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Sprint Kyocera Echo To Get Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update On August 1

Do you still remember the Kyocera Echo smartphone? Yes, we are talking about the same phone, which runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and comes with a dual-touchscreen display, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and more. This handset is  available  exclusively for the Sprint customers in the US. According to the latest Sprint playbook, the company will soon roll out the much-awaited Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) for the Kyocera Echo smartphone. The Gingerbread update is expected to come with the Swype 3.0, Improved powered management, etc. Check out the complete changelog below.

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Changelog:

  • ECO mode
  • EAS enhancements
  • Swype 3.0
  • Miscellaneous security patches
  • Improved powered management
  • Improved text input
  • Minor performance improvements
  • Manage Applications Control
  • Download Manager

This update will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will receive a notification, as soon as the update is available for your device. This update will be available to the Kyocera Echo smartphone, starting from August 1. To check the update manually, go to Menu > Settings > About Phone > Software Update > Check for update. If you have already received and installed the update, please let us know in the comments below.

Sprint Nexus S 4G Now Available For Free On Contract At Best Buy

Earlier this year, Sprint launched the 4G version of the popular Nexus S smartphone. Nexus S 4G is the first handset to feature the Android Gingerbread OS along with the 4G connectivity. This handset is available exclusively to the Sprint customer in the US. Last week, AT&T launched the Nexus S for $99.99. To stay ahead of the competition, Sprint finally reduced the price of this smartphone.

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Google Nexus S 4G features a 4 inch WVGA SUPER AMOLED display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1 GHz application processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, Wi-Fi Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with flash, VGA front Camera, HD (720p) video recording, USB 2.0, Android Market and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, 4G connectivity, A-GPS, Stereo Speakers, Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity and Light Sensor, 16 GB internal memory, 512MB RAM, NFC (Near Field Communication) Capability, 4G Mobile Hotspot capability, Android Market and a 1500 mAh battery.

Sprint originally launched the 4G variant of Nexus S for $199.99. Later the price of the phone was reduced to $99.99. Now, Best Buy is selling the powerful Nexus S 4G for free with 2 year service agreement. You can also purchase this handset for $0.01 on contract from Amazon. Sprint Nexus S 4G allows you to access more than 250,000 apps from the Android Market. To get this handset, head over to Best Buy or Amazon.

Sprint’s Nexus S 4G GRJ90 Software Update Rolling Out Now

Remember the software update for the Nexus S 4G, which will fix the radio issues with the phone? Well, Sprint has finally started rolling out the update to all NS 4G owners beginning from today.

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The new software update for the Sprint’s Nexus S 4G aims to improve the poor 4G reception and speed, along with an increase in the Wi-Fi performance.

Here is the full official change-log for the software update with version GRJ90 from Sprint :

Enhancements/Fixes:

– Enables NFC (Near Field Communication) Secure Element in preparation to support secure transactions

– Improved WiFi connectivity, speaker phone audio quality, and 4G acquisition and throughput

– Updated signal strength display indicators

– Fixes error code 67 when making account changes

– Adds TTY support

Rumors were that this software update for the Nexus S would bump the Android version to 2.3.5. However, the change-log from Sprint and neither does the thread over at their discussion forum, mention anything about this update being Android 2.3.5.

Sprint will automatically push the update to all NS 4G handsets, and aims to complete the roll-out in the next 3 weeks.

Nexus S 4G To Get A Software Update to Fix 4G Issues

A few months ago, Sprint released their own version of the Nexus S, with WiMAX support dubbed as the Nexus S 4G. However, the phone had one major flaw. More often than not, the phone had trouble connecting to Sprint’s 4G network or even a Wi-Fi network. This problem did upset a lot of NS 4G owners, but it seemed like Sprint did not care.

Thankfully, Sprint did notice the issue and is finally going to release a software update for the Nexus S 4G. The software update will solve the radio issues; along with enhancing some features of the NS 4G. The software update will bump the Android build to GRJ90, and improve the Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity of the phone.

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Along with this, the update will also include support for NFC Secure Element, which is required for the upcoming Google Wallet service. A 4G settings widget, NI Push support will also be on-board, post the update. The signal strength indicators have also been tuned in this update.

