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2 years ago

Sprint adds 263,000 subscribers, posts $255 million operating loss, watches LTE start to flicker on

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Sprint this morning announced its Q1 2012 earnings. The big strokes are that it added 263,000 postpaid subscribers but posted a $255 million operating loss. (A little less than half of that was for in operating costs for its new "Network Vision" strategy. You have to spend money to make money.)

Sprint now boasts more than 56 million customers (32.8 million postpaid, and 15.3 million prepaid. Churn was up slightly at 2 percent. 

And, yes, Sprint sold some iPhones -- some 1.5 million.

What we're really interested in, of course, is Sprint's LTE rollout. It's still set to have six LTE cities running by  mid-year, and more than 12,000 sites (different than citites) by the end of the year.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Carphone Warehouse outs 'Samsung Galaxy S3' with tiny teaser pic

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Last week we saw the the first retailer listing for the Samsung Galaxy S3 over on Amazon Germany, and today the plot thickens with a new stub appearing on Carphone Warehouse's "coming soon" page. The independent retailer lists the device, currently acknowledged by Samsung as the "next Galaxy", alongside a diminutive preview shot that's so tiny and generic it's impossible to tell whether it's an official render or not. If nothing else, it has its buttons in the right place for a Samsung phone -- you can clearly see a power button on the right and volume rocker on the left.

What's also intriguing is the slow gravitation we're seeing towards the "Galaxy S3" name rather than anything else. Over the past few days we've seen references to that name exactly -- Galaxy S3, not S 3 or S III -- leak out on Amazon, the official "Unpacked" app in the Google Play Store, and now CPW. Despite rumors that Samsung may attempt to ape Apple's naming scheme with a "new Galaxy S", we think the S3 name makes more sense in terms of branding. A "new Galaxy S" is too confusing for consumers upgrading from the S II, considering how schizophrenic Samsung's Galaxy branding already is across its phone and Tab lines. And a "Galaxy S III" with three as roman numerals isn't as instantly recognizable -- your brain takes a few more seconds to process those pesky three lines and differentiate "III" from "II".

Whatever the case, we're still in rumor territory with regards to much of what we "know" about this device. And we're not expecting that to change until the Galaxy S3, or whatever it's called, is unveiled in London on May 3.

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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2 years ago

Late-night poll: Did you set up your Google Drive?

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All the rumors and murmuring came to an end today, as Google unleashed Google Drive on the world. Some of the rumors were right, some not, but in the end anytime someone wants to give us more, we'll take it. I hope in the end Google gets things a bit more unified, but that's another story. I'll use it, so I set mine up.

Did you? Let us know in the poll!

 

Did you set up your Google Drive today?

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2 years ago

Coachella, through the eyes of the Samsung Epic 4G touch

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By all accounts folks that went to Coachella had a blast. Music, food, beverages, X, you name it -- it was there. So was AC member ramonm2 and his trusty Epic 4G Touch, and he has an entertaining tale about the funs times, and more importantly, how his Android phone helped him out and held up to a day in the desert. Check it out!

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2 years ago

Another 'Next Galaxy' dummy unit appears, throws Android style guide to the wind

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Ladies and gents, I present to you the Samsung Galaxy S III.

Except it ain't. It's another bit of secrecy in the never ending chain of Samsung Galaxy Next S III tales, and this one from the Taiwanese forum mobile01 truly takes the cake. The casing, yellow friction tape and all, is clearly not the finished product and the monstrosity of a navigation bar across the bottom makes me hope the view on the screen is faked as well. Don't get me wrong -- I'm a fan of buttons, including the coveted menu button, but forcing it off to the wrong side as in the above screen is not only against the Android style guidelines, but it's a giant mess for app development waiting to happen. At least HTC's offerings would look right when (if) apps get updated with the ICS UI. But this? There's no rhyme or reason.

I want to see this phone as much as the next guy. I'm excited to see what Samsung counters the HTC One series with, but if this is it I'm going to have to say no thanks Samsung. That's why I'm not buying it.

Source: mobile01 (since pulled); via The Verge

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2 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy Note shows its gigantic self - with ICS

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The rumors and speculation that a T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy Note is out there lurking around can be confirmed tonight. TmoNews got a set of leaked pictures of the 5.3-inch Note sporting T-Mobile branding, T-Mobile bloatware apps, and -- get this -- Ice Cream Sandwich. Other than the model number of SGH-T879, and the fact that it's running Android 4.0.3, it's still a mystery, and there's no telling which processor is inside or when to expect this one to get official -- if ever at all. As Phil reminds us, the life of a carrier smartphone is full of twists and turns.

We hope this one pans out and this isn't just a one-off or a test unit that never sees the light of day. You can bet everyone has feelers out and if there's more to be known, it will get known. In the meantime, hit the link and check out a slew of pics.

Source: TmoNews

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2 years ago

DroidDoodle: Anybody wanna buy a phone?

