Tag Archives: Sprint

Rumour: HTC Sabor to run Gingerbread, sport 2.0 GHz processor?

1 Jul

File this under rumour rather than a leak right now but American carrier Sprint is preparing to launch the HTC Sabor, which will run on Android’s next version codenamed Gingerbread. The folks reporting this are also claiming the that Sabor would run on a 2.0 GHz processor, have dual-cameras with a 10.0 MP primary camera, a high resolution display and HD video recording.

The upcoming HTC smartphone destined for Sprint packs a 2GHz processor, over 1000 resolution display, Android OS 2.5 (gingerbread), 2 cameras with one being a 10-megapixel, 1080p video recording and built-in kickstand.

Now, the source is talking about Gingerbread as Android 2.5, whereas we have been hearing about it as Android 3.0. Also, it seems that HTC is going for its own variety of Super AMOLED displays after facing shortage issues with Samsung for its Incredible. It is more likely that HTC would have outsourced these displays from some other company (Sony, most likely) than manufacturing them on its own.



If these rumours are true, the HTC Sabor could very well have an Internet Tablet form factor (we can expect a bigger display from the claimed resolution) rather than simply an upgrade of the HTC Evo or the Motorola Droid X.

Samsung Galaxy S Pro with slide-out QWERTY keyboard leaked!

14 Jun

Barely hours before Samsung launches some new phones at CommunicAsia, the first picture of what seems to be the ‘pro’ version of the Galaxy S has been leaked. By pro, we mean a QWERTY keyboard equipped version. The markings indicate that it will be launched on Sprint’s EVDO network in the US, we are certain that Sammy will simultaneously launch a GSM 3G version, which in all probability will be announced in a few hours.

The tension is palpable with all the announcements slated in the next couple of days (including the India launch of the Galaxy S on June 16) and you know where to come for the latest information.

via Android Community

Sprint announces the first 4G Android smartphone…HTC EVO 4G

23 Mar

Sprint finally showcased its much anticipated 4G handset at CTIA in Las Vegas today. 

The HTC EVO 4G is a very impressive smartphone packed with an amazing 4.3″ AMOLED screen, two cameras and a built in WiFi hotspot which can provide simultaneous connectivity to 8 additional devices. We were able to play with the device for a few minutes. Here are our first impressions:

  • The video quality is exceptional. The rear facing camera shoots at 8 MP. A front facing shoots at 1.3 MP
  • HTC’s touch sense interface worked elegantly
  • The back of the phone is slightly curved – similar to the iPhone 3G and 3GS
  • Speedy operation of Android 2.1

Here are some of the unique specifications of the HTC EVO 4G:

  • 2 cameras. One that operates at 8 MP.  Simultaneous shoot and upload video to the web
  • HDMI connectivity to television
  • 4.3 inches AMOLED display
  • 1GHz snapdragon processor
  • 2-3 Mbps Internet access speeds

The EVO 4G will soon become a contender for the best Android phone in the market. The closest competitors being the the Nexus One and the Motorola Droid. The HTC EVO 4G is expected to be available later this summer. 

Samsung Reclaim..An eco friendly phone

5 Nov

For the last couple of weeks I have been testing the Samsung Reclaim which is available on Sprint. According to Samsung, 80% of the content of the Reclaim is from recycled materials. That is an impressive feat given that typically less than 50% of a phone can be recycled. The Reclaim is offered in blue and green. The phones is surprisingly lightweight at 3.5 ounces and offers the following capabilities:

  • Slide-out Qwerty keyboard
  • Turn by turn direction using Sprint Navigation
  • 3G (EvDo) 
  • Decent web browsing
  • Typical access to POP 3 e-mail and e-mails offered by most e-mail service providers
  • 2 megapixel still and video camera

In keeping up with the Green mantra of the phone, a utility provides access to “green” content from the Discover channel and other useful green guides.

Moreover, with every unit purchased, Sprint is donating $2 to the Nature Conservancy’s adopt an acre program.

