Sprint customers, fire up your HTC One Max! The Sprint variant of HTC’s phablet is starting to receive a software update that brings all of the goodies from Sense 6, the skin that shipped with the HTC One (M8). The update is just over 537MB, so make sure you have enough storage.
There is a possibility that we see Sprint and T-Mobile merge in the near future. On Bloomberg’s Market Makers program, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse appeared in a segment to talk about a few topics. Of course, the merger came up and Hesse even commented on T-Mobile CEO John Legere’s way of carrying himself.
Today Kyocera announced their most recent mobile device in the Hydro Vibe and will be released on Sprint and Virgin Mobile’s network come May 9th (May 27th for Virgin Mobile). Pricing for the Hydro Vibe will be set at $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $9.59 with Sprint’s Easy Pay plan while Virgin Mobile will have it at $149.99 off-contract.
As for specs, you can expect a 4.5-inch 960×540 display, 1.2GHz quad-core MSM8926 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot, an 8MP and 2MP front and rear camera respectively. The device will have LTE capabilities and come with a 2,000mAh battery to power it all. Also, it wouldn’t be named “Hydra” if it didn’t have something to do with water, right? You can expect the Hydra Vibe to come with an IP57-rate for protection against both dust and water. You can check the Hydra Vibe’s promo video and full press release after the break.
Those of you on that travel internationally and are on Sprint may want to pay attention for a few minutes. The company has announced that it will be offering an “International Connect” plan that will allow you to call people in 65 international locations. Coupled with the “Framily” plan, you’ll be able to pay 15 extra dollars a month to use your minutes to connect to people in other areas of the world. As Kymber Umana, Hispanic marketing manager for Sprint stated:
“We understand how important international calling is to our customers. Connecting with friends and loved ones internationally can be costly and complicated, and we set out to change that with these new competitive and aggressively priced International Connect and International Long Distance Premier offers. Compared to many of our competitors, Sprint has better pricing in over 50 percent of countries worldwide.”
It may be a bit on the old side in smartphone “years,” but the Samsung Galaxy S III is getting some love from Sprint which started rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat to users today. We believe this update will actually bump user devices up to 4.4.2, but Sprint’s update page does not indicate exactly which version of KitKat is supplied with this update. According to the changelog, there are no other updates being deployed to the Galaxy S III other than the KitKat update.
The update is being sent out in stages, so it may be a few days before it shows up on all devices. Users can check for the update manually by going to Settings -> More -> System Update -> Update Samsung Software -> Check for updates.
For the past several months, there have been some pretty intense rumors surrounding the possibility of Sprint buying out T-Mobile. Sprint has publicly stated that they’d like to at least try to make a bid for T-Mobile, and banks have clarified that a deal would definitely be possible and priced at around $50 billion.
Earlier today, Sprint announced a new partnership with Spotify, but they also introduced the HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon edition. This wasn’t a surprise since we heard about this device a few weeks ago. The Harman Kardon edition is exclusive to Sprint and will be available online May 2 and in stores beginning Friday, May 9.
The Harman Kardon edition is, you guessed it, all about sound. The phone promises a “richer, deeper and clearer sound quality for compressed digital music.” It will also feature an FM radio along with Sprint Sound Sessions for exclusive music. The rest of the specs of the phone are the same as any other HTC One (M8), but it will have a unique black finish with champagne trim. It will also include Harman Kardon headphones.
After disclosing a loss of 231,000 postpaid subscribers and 364,000 prepaid subscribers during an earnings report today, Sprint announced a new partnership with online music streaming service Spotify to offer some special deals and discounts as part of a “Sprint Sound Sessions” package. The package includes some special pricing with Spotify, access to the Sprint Music Plus music store and player, access to the curated Music Live service offering news and downloads involving the world of music, and the NextRadio app for listening to local FM broadcasts. The partnership with Sprint is the first deal Spotify has entered into with a U.S. carrier.
For the Sprint owners out there who bought the LG G Flex, there’s some good news for you today. The carrier announced today that KitKat will be rolling out for the device beginning today, April 28.The update (version LS995ZV6) is rolling out in batches, so you may have to be patient to receive your update. Everyone should have the update by May 7.
It’s till to be seen what UI tweaks 4.4 will bring to the G Flex, since Sprint lists “OS upgrade to Android 4.4 (Kit Kat)” as the only improvement in the OTA.
An update to the Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has begun rolling out to fix a number of issues that users have been having trouble with. The issues that are fixed in this update include the camera app not loading during a voice call, the alarm failing to go off when deleting alarms, and duplication of emails when moving them to new folders.
The update will likely not roll out to the international variant of the device as most of the issues it focuses on are unique to the Sprint variant. It will bump the software version up to G900PVPU1AND2, and, like usual, will roll out in stages.