Posts tagged with: Sprint
  • by | April 18, 2014 1:04 PM

    We started the week off with Sprint posting an update to its Nexus 5 software version page, advising users that a new release was incoming. While the initial build number of KTU48F it gave was confusing, that turned out to be a typo, later corrected to KTU84F. We had already associated recent builds like this with Android 4.4.3, and the carrier sure seemed to be confirming that a release was imminent. But then Tuesday came with no update... as did Wednesday and Thursday. With the week winding down, is KTU84F still on the horizon? Not according to Sprint, which has reverted its Nexus 5 ...

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  • by | April 16, 2014 1:30 AM

    A smartphone kill switch, as described by CTIA's Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment, is "a baseline anti-theft tool" which will come, at no additional cost to the customer, pre-installed, or downloadable, on the first phones produced after July 2015, by the manufacturers adhering to the document. Network operators, manufacturers, and OS builders that adhered so far include Apple, AT&T, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless. This so called kill switch will likely grace your next phone -- if manufactured ...

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  • by | April 15, 2014 7:26 PM

    We tend to get a little fussy over carrier bloat, or the pre-installed applications that may come on a number of carrier-specific Android or Windows Phone smartphones. Bloat can and often does come from carriers, partners like Amazon, and even the manufacturer. For instance, I bought the T-Mobile HTC One M8 just this morning. It comes with five T-Mobile-specific applications I'll rarely (if ever) use: Mobile HotSpot, My Account, T-Mobile Name ID, T-Mobile TV, and Visual Voicemail. While it's mostly minimal, these applications cannot be uninstalled – only reverted to the original versions ...

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  • by | April 15, 2014 3:28 PM

    Last week saw Samsung's Galaxy S5 hit carrier shelves in the US, and while this meant that the long-awaited smartphone was finally making its way into user hands, it wasn't without incident, and we heard about a couple circumstances where the smartphone was showing up without its complete feature set intact. The first issue to come to light concerned the download booster Samsung had put together, intended to let users retrieve a file through the combined efforts of the phone's LTE and WiFi connections, pooling their available bandwidth. First the AT&T GS5 showed up with the download ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 11:42 AM

    Google's been working on a new release of Android: no surprise there. We've spotted evidence pointing to development of Android 4.4.3, with versions in testing on both the Nexus 7 and Nexus 5. We've even had a decent sense of what to expect from the update, with rumors suggesting that this was primarily a bugfix update, without a focus on new features. The only big question was when we might see this new Android actually released, as despite all the signs of Google's testing, we really didn't have any proper sense of an ETA. Well, this might as well be platform-update-Monday, as in ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 3:30 PM

    When an avalanche of reviews is rumbling its way down your mountain, it's rarely easy to assemble a podcast team – but as we frequently remind you, the Pocketnow Weekly has never missed a week, and we'll be damned if it'll do so now. So despite the forthcoming reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, Gear Fit, Gear 2, Oppo Find 7a, Nokia X, and the just-completed reviews of the ZENS Qi line, BlackBerry 10.2.1, and the Verizon HTC One M8, we're banding together behind microphones in three separate cities on two continents to bring you the news and editorials of a very busy week in mobile. ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 3:00 PM

    Smartphones with beyond-1080p 2K displays are by now very much a reality, but we've yet to see much in the way of examples from manufacturers popular in the West. That's left us anticipating when our favorite OEMs are finally going to come out with 2K phones of their own; will Samsung make the move with the Galaxy Note 4? Or what about LG with its G3? The latter there is probably the strongest contender at the moment, and we've already seen evidence from multiple sources that appeared to suggest the G3 would indeed end up with a 2560 x 1440 panel. Today the latest support for that theory ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 4:54 PM

    Yesterday we shared with you some depressingly lame news about the US release of Samsung's Galaxy S5, learning that the handset as being sold for operation on AT&T had one of its more interesting features disabled, the “download booster” that enabled the phone to retrieve a large file over WiFi and LTE connections simultaneously, pushing speeds higher than any one connectivity option could hope to provide alone. It's not the sort of thing we'd see ourselves using every day, but it would be a nice option to have when running up against a massive download, and if Samsung already went ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 12:47 PM

    For the past couple weeks, if you wanted a new HTC One M8 in the US, your options were going with Verizon as your carrier, or placing on online order with another carrier, and waiting for your phone to ship. With a phone as hot as this one, though, who wants to wait any longer than they have to? We've been looking forward to the day when Verizon's short-lived period of in-store exclusivity would end, and we could really start seeing One M8 sales begin in earnest. That day is today, with Sprint and AT&T adding the phone to their retail store inventories. Both carriers will hook you up ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 11:04 AM

    Today, April 10, Sprint is transitioning from online-only orders for the new HTC One M8 to offering the handset in its retail locations (Update: HTC confirms it's happening today). While that should help spur sales, there also might be another reason to start giving this Sprint carrier variant of the One M8 a little extra attention, as evidence suggests that Sprint's got a special version of the One M8 with Harman/Kardon audio enhancements. While @evleaks started the rumor overnight, it was on an XDA-Developers thread where the story really came together. First users attempted to confirm ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 7:12 PM

    Wireless networks are always changing. Providers put up new towers, acquire and trade portions of spectrum, and implement new communications standards. For us end users this means that, by and large, service is always getting better. That's what makes this next bit of news so interesting, as reports come in that Sprint's new high-speed Spark service takes a step back in the usability department. Sprint introduced Spark last fall, with the goal of speeding-up LTE operation by having phones take better advantage of Sprint's multiple spectrum holdings. In ideal situations, users might hope to ...

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  • by | March 31, 2014 1:30 PM

    LG's G2 Mini is one odd little phone. It physically resembles the larger handset, complete with those iconic rear-mounted volume controls, and scales things down ever so slightly, while still packing a relatively large 4.7-inch screen. Unfortunately, the hardware situation doesn't live up to its namesake, with Snapdragon 400s and Tegra 4is instead of the Snapdragon 800. We've heard some general talk about release plans for Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa, but little about LG's intentions for North America; would a carrier in the States end up adding the G2 Mini to ...

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  • by | March 25, 2014 7:11 PM

    You've heard the news, you've read the review, you've watched our hands-on videos: have you made up your mind yet about HTC's new One? If you are itching to go ahead and buy yourself the company's latest smartphone, you've got a ton of options, and HTC has really gotten a leg up on Samsung and its Galaxy S5 today by making the new One immediately available. Just how you'll go about purchasing the phone depends on what edition you have in mind, and which carriers you're interested in using for service. Let's take a look at your options: Verizon is the only carrier in the US to offer the new ...

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  • by | March 15, 2014 1:44 AM

    The Sprint HTC 8XT is a "midrange phone in flagship clothing"; that's the tagline of our full review, but even as a midrange, it is a smartphone by definition, running on Microsoft's Windows Phone mobile platform. Sprint apparently doesn't agree with that assessment and has demoted the HTC 8XT, as seen in the image above. Placed under "basic phones", right next to a Samsung, three Kyocera, and an LG device, the Sprint HTC 8XT is undoubtedly the highest end among them, when it comes to the user experience. Is this Sprint's way of saying "nobody buys this phone" or is the Now Network trying, ...

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  • by | March 6, 2014 1:43 AM

    As the leak suggested last month, owners of a Samsung Galaxy S 4 on Sprint's network were able to install the latest official Android 4.4.2 KitKat update on their phones starting February 13. Additionally, Note 3 owners on the Now Network joined the KitKat party on February 20, but now the carrier is publishing further details regarding Samsung phones and the 4.4.2 refresh. If you have a Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S 4 mini, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Mega, or a Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, you shouldn't worry, because Sprint is planning on updating these devices as well. While there is no  estimate of when ...

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