CTIA 2010

Samsung may unveil 8.9″ Galaxy Tab later in March

Samsung may be unveiling their new 8.9" Galaxy Tab at a press event on March 22, in Orlando, Florida. The news comes from an image on Samsung's facebook page with a cryptic reference to the numbers "78910", which many believe points to an 8.9" tablet since the original Galaxy Tab is 7" and Samsung unveiled a 10.1" tablet at CES. So an 8.9 inch tablet would fit right in the middle and make for a good mid-range size. But is there really a need for something in between the two existing sizes?

LG Optimus S Coming to Sprint for less than $50

Sprint also announced the LG Optimus S today at it’s press conference in San Francisco. Designed with new smartphone users in mind, the Optimus S is making Android navigation an engaging and comfortable process. Featuring Android 2.2 it’s a full featured, highly customizable smartphone on the Sprint market. Some of the hardware features of the device include a 3.2-inch capacitive touch-screen, 3.2-megapixel camera, microSD slot that supports up to 32 GB, and Integrated WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G. The battery is a 1500 mAh, that will boast up to 5 hours of talk time. The device will also serve as a mobile hotspot supporting up to five WiFi enabled devices to share the 3G experience simultaneously. Other software features of the upcoming device include Visual Voicemail, MP3 player, Corporate Email, and GPS Navigation all under a Android 2.2 build. The phone will be released October 31 for less than $50. Press Release: "With Sprint ID and Android 2.2, LG Optimus S Boasts the Ultimate in Style and Personalization; Available for Less than $50 from Sprint Beginning Oct. 31 SAN FRANCISCO – Oct. 6, 2010 – Sprint (NYSE: S) and LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. (LG Mobile Phones) today announced the upcoming availability of LG Optimus S™, one of the first Android™-powered devices to offer the ultimate personalized experience with Sprint ID, a new user-friendly way of personalizing Android devices. Offering easy-to-use Google™ applications, LG Optimus S delivers an engaging Android experience for first-time smartphone users. LG Optimus S will also be the only Sprint ID phone to launch with Android 2.2 offering users hotspot functionality. LG Optimus S will be available beginning on Sunday, Oct. 31, in all Sprint retail channels including www.sprint.com and 1-800-SPRINT1 for just $49.99 with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade and after a $100 mail-in rebate (pricing excludes taxes). Sprint ID allows LG Optimus S users to quickly download ID packs that deliver a predefined experience, including applications, widgets, ringtones and wallpapers, all at once. Packs are designed to meet customers’ interests, whether they are sports fans, fitness fanatics, auto enthusiasts or more. The packs could be brand-specific; allow users to easily switch between English or Spanish; or be specifically tailored to the customers’ businesses or lines of work. The marketplace of Sprint ID experiences is growing and customers can have one or up to five on their devices, powered by the Now Network. “We are committed to bringing our customers a variety of choices in devices that offer Sprint ID,” said Fared Adib, Sprint vice president-Product Development. “LG Optimus comes packed with Android 2.2, a 3.2MP camera and visual voicemail at an amazing price. “This stylish and feature-rich smartphone is sure to be a hit for the holiday season. We are anxious to introduce it this fall.” This affordable and highly customizable, full-featured smartphone keeps customers socially connected and organized with Android 2.2 and other key features including: • Sleek and slim design • 3.2-inch capacitive touch-screen • Virtual QWERTY keyboard • Mobile Hotspot capability supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G experience simultaneously • 3.2MP camera with 2x digital zoom • microSD card slot (supporting up to 32GB) • Android Market™ – choose from more than 80,000 apps to personalize your phone • Visual Voicemail “LG partnered with Sprint to deliver a handset that would empower first-time smartphone users to discover the changing mobile phone marketplace,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, corporate vice president of Marketing and Innovation for LG Mobile Phones. “LG Optimus S brings users closer to social networks, applications and online resources that mean the most to them and creates a smartphone experience that is unique, easy to navigate and convenient for life on-the-go.” LG Optimus S requires activation on one of Sprint’s Everything Data plans. For just $69.99 Sprint’s Everything Data 450 plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM gives customers unlimited text, Web and calling with any mobile in America while on the Nationwide Sprint Network – all for the same price AT&T and Verizon charge for unlimited talk only (excluding Verizon’s Southern California plan; pricing excludes surcharges and taxes). Sprint Everything Data plans automatically enroll customers in the Sprint Premier loyalty program, for benefits including annual device upgrades on the primary line. Existing Sprint customers can switch to an Everything Data plan without extending their service agreement. New lines of service require a two-year service agreement. An optional charge of just $29.99 per month turns on LG Optimus S’s mobile hotspot feature, connecting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, gaming devices and digital cameras, at 3G speeds anywhere on the Sprint 3G network. The Sprint Free Guarantee is the only full-money back guarantee on service plans in the wireless industry today, allowing customers to try a new line of service with Sprint for 30 days. If a customer isn’t completely satisfied, they can cancel service and return their device to be reimbursed for the device purchase and activation fee, get the early termination fee waived, get a full refund for monthly service plan recurring charges incurred, and get all associated taxes and fees waived. In addition, Sprint will waive the restocking fee for new customer exchanges as part of this policy. Refund excludes usage not included in the service plan, premium content, third-party billing and international charges."

