A cursory look at the state of cellular technologies in the US would give one the impression that WiMAX is on its way out. After all, Sprint has finally caught LTE fever and has already transitioned from releasing new WiMAX-enabled handsets to those with LTE radios, even in advance of its own network’s availability. That’s not to say that the sun has set on WiMAX entirely, and as Sprint backs away from it, Virgin Mobile is more than ready to step forward and embrace the 4G system. Virgin will kick things off with WiMAX on May 31, as it begins sales of its first 4G [...]
We recently learned that Virgin Mobile would soon be offering the HTC EVO 3D (as the HTC EVO V 4G), and now a reliable source has revealed that sister brand Boost Mobile will begin carrying yet another Sprint handset, the HTC EVO Design 4G. This pair of smartphones will be the most premium devices ever offered by the two prepaid carriers, which have only recently begun to sell Android smartphones — and have only very recently started stocking mid- to high-end phones like the LG Marquee (Boost) and Motorola Triumph (Virgin). Virgin has also been tipped to add the HTC One V to its [...]
We’ve learned from a reliable source that Virgin Mobile will begin carrying the nearly year-old HTC EVO 3D later this year, offering it up as the HTC EVO V 4G. Tipped to be available in both grey as well as the plum shade once exclusive to Best Buy, the rebranded EVO 3D will join the recently-revealed HTC One V on Virgin, creating quite a compelling portfolio of HTC Android devices on the prepaid carrier.
Despite getting somewhat long in the tooth, the EVO 3D still offers a very attractive feature set. Besides being one of only two auto-stereoscopic (glasses-free) 3D [...]
We’re hoping to get news in just a week or two about the start of Sprint’s LTE network in the US. So far, we’ve been focusing a lot on what phones we expect to see arrive to support the network; most recently, those rumors have been looking to the HTC EVO One. While the available hardware is going to be very important for how Sprint’s launch of LTE is perceived, the actual reach of the network itself is no less critical. A newly-leaked image purports to show us where Sprint is hoping to deploy its network, and some comments from a company executive give us a [...]
The Samsung Epic 4G one one of the original Samsung Galaxy phones released. The Epic 4G, with its slide-out keyboard and Sprint 4G radio, has been one of the more difficult of the Galaxy’s for custom ROMmers.
Today Sprint announced an official OTA for the phone, which they’re calling FC09. Included in the update are fixes for Force Close errors when receiving a call and the “Sprint Connections Optimizer”.
This OTA brings the software version up to S:D700.0.5S.FC09 and will be released in stages, with all devices getting the update within [...]
HTC’s Flyer tablet, in its incarnation as the EVO View 4G for Sprint, saw itself on the receiving end of some pretty nice discounts last week, bringing the off-contract price of the model down to just $230. In retrospect, looking at that sale now, along with all the news out of CES of much more capable tablets on the horizon, it shouldn’t be surprising that today a leak puts the EVO View 4G on Sprint’s EOL list for later this month.
Despite its aging hardware with single-core processor and sub-HD resolution, the EVO View 4G was starting to seem more and more [...]
HTC’s EVO View 4G may have first launched running Gingerbread, but subsequent software updates are making it a much more interesting device. Just last month, we finally saw the tablet receive Honeycomb, marking a fresh start for the Android. If you’ve been toying with the idea of picking one up, we’ve spotted the EVO View 4G up for sale with one of the lowest prices we’ve yet found.
Perhaps better known as the Flyer on other carriers, the EVO View 4G is available on-contract with Sprint for about $150; free-and-clear, the carrier will sell you the tablet [...]
We heard about a couple of updates yesterday that were to target Androids on Sprint: Samsung’s Epic 4G and Epic 4G Touch. Today we get to learn a little more about what’s in store for the Epic 4G, as well as learn about two more Sprint Androids getting updates, the HTC EVO 4G and EVO Design 4G.
The rumor was that the Epic 4G would lose some bloatware and get an audio fix. That much has now been confirmed (the QIK and Asphalt 5 apps are the ones getting the boot), along with mention of a security update. This security fix is a common feature of all three of these [...]
Users of the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint recently received an update that, amongst other changes, removed the controversial Carrier IQ software from their phones. We knew that Sprint was going to be making clean-up from this whole Carrier IQ fiasco a priority, and that we’d start seeing such updates arrive to strip the carrier’s phones of the offending software. We’re not sure if they’ll be the very next to see the same treatment, but a rumor says that Samsung’s Epic 4G and Epic 4G Touch will be on the receiving end of updates before the month is out, with at [...]
