Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE Gets Android 4.0.4/Sense 4.1 Software Update

After rolling out the Android 4.0.4/Sense 4.1 update for the AT&T One X, the International One X and the HTC One S, the Taiwanese maker has started rolling out the Android 4.0.4/Sense 4.1 update for the Sprint EVO 4G LTE.

The update for the Sprint variant of the One X bumps the software version to 2.13.651.1.710RD, and brings along a minor in the Android OS and Sense version of the handset as well. The Sense 4.1 update for the EVO 4G LTE brings with it much needed performance and stability improvements, along with the removal of some unneeded 3D transitions to speed things up.

Like the update for the AT&T and International One X, post this update, EVO 4G LTE owners can re-map the capactive Recents app button on their handset to act as a Menu key or vice-versa. The update also contains many other minor new tweaks and goodies, but first and foremost brings a major improvement in the performance of the device.

Sprint is rolling out the OTA update in batches so EVO 4G LTE owners might need to wait until a couple of weeks before the software update notification hits their handset.

Via – Phandroid

 

Kyocera Rise Coming To Sprint On August 19 For $19.99

Earlier this year, Kyocera announced the entry-level Kyocera Rise smartphone at the International CTIA Wireless 2012. This handset will be available for Sprint and Virgin Mobile subscribers in the US. Kyocera Rise runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System and it features an amazing slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This handset is specially targeted at the users with feature phones, who are planning to upgrade to an entry-level smartphone without losing the tactile keyboard or burning a hole in their pocket.

David Owens, vice president, Product Development, Sprint, said:
“Kyocera Rise brings customers the comfort of an easy-to-use Android smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard. It is a great option for customers who are new to smartphones, parents looking for the perfect first device for their teens and tweens or anyone looking for a device with an impressive set of features at a great price. This is a perfect addition to round out our Android portfolio.”

Kyocera Rise features a 3.5 inch IPS HVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 1 GHz MSM8655 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, four row slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash, Sprint ID and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSD card bundled, GPS, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Google Play Store, Stereo Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR, up to 9 hours of talk-time and a 1500 mAh battery. This handset measures 4.4×2.4×0.56 inches and weighs 5.54 oz.

Kyocera Rise comes with the unique “Eco Mode” software to better monitor and conserve battery power. Sprint customers can get this handset from August 15 for $19.99 after a $50 rebate and a 2 years service agreement. On the other hand, Virgin Mobile subscribers can get this device from August 31 for just $99.99 without any contract.

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE Coming To Sprint On August 19

Last month, Motorola unveiled the Android powered Photon Q 4G LTE smartphone. This handset will be exclusively available for the Sprint subscribers in the US. Motorola Photon Q is the first 4G LTE device with a five-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard and world phone capabilities. This handset runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. We have good news for those who were eagerly waiting for the launch of this device. After waiting for nearly a month, Sprint finally announced the price and release date of this amazing device.

David Owens, vice president, Product Development, Sprint, said:
“At Sprint, we recognize there is a large group of our customers that love the ease of a physical QWERTY keyboard. By bringing a device like Motorola PHOTON Q into our portfolio, we are able to give these customers the option of a physical keyboard plus international roaming capabilities to stay connected while traveling abroad.”

motorola photon q 4g lte

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE features a 4.3-inch ColorBoost display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, MotoBlur user interface, 8 megapixel camera with digital zoom and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, front-facing HD camera for video chat and Google+ Hangout, NFC (Near Field Communication), Sprint ID and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE connectivity, Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), A-GPS, Google Play Store, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroUSB, FM Radio, 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot capability, up to 7.5 hours of talk-time, up to 16 days of stand-by time and a 1785 mAh battery.

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE is currently up for pre-order at the wireless carrier’s official website. This handset will go on sale from August 19. You can get this device for $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement. To pre-order the Photon Q smartphone, head over to this page.

Sprint EVO 3D And EVO Design 4G Taste Ice Cream Sandwich

It’s raining Ice Cream Sandwich update for Android devices. While LG and Samsung have rolled out ICS updates for the Nitro HD and Galaxy Tab 10.1, HTC have joined the bandwagon by releasing ICS updates for the EVO 3D and EVO Design 4G. The update is being rolled out via OTA by Sprint, and should be available to all EVO 3D/EVO Design 4G owners within the next couple of weeks.

