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It's no secret that HTC has had a rough time competing with other big name smartphone manufacturers in the last couple of years. It looked like the company might be turning things around with its One series and the EVO 4G LTE for Sprint, but then the company got hit with another delay thanks to a U.S. Customs review. The EVO 4G LTE is finally here though, and Sprint customers can finally pick up this new, highly anticipated smartphone. The HTC EVO 4G LTE sports many of the high-end features you'd want in a smartphone today including Android 4.0, a 4.7-inch HD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core... Read more...
To date, we haven't heard a lot about Android 5.0 in terms of features, but Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) has had a lot of time to mature. Particularly on the Galaxy Nexus, the pure version of ICS is one of the most fluid, visually appealing mobile OSes -- but is it still the best alternative for those who are shying away from the iPhone for one reason or another? We ask the question because of Windows Phone's recent successes, however mild they may be. Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) feels like a completely overhauled version of the original WP7 build that shipped with phones like the... Read more...
2012 is shaping up to be a major year for mobile operating systems. For those fortunate enough to own a smartphone, these are exciting times. Competition is fierce, and the winner is you. Regardless of which platform you're keen on, you can bet that each of the major players are pushing the others to innovate and improve. In just a few weeks, Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference will kick off. While it remains to be seen if a new MacBook Pro or a new iPhone will launch, one thing is very likely: iOS 6 will be showcased for the first time. WWDC 2011 was where iOS 5 really got its wings, and... Read more...
Voyager Mobile one day, and now, Virgin Mobile the next. These days, it's the prepaid carriers making just as many waves as the postpaid ones, and Virgin Mobile is stepping up its game with a new $40 Unlimited Talk and Text plan ideal for consumers with moderate usage on feature phones. The company's payLo offering brings nonstop talking and messaging (which includes text, picture, email and IM), as well as 50MB of web access. That's hardly enough for most avid smartphone users -- a few reloads of your bustling inbox would eat that right up -- but more occasional users may not take issue with the... Read more...
Another mobile carrier in the States? Well, we can't really complain about increased competition, now can we? With the MVNO library growing by the month (seemingly, anyway), here's another to consider: Voyager Mobile. After a slight delay, the startup is now "taking orders," offering such phones as the Samsung Galaxy S II and Epic 4G Touch. It's offering a nationwide network, which allows customers to actually earn goodies by talking. Best of all, wireless plans of unlimited nature start at just $19, with no contracts and "no gimmicks." That $19+tax plan includes voicemail, unlimited talk and unlimited... Read more...
We heard HTC and Sprint were planning a follow-up to the EVO line, and now we have more details about what the phone will offer. Sprint and HTC officially unveiled the EVO 4G LTE which is expected to be the first HD voice-capable smartphone available in the US. The phone will be available in the second quarter for about $200. Preorders for the phone will begin May 7. The HTC EVO 4G LTE runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and features HTC's Sense 4. This phone will have a 4.7-inch HD display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and a... Read more...
Sprint announced a pre-order availability date for the new LG Viper 4G LTE. This smartphone will be the first 4G LTE device with eco-friendly features from Sprint. Starting Thursday, April 12, customers can preorder the phone from sprint.com/viper. The phone will sell for $99.99 with a new two-year agreement and after a mail-in rebate. The LG Viper runs on Android 2.3 and features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4-inch display, and a 4GB microSD card. The phone also supports mobile hotspot capabilities. Some of the eco-friendly features of the phone include the use of recycled plastics... Read more...
Assuming Apple makes a 4G LTE-equipped iPhone at some point in the future, Sprint is open to selling such a device. At an investor conference, Sprint's Chief Financial Officer Joe Euteneuer indicated Sprint is free to offer an iPhone with LTE technology though he declined to say if Apple actually had such a phone planned. Euteneuer also indicated Sprint's contract with Apple is similar to the contracts Apple has with AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Additionally, Sprint isn't being held to any 4G LTE coverage requirements. Sprint intends to roll out its 4G LTE network in six cities by the middle... Read more...
AT&T is the first US carrier to bring the latest version of Android to one of its smartphones via an update. An update to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is now available for the HTC Vivid smartphone. In addition to all of the new features you'll get with Ice Cream Sandwich, the update also comes with Beats by Dr. Dre Audio and an updated version of the HTC Sense experience. AT&T also announced plans to bring Android 4.0 to ten additional devices in the coming months. The update for the HTC Vivid is currently available to download via Wi-Fi. Android 4.0 Now Available to HTC Vivid™... Read more...
Sprint and HTC are sending out invites to an April 4 event where attendees will experience the "latest collaboration" between the companies. Both Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and HTC President Jason Mackenzie will be there, so you can assume it's going to be a big deal. Previously, we heard Sprint was getting the HTC One X, also referred to as the HTC Jet, though at the time this was only a rumor. This invitation adds some credibility to the rumor, and we'll know for sure in a couple weeks what to expect from the two companies. In the meantime, TechoBuffalo claims a "reliable Sprint source" has told them... Read more...
According to reports from S4GRU, HTC's new flagship phone, the One X, could become one of Sprint's first LTE handsets. Referring to the One X as the HTC Jet, unnamed "internal Sprint" sources have stated the wireless carrier will be getting this LTE-equipped phone on June 10. Of course, this date is still a few months away, but it's interesting to note that this date is nearly two years to the date that Sprint launched its first 4G WiMAX handset, the HTC EVO. Although the sources didn't specifically say the HTC Jet is the same as the HTC One X, the specs match including the dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm... Read more...
Not even a year ago, in May 2011, Pew found that 35% of Americans had smartphones; in February, after conducting the same study again, that number is up to 46%. Thus, almost half of all cell phone-owning American adults now have a smartphone. What is perhaps more significant is that for the first time, there are more smartphone users (48%) than users of other types of cell phones (41%). The other major finding is that the percentage of adults without any cell phone dipped from 17% in May 2011 to 12% in February 2012. As expected, the percentage of younger adults with smartphones is still far higher... Read more...
While speaking to CNET Asia, Stephen Sneeden, Product Marketing Manager for Sony Mobile, indicated his company may not release quad-core smartphones until early in 2013. While many mobile handset manufacturers have announced and shown off their latest quad-core handsets this week at Mobile World Congress, it appears Sony is holding off for better performance. Sneeden did qualify his remarks, saying they are only his assumption and that Sony will make official announcements when it is ready to do so. Sneeden also indicated that Sony is waiting to join the quad-core movement until the performance... Read more...
While many of today's better smartphones offer dual-core processors and 1GB of RAM, alongside plenty of onboard storage, one of the easiest differentiating points between smartphones today has become the screen--size, resolution, and screen technology are all considerations. Samsung is pushing the former limits of smartphone screen sizes with the introduction of the new Samsung Galaxy Note. This smartphone offers one of the largest screens we've seen from a phone yet – 5.3 inches. In addition to being large, it is also a gorgeous display which uses Super AMOLED technology and offers a resolution... Read more...
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