Nexus One “doing pretty well” says HTC CEO

HTC CEO Peter Chou has spoken out in defence of the Google Nexus One, dismissing the recent speculation regarding poor sales figures for the smartphone.  Speaking at CTIA Wireless this week, Chou described the Nexus One as a halo device for HTC and suggested that Google's intent with the smartphone was more to show what Android is capable of rather than to dominate the market in terms of sheer sales. Analysts Flurry caught headlines earlier this month by suggesting Nexus One sales severely lagged behind both the first-gen iPhone and the Motorola DROID in their first weeks of availability.  In defence, while Chou wouldn't reveal specific sales figures, he did say that "considering Google didn't do [standard] retail or marketing for it, the Nexus One is doing pretty well." "We can quickly leverage that [Nexus One] credit to show that we are the top Android brand" Chou explained.  The company have used pretty much the same hardware as is found in the Google-branded device for their own HTC Desire, set to go on sale in Europe imminently.

HTC EVO 4G Gets a Little Hands-On Video Time

Seeing the HTC manufactured EVO 4G in still-frame isn't good enough. You need to see it's glowing, monstrous screen in action. One look at that keyboard is enough to make anyone get all jittery on the inside, with unadulterated anticipation. We know that's not just us. So, after you've read over the official announcement a few times, and taken in all the specifications, come back over here and watch the glorious video. It's well worth it.

