Last year Motorola launched the Photon Q smartphone exclusively for the Sprint subscribers in the US. It was the first 4G LTE device to feature a touchscreen display along with a five-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The Motorola Photon Q was originally shipped with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System.
Back in December, Motorola promised to roll out the Android 4.1 update for the Photon Q and 5 other smartphones. After waiting for nearly 5 months, the manufacturer has finally rolled out the much-awaited Jelly Bean update. The latest update brings the usual Jelly Bean goodies along with a number of fixes and patches. Check out the complete changelog below.
Voice search enhancements
Camera includes improved image quality and more intuitive panorama mode
Ability to zoom out to filmstrip mode in the Gallery
Keyboard includes improved dictionary and text to speech capabilities
Resolved Quick Office closing when reviewing a document
Improved GSM roaming connectivity for global use
Improved streaming of Sprint TV when location services are turned off
Enhanced security and ease of use on the face unlock feature
Removed Quick Views, Speed Dial, and MOTOPRINT applications
Improved accuracy and response of voice to text for texting, emailing, and web search
This update is numbered 9.8.2Q-122_XT897_FFW-5 and it can be downloaded via Over-The-Air (OTA). If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Phone > System updates and select Update Motorola Software. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comment section below.
Today, HTC has finally announced the pre-order, release date and the pricing of the its latest flagship — the One — on two major U.S carriers, Sprint and AT&T.
Both the carriers will start selling the One from April 19th via their retail stores or website with the 32GB variant coming in at $199.99 with a two-year contract. As rumored earlier, AT&T has managed to snag an exclusive on the 64GB variant of the One, and will sell it for $249.99 on a two-year contract.
AT&T will start taking pre-orders for the HTC One from April 4th, while Sprint will start taking them from 5th April. T-Mobile is now the only carrier left in the United States that is yet to announce its pricing and release date of the One. Verizon will not be selling the HTC One under its network, but it is widely expected that the HTC will release a modified variant of the One under Verizon’s sometime soon.
With a hard release date of April 19th, HTC has managed to beat the Galaxy S4 to the market in the United States. The pre-orders for the Galaxy S4 start from April 16th, with the handset being available only by the end of the month.
Back in Feburary when HTC unveiled the One, it stated that the handset will be available with two storage options – 32GB and 64GB. Considering that the One does not have a microSD card slot, a 64GB variant will definitely be appreciated by power users and the general consumers alike.
However, it looks like AT&T might have managed to nab the 64GB variant of the One as exclusive in the United States. In a video uploaded on their YouTube account, the carrier highlights twice that the 64GB One is going to be an exclusive on their network. HTC has not yet confirmed this news, but considering that the video has not yet been pulled, the news does seem to be true.
So, this means that Sprint and T-Mobile will be getting the 32GB variant of the handset in the United States. While 32GB of space should be more than enough for majority of the consumers, there will still be a few people for whom the lack of a 64GB option might turn out to be a deal-breaker.
A writer at TalkAndroid has caught Sprint testing its 4G LTE network in the city of Durham, North Carolina. The journalist was reportedly using his Samsung Galaxy Note II in the city when he noticed that the 4G indicator on his smartphone was on. This is a strange occurrence in the Durham area for Sprint users as the town isn’t officially covered by Sprint’s 4G LTE network that launched last year. After taking speed tests of the network, the writer, Jeff Causey, noted speeds of 8.49mbps download and 1.66mbps upload with a ping time of 71ms.
Sprint has been playing a lot of “catch-up” with its 4G LTE network since its launch during the summer of 2012. Other mobile carriers in the United States like AT&T and Verizon have had 4G LTE networks running as early as late-2010 and have already covered most large markets. Sprint has attempted to compensate customers for this slow rollout by offering unlimited data plans at low prices and by offering mobile tethering free of charge. However, the upcoming LTE rollout in Durham does show that Sprint is catching with the competition quickly.
Sprint has just announced a new budget 4G LTE smartphone. The phone goes under the name Sprint Force and will be available for $49.99 on a two-year contract. However, to get this price, you have to mail-in a $50 mail-in-rebate. As far as specs go, the device rocks a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, a 4″ 480×800 display and a 5-megapixel camera. The phone is powered by Android 4.0 and there is no word of a Jelly Bean update as of now.
Sprint has also included Sprint ID with the Sprint Force. Sprint ID is a new service which allows users to deeply customize their Android devices without any sort of hacking. The service includes tons of wallpapers, apps, widgets and other gizmos. Sprint has said that “ID packs deliver a complete mobile experience – based on consumers’, students’ or businesses’ interests or favorite brands.”
