First three Sprint ‘Spark’ tri-band phones announced

 

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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.

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Sprint announces ‘Spark’ technology to surpass competitor speeds

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Although Sprint isn’t considered the top wireless carrier in the country, it’s still very much in the race, and its new ‘Spark’ technology could very well make it a very appealing option.

Sprint claims that its new technology reaches peak rates of 50 to 60Mbps.

How long will we have to wait to see Spark? Well it’s actually rolling out today in five select regions: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Tampa. It’s also expected to reach over 100 million Americans by the end of 2014, and will be implemented in over 100 cities over the next three years.

However, current smartphones won’t be able to take advantage of this new technology. Devices have to have tri-band hardware— the first of such devices should be arriving from LG, HTC, and Samsung in November.

Hopefully this new technology will make data speeds a whole lot faster not only for Sprint customers, but for all wireless users everywhere.

Hit the break for the full press release:

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Evo 3D Takes A Bullet And Saves a Life, HTC Sends User Brand Spanking New “One”

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The HTC Evo 3D (yeah, remember that phone?) is making a quick come-back to fame for however brief it may be, thanks to a Florida man who was wearing the device in his breast pocket when it literally took a bullet for him. You heard that right. The two year old device caught a bullet meant for the man’s chest and literally spared him. In addition, HTC has decided to send the man a slew of accessories to accompany his brand spanking new and complimentary HTC One. A sort of thanks for the free publicity it would seem. Hey, we’ve always touted that HTC made some serious hardware. The proof is pudding as they say.

Check out the pic of the shot up device as well as the awesome care package the Taiwanese manufacturer sent him. We’re pretty sure he’ll be a die hard loyal HTC fan, if he wasn’t already, from here on out. And just as a disclaimer, we’re not promoting any smartphone take the place of a bulletproof vest. Just in case anyone had any bright ideas :) ¬† Read more

How to factory reset and wipe your Android device

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At some point in your Android phone or tablet’s lifetime, you’re probably going to need to perform a factory reset on the device. Whether you’re giving the device to a friend, trading it in to get a better device, or sending it off for a warranty repair, it’s handy to know how to completely wipe all of your personal information off of the device (and optionally, the SD card). In this guide, we’re going to go over how to do that complete wipe so you never have to worry about leaving personal info on a device when you no longer have it. Read more

Samsung Galaxy S5 may not have OIS camera due to supply constraints

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We’ve heard off-and-on rumors about when Samsung will put OIS (optical image stabilization) cameras in their smartphones, since some OEMs like LG do use OIS chips but Samsung doesn’t. We’ve also heard that Samsung may be using an OIS-enabled camera on their next flagship Galaxy S phone, but the latest rumor says that may not be the case. In fact, it may not even be up to Samsung. Read more

Verizon and Sprint Galaxy S 4 starting to receive Android 4.3 update

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Seems like those leaked target dates for the Galaxy S 4’s Android 4.3 update are lining up perfectly. The leaked date suggested that Verizon’s would get Android 4.3 starting on Monday and Sprint today. Turns out, both variants of the GS4 are getting the update right now. Head over to the About Phone section in Settings and check for the update. As you know, however, it can take days for your device to have the update pushed to it. Last night, my brother’s Verizon Galaxy S 4 received the update (NYC area).

If you’re on AT&T or T-Mobile, who generally receive the updates first, those variants are expected to get Android 4.3 beginning on November 13 and 18, respectively. So yes, Verizon actually beat out someone for a software update. Incredible.

Source: Android Central

AT&T’s 4G LTE goes live in six new markets

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Since Sprint announced yesterday that they expanded their 4G LTE network, it was only right for AT&T to do the same today. Interestingly enough, two of the six markets were also included in Sprint’s expansion yesterday. That’s competition, folks.

New AT&T 4G LTE markets:

  • Watertown, Wisconsin
  • Albany, Oregon
  • Marion, Ohio
  • Redding, California
  • Red Bluff, California
  • Gallipolis, Ohio

Source: AT&T

Strange barge located in Maine could belong to Google

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Remember Google’s mysterious barge in San Francisco? It may not be the only one that is linked to Google. A barge docked in Portland, Maine has been there since October 11 and is receiving work Cianbro, a local fabrication company. Unable to name their client, it has been reported that electrical and interior work is currently being done on the barge. The local Portland Press Herald believes that this is part of something greater because when the other barge (in San Francisco) was revealed, sources said that both coast’s were building one. At this time, nothing is confirmed and it could all be completely wrong because Cianbro does not have a long history in large-scale projects.

Source: Portland Press Herald
Via: The Verge

Buying select Galaxy phones from AT&T gets you a free Galaxy Tab 3

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If you plan on grabbing a new phone from AT&T anytime soon (during the holiday season), then be aware that there is a pretty good deal you can score. With the purchase a of Samsung Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S 4 Active, Galaxy Note 3, or Galaxy Note II, you can pick up a Galaxy Tab 3 for free. All you have to do is buy one of the aforementioned phones via a two year contract or by using the Next upgrade program. And of course you will have to add the tablet to your plan for $10 per month. AT&T’s Eric Gofield says that “consumers who are trying to decide between a smartphone or a tablet don’t have to compromise.” Certainly a good deal if you intend on buying one of those devices. Hit the break for the full press release from AT&T. Read more

Pandora updates app to add tablet optimizations, Chromecast support appears to be forthcoming

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Pandora, the popular music streaming service, is rolling out an update to its app and is finally providing optimizations for tablet devices. When held in landscape mode, the app on a tablet device roughly divides the screen into three sections. The center section is the primary focus providing album art and quick links to your play history along with contextual information about tracks. The right hand portion of the screen is devoted to your list of stations, including options to share them or create new one or add some variety. Pandora also includes an option to sort the stations alphabetically or by date created or added. The left hand side of the screen is used for settings, via the action or its own icon on tablet devices. Read more