In response to the recent launch of the HTC EVO Shift 4G at $149.99, Sprint has reduced the cost of the similar Samsung-made Epic 4G to $199.99 on a two-year contract, down $50 from the previous price. Both phones feature 4G connectivity and a slide-out keyboard, though the Epic boasts a larger 4-inch SuperAMOLED screen, compared with the EVO Shift's 3.6-inch LCD.
Ordering your Epic 4G through Amazon will save you another $100, making the phone yours for just $99.99. If you're in the market for a 4G phone with a slide-out keyboard on Sprint, then both the Epic and the EVO Shift should serve you well. You can find out more about the Epic 4G and the EVO Shift 4G in our Android devices section. [Sprint on Twitter]
Verizon has released the scheduled maintenance release update for the Samsung Fascinate, and it's not Froyo. Prepare your rotten tomatoes and pitchforks, because yes, I did say it could be Froyo a few days back when we got tipped about the update. Unfortunately, it's just the DL09 update that many said wouldn't pass Verizon's quality control. Looks like it did :)
The good news is that it supposedly fixes the GPS (though many say differently) and offers a slew of other bug fixes and enhancements, and updates all those apps everyone wants to uninstall. For more info and instructions, hit the source link. [Verizon via Android Central forums] Thanks everyone who sent this in!
A tipster has has provided the above image to BGR, showing the Samsung SCH-R910 -- a Samsung LTE enabled Android phone, with MetroPCS branding. While we have to file it under the "rumor" category for now, the image pretty much says it all.
According to BGR's source, the Hummingbird CPU is on board, as well as a five MP camera and removable SD card, and MetroPCS subscribers should find it for sale sometime soon. MetroPCS was first in the states to offer LTE devices, are they trying to be first with an Android LTE phone as well? [BGR]
Now that CES has come to a close we're looking forward to all the new devices set to be released. Although it's always fun to see what pops up in the meantime while we wait. Was there something you expected at CES but didn't get to see? If so let us know in the forums. Mobile World Congress isn't that far away, so maybe some goodies will be shown off there. Unless of course you're a Sprint user in which case CTIA is where you will shine.
All across Canadian carriers, Samsung Galaxy S series devices have been starting to get there Froyo updates, and the Rogers Samsung Captivate is no exception to that. Available now, Rogers Captivate owners can to download Kies and begin getting their Froyo on. You can also hit up the Rogers website for the full .pdf instructions if you should need them. Of course, you can always hit up the Android Central forums if you run into issues as well. Thanks, Colin! [Rogers Forums]
Miss Motorola's announcements at CES? Want to watch the entire event that introduced the Atrix 4G, Cliq 2, Droid Bionic and Xoom? The video is now available and is about 35 minutes long. Motorola's event was arguably the most exciting from an Android point of view so this would be a good one to see. Sit back and enjoy all of the Android goodness that's going to hit the market soon.
Oh, and don't blame us for the video quality. Phil says it looked pretty damn cool in person, though. And if you look closely, you might even be able to spot him in the crowd.
We've seen this happen in the past on many devices, but this is a first for the Samsung Nexus S. Yes, the beautiful Samsung Nexus S that runs Gingerbread out of the box has now been persuaded to run MeeGo and Ubuntu. If you're going to be trying this out, it's only fair to warn you it's not something for a new user as it could potentially kill off your device and make it a paperweight. You can grab the full details from the source link if you simply must know how it can be done. You'll also find a quick video after the break. Thanks Liam! [High Caffeine via Redmond Pie]
Are you a Samsung Nexus S owner who has been experiencing random reboots during calls? If so, you'll be pleased to know that Google has now been able to replicate the issue and is working with Samsung to address it. Although reported a while back, this bug has a history of being noted and then quickly being declined based on the fact Google never felt it was an issue with Gingerbread but rather a manufacturer related issue.
We're guessing the attention given to the SMS bug lately has caused Google to start looking at the communities bug tracking efforts just a little bit harder. At this time, no fix has been issued but hopefully we can expect one very soon now that the reboot issue has been acknowledged. Thanks Andrew! [Google via XDA]
Google Goggles is pretty damn cool, being able to nearly instantly recognize just about anything you can take a picture of. And in Version 1.3, it's gotten faster -- and smarter.