Overall, the Sprint Force looks like a good device for anyone looking for a cheap yet functional smartphone on Sprint. The device will be good for non-techies or people on a limited budget. Kids will also like the phone as it doesn’t have a huge screen and connects to Sprint ID. For $49.99, this phone seems like an overall good deal.
It is all but confirmed that HTC will be releasing the its flagship ‘M7′ handset at an upcoming event on February 19th. The specs of the handset are all but known, and an alleged press render of the phone also leaked last week.
Today, @evleaks has once again leaked a press release render of the M7 in black. The pic once again shows the unique ‘HTC’ home button on the M7, along with the new Sense 5 home screen.
HTC is the only Android OEM that has consistently set the bar with top-notch build quality and unique design. The M7 actually looks like a step back in that direction with a design that resembles the iPhone 5.
The M7 is expected to arrive on all the four major U.S carriers soon after HTC unveils the handset on February 19th. The rumored specs of the handset include a 4.7-inch 1080p screen, a 13MP ‘Ultrapixel’ camera, 32GB of on-board storage, and a quad-core 1.7GHz Krait processor.
Sprint has started rolling out the Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean update to the CDMA Galaxy Nexus in the United States. The update comes nearly two-and-half months after Google rolled out the Android 4.2. update for the carrier-free variant of the Galaxy Nexus.
The Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean update will bring with it minor usability enhancements including a new camera app, the ability to click a Photosphere, lock screen widgets, Daydream and more.
On the bright side, Sprint managed to roll out the Android 4.2.1 update to the Galaxy Nexus before Verizon. The Big Red is yet to update its variant of the Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.1.2, forget Android 4.2.
Along with the update, Samsung also released the updated kernel source code for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus, for custom ROM/kernels developers to tweak around with.
Hot on the heels of the Jelly Bean update for the One X, HTC and Sprint have started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 update for the EVO 4G LTE. Apart from bringing all the usual Jelly Bean goodness like enhanced notification bar, Project Butter, the update also brings Sense 4+. The latest version of Sense brings a slightly improved camera app, and toned down animations for an improved user experience.
Below is the full change-log from Sprint -:
– WiFi Authentication Improvement – Personalized ringtones – Calendar event description hyperlinks and calendar reminder improvements – Addition of Sprint Connections Optimizer – Upgrade to Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) with HTC Sense 4+ – Improved Browser performance – Face Unlock Improvement – Application Improvements to YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Maps, and more – Improved Camera including Auto Portrait and Sightseeing Mode capabilities – Improved Gallery with ability to display photos and video albums according to when or where taken – Tap and Go function to connect the phone to select Beats Audio speakers – HTC Get Started support to allow device set up from a computer
Since Sprint is rolling out the update in batches, it might not be available to all EVO 4G LTE owners immediately. However, users can manually pull the update from Sprint’s server by going to Settings -> About Phone and then selecting the Software Update option.
Sprint has started rolling out a minor software update for the Motorola Photon Q. Before you jump with excitement thinking its the Jelly Bean update, read the last statement again. The update is only a minor one and brings some bug-fixes, improvements and enhancements.
Below is the full change-log of the update -:
Improved text messaging when requesting usage and upgradeability through Sprint Zone
Select number of users to access Wi-Fi hotspot
Random power cycle when using Wi-Fi Direct
Manually send or auto-sync emails from outbox
seamless international text messaging
Faster launch and playback using the YouTube application
Improved browsing with Google Chrome for Android Mobile Browser
Improved MMS functionality
Well, Photon Q owners need to content themselves with this OTA update until Motorola and Sprint prepare the Jelly Bean update for the device. Considering that Motorola has not mentioned any exact timeframe as to when the Android 4.1.1 update will be available for the handset, the wait might just be a long one.
The OTA update will be available to all Photon Q owners within a couple of weeks. Alternatively, Q owners can keep tapping the Check for updates option under About Phone to manually pull the update from Sprint’s server.
One of the key new features in the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the multi-window multi-tasking. This feature allows Note 2 users to simultaneously use two different apps on their device at the same time.
However, the recently released U.S variants of the Galaxy Note 2 from T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon and AT&T lack this feature out of the box. Since, this is a software feature, it is bound to be available to all the U.S variants of the Note 2 down the line via a software update.
Today, Sprint became the first operator to offer this software update to its brand new Note 2 users. Along with multi-window multi-tasking, the update also brings a bunch of other bug-fixes and minor enhancements including GPS improvements and SMS notification improvements.
The update is being rolled out via OTA by Sprint and most users will be automatically notified once the update hits their phone.