A few weeks ago, at CES, Sprint made the announcement that they would bringing the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the 32GB variety to their newly minted LTE network. If you are one of those folks on Sprint that are looking forward to this device and you’re impatiently waiting it appears that the release is coming soon. The registration section for the Sprint device has gone live on the official Galaxy Nexus site which will allow you to be notified when the phone goes up for sale.
The Sprint version will come with Google Wallet installed unlike Verizon‘s, and will also be free of any bloatware, again unlike Verizon’s version. However there is nothing to suggest what the phone will be going for when it becomes available on Sprint but if you are interested in being one of the first in knowing when it’s available you can hit the source to sign up. You can check out our hands on with the Sprint Galaxy Nexus at CES. Also if you’re interested you can check out the review on Verizon’s version here. While it’s on a different network I am sure it’s essentially the same device. Enjoy!
The sequel to the original Samsung Epic 4G was rumored to be seen on Sprint‘s network way back in quarter three of last year. However there hasn’t been much in terms of news regarding this device since then. Heck, the phone hasn’t even seen a release since it was first announced. Well it appears that we may actually see a release after all, as the device (SPH-D705) has made a showing in the Cellebrite system (see below). Usually this means that the release is imminent in the near future.
Always fancied that Sprint Epic Touch 4G phone, but was concerned about the steep price of the phone? Well you will want to pay a visit to Amazon, ASAP. The online retailer is offering the ever-popular Galaxy S II Epic Touch 4G for a lowered price. Yup, it’s offering the 1.2GHz Exynos-powered Gingerbread handset for a lowered price which should entice more than a few people. It is offering the popular Black version for $79.99 while the intriguing white version is offered at a cool $99.99 for new customers. If you’re a current Sprint customer and you want to upgrade, the upgrade price is a mere $149.99 for both versions. Also keep in mind it is offering free 2-day shipping when you order the phone by 3PM Monday-Friday. You can hit up Amazon today to grab either of the phones and when you do, let us know what you think of them when you finally get your greasy mitts on the great phone.
[via Amazon black, white]
Sprint is getting a shinny new tablet for their line up. The ZTE Optik Tablet will be the Now Network’s latest addition to their collection of Android devices. The Tablet is available for $99 on a contract, and you can have it shipped to you as early as February 5th or if your are a patient person, it will be ready for in-store purchase March 11th. Read on past the break for all the specs.
- 7-inch display
- 1.2GHz dual-core processor
- 16GB internal memory
- 1GB of RAM
- 4,000 mAh battery
- 5-megapixel primary camera
- 2-megapixel front facing camera
- Mobile hotspot for up to 5 devices (3G)
- Stereo speakers
- Android 3.2
This is not a power-house device, but it is impressive for only $100. I am a Sprint customer and I will defiantly be checking out this device when it lands in stores. Will you? Let us know in the comments section below.
Sprint is officially rolling out the EL29 update for the Epic 4G Touch smartphone. Shouldn’t be too surprising considering we saw the source kernel became available last week and we expected the subsequent update to drop at any given moment. In case you’re interested, here’s the changelog for the update:
- Security update
- Dismissing multiple calendar alerts
- Commercial Alert System (CMAS) activated
Notice the security update enhancement? This must mean that Sprint is chugging along in its quest to remove Carrier IQ from its devices. The EL29 update will bring your software build to version S:D710.0.5S.EL29 and will be released in stages. Moreover, Sprint highlights all devices should get it it within the next 10 days. If you’re an Epic 4G Touch owner, keep a lookout for the update notification to indicate your phone is ready to receive the update. Of course if you are the impatient type and want to do a manual update, just go to the menu –> settings –> about phone –> system updates –> update to get your phone updated.
[via Sprint by Android Central]
AT&T has strongly voiced its opinion lately in a move made by Sprint in their Oklahoma and Kansas City markets to shut down some of its own home services in favor of roaming agreements with other CDMA carriers. AT&T specifically points to two policy changes made by the FCC which allowed Sprint to make the move. The first policy pushes the end of the Home Market Rule, which prohibits a carrier to establish any roaming agreements in a market where it owns its own spectrum. The other was pushed last year when the organization required for carriers to offer high-speed data roaming on top of traditional voice services. AT&T Senior VP, Bob Quin says: Read more
Sprint is doing whatever it takes to keep its customer’s trust and happiness. We mentioned to you a few days ago that Sprint provided some security updates to a handful of its devices, but were unsure if the updates included the removal of some dreaded spy software. We now have confirmation that the recent updates being pushed out to a HTC and Samsung devices completely removes Carrier IQ thanks to the gang at XDA. As previously highlighted, the recent updates include both the removal of Carrier IQ software and minor software enhancements. HTC devices will receive automatic notifications starting on January 24th (or you can manually check right now), while the Epic 4G’s update is being pushed out in phases until January 29th. While owners of the EVO Design 4G, EVO 4G and Epic 4G won’t have Ice Cream Sandwich, they will have a piece of mind at least knowing they won’t have tracking software of their devices anymore.
[via Sprint Community 1, 2, 3 by XDA]
Sprint, HTC, and Samsung, have finally got together to release some updates. Better battery life is going out to both the Evo 4g and the Evo Design 4G, and Samsung is removing some preloaded apps from the Epic 4G, and all three phones are getting security updates. Could this is be code for Carrier IQ removal. I guess we will just have to wait and see as the updates start today. Check out the break down of each device after the break. Read more
If you check out Samsung‘s open source portal you’ll see that both the Epic 4G and 4G Touch have a new kernel source up. The 4G has both a kernel and other open-source items for update version EL30 ready for download while the 4G Touch has theirs for version EL29. An OTA update usually follows when Samsung posts the source code so be on the look out for that. So for you developer folk out there you can hit the source below to get your hands on the kernel sources right now.
We don’t have details on what these updates encompass but it might be regarding Sprint‘s push to rid their devices of Carrier IQ as it did with the update for the HTC EVO 3D. We will keep you updated as we find out. Stay tuned!
[via Samsung Open Source]