First off, scanning barcodes is much faster. Takes about a second now. Then there's the print ad feature -- scan the ad and it'll find search results about the product. And what's really cool is that you can scan a Sudoku puzzle and have the puzzle solved for your lazy butt get a little help. It's pretty damn cool. Video of it in action and download links are after the break. [Google]
T-Mobile-centric news site TmoNews has gotten word from someone on the inside that a pair of issues have been discovered in the Froyo update package for the MyTouch 3G Slide. The first seems to be a glitch in the WiFi calling feature that prevents it from working correctly. The second is much more serious as the update file is being directed towards a partition on the phone that is not large enough to hold it. Their source also claims that HTC is aware of the issues and is already working on getting them ironed out so hopefully the wait won't be too long until the update is ready for general release. [TmoNews]
The new Xoom tablet sure does love the news. According to Motorola's MotoDev page for the Xoom shows that it is fully equipped with an internal Barometer sensor, and Motorola confirmed this on their Facebook page. This will enable the Xoom to provide more accurate predictions and reports of your current weather conditions, and will also be able to detect current altitude -- a great feature for you hikers out there. What else did we not see at CES that the Xoom can do? You can bet we'll be digging to find out! [Motorola via Phone Arena]
CES ushered in a new era of smartphones and tablets. Dual-core Tegra 2 processors. LTE broadband data connections. Honeycomb on tablets (for starters). Laptop companions. Docks that turn your smartphone into a mini computer. Creme brulee-coated smartphones drowning in syrup and melted butter. Wait. That was breakfast.
But one thing that was nowhere to be found in the major smartphone releases? Near-field communication. The feature trumpeted in Android 2.3 Gingerbread (see our hands-on with NFC on the Nexus S) was nary to be seen in any of the smartphones announced at CES. Not in the Motorola Atrix. Not in the Droid Bionic. Not in the LG Revolution. Not in the HTC Thunderbolt. Or the Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone (we just love typing that, by the way) or any of the others.
That's not to say we won't see new phones with NFC in the coming months. Mobile World Congress is a month away. CTIA is a month after that. And carriers can release phones any damn time they want. So NFC isn't DOA, it was just MIA at CES. OK?
You've got to feel for Xperia X10 owners. They spent most of 2010 stuck on Android 1.6, and so far 2011 has brought the news that the device will never get an official update to Android 2.2 Froyo.
Some good news has emerged recently, however, with the publication of some new source code for the X10, X10 Mini and X8 on Sony Ericsson's Developer World site. The code for the unreleased version 2.1.A.0.390, based on Android 2.1, includes an updated multi-touch driver allowing for dual-touch support, according to the resourceful people at xda-developers. This would be a first for the X10 series, as current touchscreen drivers for these phones only support pinch-to-zoom rather than full multi-touch.
Unfortunately, since the X10's bootloader is locked, X10 owners will have to wait for Sony (and possibly their carrier) to approve this update before they can get it on their phones. Despite months of effort, the Android community has not yet succeeded in getting custom firmware loaded onto the X10. [xda-developers]
Monsoon has announced two new boxes, Volkano Flow and Volkano Blast along with apps to let you transport ("sling") your home TV to your Android Phone. Flow is $99 and is barebones slinging. Blast is $199 and added DVR, schedule recordings, web video like YouTube, and mobile video recording (you pick your mobile device and it will record a TV show specifically for that format). Volkano Blast also offers DLNA support so you can beam media from your Android device right back to the box as well.
We got the live demo at CES 2010, so watch along and let us know if you're interested in the new, cheap Volkanos. [Monsoon]
We broke this news to you way back in October, and Sprint this morning officially announced the Motorola i886, a horizontal sliding keyboard device with Nextel Direct Connect that meets military 810G specs for ruggedness. It's got a 2.2-inch display at 240x320, 2MP camera with digital zoom, GPS, Blueooth 2.1+EDR, comes with a 2GB microSD card, a 1380mAh battery and weighs 4.98 ounces.
The phone runs an unannounced version of Android and of course has the usual Android-style buttons tucked away on its front keypad.
The i886 has full access to the web and e-mail, including POP3, IMAP and Exchange ActiveSync protocols. SMS in on board, of course, and you get all of the Nextel Direct Connect features, including group messaging.
The Motorola i886 is available for $79.99 after $50 rebate and two-year contract. Full presser's after the break.
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