Push-to-Talk App by Sprint Coming to Samsung Transform Ultra, More Devices to Follow

Sprint is in the process of releasing a software-only push-to-talk option for its Android customer base. Direct Connect Now will be a downloadable Android app that will give folks access to Sprint’s CDMA-class Direct Connect network. It will also operate on the iDEN-class push-to-talk network. It will have touchscreen controls and it will allow you to have up to 20 conversations with people at one time. While initially it will only be available on the Samsung Transform Ultra, the app will be available to more non-embedded devices later on according to an internal Sprint web site.

Up until this point it special hardware was needed to connect and this app signifies a breaking away from that. Considering the iDEN 2G network that Sprint got from Nextel in their merger, and up until this point, the Direct Connect CDMA-network needed special hardware (The Admiral by Motorola for instance) to operate push-to-talk this is very big news indeed. We should see more Android devices get push-to-talk capabilities now that Direct Connect relies solely on software on the Android Platform. Here’s hoping!

 

source: The Verge


About the Author: Jack Holt

Jack is an Android and Tech enthusiast that hails from the state of Montana. During those long winter months he is either finishing his degree in EMS management or searching the internet for anything and everything Android. His love of the OS started back with the ERIS and graduated to the original DROID. He continued his experience with both the X and the Incredible 2 and has recently purchased a DROID RAZR. He currently holds a day job managing a small ambulance company where he spends a lot of his day teaching Basic life saving procedures. When he isn’t studying, working or writing for TalkAndroid he is either playing the Kinect or Wii with his fiancée or spending time trying figure out ways to tinker with all things electronic.