It's been a crazy week on the tech scene. I for one have had an incredibly difficult time keeping up with my reader this week and all the leaks, rumors, and news that go along with it. We brought you the big stuff such as Sprint's decision not to carry the Nexus One, Apple and AT&T's five year love affair, the second leak of the next generation iPhone, and T-Mobile's secret project emerald. Unfortunately some things have managed to slip through the cracks, but fear not, your beloved PhoneDog is hear to offer you a taste of what we missed this week. It should be just enough to keep the palate whet, and keep you informed, as you know we love to do. Enjoy!
Fear not BlackBerry fans, those of you have been waiting for the new Tour - which has been re-branded as the Bold 9650 - will be able to upgrade very soon. BGR managed to score some images of what looks to be pamphlets displaying Verizon's 3G smartphone lineup, and what do you know, your beloved Bold 9650 is front and center. BGR suggests that this is indicative of a pending release, so maybe Verizon won't be that far behind Sprint in launching this thing after all.
Word on the street is that Canadian carrier Telus is getting a new phone called the HTC Triumph. Only problem is, no one's ever heard of it before. According to Phandroid, however, Canadian blog site MobileSyrup has uncovered inventory pictures of the device, and guess what, it's the HTC Desire! The Triumph is expected to hit the streets in the July/August time frame, but there's no specific dates or pricing available as of yet. Any Canadians getting excited?
At this point we're beyond questioning if the mystical Froyo (Android 2.2) actually exists. We've seen it running on the Nexus one, thanks to Adobe developers, and soon you'll see it sitting on the front lawn of the Googleplex. As each major update to the Android operating system comes out, Google honors the update with its very own larger-than-life lawn ornament, leaving passers by looking for their next dessert. Perhaps they need to setup an ice-cream stand nearby, could be profitable, just saying.
Until recently we've know the Dell Streak as the Dell Mini 5, and then Dell blew our minds with their crazy-awesome-ambitious roadmap for 2010-2011. What he haven't known until today is a release timeframe, but CEO Michael Dell managed to clear that up (sort of) for us in a recent Citrix Synergy conference. Dell said that "[The Streak] will be available starting next month, first with our partner 02 Telefonica in Europe, then later this summer with our pretty good partner here in the United States, AT&T." So, yeah, we still don't have an exact date, but if it's being released to Europe in June with a date of "later this summer" to AT&T we're only talking a few more months anyway.
According to BGR, Verizon and Google are teaming up to develop a Google tablet for US consumers. This was confirmed in an interview with CEO Lowell McAdam conducted by the Wall Street Journal. According to the McAdam, tablets are "part of the 'next big wave of opportunities'," and Verizon is "looking at all the things Google has in its archives that we could put on a tablet to make it a great experience." Initially there was question as to whether this would be a Chrome OS device (Yes Please!) or if it would be an Android-based tablet. However, Bloomberg is reporting that the device will be Android-based, and that we'll know more soon. I don't know about you, but it seems Verizon's relationship with Google has been beneficial to the consumer so far (think DROID anything).
It's been a crazy week for iPhone rumors. First we heard there was a five year exclusivity deal between AT&T and Apple, suggesting that the two would hold a monopoly on the coveted device until at least 2012, now we're hearing that Verizon might still be getting an iPhone and that 10 Million CDMA iPhones have been placed on order. As the rumor goes, Verizon has apparently acquired Landor Associates (the company behind the BlackBerry logo) to create a summer advertising campaign for the up and coming Verizon iPhone. It's just a rumor folks, but it seems like Verizon would end up ruling the world after this - all the powerful Android phones along with its biggest competitor, Android. Something is fishy to me. Guess we'll find out soon, so keep coming back for the latest and greatest.
That's all for now folks! As you can see it was a crazy week, but stay tuned to PhoneDog.com for all the hottest mobile-tech news and reviews that you can sink your teeth into!