The T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide was announced earlier, and in the press release you will notice that there are 7 additional cities that now have access to HSPA+. They are:
- Barnstable, MA
- Chico, CA
- Lancaster, PA
- Ogden, UT
- Redding, CA
- Vineland, NJ
- Winchester, VA
T-Mobile has officially announced the myTouch 4G Slide and promises that it will have the most advanced camera of any smartphone. Highlights of the camera features are:
- Improved low-light Performance: with a backside illuminated sensor and a wide aperture lens (f/2.2)
- Zero shutter lag: innovative software features allow for an instantaneous shot at that precise moment
- SweepShot™: for capturing panoramic shots by sweeping across an entire scene in a single motion
- ClearShot™ HDR: for capturing objects in bright settings so your photos are not affected by high-contrast lighting
- BurstShot™: for capturing multiple photos in a quick burst so you don’t miss the perfect photo
Over at BGR, sources have told them some hardware specs which will be included into the next Google flagship device which should be running Ice Cream Sandwich, the next major Android OS. The device should come without any physical menu keys and will have a 720p resolution display using Super AMOLED HD technology, which we know to be Samsung manufacturing. Also confirmed is the processor, which will be the OMAP4460 1.5GHz dual-core seen also in the ARCHOS G9.
The Samsung device running Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) will be void of any specially designed UI’s or OEM/carrier overlays on the OS, which has been the trend thus far for Google’s Nexus devices. The Device is confirmed from BGR’s sources codenamed “Prime”, which lends itself to be called the Google ‘Nexus Prime’. This device, along with others later this year will be the beginnings of an onslaught of Android devices hitting several carriers and many OEM’s pushing the Android 4.0 OS onto many devices for timely launches around the same time.
Obvious Android OEM’s would include LG, Motorola, HTC and Samsung, and should be a blanket across many carriers such as T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon among others. This will be an interesting year for Android spanning Operating systems from Android 2.1 – Android 4.0.
As rough as the economy has been with all the small and large corporate businesses alike closing because they just cannot afford to stay open, now we have AT&T merging with T-Mobile and actually shutting down the individually owned T-Mobile dealers. This is in part because the company wants to save money.
On top of the fact that AT&T/T-Mobile will be striking a blow to the independent dealers, the same store owners are forbidden to talk with AT&T while the wheels of this merger are in motion. So, as it stands although the owners know that stores will be closing, they have no idea when the axe will be dropped on their location.
From all sides, this merger has caused controversy. There’s the press release about T-mobile letting everyone know what they think of all the opposition. Then there’s Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint, doing homework on how AT&T can increase their network capacity.
From the looks of it this merger is happening whether we like it or not. What are your thoughts on this whole ordeal. Let us know in the comments.
There are many who disapprove of the pending AT&T/T-Mobile merger, but nobody more then Sprint CEO, Dan Hesse. He has the most to lose as the landscape could become very uncompetitive.
Sprint filed a 299 page document with the FCC explaining how AT&T can improve their network capacity by 600%. Basically, they are saying that they are making poor decisions on allocating their resources. They are suggesting that AT&T has a spectrum that they are not using today, and if they did, they would double their capacity. If they utilized small cell cites in areas where coverage is an issue, they could triple capacity. Last but not least, if they update their infrastructure equipment to LTE hardware, they would get 600% capacity.
In the end, this deal will go through because there are companies that do support the deal and this is how companies grow in the 2000′s. It is all about takeovers and mergers. I am actually surprised that we had 4 major carriers for so long. The same will happen with phone OS’s. There won’t be support for 4 to 5 different OS’s and eventually some may go away or be bought out. Sprint has to do their due diligence, but in the end it is losing battle.
T-Mobile has recently issued a press release commenting on the recent proposition for the AT&T-T-Mobile acquisition. T-Mobile’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Tom Sugrue had this to say:
“The opponents of the AT&T-T-Mobile merger have had their final say as part of the FCC’s formal pleading cycle and, not surprisingly, they have failed to offer any credible arguments to support their view that the Commission should deny the transaction. What is surprising, however, is their repeated head-in-the-sand insistence that no spectrum crisis exists. As part of their application, AT&T and T-Mobile provided a compelling showing of their need for more spectrum to continue to provide quality service to customers and roll out new technologies in the future. And the two companies have demonstrated that a combination of their networks and spectrum holdings is by far the best way to solve this problem and ensure improved service and enhanced innovation. The FCC has long acknowledged the harmful consequences of ignoring the spectrum crunch, and we are confident it will approve our proposed market-based solution.”
As far as “failed to offer any credible arguments to support their view”, goes, we’ll let the judge be the judge of that. T-Mobile is sticking to their guns by stating this could possibly be the answer to the “spectrum crisis” while also accusing all opposing parties of not even acknoledging that there is one. We’ll be paying close attention to the proceedings and will report back with any news that becomes of it. Feel free to tell us how you feel about it all in the comments below. HIt the break for the full press release.
I realize there are a ton of G2X users out there, myself included, who are wondering where in the world is Gingerbread for the device. How hard can it be to give the stock Android device the update anyway? In addition, we’re still waiting on word regarding the random reboot issues too and whether or not a patch will be pushed for it. Well, maybe this can dampen the flame a bit regarding Android 2.3. Earlier today T-Mobile tweeted via their official Twitter page to a number of users that they were working with LG on a software update for G2X customers.
We are currently working with LG to develop and test a software update for G2x customers. No specific time yet. ^DG
So, hang in there folks, we have high hopes that the update is soon to follow. Meanwhile, feel free to rant in the comments below.
Anyone experiencing over temp issues on their T-Mobile Sensation 4G lately? We’ve had the device for less than 24 hrs and I have yet to see the battery temp under 105º In fact, while plugged in, I’ve hit 113º so far. Now, it’s no surprise to see an HTC device getting slightly overheated, especially while plugged in and in heavy use, but 113º? Something doesn’t seem safe to me about placing the device anywhere near my brain. Call me crazy I guess. Subsequently, Im watching battery life drop off at a rapid rate. In addition, unplugged and in slightly heavy use, I’m now seeing an avg of 107º. I’ve reached out to HTC and this is what they had to say, in essence. A rep requested I go in to a local T-Mobile retail outlet and swap out the battery to see if there is a difference. He/we acknowledged that HTC devices tend to become slightly hot at times but agreed that 113º seemed overboard. A ticket has been created for the issue and once I hear back from them and if there is any new info, we’ll be sure to share it with you. Meanwhile, if you’re having the issue as well, feel free to sound off in the comments below with how hot your device has gotten.
On Tue 6/21, three lucky Twitter users following @T-Mobile will get their hands on a free Sensation 4G just for answering a trivia question. It doesn’t get any easier than that folks. If you’ve been itching for HTC’s newest flagship monster and lack the chowder it takes to purchase one, here’s your shot. We’re not sure just yet as to what kind of trivia questions they’ll fire off, but hey, it’s T-Mobile so Im sure they’ll make it exciting. Stay tuned to Talk Android on Tue as we reveal more details. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.