Here we go guys and gals. The Sprint branded Nexus S 4G will be receiving an update OTA starting July 11th. This update will fix a few issues, that some of you lucky Nexus S owners may be experiencing. See the specifics below:
- Enables the NFC Secure Element
- 4G Settings Widget
- TTY Support
- NI Push Support
- Improved WiFi Connectivity, Speakerphone audio quality, 4G throughput and signal acquisition.
- Tuned signal strength indicators.
As all over-the-air Android updates, you should be automatically notified. So sit tight and let the update roll in somewhere between Jully 11th and 13th. How about let us know today what issues you’ve been having with this “Pure Google” phone in the comments. And once the updates are pushed out, come on back and tell whats been improved.
Just a few days ago, we heard about a new mid-range smartphone from Samsung that will be a 4G device called the Samsung Conquer. That device seems to be making its way over to Sam’s Club on July 24th as seen in the leaked shot above of the Sprint device launches to take place there.
This mid-range device actually has decent specs;
- 3.2MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with Sprint ID)
- 1 GHz CPU
- 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen
- Tri-Band CDMA
This one will most likely go for a small $99 on a new 2 year with 4G data plan, but we’ll have to wait and see.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab was the first mainstream Android tablet and it still is a pretty good value at $199 for the casual user. Today it gets even better as the Gingerbread update rolls out for Sprint customers.
Other than Gingerbread 2.3, there is one other fix which is for HID Bluetooth. This brings the software version to S:P100.08 S.EF17 and the build to GINGERBREAD.EF17. It will be released in stages, and all devices should have the update within 4 days.
There have been rumors going around that the LG Optimus Black would be coming to Sprint. TalkAndroid’s inside sources at Sprint have officially confirmed that the LG Optimus Black will arrive on Sprint sometime in the near future. A once sought after super phone, its longevity seems to be in question now that it is being released with Froyo this late in the game (when it was announced in January that wasn’t as big of a deal, now it is). The phone definitely has some “super” specs to it, but the question of buying a phone with only Froyo now rather than looking one phone to the right for an equally beefy, Gingerbread phone remains. Regardless of your opinion on it, the LG Optimus Black is coming to Sprint, a carrier that is usually shunned for its lack of phone options. Welcome to the new era of Sprint my friends.
Samsung posted details about the Sprint Conquer 4G. With the Galaxy S II (as the Within) on the way there is no need for anything high end, so for those looking for mid range here are the specs:
- 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen
- 1 GHz processor
- 3.2MP rear camera, 1.3MP front facing camera
- Android 2.3 (will include Sprint ID, but no Touchwiz)
- Tri-Band CDMA
It is nice to see mid range phones getting 4G radios. There is no information about pricing or availability, but stay tuned.
Motorola and Sprint recently released the XPRT, but it looks like they are working on another portrait QWERTY Android phone. This one is more curvier and will include Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box. You will also notice that the keyboard has more of a “smile pattern” as compared to the XPRT’s “ruler pattern.”
The only other information that was given is that it might include 4G WiMax.
Over at BGR, sources have told them some hardware specs which will be included into the next Google flagship device which should be running Ice Cream Sandwich, the next major Android OS. The device should come without any physical menu keys and will have a 720p resolution display using Super AMOLED HD technology, which we know to be Samsung manufacturing. Also confirmed is the processor, which will be the OMAP4460 1.5GHz dual-core seen also in the ARCHOS G9.
The Samsung device running Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) will be void of any specially designed UI’s or OEM/carrier overlays on the OS, which has been the trend thus far for Google’s Nexus devices. The Device is confirmed from BGR’s sources codenamed “Prime”, which lends itself to be called the Google ‘Nexus Prime’. This device, along with others later this year will be the beginnings of an onslaught of Android devices hitting several carriers and many OEM’s pushing the Android 4.0 OS onto many devices for timely launches around the same time.
Obvious Android OEM’s would include LG, Motorola, HTC and Samsung, and should be a blanket across many carriers such as T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon among others. This will be an interesting year for Android spanning Operating systems from Android 2.1 – Android 4.0.
Here in the U.S., the carriers find it necessary to load what we call bloatware on our phones, specifically Android phones. If you are not familiar with bloatware it is the those apps that come pre-installed on your phone that you have no interest in. Once in a while you might find one useful, but it would be a lot better if we actually had the choice to have it or not. This is more of an issue for Android phones because Apple does not allow this practice and Microsoft allows for user removal.
The EVO 3D, which launched this past Friday, has the ability to remove those apps. We wondered what the story was, and apparently Sprint did this because of consumer feedback. It looks like they will continue this practice, but there is no official policy in place. The only app that cannot be removed is Sprint ID.
Of course there is always rooting, but let’s be honest, the majority of consumers are not rooting. This is a great move by Sprint. With the pending AT&T and T-Mobile merger, these types of things will help them compete with the big boys.
Sprint’s Q3 roadmap has leaked and it reveals the Samsung Epic 2. It will come with a 4-inch display, a 1.2GHz single-core Hummingbird processor, and a 8MP camera. The current Epic (1) 4G has a 1GHz Hummingbird and a 5MP camera. Not an impressive upgrade so I think we should just called it an “update.”
There is also a “full touch 4G” device from Samsung. There are no other details, but it is probably a safe assumption that this will the the Samsung Galaxy S II. We know it will eventually hit all the US carriers. A month ago we reported that the Sprint version might be called the Within.
There are also a couple of BlackBerry phones, the Bold Touch and Monaco. These names are expected to change and will be capable of GSM global roaming.
Today is the day guys and gals! The EVO 3D and Evo View 4G are available in stores now. Sprint stores nationwide opened at 8:00 this morning ready and waiting for the wave of customers. As promised, today is June 24th and the 3-dimensional video recording, video watching, no glasses required Android device, along with the latest HTC 7″ tablet is availble for purchase.
This EVO 3D device is packed full of features: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU, the nations first 4.3-inch 3D capacitive touchscreen (960×540), dual 5-megapixel rear cameras for recording 3D video at 720p, 2D video at 1080p, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 4GB of internal memory, microSD expansion slot, DNLA support and HDMI port.
The Evo View 4G for Sprint comes out of the box sporting: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), but don’t worry you will see a future upgrade to Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, 7 inch touchscreen (1024 X 600), 5 megapixel camera , 1.3 megapixel front camera, 32 GB internal storage, 1 GB RAM.
Maybe you’re planning on running out to your local store and giving one of these devices a test run. Or you may have been holding to that upgrade option just waiting for a day like today. Whatever the case, be sure to give us you personal hands-on opinion of the devices in the comments below. We’d love to hear it! Hit the break for the full press release.