LightSquared, the company which has spent billions of dollars developing a whole-sale only wireless broadband network, filed a document with the FCC regarding stricter standards of GPS devices. LightSquared believes that signals that are used as part of GPS bands are the culprit of interference on the spectrum that they’ve chose to use for their services. Originally, that spectrum was supposed to be a satellite-only type of deal, but the FCC cleared it for terrestrial use back in 2005. The FCC also granted the company a waiver so LightSquared could run a terrestrial-only network.
Now, due to Sprint delivering an ultimatum, LightSquared is pressed for time in achieving a resolution for all these interference issues. Losing a long-term multi-billion dollar deal like the one struck with Sprint could be potentially catastrophic for LightSquared, especially when you couple it with LightSquared’s largest investor, Harbinger Capital Partners, who last year reported a whopping 46.6 percent value loss. Although the potential of LightSquared can be valued quite high in my opinion, it seems that if it can’t strike a deal with the FCC, we might be seeing a little more sinking than swimming.
While most of us aren’t surprised by this move, I’m certainly not, Google has dropped official support for the CDMA (Verizon) Galaxy Nexus as a developer device. They did the same for the LTE Xoom and Nexus S 4G as well. At first folks thought was in regards to Google Wallet not being officially supported by Verizon however it was for a more in depth reason. It was first discovered by Droid-Life earlier this afternoon and while everyone was in a buzz and crying foul about the change, what we needed to do was wait. After many tech blogs reached out for comment, Dan Morril, an Android engineer had this to say:
Hello! This is a quick clarification about support for CDMA devices.
For various technical reasons, recent CDMA Android devices implement core telephony functionality in .apk files provided in binary form by the carriers. To function correctly, these .apk files must be signed by the so-called “platform” key. However, when an individual creates a custom build from the AOSP source code, they don’t use the same signing key as these CDMA flies were signed with.
The result is that these files don’t work properly, and pure AOSP builds running on these devices can’t place calls, access mobile data, and so on. Because we aim to make sure that we are as clear as possible about the degree of support that devices have, we updated the docs over at source.android.com to reflect this reality.
We will still make available as many as possible of the closed-source binaries for these devices, and Nexus devices will continue to have unlockable bootloaders. And, of course, GSM/HSPA+ devices are still supported, as are any other devices we’re able to support. We’ve simply updated the documentation to be clearer about the current extent of CDMA support.
We are of course always working to improve support, and we’ll keep everyone updated as we make improvements. Thanks as always for your interest in AOSP!
Starting February 5th, Sprint customers should check their account to see if they are eligible for a fantastic deal. On an individual basis, Sprint will select some accounts to receive a discount of $25, $50, $100 to upgrade to a new phone with a standard 2-year contract. This discount is in addition to the normal upgrade prices. If you’re flagged in Sprint’s system, you will receive an email or paper mail notification. The special will run from February to March 21st, so if you’re coming up on an upgrade, you should definitely look into this.
Sprint is certainly trying to keep their customers loyal. Perhaps this is an attempt to offset a possible policy change. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Since the launch of the Amazon Kindle Fire, it would seem as though everyone is trying to get a low cost, good quality and economically friendly tablet to the masses. Sprint and ZTE feel the same and aim to launch their new dollar friendly device starting Feb 5th. We know what you’re thinking though, a $99 dollar tablet? Must have sub par specs and a resistive screen or something running Android 1.5, right?. Nope, Sprint and ZTE are going for the wow factor right out of the gate. In addition to its appealing price tag the device has some pretty hefty specs for its size and class. You’ll find a 7-inch capacitive display, Android Honeycomb 3.2 out of the box, a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU from Qualcomm nonetheless, 1GB of RAM and 16 whopping Gig’s of on-board storage.
The only “down side” if you want to call it a down side, would be the fact that it will not be shipping with any connectivity to 4G technologies. Yep, no WiMax or LTE, 3G only, but that’s what WiFi is for, right? Heck, I’m just shocked there’s some type of wireless connectivity at all for that price point. Beggars can’t be choosers. You can snag a data plan on Sprint’s network starting at 1GB for $19.99/mo. If you want to avoid a contract altogether, you can do so by purchasing the device right out for $349.99. Not too shabby Sprint. Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below.
