Sprint is testing a device from ZTE tentatively called the Quantum with model number N8910, Android Police learned recently. The Quantum has mid to high-end specs with its 5" 720p screen, a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4, a 13MP camera, NFC, and Sprint's 4G LTE.
The device runs Android 4.1.2, which isn't currently the latest iteration of Android, but in line with most newer devices on the market today outside of the Nexus line and the Galaxy S4.
The lack of 2GB of RAM, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and something like an S4 Pro (or newer) upgrade separate the Pro from the current flagships, but then again - did anyone really expect a ZTE phone on Sprint to suddenly blow everyone else out of the water?
When it comes down to pure hardware (and even the basic design), the Optimus G is essentially a non-stock-Android Nexus 4. If that means nothing else to you, it should translate into one thing: the guts are pretty awesome, and if you get the chance to throw stock Android on it, the experience is fantastic.
If you've been considering grabbing this device for yourself – on either AT&T or Sprint – Amazon Wireless just dropped the price to $50 for new contracts and upgrades on both carriers. So, no matter which way you slice it, half a Benjamin lands you a pretty impressive phone that fared quite well in our review:
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 quad-core at 1.5GHz
GPU: Adreno 320
Network Compatibility: AT&T: GSM quad-band with LTE, Sprint: CDMA with LTE
Operating System: Android 4.0.4 with Optimus UI 3.0
Display: 4.7" TrueHD IPS+ 768x1280 (320DPI, 15:9)
Memory: 2GB RAM / 16/32GB storage (depends on model)
Cameras: 1.3MP front, 8/13MP rear (depends on model)
Battery: 2100mAh, non-removable
Ports / Expandable Storage: microUSB / microSD (AT&T model only)
It's been a long time coming, but Sprint's version of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is finally getting updated to Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.1). There are quite a few reasons to pull this update, as it brings several enhancements over Ice Cream Sandwich, including Google Now, Project Butter (for smoothness), enhanced notifications, lockscreen widgets, and much more.
Aside from that, the update also brings a "Wi-Fi Qualcomm driver fix" so the device will automatically connect to the most recent Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as a "device self activation client update." Sounds intense.
According to Sprint's post, the update should be rolling out now OTA, though there's no word of whether or not you can pull it through Kies.
While it began to trickle out to a few users at the end of February, the Android 4.1 upgrade for Sprint's Optimus G remained unannounced up until today. Here's the official changelog:
- Android 4.1.2 Jellybean - Google Now™ - Expandable, actionable notifications - Android Beam™ to send photos and more - QuickTranslator application downloadable from the Application Manager - Smoother user interface. Vsync timing across all drawing and animation done by the Android framework, including application rendering, touch events, screen composition and display refresh; and triple buffering in the graphics pipeline. - User-installable keyboard maps - Ability to turn off notifications on an app specific basis - Shortcuts and widgets can automatically be re-arranged or re-sized to allow new items to fit on home screens - Bluetooth data transfer for Android Beam - Improved voice search - Improved camera app - Android mobile version of Google Chrome replaces stock Android browser - Ability for other launchers to add widgets from the app drawer without requiring root access
Interestingly, this build is labeled as LS970ZVA, whereas the build that was rolling out to some users in February was LS970ZVB.
Network Vision has been a fairly slow process for Sprint, but the carrier is flipping the LTE switch in nine new markets today.
La Crosse, Wis.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
This brings The Now Network's LTE footprint up to a whopping 67 markets, some one-point-seven gazillion short of Verizon, five-hundred-million behind that of AT&T, and negative sixty-six short of T-Mobile's LTE network count (on a good day). Note: those numbers are estimates, and may not be exact.
The company is still working on testing and implementing its high-speed network in other areas across the country, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.
Earlier this month, The Now Network pushed an update to its version of the Samsung Galaxy S III with a few small fixes in it. That update was build L710VPMA6. Today, the company is sending another update to the Galaxy S III that is essentially the same update, plus one addition: 3rd party software licensing. This one's build L710VPMB1, will hit your device regardless of whether or nor you installed the previous update.
So, for those wondering, here's the full changelog:
Voicemail application update
SMS 3-digit support
Calendar sync issues
3rd party software licensing
Per Sprint, "this is a new release of L710VPBMA6, but also includes additional 3rd party software licenses." We're not sure why the company decided to rehash a previous update with one additional feature (as opposed to sending that feature out on its own), but alas, that's what it did.
Well, here's a bit of a nice surprise: one lucky XDA user just got an update to 4.1.2 on his Sprint Optimus G. And then another. And another. And some more. All with nary a word from The Now Network, which is usually pretty on top of announcing updates for devices. Ergo, at this point, we're not entirely sure if this is the start of a full-on rollout or just a "soak test" of sorts. We're thinking the former, but until official word is muttered from the lips of Sprint, it's a crapshoot.
Anyone ever actually seen a screenshot like this before?
Pay-as-you-go Sprint subsidiary Boost Mobile would like you to know that they've got LTE service. It's okay if you didn't - it's not as if they had any phones that could take advantage of the speedier standard. But that should be rectified in just a couple of weeks, when the HTC One SV And the ZTE Force (officially the "Boost Force by ZTE," because American carriers like to push around smaller OEMs) become available for purchase. You can pick both of them up on March 7th for $299.99 and $199.99, respectively and without contract. Meanwhile, over at the other prepaid Sprint MVNO, Virgin is repackaging the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE for $299.99.
If you own Sprint's seemingly long-forgotten HTC EVO Design 4G, the company has some fixes coming your way via a new OTA update that started rolling out today. While the Design 4G hasn't seen any update action in well over six months, it's nice to see The Now Network's continuing support for the somewhat aging handset.
The update brings a total of three minor enhancements/fixes, including hotspot improvements when on GSM networks, faster messaging application load times, and the inclusion of the Sprint Connection Optimizer. This updated build should be rolling out today, although notifications won't start pushing until February 26th.
All the HTC One hubbub in New York and London is for naught if you can't get your hands on the phone. So AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint customers in the United States will be glad to hear that their carriers are already confirmed to get HTC's shiny new flagship. Both AT&T and T-Mobile have reached out to us directly with confirmation, and Sprint is listed in HTC's official press release along with regional carrier Cincinnati Bell. Sprint had a sign-up page available briefly, but it seems to have disappeared. Sorry, Verizon users, you'll just have to make do with the DROID DNA for the time being.