Aug 10 AT 11:10 AM Taylor Wimberly 4 Comments

Verizon roadmap reveals Droid Pro, tablets, and Android 3.0

An unnamed source from Verizon Wireless just leaked a bunch of details to BGR about the company’s roadmap and it comes as no surprise to us that it is loaded with Android devices.

Later this year, Motorola and Verizon are scheduled to launch the Droid Pro. The device is rumored to have a 1.3 GHz CPU (I’m guessing OMAP4), 4 inch display, and global roaming capabilities. The estimated launch date is November 2010, so this could be Verizon’s flagship Android phone for the holiday shopping season.

Motorola is also said to be working on a “slab form-factor” device that resembles the old Motorola Q. The original device was a super slim Windows Mobile phone which featured a compact QWERTY keypad and launched back in 2006. The Q was styled similar to the popular RAZR, so this updated version could be a more grown-up version of the Motorola Charm.

Other Android phones expected before the end of the year include new handsets from Samsung and HTC, both with global roaming capabilities.

Tablets should play a big role on Verizon later this year. Samsung is working on a 7 inch tablet, most likely the Galaxy S tablet we have seen, and it could launch with Android 2.2 in the coming months. Motorola is also said to be working on a 10 inch tablet loaded with Android 3.0 that could come by the end of the year. The source claims that Android 3.0 was supposed to happen in December, but future delays could push the launch back to early 2011.

Finally, some network news was also released which says Verizon is aiming to cover at least 75% of the country in LTE by April 2012. Previous information suggested Verizon would begin to rollout 4G LTE in 25-30 markets in 2010 and new reports suggest they could cover 115-120 million people by year’s end.

Android related notes from BGR include:

  • In addition to the Motorola DROID and Motorola DROID X, we’re told Motorola will launch a new DROID handset, the Motorola DROID Pro. It is supposed to have a 1.3GHz CPU, 4″ screen and global roaming capabilities. Estimated launch of November 2010
  • Motorola is working with Verizon on a “slab form-factor” device that sort of looks like an old Motorola Q but features a full touchscreen and global roaming. It will run Android 2.2. Maybe this will be a lower cost, MOTOBLUR handset?
  • There are a lot more Android invasions happening before the end of the year, we’re told. This includes a global Android device from both Samsung and HTC.
  • Samsung is working on a 7″ screen Android tablet with front-facing camera. Motorola is also working on a tablet as well, except it will sport a 10″ screen, either 1GHz or 1.3GHz CPU, front-facing camera, and Android 3.0. Don’t expect the Motorola so soon though, as we’re informed that while the launch was supposed to happen in December, Android 3.0 will probably hold up the release of that device and we should expect it around February 2011.
  • Verizon Wireless is aiming and on track to have at least 75% of the country covered in LTE coverage by April 2012

Source: BGR

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  • http://Website DaveC

    I just wish VZW would roll out some family plans that were priced similarly to T-Mo and Sprint. Their signal is great in my office (co-worker’s DroidX gets consistent 1meg downloads) but I don’t want to pay a whole lot more than I already am.

    • Kevin

      Isn’t that kind of the idea? What you pay for is what you get. Pay more, get better service. I’ve only found it to be about $10 more per month when I’ve done comparisons in the past. Well worth it to make sure I don’t drop calls and have consistent service in my opinion.

    • http://Website Jeremy

      I had a sprint legacy plan from 1999. I hated sprint but the price increase was making me hesitant to go to Verizon. I fianally did it last year and for a plan with about the same miinutes/etc I am now paying over twice as much (keep in mind that this is a sprint plan that you havent been able to get for several years). When I looked at how much of the time I dropped calls at sprint, and how often the calls were garbage, I figured that I was paying $90 at sprint for something that worked 20-30% of the time vs. $220 at Verizon for 95%+. In my first year at Verison I dropped one call.

  • http://Website 2C

    Am I the only person that hopes the part about Gingerbread being pushed back until 2011 is wrong? T-Mobile Nexus One user.