The newest version of Sprint's weekly "playbook" has been sent around to employees, and as usual, we have a copy. Sadly, this week's edition doesn't exactly inspire confidence for the future of the nation's third-largest carrier - in fact, one of Sprint's primary benefits, the Premier program, will be disappearing down the drain shortly. It's not all bad news, though, so let's dig in and see what's up and coming in the world of Sprint.
Manilla, a popular account management/bill paying solution, has made the process of paying for goods and services even easier by releasing an app for Android today.
The app allows you to view all of your accounts and payment statuses in a single place, and boasts the same soundness of security as its online counterpart.
For someone like me who enjoys the convenience of paying bills online and often double, triple, and quadruple checks their bill payment statuses, Manilla is a great solution, and now you can securely pay and manage accounts from almost anywhere.
Aviary, developer of a bounty of online creative tools, has just announced its latest venture into the iOS and Android mobile platforms: a new SDK that allows developers to embed Aviary's advanced photo editing tools into their apps. The SDK allows the developer to choose which editing features to include, and takes "just minutes to implement."
Some of the editing features the SDK offers include:
- Crop, Flip, Rotate
- Sharpen and Blur
- Redeye Removal
- Teeth Whitening and Blemish Removal
- Adjust Colors and Saturation
- Adjust Brightness and Contrast
Other options such as text, stickers, drawing, and a meme generator are also present.
Sprint's Motorola Photon 4G, one of our favorite devices on this network, is receiving a small over-the-air update that will bring it up to version 4.5.1A-1_SUN-154_6/45.2.7.MB855.Sprint.en.US. The only publicized fixes are related to Wi-Fi, with users over at Android Forums reporting improved performance.
As always, wait for the update to pop up or force the check by going to Settings > About phone > System updates.
About a month and a half ago, Logitech drastically reduced the price of its Google TV unit, the Revue, from $299 to a much more acceptable $99 in order to boost sales. At that time, it was also promised that Android 3.1 would be hitting the set-top box sometime "this summer," which has since been pushed back to the end of September.
While we've already seen one Honeycomb leak for the Revue surface, it was quite buggy and not entirely stable.
Google's neat-o Goggles app has just been updated to 1.6, and brings intelligent photo recognition to the table. What exactly does that mean? Well, I can't put it much better than the official announcement:
Sprint's LG Optimus S may be a budget Android device, but apparently that isn't going to stop Sprint and LG from providing Android updates going forward. Today, Sprint announced via its Community Forums that an update to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) is rolling out to some devices beginning today, with all devices being updated within 10 days.
Verizon just keeps pumping out LTE connectivity in new areas across the country -- we saw no less than 15 cities get their piece of the LTE pie last month, and now 26 more are all set to get lit up tomorrow, September 15th. VZW already dropped the names of 15 of those cities last month, but here's the list in its entirety:
- Fort Smith and Jonesboro, AR
- San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, CA
- Daytona, FL
- Bloomington, Champaign/Urbana, Rockford and Springfield, IL
- the Quad Cities, IL/IA; Iowa City, IA
- Shreveport, LA
- Kalamazoo and Saginaw, MI
- Reno, NV
- Las Cruces, NM
- Fargo, ND
- Canton, Lima and Mansfield, OH
- Dyersburg, TN
- the Tri-Cities, TN/VA
- Austin, Beaumont/Port Arthur, Wichita Falls and El Paso, TX.
VZW customers in San Francisco, CA; Indianapolis, IN; and Cleveland/Akron, OH can also expect an expanded LTE coverage area.
We already know about NVIDIA's Kal-El project which will bring quad-core chips to phones and tablets beginning later this year, and now Qualcomm has stepped up its game as well, announcing plans for its own quad-core badassery.
I'm just going to get right to it: we could start seeing 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processors powering devices sometime in early 2012. Not only that, but these new powerhouse chips will also be sporting Adreno Graphics, 3D, full 1080p, and LTE connectivity as a standard.
HTC Merge users on US Cellular, your day has come. Forget about Froyo, aka Android 2.2, and zoom straight to the latest version of Android available for non-Nexus phones - 2.3.4 "Gingerbread" (HTC version 3.10.573.1 to be exact - the image below taken from the update guide is outdated).
The update will need to be applied on a computer using HTC Sync and will wipe your device clean of emails, contacts, calendars, apps, bookmarks, and any other personalization - it'll basically be back to stock.