Sprint appears poised to be the second US carrier to offer the Motorola Xoom Android Honeycomb tablet, with accessories starting to appear for the 10.1-inch, 1280×800 slate. In fact, the accessory pictured above is said to be the same protective case whose existence was tipped by BGR earlier this week. According to reports from that site, the initial Sprint Xoom will only sport Wi-Fi, with WiMax support not coming until an unknown future date. That would match the pattern of the Verizon Xoom rollout, wherein high-speed LTE data won’t be available until well after launch. [...]
Last week, we looked into what Sprint’s announcement of its first LTE-capable smartphones would mean for the future of its WiMAX network. We heard from our source that Sprint wasn’t rushing to put an end to WiMAX, and that we’d continue to see it supported as the carrier started getting more serious about LTE. There may be more to it than that, though, as now we’ve heard from a Sprint exec who claims that the carrier has decided not to release any more WiMAX smartphones.
This exec is none other than David Owens, the same Sprint VP who gained notoriety [...]
In the last few weeks Sprint has rolled out LTE service to a few area. Some have been under the impression that these are “test areas” to examine the viability of LTE. That’s not the case.
I haven’t been able to get word from Sprint about their long-term plans — not officially anyway, and it’s the source of some confusion in the wireless industry. The confusion stems from their other “4G” technology: WiMax, and it’s potential future with the company.
Running two 4G technologies side-by-side seems like an inefficient [...]
Right as we wrapped-up 2011, we caught wind of an important milestone for the Samsung Epic 4G on Sprint. After months and months of spotty, unofficial support, the Android finally earned itself an official release of CyanogenMod 7. While that was fantastic news for owners of the QWERTY slider, there were still several problems remaining with the build, including a pretty major one for most users: broken WiMAX support. Still, it was progress, and we were happy to see it released, even in that state. Now, just a few days later, WiMAX has already been fixed.
The important thing is [...]
After launching in Europe back in November, Samsung’s Galaxy Note is nearly ready to make its State-side debut. It’s seen some solid sales so far, despite its unusual size, falling somewhere in-between the biggest smartphones and smallest tablets. In preparation for its arrival in the US, we spotted the Note undergoing the knife in order to swap-out its physical home button for a lineup of capacitive elements, and then finally decked-out in the AT&T badging the Android will wear as it joins the carrier’s lineup. That’s all we’d heard about plans for [...]
With AT&T and T-Mobile having already seen their Samsung Galaxy S II variants show up in special white editions. it was only a matter of time before the Epic 4G Touch on Sprint got the same treatment. What is somewhat surprising is that Epic, the first of the US variants to go on sale, will be the last one to get whited out: it doesn’t look like we can expect this SKU until early next year, after what is likely to be a CES debut.
Any guesses as to when we’ll see the launch of Verizon’s inevitable white Galaxy Nexus?
We recently saw the arrival of software updates for many HTC models, fixing a privacy-related security flaw. No sooner are users installing that patch than a new vulnerability has been revealed, showing flaws in the security of WiMAX 4G radios.
The crux of the issue is that on HTC WiMAX phones, a process keeps a couple ports open for WiMAX diagnostics. Problem is, there’s no authentication done on those, so any app that you grant internet permissions to could conceivably connect over those ports and start modifying WiMAX settings. Not only can it read information about [...]
Previously we compared the Samsung Epic 4G Touch to the Motorola Photon 4g on Sprint. In this video we continue our comparison series, this time with the Epic 4G Touch and the HTC EVO 3D, both of which are available for $199 after a new two-year agreement on Sprint.
The most notable difference between the two devices is that the Epic 4G Touch is much thinner and lighter than the EVO 3D, despite having a larger screen. But the EVO 3D is also a 3D-capable device, meaning it can record and playback 3D images and video.
Watch this week’s Android revolution as we go through what’s hot and what’s not inside the world of Google’s Android project. In today’s show we go through Samsung’s unpacked event where they teamed up with Google to release both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus Google smartphone and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to go along with it. We also go through Android 4.0 and what it means for the smartphone industry and competition. We later talk about Motorola’s recent unveiling of its new flagship Droid RAZR sporting more than just a thin design. We then [...]