HTC EVO 4G delivers WiMAX, Android 2.1 & 4.3-inch display

HTC and Sprint have announced the HTC EVO 4G, the smartphone previously known as the HTC Supersonic and the first ever WiMAX Android handset for the Sprint network.  Borrowing plenty from the HTC HD2, the HTC EVO 4G packs a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, HTC Sense UI and Android 2.1. That's not all: there's an 8-megapixel main camera with autofocus and 720p HD video capture, together with a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, as well as WiFi b/g and Bluetooth.  With an adapter cable you can plug the HTC EVO 4G into an HDTV courtesy of an HDMI output, while onboard storage includes 1GB of memory and 512MB of RAM (plus a microSD card slot). The 4G WiMAX connection can be shared using a MiFi style app, and Sprint are apparently working on enabling both CDMA and WiMAX at the same time so that you can browse the internet while on a voice call.  When outside of a WiMAX area the phone falls back onto EVDO Rev.A. No word on pricing or what sort of plans will be on offer, but Sprint reckon the HTC EVO 4G will go on sale this summer.  We're at CTIA Wireless this week, and will have hands-on photos and video with the HTC EVO 4G as soon as possible! [gallery] [via SlashGear] Press Release: World's First 3G/4G Android Phone, HTC EVOTM 4G, Coming this Summer Exclusively from Sprint HTC EVO 4G offers one of the most robust multimedia experiences on a wireless phone today; features Android(TM) 2.1, one of the industry's largest touch-screen displays, 8.0 MP camera, HD video capture, HDMI output,Mobile Hotspot capability and HTC Sense(TM) Pre-registration begins today at www.sprint.com/evo LAS VEGAS, Mar 23, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Sprint (NYSE: S) and HTC Corporation today announced summer availability of the world's first 3G/4G Android handset, HTC EVO 4G exclusively from Sprint. HTC EVO 4G delivers a multimedia experience at 4G speeds that is second to none, making it possible to download music, pictures, files, or videos in seconds - not minutes - and watch streaming video on the go with one of the largest pinch-to-zoom displays, at 4.3 inches, in the wireless industry. Sprint 4G offers a faster wireless experience than any other U.S. national wireless carrier, and Sprint is the only national carrier offering wireless 4G service today in 27 markets. Sprint 4G delivers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G1,giving HTC EVO 4G the fastest data speeds of any U.S. wireless device available today. "Sprint continues to lead the 4G revolution as we introduce HTC EVO 4G to give our customers an experience that is unlike anything available in wireless to date," said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. "Not only is this feature-rich device incredible on our Sprint 3G network, but Sprint 4G speeds will take mobile multimedia, including live video streaming, gaming and picture downloads, to a whole new level." Customers will be able to purchase HTC EVO 4G through all Sprint channels and through national retail partners, RadioShack, Best Buy and Walmart, this summer. Pricing will be announced at a later date. Pre-registration begins today at www.sprint.com/evo. A device beyond compare HTC EVO 4G delivers a robust list of features, including a 1GHz Qualcomm(R) Snapdragon(TM) processor ensuring a smooth and quick user experience. With dual cameras - an 8.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera - HTC EVO 4G unleashes the ability to create, stream and watch video that far surpasses expectations of what is possible on a phone today. With built-in mobile hotspot functionality, HTC EVO 4G allows up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 4G experience. Users can easily share an Internet connection on the go with a laptop, camera, music player, game unit, video player, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device. With integrated HD video capture and 4G speeds, HTC EVO 4G makes slow uploads and grainy video a thing of the past. Now, it is possible to post high-quality video to YouTube(TM) or Facebook, or share moments in real time over the Internet live, via Qik. After these videos have been captured, it is easy to share them on an HDTV via an HDMI cable (sold separately). The custom Web browser is optimized for HTC EVO 4G's large display and Sprint 4G speeds to deliver a full, no-compromise Internet experience. Adobe Flash technology ensures that rich Internet content, such as embedded video and animation, are displayed the way they are meant to be seen. Pinch-to-zoom and automatic text reflowing provide easy Web page views. HTC EVO 4G features the newest version of the highly acclaimed HTC Sense user experience. Along with all of the HTC Sense features first introduced on HTC Hero, HTC EVO 4G adds a number of new features, including Friend Stream, which aggregates multiple social communication channels including Facebook and Twitter(TM) into one organized flow of updates; a "Leap" thumbnail view to easily switch between home screen "panels"; the ability to download new, interactive widgets; and a "polite" ringer, which quiets the ringing phone once lifted up. "HTC and Sprint have a strong history of working together to bring consumers technologies and advancements that make their lives easier," said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC. "We believe that the HTC EVO 4G represents the best of Sprint and the best of HTC working together to bring an unmatched device to the U.S. This combination of HTC and Sprint innovation will allow people to do even more while on the go, faster than ever on the Sprint 4G network." Experience Android at 4G HTC EVO 4G, the world's first 3G/4G Android handset, features the latest iteration of the increasingly popular Android platform. Leveraging the Android 2.1 platform, HTC EVO 4G can deliver a wide array of useful new features: Android 2.1 enables a new way to search with pictures instead of words. Google Goggles(TM) works with everything from books, DVDs and barcodes to landmarks, logos, artwork and even wine labels. A picture taken of the Golden Gate Bridge returns all of the information anyone would need to know about the structure. By just taking a picture of several restaurant options, HTC EVO 4G will provide restaurant reviews to ensure the best choice. Text messaging and email composition feature built-in voice-to-text technology. By simply pressing a microphone button on the screen, messages can be composed by just speaking, making keeping in touch faster and easier than ever. Through Android Market(TM), HTC EVO 4G users have access to thousands of useful applications, widgets and games to download and install on their phone, with many more to come. In addition to today's Android apps, the performance of which will be enhanced by 4G speed, application developers will be introducing new apps that take advantage of 4G power in new ways - games and communications tools and other apps that bring together video, presence and location simultaneously, and capabilities that haven't yet been imagined. For example, an application developer might create an app that allows a customer to simultaneously watch a streaming sporting event while pulling down stats and conducting a video chat with a friend. A Sprint 4G developer guide is available today from the Sprint ADP Web site http://developer.sprint.com. The Sprint 4G developer guide explains how to develop on an Android 2.1 handset and how to take advantage of 4G and unique hardware/software capabilities, including how to use a forward-facing camera in an app; how to use HDMI output; and how to build in network detection (3G, 4G or Wi-Fi) to optimize quality of data in an app. The Sprint 4G developer also will include sample apps and source code that highlight these features. It will supplement the Android 2.1 SDK. As a charter member of the Open Handset Alliance(TM), Sprint is actively engaged with the Android community. Sprint has employed an open Internet approach, and the Sprint Application Developer Program has been providing tools for third-party developers since Sprint first launched the Wireless Web on its phones in 2001. "Sprint and HTC have come together to propel the Android platform into the 4G world with the introduction of HTC EVO 4G," said Andy Rubin, vice president, mobile platforms at Google. "The Android platform was developed to give people unmatched mobile connectivity to the Internet. By combining this vision with the promise of Sprint's first-to-market 4G technology, HTC EVO 4G makes accessing thousands of applications from Android Market, using Google(TM) services like Google Goggles, Google Earth(TM) and the all-new Gesture Search, or simply browsing the Web faster, easier and more enjoyable than ever before." Blazing trails with Sprint 4G As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008. Today, Sprint 4G covers more than 30 million people and expects to have up to 120 million people covered by the end of 2010. Sprint currently offers 4G service in 27 markets, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., San Antonio and Seattle. Following is a comprehensive list of markets by state where Sprint 4G is currently offered: Georgia - Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii - Honolulu, Maui; Idaho - Boise; Illinois - Chicago; Maryland - Baltimore; Nevada - Las Vegas; North Carolina - Charlotte, Greensboro, (along with High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (along with Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Oregon - Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania - Philadelphia; Texas - Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco, Wichita Falls; Washington - Bellingham, Seattle. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G. In 2010, Sprint expects to launch service in multiple markets, including but not limited to, Boston, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis, New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Sprint is harnessing the power of 4G as the majority shareholder of Clearwire, the independent company that is building the WiMAX network. Sprint is the only national wireless carrier to offer 4G services on the Clearwire WiMAX network. About Sprint Nextel Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving more than 48 million customers at the end of the fourth quarter of 2009 and the first 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company's customer-focused strategy has led to improved first call resolution and customer care satisfaction scores. For more information, visit www.sprint.com. About HTC HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com. 1 "Up to 10x faster" based on download speed comparison of 3G's 600 kbps vs. 4G's 6 Mbps. Industry published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7 Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary. Sprint 4G currently available in over 25 markets and counting, and on select devices. See www.sprint.com/4G for details. Not all services available on 4G and coverage may default to 3G/separate network where 4G unavailable. Note: Device features, specifications, services and applications are subject to change.

