With Verizon announcing the release date of the Thunderbolt earlier this morning, the focus shifts again to the horizon. What does the carrier have lined up in the future in terms of Android devices? Is it easing off Android now that it's secured the iPhone or is it going to keep its foot on the gas? Based on numerous leaks from this week, it appears Verizon doesn't plan on giving up on Android any time soon.
The Droid Incredible looks to be the next device to get a refresh now that the Incredible S has been announced. AndroidSpin is among the first to offer pictures of the device bearing Verizon branding across the top, indicating the phone may be in production now.
Featuring a 4-inch screen, the Droid Incredible 2 looks more evolution than revolution, largely due to specs that somewhat resemble last year's iteration. The processor gets a slight punch up and the memory increases from 512MB to 768MB but the phone otherwise remains the same.
Pictures of three unannounced Motorola phones also have been found online, giving us early glimpses of successors to popular Droid models. What's more, we're learning of a new phone with the code name of Targa, which closely resembles the Droid X with chrome accents.
Looking closely at the picture, we can see what appears to be an HDMI output and possibly a 13-megapixel camera with auto-focus. The back clearly states 4G indicating it will be equipped to run on the carrier's LTE network that it's currently deploying. The rest of the details remain a mystery at this point with PhoneArena guessing that the Targa may not arrive until late in the year.
Like the Droid Incredible, the Droid X2 and Droid 3 give the outward appearance of minimal change. According to PhoneArena, the keyboard of the Droid 3 is alleged to be better than the current model, although there's no telling exactly how. Unfortunately, the pictures are pretty much all we have at this point, and not even the Droid 3 is shown in an open state. The Droid X2 is said to feature a dual-core processor and the new qHD display that is becoming popular among Motorola devices.
With the Droid Bionic and Samsung Stealth already on the map for the next few weeks or months, we may see these new phones slowly scattered across the entire summer. Things may get more interesting once June rolls around and another iPhone is announced. Then we'll see what kind of long-term love Verizon has for Android.