LG continues to stay in the Android race with their mid-to-upper based phones. Their next step into the world of slider phones: The LG Optimus Q2. While the phone’s simple 5 MP rear camera and VGA front camera may not impress you too much, some of its other specs are nothing short of cutting edge. LG assures us that the phone is slimmer and lighter than all other slider phones in its class. Tack on the 1.2 GHz Tegra , a 4 inch IPS LCD screen, and Android 2.3 you’ve got yourself quite a device here. The device is expected to launch in South Korea within the next month. Unfortunately, there’s no news yet of when LG plans to bring the device stateside. Rumor has it the device will be coming to Sprint.
Last Friday the U.S. Department of Justice announced that seven state attorneys general jumped on the bandwagon to appose the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA.
The attorneys general representing California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington joined the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit to prevent the acquisition. The amended complaint has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
It’s nice to know that Sprint has some valuable backing power within this lawsuit, and they commend the group for doing so. The $39 billion merger would not only upset many consumers and violate the antitrust law, but would also harm the nations economy and take away thousands of American jobs.
The rapidly growing force of opposition has left AT&T in a bit of a quandary, forcing them to search for more supporters in order to save the deal from its impending doom.
How do you feel about the proposition? Leave your comments in the field below.
Full press release after the break.
Sprint announces the LG Marquee today, also known as the LG Optimus Black, that’s set to be released on October 2nd. The Marquee will have a 4-inch 480 x 800 (WVGA) NOVA Display that’s supposed to have better indoor and outdoor visibility along with reduced power consumption compared to conventional LCDs. Loaded with Android 2.3 and a 1GHz processor it also has 5MP rear and a 2MP front cameras, Swype built in, Sprint ID, WiFi, GPS, bluetooth, 2GB included microSD expandable to 32GB, 512MG RAM, 2GB ROM, and a 1500 mAh battery.
You can catch it on pre-sale that will run for one week starting Sept. 20th. Anyone who purchases the Marquee on pre-order will also start to receive their devices a little early starting Sept. 29th. The price will be set at $99 on contract with a $50 mail-in rebate to boot. Another note in the press release is that this device will be launched at MADE Fashion week in NYC. Stacy London from TLC’s What Not To Wear show will act as a mentor to five MADE designers as they create chic style carrying cases for the Marquee. Interesting marketing, but odd at the same time. What do you all think about that one? You can check out the full press release via the source link.
Today we got ahold of evidence of yet another device landing at Sprint in the near future. A rather official picture has surfaced on the interweb showing a new device from Moto, the Motorola Admiral. This new CDMA phone will include Sprint’s Direct Connect service, a.k.a. push-to-talk. Thanks to an unknown tipster we not only have an image of the Admiral, but we have specs to go along with it:
- Physical portrait QWERTY keyboard
- 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8655 processor
- 1860 mAh battery
- 32GB MicroSD slot
- 3.1″ VGA (640 x 480) display
- 5 MP camera w/ 720p HD video capture
Keep in mind, the Admiral is built according to military specifications, so these specs aren’t bad. This is one Admiral you could trust to be by your side during battle within the concrete jungle.
It has been a very long wait, but it’s finally over. The Samsung Galaxy S II is now available in the United States at Sprint online and at stores. We already know the new, and not necessarily improved name, is the Sprint Epic 4G Touch. It’s priced at $199.99 on a 2-year contract or $499.99 off contract. Check out our hands-on at the Samsung event.
There’s also been reports of some stores selling them yesterday. Anyone grab one yet?
In order for your Android phone to run in optimal condition it is wise to be sure that you have all the latest software updates downloaded to your device. For those of you who own a Motorola Photon 4G, we have compiled a guide directly from Sprint explaining recent updates and how to be sure that you have them installed correctly.
Most recent software updates:
9/14/11 – Adjustments to Wi-Fi functionality.
8/23/11 – 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.
Hit the break for further details on how to properly update Your Photon.
Under the guise of remaining competitive with Verizon and AT&T, Sprint has a hoard of changes that will affect their Premier program, return policy and even those special perks their customers have come to love. The Sprint Playbook seems to brace employees for an understandably upset customer base and coaches them to relay how Sprint “strive(s) to give customers what they want most and sometimes that also means eliminating things that are enjoyed only by a few.”
The eliminations begin with the Sprint Premier program, of which enrollment has already stopped and existing members will begin hearing from Sprint with more details in a few days. Furthermore, members will have to use their final Premier upgrade on or before December 31, 2012 and can say good-bye to those neat accessory discounts and annual anniversary gifts at the end of 2011. So much for loyalty.
Sprint’s also trimming their 30-day satisfaction guarantee to a 14-day return policy and their “New For You” upgrade time frame from 22 months to 20; the latter of which begins October 2nd, though it provides little comfort compared to the substantial discontinuations.
While some customers are more understanding of the new changes than others, many are left with a bad taste in their mouths and are disappointed in the loss of the very incentives that have kept them loyal to Sprint up to this point.
The wait will soon be over for LG Optimus S owners who have been waiting for a little Gingerbread love. The Optimus S is scheduled to receive Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) via an update that is being released in stages over the next 10 days. The official version number of the software is LS670ZVH and it brings the following enhancements/fixes to your Optimus S:
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- Volume adjustment from handset when backlight is off and in a Bluetooth call
- Initiation of a 3-way call in certain markets
- Updated color scheme (includes darker notification bar and black-based menus)
- New on-screen keyboard (supports multi-touch input and a smart auto-correction function)
- Improved cut-paste functionality
- New integrated download application for ease in accessing downloaded files
- Updated camera application
- Power management and task killer applications
It is unknown if you will have the option to manually update your phone, or when that choice may be available. Keep checking back as we will continue to post information on the update as we receive it!
Chances are, the last thing you’ll be thinking about once you get your hands on the Galaxy S II Epic 4G when it’s released this Friday is flipping through the user guide straight away. In light of this, let’s regard the news of Sprint’s leaked user guide as an unexpected benefit and investment your near future. Hit the link below to familiarize yourself, brush-up on its features, maybe pick up a few helpful tips and admire this very photogenic Android device before it becomes your reality.
Sprint’s Galaxy S II Epic 4G User Guide
Sprint has come up with an app to take preventing cell phone usage while driving to a whole new level. The app is called Drive First and is being marketed to parents to prevent their kids from cell phone usage while driving. Available for all Android devices on Sprint, their app will lock down the phone after detecting when a car is moving more than 10 mph. Not only is it locked down from use, but incoming calls are forwarded directly to voicemail, texts are answered with an automated message that the user is driving, and silences all incoming alerts. Once the app sees no movement, taking into account stop-and-go traffic, the phone will become unlocked again. The owner of the Drive First account does however have the ability to grant the user access to navigation, music, or weather. Seems like a cool concept to me and the app will cost you $2 a month after the 15 day free trial is over. The link to check this app out is right here and be sure to check out the full press release after the break. What are you’re thoughts on this one? Cool concept or something that can be easily hacked by a teen?