US Cellular today has made available its first 4G LTE smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S Aviator. It's pretty darn close to the Droid Charge we know on Verizon, with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, an 8MP rear camera, and it's running Android 2.3.6.
U.S. Cellular is using King Street Wireless as its LTE provider, and with cities in Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin currently seeing service. USCC will expand its LTE market the second half of the year to cover select cities in Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. By the end of 2012, 54 percent of U.S. Cellular customers have LTE.
The Aviator is available today in stores and online for $199 on contract (after $100 rebate).
So we've noticed. But here's the deal, Sprint fans. You're getting the EVO 4G LTE. The Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE. And you know what? It might actually be better than the One X.
Crazy talk, I know. But think about it. No, wait. First, go back and read our HTC One X review. Now let's think about it. How much of the EVO 4G LTE (or the E4GLTE for not-so short) is exactly in line -- on paper, anyway -- with the One X? Quite a bit. And, more important, it's in line with features of the One X about which we're still shouting from the rooftops.
And it doesn't stop there. Consider:
Both have a 4.7-inch Super LCD2 display. It's gorgeous.
Both have 720x1280 resolution. Beat that.
Both have the Qualcomm S4 processor at 1.5 GHz. (Which, by the way, really isn't "slower" than the Tegra 3 variant because it has half the cores.)
Both have HTC's excellent new camera and app.
Both have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Both have Sense 4.
Both have Beats Audio.
Both get you 25-gigabytes of online storage from Dropbox free for two years.
After a long run with skateboarding Bugdroid "Andy" as their mascot, the team behind popular custom firmware CyanogenMod has unveiled a new robotic character to carry the CM banner forward. His name is Cid, and he's the little robot guy you see in the image above.
Cid -- a play on CID, or CyanogenMod ID -- is the result of the CM developers inviting fans to submit character designs over the past few weeks, and he's based on a creation by CM fan Caio Alves. Cid is a little more humanoid than Android's well-established Bugdroid character. Alves says he wanted the design to feel like "an evolution of what we had before", adding "it's a huge challenge to try to evolve something people know and love."
In an official blog post, the CyanogenMod team says it wants its new mascot to embody the idea of CM being more than just "stock Android on a zillion devices". This ties in with the devs' recent efforts to establish their work as a stand-alone OS based on Android, rather than just another custom ROM.
So as CyanogenMod 9 development continues, we'll be seeing a lot more of Cid. Hit the source link for more background on how Cid was brought to life.
It seems like just days since we were at Mobile World Congress getting our grubby paws on the HTC One line for the first time. But today the series' two leading handsets, the HTC One X and One S, have officially launched, meaning you can walk into a store with a few hundred of your favorite currency and leave with the HTC One of your choice.
In the UK, O2, Three, Orange and Vodafone are taking orders for both devices online, and in brick-and-mortar stores. T-Mobile plans to begin offering the One X and One S today too, but it looks like they haven't updated the site yet. If you'd prefer to buy one of HTC's new handsets outright, then SIM-free prices for the One X are around £480 in the UK and €600 in the eurozone. For the One S, it's £420 and €490 respectively.
Be sure to check out our definitive review of the One X, and our preview of the One S for more details on what to expect from both flavors of HTC One. If you've already picked yours up, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on!
Today was a pretty big day for Sprint and HTC, they announced their newest LTE (soon to be LTE anyway) phone, and one a lot of folks have been waiting for. Of course we're talking about the EVO 4G LTE. The phone had some pretty big shoes to fill, coming at a time when the contracts of people who bought the original EVO 4G are up for renewal. We got a bit of advance info about what to expect, and save for the battery and the screen tech, our tip was spot on -- on the inside this beast is the basic specs of the HTC One X, but outside it's all EVO. Bold.
