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LG EnV Touch goes on pre-sale at Best Buy

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Best Buy is now taking pre-orders for the LG EnV Touch, which is headed to Verizon Wireless, with a $50 deposit, though the final retail price is not known yet. However, it is a good guess that VZW will probably sell it for around $200 with 2-year contract. As far as the launch goes, while VZW has not yet announced the launch date, it is rumored to be June 5th. In case you are interested in this phone, here are the specs for it again:

  • Dual WVGA screen with a full QWERTY keyboard.
  • Full touchscreen on the front.
  •  3.2 Mpxl camera with autofocus with Schneider Kreuznach lens
  • Stereo speakers
  • Micro-SDHC card slot which can work with 16GB cards.

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Written by dvdand

May 21, 2009 at 8:56 am

LG Cookie to launch on CDMA networks

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Beginning in May, LG will launch a new Cookie phone on CDMA network in the Asia Pacific region. The popular Cookie KP500 phone which currently only works on the GSM network has been rebranded as the KX500 to reduce the confusion and will retail at $276. The phone comes with CDMA2000 1x support and also includes a 3.2 Mpxl camera, accelerometer, touchscreen and other features found in the original Cookie.

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While no plans were announced for an US launch, with the CDMA support, LG can certainly offer the new Cookie to both Verizon Wireless and Sprint.

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Written by dvdand

April 28, 2009 at 5:29 am

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What is your mobile platform strategy?

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In the beginning there was the PalmOS mobile platform, and then there was Symbian, then Windows Mobile and RIM’s Blackberry OS. Then came the juggernaut iPhone OS from Apple. That was followed by Android from Google. Soon Palm will launch another mobile platform called the WebOS. All these different platforms lead to a question: How many mobile platforms can your company support?

 

That is just the operating systems. Already the mobile industry is fragmented with dozens of smartphone manufacturers.  Add in the different features of the handsets themselves, like accelerometer, GPS, camera, etc, and you have a whole matrix of feature sets that need to be accounted for. 

 

It is amazing how often entrepreneurs and product managers at smaller companies have said to me that this is their strategy. Then I ask them how soon they will be on all these platforms and I get a vague answer of as soon as we can. Given this situation, how long can companies justify developing products for all platforms?

 

Companies really need to evaluate their strategy against their resources. Building and supporting products on multiple platforms is costly and labor intensive process, just ask all those who build and support PC and Mac products. The complexity increases multiple-fold in the smartphone space. As an entrepreneur or product manager, you don’t have the time to wait until the product has been tested on all the platforms. You need to be out in the market before your competition.

 

Considering the limited funding and resources, you have to decide on one or two “hero” platforms as Tim Westergren, founder of the popular Pandora music service calls them. He has decided that iPhone is the “hero” platform they will focus on and when WebOS from Palm is available, that will be its second “hero” platform.

 

There are definite benefits in this strategy: You can develop a product that leverages the various features of that platform. You are able to conserve your resources by developing on few platforms. You can become the “best-in-class” on the specific platforms.

 

On the flip side, though, you have to weigh how successful are your target platforms going to be. iPhone has done phenomenally well and therefore could be a no-brainer for a lot of us. However, if you were targeting say Android or even the much-anticipated WebOS from Palm, you just have to look back at all those folks who jumped on the PalmOS bandwagon and decide if the rewards outweigh the risk and what is the likelihood of the platform surviving a few years.

 

Once you have decided on the platforms, like all good strategists, keep evaluating them and your strategy. Tim Westergren did not embark on his strategy right from the get-go. In fact, for two years Pandora was available on AT&T and Verizon Wireless’ application stores where it languished. Only when iPhone came along and Tim decided to launch his product on that platform did he found success.

Verizon Wireless to launch netbooks and Blackberry Niagara

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blackberryniagraRumors has it that Verizon Wireless is going to launch netbooks starting May 1st . They will begin with the 10-inches, HP Mini which will retail for $99 with  2-year contract and broadband access. In addition, VZW will launch the Blackberry Niagara, which in terms of form factor falls between Curve and Bold. It comes with OS 4.6 and following specs:

  • “Large screen family”
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • 480×360 LCD
  • EV-DO Rev. A
  • aGPS
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • 4.7 OS platform
  • BES 5.0 support (HTML email, etc)
  • Qualcomm MSM7600 processor
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    Written by dvdand

    February 19, 2009 at 7:04 am

    Verizon to launch LG Versa VX960 on March 1

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    Verizon Wireless is preparing to launch its innovative phone with detachable module on March 1st. The specs for this phone include:

  • CDMA / EV-DO Rev A connectivity
  • 3 inch TFT touchscreen display with 240 x 480 pixels
  • VZ Navigator
  • Visual Voicemail
  • Light sensor
  • HTML browser
  • Bluetooth
  • Music player
  • 2.5mm headset jack
  • 2MP camera with autofocus and flash
  • MicroSD card support, up to 16GB
  • Talk time: up to 290 minutes
  • Stand by time: up to 430 hours (huh, really?)
  • 4.16 x 2.07 x 0.54 inches
  • 3.81 ounces
  • The phone will cost $199.99 with 2 years contract and $50 mail-in certificate. It comes with the QWERTY keyboard module while a gaming module with 8-way controller will cost $29.99 extra.  In addition, fashion designers Liz Clairborne and Dooney & Burke are going to launch their own modules to go with the phone.

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    Written by dvdand

    February 19, 2009 at 6:53 am

    Posted in Handsets, LG, Verizon

    New spy shots of LG Versa XV9600 confirms soft keyboard

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    Remember the super-secret project that LG and Verizon Wireless have been working on, the one with modular panels. Yeah, that one. Well, the not-so-secret phone is starting to its form by way of spy shots. Here is one of the soft keyboard.

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    Written by dvdand

    February 6, 2009 at 6:21 am

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    Verizon Wireless’ LG XV9600 Versa to launch on Feb 22nd

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    Last week, we saw some images and artistic representation of the XV9600, the modular mobile phone that Verizon Wireless and LG had been working on stealthily. Today, Best Buy Mobile has indicated that it will have the phone in house to sell on February 22nd. If this is true, than VZW should also have it in its stores around that time, if not earlier. Now, after all the speculation, it is not too long a wait to see how this phone performs, given all the mystery and hype around it.

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    Written by dvdand

    January 26, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Posted in Handsets, LG, Verizon

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