We may have the name of the Samsung phone Verizon has scorned the Galaxy S II in favor of.
Boy Genius Report says the carrier will exclusively launch the Droid Prime in October instead. Apparently, Verizon worries that the Galaxy S II won't be able to compete with the iPhone 5 when it finally drops, and is opting to throw its weight behind a new Android flagship phone, likely to be one of the first running Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich."
If all rumors are true, it could set up a holiday shopping season showdown between the latest, most updated devices running both iOS and Android.
Samsung is also launching its own new instant-messaging service, available not only on Samsung Android phones like the Prime--or whichever model is tapped to go head-to-head with the new iPhone--but also as a download for iOS and Blackberry.
Verizon did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNET.