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Android Developers Take Note: Sprint Posted Dev Guides And Code For Supporting 4G/3G/WiFi Switching, Front-facing Camera, HDMI

Following yesterday's announcement of the first 4G handset for Sprint, the company earlier today posted a bunch of new helpful information to their Android Developers site to guide developers around the newly introduced features never before seen on an Android phone, or even *any* mobile phone.

Here is the new stuff that what we found there:

  • general documentation updated with references to HTC EVO 4G
  • 4G Developer Guide - Sprint_HTC_EVO_4G_Developer_S_Guide
  • Sprint's developer guide for the HTC EVO 4G handset provides best practices on:

    • detecting different network types (4G, 3G, WI-FI) and handling transitions as they occur
    • utilizing HDMI output in your application
    • how to incorporate the forward facing camera into your application
    • using some of the HTML 5.0 tags in your web page including Location and Video
  • HTC EVO 4G Code Samples
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Samsung Introduces A Successor To The First Galaxy - A More Powerful And Sexy 1GHz Galaxy S

Yesterday was an incredible day for us consumers! After only the first day of the 3-day CTIA Wireless 2010 mobile conference we've already seen some amazing new phones scheduled for release in the upcoming few months, such as the HTC EVO 4G.

Samsung did not remain on the sidelines either yesterday and demonstrated its new version of the Galaxy, called Galaxy S model GT-I9000. S seems to stand for either "Smart Life" (sigh, another custom Android flavor?)

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HTC EVO 4G/Supersonic Playing 720P HD Video Through HDMI, Without A Single Stutter. This Changes *Everything*

It's amazing how far mobile CPUs have gone in just 6 months. Here we have a video, courtesy of IntoMobile, of the newly announced HTC EVO 4G, formerly Supersonic, absolutely effortlessly playing a 720P HD video of Prince of Persia: The Sand Of Time.

HD video is more CPU intensive than plain standard definition, but the 1GHz Snapdragon processor is barely breaking a sweat. For comparison, the HTC Hero with its 528MHz processor can barely play average quality videos, even ones it itself recorded, and stumbles every few seconds.

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Calm Down - Sprint Will Not Charge Extra For Using The Sprint 4G Network On HTC EVO 4G, Will Not Have 5GB Monthly Limits On 4G

After today's announcement of the HTC EVO 4G, formerly HTC Supersonic, everyone seemed really excited - what's not to like? The phone is absolutely amazing, more powerful than ever before. Many questions were finally answered but one remained:

Will Sprint Charge Extra For Using 4G On The EVO?

I just got off the phone with a Sprint CSR, Kathy, who assured me that Sprint will NOT charge extra for using 4G on your new EVO 4G.

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BREAKING: HTC Supersonic Now Called HTC EVO 4G - Coming To Sprint This Summer - Monster Details Inside

Here is the long awaited announcement from Sprint/HTC - the Supersonic name is no more and the phone is now called EVO 4G.

It will be released this summer, so roll your tongues back up, pick up your jaws and prepare for the painful wait. Get ready to be taunted by the HTC HD2 (which is very similar but running WinMo) owners, and coming out any day now.

Here are the specs of this monster.

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Sprint Goes After AT&T And Apple In A Snarky 4G Sprint Overdrive Mobile Hotspot Vs iPhone Commercial

Sprint has fired a shot at both AT&T and Apple in this recently released Sprint Overdrive 4G vs iPhone commercial, suggesting that an iPhone's bandwidth can be vastly improved by using a Sprint 4G WiMax router called Sprint Overdrive instead of the AT&T 3G network.

The ad is a bit cheesy but hey, it delivers the message. A carefree Matt actually goes on to eat an Apple (the ultimate pun) while showing off his 4G mobile hotspot that allows up to 5 people around him to connect to a 4G network using WiFi.

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Kyocera Wants Back Into The Smartphone Business - Announces Android Powered Zio M6000, Set For Q2 '10

Fresh off the press, i.e. the first day of the CTIA Wireless 2010 trade show, Kyocera announced its return into the smartphone business with, as you already guessed, a new Android device - the Zio M6000.

Here are the specs at a glance:

  • 3.5" WVGA screen, motion-enhanced (huh?)
  • 3.2MP camera (meh)
  • trackball
  • 256MB internal memory (is this storage or RAM?)
  • virtual keyboard
  • CDMA
  • ambient light sensor, accelerometer, WiFi, and all the standard Android business

No word on the CPU type and frequency, included memory card size, supported carriers (though it was clarified to be CDMA.

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Tech And Android Podcasts For The Week Of 03/22/2010-03/28/2010

Here are this week's podcasts dedicated to or regularly mentioning Android:

Android And Me Show

Episode 7 (03/24)

Android Central

CTIA Special (03/24)

Phil, Dieter and Kevin are at CTIA and discuss the mass amount of Android Awesomeness that was unleashed.

Episode 4 (03/26)

Recorded before all of the CTIA brouhaha, Phil is joined by Michael Manna of the T4 show to discuss all things Android, including whether to go with the Droid or Nexus One on Verizon.

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The 4.3" 1GHz HTC Supersonic Sprint Announcement Imminent Today 03/23/2010 (Or Tomorrow 03/24/2010?)

The mobile sphere is abuzz with the rumors of a possible HTC Supersonic announcement tomorrow, all caused by a tiny note Sprint posted in the member area on Sprint.com. Here is a screenshot (courtesy of Sprint Forums):

possible supersonic announcement?

According to other users who have talked to various Sprint customer service reps, Supersonic is indeed "coming very very soon", which seems to only confirm the rumor. Of course, nothing is 100% until we tune into the announcement… the time of which is currently unknown.

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How I Doubled My Android Phone's (HTC Hero) Battery Life or Just How Much Email Polling Affects Your Battery

This post and all its comments were migrated from Artem's personal blog beerpla.net when Android Police launched. If you would like to visit the original post there, please click here.
It's not a secret that my Sprint HTC Hero has been having trouble keeping battery charge - by the time I came home from work, the battery level would oftentimes be at 10% or the phone would be simply dead.
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