If you’re rocking an Android on Sprint, there may be a new update headed your way. The carrier posted information today regarding updates becoming available for both the HTC EVO 4G and the new Motorola Photon 4G.
The EVO 4G’s update will bring the smartphone to system software 4.53.651.1. This one’s going to be a bugfix update, containing a handful of fixes. There may not be any really critical problems being corrected, but some of the glitches look like they could be pretty annoying to run into. The software will fix issues with SMS transmission when [...]
Watch this week’s Android Revolution as we go through the recent Android smartphone releases, we also dig up all the phones that are finally getting Android 2.3 Gingerbread as of this week, and also those that are getting updates and fixes. We talk about our current reviews on T-Mobile’s MyTouch 4G Slide and Sprint’s EVO 3D. Within application updates we go through certain new Android Market features, the recent update to Google Maps on Android and all that’s included on the Amazon App Store recent update. As for rumors we talk about all the probable release [...]
Samsung’s Conquer 4G on Sprint WiMAX isn’t even out yet, but a recently-leaked Sprint document shows that the smartphone’s already scheduled to receive a software update, followed shortly thereafter by an update for the HTC EVO 3D.
The Conquer is scheduled to launch on August 21. That very day, according to this information, Sprint will be sending out an OTA update designed solely to patch a potential security vulnerability with Qualcomm’s eXtensible Diagnostic Monitor software.
The EVO 3D’s update looks a little more substantial, containing [...]
Sprint has just announced that one of their best 4G Smartphones has just gotten more affordable. The Google Nexus S 4G is now selling for $29.99 after a new two-year contract, which is a dramatic price drop from the launch fee of $200 over the same conditions. Now, to top that off, you could simply choose to save yourself those $30 and get the same Nexus S 4G at either Best Buy or Amazon for free after you sign the Sprint contract.
Rumors have Google already preparing to bring forth a new generation Smartphone that brings the full Android experience. The name is hinted to be [...]
From the moment Sprint announced the Samsung Conquer 4G, we knew it would be a budget-priced smartphone. The carrier said that when it launched the phone, on August 21, you’d be able to pick it up for just $100 on-contract. As we approach that date, some even better deals are popping-up, and Radio Shack just set the bar at a new low, giving away the Conquer 4G for a mere $20 when you commit to two years of Sprint service.
Granted, the Conquer’s hardware is far from state-of-the art, with a single-core 1GHz Snapdragon and a 3.5-inch HVGA screen. That’s still [...]
Last year Sprint and HTC introduced the first 4G smartphone available in the United States, the EVO 4G. Now Sprint and HTC have come up with another innovation, the EVO 3D, the first glasses-free 3D Android powered smartphone to land in the US. With its high resolution 3D screen and dual cameras the EVO 3D will surely wow anyone looking for a 3D experience. With all the hype surrounding 3D will the HTC EVO 3D be able to impress with this gimmick alone? Read on for our full review of the HTC EVO 3D to see if this is the next smartphone for you!
The EVO 3D [...]
We got our first look at the Samsung SPH-D600 back at the end of April. Later on, after seeing a leaked Sprint inventory sheet, we learned that the D600 would be launched on the carrier as the Samsung Conquer 4G. Most recently, we finally got a really good look at the smartphone when Samsung put Conquer 4G info up on its website a little early. Now the handset’s launch is finally officially on, with Sprint announcing that the Conquer 4G will be available on August 21 for about $100.
Interestingly, when we first had that leaked pic of the D600 to check out, the information [...]
Sprint 4G service, WiMAX, is offered by means of a partnership with Clearwire, of which Sprint owns a majority stake. Now Clearwire is gearing-up for a big change to its services, announcing today that it will start providing LTE Advanced-ready communications with network links that have demonstrated the capacity for 120Mbps speeds. How will this new direction affect current Sprint customers?
Sprint has already aligned itself with LightSquared for LTE data, announcing plans to work together to build up an LTE network over the next few years. We had assumed that it would maintain [...]
In this video we review the software of the new HTC EVO 3D for Sprint. The EVO 3D has some of the best software available for any Android smartphone available. Running Android Gingerbread along with the latest version of HTC Sense 3.0 delivers an awesome user experience that any smartphone connoisseur will enjoy.
While the EVO 3D does include a little bit of proprietary software the majority of it is quite useful. The best apps included are Media Share, Mirror, Reader, Sprint Hotspot, Qik, Transfer, and Watch. Some other apps that some users may find appealing most [...]
It looks like smartphone fans in the US will soon be able to pick up Samsung’s popular Galaxy S2 from one of their local carriers, joining the international community that has already had a chance to try out the high-powered handset. After Samsung’s J.K. Shin broke the news that the smartphone was expected to come to the US in August, we’ve been catching a few glimpses of what might be some of these handsets, including the purported AT&T model with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Today we’ve got a little more information on those US-bound GS2s, as well as some [...]
Over at Sprint, the times, they are a-changin’. We’ve already seen a leaked roadmap revealing some upcoming smartphones for the carrier; now we can see which are nearing the end of their time with us, thanks to another leak, this time of the carrier’s end-of-life schedule for the next few months.
According to these EOL dates (which could always end up shifting around, especially the further-off ones), Sprint’s clearing some serious BlackBerry house, dropping the Style 9670 in just a few weeks, followed by the Bold 9650 and Curve 3G in September. With new [...]
It seems like Gingerbread has been just on the tip of Samsung’s tongue for the past few months when it comes to the Epic 4G. We saw an early leak, and then heard that the official update could be going out OTA sometime in July. When Sprint updated the smartphone’s page on its site to show that it was shipping with Gingerbread already installed, it looked like the update might actually be upon us. Unfortunately, that turned out to be a false alarm, but we’ve still been holding the belief that the update would land very soon. We’re still waiting for that official [...]
