Well that didn’t take long. Late last month Verizon announced that they will be launching family data plans this summer, and now AT&T has told CNET that they will also be launching their own family data plans later this year. Of course AT&T didn’t given any specifics– such as when exactly the plans will be available (they did say it would be “soon”) or what the pricing would look like– but hey, right now we’ll take what we can get.
So why should you care about this? Well, in addition to hopefully lowering your monthly bill, this should be great for anyone out there looking to upgrade to an iPhone or other smartphone but can’t convince their parents to allow them to get data. We’re not sure exactly how this will work but we imagine it going something like this: instead of paying $30 a month for 3 GB of data for each person’s phone (which is what you have to do today), your family pays $100 a month and gets 10 GB of data for all 5 lines of your family plan to share. If you have multiple members of your family with smartphones and data plans this could be a really great way to help lower your monthly phone bill (even if it’s only by a little, like not paying $20 a month for 200 MB of data when that person only uses 50 MB).
Like with Verizon we’ll of course keep you updated as we learn more. For now let’s just hope that Verizon and AT&T can get this out sooner rather than later.
More info: CNET
Looking for a new Android phone on AT&T but aren’t feeling the Galaxy S II? Don’t worry, as AT&T has announced a few new Android phones coming out over the next few weeks that should definitely give phones like the Galaxy S II and iPhone 4S a good run for your money. And while AT&T announced a whole bunch of Android phones today (5 in total), we’re gonna focus on the two we think you’ll be most interested in: the all new Motorola Atrix 2 (an upgrade to the Atrix 4G that was released just a few months back— yeah, technology moves insanely fast) and the Samsung Captivate Glide (think the Galaxy S II with a keyboard).
With the iPhone 4S now finally official we can now move on to the next big phone of October– Samsung and Google’s Nexus Prime (aka the Droid Prime). As we wrote earlier this week, next Tuesday Samsung and Google will finally unveil the next version of Android called Ice Cream Sandwich and with it, a new Nexus phone which is right now rumored to be called the Nexus Prime/Galaxy Nexus (or Droid Prime for Verizon). And just like they did with the Galaxy S II, Samsung has put out a teaser with a not so little hit that something big is coming next week.
In this latest teaser video (which you can see for yourself above), Samsung lists off a whole bunch of great combinations (cookies and milk, planner pen etc.), and mentions that another great one is coming next week. And if you pay close attention towards the end of the video you’ll see the side of a phone that is not only ridiculously thin, but also looks to have a pretty nice sized, curved screen (that looks to be much larger than the iPhone 4S’s 3.5 inch one).
We’ll of course keep you updated as more info comes out. And we don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to see what Samsung and Google have planned for Tuesday.
Pic of the side of the phone after the break.
Not into a new iPhone? Want to know what’s next for Android before you decide what phone to upgrade to? Well, as with everyone waiting for the new iPhone, your wait also looks to be almost over. Over the weekend we received the invite you see above from Samsung, inviting us to Samsung’s next big Unpacked event taking place a week from this Tuesday, October 11th (or a week after Apple’s big iPhone event which is this Tuesday). And like all of Samsung’s Unpacked events, this looks to be huge.
So, what can we expect? The invite says we’ll be seeing “what’s new from Android,” and according to the latest rumors it looks that means we’ll finally be seeing Google’s next major version of Android called Ice Cream Sandwich (Google for whatever reason likes naming their new versions of Android after deserts in alphabetical order. For example, the last two versions of Android were called Gingerbread and Honeycomb). Not much is known right now about what exactly will be new in Ice Cream Sandwich, but Google has said that it will be a major update and that it will combine Gingerbread (the latest phone version of Android) and Honeycomb (the tablet version of Android) so that your Android experience will be the same whether you are using a phone or tablet (something that should make both much better. Hopefully this will also lead to some much better Android tablet apps, something current Android tablets are really missing).
