Since announcing plans to offer consumers up to 200MB of free data if they buy a tablet device as part of their “Uncarrier” campaign, the company has had to address a few problems with the strategy. The latest is an admission that new customers will actually have to sign-up for at least a $20 per month plan if they want to buy their new tablet device with no money down. If there is any silver lining to this clarification it is the fact that the $20 per month plan includes 500MB of data in addition to the base 200MB of data T-Mobile is providing for tablet devices. » Read the rest
When Motorola launched the Moto X, it was clear the customization that was exclusive to AT&T would only last for a limited time. It looks like Sprint may be ready to join the ranks of carriers offering customized Moto X devices beginning November 11th. A leaked image from an internal Sprint document indicates that is the date Moto Maker will launch on the Sprint network, offering a variety of customization options for customers. The list of possible options includes the items we are familiar with like color, memory, boot animations and even “pre-loading” Google account information. Missing from the list are the custom engraving and wood back options spotted earlier this year.
source: Android Central
Today Verizon announced that they will be holding a press conference on November 19th in Minnesota at the Mall of America. Don’t expect devices at this event, but rather news on possible new contract plans as Verizon claims it’ll be a “reinvention of the wireless customer experience.”
No further details so far, but once we have more information we’ll be sure to relay it back ASAP. The event will start at 1PM CST.
If you’re in the market for a an Android phone with a great camera, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom may just be for you. This device is slated to be released from AT&T this November 8th with an on-contract price of $199. While the Zoom has the “S4″ name, the specs are more like the S4 mini with its 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB’s of RAM, and a 4.3″ 960 x 540 display.
Obviously, if you’re in the market for this device, it’s more about the camera rather then the specs. With the Zoom, you get a 16MP camera and 10x optical zoom with an F-Stop range of F3.1-6.3, and ISO goes from 100 up to 3200. The phone also has a true xenon flash rather than the standard LED ones that other phones have.
If you decide to pick one up through AT&T, you may also be eligible to receive a Galaxy Tab 3 for free, so make sure you inquire if you qualify. For more info on this device, check out the YouTube video right below after the break!
Samsung and China Telecom revealed the latest flip phone the two companies are bringing to the Chinese market, the SCH-W2014. The dual-screen flip phone comes equipped with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM to power Android 4.3 on the device. Samsung loads it up with 32GB of internal storage and the capability to expand that via microSD. The W2014 also has dual-SIM capability.
When the device was first spotted last month, the expected price was going to put it at around $700 USD. However, the latest reports suggest the W2014 will be selling for at least ¥10,000CNY (approximately $1,640 USD). China Telecom has not released an availability date and Samsung has not released information about other carriers or regions that may get the device, but it was spotted passing through the FCC, so there is a chance it may find its way to the U.S. market.
The Sprint Galaxy Nexus is starting to receive Android 4.3. This update wasn’t as quick as the Play Store GNex, but I guess they didn’t do too bad here.
Unfortunately, this will be the last major update as Google already announced that Android 4.4 will not hit any Galaxy Nexi. The build for this update is JRO03U.L700GJ04 and will rollout over the next 10 to 21 days.
source: Sprint Community
The Galaxy Nexus, the device that started the “Ice Cream Sandwich-age” of Android, will unfortunately not be receiving the Android 4.4 update. This actually comes as a bit of a surprise, as Google has stated (and will continue to state) that one of Android 4.4′s main goals is to put an end to Android fragmentation, bringing support to lower end devices.
Yes, Android has had an 18 month rule— if a device is over 18 months old, it will stop receiving support.
However, the Galaxy Nexus definitely has the RAM necessary to run the new OS version. (Google has stated that 4.4 will run smoothly on devices with 500mb of RAM, which is half the amount the Galaxy Nexus offers.)
Verizon has had some major issues with carrying feature Android devices in the past. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus took forever to hit the market because of Verizon’s long software review process, and the Nexus 4 didn’t even support LTE in a world where pretty much every new device had LTE capabilities. Then there was the whole Nexus 7 controversy. It was initially announced that Verizon would be supporting the tablet at I/O 2013, but the carrier later said it wouldn’t be supported, and refused to activate the tablet after launch. After an enormous amount of customer complaints, Verizon said that it would be supported soon. (So we know it wasn’t a matter of it being possible or not, it was purely a business decision.)
Today, Google’s Sundar Pichai said that the Nexus 5 will not be on Verizon— it will, however, run on Sprint and T-Mobile’s network. (AT&T not yet known.)
However, Pichai did say that Google is working with Verizon on a set of projects for 2014. We’re not exactly sure what that means, but hopefully it’s a Verizon version of the Nexus 5, or maybe even a Verizon Nexus 7— maybe even an entirely new device.
Source: The Verge
It looks like Sprint is going to be offering the Nexus 5 come November 8th, according to the press release below. The device will go for $149.99 with the Sprint Unlimited Data Guarantee for Life.
Separately, T-Mobile’s website says that the device will be available on its own service in the coming weeks. The company has a sign-up page which promises to notify you once information comes out regarding release date and price.
We just finished telling you that Sprint has announced their new ‘Spark’ technology with the hopes of boosting data speeds significantly, as they launched the service in 5 markets today.
The technology requires that the phones using it have tri-band hardware, which unfortunately is not available in any current devices. However, three upcoming devices will feature it, and Sprint just announced which ones they’ll be offering, and when.
On November 8th, Sprint will launch the LG G2, the Samsung Galaxy Mega, and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini. The first two will be available for $199.99 with a new contract, and the S 4 mini will be sold for $249.99 with a new agreement.
Hopefully Sprint Spark is about to make huge advances in LTE speed. Only time will tell.