Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch Handset Announced

After nearly 3 months of its European availability, Samsung has gone ahead and announced in an event at N.Y, the U.S carrier versions of its most popular smartphone until date, the Samsung Galaxy S II.  Three major carriers in the United States will be selling the Galaxy S II, with each operator having its own slightly modified version of the European SGS II.

First and foremost is the Sprint’s version of the Galaxy S II. Unlike last time, Sprint’s Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch does not come with a slide-out hardware keyboard. The main difference between the Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch and the European SGS2 is the screen size. The Epic 4G Touch has a mammoth 4.52-inch Super-AMOLED+ screen, with a disappointingly low WVGA (800×480) resolution.

Other than the huge screen, the Epic 4G touch also comes the usual four capacitive Android keys, unlike the one physical and 2 capacitive keys on the European model of the handset. Also, the Epic 4G Touch is not as slim as its European counterpart, and has a waistline of 9.59mm.

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch packs the same Exynos 4210 SoC, which includes a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and an ARM-Mali 400MP GPU. The handset also packs in 1GB of RAM, along with 16GB of internal memory.

The back of the handset sports an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash, which is also capable of recording videos in 1080p Full HD resolution. A 2MP camera in the front takes care of all the video chatting needs of a user.

The usual run-of-the-mill features like Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, microSD card slot, FM radio, GPS with A-GPS, MHL port and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present, along with a bunch of sensors. The Epic 4G Touch will also come with AES-256 internal/external hardware encryption and Wi-Fi calling. The handset also supports Sprint’s WiMAX network.

Like the European SGS II, the Epic 4G Touch will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz 4.0 on top of it.  A beefy 1800mAh battery will power the handset.

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch will be available starting from September 16th for $199.99, on a 2-year contract.

 

Sprint Samsung Epic 4G Touch Leaked Press Shots Emerge

Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the most popular Android smartphones. This handset has been launched in most of the European and Asian countries including the UK, South Korea and India. But, the smartphone users in the United States are still waiting for the launch of this amazing device. Samsung will finally announce the much-awaited Galaxy S II, tomorrow at an event in New York. Samsung Galaxy S II will be available in three different variants, exclusively for the Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T customers.

samsung epic 4G touch

The Sprint version of the Galaxy S II will be called as the Samsung Epic 4G Touch. The guys at PocketNow recently shared the leaked press shot of the new Samsung Epic 4G Touch. The design of the device is quite similar as compared to the original Galaxy S II, except the four capacitive buttons below the display, instead of the large home button and two capacitive buttons.

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch will also come with a large 4.5 inch touchscreen display, 1.5 GHz dual core application processor, latest Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) Operating System and the additional 4G connectivity options. There are no other changes in the specs of this device. It will come with the same 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 3D user interface, Bluetooth 3.0, Android Market, Social Hub Premium, Readers Hub, Game Hub, Music Hub, Kies Air, NFC and so on.

The T-Mobile and AT&T’s variant of the Galaxy S II will be called as the Samsung Hercules and Samsung Attain respectively. The complete specs, features, price and release date will be announced tomorrow. Stay tuned for more info!

Sprint Tells Employees to Give “No Comment” on iPhone 5

Earlier this week, WSJ reported that Sprint is going to offer the iPhone 5 alongside AT&T and Verizon in mid-October. Today, SprintFeed has obtained an internal Sprint memo notifying dealers on how to respond to the recent report claiming that the carrier will offer the iPhone 5 in mid-October.

Sprint iPhone 5 Memo

The memo says employees who are asked a direct question by a customer regarding the iPhone 5 should reply by saying “Yes, I saw a few of those reports, I don’t have any information to share.”  Sprint dealers are also advised to refer customers to the Sprint.com Newsroom. In addition, the memo suggests that if a dealer is asked by a customer they should simply state “no comment”.

“A recent  Wall Street Journal  article mentioned that Sprint is getting the iPhone5,”

“If you’re asked by a customer or just talking to friends or family members, you need to avoid making any comment about the iPhone and simple state “no comment.”

Even though the memo doesn’t offer any evidence of Sprint offering the iPhone, Sprint’s “no comment” stance suggests the company will indeed be offering the iPhone later this year.

People familar with the matter had previously told WSJ that Apple was planning to launch the new iPhone by the end of September, but may have delayed the release because of production yield rate issues with its contract manufacturer.

