An internal page from Sprint shows that the Epic 4G will receive the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. The .rdf file (see the source link) does not format well with browsers, but you will find the following information:
SoftwareNumber ED12 OSName Google Android, L4 OSVendor Google, Qualcomm OSVersion Android 2.3
Samsung didn’t do a very good job with updates to Froyo, and supposedly they are having an easier time with Gingerbread. It does seem that Samsung is improving, but time will tell. We still do not even know when this update will take place, but Epic 4G owners should feel better with this news.
Over at BGR, the boys have received news that Sprint will be getting the Motorola Xoom tablet, first in a wi-fi only version, followed by a WiMax variant. We had seen indicators leaning towards this, but now it’s in pre-official stages. Wondering about dates and times? So is everyone else, as Sprint has yet to release said information.
We’ve heard speculation that the reason for this could be issues with Honeycomb, while others are saying it’s all business strategy. What do you think? Be sure to let us know in the comments.
In the “It’s About Time” department, Sprint is rolling out the capability to buy Android apps and charge them to your phone bill. We’ve seen a couple of other carriers moving this way already (come on Big Red, catch up!), and as a Sprint subscriber, I’m happy to see them jumping on board. According to Android Central, Sprint is rolling this capability out presently, and all Sprint customers should have the option available to them by tomorrow. This is a smart move for Sprint, who seems to be embracing Android fully. Their release of the “pure Android experience” Nexus S seems to indicate that they’re going all in…which is smart, since Verizon has a penchant for locking bootloaders and AT&T tends to disallow sideloading. After the AT&T/T-Mobile acquisition, Sprint may be able to really assert itself as the carrier of choice for Android devs and enthusiasts…and it’ll need that, should the acquisition go through and it finds itself in a distant 3rd in the US cellular marketplace. Announcement after the break.
It’s coming, folks… closer and closer. That’s right, of course we’re talking about the Evo 3D and the View 4G tablet. Sprint has recently made some website changes, for example: heading to www.sprint.com/evo3d will now bring you to the new “All. Together. Now.” page, which shows off the Evo 3D, View 4G, Kyocera Echo, and Nexus S 4G.
Be sure to hit the link above to check it out for yourself!
Sprint always seems to be coming out with new, semi-cool, carrier-billable services, and today is no exception. The carrier has released “Music Plus”, a new service that runs off of the RealNetworks back end and is available on Android and Blackberry handsets.
The service provides access to singles, albums, ringtones and ringback tones. They all come in DRM-free, and th app also doubles as a media management too, where you can store your playlists and get recommendations on new media. There is also talk that you can save by bundling your tracks when you buy.
Be sure to check it out by scanning the QR code below, and let us know what you think in the comments.
Our friends over at BGR got a tip from an inside man at Sprint that cases for the Motorola Xoom are starting to arrive at the retail locations. We’ve certainly heard a lot of talk about the Xoom arriving the Now Network, and adding this little kindling to the fire certainly makes it look like we’ll be getting some official word soon. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted as soon as we have the announcement on price and release date, but in the meantime…it looks likely that Sprint will be bringing us the Honeycomb tablet with WiMax soon.
The above picture is a training promotion for Sprint’s upcoming phones that show a Samsung Replenish. It was originally thought to be a feature phone, but it looks like it will be a “green” Android smartphone according to a couple of Sprint internal pages that have been leaked. The pages also reveal that an official press release will come on April 15 and Sprint will be selling it on May 5th.
The Replenish could be the Samsung portrait Qwerty phone that was leaked a couple of months ago.
Hit the break for shots of the leaked pages
This afternoon at TalkAndroid we received a finalized press release from Brett at the MWW Group For Samsung Mobile. This release discloses information about the pricing and availability of the WiFi-only version of the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab. Earlier this week we reported that Sprint would be dropping the price of the the 3G version to $199, starting April 3rd. Now it looks like we have a Wifi version, free of contract for $349.99.
With-in the following press release you’ll find a link that will point you to a list of retail and online stores that will carry the Galaxy Tab. Hit the break for it all…….
All of you Sprint customers itching for that new Google Voice integration will be happy to know that the service has entered beta status. Android Central received word from a few of the beta testers today who supplied a bit of information about the incoming service. Apparently, you’ll have two options: either using your Sprint number for your Google Voice, or using your Google Voice number for your Sprint number. Both solutions offer their own caveats based on what you want to use it for. Obviously, if you would rather keep your Sprint and Google numbers separate instead of merging, you can do that as well.
Like all betas, this one does come with a few things that haven’t been ironed out quite yet, most noticeably a lack of Sprint support. Customer service calls will go through Google’s own support instead of Sprint’s Customer Service. Considering this a beta test for what is mostly Google’s service, this is probably not a bad thing.
Check out the full e-mail message after the break.
This “Pure Google” device was pretty big new last month, where there was talk of preordering at Best Buy, planned ship dates, and Sprint carrying the phone. Looks like we’ve been let down…for now at least. Best Buy did have the Samsung manufactured Google phone listed as shipping April 6th. That has since changed, and Android Centrals Best Buy sources gives us another story.
This phone is included in the Sprint line up of latest Android devices, along side the HTC Evo 3D. Both phones are still advertised on Best Buys site. It states that the Nexus S 4G can still be preordered via your local store. And the HTC Evo 3D you can opt-in via email to receive notification when this device is available for ordering.
Many of us hope to see this phone at our doorsteps soon. And if you’d like, you can head over to Sprints website and read up on the “Coming Soon” Nexus S 4G to alleviate the shakes from the Android candy being withheld as of late.
[via android central]