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

Huawei myTouch Smiles for the Camera

At the beginning of the month we told you about T-Mobile’s plan to bring Chinese manufacturer, Huawei, on board to create the next line of T-Mo myTouch devices. At that time we saw a leaked press render of both the slide-out QWERTY (U730) and its solid counterpart (UA680), but now today we have a real-life image of the UA680 in the wild.

As you can see in the images below the device has the familiar myTouch rounded corners, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a set of capacitive navigation buttons. The picture of the lockscreen clearly shows that there is some custom UI overlay going on as well. The only other specs we’ve seen so far is a 480 x 800 WVGA resolution with an unknown screen size. Knowing that this device won’t necessarily be high-end we can assume a screen size of around 4-inches. You can bet we will be seeing more from this duo in the near future but in the meantime check out the other leaked images after the break.

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Ice Cream Sandwich update for Three UK Samsung Galaxy S II is now available via Kies

Last week brought the Android 4.0 update to the Samsung Galaxy S II, but everything was subject to carrier approvals, and those of you that bought your Galaxy S II from Three UK were in the dark up until today. Three just announced via Twitter that the update is now live. Of course you will have to use the Kies desktop to get the update. Enjoy!!

source: twitter

 

 

Another Pantech smartphone (P8010) shows up via benchmark leak, Could be AT&T bound

Pantech plans on making some noise this year. We already saw a benchmark leak for what appears to be their flagship device for 2012, and now a similar device has shown up with a NenaMark 2 benchmark as well. This one is the P8010 and seems to have the same specs as the IM-A830S except for the display. The P8010 will sport a qHD (960 x 540) display, while the IM-A830S sports a 720p (1280 x 720) display.

They both have the 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. We aren’t sure if both phones will have the same exact version of the S4, but there’s a good chance.

The speculation is that this one could be slated for AT&T. AT&T seems to have a decent working relationship with Pantech as they recently launched the Pantech Burst smartphone and the Pantech Element tablet.

We don’t know anything more, but I wouldn’t expect to see either of these devices before the Summer. You can be sure that Talk Android will let you know as soon as any news breaks.

source: nena.se

 

 

Verizon Attempts to Clear Up Remote Diagnostic Tool Privacy Concerns

Yesterday we told you about an update that is heading for the LG Revolution. The most interesting part of this update is the included Verizon Remote Diagnostics tool, one that allows the carrier to essentially take control over your device should you ever require outside diagnostic support. As we all know, privacy has been an increasing concern lately and those tinfoil-hat types did not like the sound of this remote access tool and what VZW might be privy to. Although the tool requires user permission to enable it, it would still be nice to know what the person on the other end can see exactly.

Being that the Carrier IQ ordeal caused such a huge uproar you would think Verizon would be ultra cautious when dipping their toes into the nasty waters of customer privacy. Today, Verizon reached out to our friends at Android Central to shed a little light on the matter, in hopes to put peoples fears to rest. According to Big Red, ” no personal data like keystrokes or web history, location, etc., is logged or saved.”

As AC mentioned, I image users aren’t just going to take their word for it. You can bet that the development community will dive in head first as soon as the app is available and only then will we truly know if the diagnostic tool holds any privacy concerns for the end user.

source: Android Central

 

Motorola DROID Fighter Photo Leaked, Looks Awfully Similar To The DROID RAZR

 

 

 

Ah yes— Verizon’s mysterious DROID Fighter smartphone. Although we’ve seen a hint here and another one there for the device’s imminent arrival, details have been lacking to say the least. Heck, we didn’t even have a picture of the upcoming device or even a general description… until now. The well-known forum Phone HK went ahead and posted up what it is claiming to be an actual screenshot of the Motorola DROID Fighter. In case you’re wondering if this is a case of deja vú, it is. This phone is nearly identical to the well-known Motorola DROID RAZR/DROID RAZR MAXX.

Although the DROID Fighter is similar to the DROID RAZR/DROID RAZR MAXX, there are some key differences. The first you will note is there seems to be a missing bottom row of smart keys. In addition, the device features an HD screen comes in at a whopping 4.6-inches, which is similar to the Galaxy Nexus. This indicates the DROID Fighter will most likely feature on-screen soft keys like the Galaxy Nexus currently features. Finally, there is mention of the smartphone featuring a beefy 3300mAh á la RAZR MAXX.

