No more 4G Android devices to hit Telstra before the end of 2012?
Telstra and Nokia Australia have today announced (via Facebook) that they will be jointly launching the 4G enabled Nokia Lumia 920 soon. They say that more details will be available at the end of October, but it seems unlikely for the phone to launch after Christmas after being announced today. If you ask me, it is great that Telstra is diversifying their range to dilute the pool of Android phones and the one popular iPhone 5. In fact, it’s great for Telstra, Nokia, Microsoft, the users and the competitive nature of the smartphone world.
However, with most good news comes some sad news. Seeing as though Telstra announced that they would have five new 4G smartphones by the end of the year, it looks like there won’t be any new Android announcements on the horizon. We already know that the 4G Samsung Galaxy S III, Motorola RAZR HD and Motorola RAZR M are on the way, with the iPhone 5 having already been launched.
But, where does that leave the phones that we expected to see? The LG Optimus G, Galaxy Note II, rumoured HTC phone and the next Nexus (or Nexii) are all floating around. Well, we already know that the Optimus G will be (hopefully) launching in early 2013 and the rumoured HTC phone is, well, a rumour.
However, this still leaves us with the very real Galaxy Note II and the next Nexus (which may in fact be made by HTC and is rumoured to have a 1080p, 5-inch display). Both of these phones are two really powerhouse devices which would definitely rock the Australian smartphone market. As Telstra is seen as the business plan leader in Australia, it would also be assumed that they would stock the Galaxy Note II.
But, what does this mean? Will Telstra still launch the Galaxy Note II, next Nexus, LG Optimus G and possibly even the rumoured HTC phone early next year? Or, will Telstra release a few of these on the Next G network – or worse, not at all.
It is beyond belief that Telstra would shun either the Galaxy Note II or the next Nexus, so I’m going to take a stab at the Note II being a post-Christmas phone for the carrier.
With this recent news however, I’m beginning to get just a bit suspicious about plans for the next Nexus. Will it be sold by carriers or will Google keep it as a Google Play Devices exclusive so as not to ‘ruin’ the Nexus branding? Only time will tell, but seeing as though no Australian carriers stock the Galaxy Nexus any more it could go either way. Or maybe Telstra had it wrong and there’s actually a sixth device coming.