The first two of Sprint's latest three-phone, mid-range lineup are now arriving to various Sprint retailers, such as Best Buy, sprint.com, Wirefly.com, and others. While they aren't the powerhouses that we've gotten used to, the Sanyo Zio and the Samsung Transform are good introductory-level Android devices for people who want to dump their feature phones for smartphones without having to shell out the big bucks. They are joining the ranks of Sprint's other low-to-mid-range phones, such as the Samsung Intercept and the HTC Hero.
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A few days ago, a new version of Universal Androot was released with support for Froyo, but a number of devices were still incompatible.
Earlier this week, BGR leaked a likely $399 on-contract price tag for the Sprint's version of the upcoming Galaxy Tab. Today, TmoNews dug up some slides showing T-Mobile's version of the tablet coming with the same $399 price tag (on a 2-year contract of course), albeit after a $50 rebate. The version that will free you from the carrier's firm grip will make you part with an additional $250 and cost a whopping $649.99.
One of BGR's sources at Sprint just dropped them a note saying the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be launching on November 14... for $399 with a 2-year contract. They also say that full retail price of the Tab will be $600.
Seems pretty stupidly-expensive to me. I suppose that comes from the current plethora of crappy, low-end, low price Android tablets on the market. Sure, this is the first high-end Android tablet to hit the market, but come on, now: the retail price is $30 lower than the equivalent iPad, which is 3" bigger and has the Apple markup.
If anyone needed any more evidence that Android wasn't created exclusively for us power users who insist on having the latest and greatest, Sprint's latest announcements should be enough to convince even the most doubtful - the nation's third largest carrier just announced three new Android budget Android devices: the LG Optimus S, the Sanyo Zio, and the Samsung Transform. The first of those three devices will go on sale starting October 31, while the latter two will be available from October 10 forward.
If you've got a good memory (I don't), you may recall that back when the Samsung Epic 4G, the Fascinate, and the Vibrant were announced, there was also an unnamed version of the Galaxy S headed to US Cellular.
Well today, over three months later (and also about a month after Verizon became the last major US carrier to receive an incarnation of Samsung's flagship device), US Cellular has finally announced that the Samsung Mesmerize, aka their version of the Galaxy S, will be available starting October 27 for $199 after an $80 mail-in rebate.
Over at the on-going CEATEC show at the Makuhari Messe in Japan, visitors have been treated to a display by Samsung of the next generation in WiMax. While you may be excited about getting HSPA+ (<56 Mb) on your G2, or the forthcoming LTE (<100 Mb) network promised by Verizon late this year, the 330 Mbit connection of WiMax 2 (up from <30 Mb) rather puts those in the shade. Showing off speeds that most would trade limbs for even on their home network, the new 802.16m implementation is capable of streaming full HD 3D video with ease.
Well it isn't CyanogenMod 6, but according to our tipster, it's close - one of the Epic 4G's first ROMS has just gone live on xda-developers, and it looks... promising, if nothing else.
While we haven't had a chance to test this ROM out ourselves, the forum post states that the ROM's standout features include:
- Sprintware Removed
- Modified MMS/SMS app
- Bootup/Shutdown sounds ported from the Samsung Galaxy S I9000
- Changed shutdown display screen
- Choice of 4 launchers
- ADW Launcher
- Launcher (Vanilla)
- Car Home
- GenieWidget (News & Weather)
- AOSP Lockscreen
- EVO YouTube App
- Spare Parts
- Google Maps & Google Street View are up to date
- Pandora Compatible
Live Wallpapers ported from the Samsung I9000 & Samsung Fascinate:
- Blue Sea
- Layers Of Light
- Ocean Wave
As with most other ROMs, a full wipe of both the data and cache partitions is required, but since one of my wife's main gripes with the Epic has always been its lack of an option to play YouTube videos in HQ (something my EVO is capable of), I think the Epic Experience ROM might just be worth a try.
Looks like Gorilla Glass is fast becoming the trend among tablets and smartphones - not only is Samsung slapping it on their Galaxy S devices, but the Tab as well. What's so great about Gorilla Glass? To quote Wikipedia: