Sprint Rolling Out Minor Software Update For The HTC EVO 3D To Remove Carrier IQ

HTC has started rolling out a new, relatively minor, software update for its first ever-3D phone on Sprint’s network – the EVO 3D. No, its not the Ice Cream Sandwich update which the EVO 3D owners might be hoping for.  The new software update carries the version number 2.17.651.5 and does not bring any major changes, except for a new radio/baseband, improving the battery life and perhaps, most importantly removing the Carrier IQ spyware.

Below is the full change-log of the update -:

+ Removes Carrier IQ

+ Updated Baseband

+ Minor performance improvements

+ Improved battery life

The update is being rolled out via OTA and in stages, so you might not get the update immediately.

An official spokesperson from HTC has also confirmed that the Taiwanese handset manufacturer will be releasing software updates for all of its handsets available under the Sprint network in the coming weeks that will remove the Carrier IQ app. Sprint also confirmed the same and said that software updates to remove Carrier IQ for other handsets under its network are also coming soon.

Sprint Announces The Galaxy Nexus; Supports Its Upcoming 4G LTE Network!

Sprint just became the first carrier in the United States to announce the Galaxy Nexus in the United States, and end Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus exclusivity on it.

The specs of the Sprint’ version of the Galaxy Nexus remain same as its Verizon’s counterpart, which includes a beautiful 4.65-inch HD Super-AMOLED screen with a 720p (720×1280) resolution. Internally the Nexus packs in a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP 4460 processor, a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 1GB of RAM and 16/32GB of Internal memory. The usual bunch of sensors like Accelerometer, Gyroscope etc. and connectivity features like GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi etc are also present. At the back of the Galaxy Nexus is a 5MP camera with zero-shutter lag, which is also capable of recording videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution. Most importantly, the Galaxy Nexus runs on the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Galaxy Nexus will also be the first phone to hit Sprint’s network which will support the carrier’s upcoming 4G LTE network.

Sadly, Sprint did not announce anything as to when the Galaxy Nexus will exactly hit its network, and how much $$ it will cost. What Sprint did announce is that they will be releasing nearly 15 4G LTE devices in throughout this year

White Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch Coming To Sprint On January 8

Back in August, Samsung finally launched the much-awaited Galaxy S II in the US. This handset is available in 3 variants exclusively for the AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint customers. The Sprint version of Galaxy S II is called as the Samsung Epic 4G Touch. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a large 4.52 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, powerful 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, etc.

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch was originally available only in Vortex Black color. Now, Sprint has announced another variant of this handset. The Samsung Epic 4G Touch will be available in the new Frost White color, exclusively for the Sprint customers, starting from January 8, 2012. The specs of both the devices are almost same.

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Sprint Epic 4G Touch features a 4.52 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, Swype, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G Connectivity, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, etc.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Samsung Kies Air, Android Market, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Sprint ID, 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capable, Samsung Media Hub, Samsung Social Hub, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 1800 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch will be available for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement. Sprint customers can get this device from Sunday, January 8, 2012.

Sprint’s HTC EVO View 4G Android 3.2 Honeycomb Update Now Available

It was a month ago that HTC started rolling out the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update for the HTC Flyer in Europe. Today, HTC and Sprint have started rolling out the Honeycomb update for the Sprint’s version of the Flyer, the EVO View 4G.

The update with the version number 2.23.651.1 weighs in a little over 217MB in size, so EVO View 4G owners are recommended to use Wi-Fi to download the update. The jump from Gingerbread to Honeycomb was quite a big one, and brings in quite a lot of big changes including H/W  acceleration, new web browser, new Google Apps, new launcher, a tablet optimized UI and much more.

Below is the full change-log of the update-:

  • Physical Hard keys replaced with on screen Soft keys
  • New Google search, available on every page
  • System Bar: Quick access to notifications, status, and soft navigation buttons available at the bottom of the screen
  • Notifications menu moved to the bottom right corner of the screen, on the System Bar.
  • The Action Bar–which can be accessed by touching the Plus Sign icon at the top right of the screen–is the key to contextual, changing menus that are controlled by each application.
  • Enhanced security including Sprint Data Link and 3LM

Fixes include:

  • Google video chat
  • Bluetooth capable in Airplane mode
The update is being rolled out in stages, so it might take a while before the update hits your tablet.

Sprint’s Epic 4G Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Sprint has finally started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Samsung Epic 4G. The update comes weeks after Google announced the much awaited successor to Gingerbread, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The European version of the Galaxy S also got its Gingerbread update nearly 5 months ago. Better late than never, eh Sprint and Samsung?

Apart from the bump in the Android version, the update also brings some bug fixes, and other Gingerbread goodies like a Download manager app, improved copy & paste functionality and much more.

Below is the full change-log for the update -:


– Upgrade of the Google OS from Froyo to Gingerbread (Android 2.3)

– Audible Sprint AIRAVEâ„¢ notifications when answering call

– SMS messages sent without area code

– PRL and Profile update

– EAS (Exchange Activesync) email displaying HTML

– Bluetooth headset sound improvements

– Fully visible date on device lock screen

Sprint is the first  U.S carrier to roll out the Android update for its variant of the Galaxy S. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon’s variant of the Galaxy S are still stuck with Android 2.2 (FroYo), with no official time frame as to when they will get the update. An Android 2.3.4 based firmware did leak for the AT&T Captivate and the T-Mobile’s Vibrant, confirming that the update is under works for these handsets.


Google Wallet Service Goes Live! Available On Sprint’s Nexus S 4G

Back in May, Google announced its Google Wallet service, which as the name suggests makes your Android phone your wallet.

Today, Google has released its Wallet’ app for Sprint’s Nexus S 4G. With the Wallet app, Nexus S 4G owners can use their phone instead of their CitiBank Credit Card to pay their bills. The Wallet app works via the NFC chip found on the Nexus S. Yeah, Google finally found a good use of the NFC chip, which it introduced with the Nexus S nearly 10 months ago.

Below is a video of Google Wallet in action-:

Right now, the Google Wallet service is available for only for CitiBank and MasterCard customers, with Visa, Discover and American Express already supporting the service. As a gesture of thanks to early adopters, Google is also adding $10 free bonus to Google Prepaid card, if Wallet users set it up before this year’s end.

Interested Nexus S 4G owners can find more information about the Google’s Wallet service and app from here.

Nexus S 4G owners will get the Google Wallet app via an OTA update, which will also bump the Android version to 2.3.7.

LG Optimus S Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Hot on the heels of the Gingerbread update for the Optimus One, Sprint and LG have started rolling out the Gingerbread update for their version of the Optimus One, the Optimus S. The Optimus S is a mid-range Android smartphone with a 3.2-inch screen, and a 600MHz processor along with 512MB of RAM.

The update is being rolled out via OTA (Over-The-Air) to existing Optimus S owners.

Below is the full change-log for the update :

  • New on-screen keyboard. The standard keyboard has been greatly improved with faster input and more intuitive typing. The cut-and-paste feature has also been improved.
  • Streamlined user interface. New color schemes and various UI changes make Android more consistent and simpler to use.
  • Application and power management. Android 2.3 provides better insight into what is running in the background and the amount of memory and CPU time it is using. A task killer has been added.
  • Download management. All downloads from the browser, email and other apps can now be viewed and controlled from a single location.
  • General enhancements for performance improvements.

As you can see from the above change-log, the update brings the usual Gingerbread goodies and some updated core apps.

LG Marquee Announced; Coming To Sprint For $99.99

LG and Sprint recently announced the new LG Marquee smartphone. This handset is the Sprint’s version of the popular LG Optimus Black smartphone. It comes with a 4 inch NOVA display, 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, 3G Connectivity and much more. The LG Optimus Black originally comes with the Android 2.2 OS, but LG Marquee runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.

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LG believes fashion and technology go hand-in-hand among today’s growing contingent of style-conscious and tech-savvy consumers,said Tim O’Brien, vice president of marketing for LG Mobile. By partnering with Sprint, MADE and Stacy London, LG effectively showcases three prominent phone features important to consumers: a sleek, thin profile, ultra light weight design and bright display.

LG Marquee features a 4 inch NOVA display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, Optimus UI 2.0, 3G Connectivity, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 3.5 mm headphone jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, A-GPS, 2 GB internal storage, 512 MB RAM, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB microSD card bundled, up to 375 hrs standby time, up to 5.5 hrs talk-time and a 1500 mAh battery.

You can get this handset for just $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two year service agreement. LG Marquee will be available from October 2 at Sprint stores. You can also pre-order this handset online, starting from September 20.

Rumor: Sprint Blacking out Staff Vacations for First Half of Oct. for iPhone Launch

Many rumors have  suggested  that Apple will offer the iPhone on Sprint beginning next month. Yesterday,  Bloomberg  reported  that Sprint will indeed offer the iPhone next month with unlimited data. In addition to yesterday’s report, SprintFeed has discovered a new leaked document. The leaked document mentions that the blackout extends from Sept. 30 to Oct. 15, though it doesn’t mention the “major phone” by name.

Sprint Blackout iPhone document

A recent report from The Wall Street Journal said Sprint will launch Apple’s next iPhone in mid-October. Last month, Sprint responded to the claim by issuing an internal memo advising its employees not to discuss the possibility of a fifth-generation iPhone launch with inquiring customers.

In addition, the carrier announced plans to raise its contract early termination fee for “advanced devices, including smartphones, to $350 starting Sept. 9.  The new ETF, which would match AT&T’s and Verizon’s own cancellation fees for similar devices, is meant to prevent customers from ditching the carrier after acquiring new devices for subsidized prices. This decision by Sprint would suggest that an iPhone launch is near.

Apple is expected to unveil its next iPhone in the coming weeks at a press event. Numerous rumors have suggested a launch in October.

Rumor: Sprint to Launch iPhone 5 with Unlimited Data Next Month

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Many rumors have suggested that Apple will offer the iPhone on Sprint beginning next month. Today, Bloomberg reports that Sprint will indeed offer the iPhone next month as had previously been reported by The Wall Street Journal. The carrier is rumored to be launching the iPhone 5 in mid-October under its new deal with Apple. According to the report, Sprint will offer the iPhone next month with unlimited data service.

Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) will offer Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhone next month with unlimited data service plans to distinguish itself from rivals AT&T Inc. (T) and Verizon Wireless, according to people familiar with the matter.

Sprint, the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier, plans to begin selling the device in mid-October under a deal with Apple for the next model, the iPhone 5, said the people, who wouldn’t be identified because the plans aren’t public. Becoming the country’s only operator to offer the device with unlimited data service for a flat fee may help Sprint draw customers from AT&T and Verizon Wireless, which already carry the phone, they said.

In addition, the reports also suggests that Sprint has postponed the launch of a new rival 4G phone in order to accommodate preparation for the iPhone’s launch. In fact, yesterday Sprint announced that it has delayed the launch of the BlackBerry Curve 9350 to October from today’s previously planned launch date. No reason for the delay was given.

Unlimited data is a significant selling point for Sprint, which currently offers  a package of unlimited voice and data for $99.99 per month on several existing smartphones. At one point, both AT&T and Verizon offered unlimited data for the iPhone, but both carriers  switched to tiered data plans for new customers. Existing customers who previously had unlimited data  have been allowed to maintain their data plans.