The above leaked spreadsheet shows estimated launch dates for upcoming devices on Sprint. The Samsung Conquer, which was originally going to launch yesterday, has been pushed to August 21. The August time frame was confirmed from a Sam’s Club leak as well.
If you look further down the list, you will see a phone called the Sprint M650 Handset Kit for October 30. This looks to be the Huawei M650 which recently passed WiFi certification on June 28.
The other surprise is the ZTE V55 tablet which is scheduled for the 1st quarter 2012. We do not know anything about this device, but we are assuming it will have 3G/4G support. In the past ZTE has been exclusive to Chinese carriers, but has been slowly creeping into the US Market.
The Droid Incredible 2 recently received some Gingerbread love, but it looks like there is a minor update on the way to fix server connection issues with email and contacts. HTC has been a leader in updates and fixes, and it is refreshing to see even the slightest fixes. Kudos to HTC.
The build for this update is 3.02.605.1. They did not provide a date, but check your phone because it could be anytime.
With the EVO 3D on Sprint, it’s time to get some 3D love for AT&T. Back in March, AT&T said they would be launching the LG Optimus as the LG Thrill. The wait is finally over as it looks like it will launch on August 7, and you can pre-order it now with the purchase of a $50 gift card from Radio Shack. The purchase price looks to be competitive at $79.99 with a two-year contract, or $550 off contract.
Many feel that 3D phones are just a fad, but it looks like it is here to stay for the time being. Recently, news surfaced that Samsung is planning on crashing the party with the Galaxy 3D later this year.
Sporting Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 1GHz MSM8655 CPU, an HVGA screen, and a rumored 2 megapixel camera (we certainly hope this isn’t true), the device is most likely several months away from release yet. Samsung is still waiting on FCC approval, though both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi certifications are already in place. The phone really just seems to be held back by red tape at this point.
In what we had originally thought to be a followup to Sprint’s mid-level Transform, this device will actually be Boost Mobile’s first sliding-keyboard smartphone. We realize that many would argue that the sliding keyboard is a dying breed, but Samsung knows that there is still a loyal market for slider phones out there (here’s talking to you, Mom). It’s great to see manufacturers catering to all parties.
Our sources over at HTC have confirmed that we will be seeing a small OTA update to its popular Sensation device on the Virgin Mobile network. While the update is relatively minor, only fixing a boot issue, it’s nice to see a manufacturer already tackling bugs so soon after the device’s release. HTC is known for taking care of its customers, particularly developers, and is building a loyal user base because of that.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE version will finally makes its way into Verizon Wireless stores this Thursday, July 28. This will be the first 4G LTE Android tablet available on Verizon, and it will be the first LTE device to utilize a micro SIM card.
It looks like stores will only carry the grey version. If you desire the white version, you will have to order it via direct fulfillment.
Pricing will be $529 for the 16GB version and $629 for the 32GB version.
On July 25th, Sprint will start rolling out a software update which will improve 4G data speeds, along with other enhancements, which include improved WiFi connectivity, speakerphone audio quality, and TTY support for the deaf and hard of hearing.
“Nexus S 4G continues to be a highly sought after smartphone and performs very well for our customers. We are excited to make additional enhancements that will provide an even better user experience” said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “We’re committed to listening to our customers’ feedback and working with our partners to provide the best possible customer experience.”
Full statement after the break
If Android is going to continue market share dominance, it needs to step up its enterprise security game. Good Technology announced that the Good for Enterprise solution is now available through T-Mobile USA on a wide range of Android devices. Good Technology is a leader in multiplatform enterprise mobility and was recognized by the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) as the Best Mobile Operations Management Solution in 2011.
The Good for Enterprise Android solution lets business customers provide enterprise-grade security and control over their business data and applications with the Android operating system.
“As more employees start to use personal devices at their places of work, and as more companies adopt Android for business, we want to provide the best services to support their needs,” said Britt Wehrman, vice president of B2B marketing for T-Mobile USA. “With Good’s solution, now IT administrators can help make sure company information is secure when employees are using T-Mobile’s powerful array of Android devices.”
T-Mobile business customers can contact a T-Mobile sales representative to obtain Good for Enterprise.
Full press release after the break
On one of T-Mobile’s support forum threads, The T-Mobile G2 Gingerbread leak for build 2.3.3 is creating some steam. It looks like the official Android 2.3.3 build for the G2 is now available, with a couple of minor bugs still, but none the less, it’s there. So if you’re OK with installing this very close to complete build for Gingerbread 2.3.3 on the G2, here’s some more information to help you along the way, including the bug list, and instructions on how to get it running.
As always, be sure to run backups of your device in the event something goes wrong with the update. I recommend Titanium Backup for starters.
Brand new Verizon CEO, Lowell McAdam, recently spoke about the proposed purchase of T-Mobile by AT&T. In a webcast of the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference he said, “I’d say the merger will probably go through. It’s a merger AT&T probably had to do.” He went on to say that he was surprised that is did not happen sooner.
If McAdam is right, this will be bad news for Sprint, the No. 3 U.S. mobile service carrier. They have the most to lose, and Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has been fighting tooth and nail to stop what will probably be official in March 2012.