(Ed. note: We've had Sprint's Motorola Photon 4G under embargo for about 16 hours now, which is great for some initial thoughts -- and we've got plenty -- but it's not really enough time for a proper full-scale review. So we're going to break things up into two parts. This one tackles hardware and initial impressions -- things that don't necessarily take more time to effectively judge.)
Oh, Moto. What is this little piece of sexy you've dropped off in front of us? OK, maybe little isn't the right word. We're looking at yet another 4.3-inch black slab smartphone in Sprint's Motorola Photon 4G. And a dual-core phone at that. With 4G Wimax data. And it's relatively light. (Or at least relatively not heavy.)
After the break: Some unabashed love for the Motorola Photon 4G -- with a little tough love tossed in for good measure.
British online retailer MobileFun has what seems to be the first official photo of the white Samsung Galaxy S II that was revealed yesterday. The white version, which so far has only shown up for pre-order at stores in the UK, will set you back between £410 and £500 depending on where you go.
Euros can pick up a white Galaxy S II from August 15. As yet there's no word on whether the US models will be available in white in addition to the standard black. Our fingers remain firmly crossed.
The rumors were true, folks. Sprint's going LTE with LightSquared in a 15-year deal. It sounds a little backward, but the gist is this: LightSquared's going to pay Sprint around $9 billion in cash over 11 years, and in exchange Sprint gets up to 50 percent of LightSquared's "L-Band" LTE spectrum through credits.
LightSquared comes out ahead, too, lowering its operating costs and network capital by more than $13 billion over the next eight years by making use of Sprint's infrastructure. LightSquared also will provide 3G roaming for Sprint.
So when can you see an LTE smartphone on Sprint? That's still going to be a while, with LightSquared's first 4G markets (which weren't disclosed) not going online until 2012. So, for now, it's still WiMax. LightSquared's expects to complete its nationwide 4G rollout in 2014.
Also, Sprint this morning announced its Q2 2011 earnings, noting revenues of $8.3 billion, and a net loss of $847 million
No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you -- the Kyocera Echo, in all it's dual-screen glory, is slated to get updated to Gingerbread on August 1 according to the latest Sprint playbook leaked to the fellows at SprintFeed. Besides all the great behind the scenes changes that comes with Gingerbread, like better battery life and memory management, the Echo update will also roll out with Swype 3.0, Exchange Mail enhancements, "eco" mode, and security fixes. It's going to follow the standard Sprint OTA rollout, with the lucky 10 percent to get it first, then slowly migrate it's way to the rest over a four day period. That is, until someone gets the OTA location, then all bets are off. The best place to stay on top of that situation will be the Echo forums, so pull up a chair and join in.
Words with Friends has been updated to allow cross platform play with Facebook players, but only on the phone version for now. According to the changelog on the Android Market:
What's in this version: This is a big update! You now have the ability to play with your friends on Facebook! Just link together your Facebook and Words accounts and you'll be able to see which of your friends also have the game and start playing with them instantly (Honeycomb users, Facebook features are coming soon). We've also improved stability and fixed several additional bugs. As always, we appreciate your feedback! And if you like the new update, please rate us 5 stars!
Bug fixes are always nice, and we all know that Words with Friends can use them. The lack of an update for Honeycomb is a bit concerning, but hopefully Zynga can get that taken care of soon. In the meantime, if you haven't completely moved to Google+, link up those accounts and get playing! Download link is after the break.
If you haven't already ordered and received your MyTouch 4G Slide, today is the day you can grab one from your local T-mobile store. Packed with a great sliding keyboard and all new camera optics and software on top of the dual-core Snapdragon CPU, it's another great Android offering from HTC and T-mobile (check out our initial review). Available for $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and on a standard contract, the 4G Slide is one that anyone on T-Mobile needs to take a look at.
If you've ever switched Android phones, or like to tinker and are always changing things up a bit, you know how nice it is to have a backup program that works. That's where MyBackup Pro comes in -- it's powerful and full of options for the advanced user, but simple enough for the average user to get all their data safely backed up with little fuss. It's one of those apps that you'll hear recommended quite a bit, and for good reason. You can back up things like your SMS messages, browser bookmarks, contacts, applications and more -- either locally or on Rerware secure online servers. And if you're rooted, you can even back up your application data so you never lose your Angry Birds levels again.
