4G wars: Is Sprint planning on dropping WiMax and changing to LTE?

A few days ago, Sprint unveiled their new roadmap at a cost of $2.5 billion, which had a crucial step of killing off their current iDEN network. The carrier wants the technology out the door by 2017. They are also planning on replacing current hardware with new base stations that would be capable of using up multiple bands, which include WiMax and, you guessed it, LTE. Sprint made a statement saying that all they’re aiming for is a reduced carbon footprint, better indoor coverage, and more streamlined base stations. To quote the official statement from Sprint:

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Windows Phone 7 UI comes to Android, fanboys weep

Ever wanted to try out the Windows Phone 7 experience, but can’t bring yourself to get a Windows Phone 7 device? Not only can we not blame you, but it looks like xda-developers can help. Xda member seraph1024 has brought some UI magic to the table in the form of an Android / WP7 merge-and-clone, and it actually doesn’t seem half bad. According to xda, the lite version includes:

  • Pin to front page tiles
  • Remove from front page
  • Uninstall apps
  • Dark and lite themes
  • 4 accent colours (blue, green, red and orange)
  • Limited system messages at top of screen

Also, if you’re not interested in replacing your launcher, but still want to try it out, it comes as a standalone application.

Be sure to hit up the source link to find the application thread, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!

[via xda]

Google Instant for Mobile Now Available Worldwide


Google Instant for Mobile Devices is now available for all users with Android 2.2 or higher. Google Instant supports 28 languages in 40 countries as Google moved this into major release from its beta phase released in November earlier this year. You’ll be able to go to google.com in your mobile browser, and click the “Instant” link under the search field to turn it on. Now Google will link your deepest thoughts with your mobile device for the government to scan your mind before you even know its happening!…Kidding.

[via Google Mobile Blog]

Samsung Galaxy S Not Getting Gingerbread Update?


After announcing the addition of the Samsung Nexus S this week, reports have been flying around that Samsung’s flagship 2010 device, the Samsung Galaxy S, may not be receiving Android 2.3, despite the Nexus S shipping with it! Say it isn’t so Samsung!!

In case a new version of Android operating system is publicly announced and released, Samsung will review the possibility of implementation of such new version to the existing Samsung products with Android operating system (“Update”).

Such a review will be based on various factors including, without limitation, the overall effect of such Update to Samsung products, the system requirements, the structural limitations, and the level of cooperation from the component suppliers and the software licensors.

If Samsung decides to make the Update available to the users after such consideration, Samsung will use its efforts to develop such Update, which may be released to the users upon successful completion of such development.

At least it’s not totally cut off… there may be hope yet. If this frustrates you, let us know below! Samsung needs to hear how their Galaxy users need the Gingerbread love too!

[via Pocket-Lint]

LG publicly apologizes for statements concerning 1 GHz CPU requirement for Gingerbread

Remember yesterday, when LG was saying there was a 1GHz requirement for running Android 2.3, and because of that, a lot of phones wouldn’t be updated? We later gave you a statement from the Open Source Lead at Google, stating there was no requirement. Basically, the whole thing took a really bad turn, and sounded really strange.

We have now gotten a tip that LG is announcing that they are apologizing for the mixup. According to LG:

LG released information prematurely regarding the minimum processor upgrade requirements for the LG Optimus. Google recently announced the Gingerbread platform and has not yet published the Gingerbread Compatibility Definition Document (CDD) or the public branch open source code. Once the CDD and the source code is public, LG will evaluate the upgradability of the Optimus Series. We apologize for any confusion or misunderstanding. We will alert you as soon as more information on this topic is available.

Sounds like someone jumped the gun on the official LG Facebook page. Just do it like Santa next time, guys; make your list, then check it twice. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments. Thanks Brian for the tip!

[via LG]

Gingerbread keyboard gets ported to the Samsung Galaxy S i9000

In case you hadn’t heard, the Gingerbread keyboard has been extracted and made available to install on (most) devices via the Android Market. Over at XDA, a crafty developer has managed to port the keyboard to the Samsung Galaxy S i9000, which is the original Galaxy S phone that is available overseas that can also be bought unlocked for use in the US (the one with the front facing camera).

There’s a modified APK, but if it doesn’t install you may have to do some fandangling with ADB. If you have one of these original Galaxy S devices and want to install the Gingerbread keyboard, hit up the source link below for all the juicy details.

[via XDA]

Incredible Gingerbread ROM almost finished?

The dedicated folks over at XDA-Developers have been hard at work getting Gingerbread ROMs working on various devices. You may have seen our story about the list XDA is keeping, but in case you missed it these are the devices which currently have Gingerbread ROMs: HTC HD2, Droid Eris, Hero, Desire, Wildfire, and the EVO 4G. Notice a trend here? That’s right, these are all HTC devices so far.

At the bottom of said list, the author has added the Incredible to their second list of devices that should have a ROM soon. I did a bit of digging on the ‘Droid Incredible Android Developlent‘ forum and came across this thread which outlines the progress that has been made on the Incredible so far. Work is just getting started it seems, and this appears to be their furthest point of achievement:

Glimpses of the boot animation are shown before the loop starts again

We’ll be following this one closely, so stay tuned for the latest developments. Also, I should mention that these are not working Gingerbread ROMs, but simply SDK ports for testing purposes so that once Gingerbread actually hits, working ROMs can get up much quicker. None of the Gingerbread ROMs available right now are actually functional, so unless you are wanting to get involved with the development process, I would hold off until the actual working ROMs start showing up.

Zombie art found in Gingerbread SDK – What this means for us

zombie gingerbread platlogo

Deep within the SDK of our new favorite OS, Android 2.3, is something most didn’t expect to see…Zombies! Yes, Zombies!

We see them everywhere, aimlessly walking about, mumbling brief sentence fragments to the likes of “brains…” and “uuuuughghghghghghg….” So one might ask, “Why are there Zombies in my Gingerbread?” One may say that Zombies have a special aquired taste for Gingerbread, I mean, it tastes nice, and gives a warm feeling, particularily with a cup of Spiced Rum and EggNog. Maybe this is that warm feeling long forgotten by our Zombie friends, and as such, is missed dearly. We could only speculate.

So if you’re looking for some conversation at the water cooler on your choice of wallpaper, or simply have a special place in your heart for Zombies, as does an unamed developer at Google, get the Android 2.3 SDK and navigate to platforms/android-9/data/res/drawable-nodpi/platlogo.jpg to show it off at your next Walking Dead LARP party.

[Thanks to our Tipsters!]