Seems the not yet available to the masses device, the HTC EVO 3D has already gotten an update. This update will fix a calendar bug, that causes force closes during entries in certain formats. The new update is software version 1.13.651.7. The update is available OTA, but for those wanting to get your paws on the file, here’s the link. And hit the source, for additional information.
[via android central]
There are many who disapprove of the pending AT&T/T-Mobile merger, but nobody more then Sprint CEO, Dan Hesse. He has the most to lose as the landscape could become very uncompetitive.
Sprint filed a 299 page document with the FCC explaining how AT&T can improve their network capacity by 600%. Basically, they are saying that they are making poor decisions on allocating their resources. They are suggesting that AT&T has a spectrum that they are not using today, and if they did, they would double their capacity. If they utilized small cell cites in areas where coverage is an issue, they could triple capacity. Last but not least, if they update their infrastructure equipment to LTE hardware, they would get 600% capacity.
In the end, this deal will go through because there are companies that do support the deal and this is how companies grow in the 2000′s. It is all about takeovers and mergers. I am actually surprised that we had 4 major carriers for so long. The same will happen with phone OS’s. There won’t be support for 4 to 5 different OS’s and eventually some may go away or be bought out. Sprint has to do their due diligence, but in the end it is losing battle.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been the talk of the town lately. Showing up at the FCC, available nationwide , the Google I/O Galaxy Tab 10.1 getting Android 3.1 Honeycomb update, and launching at Best Buy early this month. In no specific order.
Now Sprint has released some news on their plan to add this Samsung tablet to there line-up of Android devices. The information released today says that the WiFi version of this tablet will be available on June 24th for $499.99 packed with Android 3.1, 16gb of storage, 1GHz Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, rear and front facing cameras. Hit the break for the full press release.
If you have already decided to buy the EVO 3D and you are Sprint Premier customer then your wait is over. It launches on June 24, but you can order it now for $199 with a two-year contract, or $549.99 outright.
If you already have an EVO 4G and wondering if you should get this latest version then check out our recent article comparing the two.
Recently the EVO 4G was updated to Gingerbread, but there were some bugs. A major one was Netflix completely disappearing because of Gingerbread compatibility issues. A maintenance update (version 4.24.651.1) went live today that fixes the following items:
- SMS are intermittently sent to wrong and seemingly random contact
- “Me” instead of “Yo” in SMS thread conversations when set to Spanish
- Unable to stream media thru some applications after updating to 3.70
- Email attachments are not displayed in the mail client
- Multiple Gmail accounts no longer sync after FroYo update
- Fix for battery discharge issue
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- Downloads managementThe Downloads application gives the user easy access
- to any file downloaded from the browser, email,or another application
- Corrects voicemail notification issue (from 4.22.651.2)
- Corrects issue with hearing aid compatibility menu disappearing (from 4.22.651.2)
- Netflix compatibility (from 4.22.651.2)
Kudos to HTC for getting this done quickly.
With the pending release of the Evo 3D, a lot of Evo 4G owners have wondered if it’s worth it to upgrade (including myself). The Evo 4G set off an Android trend that is still being felt today. The specification list for the original Evo is STILL being matched even a year later. In fact, most phones aren’t even considered current if they don’t have at least a 4″ screen, front facing camera, 1 GHz processor, and the likes. When you think about it, how many phones today borrow a lot of their design from the wildly successful Evo 4G? Droid X. Sensation 4G. Motorola Atrix. The list goes on. The Evo 4G is a great phone, but once people saw its successor there were questions about whether IT was getting dated. The Evo 3D is a beautiful device, but should 4G owners feel the need to upgrade? In order to justify getting one or not, let’s break it down some so it’s a little less subjective.
Gingerbread is a hot commodity for the latest Android devices. Either we want all the newest phone to be released with it, or we’re doing our darnedest to get it released as an update to our current devices. Well Sprint has announced that starting June 20th they will be releasing an over the air (OTA) maintenance update. As the norm for update installs from Sprint, you will receive notification that an update is available. Okay, enough about the OTA update. If you have be on the edge of your seat waiting for this Android 2.3 update, and this article has pushed you over the edge, I’m here to tell you you can get it a few days early. All you need to do is go to Menu>Settings>System updates>HTC software Update. This will manually start the proccess.
So pull out your HTC Evo Shift 4G and try the above manual user update. If that doesn’t work today, never fear. Give it another shot tonight, then tomorrow. But without a doubt, via word from the Sprint Community Blog you will have it by Monday June 20th.
Oh, and by the way, along with Gingerbread you’ll also be updated with SWYPE, an optional replacement for the stock keyboard. Hit the jump for the full Sprint announcement
Lookout is at the top of the list when it come to mobile security here at TalkAndroid. Just search our past articles and you’ll find plenty to read on the application. I wont speak for the rest of the TalkAndroid staff, but I’ve been using Lookout since it was in private beta on a Windows Mobile 6.1 device, bearing the name, Flexilis. Some of you may remember that. I still use it today on my Evo 4G on the Sprint network.
The free version is available in the Android Market, and after installing can be upgraded to a premium account for a monthly or yearly fee. Back in November TalkAndroid published an article outlining all the features of the premium version. Read about it here - Review: Lookout Mobile Security Premium - for a complete overview of the app.
Now on to the news and an exclusive give-away we wanted to bring our faithful readers!
The above screenshot from the Twitter account of Amazon Wireless says it all…Almost. The HTC Evo Shift 4G which was released back in January can now be had by new customers for $39.99. That is a huge discount from the originally listed Amazon Wireless price of $499.99.
Now I don’t personally use the Evo Shift, but my wife has it and she loves it. It’s been quite stable for her and the small amount I’ve played with it I can say it’s not a bad device. Of course it doesn’t stack up to my Evo 4G, in my opinion. But it is a solid device if you’re looking for a great deal on an Android phone from HTC, one of the top phone makers today.
So if you’re currently getting fed up with you current carrier, and looking for a switch, this may be the way to go. And if your a current Sprint customer looking to upgrade or add a line, you can still get this device for $99.99, which I still think is a pretty decent deal.
For a company that many thought would be in trouble by year’s end, Sprint has seemingly taken the mobile world by storm. In fact, there’s more Sprint coming up in my Android feed than both Verizon and AT&T for the first time I can remember. That didn’t happen even before the release date of the Evo 4G. So what exactly is the littlest of the Big 3 up to now a days? From where I’m standing Sprint has some big plans for the future: