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
Via: Phandroid

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

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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

SoftBank/Sprint to meet with FCC today, T-Mobile may be on slate

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A report from the Wall Street Journal today indicates Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son and Sprint CEO Dan Hesse are scheduled to meet with the FCC. Sources indicate that one of the topics of discussion is a possible merger with T-Mobile. During January, it was revealed that Sprint obtained some proposals from different banks that demonstrated how a merger of the two carriers could be made to work financially. That would only be one hurdle to be jumped if the merger is ever going to happen. It is looking more and more like regulatory approvals will be the bigger problem, which would be a good reason for the two CEOs to spend some time during a face to face meeting with FCC officials to discuss the merger.

According to different sources, the Department of Justice appears reluctant, if not being outright against the idea, to see the number of “major” carriers being reduced from four down to three. SoftBank and Sprint are likely to counter that argument by pointing out that Verizon and AT&T  are the heavyweights in the market and the weakness of the third and fourth largest carriers is actually hurting competition, a situation that could be corrected by allowing the merger to occur. By meeting with the FCC, SoftBank/Sprint may also be able to get a government agency on board with the concept to help in the battle with the Department of Justice.

source: TmoNews

Android KitKat now available for Sprint’s HTC One [Updated]

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Earlier this week, Jason Mackenzie, President of HTC America, announced that the Android KitKat version for the US Carrier-branded models of HTC One would be available within a week or two. Just yesterday, we saw HTC One updated to Android 4.4 KitKat on select Canadian carriers. However things may have changed as Sprint rolled out a notice on their community website that Android 4.4 KitKat is now available for Sprint’s HTC One via “customer initiated request”.

This means that everyone who wants to update their Sprint HTC One device to Android KitKat version can do so by manually updating from the Settings menu. To manually check for an update, just go to Settings/System Updates/HTC Software Update/Update Over Wi-Fi Only.

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Best Buy once again offering $50 gift card with upgrades and number ports

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Best Buy is once again offering store gift cards for customers that upgrade their device or port their numbers over to another carrier. This of course only pertains to Verizon, AT&T and Sprint as T-Mobile no longer does contracts. The great thing about this is you only have to register between February 2 and February 15th, and once you’ve registered you have until the end of the year (December 31) to upgrade and receive your $50 Best Buy gift card.

Any phone you’re eyeing right now? Or waiting for perhaps the successors to the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One?

source: Best Buy

Internal Sprint documents suggest red Nexus 5 coming to Play Store on Feb. 4

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An internal Sprint document notes that a red Nexus 5 will be available through the Google Play store on Feb. 4.

We’ve already seen plenty of fake colored Nexus rumors, and plenty of ones that also seemed very real (and here). There’s definitely more to come on this, so stay tuned for now.

Source: Android Central

Sprint joins other big carriers with launch of its own cloud storage service

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Sprint users will have another option for storing their data in the cloud as the cell carrier is launching its own cloud storage service, starting today. Unlike its Verizon and AT&T counterparts, Sprint gives a free option with the ability to pay for unlimited storage. If you opt for the free model you’ll get 5GB. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay $4.99 a month for the unlimited storage option. AT&T only offers a 5GB plan whereas Verizon offers up to 125GB. It’s available for both Android and iOS.

So if you’re on the Now Network look for the cloud storage app in the Play Store. Even with other options for cloud storage out there, you’ll be hard pressed to find one with unlimited storage for $5 a month.

source: The Verge