After months of anticipation, we are now finally on the verge of the Galaxy S II launch in the U.S. Yesterday's events now have us strongly convinced that the first variant of the Galaxy S II, most likely on Sprint (as the recently approved by the FCC Epic Touch 4G, if you remember), will be launching Friday, September 9th, 2011.
First, today we received a tip from a trusted source inside Sprint, putting the 9/9/11 date on the radar with a very high probability. The source has always been reliable in the past, and the only way I see the scenario not playing out would be if between now and the 9th Sprint cancelled the launch and pushed off the release date. Read More
Big Red just finished lighting up 15 new cities with 4G LTE five days ago and it has already lined up the next set of lucky areas to get a blazing fast wireless makeover.
Set to unleash on September 15th, the following citied can expect to get a major speed boost:
- Fargo, ND
- Moorhead, MN
- Rockford, IL
- Moline, IL
- Rock Island, IL
- Bloomington/Normal, IL
- Champaign/Urbana, IL
- Springfield, IL
- Mansfield, OH
- Canton, OH
- Lima, OH
- Iowa City, IA
- Davenport, IA
- Bettendorf, IA
- Blacksburg, VA
- Las Cruces, NM
- El Paso, TX
- Wichita Falls, TX
- Austin, TX
- Shreveport, LA
More areas may follow, so we'll be sure to let you know before the hammer drops. Read More
Users of the Motorola Flipside have had to be a patient bunch whilst waiting for their Froyo fix; since making its debut on AT&T in October of last year, the device has been running Android 2.1 with MOTOBLUR software. Fortunately for those users, they can now upgrade to a newer version of Android through the Motorola support website right now!
According to the update page, you will need to have at least 40 MB of internal free space on your phone and 100 MB of SD card space available before getting your hands on Froyo, but the whole process seems fairly painless. Read More
Keeping with its tradition of addressing software issues in a timely fashion, HTC just started pushing out a minor bug-fixing update for the EVO 3D. The update (version number 2.08.651.2) began its rollout this morning and should be available to all EVO 3D owners by 8/23.
This is hardly a game-changing update, but it does iron out some potentially irksome kinks (Update: and brings native screenshots, just like on the European Sensation - just hold the Power button and tap Home!):
Additionally, the Samsung Conquer 4G will be receiving a security patch (EG15) on the day it launches (8/21), so if you're planning on picking one up, be prepared to update it as soon as you take it out of the box. Read More
Chitika released new Android market share figures today by carrier, and the results are somewhat interesting. Verizon, who previously controlled over 50% of the market for Android smartphones, has dropped to almost 40% over the last five months. Who's to blame? AT&T and small budget carriers, apparently (US Cellular, MetroPCS, Virgin Mobile).
AT&T now makes up nearly 9% of all Android phones in the US - having more than doubled its share back in March, when it was a mere 3.5% of the pie. Smaller carriers control around 8.5%, up from around 3%. Here's the chart from March:
It seems likely that low-end Android devices are having a big effect on these numbers. Read More
It its ever-expanding conquest for mobile domination, Verizon Wireless will be turning on 4G LTE connectivity in 15 more cities across the nation, as well as expanding in 10 existing markets, on Thursday, August 18th.
In the past eight months, VZW has expanded its 4G LTE network to cover over half of the US, putting it on track to bring LTE to more than 185 million Americans by the end of the year.
Cities affected by this expansion will be:
- Tucson, AZ
- Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers, AR
- Bakersfield and Salinas/Monterey/Seaside, CA
- Fort Collins, CO
- Frederick, MD
- Worcester, MA
- Omaha, NE
- Council Bluffs, IA
- Albany, Ithaca and Syracuse, NY
- Altoona and Johnstown, PA
- Memphis, TN
- Prova, UT
In addition to the new markets, ten existing markets will see an expanded coverage area:
- Washington DC
- Tampa, FL
- Atlanta, GA
- Baltimore, MD
- Boston, MA
- Lansing, MI
- New York, NY
- Cincinnati and Columbus, OH
- Salt Lake City-Ogden, UT
If you're not one of the lucky ones getting LTE tomorrow, don't sweat it -- Big Red shows no signs of slowing down this rollout, so there's a good chance you'll be covered by year's end. Read More
The DROID Incredible has remained without Gingerbread while its successor, the Incredible 2, has had it for well over a month. A Verizon support rep is now claiming that the Incredible's long awaited Ginger-bump has been put on hold pending final approval from Verizon's product team - which basically translates to: we're not happy with it yet.
It could be a single bug, or wider user experience problems. This means the delay may last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks - or more. We'll keep you updated if more information develops, but for now, your guess on a date is as good as ours. Read More
According to a reliable PocketNow tipster, an upcoming HTC phone codenamed Ruby is set to land on T-Mobile under the moniker Amaze 4G. That's a mighty strong word to live up to, but after seeing the rumored specs of this monster, I pretty sure it will be able to fit the bill with room to spare:
- 4.3 inch qHD display
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8MP rear shooter with dedicated hardware button
The Amaze is rumored to hitting T-Mo retail stores on October 26th alongside the Samsung Hercules, in what is sure to be one beast of a day.
Motorola Photon 4G, Sprint's latest dual-core Android phone and EVO 3D's only true rival, is only 10 days old, but it's not stopping Radioshack from folding its price sticker in half and throwing it on a sweet-sweet sale - $99.99.
The deal is available immediately at RadioshackWireless.com, though it's currently limited to new accounts, as it oftentimes happens (don't even look at it if you're upgrading). Throw in free FedEx shipping, and you've got yourself a pretty good price on Sprint's second best offering today, at least until the Galaxy S2, a.k.a. Epic Touch 4G, arrives later this fall.
Amazon Wireless and Wirefly both currently list the Photon 4G at $179.99. Read More
Still holding out for the mythical (pun intended) Samsung Hercules, leaked via a T-Mobile roadmap a couple months back? While we don't have any pricing or release info just yet (though that September 26 release date certainly seems possible), TmoNews has gotten a hold of a few pictures of the device that confirmed it as the 4.5" Galaxy S2 T-Mobile variant.
These pictures don't confirm everything that is rumored about the phone, but they do have some good information in them:
- The Hercules will officially be marketed as a Galaxy S2 phone
- Runs Android 2.3
- TeleNav GPS Navigator and Netflix pre-installed
- 4.5" display
- TouchWiz 4.0
- 8 megapixel camera
- Four capacitive buttons (unlike the international version of the GS2)
Yeah, September can't come soon enough. Read More