Sprint will start pushing the update to all Nexus S 4G handsets, beginning from 7th of July, and expects to complete the roll-out by the next four days.

Via AndroidPolice

Apple to Launch Sprint iPhone by the End of 2011?

An analyst from Citadel Securities, Shing Yin, has sparked off rumors that Apple may be planning to launch an iPhone on Sprint-Nextel by the end of 2011.

With the iPhone already available on AT&T (which is in the process of buying T-Mobile) and Verizon, Sprint is the only major national carrier on which the iPhone isn’t present.

Offering an iPhone on Sprint could be a great way for Apple to stem the growth of Android and gain some additional market share. Since Sprint offers much cheaper service plans, as well as an unlimited data plan (unlike AT&T, or Verizon which recently announced that it would be offering only usage based data plans), it may become the carrier of choice for many iPhone users.

Sprint could offer an attractive proposition for more price-conscious users (a demographic that we think is increasingly important to Apple following the rise of Android) could be a relatively stronger seller than the Verizon iPhone. We believe Sprint could capture more than its fair share of iPhone sales, especially if it gets the new model at the same time as AT&T and Verizon.states Yin.

The next version of the iPhone – the iPhone 5 / 4S will probably launch on all three carriers – AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. With all the patent issues with Microsoft and Oracle, and now this, Android’s prospects aren’t looking so good.

Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy Tab Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Sprint has started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for Samsung’s first ever tablet the Galaxy Tab 7.

Even though the Galaxy Tab 7 was not a tablet in the true sense, Sammy still made sure to release the device under every network in the U.S. The Galaxy Tab 7 was dubbed by many as an enlarged version of the Samsung Galaxy S, and is powered by a 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor, and packs 512MB of RAM.

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The new software release from Sprint (EF17) will bump the Android version to 2.3 Gingerbread and will also fix the HID Bluetooth bug. Along with this, Tab owners should also expect some improvement in the performance and battery life of the device.

The update is already available for download, and the Tab can be updated using the OTA (Over-The-Air) method.

To download the update, Tab owners should head over to Settings-> About My Galaxy Tab-> System Updates, and select the Update Firmware option. The update will then be automatically downloaded and installed.

Sprint aims to complete the Gingerbread update roll-out within the next 4 days.

Sprint Unveils The Samsung Conquer 4G Smartphone

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Samsung recently announced the Android powered Samsung Conquer 4G smartphone. This handset will be available exclusively to the Sprint customers in the US. Samsung Conquer 4G is a mid-range smartphone, which runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. If you don’t like the Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, then you can go ahead and get this handset, since it does not comes with the TouchWiz UI.

Samsung Conquer 4G Specs:

  • 3.5 inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen
  • 1 GHz Processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 3G/4G Connectivity
  • 3.2 megapixel rear camera
  • 1.3 megapixel front facing camera
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • Sprint ID
  • A-GPS
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • MicroUSB
  • Tri-Band CDMA (including the 800MHz frequencies)

Sprint recently launched the HTC EVO 3D for high-end smartphone users. The Samsung Conquer 4G is for the mid-range smartphone users, who wants to use the Sprint’s 4G connectivity, without burning a hole in the pocket. The price and release date of this handset have not been announced yet. Stay tuned for more updates.

Sprint’s HTC EVO 3D and EVO View 4G Get Sofware Updates

Sprint has released a maintenance software update each for the recently released HTC EVO 3D, and the EVO View 4G.

The maintenance software update for the EVO 3D is mainly aimed at fixing the force close which occurs while entering calendar entries in certain formats. There is also an application update which solves the missing Phone’ shortcut icon on the lock screen.

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The update is an OTA one, and can be manually pulled from Sprint’s server. EVO 3D owners can do so, by going to Settings-> About Phone-> System Updates->HTC Software updates. Select the Check Now’ option and the handset will automatically download and install the update.

The EVO View 4G software update bumps up the Android OS version to 2.3.4. Along with it, the update also fixes some bugs with Google Maps, Google Navigation and the built-in Mail app from HTC.

Sadly, the update also disables video chat via Google Talk. Sprint does state that they will enable this feature sometime in the future, though.