And like with Gingerbread last year, Samsung is expected to have a new Nexus phone (rumored to be called the Nexus Prime) to go along with Ice Cream Sandwich to really show off what the new software can do. And trust us, if you’re looking for a superphone to rival the iPhone 5, this is it. Rumored specs on the Nexus Prime say it will have a massive 4.5 inch or 4.65 inch 720p HD screen (or in other words, it’s like having your HDTV in your pocket and everything— movies, games, pictures, Facebook, texts– should look beyond insane on here), a pencil thin design (like the new Galaxy S IIs), a fast dual core processor with 1 GB of RAM (so everything– from opening Facebook, to sending a text, to gaming, to doing all of that at once– runs fast and smooth and without any freezes or lags), and support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network (if you remember, Verizon is said to have passed on the Galaxy S II so it could be the first to get this beast). Yeah, this will definitely be huge.
We’ll of course have all the info you’re gonna want and need to know about whatever Samsung and Google show off covered for back here. So stay tuned– something tells us this October new phone craziness is only just getting started.
Tablets From CTIA Round Up: First Looks of Motorola Xoom, LG G-Slate, HTC EVO View 4G and BlackBerry PlayBook
Last weeks CTIA wasn’t all about awesome new phones, we also had the chance to take a look at some of recently released or coming soon tablets that look to give the iPad 2 a strong run for your money: the Android 3.0 Honeycomb running LG G-Slate and recently released Motorola Xoom, Android 2.3 Gingerbread running HTC EVO View 4G with Scribe pen, and of course BlackBerry’s big new tablet, the PlayBook. There’s a lot you’re gonna wanna know here, so let’s get to it.
The LG Optimus 3D/AT&T Thrill 4G wasn’t the only impressive new Android phone announced by LG at CTIA, T-Mobile also got an awesome new phone– the LG G2X. Unlike the Thrill 4G this beast doesn’t pack a glasses-free 3D screen, but it still is very powerful and has a few nice tricks of its own.
The look and design of the G2X is pretty similar to that of the Thrill 4G and like the Thrill it feels great in your hand. The slightly smaller 4 inch (compared to the Thrill’s 4.3 inch) screen was also equally sharp and clear, and it’s 8 megapixel back camera— while also not 3D— took some great looking shots (there is also a 1.3 megapixel front camera for video chat).
Yeah that’s right–you can play your games (or view your entire phone for that matter) on a big screen!
Like the other phones in T-Mobile’s “G” line (the G1 and G2) the G2X runs a uncustomized version of Android 2.2 (though both LG and T-Mobile told us this will be upgraded to Android 2.3 Gingerbread shortly after launch) and has a 1 GHZ dual core processor, which combined with that awesome screen makes playing games incredible (we even connected the phone to a big screen TV using the HDMI cable and were able to play games on there– and while this didn’t give us Xbox 360/PS3 quality graphics, it was still pretty sick). Oh, and this runs on the T-Mobile 4G HSPA+ network, which was also incredibly fast.
The G2X will be coming to a T-Mobile store near you “later this spring” for a price still to be announced.
The ThunderBolt, Verizon’s first 4G LTE phone. Blazing fast and we’re not even talking about the data speeds. We checked it out at CTIA and for Verizon users looking for a new phone today, this looks to be an excellent choice.
Design wise the ThunderBolt is a bit thicker than other HTC phones like the G2, Inspire 4G and EVO 4G (and it felt like it was thicker than the new EVO 3D for that matter, but we couldn’t get the 2 side by side), but not too thick that it won’t fit into your pocket. The screen on the ThunderBolt was, like HTC’s other phone, incredibly sharp. Everything we saw on it looked clear and bright and together with the 1 GHZ processor made using the phone a smooth and enjoyable experience.
The ThunderBolt also packs a 8 megapixel back camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera, which in our quick look seemed to perform very well as well. And of course like pretty much all of HTC’s Android phones, the ThunderBolt packs the latest in HTC Sense on top of Android 2.2 (which will be upgraded to Android 2.3 at some point).
Yeah, its crazy fast– and this is in an area packed with Verizon 4G devices!
Oh, and the 4G? It’s ridiculously fast. In a packed area (this was at CTIA, a cell phone show, after all) the ThunderBolt still got beyond impressive 4G speeds, with pages loading near instantly and videos playing without any buffering or waiting. Unfortunately we couldn’t test out the battery given the short time we had with the phone.
The ThunderBolt is available now for $249.99 with a new 2 year contract from Verizon.
