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?
This is the first US ad for the Samsung Galaxy II. So, are you excited? I found that while this commercial may not have you reaching for your wallet, it does a better job than Verizon’s Droid commercials, it actually shows the device in action. It’s coming soon everyone!
Last week a video from Radio Shack, meant to show off the white HTC Evo 3D, also gave us a glimpse of a unheard of device, the LG Marquee. At the time, the Marquee looked strikingly similar to the LG Optimus Black, a phone leaked months ago. Thanks to Sprint Cellebrite data, we can confirm that the the LG Marquee is the LG Optimus Black. We’ve known for quite some time that the Black was model LS-855 and now the master list of Sprint phones has been updated to reflect that model number as the Marquee.
No word yet on when it will actually be available.
It seems as though $99 for a US variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II isn’t such a crazy idea after all. Wally World Is offering the Sprint version of the fastest selling Android phone on pre-order for only $99. With only two weeks till release date, you can reserve your very own Epic 4G Touch for a cool Benjamin. Although you won’t be the first in the US to acquire the SGSII, (Alaska won that race), you might at least be the first on your block. In order to qualify for the deal, you must sign a new 2 year contract. Existing customers with an upgrade status will have to pay $154.99.
With the new football season upon us, Sprint has announced a new Fantasy Football Fanatic Sprint ID pack. Sprint’s ID packs will help you easily get all the apps you need. So if you’re on Sprint, ready for football, and don’t know where to start with apps this pack might be for you. Here’s what you’ll find inside:
• SportCaster: a new sports app that gives sports fans a personalized, real-time source of sports commentary. Leverage the power of Twitter to add real-time commentary to scores and stats.
• RotoWire Fantasy News Center: this app keeps you up to date on all of the latest news. RotoWire.com has developed a quick and easy-to-use app for fantasy fans.
• National Football Post: Get all the latest NFL Hot News and Rumors & columns from National Football Post, a distinctive forum where news, information, and insight meet through the voices of pro football insiders.
• Express Football: Every tidbit of football info you want, easily accessible and in one place. Enjoy instant access to scores, standings, schedules, stats (by team/player), and news from all your trusted resources.
• The Fantasy Football Guys: Listen to the greatest fantasy football advise podcasts right on your device!
• FriendCaster for Facebook: FriendCaster for Facebook (formerly Flow) gives you a Facebook experience on your Android device.
• Yahoo! Fantasy Football: the Web’s #1 Fantasy Football game comes to Android. Built for Android users, Yahoo! Fantasy Football gives you real-time fantasy score updates wherever you go.
• Sprint Football Live: the one-stop pro and college football destination that allows you to customize your experience to follow your favorite teams on game day and every day.
If your ready for some football this app is available through Sprint right now! Hit up the source link for all the info.
Sprint just announced a new low-end phone called the Kyocera Milano. It features a QWERTY keyboard, a 3-inch display, and 512MB of memory. Surprisingly it has Gingerbread onboard. I think it is safe to assume Ice Cream Sandwich won’t make it to this baby.
The specs aren’t hot, but the price certainly is. You can get it for $49.99 with a 2-year contract starting tomorrow.
Full press release after the break: