The EVO 4G is Sprint's first WiMAX Smartphone, has a gigantic touchscreen, and will blow your mind
Picture, if you will, your perfect smartphone. What features would it have? How small (or big) would it be? Would it have what it takes to get you off that BlackBerry, or iPhone, or whatever.
Sprint and HTC have done that -- and then some -- with the Evo 4G. It's the world's first Android smartphone that can use Sprint's 4G WiMax data. It has a monstrous 4.3-inch touchscreen. It has the ubiquitous 1GHz Snapdragon processor. It has the HTC Sense interface, to make your experience as easy as possible.
But that's all nerdspeak. Know this: It's big, it's fast, it's easy to use, and it's just about the best Android smartphone available today. And it is available Friday (finally!) for $199 after contract and rebate with Sprint. We explain why you'll want this one, after the break.
A couple of days ago we asked you which platform you were leaving to join the ranks of Android with the Evo 4G. We got more than 12,000 responses, and there was a clear winner (or loser, actually). Looks like BlackBerry's taking the biggest hit, followed by Palm's webOS devices, the iPhone and Windows Mobile -- and a bunch of you said this will be your first smartphone. And so we welcome all Android newcomers with open arms. It's an exciting time, and we're right here with you.
When we said the Motorola i1 was coming to Boost Mobile in the coming weeks, we meant it. Because this morning Sprint announced that it'll be available starting June 20 at all Boost Mobile retail stores, Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile.
Pricing wasn't announced, but you'll get unlimited voice and data for $50 a month. The Motorola i1 (see our hands-on) has a 3.1-inch HVGA touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera with flash, WiFi, 2MB microSD card, runs Android 1.5 and has push-to-talk. [Sprint]
The Motorola support forums are letting people sign up to receive an e-mail notification of when the highly anticipated Froyo 2.2 update is available for the Droid. Although it’s unlikely that this update will come out tomorrow or the day after -- or even this week for that matter -- it’s still a good sign that we can expect the update to be released ... eventually. [via Droid-Life]
The Evo 4G was rooted some days ago, and we finally have instructions. And it couldn't be easier. If you're new to this, we suggest you read through the thread at XDA Developers. And then read through it again. And after you think you don't have any more questions, read through it one more time. (Note: THIS WILL WIPE YOUR PHONE.) For the advanced, it's this simple:
1. Download this file (PC36IMG.zip). Move it to the root (as in top level) of the Evo's storage card.
2. Turn the phone off. Once it is, hold down the volume button and the power button until you get a white screen and some text. You're now in the bootloader. It should automatically start checking the PC36IMG.zip file you put on the card.
3. Once it's done, it'll list all the images on the card and ask if you want to flash. (This is your last chance to back out.) Say yes, and we're on our way. It'll look like this as it's going:
4. After it's done, it'll ask if you want to reboot. Surely.
That's it. You have a rooted ROM. You'll want to rename (or delete) the PC36IMG.zip image file that you put on the card, so that next time you enter the bootloader it won't try to automatically update again. You can do that by plugging in the phone, choosing "HTC Sync" and going to your favorite command line prompt and typing:
Ex-wife calling you over and over again at midnight? Froyo can't really do anything about that, but it does keep repeat callers from taking up space in your call log. Android 2.2 introduces threaded calls -- if there's a repeat offender (controlling boyfriend, creditor, etc.), multiple calls are collapsed into a single pane. Tap it, and the calls expand so you can see just when each one was placed. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
We know how excited everybody is. In a mere 36 hours, the Evo 4G will be upon us. And Sprint wants to know: What will you do first with the nation's first 4G phone? (And we'd add the first with a front-facing camera.) Well, folks? What are you gonna do?
If you’ve been itching to get your hands on the near indestructible Dell Streak (aka the Dell Mini 5) you’ll be happy to know that starting next month, it will be available directly through Dell’s own website. Since its being sold unlocked and unsubsidized, it takes a little sting out of the $500 price tag it carries. You’ll have the choice of being able to activate it over AT&T or T-Mobile’s networks, most likely, and you won’t be locked in to any 2-year contract. Even though our European friends are getting the Streak a little earlier than us (this Friday), fear not friends, we’re not too far off. [via Engadget]
Google is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the search world. It's about darn time the folks at Mountain View did this one. Now, when you enter a search at google.com on your Android (or iPhone) device, you get relevant results for mobile apps too. They will appear at the top of the search results, and have a quick view of some of the application details -- price, rating and developer. A quick press will forward you right to the application's market page, where the full description can be read and you can decide whether or not to download.
For now, this is limited to the US, with other countries and support for other platforms in the works for the future. Another big thumbs up Google, keep it coming! [Google Mobile blog]
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