Today Samsung unveiled their highly popular Galaxy S II device for three of the four major carriers. Their event in New York kicked off with a bang as AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint opened the curtain on what appears to be the biggest smartphone of the year thus far. And when we say big, we mean big. Aside from the AT&T version, which sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, all other devices are sporting a whopping 4.5-inch display. Check out the slides of the main points in the presentation for the US version of the Galaxy S II and note the new features added which the original Galaxy S II device doesn’t have. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. Stay tuned for quick looks and hands on coming shortly. Read more
Sprint is going to be the first U.S. Carrier to launch the Samsung Galaxy S II, dubbed the Epic 4G Touch. We originally thought the release would be September 9th, but we will have to wait an extra week. It is interesting because the latest press shot pictured above still shows 09/09.
So beginning September 16th, you will be able to grab this 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus beast for $199.99 with a 2-year contract. You can pre-order one now with the purchase of a $50 Sprint Gift Card.
Key features include:
- 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen
- Samsung Exynos™ 1.2GHz dual-core processor
- Dual cameras: 8MP, rear-facing camera/camcorder with auto-focus and flash that shoots video in 1080p HD high profile and 2MP, front-facing camera ideal for self-portraits or video chat
- 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capable, supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices on the Sprint 3G or 4G network
- Voice Talk by Vlingo™ allows users to give their Epic 4G Touch voice commands, including voice dial, text message, navigation, music, Web browsing and search
- Task Manager enables users to view and close the applications they have active and any items that may have been downloaded and to check on memory usage via the Task Manager widget
- Screen grab feature allows users to easily take a screen capture of the phone screen by pressing the power button and the home key simultaneously
- Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface provides superior multitasking and customization for an enhanced visual and intuitive smartphone experience
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/a capable
- Visual Voicemail
- Enterprise functionality provides support for exchange device management policies, offers increased security of data and services and enables mobile conferencing while on the go
- microSD card slot that supports up to a 32GB memory card
- Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Technology 3.0
- Access to more than 250,000 apps through Android Market™
Full press release after the break:
Just hours before the big event in New York City, the Samsung Epic 4G Touch showed up on Samsung’s Mobile Product site. There is a really big surprise as it will come with a 4.52-inch screen. Nobody saw that one coming.
The rest of the listed specs are of no surprise which include a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Super AMOLED plus display, ultra- thin design, and 4G network speeds. They also refer to TouchWiz as an “Advanced Android Experience.”
Stay tuned for more info as TalkAndroid will be at the event.
HTC EVO 4G owners are seeing an update today to correct some minor bugs, one of which includes voice recognition accuracy. The update will take 1 to 2 weeks to complete, and you will be notified when it is pushed to your phone. Alternatively, you can hit Menu/Settings/About Phone/System Updates to see if you can manually pull it. This update will bring your software to version 4.53.651.1
- Integrated voice recognition accuracy with voice search and voice-to-text
- Image size issue with contact transfer over bluetooth
- Images cut off in Picasa
- Group contacts not in alphabetical order
- Out of memory, Unable to send SMS
The Motorola Photon is one of the best phones on Sprint right now, but there were some minor bugs such as users experiencing random voice calls defaulting to mute. Today Photon owners should start receiving the latest update which is version 4.5.1A-1_SUN-154_5. The update will be released in stages so you will get notified when it is available to you. Alternatively, you can hit Menu/Settings/About Phone/System Updates to see if you can manually pull it.
- Improvements to voice calling to eliminate inadvertent voice calls defaulting to mute
- Improve stability, resulting in fewer occurrences of unresponsiveness
- Bluetooth support for mono headsets with the Sprint Visual Voicemail application
Without a doubt, the news on everyone’s mind has got be when in the world Samsung will release a Galaxy S II variant in the US? Well, as tidbits and morsels of information continue to surface, it appears we’re closer now than ever. And first up on the list of carriers to launch the device? You guessed it, Sprint. And as Talk Android makes a presence at Samsung’s Galaxy S II event in New York on Aug 29th, we only hope to confirm it. So, how are we tying this one to Sprint? Thanks to a fan over at Phandroid, they were able to note that the location in the weather widget happens to be Sprint’s HQ location in Kansas City. Well done 007. Furthermore, the date set on the widget clock is Sept 9th, an already rumored release date for Sprint’s version of the GSII, aka the Epic Touch 4G/Within. Stay tuned as we report our findings at Sammy’s New York event on the 29th. If you’ve been patiently waiting for Samsung’s flagship device to hit US shelves, the wait is almost over. Hit the break to check out a photo of the ad itself and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Back in the old days, when the original HTC EVO 4G released for Sprint, Best Buy released a surprise in the form of a white variant of the venerable titan. The color did well, especially when it was released at other Sprint dealers, and it offered an alternative to the arguably masculine dark grey and black. Now it seems as though RadioShack is looking to emulate big blue, as they’ve announced a white version of the new HTC EVO 3D. Set to be released next month (September for those not keeping track), RadioShack’s white EVO 3D goes a step beyond the white EVO 4G in that the entire body is white, as opposed to merely the rear housing and battery door. The black bezel around the screen is still black, however. There’s no word as to how long it will remain exclusive to the Shack and no mention of price (expect the same $200, I would imagine), but these details tend to get ironed out as launch day approaches. So who’s looking to get one of these? Let us know in the comments and feel free to jump in after the break to see a larger image.
Sprint wins the flexibility award for today. They just started offering À la carte 3G/4G data packages for the HTC EVO View with NO long-term contracts. I know there are a lot of you that only need carrier data at certain times because you mostly have access to WiFi. This is an awesome addition and hopefully other carriers will follow.
You now have the following choices without the hassle of a commitment:
- Day: $14.99 for 150 MB of on-network usage in a 24-hour period (includes 50 MB off-network roaming usage)
- Week: $29.99 for 500 MB of on-network usage in a 7-day period (includes 100 MB off-network roaming usage)
- Month: $49.99 for 1.5 GB of usage in a 30-day period (includes 150 MB off-network roaming usage)
Once you hit the data limit for the time frame you have, you data will be cut off.
If you have a Mobile Broadband device, than you will be happy to know that in the near future you will have access to these same deals.
We had a chance to get our hands on a new Samsung Conquer 4G on Sprint, and we would like to share it with you. The phone is considered an entry level device, although we here at TalkAndroid are giving it the thumbs up to be called mid-range. With a 1GHz CPU and the overall snappiness of the device, this phone deserves a little more “oomph” than “entry level”. The overall feel of the phone is good, and the fact that it comes with stock Vanilla Android as the UI excites the heck out of this writer.
If you’re wanting the full rundown of the device, hit the break for both the unboxing and review videos, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.
Sprint has begun taking measures that may lead to its eventual acquisition of Clearwire. Currently, Sprint is the majority shareholder of Clearwire, however it needs to buy out shares owned by Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Brighthouse in order to have complete control over Clearwire’s WiMax network. So far Sprint has been discussing the matter with Comcast to provide funding to Clearwire so that it can speed progress of upgrading its network to LTE. Clearwire shut down service back in February to work on upgrading its network but progress has been slow. Sprint knows that LTE will be a necessary upgrade for Clearwire to remain competitive. So far no further comment has been made by Sprint, Comcast or Clearwire, but we will keep you posted.