Sprint and LightSquared were all set on their venture to begin delivering 4G LTE to Sprint’s customer base however, there’s one small stepping stone. And by small, I mean huge as heck. The FCC has presented quite the challenge in a number of areas for LightSquared primarily in regards to an alleged GPS interference issue. The entire ordeal has moved to the FCC inquiring public approval before moving forward. However, Sprint isn’t allowing the matter to linger any longer than it needs to. The carrier would still like to use LightSquared to assist in rolling out 4G LTE speeds to its customers however, they’ve given the company a deadline of six weeks to straighten matters out before they look elsewhere for services. The folks over at BGR managed to get a statement from LightSquared:
“Sprint and LightSquared have agreed to extend our network agreement through mid March. Sprint continues to support our business plan to bring wireless broadband to more than 260 million Americans and our ongoing efforts to work with regulatory agencies to resolve interference concerns.”
So, stay tuned to Talk Android as we see if LightSquared can reconcile things with the FCC by mid March. Im sure there is a plethora of Sprint customers that would love to see 4G LTE speeds on their network, 260 million to be exact.
source: Down Jones Newswires
There’s great news for those loyal fans who stuck with their Sprint CDMA Nexus S 4G
handsets instead of running over to Big Red and snatching a Galaxy Nexus
. The incredibly talented folks over at XDA managed to get the Ice Cream Sandwich
4.0.4 ROM up and running for the second iteration in the Google Nexus family. The ROM is reported to be in its final stages of testing and offers a few new features and updates. Among them are a new software modem, bootloader
and is now at biuld IMM26. Most if not all of the features are stable and working, including the WiMax radios. Further proof of a new build is revealed by its build date, January 30th 2012. So rest assured it’s not the same build we saw previously. It will be nice for Nexus S 4G owners to be slightly ahead of the curve, as you all know Google has already released the Android 4.0.3 ICS build
for the Nexus S 3G model as well as for a few other devices. If you’re feeling frisky, hit the downloads below and don’t forget to report back any issues you may find. Feel free to report them in our forum
so as to alert other Nexus S 4G owners as well. As always, be aware that you’re doing this at your own risk and the staff here at TA
are in no way responsible if you brick your device. So, in short, know what the heck you’re doing! Good luck and enjoy. For your convenience, we’ve provided all the downloads you need below courtesy of XDA (dev mrxkills). Big thanks goes to the rest of the developers who gave their blood, sweat and tears on tweaking this update for the Nexus S 4G.
Update: For some unknown reason, the dev has been asked to pull this down from the site.
Back when it was first leaked that Sprint would be sporting a Galaxy Nexus of their own it was suggested that their version of the phone would be running a 1.5GHz processor. Considering the original runs a 1.2 GHz OMAP processor everyone was a little surprised. It caught some to question the fact that Google and Samsung would consider dropping a higher-end Galaxy Nexus on the world. Well if the benchmark folk NenaMark have anything to say about it, then a higher-end Galaxy Nexus we shall have! Read more
A few weeks ago, at CES, Sprint made the announcement that they would bringing the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the 32GB variety to their newly minted LTE network. If you are one of those folks on Sprint that are looking forward to this device and you’re impatiently waiting it appears that the release is coming soon. The registration section for the Sprint device has gone live on the official Galaxy Nexus site which will allow you to be notified when the phone goes up for sale.
The Sprint version will come with Google Wallet installed unlike Verizon‘s, and will also be free of any bloatware, again unlike Verizon’s version. However there is nothing to suggest what the phone will be going for when it becomes available on Sprint but if you are interested in being one of the first in knowing when it’s available you can hit the source to sign up. You can check out our hands on with the Sprint Galaxy Nexus at CES. Also if you’re interested you can check out the review on Verizon’s version here. While it’s on a different network I am sure it’s essentially the same device. Enjoy!
The sequel to the original Samsung Epic 4G was rumored to be seen on Sprint‘s network way back in quarter three of last year. However there hasn’t been much in terms of news regarding this device since then. Heck, the phone hasn’t even seen a release since it was first announced. Well it appears that we may actually see a release after all, as the device (SPH-D705) has made a showing in the Cellebrite system (see below). Usually this means that the release is imminent in the near future.
Always fancied that Sprint Epic Touch 4G phone, but was concerned about the steep price of the phone? Well you will want to pay a visit to Amazon, ASAP. The online retailer is offering the ever-popular Galaxy S II Epic Touch 4G for a lowered price. Yup, it’s offering the 1.2GHz Exynos-powered Gingerbread handset for a lowered price which should entice more than a few people. It is offering the popular Black version for $79.99 while the intriguing white version is offered at a cool $99.99 for new customers. If you’re a current Sprint customer and you want to upgrade, the upgrade price is a mere $149.99 for both versions. Also keep in mind it is offering free 2-day shipping when you order the phone by 3PM Monday-Friday. You can hit up Amazon today to grab either of the phones and when you do, let us know what you think of them when you finally get your greasy mitts on the great phone.
[via Amazon black, white]