But is it too bold? I'm seeing people on both sides of that fence. To me, I like what Sprint has done here. The EVO 4G LTE (and we're going to have to think of a way to shorten that name) is Sprint's new baby. They should have made it their own, and they did. A mix of soft-touch coating, aluminum, bright red, and a two-tone back make this one stand out in a crowd. When you see someone using it on the train, or at the mall, you'll know it's the new EVO.
There's also the matter of the non-removable battery. For some, it's not an issue -- grab a portable charger and go. But for others, no removable battery means no buy. I get both sides, and it's something to consider. I think I could deal with it and be fine, but you may not. It's all good.
So what say you? Are you feeling the newest EVO and it's unique look? Or are you a bit let-down that it's changed so much from the One X? Or did the battery situation put you off? Vote in tonight's poll, then let us know why in the comments.
After finally being released for Android Instagram understandably had some bugs to squash. Later that day Version 1.0.1 fixed compatibility with certain cameras (it notably did NOT fix compatibility with the HTC One X). A little over 24 hours since that update hit we have another update. This time the changelog is a little more specific, though, which is good. It means that the developers are paying attention to bug reports and are working quickly to fix them. The HTC One X, though, is still not supported. Maybe they haven't received enough bug reports about it yet. Show your support for #teamandroid and be sure to hit the forums to share your Instagram username.
Seems like today is a good day for updates. Google has now rolled out the latest version of Google Play Books to the Google Play Store and as noted in the change log, this will be a good release for anyone still using Froyo or Gingerbread as it adds a new UI and 3D page animation. Other changes in this update include In-book search when off-line, ability to add a home screen shortcut for a single book and now the screen will stay lit when using text-to-speech. The update is live now; you can jump past the break for the download.
When we're in New York, we know we're in for a treat, and tonight was no exception: HTC and Sprint held a little gathering tonight in Midtown to unveil their latest collaboration, the EVO 4G LTE. The next big thing to hit Sprint, the latest EVO lives up to the title of "next generation," with future-proof (ha!) specs that will at least keep us satisfied through the summer. This device is very much Sprint's version of the One X, and the specs prove it. Up front you've got a stunning 4.7-inch HD super LCD display with 720p resolution that will blow your socks off. Seriously, everyone, it's really nice. 'Round back you've got an 8 MP camera that HTC swears can replace your DSLR, and if shutter times and handling mean anything, they might be on to something. Underneath the hood we've got a 1.5 Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor pushing along HTC's latest Sense 4.0 (check out our guide here) atop Ice Cream Sandwich, which we expect to translate to pretty impressive everyday performance. Hit the break for our impressions.
If you're interested in getting your very own HTC EVO 4G LTE (and we can't blame you, it looks like a hot one), you can pre-order one from Sprint on May 7. Checking in at $200 with a two-year agreement, you'll have a phone that Sprint is calling their "new gold standard", and features and specifications like a dual-core S4 CPU, NFC with Google Wallet, and a micro SDcard slot will make just about any Android enthusiast fall in love.
We're itching to get one to play with ourselves, and it looks like Sprint has another winner on their hands with the EVO 4G LTE. So, anyone going to be laying down some dollars come May 7?
Sprint has unleashed their beast this evening, announcing the HTC EVO 4G LTE. It's an Ice Cream Sandwich device, much resembling the HTC One X, with a few welcome changes -- including micro SDcard and Google Wallet support. The specs are no slouch, with a dual-core Snapdragon S4, a 4.7-inch Super LCD 2 screen, a hefty 2,000 mAh battery, and of course LTE support. Of course, all the features we expect from an HTC One series device are present as well, including the advanced camera hardware and software, Beats audio, and the all-new Sense 4.0.
All-in-all, we have a phone very much like the HTC One X, with a slightly different (yet still stylish) look, with a few very important things to differentiate it -- the kickstand, a microSD card slot, Google Wallet, and a dedicated camera button. It looks like Sprint has a real winner on their hands here, and a very worthy successor to the EVO 4G name. Hit the break for the Sprint press release.
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