Maybe you were hoping to be munching on some KitKat by now, but you'll have to make do with more jelly beans. The C Spire variant of the Galaxy S4 is getting the long-awaited OTA to Android 4.3 starting now. You should have a pretty good handle on what that means by now.
Android 4.3 first rolled out to American HTC Ones on the Sprint network, and it arrived for those on AT&T not long after. Well, the next rollout may surprise you. No, it's not T-Mobile or Verizon - it's C Spire Wireless, the eighth largest carrier in the US. HTC One owners throughout the Deep South (the area served by C Spire Wireless) should have received or will soon receive an OTA bumping their handset up to the latest version of Android.
C Spire has simultaneously announced and started selling the HTC One today for $199 on-contract. The Mississippi-based carrier is the eighth-place wireless company in the US, but has still managed to start offering the HTC One before Verizon.
There's nothing unexpected about the HTC One on C-Spire. It's the same phone from other carriers, but it looks like the 32GB silver version is the only option. C Spire has a smallish 4G LTE footprint mostly in Mississippi, Florida, the southern Midwest, and parts of Georgia.
While the Big Four have been able to tout the GS 4 for several months now, customers of most smaller carriers have been left wanting. Today marks the launch of the device for two such carriers: MetroPCS and C Spire Wireless.
Available exclusively on MetroPCS' 4G LTE network, the GS 4 is available today in select markets – Atlanta, Hartford, Philadelphia, Boston, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Dallas-Ft. Worth, and New York – for $549.
QWERTY phones might be few and far between but they haven't died out completely. If you have a Motorola Photon Q and you're on C Spire, you might want to open your Settings menu and check for updates. The round sugary goodness of Jelly Bean is on its way.
The update brings a bunch of improvements in its wake:
It's been a wild ride on ICS, hasn't it C Spire customers? And by that, I really mean you've been waiting on Jelly Bean to hit that GSIII for a while now, haven't you C Spire customers? Well, I'm here to deliver good news: Jelly Bean is official. Not officially announced or some other vague form of "official," but it's officially rolling out. So, you can have it now.
The update is available both over-the-air and through Samsung's Kies software, and it brings oodles of newness to your already-awesome smartphone:
- Paper Artist
- Voice Search
- Bookmarks 3x2
- Favorite Apps
- Favorite Contacts 4x2
- Favorite Contacts 4x4
- Favorite Settings 4x4
- My Call Sound
- Play - My Library
- Play Recommendation
- S Bookmarks 3x2
- Simple alarm clock
Block 4G until device is activated
Added Global Client ID
Changed wakeup sound
Roaming Auto-Retrieve enabled
Streaming 4G (audio and video) messages delay fixed
C Spire MMSC allows messages up to 1000kB
S Voice upgrade
Polaris view upgrade
Updated ClipboardSaceService(add permission) for ATM(CTS)
See, lots of new stuff.
If you're on the regional carrier C Spire and have been jealous of all the Galaxy S III banter, you can lay that jealousy to rest. C Spire just announced that it will be getting the Galaxy S III as one of the initial devices to run on its upcoming 4G LTE network.
The device will launch with identical specs to the other U.S. carriers:
4.8" Super AMOLED HD display with Gorilla Glass 2.0
1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
16GB on-board storage with microSD card slot
Android 4.0 with TouchWiz
Unfortunately, pricing and release date information aren't yet available, but the company plans to launch its LTE network in 20 Mississippi markets beginning in September, and the GSIII will most likely be its flagship for the launch.