Sounds like some attractive specs but that brings the question: if MOTO pledged to stop bombarding us with smartphones this year, why bring what is essentially the 3rd variant of the DROID RAZR series (in less than a full calendar year) which only brings a better display, no bottom row of keys and most likely Ice Cream Sandwich? Just something for you all to ponder.

If the mid-April release date is correct, it may look like Verizon will have yet another piece of ammo to its already stocked arsenal. Stay tuned with Talk Android for any more leaks and details of the upcoming DROID Fighter smartphone.

source: Phone HK
via: Droid Life

Sprint HTC One X Rumor: June 10th Release Date

First came the rumor of an April 15th release for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus, brought to you by an anonymous Sprint insider talking to s4gru.com. Now, that same insider is leaking some more interesting news for the Now Network. Apparently, an HTC device codenamed “Jet” is to be released on June 10th. Jet? What device is that?

Judging from the rumored specs, the HTC One X is a shoe in. See for yourself… here are the specs of the Jet:

  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor (Krait)
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 4.7-inch Super LCD 1280×720 display
  • CDMA 1X, EV-DO Rev 0/A/B (UE category 3)
  • LTE Band class 25 (PCS A-G blocks)
  • NFC
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n and bluetooth 4.0
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • Solid polycarbonate body

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Verizon Releases Update For LG Revolution, Casually Includes Verizon Remote Diagnostics Tool

 

Verizon has sent out a notification to LG Revolution owners highlighting an important update called VS910ZV8 has arrived. In addition to resolving minor bugs with the device, the update introduces a new virtual tool called Verizon Remote Diagnostics which aims to make maintenance of the phone a breeze. Verizon  specifically describes the Remote Diagnostics tool as a:

 

“New customer care solution to improve device issue diagnosis during customer support calls. When a customer calls into Verizon Wireless Customer Care, this solution, with the customer’s permission, allows support personnel to remotely view the user’s device for troubleshooting and application demonstrations.

The Remote Diagnostics tool is a very interesting concept. It essentially means that the RD tool will allow Verizon customer service to see a user’s device and literally gain remote control of it— naturally with your permission of course. Verizon, unlike Carrier IQ took the time to notify its customers of this potentially controversial application. So this in essence, should not a repeat of the whole Carrier IQ shenanigans we remember from late last year. If you own a Revolution smartphone, are you reluctant or OK with this diagnostic tool?

Hit the break to see the full details of the update along with the Verizon link for full details.

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Sprint Galaxy Nexus Rumor: April 15th Release Date

We told you the Sprint Galaxy Nexus was one step closer after it passed through the FCC a couple of days ago. The latest rumor, which s4gru.com says comes from an inside source at Sprint, is that the carrier has decided to release the device on April 15th. That’s a Sunday, which would normally seem like an unlikely day for a phone’s release, but Sprint has been known to do Sunday releases in the past. Also, Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus contest ends on April 14th, along with a few promotions for older WiMax devices, giving some more credence to the rumor.

Other interesting details the source provided centers around the phone’s LTE capabilities. First, the phone will come set to 3G connectivity by default. This makes sense since Sprint’s LTE network will not be anywhere near fully rolled out. A toggle function will be available to switch between 3G and 4G. This can be seen as an advantage since the LTE radio can use more battery power than 3G. Verizon Galaxy Nexus users have been asking for an LTE toggle, so it would be nice to have it built-in by default.

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Sprint Parts Ways With LightSquared, Returns $65 Million

Sprint and LightSquared had entered into an 11-year agreement last June to share network expansion costs if LightSquared could get regulatory approval for its LTE rollout plan. LightSquared was debating with the FCC about alleged GPS interference on the 1.6 GHz spectrum, and Sprint had given them a six-week deadline to sort it all out. Well, the six weeks is now up, and Sprint has decided to terminate the agreement, saying the following:

“…due to these unresolved issues, and subject to the provisions of the agreement, Sprint has elected to exercise its right to terminate the agreement announced last summer. We remain open to considering future spectrum hosting agreements with LightSquared, should they resolve these interference issues, as well as other interested spectrum holders…

…Per the terms of the agreement, Sprint has returned $65 million in prepayments LightSquared made to cover costs that were not ultimately incurred by Sprint.”

Full press release after the break.

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