In all the hubbub that surrounded the recent announcement that Sprint would be getting the Nexus S 4G is another important — heck, I think more important — announcement…that Google Voice would become integrated into all Sprint phones, not just the Nexus S 4G. This is pretty big news, as now all Sprint customers will gain access to Google Voice’s awesome feature set.
Is Sprint gearing up to launch their own Nexus S? Two weeks ago, to the day we posted that story about the the possibility of a Nexus device coming to Sprint. It looks like it has been confirmed. Google just announce by way of their Google Mobile Blog that Sprint will be getting the Nexus S 4G:
Recently, we introduced Nexus S from Google, the first phone to run Android 2.3, Gingerbread. In addition to the UMTS-capable Nexus S, today we’re introducing Nexus S 4G from Google, available for Sprint. Nexus S 4G is part of the Nexus line of devices which provide a pure Google experience and run the latest and greatest Android releases and Google mobile apps.
I first came across the news via Twitter.
Hit the break for the Sprint press release.
BGR is reporting that Sprint has announced some fun stuff out of CTIA, including the specs for the HTC EVO 3D smartphone, the EVO View 4G tablet, and the fact that they’ll be getting the Motorola Xoom tablet on their network. These specs come from pretty reliable sources, but BGR reminds us that they could be revised. That being said, let’s dive in, shall we?
Fellow Sprint subscribers who have been waiting with bated breath for Monday…breathe. Hopefully. Those beautiful people over at BGR have been given what is apparently the entire list of Sprint’s announcements on Monday. Some of this has already been previously rumored, but now we have a bit more clarification, as well as some new information. 4 words: socks will be blown. Off. Socks will be blown off. 5 words then. More after the break!
We have been hearing rumors that the Motorola XOOM would be coming to Sprint. It looks like Sprint Users forum member rofl has posted an image. Currently the only cellular version of the XOOM is available on Verizon. We expect that the Sprint version will have the same specs as the current model. The only item that is not clear is if the Sprint version will be WiMAX-enabled or WiMAX upgradeable. The Verizon version is only available as 3G and will be upgraded to 4G at no cost.
Apparently Rofl is pretty reliable. Late last year he leaked images of the Sprint’s MiFi 4082 and HTC’s EVO Shift 4G.
Analysts at Gerson Lehrman Group are telling an interesting story. They’re talking about Sprint, and they’re talking about LTE…in the same sentence. Sprint has professed all along that ClearWire is in every option for their future, but there has also been a lot of talk about them jumping on board the LTE train, and they’ve made no tries to hide that they’ve been considering the option. Well, according to GLG analysts, they have already started.
The HTC Shooter has been spotted performing over at GLBenchmarks. Even though this info doesn’t reveal a whole lot, you can see in the image, it show us that it an Android 2.3.2 device and model number PG86100, a 960×540 qHD display, and to be branded by Sprint.
There is speculation that inside this device, will be a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. And as always we love to try and guess, what the future name of this device will be. Evo 3D? Just maybe. Head on over to the source for more on this story….
Fellow Evo users may be as happy as I am with a new app called FullHDMI. As you might expect from the name of the app, it allows you to push the HDMI signal of your phone completely, rather than just being able to use the Gallery or YouTube, like the built-in functionality of the Evo allows. Even better, unlike previous iterations of this idea, FullHDMI does not require a particular kernel to run. It does, however, require rooting of your Evo, something to consider if you’re a bit tentative about messing with your device. Another thing to consider is that while any ROM will transmit video, you will need a Sense-based ROM to transmit audio; other ROMs will play audio exclusively through the phone itself.
FullHDMI is available on the Market for $2.99. Video of the app in action after the break!
If you’ve been eying some of the phones Sprint has on offer, but have been on the fence for one reason or other, it may be time to consider a switch, particularly if you’re in the smart phone crowd. Until April 16th, any customer that ports their number from a different carrier to a Sprint smart phone (including any Android device) will be eligible for a $125 credit to their bill, which will be applied to their bill after 60 days. Those looking for a less complicated feature phone won’t be left in the lurch either, as they’ll be looking at $50. At the very least, the money could be useful if you’re looking at a termination fee at your current carrier. Is this a compelling offer for any of you non-Sprint Android users? Let us know in the comments!
Depends. Yes, you heard right, it depends. Believe it or not the results for testing the fastest 4G network were different for smartphones and modems. PC world teamed up with Novarum in testing smartphones and USB modems across 13 different US cities.
So who won? In terms of modems, the winner is Verizon (no surprise). In fact, Verizon’s 4G modem had nearly double the speed of its nearest competition, T-Mobile. When it came to smartphones, T-Mobile actually took the gold with Sprint nipping at their heels. The results are listed below.
Carrier (USB Modem)
6.44 Mbps/5 Mbps …(wow)
2.83 Mbps/0.85 Mbps
2.48 Mbps/1.05 Mbps
2.15 Mbps/0.61 Mbps
Smartphone Mobile Data
2.28 Mbps/ 0.95 Mbps
1 Mbps/0.67 Mbps
Intomobile notes: “The same series of tests was done in January 2010 and compared to that time Verizon’s USB modems are 634% faster, T-Mobile is 226% faster, Sprint is 170% faster, and AT&T is just 76% faster. When it comes to smartphones the gains are 217% for T-Mobile, 77% for Sprint, barely 15% for AT&T, and Verizon’s network actually slowed down 7% instead of speeding up.”
So it appears that T-Mobile’s HSPA+ service shouldn’t have been discounted so early as it is holding strong as the fastest (current) smartphone service. Verizon’s LTE also seems to be just as fast as they promised. Good news for both of those companies in the coming year, bad news for AT&T and Sprint who appear to need to catch up.