HTC EVO 4G+ Announced; Korean Version of EVO 3D Minus the 3D Capabilities

HTC has just announced a variant of the HTC EVO 3D, which will be heading to Korea, known as the EVO 4G+. The EVO 4G+ is similar to the EVO 3D, except for the lack of 3D display and 3D camera (s ).

Instead, the handset sports a normal 4.3-inch display with qHD (960×640) resolution. Unlike the EVO 3D, which sports dual 5MP cameras, the EVO 4G+ sports a single 8MP camera with an LED flash.

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The EVO 4G+ will be powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor from Qualcomm, and packs 1GB of RAM. The handset will also be capable of recording videos in 1080p full HD resolution. Like the EVO 3D, the 4G+ is powered by a chunky 1730mAh battery, and also sports a physical camera shutter button.

The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with the latest version of Sense (v3.) running on top of it. HTC has not announced anything about the pricing or the availability of the handset. Hopefully, more details about the handset will be made available in the coming weeks.

Here is the official product page of the HTC EVO 4G+.

Sprint Launches The HTC EVO 3D for $199.99

Sprint recently launched the HTC’s first 3D smartphone, the HTC EVO 3D. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it is exclusively available to the Sprint customers in the US. The much awaited HTC EVO 3D smartphone will ship with 3D games, 3D movies and exciting apps. This handset comes with a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel dual cameras with 3D video recording and playback at 720p and so on.

HTC EVO 3D brings to life a visual experience that comes alive in front of the viewers’ eyes and offers crisp, clear pictures on the large display that showcases yet another new innovation from Sprint; and HTC EVO View 4G combines a wonderful tablet experience with the ability to use the optional HTC Scribe digital pen to take notes on web pages, e-books, PDF documents and more, in an easy and natural way,said Fared Adib, vice president Product Development, Sprint. We’re looking forward to seeing our customers’ reactions to the glasses-free 3D experience when they get their hands on these exciting new devices today.

htc evo 3d

HTC EVO 3D comes with a 4.3 inch 3D QHD display, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 5 megapixel dual cameras, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, 2D video recording at 1080p, 3D video recording at 720p, HDMI, DLNA, Stereo Bluetooth and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm stereo headset jack, 3G/4G capability, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4GB Internal memory, 1GB RAM, microSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, 8GB microSD card included, 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, Integrated GPS and a 1730 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

HTC EVO 3D will ship with the blockbuster movie -The Green Hornet 3D, HTC’s Watch movie application, Blockbuster On Demand mobile app, Ultimate Spider-Man: Total Mayhem 3D (demo version) and much more. This handset comes with a price tag of $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement. Are you planning to buy this phone? Or you will go for the LG Optimus 3D? Let us know your answers and views in the comments below.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G and Epic 4G Android 2.3 Gingerbread Firmware Leaks

A few days ago an Android 2.3 Gingerbread firmware for the AT&T branded Samsung Captivate leaked on the Internet.

Today, Gingerbread firmware for two U.S. variants of the Galaxy S have leaked on the Internet. One of them is the T-Mobile Galaxy S 4G, and the other one is the Sprint’s Epic 4G. This time also, the credit for the leak goes to the folks over at SamFirmware.com.

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Galaxy S 4G owners over at XDA forums, who flashed this firmware on their phone, are reporting an improvement in performance and stability of the phone. There are also reports of huge improvement in battery life, with a little bit of tweaking like freezing all the bloat ware etc.

The Epic 4G Gingerbread leak solves most of the graphical issues which was present in the previous leaked Gingerbread firmware. There is also an improvement in performance compared to the previous leak. However, there is a lag of 2-3 seconds while rotating the phone from portrait to landscape mode or vice-versa.

Epic 4G users are also reporting an improvement in network reception, and data transfer speed. This leaked firmware also includes the latest version of Swype (v3), along with TeleNav navigation app.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G owners should head over to this link to download the leaked firmware, while Epic 4G owners need to click here.

HTC EVO Shift 4G Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update To Be Available From Tomorrow

The HTC EVO Shift 4G might not be as popular as other high-end Android handsets available from Sprint. However, this does not mean that the Shift 4G is a bad handset.

