  Maybe not in the war, but in this battle.

And this Android Headlines article explains just that  ” Apple has tauted (sic:  touted) itself as an innovator, but it’s clear they are now playing catch up.”

Now that the new iPhone has been announced I am going to split this post (again) into an iPhone 4S plus Samsung Prime (still rumored) and leave all of these old rumors behind.  :-)

Here is an article explaining that Shane Adams, a Sprint Nextel customer, has been excited that Sprint will carry the iPhone 4S (5) because he has been so embarassed among his friends in Kansas City that he had an Android and everybody had iPhones.

Now he is thrilled to buy the 4S and stay with Sprint.  Sprint agreed to buy 30.5 million handsets from Apple at a cost of $20 Billion.  The article at the link covers all of the various viewpoints on the 4S and on Sprint as a carrier.

Sprints big selling point:  it’s the last remaining carrier with unlimited data plans.   Big, important difference.  Regardless of the phones offered, that point plus a good buy back clause could make a lot of people switch to a carrier currently at the nottom of the pack.

Regardless of the fact there is an AT&T offer on the table, it seems the government is unwilling to allow that merge to occur.

“Apple iPhone 4S has Apple apologists up in arms”.  This is an article from Google Watch, and says “How can you tell the Apple loyalists in the crowd? They’re the ones shouting the loudest to defend Apple, which didn’t announce the iPhone 5, now officially a unicorn, today for its “Let’s Talk iPhone” event in Cupertino, Calif.

pretty close to true except that it seems to me many Apple supporters are being very quiet.  And, other than a small number of Android pushers, most of the Droid pack has remained pretty quiet too.

October 5th:

Sasung released a teaser video about the new phone they will debutat the October 11th Unpacked event.  The link takes you to a cnet article that explains the device shown in the Samsung video has an even “curvier” face than the Galaxy II S.

The Samsung video is HERE.

Another cnet article suggests the carriers are the reason for Apple not release an iPhone 5 (??)  The author explains her viewpoint:  Think about your 2 year contract, she reminds people.  And  Molly Wood says that “you iPhone 4 folks”  will get a fully revolutionary iPhone 5 just at the time the first contracts for the original iPhone 4 are up.

Woods states: “If anything, Apple is playing a very clever shell game with carrier contracts  that allows it to grab new buyers every year instead of every two years.”

On one hand that makes sense.  If Apple does not pull in a substantial number of new customers who were expecting a truly grand iPhone 5, this strategy will have failed.  To me, it does not seem to be a marketing strategy that has Apple’s fingerprints on it.

So now it all comes down to the “sexy” Prime??

What does Wall Street think about the new (ish) iPhone 4?  Read here for the article, which says “Even though the iPhone 4S is an improvement over its predecessor, it isn’t being perceived as a breakthrough”.

October 6th:

Everyone is trying to decipher the razor-thin edge of the new Samsung phone (the Prime??)  This  Android Central article (at the link) circles an area in the photo that was released yesterday as part of the Samsung “Something BIG is coming” campaign.  They state that the “three dots” they have circled are “probably contact charging”.  The article includes a video on “contactless charging”.  Check it out.

Also, I have seen a lot of concern (and a lot of awe) about the “curved” screen as shown in the Samsung photo.  We have to understand the screen is minutely curved.  If we can see it and feel it (in person), it will be just barely.

On Day 1 the 4S is selling well in the U.K.

Will the Samsung Prime launch on Verizon October 27th?  Droi Life thinks so.

Samsung Unpacked the Google Edition:  Android Headlines asks:  “Is there a tablet in this picture?”  Check it out.

8 Tantalizing Rumors about the Samsung Prime:   Nice slideshow with their rumors.   I think all of the make sense except I’m not so sure about the QWERTY keyboard.  My original Droid has a keyboard and I like it but it does add weight and heft to the phone.  That doesn’t bother me cuz I don’t carry it in a shirt pocket or a purse where the weight might be a bit much.

Operation Android asks:  What is Samsung’s Big AnnouncementThey start with the belief that “Apple disappointed” the smartphone public yesterday (yes, they did indeedy) and they seem to be worried that Samsung will do the same thing on October 11th, due to the fact that Apple has publicly proclaimed their desire to continue the legal battle against Samsung.  The expectation is that the “Prime” may be Apple’s opportunity to file in the U.S.A.

Although it is obvious Apple wants to do so, and they may, it seems that the iPhone 4S is the wrong device to stake a claim on.  Especially since the video from Samsung makes it appear that the Prime will not physically resemble the 4S.

Five things that should be on the Samsung PrimeClick the link.

Wednesday Morning Quarterback on the Apple iPhone 4S:  From the Android Activist, “There has to be some envy mixed with disappointment when looking at Tuesday’s announcement from the hardened iFanboy’s perspective. Apple fans around the networks seemed depressed that this announcement did not bring about the iPhone 5. They see Android users swimming in a sea of new phone announcements with every carrier. They see our enjoyment, our choice, and our relentless push for innovation and they crave that as well. They see that we roll on over two hundred carriers. The market is well saturated with choice.”

Read more at the link.

Apple’s stock falls after announcing new productsEveryone’s stock is up & down and mostly down, but we expect historically that Apple’s stock goes up after announcing new phones or tablets.

Actually, history reveals a downturn for Apple with nearly every announcement of new products.  Strange…..so, when you hear 4S caused Apple stock to go down, take it with a large grain of salt.

Samsung says the iPhone 4 is like their Galaxy S II.  Lawsuit anyone?  Or do we look at the spec sheet compare and decide Samsung has the better phone?  Even before the Prime??  Check the link.

Anyone try any of the “live blogging” sites during the Apple event yesterday?  I tried three myself without success and eventually relied on Twitter.  Which just pissed me off.

Well, today Apple Insider tells us why.  And they do not sound happy.

Read about it all at the link.

Today the Android Developers confirm that Ice Cream Sandwich will be announced October 11th.  Read about it at the Android Police link.

Unfortunately Steve Jobs has died today, August 6, 2011.  Rest in peace brother.  You were a unique thinker & innovatorOne of the greatest individuals of our time.

CNET offers us a photographic retrospective of Steve Jobs at Apple.

engadget has their take on the leaked Samsung Prime specs  check at the link.  Certainly cannot claimit looks like the Apple 4S.  No lawsuit (legitimately) here

Digital Trends has a little more info HERE

Rumors about the Samsung Prime seem to be self-generating now that the Apple event is done.

Notification LEDs?

Big, BIG batteries?

Check it all out at the Android Community article at the link.

See the Samsung Prime mockup!

October 7th:

Android Headlines, Talk Android (and others) report today that the announcement of the Samsung Prime (now being called the Samsung Galaxy Nexus) has been rescheduled to October 27th.  Read the article for details, I’m sure we will have (at least) daily speculations on this one.  It is now scheduled in the UK rather than at next weeks CTIA in San Diego.

I do like Talk Android calling this one “Something Big is Coming Later“.

Perhaps the delay was out of respect for Steve Jobs’ and his family.

The bad thing about delays is you are left with some silly stuff and a lot of rumors about rumors.

For what it is worth:  we have an animation of an ICS boot placed on an actual Droid Bionic.  Check it out HERE.

ICS screenshots leakedmore info at the link..

October 13th:

The Samsung “Unpacked” event has been changed once again.

This time to an earlier date!!

New date:  Wednesday October 19th  (on Tuesday, October 18th in the U.S.)

Where:      Hong Kong

And, at Google they erected a statue of the ICS Android dude. He’s right next to Gingerbread.

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Are you ready?  For next weeks Samsung & Google event?

I swear, for me it seems like it has been FOREVER since the Apple iPhone What (??) and I am ready to check out the Prime and ICS.  Plus my original Droid is in need of a new friend so I want to see both phones so I can make a choice NOW.

So now Hong Kong on October 19th (which is October 18th in the USA) is official. 

It starts at 10 am Hong Kong time.  Let’s see….in California time that is…..hell!  I dunno.  Gotta figure it ot.

Do you Livestream??  I will be and one is located HERE—–>The event livestream will be available at YouTube.com/Android at 10 p.m. EST on October 18

Be there or be…..well, a rectangular Ice Cream Sandwich thingie.

“Samsung and Google have never really done an event that takes place on the other side of the sea and livecast at the same time like this before, the event certainly a gesture of how far reaching this new Android platform will be.”

October 17th:

Well, the wait is almost over.  With the newley rescheduled Samsung/Google Unpacked event in Hong Kong on October 19th (October 18th in the U.S.) we will all see more about the Prime and ICS in just one day!!  And I am ready.

Today we have a hint/rumoreabout ICS:

ICS may have a built-in photo editor that will help us ensure our phone photos turn out half-way decent!  Really?  In a phone??  More at the link.

And, if you are in North America, I will see you at unpacked!  The livestream will be on Youtube/Google at 10 pm Pacific Time.

October 18th:

So the rumors about the Prime or the Galaxy Nexusor wuteva will be done tonight about 7 pm Pacific time.

Today we have the Motorola Droid Razr being announced and available in November 2011.  I had a Razr and loved it.  I bought my mom one (Pink) and she still uses it even though she bought one of those “Crickets” which she also likes.  (No comment on that one)

But the merge of the Razr, which is an establisjerd well-liked product, with the Droid OS will give new life to the Razr.  Maybe not to Motorola, unfortunately, but definitely to the Razr.

And on Verizon’s 4G LTE it really has a chance to thrive as LTE is predicted to blanket the U.S. in 2013.  Shouldn’t someone be on 5G by then?

Are you a Verizon customer or a wannabe??  And want the new Galaxy Nexus?

The signup page is HERE starting October 26th!

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Comments

  1. Wonderful read, I just now passed this onto a associate who was doing a small analysis on that. Together with he in fact bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

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