Well, after months and months of waiting we finally saw the highly coveted Netflix app for Android hit the market. Unfortunately, there were only a handful of devices supported. But as expected, upon launch, it was only a matter of time before our developing dogs at XDA caught the scent and modified a couple of apk’s for non-supported devices. And thanks to the boys over at AndroidSPIN, they managed to get the app up and running on the T-Mobile Vibrant. Only catch, it’s running on Gingerbread based ROM’s. There are very limited choices for Galaxy S phones in the US as far as 2.3 ROM’s go, but it has been confirmed to be working flawlessly on CyanogenMOD7 for the Vibrant. We get to thank XDA member n1gh7mar3 for manipulating the device check in the apk and gracing the masses with some streaming love. Check out the video below of the app working seamlessly on the Vibrant and feel free to fire away in the comments if you have any other light to shed on the subject.
T-Mobile has put out another little clever video of late touting it’s HSPA+ speeds via their latest 4G handsets. The lovely Carly reiterates that T-Mobile’s Nationwide 4G eliminates any buffering when attempting to access videos on their network. T-Mobile has invested a great deal to roll out their HSPA+ infrastructure and wants the world to know about it. Keep up the good work Magenta. Check out the latest 4G handsets to hit the market with HSPA+ radios on board.
- Samsung Galaxy S 4G
- T-Mobile MyTouch 4G
- Samsung Galaxy Tab
- T-Mobile Sidekick 4G
- T-Mobile G2
- T-Mobile G2X
- Dell Streak 7
- T-Mobile G-Slate
The guys over at Thisismynext have scooped up a rather juicy piece of news on the Magenta home front and subsequently we aim to do some informing. Among a plethora of devices to be revealed for the remainder of 2011, we’ve sifted and filtered out all of the Android material so you don’t have to. Below is a list of devices that will be released over the next few months (June-Oct) and some speculation of other devices beyond Oct for T-Mobile’s network. Some devices we’re already aware of and some we are not. But you know us, if Android is slapped on that bad boy, we’re going to feed it to you like there ain’t no tomorrow. So lets get to it shall we?
The Nexus S 4G is one of Sprints latest offerings on their network. From Sprint you can get this Android 2.3 device for $199, and at Best Buy for $150 as reported last week. Now Wirefly has showed them both up by offering the Pure Google phone for $99. I don’t need to tell you guys this is a great deal for this Google+Samsung device. You won’t find many differences between this Nexus S 4G and the Nexus S (T-Mobile), other than the 4G version will have the capability to run on Sprints WiMAX network.
- 4-inch (480 x 800) Super AMOLED display
- Hummingbird ARM Cortex A8 1 GHz processor
- 512MB Ram
- 5-megapixel rear facing camera, VGA front facing
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- 16GB internal memory
This deal however is only for new customers. So if you’re hoping to upgrade for that price, it ain’t gonna happen. You’ll of course get a slight discount at $150 as an existing customer. So if you’ve been on the fence about leaving your current carrier, this may be a great time to do so, and get your hands on an awesome device at a great price.
A little while back, my esteemed colleague Robert brought us news that the HTC Incredible S would have a locked bootloader. What this means is that it makes it much more difficult (not impossible mind you) to root the phone and then add custom ROMs, kernels or recoveries to it. This has been an increasing trend with formerly-development-friendly HTC, with both the Incredible S and the Thunderbolt including locked bootloaders.
T-Mobile, the small yet scrappy innovative carrier of them all appears to be gearing up to add some new features to their smartphone plans. According to some leaked screenshots from our ninja loving friends over at TmoNews, it looks like existing customers can add unlimited WiFi calling, Name ID features for anyone not in your contact list and a voicemail-to-text feature for your added convenience. We especially love the unlimited WiFi calling for those who might be having less than par coverage in their area. This is much like the UMA (unlimited mobile access) feature we’ve seen on Blackberry devices. However, the difference is there are no hand-overs from UMA to the network and vice versa. WiFi calling is strictly over your WiFi connection and still uses your minutes unlike UMA. And once you are outside of your WiFi hot-spot, you lose the call. This is still a great feature for anyone having less than three bars in-house. Oh yeah, and it’s free. The caller ID feature will provide you with any name, number, city and state for businesses and contacts that are not stored in your phone book.
And finally, there’s the voicemail to text feature that is sure to be a hit. T-Mobile will add the feature to their existing Visual Voicemail application which transcribes messages for you via email or text message. Overall, we’d say not too shabby on T-Mobile’s part. Great job Magenta, it’s no wonder you’re constantly getting awards for innovation. As of now, we’ve not heard an official word from T-Mo on these new features, we’ve only got the leaked screenshots. So, things could possibly change or get scrapped all together. But be sure to keep it here to find out.
[via engadget by tmonews]
T-Mobile is celebrating the launch of the G2x and its gaming potential by kicking off a contest to take one lucky fan to E3 and give them one of their hot new phones. Starting May 15th, anyone vying for a trip to E3 and a hot new phone can upload 15-second video to T-Mobile’s Facebook page and the winners will receive a trip to E3 and a G2x, and will get to serve as T-Mobile’s correspondents at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Facebook users will vote on the videos, and the top 10 will win a prize with the top 2 getting a trip to the biggest gaming convention of the year. Best of luck to you all!!
[Thanks to Lori at T-Mobile!]
Leaked images of the the Samsung T759 running Android 2.3.3 recently surfaced. It is believed that this will be marketed as the “Exhibit.”
Some of the expected features include:
- 3.7-inch (800 x 400) AMOLED display
- 1,4GHz ARM11 processor
- 5 megapixel camera with 720p recording
- VGA front-facing camera
It is refreshing to see a new phone that has Gingerbread already installed, even if it is not the latest version 2.3.4. It is amazing how many phones are being released with Froyo on it. The fact that the Exhibit is a Samsung phone makes it even more amazing.
We do not know about pricing or availability yet, but we will let you know as we find out more.
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T-Mobile announced, via Twitter, that Fort Myers, Florida; Pueblo, Colorado; and Wilkes Barre-Scranton, Pennsylvania have been added to the list of markets that have 21Mbps HSPA+. This adds about 210,000 subscribers that now have access to their 4G network.
T-Mobile plans on doubling the bandwidth for their HSPA+ to 42Mbps later this year. They are the fourth-largest mobile operator and plan on delivering 25 4G-capable devices this year.