BlackBerry Curve 9350 Coming To Sprint On September 9 For $79.99

Earlier this week, BlackBerry announced the new BlackBerry Curve 9350 smartphone, under the popular BlackBerry Curve series. BlackBerry Curve 9350 is a CDMA smartphone, powered by the BlackBerry 7 Operating System. It comes with a 2.44 inch HVGA+ touchscreen display, 800 MHz processor, 5 megapixel camera and more. This handset will be exclusively available to the Sprint customers in the US.

It is exciting to see the BlackBerry Curve line continue to evolve, building upon past success,said David Owens, vice president Product Development, Sprint. This latest iteration offers the recognizable form factor our customers have come to enjoy, while adding powerful new features and innovative apps of BlackBerry 7 to deliver the smoothest and fastest BlackBerry Curve experience to date.

blackberry curve 9350

BlackBerry Curve 9350 features a 2.44 inch HVGA+ display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 360 pixel resolution, 800 MHz Qualcomm 8655 processor, BlackBerry 7 Operating System, Full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with flash, Image stabilization, Face detection, Digital zoom, Geo-tagging, VGA video recording and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, integrated GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR support, NFC (Near Field Communications), MicroSD card slot, 512 MB RAM, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSD card bundled, BlackBerry App World, BlackBerryPlayBook support with BlackBerry Bridge, up to 9 hours of video playback time, up to 45 hours of music playback time, up to 14.5 days of standby time, up to 5.5 hours of talk-time and a 1040 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

BlackBerry Curve 9350 will be available for purchase, starting from Friday, September 9. You can get this smartphone for just $79.99 with a two-year service agreement and a $50 mail-in rebate. BlackBerry Curve 9350 also requires activation on one of Sprint’s Everything Data plans and a required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones.

Sprint Rolling Out Software Update For HTC EVO 4G

HTC EVO 4G is the first 4G smartphone and one of the most popular Android device. This handset was launched in the US, during the Q2 of 2010. HTC EVO 4G is exclusively available for the Sprint customers in the US. This handset originally runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, but it was later updated to the new Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Sprint recently rolled out a software update for this powerful smartphone. The latest update comes with some fixes and improvements. Check out the complete changelog below.

HTC EVO 4G

Changelog:

  • Integrated voice recognition accuracy with voice search and voice-to-text
  • Image size issue with contact transfer over Bluetooth
  • Images cut off in Picasa
  • Group contacts not in alphabetical order
  • Out of memory, Unable to send SMS

The latest update changes the firmware version of this handset to v4.53.651.1. This update is available only via Over-The-Air (OTA). It is advised to backup all of your data before updating the device. It might take some days for the update to reach your smartphone. If you face any problem or find something new in this update, please let us know in the comments.

Wall Street Journal: Sprint to Carry iPhone 5 Alongside AT&T and Verizon

In the United States, it is always big news when the iPhone appears on carriers. There was a huge announcement by Verizon when they got their hands on Apple’s smart phone earlier this year. Swirling around with all the iPhone 5 rumors, we have heard talk that Apple will be offering it’s killer device to yet another American carrier this fall.

It looks like that is probably the case. The Wall Street Journal, which isn’t known for being wrong about Apple products, is reporting that Sprint will get Apple’s next iPhone at the same time that it launches on AT&T and Verizon. This will bring the world’s best selling smartphone to America’s third largest cellular carrier.

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This is big news for data users, however. While AT&T and Verizon offer the ability to keep your unlimited plan when you upgrade, you cannot regain it if you lose it. Sprint, on the other hand, still offers unlimited data for a new and existing customers. This is also true unlimited data, unlike the plans offered by T-Mobile which become throttled after a certain amount of data use.

In their article, the Wall Street Journal also said that Sprint would begin selling the iPhone 5 in mid-October. This lines up with the rumored launch date I have previously reported. This also means that these potential sales will not contribute to fourth quarter profits for any carrier, as that ends in September.

Interestingly enough, Virgin Mobile, which operates under the Sprint umbrella in the States, has been working on restructuring it plans. The new plans will feature data throttling, and are set to launch in October. The obvious conclusion would be that Sprint will try to bring the iPhone to prepaid customers in the US for the first time.

HTC EVO 3D Software Update Rolling Out Now; Bug-Fixes Galore!

Sprint and HTC are all set to release a software update for the HTC EVO 3D. The new software update aims at squashing bugs, and to improve the overall performance and stability of the phone.

Here is the full change-log of the update, thanks to Android Central -:

  • Fixes the device lockscreen stuck in “half-state”
  • Ability to transfer all contacts over Bluetooth
  • Fixed the date mis-match issue between contacts and Facebook when synced
  • Fixed the random GPS coordinates issue
  • The lock screen now displays three digit temperatures correctly
  • Fixed the Spiderman demo lockups
  • Allows more pre-loaded content to be uninstalled by the user
  • Spiderman, Watch and Qik have been updated to the latest version
Most importantly, post this software update, Sprint EVO 3D owners will be able to unlock the boot loaders on their handset, using the recently released web-based unlocking tool from HTC.
Sprint will start rolling out the software update (v2.08.651.2) from today via OTA. EVO 3D owners can also manually check for the update, by going to Settings->About Phone-> Software update, and selecting the ‘Check for updates’ option.

 

Sprint Resumes The Kyocera Echo Gingerbread Update

Kyocera Echo is an unique smartphone with dual touchscreen display. This handset originally runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS and features a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, 32 GB expandable memory and so on. As scheduled, Sprint rolled out the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update for the Kyocera Echo smartphones from August 1. Unfortunately, the software update bricked the device instead of updating it.

kyocera echo

Sprint later announced that, the company will resume the rollout of the Android Gingerbread update from August 10. After waiting for nearly a week, Sprint has finally started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, without having any issues faced earlier by the Kyocera Echo owners. Here’s the official statement from Sprint:

Sprint will restart the Gingerbread update to Kyocera Echo users beginning today (August 10). In an effort to provide the best possible customer experience, Kyocera and Sprint have addressed a previous issue with the update raised last week. The Gingerbread update will provide Kyocera Echo users with performance enhancements including faster response, improved power management, enhancements for gaming, and more. Every Echo customer should have the update within the next few weeks.

This update will be available only via Over-The-Air (OTA). Check out the complete changelog below.

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

If you still face any issues while updating the device, please let us know in the comments below. To learn more, head over to this page.

Sprint Unveils the Samsung Conquer 4G; The Conquest Begins August 21

Samsung Conquest 4GToday, Sprint announced the Samsung Conquer 4G which will be launched later this month, on August 21. It is a budget Android smartphone which will be priced at $99.99. It comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and sports a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display. It will offer both 3G and 4G connectivity on Sprint’s network.

It is powered by a 1 GHz processor, and comes with and comes with 2 cameras – a 3.2 MP primary camera and a 1.3 MP secondary camera for video chat. The amount of RAM hasn’t been specified, but it will likely have 512 MB RAM.

It’s Sprint’s first 4G Android device priced below $100. It will cost $99.99 with a 2 year contract after a $50 mail in rebate. It’s a great device for anyone who wants to experience Android on a budget.

The price of Samsung Conquer 4G makes Sprint’s 4G speeds accessible to more customers than ever,said Fared Adib, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. We are proud to deliver this dynamic device at a great value without sacrificing must-have technology. Our customers can really do more for less when this ultra-affordable 4G device is paired with the great value of our unlimited data calling plans.

Check out the official press release by Sprint – Sprint Makes it More Affordable to Experience 4G with the Aug. 21 Availability of Samsung Conquer 4G

Motorola Pax: The Best Android “Blackberry” Yet

Motorola was one of the first Android adopters, and launched the first commercially successful Android device – the Motorola Droid. It also launched the first Android Honeycomb tablet – the Motorola Xoom. Unfortunately, the Xoom failed and none of Motorola’s new phones have been able to attract as many users as Samsung (with the Galaxy S and the Galaxy S 2). It has been sidelined by Samsung and HTC when it comes to Android smartphones, at least in the last couple months.

Motorola has been trying to launch a good Blackberry-ish Android smartphone with a QWERTY keypad in a candybar form factor since an year now. It first launched the Motorola Droid Pro on Verizon, and recently, the Motorola XPRT on Sprint. Both of them are promising devices, but haven’t seen a lot of sales.

Today, some images and details of a new Android QWERTY phone were leaked by the guys at ThisismyNext and Android Community. It’s codenamed the Motorola Pax, and looks similar to the Motorola XPRT.

However, it has a larger 3.5 inch display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It also comes with a dual core processor, and may sport a larger battery. It will most likely run on Android 2.3.x Gingerbread. Most QWERTY candybar phones sport a smaller display. Though the Pax may be a bit bulky, having a QWERTY as well as a large display is a great combination.

Motorola Sprint Pax

No other details are out yet. We should probably see this device launched in a couple of months.