With today’s announcement of the LG G3, we also get information as to what carriers in the United States are making this LG handset available. Long story short: each of the ‘Big Four’ are going to carry the LG G3. For now, we have information from all but AT&T.
Two carriers, T-Mobile and Sprint, have gone live with per-registration pages. This page not only alerts you when the device will become available for pre-order, but also enters you into a contest to win an LG G3. T-Mobile will be giving away a ‘Beta model’ each day through June 29 and Sprint just says it has twenty units up for grabs. While T-Mobile did not say anything regarding an expected arrival, Sprint says July 2014. Sprint is going to be the exclusive provider of the Shine Gold color as well. Verizon, on the other hand, is simply pegging a summer release.
Source: T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint
HTC will come through with its promise of 2 years of support to One (M7) owners this week — the device will be updated to Sense 6 this week.
Unlocked and developer editions of the device were updated last week, and the T-Mobile variant followed shortly after. It appears that Verizon is preparing to send out the update this week.
With the Moto X having been launched last August, it seems likely that the device will be replaced by a new one in the near future. While there should be a sequel coming soon, it looks like Motorola isn’t ready to let the Moto X go just yet, with hints toward a 64GB version of the device popping up.
The latest of these hints comes from the Sprint website. While there isn’t a formal product page for a 64GB version of the device, the phone does pop up as an option when you shop for accessories. This still doesn’t give any clue into pricing and availability, but at least it somewhat confirms that a device does exist.
Near the end of last week, we had a look at the Verizon version of the LG G3. With that version, the carrier added some heavy branding along with an alteration to the front panel. Today’s leak of the LG G3 for Sprint shows no changes whatsoever.
As far as I can tell, the only thing indicating this is Sprint would be the LTE icon. That is nowhere near as intrusive as Verizon’s branding. Also, Sprint did not change the entire front panel to be black. Instead, the bottom of it will be identical to the back panel. So it seems that the carrier-manufacturer war is nonexistent here. Although, we are going to assume there will be bloatware.
Hit the break to see the gold variant.
We’re still dealing with Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner, and it looks like the cable giant is considering making a bid for T-Mobile, too. Analysts seem to believe that with AT&T buying DirecTV, the pressure that will be put on Comcast to match video delivery will finally tip them into jumping into the wireless industry. In the short term, Comcast may pursue WiFi-MNVO deals, such as reselling Verizon airspace. Long-term, though, that’s not going to be very profitable for a company as large as Comcast, which is where purchasing T-Mobile comes in.
No one should be surprised that the upcoming Motorola Moto X+1 will be carried by Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint in the United States. Last year, Motorola made sure the Moto X was available on each of these carriers in addition to some smaller ones. But the Moto X+1 also popped up on Motorola’s very own site a few times already. So aside from learning once again that the United States’ largest carriers would be picking up the handset, we have learned its codename: Victara.
What do you think Victara stands for, if anything?
Source: @evleaks (official site)
News regarding Android Silver keeps heating up. On Friday, we learned that the Nexus program (for smartphones) is presumably gone with the addition of Android Silver. And earlier today we found out that the new initiative would be launched in February 2015. Now we have some information regarding one of Android Silver’s initial devices. It will come from none other than Google’s good friend LG.
On Twitter, @evleaks shed some light on the LG handset. Specifically, he said it is “running a Qualcomm MSM8994, to be among first Silver devices.” Additionally, he noted that it is expected to be available through Sprint in the United States. What is that Sprint processor? It looks like that will be the upcoming Snapdragon 810. This is a 64-bit processor and it is not expected to be put into production until the first half of 2015. This would align perfectly with Android Silver’s February 2015 launch date.
We have some information today regarding the Samsung SM-N910 (possibly a variant for the Galaxy Note 4, as the Galaxy Note 4 is the SM-N900).
We were already pretty sure that the phone would be coming to AT&T, but now we know it’ll be coming to Sprint, US Cellular, Verizon, T-Mobile and Bell Canada. All carriers should have the 32GB capacity available at launch.
Stay tuned, as there’s certainly more to come.
Source: @evleaks 1 / @evleaks 2
The LG Volt, or the L90 outside of the United States, is available starting today from two of Sprint’s prepaid carriers: Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. But this is not your ordinary prepaid smartphone. The Volt will utilize Sprint’s enhanced Spark LTE connectivity, regardless of which carrier you go with. And for a prepaid smartphone, the specifications are not bad.
The 4.7-inch display has a 960×540 resolution and that seems to be the only iffy part. The processor is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM. The micro SD card slot can expand upon the 8GB of internal storage by 64GB. And the batter is a very respectable 3000mAh. LG threw in an 8MP camera on the back and 1.3MP one up front. There is even an IR blaster and some of LG’s other software additions. However, LG has updated KnockOn to include Knock Code. This new feature utilizes a personalized tapping sequence to unlock the handset.
Hit the break for the full press release.
According to a tweet from evleaks, the SM-G860 device will probably be a CDMA version of the SM-G870, or the GSM version of the Galaxy S 5 Active that’s heading to AT&T. Before you Verizon folks get excited about the device, chances are, the device will actually heading to Sprint, at least according to evleaks.