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Android 4.4 Update Is Rolling Out To The Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4

The kernel source dropped yesterday, which seemed to point to an impending release, and we didn't have to wait long. Android 4.4 is on its way to all Galaxy S4 users on Sprint, but you'll have to wait your turn.

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Sprint Expands Direct Connect Push-To-Talk Functionality To The Galaxy S4, Note 3, LG G2, G Flex, And More

Sprint has been marketing push-to-talk functionality (a walkie-talkie style function that's popular with business users) since long before Android came into being. Though the feature isn't nearly as common as it once was, Sprint seems ready to keep it going with an update to the official Android app. The Direct Connect service is now compatible with a handful of new phones, most notably headliners like the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, and LG G2.

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The new LG G Flex and Optimus F3Q get to join in, along with the ruggedized Kyocera Hydra Edge. To access Direct Connect, Sprint customers will have to have a plan that supports it (or a surcharge to a more basic plan), then download the Direct Connect app from the Play Store.

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Ask And You Shall Receive: Sprint's HTC One KitKat Update Is Live For Manual Requests, Wide Rollout Starts 2-11

Here's a refreshing change of pace for Android users eager to get their over-the-air updates. According to this Sprint support page, the Android 4.4 update for the HTC One is available for customers right now. But strangely, it's not going out in the usual method - users will need to initiate a manual update request in order to pull it down. If you're an Android regular, you know how this goes: check the About Phone section of the Settings menu to see if there's an update available. It's the Android version of the F5 key.

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Sprint says that everyone else will start getting the One's 4.4 update starting on February 11th, whether they ask for it or not.

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Red Nexus 5 Launching In Google Play On February 4th, According To Sprint Internal Document

It's been a tumultuous ride with the red Nexus 5. At first it sounded unlikely with little more than rumors and suspect renders to go on, then multiple images appeared. The red Nexus 5 seems like a real thing now, but the date has been a mystery thus far. A tipster just provided us with a pic from Sprint's internal documentation informing employees that a red Nexus 5 will be hitting Google Play on February 4th.

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The notice seeks to remind employees they are to provide customers with the necessary UICC SIM cards for these devices from Google Play at no charge.

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Sprint Introduces 40 New Markets To Its 4G LTE Network, Bringing The Total Number Up To 340

Sprint Spark support is gradually rolling out to some of the carrier's devices, but there is something to be said for learning how to walk before learning how to run. Large swaths of the US still do not have access to Sprint's LTE network at any speed. Consider the state of Ohio, which until now has only had one city (Salem) on the complete list of supported areas, and that location only joined just last month. Now Sprint has added four more, in addition to 36 other markets, bringing the total to 340 areas nationwide.

Sprint's new LTE markets:

  • Mobile, AL
  • Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR
  • Yuma, AZ
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Idaho Falls, ID
  • Evansville, IN-KY
  • Glasgow, KY
  • Owensboro, KY
  • Paducah, KY-IL
  • Monroe, LA
  • Midland, MI
  • Owosso, MI
  • Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL
  • Jackson, MS
  • Concord, NH
  • Laconia, NH
  • Rockingham County-Strafford County, NH
  • Camden, NJ
  • Carson City, NV
  • Reno-Sparks, NV
  • Hudson, NY
  • Olean, NY
  • Greenville, OH
  • Marion, OH
  • New Philadelphia-Dover, OH
  • Springfield, OH
  • Eugene-Springfield, OR
  • New Castle, PA
  • Providence, RI
  • Anderson, SC
  • Georgetown, SC
  • Hilton Head Island-Beaufort, SC
  • Spartanburg, SC
  • McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Olympia, WA
  • Tacoma, WA
  • Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
  • Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH
  • Point Pleasant, WV-OH

For those of you whose city just received LTE, Sprint has a new way you could break it in.

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Sprint Announces LG G2 OTA Update Enabling Sprint Spark Bands And The Accompanying Spinning Status Bar Icon

Sprint's mobile data is typically not the first, or the second, or even the third to come to mind when looking for a zippy connection in the US, but the company is looking to change this impression with its new tri-band LTE network, more memorably known as Sprint Spark. Unfortunately, only a limited number of the carrier's phones are able to take advantage of this new capability, with some of them requiring an OTA before they're ready. Today Sprint has announced that the LG G2's update is on its way.

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The ZVA software update will enable the LG G2 to connect to Sprint Spark's LTE bands 26 and 41.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Has Sprint's Galaxy Note 3 Is As Low As $112.49 With A New Account

The Galaxy Note 3 is one of the more desirable high-end phones on the market at the moment, especially if you like your mobile hardware big and pleathery. If you also like your service from Sprint, then Amazon's wireless store has a heck of a deal for new customers: a Galaxy Note 3 for $112.49 on a subsidized plan. That's more than $200 off the retail price. Black and white models are available, and shipping is free with Amazon Prime.

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If you're not a new customer or signing up a family member for a new line, the deal gets considerably less sweet: the price jumps up to $279.99, $70 cheaper than Sprint's $349.99 price for the phone.

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Sprint's LG G Flex Is Now Up For Pre-Order, Will Be Available Online January 31st For $299.99 With A Two-Year Contract

The LG G Flex isn't the kind of phone you recommend to everyone. Sure, it has a curved screen, but what is that actually good for? Yet if you've been craving this phone since watching it heal itself (which is admittedly pretty cool), Sprint's gearing up to put one in your hands pretty soon. The handset is now available for pre-order at a price point of $299.99 with a two-year contract. Anyone who calls dibs will also get a free QuickWindow Folio Case that would otherwise cost $59.99.

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Sprint will start offering the LG G Flex for sale online come January 31st.

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Sprint ID Successor, Sprint Live, Promises To Be A More Engaging Form Of Carrier Bloat

Let's all pause for a moment to recall fond memories of Sprint ID. Done? Yeah, that didn't take long. If you're reading this, then there's a solid chance you have little interest in a carrier-installed app that screws with your homescreen by providing an obnoxious wallpaper with a preselected assortment of apps and widgets. Thankfully, Sprint is ready to take a new approach. The carrier will start to push Sprint Live on some of the phones it sells later this year, a new experience from Chinese company NQ Mobile that strives to be an always-on replacement for your wallpaper keeping you up to the date with various content tailored to the brands and news stories you're interested in.

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CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies Now Available For The Galaxy Note 3 On Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, And International LTE Models

If you're too impatient to wait for Samsung to get Android 4.4 to your carrier variant of the Galaxy Note 3 (or if you're just tired of TouchWiz), the indefatigable boys and girls of CyanogenMod are here to help. They've just released the first nightly builds of CM 11 (KitKat) for Samsung's plus-sized flagship, with support for the international LTE model (N9005), plus Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint versions.

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As it happens, Samsung just started sending out the official 4.4 update for the N9005 earlier this week, so those of you who are on the unlocked version of the phone might want to go for the TouchWiz build of KitKat instead.

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