HTC EVO 3D maintenance update now live

It wasn’t supposed to be until August 23rd, but today Sprint released the maintenance update for the HTC EVO 3D. This is version 2.08.651.2, and the enhancements and fixes include:

Enhancements:

  • Making additional preloaded apps un-installable by user.
  • Updates to applications: Spiderman, Watch, Qik

Fixes:

  • Device Lockscreen stuck in “half-state”
  • Ability to transfer all contacts over Bluetooth
  • Birthday one day off between contacts and Facebook when synced
  • Random GPS coordinates issue – stuck in Taiwan
  • Lockscreen displays 3-digit temperature correctly
  • Spiderman demo lockup

Make sure to hit Menu/Settings/About Phone/System Updates to grab the update.

[via sprint]

RadioShack Ready for Sunday’s arrival of the Samsung Conquer 4G

It looks like Radio Shack is getting ready for Sunday’s launch of the Samsung Conquer 4G.

The Conquer will arrive sporting a 1Ghz processor, 3.5″ screen, Dual Cameras (1.3MP front/3.2MP rear), and Android 2.3. While this is not top-end performance in comparison to some of the latest dual-core smartphones, the price being offered on a 2 year contract, $69.00, makes it a very affordable option for someone looking for a 4G phone.

We recently had the chance to unbox a Conquer 4G and will have a review coming up as well. Additional information on the phone is also available from the original announcement by Samsung and Sprint.

Photo courtesy of our friends at Android Central

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Sprint Nexus S 4G Gets Exclusive Swype Update Before The Rest Of Us

If you own a Nexus S 4G on Sprint and you love Swype, you’re in for a fantastic treat.  Beginning today, you can be among the first to get the new version of the popular keyboard before the rest of the world does.

Sprint has partnered with Swype to bring an exclusive offer to their customers with the Nexus S™ 4G!

New features include:

  • Latest update to Swype on the Nexus S 4G
  • Custom Skin
  • Improved Tap Correction
  • Horizontal Word Choice List
  • Personal Dictionary Management
  • Shortcut Gestures
  • Option to choose between the original Swype Keyboard and a new, sleek custom one

And don’t fret if you don’t own a Nexus S 4G.  The update will roll out to the rest of us “in the coming weeks”.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.  Hit the break to check out a video of Swype and its founder and to also snatch the source link for the download.  Have fun.   Read more

Unboxing: Sprint Samsung Conquer 4G [video]

The Sprint Samsung Conquer 4G: a great little mid-range Android device, running on Sprint’s 4G WiMax network. While this little ditty hasn’t been released yet, that doesn’t mean that we here at TalkAndroid can’t get our hands on it. This little guy sports an HVGA resolution screen, Android 2.3, a 1GHz CPU, and 3.2 MP camera on the back (plus a front-facing camera as well), and is sure to get the job done. Be sure to hit the break below to check out our unboxing of the device, and let us know what you think of it in the comments.

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Samsung to Reveal U.S. Galaxy S II Models on August 29th

Invites are going out from Samsung for an August 29th event in NYC where U.S. Galaxy II models will be unveiled. With the original GSII being a huge hit overseas for a while now, it’s about time to get some solid information on what variants the U.S. will see.

There has already been reports from us on which devices the major carriers will see. I’m most excited about the Hercules for its Nexus style body rumored to be coming for T-Mobile. For Verizon, there’s the Stratosphere (though reports say this is not part of the SGSII series) and questionable Celox. Sprint has the Epic 4G touch and AT&T has the possible variant, the SGH-i927.

I’ll be foaming at the mouth until the 29th as my next device is sure to be a Samsung. Maybe there will even be a big surprise no one has seen just yet. Please Samsung, show us something new with TouchWiz so I can walk proudly with my new Galaxy S II device in hand.

Anyone else looking to jump on board with Samsung? If not, what’s scaring you away?

UPDATE: Due to hurricane Irene, this event has been moved to Tuesday the 30th.

[via bgr]

FCC Clears Kyocera Oblique; Photos Surface

The Kyocera Oblique, believed to be replacing the Samsung Intercept, has been cleared by the FCC and will be released on September 11th through Sprint. This QWERTY slider handset is expected to come with Bluetooth, a 3.2 megapixel camera, low-res QVGA screen, and run on Android 2.3. Similar to its predecessor, it will feature only EV-DO Rev. 0, meaning you’ll be crawling on the Now Network when out of range from a WiFi hotspot.

One more picture after the break

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Verizon May Expand its Unlimited Prepaid Plan to a Larger Market

Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo tells us at a presentation in Boston of their new $50 unlimited prepaid offering, citing its profitability even though it is only currently in a small test market.

“The trial has gone very, very well for us,” he said. “It didn’t cannibalize the base and we actually evaluated our prepaid business and took some share.”

What Shammo is referencing, of course, is the new plan called ‘Unleashed’, which is currently being tested in small markets around Florida and California. The plan is in direct competition with Sprint Nextel and MetroPCS. Verizon’s prepaid share has been fairly low, even losing 3.4% in the course of a year. By contrast, Nextel and MetroPCS saw increases of 5.% and 19%, respectively.

Verizon hopes to restore their prepaid share with this plan, and it certainly seems that they are on their way to doing just that.

[via wsj]

Sprint Pushes Kyocera Echo Gingerbread Update Again

Sprint has started rolling out their second wave of Gingerbread updates for the Kyocera Echo, after having to pull the first one for fear of bricking devices. Taken straight from the Sprint website, there appear to be some extra goodies inside this update.

The software release upgrades Kyocera Echo to Android 2.3, Gingerbread. This version of Android improves download management through the Downloads application, offering the user easy access to any file downloaded from the browser, email or another application. It also implements Swype 3.0 adding two new capabilities: Tap Correction and Horizontal Word Choice List (predictive text).

Specific to Kyocera Echo, this software release will install Eco Mode, a new pre-loaded app that helps the user manage battery power life on the device. The user can pre-set a point at which the phone will go into a low-power consumption mode. When in Eco Mode, the phone will change various settings automatically, such as Screen Timeout, Display Brightness, Wallpaper, Auto-Sync, Haptic Feedback, and Auto-Rotate Screen so that the phone conserves power. The user can select which of these settings are implemented in Eco Mode.

As expected, Sprint got together with Kyocera to fix the old issue; there doesn’t seem to be any problem with this one. For all you Echo lovers out there, how goes the update? Let us know in the comments below!

[via Sprint]

Sprint is now offering easy access to McAfee Mobile Security and McAfee Family Protection

Starting today Sprint is offering customers access to McAfee mobile security applications. Sprint users can hit the Sprint Tab in the Android Market or by clicking on McAfee in the Sprint Zone. The cost will be $30 per year, but you will get a 7-day free trial. It will locate your lost phone, remotely wipe data, backup contacts and other data, and of course protect against malware.

Sprint is also offering McAfee Family Protection for $20 per year after a 7-day trial. It will filter mature websites and protect kids from accidentally removing apps from your device.

“Sprint takes mobile security very seriously, and we are working to provide tools for our customers that can help protect their devices from viruses and give them the ability to lock or wipe data from their device remotely if it becomes lost or stolen,” said Fared Adib, senior vice president-Product, Sprint. “McAfee is recognized as a leader in this space, and we are pleased to be working with them and to feature the McAfee Mobile Security software in Sprint Zone.”

Full press release after the break:

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Samsung Epic 4G Touch, HTC EVO Design 4G, and Motorola Admiral Named As Sprint’s Newest Devices

Let’s hear it for anonymous tipsters! One in particular brings us three new devices to anticipate and begin drooling over from Sprint.

First is the upcoming Galaxy S II handset: the Epic 4G Touch, which seems to be the Samsung Within with a spanking-new name change.

Next is a device for Android fanatics looking for a combination of a qHD resolution with HTC Sense and a dual core CPU:  the Kingdom to be known as the EVO Design 4G.

Lastly, over at the Now Network, a Motorola device will soon arrive as the Admiral. No 4G on this one so it is likely to be more of a middle of the road device, however it could support a much desired longer battery life.  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.

[via engadget]