As we saw yesterday, 3D is getting a lot of attention here at CTIA and like HTC with its EVO 3D, LG is putting out their own glasses-free 3D phone, the LG Optimus 3D (also known as the recently announced AT&T Thrill 4G). We stopped by the LG booth today and spent a few minutes with this very exciting upcoming AT&T phone, so without further adieu, here’s our first take.
The glasses-free 3D qHD (read: really high-res) 4.3 inch screen is put simply amazing. When in 2D mode (which is for the “simpler” tasks like navigating the homescreen, texting, browsing the web etc.) everything came off crystal clear and in 3D, well no pun intended but this is taking things to a whole new level. Unlike the HTC EVO 3D, which yesterday was only showing us 3D videos and pictures, the Optimus 3D not only does that but also allows for full glasses-free 3D apps and games using LG’s 3D app called 3D Space. 3D Space is where you can find apps like the 3D photo and video viewer, 3D camera app (which allows you to take 3D photos and videos or 5 megapixel 2D shots and full HD 1080p 2D video– this is all controlled by a 3D icon on the screen), 3D YouTube and an app which organizes your 3D games and apps (yes, we’re talking about 3D glasses-free games here!). Unfortunately we couldn’t get the 3D YouTube app to load (something LG says they will have an exclusive on at least to start), but we did try the photo and videos app, camera and 3D games and consider our minds blown.
Videos and photos looked beyond cool in 3D (sorry, but that’s the best we can put it– it is just amazing), the camera took some pretty impressive 3D shots (and pretty solid 2D ones as well) and the 3D games– well that’s a whole different story. We tried out the golf game Let’s Golf 2 and while the ball didn’t pop out at us, the way it all looked was again, mind-blowing. Our pics can’t even do this justice, you’re really gonna need to see this in person.
Beyond the 3D the Optimus 3D also packs a 1 GHZ dual core processor and Android 2.2 (though LG did tell us we should expect a 2.3 update soon after launch), both of which ran as you’d expect– fast and really well.
We couldn’t get a price or exact release date out of LG, but you can expect this to be coming to AT&T stores sometime in the “coming months.”
CTIA’s been a pretty big week for T-Mobile, with their LG G-Slate and G2X and of course the Samsung Sidekick 4G. Today at CTIA we were able to get our hands on Samsung’s new take on the hit Sidekick line, the Sidekick 4G. So, what do we think? Read on for the full teen first take!
It’s official. Sprint has officially announced the HTC EVO 3D! Picking up where the EVO 4G left off, the EVO 3D continues with the incredible awesomeness. Packing specs like a 4.3 inch qHD high-res glasses-free 3D screen (so it’ll look awesome whether you’re viewing 3D pics and videos or 2D everything else), dual 5 megapixel camera to capture videos in 3D (or Full HD 1080p when not in 3D mode), front camera for video chat, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, dual core 1.2 GHZ processor and the latest and greatest version of HTC Sense (with some really cool looking animations and a much more improved lock screen to get you from locked to your app in one click), and of course 4G.
We were able to get our hands (and eyes!) on the EVO 3D after Sprint’s launch event concluded moment ago, and we gotta say, assuming the price isn’t too high (we are talking about a glasses-free 3D, 4G beast after all!) and the battery life is solid (Sprint reps are telling us we can expect a full days use out of this– which would be insane!), Sprint looks to have another winner on their hands here.
The screen on the EVO 3D in 2D mode was nice, clear and crisp— and with the same resolution as the iPhone 4’s Retina Display, it’s one of the sharpest we’ve seen. And when we went to a 3D pic or video (which is for now all the 3D is used for– pic and video watching), it was equally mind-blowing. Sure glasses-free 3D isn’t perfect yet (you need to be looking straight at it to really see it), but it’s still pretty remarkable and will no doubt impress you and your friends every time you take it out.
A 3D pic on the EVO 3D
Speed on the EVO 3D also seemed extremely fast from the brief time we’ve spent with it. Apps opened up quickly and 3D videos played extremely well. You should have no problem playing Angry Birds and multitasking on this.
The EVO 3D’s 3D cameras. That 2D/3D switch on top? That controls whether you’re shooting in 2D or 3D
Last but not least, the 3D camera looks to be as impressive as everything else on here and should be great for sharing high quality 3D and 2D video with friends (you can even video chat with other EVO 3D users in 3D using the back 3D camera!).
No price has been announced but Sprint says we can expect a launch early this summer.