The EVO Shift 4G is one of the best handsets in the dying breed of hardware QWERTY phones. The handset might not have exactly set the sales chart on fire, but Sprint is still supporting the handset by releasing its Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.

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The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update will bring a new Downloads application, and performance and stability improvements. The software update will also squash some bugs including the bug which prevented the Shift 4G to stream media via certain applications. Swype keyboard will also be installed on the handset, post the update.

The software update will be an OTA (Over-The-Air) one, and Sprint will start pushing it to all Shift 4G handsets beginning from June 20th. For the impatient, the update will be available for manual download from Sprint’s server, starting from tomorrow (June 17).

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Motorola Triumph Running Stock Android 2.2 FroYo Announced

Along with the Photon 4G, Motorola has also announced the Triumph, which will be available under Sprint’s pre-paid network Virgin. This means, users can buy this handset without any contract.

The Motorola Triumph sports a 4.1-inch screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8255 processor with an Adreno 205 GPU, and will pack 512MB of RAM.

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The back of the handset sports a 5MP camera, with a LED flash, while there is a VGA camera in the front for video-calling. Other key features of the phone include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot with support for up to 32GB cards and a proximity sensor. The handset will also sport a mini-HDMI port along with a micro USB port. It will be powered by a 1400mAh battery.

The Triumph is the first phone from Motorola to run on stock Android 2.2 FroYo, out of the box. The handset is slated to be available sometime this summer. The pricing and other key specifications of the handset will be announced at the time of its release.

HTC EVO 4G Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update To Roll Out From Tomorrow!

Sprint has just announced that they will start rolling Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the HTC Evo 4G beginning from Monday, June 6.

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Evo 4G will bring some much needed bug fixes including the popular SMS bug, along with a new Downloads application. The update will also bring in better copy and paste functionality, and some performance and stability improvements.

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The update will be an OTA (Over-The-Air) one, and will be pushed automatically to all Evo 4G owners. For the impatient Evo 4G owners, Sprint will allow them to pull the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update from their servers beginning from tomorrow itself!

Sadly, Sprint has not mentioned whether the Gingerbread version will be Android 2.3.3 or Android 2.3.4. The Evo 4G has a front facing camera, so it can definitely make use of the video chatting capabilities of Google Talk introduced in Android 2.3.4. Also, the update will not bring a newer version of Sense to the Evo 4G, as many have expected.

Some other Gingerbread goodies like the screen-off animation, new keyboard will also not be included in this update.

Sprint EVO 3D To Ship With 3D Movies And Games

htc evo 3dHTC EVO 3D is the company’s first 3D smartphone. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a 4.3 inch QHD display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel dual cameras, 3D video recording at 720p and so on. The HTC EVO 3D will be exclusively available from Sprint in the US. Sprint recently announced that, the much awaited HTC EVO 3D smartphone will ship with 3D games, 3D movies and exciting apps.

When HTC EVO 3D launches this summer, it will introduce our customers to exciting new capabilities that will appeal to consumers,said Steve Elfman, president-Network Operations, Product and Wholesale, Sprint. When combined with Wi-Fi and the Sprint 4G Network, HTC EVO 3D offers an innovative user experience that will give our customers the ability to play games, watch movies, take pictures and video chat in 3D right in the palm of their hand.

HTC EVO 3D features a 4.3 inch 3D QHD display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, 5 megapixel dual cameras, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 2D video recording at 1080p, 3D video recording at 720p, HDMI, DLNA, 3G/4G capability, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4GB Internal memory, 1GB RAM, microSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, 8GB microSD card included, 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, Integrated GPS and a 1730 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

HTC EVO 3D will ship with the blockbuster movie -The Green Hornet 3D, HTC’s Watch movie application, Blockbuster On Demand mobile app, Ultimate Spider-Man: Total Mayhem 3D (demo version) and much more. The device will come pre-loaded with the Gameloft Storefront, giving customers access to a variety of 2D and 3D games. Exciting 3D games that will be available at launch include Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles and GT Racing Motor Academy.

The price and release date of this handset have not been announced yet. But, the HTC EVO 3D is expected to be available for $199.99 on contract and $499.99 for the unlocked version.

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