Clearwire -- the company that actually provides the 4G data service for Sprint -- announced its third-quarter earnings today. Revenue was at $147 million -- up 114 percent over last year, and subscribers increased to 2.84 million -- a 402 percent increase year over year.
But it was the following statement that started to send us into a small tizzy:
"While we continue to exceed our subscriber and operational goals, we have not yet secured future funding and prudence dictates that we take appropriate cash conservation steps to reduce costs. We continue to pursue all options for future funding including debt, equity or a potential sale of excess spectrum or other assets, and we remain cautiously optimistic that we will resolve our short-term funding needs in the near future. We continue to believe that our unmatched spectrum portfolio and our all-IP based network will keep us extremely well positioned in the dynamic and burgeoning market for mobile data."
Whoa. Wait a second. Before anybody freaks out and worries about losing their 4G data on their Evos and Epics, remember that companies have to think ahead. Way ahead. And so they're cutting back now so they have enough cash for later. That's the way business works.
Sprint, for its part, told us that "our 4G plans remain unchanged" and followed up with this:
"Sprint’s CEO, Dan Hesse recently stated that Sprint has been in discussions with Clearwire regarding the financial status of its ongoing operations as well as Sprint potentially providing new financing. We expect those discussions to continue as we review alternatives with Clearwire. There is no assurance that the discussions will result in any transaction with Clearwire."
Is the ship sinking? Not hardly. Nobody's making a move for the life jackets. But everybody has their eyes trained on the horizon, which is the way it should be. [SEC via Phonescoop, TechFlash]
Sure, there are a plethora of great high-end Android smartphones on Verizon, but none of them can make the claim of being incredible. Even though it was launched way back in April, the Droid Incredible is still an amazing phone, especially since getting its Froyo update, and Best Buy will be selling them for just $100 (on new/upgrade 2-year contract) this Friday and Saturday. Rumors of the HTC Merge and Incredible HD have been swirling, but the ole' DInc is your best bet for HTC goodness on America's largest carrier right now. [Best Buy] Thanks to Nate for the tip!
An amusing graphic has shown up that presents the various perceptions we all have across the smartphone space. It presents iPhone, Android and BlackBerry users and how they see themselves and how they view their competitors. I'll let the picture speak for itself. How accurate do you find it? [C-Section Comics via BBCool, IntoMobile]
Google just announced that its Google Instant search is officially available for any device running Android 2.2. Just like on the desktop browser, you'll need to go to google.com for this to work (and you'll need to tap the "turn on" link the first time to get it going). Then just start typing your search, and results will appear -- instantly -- below.
Of course, this would be a lot more useful on Android phones if it worked by pressing the search button -- how many of us actually go to google.com on our phones? But we digress. Video of it in action is after the break. [Google]
The Citrus was announced in early October, but the Vortex is still largely under wraps. But now we know that it's an "affordable" Android 2.2 device with a 3.2-inch touchscreen at 320x240 pixels, a 3.2MP camera and Swype. And that's about all it has going for it. The full comparison is after the break if you want more.
As our friends across the pond settle in for the night, Samsung UK has announced that the Froyo update for the Galaxy S has started to be pushed to devices. As you can see above, they hope to have everyone in the UK with a Galaxy S running Froyo by the end of the month.
As somebody who hasn't switched from Firefox to Chrome for their desktop browsing needs, I'm very excited about how nicely Firefox 4 for mobile is shaping up. I'm sure my excitement isn't lost on the rest of the Android community either. One of the best aspects of Android is the seemingly endless amount of options and alternatives we have to its stock apps. Could you imagine using a device that didn't let you install a third-party browser?
Quite a few improvements have been made to Firefox 4 for Android, and we know you love software updates as much as we do. So join me after the break for more info, some screenshots, and most importantly, a download link. [Mozilla]
Fans of Twicca will be pleased to know the latest update is now available in the Android market. While the change log isn't exactly huge, it's nice to see that Twicca is still being improved. The update, which puts Twicca at v0.8.8 fixes a local trends bug as well as some url adjustments for new Twitter and Twitter.jp. If you're a fan of Twicca be sure to update and if you're interested in learning more, check out our quick-app review.
As North America prepares to "fall back" from Daylight Saving Time (and that's the correct name for it, by the way) at 2 a.m. local time Sunday morning, we need to make sure everything is ready to go -- including our Android phones.
We were kicking this around last night, but it's not going away. A number of you -- and us -- are having problems with getting gmail to properly sync with our phones. Obviously, that's bad. The good news is that Google's on the case, saying "We're currently looking into this issue, and I'll report back here with any findings."
"Here" would be the Google support forums, and the thread in question is three pages long as of this writing. What about you guys? Still seeing issues? [Google]
One of the greatest limitations with current 3D technology is the requirement of glasses to make the effect work. The Nintendo 3DS was a smash hit at E3 this year, and now Sharp is looking to bring the same basic technology to the smartphone. The Sharp Galapagos comes packed with Android 2.2, 512 MB of RAM, and a 3.8-inch screen capable of displaying 3D images and video sans glasses.
The lineup of seven launch games includes the likes of Resident Evil: Degeneration, Mega Man, and Ghosts n' Goblins. The phone will also be able to play 3D movies, which may be the bigger selling point. The phone does not yet have a release date, but we do know it will be launching on carrier Softbank Japan. [Softbank Japan (in Japanese) via Kotaku] Thanks, David!
These days being a parent isn’t always easy. Sometimes, parents need a little help with monitoring the actions of their children be it to keep them safe or just to keep a better watch on their daily activities. A new application, Mobile Nanny from Retina X Studios, is looking for help parents out in such cases by offering a complete monitoring, filtering and restriction solution for Android.
With Mobile Nanny installed, parents can now login to an online interface which gives direct access to any given device in which the application is installed. Parents can then effectively monitor and review such things as text messages, calls, web sites visited and even pictures taken with the device and even set up time based calling, app usage schedules. Mobile Nanny is available now in the Android Market but it does have a subscription-based price attached to it. For one year's worth of service, you'll be looking at $49.97. You can read the full press release after the break.
Anyone happen to watch How I Met Your Mother the other night? Of course you did, it's a great show. If you somehow missed it though, then you also missed the showing of the Motorola Droid X. Seems like these days you really can't turn on the TV without catching a glimpse of one Android device or another in a show. It's a beautiful thing to see. Have you spotted any Android devices on any shows you are watching? If so, drop us a line and let us know which show. Thanks to Bob from Cleveland!
The LG Optimus S, a solid, entry-level offering from Sprint, will be available on Sunday.
The Optimus S sports:
Android 2.2 (Froyo)
microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
Mobile hotspot capability
It will only be available in Charcoal on Sunday; if you want the Purple version you'll have to wait until November 21st. The Optimus S is a low-end offering that is aimed at consumers transitioning to their first smartphone. Here is a quote from LG:
“LG partnered with Sprint to deliver a handset that would empower first-time smartphone users to discover the changing mobile phone marketplace.”
The phone will be $49.99 with a 2-year contract (after a $100 mail-in rebate). If you've been waiting for the Optimus S, the wait is over on Sunday. [Sprint]
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