Hey Photon owners, if you haven’t recived it yet, be on the lookout for a hefty OTA maintenance upgrade. Besides a slew of general fixes and enhancements, you’re also getting Google Talk with video, compatibility support for the Lapdock 100, a fix for your proximity sensor and more. The build is 45.3.6.en.US. Sprint is likely staggering the update but it should turn up in your available updates soon.
We recently wrote about the HTC Kingdom coming to US Cellular under the title HTC Hero S. The Hero S is supposed to come with a single core 1.2 GHz processor, a 4-inch qHD (540×960) touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, and a secondary front-facing cam. The photo above is US Cellular’s first press shot of the Hero S. It’s pictured beside the Motorola Electrify; a US Cellular variant of Sprint’s Photon. The Hero S is also planned for Sprint under the name HTC Evo Design 4G. Alltel is also expected to carry this phone as the Acquire. Obviously the device is attractive to carriers, we’ll see how it fares with the consumers.
Recently, some Bionic owners have taken to snooping around Webtop code and they have discovered something of interest. In a file meant to check for phone models, the code lists olympus, common, sunfire, targa, and edison. Now the Olympus, Sunfire, and Targa are the Atrix, Photon, and Bionic, respectively. How about those other two though? The first being common, it is probably safe to assume this refers generically to any Webtop enabled device. Edison on the other hand, is likely a different matter. This is the first mention of a Motorola Edison. While speculatory, we have some suspicions as to what this may be. The Motorola Atrix is due for a refresh and how about that leaked Droid HD. At this point it may even be nothing! Not all phones make it past the drawing board. However, the fact that it appears in Moto code, as opposed to the rumor mill, does suggest better odds that this device is somewhere just beyond the horizon.
Remember that US Cellular roadmap we showed you a couple of months ago? It had a Motorola Electrify that we knew had to be their version of the Motorola Photon 4G.
US Cellular just officially announced it is going to be available later this month and will be $199 (after a $100 rebate) with a 2-year contract. It has the same exact specs as the Photon 4G which include:
- 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) screen
- 1GHz dual-core CPU
- 8MP rear camera, VGA front
- 16GB storage
- Android Gingerbread 2.3
Full press release after the break:
The Motorola Photon is one of the best phones on Sprint right now, but there were some minor bugs such as users experiencing random voice calls defaulting to mute. Today Photon owners should start receiving the latest update which is version 4.5.1A-1_SUN-154_5. The update will be released in stages so you will get notified when it is available to you. Alternatively, you can hit Menu/Settings/About Phone/System Updates to see if you can manually pull it.
- Improvements to voice calling to eliminate inadvertent voice calls defaulting to mute
- Improve stability, resulting in fewer occurrences of unresponsiveness
- Bluetooth support for mono headsets with the Sprint Visual Voicemail application
About a month ago, we got word that Motorola would be launching a new Android smartphone with Sprint called the Motorola Photon 4G. This device is not to be taken lightly, as it packs some of the best specs you can get in a handheld. We were all informed of the specs, but not of the actual launch date and price. Today that info is ready for all, as Sprint will be selling the Photon 4G for $199.99 on a new two year contract, and it’ll be readily available on July 31st 2011.
The Photon 4G has Android 2.3 Gingerbread running a 1GHz tegra 2 dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, a 4.3 inch qHD display, 16GB of internal storage, an 8 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, and a VGA frontside camera. Sprint will also have their Sprint ID feature available on the Motorola Photon 4G.
For more information on the Motorola Photon 4G, check out the video from Sprint and Motorola on the development of Sprint’s first 4G smartphone.
Full Presser below.
Back in June, we reported that U.S. Cellular would be launching 7 new Android phones and 1 tablet by the end of 2011. Well their Q3 and Q4 roadmap leaked, and it features 11 Android phones as well as the HTC Flyer.
The Motorola Electrify arrives in October and it appears to be the Photon which launches July 31 on T-Mobile. It has a 4.3-inch display, dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera, VGA front camera, HDMI output to 1080p, DLNA, Swype, and the ability to use GSM networks overseas.
The LG 855 will launch in September which happens to be the Optimus Black. It has a 4-inch Nova display, a 1GHz processor, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, and Android 2.3.
The rest of the lineup includes the HTC Desire II, HTC Wildfire S (both for October), and the Huawei Ascend II for November
We did not receive marketing slides for two Samsung phones: the Samsung Character for July and the Repp for October. We will let you know when we hear more.
Hit the break for the marketing slides:
Today Motorola and Sprint announced the Photon 4G (pictured above) which is the first Motorola Sprint 4G phone. The Photon will have worldwide GSM capabilities. It will be compatible with Motorola’s webtop application, and it will include a kickstand for hands-free viewing. When you open the kickstand the phone automatically switches to landscape mode. It will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the newer version of Motorola’s Blur.