Tuesday, July 28, 2009

LG GD910 video and Verizon's change in business strategy

There's always something new in the horizon, whether it be a new gadget or a new way of looking at the future. The following articles will show that the future seems to be getting brighter.

LG GD910 shows off

If you remember we mentioned that the Samsung S9110 watchphone may go to the stores earlier than the LG GD910 watchphone, well, looks like they LG's pushing the fast-forward button on this one: they've released a video of it in action!

Nice, eh? It'll be available around August at the price of...I'll let Slashgear break it to you:

Of course, the question we really want answered is how much the GD910 will cost when it launches. Early tips have consistently hovered around the £1,000 ($1,623) mark on an unsubsidized pre-pay contract, which instantly puts the GD910 out of reach of most would-be buyers. We’ve also heard talk that LG have limited supplies of the watch phone, lending it even more exclusivity.

Expensive yes, but imagine that you'll be one of the few people to have this first! We'll be waiting for the reviews to come in next month or so.

Verizon going up against Apple App Store?

With AT&T

Cellco Partnership D/B/A Verizon WirelessImage via Wikipedia

having exclusive rights to the iPhone and Verizon about to get a Palm Pre soon, they're also gearing up to go head to head against Apple's App Store.

Verizon Wireless is jumping on the application store bandwagon and taking on Apple and its App Store with its own Vcast application store, which it announced at its first ever developer conference in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday.
The new Vcast application store will launch in the fourth quarter of 2009. Lowell McAdam, CEO of Verizon Wireless, said it will offer application developers a quick and simple way to distribute and monetize their applications while providing wireless subscribers with an easier way to discover and buy new applications for their smartphones.
Although Verizon's been known to being too tight-fisted on their own apps, the company seems to have seen the light and will be open to third party developers.
"It's a new day (in wireless)," McAdam said in the opening address of the developer conference which was also Webcast. "And our future success is no longer in the walled-garden. Our success is tied to you (developers)."

It truly is a new day, and we're glad Verizon's going in the right direction.

Source for LG GD910 video
Source for Verizon Vcast App Store

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