It's shaping up to be an exciting summer for smartphone fanboys (and girls). Rumor, gossip and innuendo abound. There is probably somebody in Vegas already making book on all of this.
The big question for us, of course, is which -- if any -- of the contenders has a shot at making a strong place for itself in the enterprise. We'll revisit that question with you in the weeks ahead as we see products actually hit the stores.
For now, here's a roundup of the latest on the Pre, the iPhone 2009, the Androids, and new BlackBerrys.
With Sprint's official June 6 U.S. debut of the Palm Pre just days away, news hit the streets that Verizon is planning to follow with its own Pre, albeit after Sprint's six-month window of exclusivity is over. AT&T is also reportedly interested in carrying the Pre.
Verizon also announced plans to introduce several other handsets in the next few months, including the BlackBerry Storm 2 and a new device called Tour. The Tour is reportedly hitting stores July 13, according to Boy Genius Report.
Meanwhile, iPhone enthusiasts are frothing about a next-gen iPhone rumored to be announced at the Apple World Wide Developers Conference, which starts next Monday, June 8.
Already the blogs are awash in reportedly leaked photos of the new handset. Best Buy is said to be running out of its inventory of iPhone 3G devices. Reports have the so-called iPhone 2009 hitting the market as early as July or August.
Engadget says the new iPhones are approved in capacities from 4GB to 32GB, which would open up a range of product iterations -- and price points.
Not to be outdone, Google is predicting anywhere from 18-20 new Android handsets on the way. It's unclear how many of these will actually be available this summer. Motorola's first Android entry, reportedly dubbed the Calgary, may be out in 2Q '09. T-Mobile says it has sold more than 1 million of the G1 Android handset and will have the next-gen device on the market by early summer.
Meanwhile, Sprint and Palm are prepping for a major marketing event around the Pre launch. Forbes takes us inside their war room for an inside look at plans.
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