Motorola recently sent out a “confidential email” to DROID Bionic owners part of the Motorola Feedback Network, so you know what that means— an update is on the way folks. What this update is exactly, no one knows. But we do have the lovely letter in its entirety, so come join us as we share it with you after you hit the break. » Read the rest
Sprint has launched their version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus before fully rolling out their LTE network. This means that users of the device have to depend on Sprint’s 3G EV-DO network for data when not near a Wi-Fi connection. Unfortunately, it seems some customers are complaining that their Galaxy Nexus handsets are not able to attain a reliable 3G connection.
Some customers that have exchanged their phones for a new one are claiming successful 3G connections, so it seems that there’s either a bad batch of phones out there, or there’s some other reason why some specific phones are problematic. Whatever the reason is, it seems that Sprint and Samsung are aware of the issue and will be providing a software fix soon. A Sprint employee posted the following in the Sprint community forums:
Sprint/Samsung are aware of this problem and will be releasing a software update to resolve the issue. Can’t commit to a date yet, but they are trying really hard to get it released early next week. Sorry for your troubles.
So there you have it. If you’re experiencing 3G connectivity issues, you can either try your luck by exchanging your device, or wait just a little longer for the fix to arrive.
We know you all love a good deal or two, so we’re happy to share with you all a super find for those of you interested in the mouthwatering AT&T HTC One X smartphone. Amazon Wireless has the device available for pre-order for a not-too-shabby price of $149.99 for both the white and grey versions of the smartphone— $50 less than what AT&T is offering the smartphone for. That’s not even the best part too— the offer is available for both new and existing customers. Very nice indeed. In case you’ve forgotten, the 4G LTE version of the One X features:
- 3G/4G/4G LTE connectivity
- Android 4.0
- 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
- 4.7-inch HD 720p touchscreen
- 16 GB memory
- 8-MP camera + Full HD 1080p video capture
- Wireless-N Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 4.0
If you’re interested, you’ll want to jump on this deal right away before its too late, so be sure to hit the source links for more details.
Is the Sprint Galaxy Nexus truly arriving in just a few weeks? It sure appears to be the case folks. Our friends at BGR seem to have gotten a hold of yet another internal document highlighting the device’s arrival on April 22. This latest leak matches up with rumors we’d already heard about last week regarding the April 22nd release date on the NOW Network. Moreover, Sprint stores around the country should be receiving the various merchandising items which would showcase the full potential of the device. All we need now is just the formal confirmation from Sprint and/or Samsung for the imminent release date.
While the device’s April arrival looks to be unofficially official, let’s just hope the majority of the country will be able to enjoy Sprint’s new LTE network sooner than later.
Are you a Verizon customer and see 4G for the first time recently or are getting a stronger signal? In an effort to gain a serious head start over other carriers, VZW just expanded its LTE coverage across the U.S. and lit up a bunch of new markets. The folks over at Droid-Life have compiled a nice big list outlining the new LTE markets and also the ones getting an expansion.
I personally have had 4G in the Washington town that I live in but could never get a 4G signal inside my house until today. I now get a solid two bars in the basement even! The other carriers are going to have a hell of a time playing catch up to this amazing effort from Verizon. Jump past the break to see the full list of new markets and let us know if you are now enjoying the speed of LTE for the first time.
The great thing about the Android platform is the fact it allows us to tinker and modify our devices, despite certain OEMs and carriers making a clear effort to deter us from doing such sinful acts. While HTC has given us some ability to unlock its devices, we do know that some very intelligent and crafty individuals are hard at work trying to make newer HTC devices (and other OEMs for that matter) more accessible to us– the common people, in the meantime. That’s why an anonymous person who has that mouthwatering AT&T HTC One X smartphone is ready to make the device just a little more interesting. Apparently he or she bought a prototype of the smartphone with full S-OFF in the bootloader. While the anonymous person may not be able to do anything on his or her own, the development community is sought upon to try and throw in their two cents on how to crack the additional codes in the phone. Ladies and gents— if the lucky owner and other developers are able to crack the code of the phone, we may just see a new world of potential for the device… sooner than we think. Stay tuned for further developments on this noteworthy story everyone!
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. » Read the rest
The LG Lucid has finally made its way to Big Red and will be available this Thursday, March 29th at a Verizon store near you. The device is going for the low low price of $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and on a 2-yr contract. If you’ve been looking for an LTE enabled device without breaking the bank, this is it. The handset sports a 4-inch Gorilla glass IPS display @ 800 x 480 res, a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU, Gingerbread 2.3.x and a 5 meg camera. Think you can use this phone for the next 2 years? To check out the full specs and press release hit the break.
- Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread, upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 5-megapixel rear-facing autofocus camera with flash and full HD (1080p) video capture
- Front facing camera for video chatting with friends and family
- Video Producer – create and edit HD videos right on Lucid by LG
- 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM for fast Web browsing and multitasking
- Virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype® technology
- SmartShare – share media with friends and colleagues wirelessly to DLNA®-enabled devices
Pricing and availability:
- Lucid by LG will be available starting March 29 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online atwww.verizonwireless.com for $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
- Customers who purchase a Lucid by LG will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.
Ah yes, that elusive and mysterious LG Optimus LTE P936 smartphone. When we last saw it, the P936 was trying to pull a fast one and sneak past the FCC without anyone noticing, but it has since made another appearance— this time really making a splash by showing itself off in a video of itself getting benchmarked. As you can see the device runs through the Quadrant gauntlet with flying colors and achieves a not too shabby 2564 score, beating out such devices as the Samsung Galaxy Tab and even the Galaxy Nexus.
While there’s no specific information of this gorgeous black toy, there is some general details about the device that has been leaked out. We know there’s a 1.5GHz processor inside (though we don’t know if it’s a dual or quad-core processor), 720p display with 320 ppi on an estimated 4.6-inch screen and a sweet 8MP camera. It’s pretty unlikely this device will be headed within the U.S. lines, but it looks like those abroad may have yet another solid phone to look forward to.
Enough chit-chatter— I’m sure you’re all aching to see the benchmark, so be sure to check it out in the video below.
Currently Verizon is leading the race to see which carrier can provide the largest blanket of LTE service, and they don’t plan on letting up any time soon. Yesterday Big Red announced that tomorrow, March 15, they will be flipping the 4G switch in 7 new markets and will expand the service in 17 others. This will put them past the 200 markets mark (203 to be precise) and plans are to double it to 400 by years end. A few of the areas being lit up tomorrow are:
– Dothan and Enterprise, Ala
– Naples, Fla
– Greenville, N.C.
– Altus and Durant, Okla.
– Longview/Marshall, Texas
Verizon will be expanding 4G LTE service in :
– Washington, D.C.
– Elkhart, Ind.
– Baltimore, Md.
– Columbus, Miss.
– Northern N.J.
– Wilmington, N.C.
– Duncan, Okla.
– Allentown/Bethlehem, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Scranton/Wilkes Barre, Pa.
– Hilton Head, S.C.
– Cleveland, Tenn.
– Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.
– Kenosha, Madison and Milwaukee, Wis.
Not only is their 4G LTE coverage becoming a very respectable feat, they have even managed to roll out service in every U.S. state except for Alaska. Verizon currently offers over 20 4G LTE handsets and they claim they plan on releasing only 4g LTE smartphones for the year. That means no new 3G handsets until 2013. Way to go Big Red! Your persistence is commendable. Are there any of you who don’t yet have access to the fastest 4g network in America?
Full press release after the jump.