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid 4 OTA update pushing out now

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If you own a Motorola Droid 4 and haven't already received notice of the OTA update, you will definitely want to check for updates right now! Unfortunately this isn't ICS, but this update does bring a couple of great enhancements along with it, including improved battery life. Beyond just the battery life enhancement they have also done the following

  • Enhanced loud call end and connect tones over Bluetooth
  • Power On function has been fixed
  • Improved battery life
  • Improvements made to reduce touch screen lockups, device sluggishness, and blank screen lockups
  • Keypad backlight only launches when needed
  • Successfully receive Visual Voice Mail notifications
  • MotoCast widget can be added to the homescreen and thumbnail view
  • Improved text message delivery when using the Messaging application
  • Improvements to WiFi connectivity
  • Reply With Quote

Pretty good update for you Droid 4 owners, so be sure to check it out, and let us know in the forums how it works out for you!

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2 years ago

Google goes back to selling phones, Sense 4 smoothness [From the Forums]

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It's been a good day in the world of Android. Plenty of news and rumors rolled out today, so if you missed out on anything -- get yourself caught up. You can skip on back a page or two or head on into the Android Central to discuss all the latest.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

Ask AC: The T-Mobile HTC One S uses Carrier IQ?

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Thermalx, in our T-Mobile HTC One S Q&A, writes,

I thought carriers had about stopped with the whole Carrier IQ thing. But according to this T-Mo doc, the One S has Carrier IQ, any thoughts on that? Personally I'm not swayed much by it as I'll get CM9 as soon as it's available.

Ah ha! A good question, and one I'd meant to cover sooner. As part of our Ultimate Sense 4 Guide, we'd done a separate post on Privacy and the Tell HTC Experience Log. That covers analytics and other data that that Sense itself can collect. But it's not necessarily on your phone, and it's not necessarily the only analytics tool a carrier is using. 

When you first go through setup on the T-Mobile (US) HTC One S, you'll be asked whether you want T-Mobile to be able to collect diagnostics information. The section reads as follows:

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2 years ago

Motorola RAZR launches in Costa Rica

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Motorola sends word that its current international flagship device, the RAZR, has launched in Costa Rica. As you'll recall from our review of the Verizon version back in November, the RAZR sports a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM and an 8MP camera in a super-thin 7.1mm chassis. The device launches with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but it's due an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich in the months ahead, and we've already spotted a few leaked builds.

The RAZR is due to go on sale on major Costa Rican carriers from the first week of May. Check past the break for today's full press release from Motorola.

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2 years ago

Panasonic Eluga on sale in the UK, available for £369.99 SIM free

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First seen at Mobile World Congress, the Eluga is Panasonic's first real attempt to break into the international Android market. The 4.3-inch, dust resistant, Gingerbread phone has been available in Japan for a few weeks now, but right on cue the predicted April launch for Europe has arrived with news of its availability in the UK. 

Online retailer Expansys are offering the Eluga for £369.99 inc VAT, and are showing as in stock. While it may not be breaking any records, the Eluga is a solid mid-range device with an Ice Cream Sandwich update promised for the Summer. Before handing over any of your cash though, don't forget to check out our hands on from Barcelona

Source: Expansys

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2 years ago

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer update rollout begins today

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ASUS has began pushing out an update for the Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) today, and the change log is online chock full of the things users really wanted it to be chock full of. In case you're not up to snuff on the state of ICS for the original Transformer, some users are having issues with random reboots since getting the OTA to Android 4. It's not one of those things that affects everyone, which makes it that much harder to troubleshoot, but hopefully ASUS has a handle on it with today's news. There's other goodies there as well -- check it.

  • Improves system stability
  • Improves email stability
  • Improves AppBackup App
  • Improves MyLibrary stability
  • Supports Wi-Fi Direct
  • Supports unzip in File Manager
  • Add restore tab function in Browser

Short, sweet, and to the point. Exactly how an update should be. According to ASUS the update started going out today (April 24) so start checking for version 9.2.1.21 and shout out when you see it. 

Source: ASUS

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2 years ago

Nikon releasing wireless DSLR dongle, allowing control of your camera from your Android device

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Heading to market in late May, camera manufacturer Nikon are launching a wireless dongle that will enable control of your DSLR from your Android device. Quick wireless transfer of your photos is also on the menu, bringing a whole new world of quick photo sharing with it. Imagine, sharing high res, professionally shot photographs through Instagram, Facebook or Google+ without the pain of transferring between devices. 

The dongle will also open up your Android device as a live display and remote shutter for your camera. This sounds like a pretty useful feature, and seeing a company like Nikon embrace mobile technology is refreshing. Initially the dongle will only be compatible with the Nikon D3200, and will cost $60. 

Source: Nikon; via Droid-Life

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2 years ago

T-Mobile HTC One S launches tomorrow - we've got your answers today!

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Just a quick reminder, boys and girls, that the T-Mobile HTC One S (you've read our full review, right?) goes on sale tomorrow, April 25. If you're still on the fence, our own Phil Nickinson is hosting a Q&A in the forums right this very second!

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