Sprint Galaxy Note 3 KitKat update now available

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Yesterday, Samsung posted the kernel source for Sprint’s Galaxy Note 3 and we expected the OTA to follow soon. As expected, Samsung already started rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat update to Sprint’s Galaxy Note 3.

The over-the-air (OTA) update is sized at 503 MB with the build number of N900PVPUCNAB. The update brings the Sprint Galaxy Note 3 up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat and introduces a few changes, such as the ability to choose the default texting app, improved location settings, camera shortcut on the lockscreen and much more.

The US Cellular Galaxy Note 3 should start receiving the update soon as it was expected to arrive yesterday. Until then, update your Sprint Galaxy Note 3 to the latest Android version and stay tuned for more updates.

HTC posts manual Android 4.3 update for Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE

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HTC said they wanted to get the EVO 4G LTE on Sprint updated to Android 4.3 by mid-February, and they’ve hit that goal. HTC’s VP Martin Fichter posted a link on his Twitter feed to the RUU for Android 4.3 for the EVO 4G LTE.

HTC RUU’s are update utilities that let users manually update a device to a certain software version. In this case, the RUU updates the EVO to Android 4.3, with one catch; it has to wipe your phone to install.

Apparently, HTC wanted to push an OTA update to the device, but due to memory restrictions on the EVO, they had to go with an RUU, evidenced by the mandatory storage wipe. Still, that’s a small price to pay for getting Android 4.3 and Sense 5. If you want to manually update your device, grab the download link below, connect your phone to your computer through USB, then start the EXE and follow the instructions. Be sure you’ve got everything backed up before you proceed, too.
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Glove app now available in Google Play to help users find best wireless carrier

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With all of the wireless carriers battling for subscribers, many people may be tempted to give a new carrier a try. This could be for a variety of reasons, but probably anyone making a switch would like to know they will not regret a change due to poorer service compared to their current provider. Developer tawkon hopes to help with this situation with the release of the Glove app to help users find “a network that fits.” tawkon claims three out of four people could be getting better service than what they currently have.
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Samsung posts KitKat kernel source for Sprint’s Galaxy Note 3

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Yesterday, Samsung USA unveiled a list of US devices that will receive the Android 4.4 KitKat. The company has now posted the kernel source for Sprint’s Galaxy Note 3 on its open source page and the OTA update could arrive soon by tomorrow.

The kernel source which is sized at 892 MB should be of a great help to developers who want to create custom ROMs. It will help them create a more stable custom ROM based on the latest version of Android.

Samsung released the OTA for Sprint’s Galaxy S4 right after it released its kernel source so it’s a good sign that we will see the OTA for Sprint’s Galaxy Note 3 soon. Meanwhile, stay tuned for the latest update.

Source: Samsung Open Source

HTC Desire 8 carriers and specs leak

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The HTC Desire 8 hasn’t been to shy as of late. We have seen a photo of the device (above) and a leaked screenshot came attached with a possible release date. Now the specifications and potential carrier information have trickled out, thanks to LlabTooFer. This 5.5-inch display will have a resolution of 720p. Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM. Along with 8GB of memory is a microSD card slot. Bluetooth 4.0, now an expectation, is included. The user interface is HTC’s Sense 6.0 over Android 4.4.2. And like the upcoming HTC M8, the Desire 8 will have on-screen buttons.
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Sprint rolling out Android 4.4.2 KitKat to its Galaxy S 4 today

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Alright Sprint Galaxy S 4 owners, today is your lucky day. The carrier is rolling out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat to Samsung’s flagship right now. The build is VPUFNAE and Sprint’s version is JDQ39.L720VPUFNAE.

Here’s what Sprint says the update brings:

  • Android 4.4 (Kit Kat): The Samsung Galaxy S 4 device will be updated to support the Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) software.
  • Prevention Information alert: Customers should no longer receive “Prevention Information – An application has been forced to stop for an unauthorized attempt to access system in your device. It may be safe to delete an application obtained from an unauthorized route. Check now?” alert messages on the device.
  • Zact Mobile: Device now includes the Zact Mobile compatibility.

Source: Sprint

Soak test with Android 4.4.2 rolling out for Sprint Moto X owners

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Owners of the Moto X on Sprint should be on the lookout for the Android 4.4.2 soak test. Some are reporting that the Motorola Feedback Network has contacted them regarding the update and saying there is a “preview software release” incoming. Both T-Mobile and US Cellular owners have already been updated to the latest version of Android, meaning it is only a matter of time before everyone else issues the update.

If you are one of the people taking part in the soak test, let us know about the update in the comments.

Via: Droid Life

User agent profile for Sprint’s Galaxy S 5 appears, sports a 1080p display

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The last twenty-four hours have been filled with news regarding the Samsung Galaxy S 5. It started with Samsung potentially teasing user interface changes. Then a closeup of the device’s retail packaging was photographed and shared with the world. The design of the device was leaked. Even a rumor regarding fingerprint scanning on the sides surfaced. But now a user agent profile for the Sprint variant (SM-G900P) has leaked, providing some conflicting information. While the retail packaging suggested a QHD display (2560×1440), the user agent profile cites a 1920x1080p resolution. What this could mean is that there will be two models, as previously reported by an AnTuTu benchmark. The premium model will have the QHD display and the other will feature a display identical to the Galaxy S 4.

What do we know for sure? That the madness has only begun. Samsung’s press conference at Mobile World Congress will take place on February 24 in Barcelona at 20:00 CET (or 8PM EST in the U.S.).

Source: Sprint
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Sprint adds Push-To-Talk support for six new devices

sprint-logo-1For longer than Android’s existence, Sprint has had push-to-talk functionality. The feature isn’t nearly as popular as it used to be, but that doesn’t stop Sprint from adding support to more Android devices. An update to the official Android app adds support for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G2, LG G Flex, LG Optimus F3, and Kyocera Hydro Edge. Support for the ,Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini, Galaxy Mega, and Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark is coming soon, according to the carrier.

Source: Sprint Newsroom

Ting drops pricing on rate plans in celebration of two years in business

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Ting is one of the newer MNVOs in the market, backed by Sprint’s network and offering rate plans that only charge you for what you use. They first opened shop two years ago, and in celebration of making it this far they’re permanently dropping prices on their rate plans.

Most of the price slashing came on the high end of Ting’s plans, especially in the data packages. Using between 100 and 500 megabytes of data will now cost a dollar less per month, but using between 500 and 1000 costs five dollars less. Even better, using between 1 GB and 2 GB of data has been shaved down thirteen dollars, which is a pretty substantial markdown. On top of those rate changes, once you’ve reached the 2 GB cap, you’ll only be charged 1.5 cents per megabytes as opposed to the previous rate of 2.25 cents per megabyte. This change also applies to minutes, which received a 0.1 cent reduction. To complement this rate change, the top XXL tier of minutes, messages, and data has been removed entirely, which you can see in the chart above.

These new plans take effect immediately for both new and existing customers, and they definitely look more attractive if you’re a heavy data user. Anybody on Ting happy to see these new prices?

source: Ting