Sprint has started rolling out their second wave of Gingerbread updates for the Kyocera Echo, after having to pull the first one for fear of bricking devices. Taken straight from the Sprint website, there appear to be some extra goodies inside this update.
The software release upgrades Kyocera Echo to Android 2.3, Gingerbread. This version of Android improves download management through the Downloads application, offering the user easy access to any file downloaded from the browser, email or another application. It also implements Swype 3.0 adding two new capabilities: Tap Correction and Horizontal Word Choice List (predictive text).
Specific to Kyocera Echo, this software release will install Eco Mode, a new pre-loaded app that helps the user manage battery power life on the device. The user can pre-set a point at which the phone will go into a low-power consumption mode. When in Eco Mode, the phone will change various settings automatically, such as Screen Timeout, Display Brightness, Wallpaper, Auto-Sync, Haptic Feedback, and Auto-Rotate Screen so that the phone conserves power. The user can select which of these settings are implemented in Eco Mode.
As expected, Sprint got together with Kyocera to fix the old issue; there doesn’t seem to be any problem with this one. For all you Echo lovers out there, how goes the update? Let us know in the comments below!
Starting today Sprint is offering customers access to McAfee mobile security applications. Sprint users can hit the Sprint Tab in the Android Market or by clicking on McAfee in the Sprint Zone. The cost will be $30 per year, but you will get a 7-day free trial. It will locate your lost phone, remotely wipe data, backup contacts and other data, and of course protect against malware.
Sprint is also offering McAfee Family Protection for $20 per year after a 7-day trial. It will filter mature websites and protect kids from accidentally removing apps from your device.
“Sprint takes mobile security very seriously, and we are working to provide tools for our customers that can help protect their devices from viruses and give them the ability to lock or wipe data from their device remotely if it becomes lost or stolen,” said Fared Adib, senior vice president-Product, Sprint. “McAfee is recognized as a leader in this space, and we are pleased to be working with them and to feature the McAfee Mobile Security software in Sprint Zone.”
Full press release after the break:
Let’s hear it for anonymous tipsters! One in particular brings us three new devices to anticipate and begin drooling over from Sprint.
First is the upcoming Galaxy S II handset: the Epic 4G Touch, which seems to be the Samsung Within with a spanking-new name change.
Next is a device for Android fanatics looking for a combination of a qHD resolution with HTC Sense and a dual core CPU: the Kingdom to be known as the EVO Design 4G.
Lastly, over at the Now Network, a Motorola device will soon arrive as the Admiral. No 4G on this one so it is likely to be more of a middle of the road device, however it could support a much desired longer battery life. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.
Well, once we heard that Sprint employees were
playing training with the Samsung Conquer 4G, it was only a matter of time until the carrier made it official. According to the folks over at Business Wire, you can conquer this device on August 21st with a 2yr agreement for $99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.
- Dual-Mode 3G/4G device – dependable 3G nationwide coverage and turbo-charged Sprint 4G speeds where available
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and GPS capable
- MicroSD card slot that supports up to a 32GB memory card (2GB card included)
- 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capable, supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices on the Sprint 3G or 4G networks
- Stereo Bluetooth wireless technology
- Access to more than 250,000 apps through Android Market™
- 1GHz CPU
- 3.5-inch Touch Display
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread
- Sprint ID
Sprint has recently announced that they will be offering some of its products for wholesale. The company is touting products for resale like the HTC Detail, an HTC Shift look-alike and a Sierra Wireless data card. Sprint states that more products will continue to make the lineup as they continue to expand and offer their 4G network. Currently, Sprint offers their 4G services in 71 different markets within the US.
We’re all looking forward to the U.S. launch of the Galaxy S II. When this device does hit the U.S. market, no matter your carrier, it’s highly likely you’ll be able to get your hands on it. From BGR we get fed a little more information on one carrier that should be adding this Android 2.3 phone to its line-up.
It’s been stated that Sprint should be getting their version of the GS2 and calling it the Samsung Epic Touch 4G. It will be sporting WiMAX but be void of the QWERTY keyboard as its predecessor the Epic 4G. As of right now we don’t have any information on release date or price. But keep your eyes peeled as the news comes in, as September looks to be the month we should be seeing it stateside.
Best Buy Mobile is running an exclusive sale for one day only, and it is a dandy. You can grab the Nexus S for free, and to top it off, we are talking all three carriers that it is available on – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile. It can be either as a new contract or an upgrade. Sure the Nexus Prime is around the corner, but for those that are budget minded and don’t need the latest device, the Nexus S will take care of your needs. It was released 9 months ago, and it is still one of the best Android phones out there simply because it is a Google experience device.
You have until 11:59 CST tonight to make you decision.
Press release after the break
The above Sprint training document includes some selling points for the upcoming Samsung Conquer 4G. It doesn’t show us anything new, but it should mean the launch will be sooner rather than later.
If you are not familiar with the Conquer, it has a 1GHz processor, a 3.5-inch display, Android 2.3, 32GB memory, Swype, and Sprint ID.
The latest news we had for a launch date is August 21st, and this target still looks good. I will be surprised if they push it any further considering they are already training on it.
So hey, let’s get a little real here. Smartphones are expensive. Sure, you may have paid anywhere from $99 to $299 (which is nothing to sneeze at) for that new Android phone, but those are the subsidized prices, made possible with contracts and deals between carriers and manufacturers. If you have to replace a device for full price due to some unfortunate accident, you’re looking at two or three times that, which doesn’t tend to make a checkbook happy. One possible option to skirt around this issue is insurance through your carrier, with each of the carriers having varying levels of options through their services. The problem here is that you only have a certain amount of time after buying a phone to add insurance on your line, so if you’ve declined it and something bad happens, you might be up the creek. Read more
It’s been a pretty hectic day today in the Sprint Kyocera Echo…echo….echo dept as a frenzy of tech blogs jumped on the news which confirmed the update’s release, as expected being August 1st and all, along with a quick follow up of its suspension. The 2.3.4 Gingerbread update became available and offered a slew of features such as pinch to zoom support in the web browser, gallery and Sprint Navigation & Maps. The update also installed an new “downloads” application and adds the newest version of Swype 3.0 with “Tap Correction and Horizontal Word Choice list”. Due to a poster prematurely released by Sprint, it was thought that the device would also gain support for calls over WiFi and the enabling of a supposed built in NFC chip. According to Brief Mobile, a Sprint Rep explained that someone screwed the pooch and tossed up the feature page prematurely. The device will not be receiving those features. Sorry to break your hearts Echo owners.
But wait, the news gets even more interesting. Some time today, according to Android Central, it appears a majority of their readers were complaining that the update was bricking their devices. Say what?! Yep, looks like Sprint pulled a Sammy on this one and for now, choosing to error on the side of caution, have suspended the update until they can troubleshoot the issue. So, if you’re one of those 10 users that bought an Echo, just be patient and hang in there, it’s not worth bricking your investment. And if you have bricked your device, feel free to use our comments section below to rattle off how you truly feel. We’re sure Sprint and Kyocera are listening.
[gingerbread update via kyocera]
[update suspended via engadet 1, 2]