Sprint to pull the plug on production of future WiMax devices

Sprint has been fairly busy lately preparing for its LTE network launch along with finalizing the finishing touches on their recently announced LTE smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper 4G. If you’ve been wondering whether Sprint was going to continue supporting WiMax, well the answer is yes and no. Earlier today, senior vice president of networks at Sprint, Bob Azzi announced that Sprint will not launch any additional WiMax devices going forward and will mostly focus on the deployment of its new Network Vision initiative which involves combining their 3G, 4G and iDEN network towers into one single, more efficient super tower. The new project is estimated to reduce the cost of providing voice and data by 50%. Now do keep in mind that Sprint does intend to continue maintaining current WiMax towers for the foreseeable future in an effort to support the millions of subscribers that have already invested in a WiMax device. With that in mind, there’s no need to throw your Evo 3D out the window just yet.

source: Electronista

Android 4.0.4 Factory Images Released For Select GSM Nexus Devices

 

So what do you do if you’ve totally screwed up your system software on your GSM Nexus device? You need to flash a factory image to get back to stock, and as luck would have it, Google has released the official 4.0.4 (build IMM76D) factory images for the international GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus and the European and T-Mobile unlocked Nexus S. Flashing these files will leave your phones as if they were brand new and completely updated.

Flashing a factory image requires that you are not shy around a command line and fastboot, so it’s not for the faint of heart. If you’re brave and own one of these Nexus devices, download the images at the source link below.

source: google groups
via: androidcentral

Wall Street Journal: Google Plans an Online Site For Direct Sales Of Google Branded Tablets

It appears that Google wants to get back into the direct sales department. They reported plan is an online store for Google branded tablets. If you remember, Google tried to sell to the masses with the Nexus One. It had lackluster sales and wasn’t embraced by many. According the WSJ, “people close to the matter” have said that Google plans to try it again. Only this time it’s going to be with tablets.

Google is desperately trying to cut into Apple’s share of the tablet market. They haven’t had much success, as they currently only control 20% of the market share. Google has been gaining on Apple, but not at a rate to make Apple worry. Back to the story at hand. The “people close to the matter” also claim that Samsung and Asus are going to be big players in the hardware department. This all sounds familiar, as Asus is rumored to be making the first Google branded tablet this year. Also they report that we may even see Jelly Been by the middle of the year, maybe even on the rumored Asus tablet.
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Ice Cream Sandwich coming to HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Amaze 4G on T-Mobile

Here’s some exciting news from the T-Mobile device support pages. HTC’s Sensation 4G and Amaze 4G have been announced to receive Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the near future. No release date was provided nor any other details but I’m sure Sensation and Amaze users are feeling pretty great right now. Be sure to stay tuned to Talk Android as we continue to deliver the latest news and updates.

source: T-Mobile Support 1, T-Mobile Support 2

[Breaking] Newest Google Drive Screenshot Shows 5GB of Free Storage

 

A few days ago we showed you an exclusive screenshot from Google’s pet project, Google Drive, that showed 2GB of free storage. At that time our tipster mentioned something about getting up to 5GB of storage instead of the pictured 2GB but they didn’t really divuldge anymore information other than that. I had a theory that maybe this extra space was to be based on referrals or some other incentives, but as it appears now I was completely wrong. It seems that each and every person who opens a Google Drive account will be given a total of 5GB of free storage. Not 1, not 2, but 5GB right out of the gate as you can plainly see below in the latest screenshot obtained by our tipster. Pretty exciting, no? We also hear that we’re still on track for a release the week of April 16th so luckily we don’t have to wait much longer before we know all there is to know about Google’s upcoming cloud based service. We will definitely keep you posted if our inside source decides to reveal any more information.


2014 Map of Sprint 4G LTE Network Surfaces

Well look what we have here folks. It’s a map showing the plans of Sprint’s 4G LTE Network for the year 2014. The map was posted on Twitter by tech journalist Sascha Segan. It appears to be legit, with questionable drawing skills as some of the states are not properly drawn. I know some maps are drawn up to represent market areas and are not always drawn to represent the States of the U.S. Whatever this case, it shows Sprint’s determination to get 4G LTE out to the masses, no matter how small it seems to be. Jump past the break to see the map and read more. 
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Ubisoft to introduce cloud saving system into mobile games

Let me set the scene, as I’m sure it’s one that many of us have encountered on numerous occasions. You’ve spent a solid hour in the morning smashing your way through level after level on Angry Birds using your trusty Android tablet. Fast forward several hours and you’re sitting on the train on your way back from work and decide to kill some time, you whip out your Android phone to pick up where you left of. Or so you thought, all that hard work you put in hasn’t carried over to your phone meaning you’ve got to run through it all over again. Frustrating right? Well the team over at gaming powerhouse Ubisoft agree and have decided to do something about it.

Head of Digital at Ubisoft, Chris early told Pocket-lint “I think this is a huge issue and I personally can’t stand it where I have to do something over again. We have a cloud-based storage system for that data for you.” Chris also confirmed that Ubisoft’s forthcoming title Ghost Recon Commander will utilise cloud storage, allowing you to access your character on multiple platforms including Facebook, mobile and tablet devices.

It’s great to see Ubisoft address this issue and here’s hoping that other games developers follow the trend. Better yet, perhaps Google could help us out and bake cloud storage for mobile gaming into Google Drive.  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

source : Pocket-lint

Sprint’s HTC EVO One – A Former Favorite Is Getting A Refresh

The original HTC EVO made waves on Sprint for being one of the first “big” phones and of course, more importantly,  for being the first 4G enabled phone. It’s been about two years since then so perhaps your EVO and your contract have begun to wear thin. If so, you may be excited by the rumors going around. A tipster in communication with our friends at Phandroid has detailed the existence of an up and coming HTC EVO One. Obviously, we knew we were going to see something soon.  Sprint and HTC have a collaborative event scheduled for April 4th. At the time of that writing we speculated the focus of the event may be the HTC One X, but now…now I’m not so sure. The EVO was a landmark device for Sprint and in my opinion most deserving of a special press congress. I’m sure we’ll hear more about this on April 4th, if not sooner, but in the mean time, what do we know so far? 
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ASUS Transformer Prime Update Rolling Out Now Sans Face Unlock

I have some news for you Transformer Prime owners who are eagerly awaiting that “awesome” update ASUS Italy was talking about earlier. We got to see some interesting details about the update yesterday and today the update is actually rolling out. The bad news about the update is that this appears to be missing the “awesome” Face Unlock feature we were reading about, but the update is still good nonetheless.

If you own a Transformer Prime you should hopefully have an OTA update waiting for you right now. This update will bring you to software version 9.4.2.21 and includes a few new features. The biggest advancement in the update is the support for Ethernet connectivity via an upcoming USB accessory allowing for a wired network connection – No word on when that accessory will be available. Also to be expected is a new lockscreen option that displays incoming notifications directly on the lockscreen, a fix for the annoying screen flicker, improved HDMI support, and updates to the ASUS apps. I also noticed tethering and portable hotspot options (presumably to share via new Ethernet capability), Wi-Fi direct, device encryption and status bar locking.

If you have yet to receive the update notification you can try and force the update by looking under Settings > About Tablet and check for updates. If you successfully pull the update let us know in the comments what you think! Oh, and be sure to tell us if you find any other features I missed!

 

Oh no not again, Could there be a DROID Bionic 2 in the works?

Well I don’t think there is anyone in the world of mobile that would disagree with me when I say that the DROID Bionic was probably the biggest disappointment in 2011. I can’t remember a more hyped up phone that literally didn’t delivery an ounce of anything. Now all of a sudden a possible followup is showing up in Asurion’s open enrollment forms. That’s right the DROID Bionic 2. Are you kidding me?

Droid-Life is speculating that it could be a placeholder for the version without a 16GB microSD card. The assumption is that they break out every version of the RAZR based on color and storage and put a 2 in the model number, but to me it doesn’t add up. I don’t see a “2″ next to any of those RAZR titles. The DROID Bionic 2 is listed as such, but yes it does have a “2″ in the model as well. Lets hope it’s a simple mistake.

Who’s ready for a DROID Bionic with a 3300mAh battery? Let’s hope that if this is true, they will drop the seriously awful PenTile display.

source: droid-life