Below is the full general change-log of the Ice Cream Sandwich update for EVO 3D and the EVO Design 4G -:

  • Upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0)
  • Home screen folders
  • Launch Bar for commonly used apps
  • Improved Android Browser
  • Improved Camera Experience
  • Face Unlock
  • Resizable Widgets
  • Add/Remove Panels

Users can also manually pull the update by going to Settings -> About Device and then selecting the ‘Check for updates’ option from under the ‘Software Updates’ sub-menu.

EVO 3D/Design 4G owners should not expect much of the Holo goodness introduced by Google in Ice Cream Sandwich, in this OTA update. HTC has done an excellent job of keeping the whole UI similar to Android 2.3, all thanks to its Sense skin.

Motorola Photon Q To Come With An Unlockable Bootloader

Last night, Motorola unveiled its first LTE slider handset for Sprint, the Photon Q. The handset is a run-of-the-mill high-end handset with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4.3-inch ColorBoost display, and a five-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

However, the Photon Q marks one important change in Motorola’s policy. The handset comes with an unlocked bootloader. After the original Droid realased in way back in 2009, the Photon Q is the only phone from Motorola that will come with an unlocked bootloader without purchasing it outright.

The company did not announce anything else except that it will provide more details about how to take “advantage of this feature closer to availability” of the handset. The post from the company also mentions that it is working on offering the option to unlock the bootloaders to its other devices as well.

The Android community as a whole will definitely appreciate this move from Motorola. The company had earlier promised that it will release a bootloader unlocking tool for its devices sometime late last year. Sadly, that never happened until today. Better late than never, I guess.

Sprint Unveils The Android 4.0 Powered Motorola Photon Q

Sprint recently announced the new Motorola Photon Q smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Motorola Photon Q is the the first 4G LTE device with a five-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard and world phone capabilities. It comes with a 4.3 inch ColorBoost display along with a powerful 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. Motorola Photon Q is the carrier’s seventh device to receive the ULE Platinum Certification, which is the highest level of environmental performance recognized by UL Environment.

Mark Shockley, senior vice president, Go-to-Market, Motorola Mobility, said:
“When we talk to people who love their QWERTY smartphones, it’s evident this segment is passionate about their keyboards. Motorola Photon Q offers a class-leading keyboard and an amazing big screen so you can see and do more with your smartphone.”

motorola photon q

Motorola Photon Q features a 4.3-inch ColorBoost display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, MotoBlur user interface, 8 megapixel camera with digital zoom and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, front-facing HD camera for video chat and Google+ Hangout, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE connectivity and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB ROM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroUSB, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), A-GPS, Google Play Store, FM Radio, NFC (Near Field Communication), 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot capability, Sprint ID, up to 7.5 hours of talk-time, up to 16 days of stand-by time and a 1785 mAh battery.

Motorola Photon Q is a business ready smartphone with full corporate security including remote wipe, pin lock and data encryption. It is also the first Sprint phone which comes with the SMARTACTIONS app that intelligently automates the routine and suggests ways to personalize your phone. Motorola has not yet announced the price and availability of this device. Stay tuned for more updates!

Sprint Posts Q2 2012 Earnings; $8.84 Billion in Revenues, $1.37 Billion in Net Losses

After Verizon and AT&T earlier this week, Sprint released its earnings for Q2 2012 today. It posted net operating revenues of $8.84 billion, with an operating loss of $629 million and a net loss of $1.37 billion. Its losses just keep on mounting — compared to Q2 2011, its losses have increased more than 60%.

It sold around 1.5 million iPhones in Q2, with 40% of them attributed to new postpaid customers. In addition to the iPhone, it also launched four top Android phones — Galaxy Nexus, LG Viper 4G LTE, HTC EVO 4G LTE and the Samsung Galaxy S III in Q2.

It is currently focusing on a major network overhaul — Network Vision — which would account for most of its increased expenses and resulting losses. It launched 4G LTE network support in 5 markets and 15 cities in July, and will continue to expand it in the coming quarters.

On the plus side, it has been able to improve its postpaid ARPU and churn levels to their best levels yet. It served more than 56 million customers in Q2 (32.6 million postpaid, 15.4 million prepaid, and 8.4 million wholesale & affiliate subscribers.)

While Nextel continues to report net subscriber losses, Sprint is trying its best to add postpaid and prepaid subscribers to its network. It lost 246,000 net postpaid and gained 141,000 net prepaid subscribers in the last quarter, the losses being primarily due to Nextel.