Sprint is selling the device for $49.99 after a mail in rebate and with a 2 year contract. We noticed that the Reclaim was available on Wirefly for free with a 2 year contract.

We are pleased to note that the wireless industry is becoming more eco friendly and applaud the efforts of Sprint and Samsung to launch an “eco friendly” device. In the coming years we expect a lot more content of mobile devices to be recycled. 

InnoPath comes to the rescue of smart phone customers globally. Expect Tata Tele to implement solution shortly

21 Jun

InnoPath, a privately held company based in Silicon Valley has developed offerings that enable customer service representatives to remotely manage and configure mobile devices. The company’s patent portfolio is impressive and so is its list of customers. We expect Tata Tele to shortly offer remote device management to its customers in the very near future.

I have been acquainted with the company for 3 months now and my research indicates that Innopath offers some of the better solutions for mobile device management. Not only is the company profitable but also has been envied by some of the larger players like Amdocs and Comvese.

According to David Ginsburg, VP of Marketing at InnoPath, “InnoPath’s mission is to make the smartphone experience of customers a pleasant one.” A statement we hope becomes true if the operators and device manufactures embrace solutions that InnoPath offers. Apple’s iPhone and Research and Motions, Blackberry products have set the bar on easy setup and management – we hope other devices can be configured as easily.

The benefit to smart phone customers are:

  •          Remote setup and management of E-Mail, WiFi, MMS, Bluetooth    etc.
  •          Security – disabling and eliminating the data on a device if the device has been lost or stolen
  •          Firmware updates over the air as opposed to tethering the device to a PC 

The benefits to the network operator are:

  •          Enabling a better customer experience
  •          Increased ARPU 
  •          Reduced operating expenses

The demonstration that I was given by Jason Lackey of InnoPath convinced me of the benefits to both customers and operators. Currently, InnoPath supports 250 devices and offers solutions for the following operating systems:


Android

Linux

Windows Mobile 

Symbain

Propriety operating systems of LG, Samsung, Sharp etc.

Asian customers include NTT docomo, China Telecom. AT&T, Sprint and Verizon are some of the US based customers.

Palm Pre Reviewed

8 Jun

We purchased the device as opposed to getting a review unit that other bloggers and journalists received. Here is our summary review:

  • Fastest 3G phone in North America today – Sprint’s EVDO network is under utilized.
  • Touch technology is good. Gestures below the screen were surprising and perhaps unnecessary
  • Interface is cool but nothing extraordinary
  • Keyboard is bad
  • Form Factor is lacking
  • Maps is good
  • UI is cool but the UI on the next generation of Windows mobile devices will be better

We disagree with Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal who rated the Pre second after Apple’s iPhone. We rate the Pre fourth – behind the Apple I-Phone, T-Mobile G-1 and the Blackberry Storm.

I feel the phone should have been priced at $99 and or launched in India as a GSM version. Units at launch would have been higher than the amounts sold in the US.

I am saddened that I have to return the phone as I will not be able to add the Pre to my phone collection which includes the first successful smart phone on the market launched in 2003 – the Handspring/Palm Treo 300.

I would like to conclude by saying, “Where have you gone Trip Hawkins?”

We're in queue for the Palm Pre!

6 Jun

Still a couple of hours to go before Sprint opens its doors for Palm enthusiasts to get their hands on the Pre – the device that many claim is the make or break deal for Palm.

Our Contributing Editor, Aman Kapoor, has already parked himself on one such queue in SF and he’s hopeful of getting hold of the Pre, which Palm themselves say will be in short supply initially.

OK, the queues ain’t as daunting as one would expect associated with the iPhone but the good thing is there are a bunch of people who are really interested in Palm’s new offering.

For the record, Aman has clicked and e-mailed this picture from his 16 GB white iPhone! You got it, the Pre already knows what it is competing against and let’s see how well it is able to rise up to the challenge.

We will bring you more on this as soon as Sprint opens its door to Aman and his comrades who have sacrificed their sleep on a Saturday morning to line up for the Pre. We hope it’s worth the sacrifice, fellas!