We’ve been teased with the promise of a soon-to-arrive update for Samsung’s Nexus S 4G on Sprint WiMAX for a few weeks now. It was supposed to land back on July 11, and then we heard July 18 was a possibility. Those both fizzled, but now Sprint’s put out official word that the update will finally get here on Monday, July 25.
This update, system software GRJ90, will supposedly mark the arrival of Android 2.3.5. It will also activate the secure processing component of the NS4G’s NFC transponder, setting it up to be ready for Google Wallet. We knew that [...]
In this video we unbox the new HTC EVO 3D operating on Sprint’s 4G WiMax network. As one of the first Android powered smartphones to incorporate a glasses-free 3D display the EVO 3D is not just relying on this new technology but has also integrated some other pretty powerful hardware to give it that extra oomph.
Included with the EVO 3D is a USB wall charger, a microUSB charging/sync cable, and a get started guide. Stay tuned for the hardware and software reviews coming up next. The HTC EVO 3D is available from Sprint for a subsidized price of $199.99 after a [...]
As one of the first Android 3D smartphones available in the States, the EVO 3D, is not only relying on this key feature to appeal to the masses. The HTC EVO 3D also has some other appealing hardware that any techno-naught will appreciate.
The biggest selling feature is of course the no glasses 3D screen and even with the 3D turned off the screen is still impressive. The 4.3 inch qHD LCD is behind a glass capacitive multi-touch digitizer. Giving life to the EVO 3D is a 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor that HTC has combined with a capacious 1GB of RAM. The internal [...]
Oh, Sprint, how you confound us! Yesterday we looked at the carrier’s page for the Samsung Epic 4G, noting that it had been updated to now show the phone as shipping with Android 2.3 Gingerbread installed. That sounded promising, since we were expecting the OTA update to arrive later this month, but apparently it’s all a big misunderstanding. Android Central reached out to Sprint for clarification, and the carrier responded that the Epic 4G is still shipping with Froyo.
So what gives, Sprint? If you go to the Epic 4G’s page today, it still shows Android 2.3; if [...]
A rumor last week said that Samsung’s Epic 4G on Sprint WiMAX would soon be getting a long-overdue Gingerbread update, with the target window for release sometime in late July. We didn’t get to see any documentation in support of the claim, so we’ve been on the lookout for something to help back it up, or at least redirect us onto the right path. Well, Sprint has gone ahead and left one big clue for us, suggesting that for some users at least, Gingerbread may already be officially available for their Epic 4Gs.
That lucky group would be brand-new Epic 4G owners; [...]
Last week, we saw Motorola’s Photon 4G on Sprint WiMAX get its FCC certification, a month after the smartphone was first announced. That set us up to expect the phone’s release in the coming weeks, and sure enough, Sprint has finally announced the Photon’s launch details, coming out on July 31 for about $200 on-contract.
Like other recent Sprint launches, subscribers who qualify for the carrier’s Sprint Premier program, by being a long-term customer or meeting certain monthly spending goals, will have the opportunity to order the Photon 4G a few days in [...]
Sprint users of the Nexus S 4G may be looking quizzically at their phones today, wondering where their new software update is. After all, we were expecting one to arrive yesterday, supposedly ready to bump the phone up to Android 2.3.5, and enabling secure NFC transmissions. Don’t worry, it’s not just you who’s missing out on the software, as we’ve learned Sprint’s delayed the update’s release.
An internal Sprint screenshot tells the tale, though it’s not much in the way of details. All we learn is that update GRJ90 simply wasn’t [...]
Today has been nothing if not inundated with rumors of Android updates. The most recent to land on our radar is for another taste of Gingerbread, this time on the Samsung Epic 4G.
We’ve seen Gingerbread for the Epic 4G on Sprint before, with one build leaking a few weeks back for the adventurous among you to try out on your own smartphones (if you don’t just run CM7, that is). That was build EF02; we haven’t heard just what revision this pending OTA update will bring, but we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Samsung has made a few changes since [...]
We just learned of a planned updated coming to the Nexus S 4G on Sprint, starting to arrive next Monday. System software GRJ90 is supposed to bring with it some 4G fixes, tweaks, and full support for the smartphone’s secure NFC transceiver. What we couldn’t have guessed from the leaked Sprint document, but has since been revealed by a tipster with early access to the software, is that this will mark the arrival of Android 2.3.5.
Droid-life, which received the pictures verifying the claim, is adamant that this is no hack-job and the displayed version number is [...]
It hasn’t been that long since we first heard of Motorola’s Photon 4G, nor since Motorola and Sprint officially announced the smartphone last month. The WiMAX-equipped Android has hardware specs that remind us of Motorola’s Atrix 4G on AT&T, though you may find the Photon more stylish with its beveled corners, giving it a very Battlestar-Galacticy look. The Photon 4G is supposed to arrive sometime this summer, but we’ve yet to hear even so much as a rumor saying just when that will be (short of a broad “July”). It looks like we’re getting [...]
We may be waiting for Congress to persuade America’s cellular carriers to start providing all sorts of details about their mobile offerings to help the average smartphone user choose the network that’s best for him or her, but in the meantime, independent companies are more than happy to do their own investigations and paint us a picture of the current state of wireless data in the US. The latest to lay a path across the nation and subject wireless networks to a barrage of tests is PC Magazine, which sought to find the fastest, most reliable service option out [...]