It reported $7.2 billion in wireless service revenues and $995 million in wireline service revenues. We expect wireless revenues to continue to grow as a proportion of its overall revenues.

Sprint’s cash reserves increased to around $6.8 billion, inclusive of short term investments.

Though it posted massive losses, its revenue beat consensus estimates and the future looks a bit more rosy, so its stock jumped nearly 20% following the earnings release, to $4.

via Sprint – SEC

Sprint Rolls Out Ice Cream Sandwich Update For The Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch

Over the last couple of days, Samsung and AT&T started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the AT&T Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II and the Skyrocket HD. Not wanting to be left behind, Sprint and Samsung have also started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for their variant of the Galaxy S II – the Epic 4G Touch.

Apart from a tons of bug fixes, performance and stability improvements, the Ice Cream Sandwich update brings with it some new features as well. This includes Face Unlock, improved copy & paste mechanism, inbuilt data monitoring tool, some visual improvements, a new lock screen and much more. Sadly, all the visual goodness introduced by Google in stock Ice Cream Sandwich has been largely spoilt by Samsung’s TouchWIZ interface.

The update is being rolled out via OTA, and should be available to all Sprint Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch owners within a couple of weeks.

Sprint Rolling Out Software Updates For EVO 4G LTE And Motorola Photon 4G

Sprint recently rolled out a couple of software updates for the popular HTC EVO 4G LTE and Motorola Photon 4G smartphones. Google Wallet service on the EVO 4G LTE was broken from the day one. Thankfully, the latest update fixes this issue. On the other hand, the software update for Motorola Photon 4G brings support for full HD (1080p) video recording and playback.

The latest update for EVO 4G LTE is numbered 1.22.651.3 and it comes with important enhancements and fixes for Google Wallet, Wifi disconnect issue, time zone issue and much more. The Motorola Photon 4G software update brings enhancements for WiFi hotspot, improved music playback and so on. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Changelog:

HTC EVO 4G LTE Update:

Description of enhancements/fixes:

  • Google security updates
  • Wifi disconnect issue
  • Time zone issue
  • Google Wallet fix
  • Side loaded video pause issue
  • Random power cycling issue
  • Pioneer Bluetooth Car Kit connection issu
  • Gallery app crash
  • Calendar reminder (all day even time) issue

Motorola Photon 4G Update

  • More easily import contacts from SD card.
  • Improved music playback, both streaming from Amazon Cloud or Internet Radio services and music saved to the phone – minimizes occasional skips or -repeats
  • Enhancements for WiFi hotspot in GSM/UMTS mode and adding new WiFi connections.
  • Now supports 1080p HD video capture, and enhanced video settings for more responsive playback.
  • Easier creating and accepting calendar meeting notices on the phone.

The size of the update for HTC EVO 4G LTE is just 42 MB. These updates will be easily available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you have not received the update, then just go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update.

Sprint to Launch iPhone Through Prepaid Brand Virgin Mobile in Coming Weeks

Today, MarketWatch reports that Sprint will announce later this week that it will start to offer the iPhone as a prepaid option via its Virgin Mobile brand. This announcement comes just days after Leap Wireless announced that it would begin offering the iPhone on a prepaid basis through its Cricket brand beginning June 22.

The Overland Park, Kan., carrier will announce this week it will offer the popular smartphone on its Virgin Mobile pay-as-you-go brand starting as soon as July 1, according to people familiar with the company’s plans. Sprint follows Leap Wireless International Inc. in selling the device with prepaid service.

By offering the iPhone, Sprint may help satisfy its commitment to Apple to buy $15.5 billion of the phones over four years, an aggressive bet as more carriers are getting access to the once-exclusive device. Sprint’s prepaid service, which also includes the Boost Mobile brand, has been its lone area of growth as contract customers have fled.

The pricing on Virgin Mobile for the iPhone remains unknown, and it is also not known if Sprint’s Boost Mobile brand will also have access to the device. Rumors in the past have suggested that Boost may add the iPhone in September.

Currently, Virgin Mobile’s existing smartphone plan start at $35 per month with unlimited data (throttled after 2.5 GB). However, the report says that it is unknown whether the iPhone will be eligible for the carrier’s cheapest plans.

It seems that Apple is starting to get into the pre-paid market heavily with the iPhone.