Leaked Verizon roadmap: Motorola Droid Pro, Android 3.0 tablets and a focus on global roaming

Information does seem to leak from Verizon at a pretty fast pace. Not long ago we saw their summer catalog, and now we have details about their future plans. The focus here is mainly on Q4 2010 and Q1 2011, but there are developments that go all the way into 2012.

The Motorola Droid 2 and Droid X will be joined on Verizon by another Android-powered Motorola smartphone, the Droid Pro. This will be a global roaming device, meaning it will run both on Verizon’s CDMA network and on GSM-based networks that are pretty much the standard nowdays everywhere except North America.

The Droid Pro will supposedly have a 1.3 GHz CPU, a 4″ screen and will launch in November.

Also from Motorola, Verizon will be getting a slab device slightly resembling the Motorola Q, but having a full touchscreen and, again, global roaming. This handset will run Android 2.2.

Many more Android-powered smartphones will be launched this year, including global roaming capable devices from HTC and Samsung.

On the tablet front, the Samsung 7-inch tablet (which will probably be called Galaxy Tab) will apparently be available from Verizon.

Motorola, as previously rumored, are also working on a tablet, and it will feature a 10″ screen, a 1 or 1.3 GHz processor, a front-facing camera (like the Samsung), and Android 3.0 preinstalled. This last detail may mean that we won’t see Moto’s tablet before February 2011, although it was supposed to launch in December. This one may be up to Google, and how soon they finalize the next version of Android.

More details have also emerged about Verizon’s upcoming LTE network. Looks like data card plans will still be $59.99/month, however there’s no mention of what the bandwidth caps will be.

A Novatel LTE MiFi device will become available in January or February 2011 and will support up to 10 simultaneous WiFi users.

Last, but not least, Verizon plans to cover 75% of the USA with LTE before April 2012, which, if achieved, is impressive.

Verizon’s not one, not two, but four different upcoming global roaming phones are an interesting trend. Verizon may be prepping their customers for the possible global roaming nirvana that awaits them when LTE will be used for voice as well as data (probably not sooner than 2013).

These phones will be very interesting propositions for those who do a lot of travelling outside America, who can now have a CDMA carrier at home and roam painlessly on GSM networks abroad. All while using some of the latest and greatest smartphones available.

Also from this roadmap it’s clear that regardless of whether Verizon will get a CDMA iPhone this year or the next, they’re still very focused on Android.

Anyway, interesting months are ahead.


Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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