A BGR Source has leaked Verizon roadmap plans for the remainder of 2010, 2011, and even a bit of 2012. There is a lot of focus on LTE and Android, however, news about Research in Motion and upcoming BlackBerry devices was not present on the roadmap at all.
It is clear that Verizon is putting its money on Android, however, it will be interesting to see if big red, who once accounted for 40% of all of Research in Motion’s revenue, will continue to push BlackBerry devices, or, relegate it’s former flagship smartphone line to “devices they still sell” status.
Leaked Verizon 2010/2011 Roadmap
- 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
- There will be a Novatel LTE MiFi device available in January or February that will apparently support up to 10 simultaneous Wi-Fi users.
- Lastly, we’re told LTE data pricing will stick at $59.99/month, though it’s unclear what the data allowance will be. (This is for data cards, not smartphones)
I guess that explains why RIM put the Torch out on AT&T…
Glad I’m not the only one that noticed that. But I think its more likely BCR’s source is an Android fanboy and doesn’t mention BlackBerry than there are n BlackBerry devices coming. We’ve seen the Pearl 91xx and the 8130 sold huge for VZW so I’m sure we will see that soon. We know a fill qwerty flip is coming and have seen leaked photos of it in Verizon branding. Plus we’ve seen the news on the “Odin refresh” (Storm 3?). So let not your heart be troubled…
Oh yeah, can’t forget the 93xx surely will succeed the 8530.
Do at LEAST four that we know about and all likely before. Christmas.
The writing is on the wall for the BB as a consumer device. BBM will not save it and BB OS 6 won’t be out for CDMA until next year.