There's a lot to love, especially with the latest update, and we're going to take a deeper look at it. But in the meantime, the folks at Rerware have hooked us up with 10 licenses for MyBackup Pro to share with you guys. You won't wanna miss out on this one, there's a reason it has over 7,500 five-star ratings in the Android Market. Hit the contest forums for contest details and a chance to win, and we've got a link to download the 30 day trial version after the break.
While most of the US is going nuts waiting for the launch of their Samsung Galaxy S II, it looks like Sammy could also have a little treat in store for Europeans next month. UK-based online retailer Clove Technology reports that it'll begin selling a white version of Samsung's flagship smartphone from August 15. There are no photos available just yet, but the internals match the impressive specs of the black original, and the price tag isn't too far off either -- the white Galaxy S II will sell for £410, compared to £399 for the black version.
The Galaxy S II has already seen success internationally, with 5 million units sold in just 85 days. Head on over to our full review of the device to find out why it's one of the most exciting Android phones of the year.
Whoops. Looks like someone over on the Sony Ericsson support site pulled the trigger a little early on the news that the Xperia X10's Gingerbread update was live. Sony Ericsson has issued a clarification today, saying that the announcement was "premature" and that while everything was going "according to plan", it'll still be a few more days before the update to Android 2.3.3 goes out through the PC Companion app.
So hold tight, X10 owners, your Gingerbread update isn't far away!
Walmart has always been great at letting things get out early, and this -- the Sharp PX Plus was feeling left out of all the Android love. This Android 2.2 powered device recently popped up in a Walmart brochure sharing only a small amount of specs being that it has a 3.2-inch display, and Audience's earSmart noise cancellation technology built in. That's about it for now as pricing or launch details are not available at this point.
It should come as no surprise that the Samsung Galaxy S II (check out our review) is quite a popular device overseas, but just how popular it is may surprise you. Samsung has announced that this is the fastest selling Galaxy device to date, selling over 5 million devices in just 85 days, compared to the 125 days it took for the Galaxy S to reach that number. This is quite an accomplishment considering that the Galaxy S II has yet to even arrive in the US on any carriers, at least until August. Samsung anticipates that they will also beat the 10 million mark, which previously took 7 months to reach. Will you be helping Samsung blow out the previous records by picking on up when it is available?
So ends Vodafone UK's brief flirtation with the HTC EVO 3D. Almost a month to the day after the network first announced its intention to carry HTC's first 3D phone, it's today confirmed that it won't be selling the device after all. According to Vodafone, this is due to delays in bringing the phone to market. The EVO 3D was originally due to launch in the UK this month, but recently a more conservative mid-September launch window has been reported by retailers stocking the SIM-free version of the phone.
Here's Voda's statement in full --
There’s been speculation recently regarding availability of HTC EVO 3D.
We can confirm that due to delays in the launch of the HTC EVO 3D, we no longer intend to include the device in our smartphone range. We’ll be contacting any customers who registered their interest shortly.
We realise this might come as a disappointment, but we’ve got some really exciting handsets in the pipeline. Keep an eye on our coming soon section for all the latest information about the products coming to Vodafone.
We can't help but wonder if one of these might be LG's rival Optimus 3D, which is already available in the UK and mainland Europe.
While this is bad news, you'll still be able to pick up a SIM-free EVO 3D this September, and it's likely that other British carriers will step in and pick up the device now that Vodafone is out of the picture.
Android Central reader skwon09 was trolling through the FCC site, as Android geeks are wont to do, and stumbled across what's surely the Samsung Within freshly certified with Sprint's radios, including Wimax 4G. With a model number of SPH-D710, and a backplate that lines up pretty perfectly with the leaked Samsung Within images we saw leaked earlier in the month, there's little doubt that this is the Galaxy S 2 version everyone on Sprint has been waiting for.
Could this be the Galaxy S 2 that should hit the states this August, or will one of the AT&T versions we've seen take that prize? Only the shadow, err, the carriers know.
For those of you feeling a bit disappointed after seeing the keyboard on this morning's Galaxy S 2 device for AT&T, cheer up -- it looks like a more svelte version sans sliding keyboard is coming as well. We had to hide a few details, but this prototype currently in testing is AT&T and Samsung Galaxy S 2 branded, running Android 2.3.4, has a WVGA display, and is "really sexy" according to our tipster. Sounds like the Galaxy S 2 we all know and love. It looks like there will be two awesome choices for AT&T customers soon, and that's the way we like it.
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