Last year Sprint detailed their plans to rollout their Network Vision -- a unfied system to bring all their network capabilities into one seamless network and in that time, they've been working hard to get things rolling. They're now going to be ramping up their efforts and are ahead of schedule. The combined networks now have a goal of full scale consoldation by 2013.
During their 4G Strategy/Network Vision Update event in New York, Dan Hesse, chief executive officer of Sprint also detailed Sprints National roll out of 4G LTE services on its 1900 MHz spectrum. The complete roll out expected is to be serving 250 Million people by 2013 so, for customers this is great news but what does it all mean?
3G Network Improvement: Sprint expects an improvement in customers’ 3G network experience, including expanded coverage, improved network reliability, better voice quality, and faster 3G data speeds. Based on forecasts of data demand, Sprint is confident its 3G network will meet customers’ growing data demands.
LTE deployment expected to reach 250 million people by 2013: Sprint expects to launch CDMA-LTE devices by mid-2012, with approximately 15 devices coming throughout the year—including handsets, tablets and data cards. Additionally, CDMA-WiMAX devices, such as the award-winning HTC EVO 4G, Samsung Epic 4G and Nexus S 4G, will continue to be sold throughout 2012.
Better services and more devices -- we like the sounds of that. You can hit the source link if you're looking for the finer details of what to expect from Sprint in the next few years.
As if the Samsung Galaxy S II wasn't already beautiful enough, Bell has now released it in white as planned. As Jerry will tell you, he's a sucker for white devices and I'm sure a lot of others out there are as well. If you've been holding off and waiting, you can now pick one up for $150 on a 3-year contract or $600 without any contract.
The Fed-Ex man just dropped off something I've been itching to get my hands on -- the T-Mobile Galaxy S II. For all intents and purposes, it's the same Galaxy S II we've seen across the rest of the world, with a few extras -- a 4.52-inch display, and an HSPA+42 modem. We have to get down and dirty with it for a bit to know the in's and out's, but there's no way we would make you guys wait for a quick preview of what may be the best smartphone T-Mobile has ever carried. Hit the break for the details, some video love, and a handful of pictures.
The fellows at Android Police have their hands on a couple new apps from the Ice Cream Sandwich build that's floating around out there (how 'bout a dump for the community, Mr. Anon?), and with it comes with new Google Music and Google+ apps. The new music app has a bit of a UI makeover, with more sleek (and less screen real-estate wasting) controls, most noticeable in the "now playing" screen, and a search button has been included since ICS has no dedicated search key. It appears that everything we know and love about Google Music is there, but in a more refined package.
The Google+ app at first look appears much like the current version in the Android Market, until you look at the Huddle Messenger portion. Once again, it's been renamed, this time Google is calling it "Chords." While that may be confusing at first, it's probably less confusing than having the same name as other applications (Facebook, iOS, etc.) that are using the word messenger. Or it may be something that Google it kicking around, and not even final. We'll only know for sure when ICS is available for everyone. For more pictures, as well as a download link for the Google Music app, check out the source links.
HTC has released five new promotional videos showing off various features of the Sensation XL, the new 4.7-inch phone with Beats Audio that was unveiled yesterday at an event in London. We were there. We think "glitzy" is probably the right word to describe it.
The first is an abstract "reveal" video similar to what HTC's done for many other devices, and was shown on-stage at last night's shindig. In addition, there's a thirty-second ad and feature videos showcasing the 8-megapixel camera with f/2.2 lens, the 4.7-inch Super LCD display and the all-important Beats support. Hit the jump to find all five videos, or check out the rest of our Sensation XL coverage using the links below.
Have an Xperia Play that is in need of some new games? If so, Sony Ericsson & EA Games has you covered. Now you can get four of the hottest Xperia Play game titles for free.
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit
Need for Speed SHIFT
Sony Ericsson & EA Games has been working together to make more and more titles available for Xperia Play users and the titles listed above will be available for for free until January 15, 2012. You can jump on past the break for some of the demo video or if you'd rather just get to downloading you can hit the source link for more info.
Update: Google's explained why the delay. Works for us.
"We believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs's passing."
Original: We've just gotten official word from Kim Titus, director of public relations for Samsung Telecommunications America, regarding the postponement of next week's event at CTIA. Here's the word:
"Samsung and Google have decided to postpone the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event during the CTIA in San Diego, previously scheduled for Oct. 11. Under the current circumstances, both parties have agreed that this is not the appropriate time for the announcement of a new product. We would ask for the understanding of our clients and media for any inconvenience caused. We will announce a new date and venue in due course."
Needless to say, this is the first time we've seen something like this happen. As for what caused the postponement, well, it could be a lot of things. And we're really not going to speculate here. You guys have a blast in the comments, though.
Supports microSD® cards up to 32GB (2GB card included)
Voice mail, caller ID, call waiting and three-way calling
You'll have to choose between Boost's $55/month unlimited Android plan and its $2/day unlimited daily plan for your Transform Ultra, but that doesn't seem too shabby for a contract-free Gingerbread device. Is anyone planning on hitting the source link to grab one today?
If you're one of the people who was worried about how the T-Mobile Galaxy S II would perform compared to the others, you can stop right about now. T-Mobile had to go with a Qualcomm chip instead of the Exynos in order to use the HSPA+42 network, and most just assumed that it wouldn't match up. As you can see, number-wise it sure does.
I'm not much for benchmarks, but if you hit the break and watch the video you'll notice everything is nice and smooth, just like we would want it to be. I'll bet in real world use, you would never be able to tell the difference -- and that's the way it should be. Nice job, Samsung!