Sprint Motorola i1 rugged PTT phone gets official

Motorola's i1 Android smartphone for Sprint has finally been made official, launching at CTIA Wireless 2010 this week. The touchscreen smartphone is the first Android device to support push-to-talk on Sprint's Nextel Direct Connect network, and also has a 3.1-inch HVGA touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera with flash and a microSD card slot. There's the usual EVDO Rev.A and WiFi, along with Bluetooth, and Motorola have preloaded Opera Mobile Mini and the Swype keyboard.  The i1 is also a rugged device, capable of withstanding dust, shock, vibration and blowing rain to military specifications. The Motorola i1 will arrive on Sprint this summer, with pricing and specific availability tba. Press Release: Motorola and Sprint Announce World’s First Push-To-Talk Android-Powered Smartphone - Motorola i1 Combines military spec ruggedness with the latest in smartphone technology, into a sleek touch screen design LAS VEGAS – CTIA WIRELESS – March 22, 2010 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) and Sprint (NYSE: S) today broke new ground with the announcement of Motorola i1, the world’s first push-to-talk Android™-powered smartphone. Sleek and attractive, yet durable, Motorola i1 is the first iDEN device to carry the features of a modern smartphone including a 3.1-inch touch screen, Wi-Fi®, optimized browsing experience with the latest Opera Mini 5 browser, access to thousands of apps and a push-to-talk experience that includes exciting new features. Sprint will begin offering Motorola i1 this summer. With more than 17 years of expertise, Sprint is the industry leader in push-to-talk, serving the world’s largest push-to-talk community with millions of Nextel Direct Connect subscribers on the fastest national push-to-talk network. Nextel Direct Connect® has set the industry standard for push-to-talk worldwide. More U.S. workers communicate in less than a second with Nextel Direct Connect than with any other push-to-talk service. “Motorola remains focused on delivering differentiated Android experiences within our product portfolio,” said Mark Shockley, senior vice president, Motorola Mobile Devices. “With the Motorola i1, we’re excited to offer iDEN users the opportunity to enjoy a feature-rich smartphone with push-to-talk, whether it’s for work or play.” “As the first Nextel Direct Connect Android smartphone, Motorola i1 with Wi-Fi offers a powerful tool for our customers with access to thousands of applications in the Android Market™,” said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “With rugged durability, a full touchscreen and 5.0 megapixel camera, Motorola i1 gives push-to-talk customers a compelling smartphone that can withstand some of the harshest environments.” Motorola i1 enhances the push-to-talk experience with the ability to view who is calling regardless of what application you are in, whether you are managing your emails, checking your calendar, composing messages or viewing media. Must-have Features and Nextel Direct Connect With solid body construction that meets military specifications for protection against dust, shock, vibration and blowing rain1, Motorola i1 is designed for those who work and play hard. It automatically syncs and integrates office and personal information such as emails, calendar appointments and contacts. Key features include: Popular business tools such as Microsoft Document Viewer and corporate sync ensure Word or PowerPoint files can be accessed on the go. Message entry is a breeze with both Android standard virtual keyboard and Swype™ virtual keyboards being offered. A 5 megapixel camera with flash, geo-tagging and panoramic capabilities provides crisp photos and clearly displays them on the vibrant 3.1-inch HVGA screen. Video can also be recorded and stored on a provided microSD for sharing or future viewing straight from the device. The latest Opera Mini 5 browser enables quick browsing over the Nextel National Network and Wi-Fi. The Android browser allows you to see web pages and Flash 8-enabled sites in full view using Wi-Fi. Motorola i1 can be continuously customized with thousands of applications from Android Market™. Application development information for Motorola i1 is available on the Sprint Application Developer web site at www.sprint.com/developer. Sprint offers developers a free sandbox with iDEN capabilities to test their apps. Sprint is a charter member of the Open Handset Alliance™ and the Sprint Application Developer Program has been providing tools for third-party developers since Sprint first launched the Wireless Web on its phones in 2001. In addition, Motorola provides developers with broad market reach through MOTODEV, the company’s global program for developers and independent software vendors (ISV). MOTODEV offers a streamlined path into multiple distribution channels including Android Market™ and operator channels. Developers interested in Android application development with Motorola can visit: http://developer.motorola.com. New Relationship with Mike Rowe In addition to introducing Android into push-to-talk devices, Motorola is also bringing a new face to its iDEN portfolio: Mike Rowe. Mike has worked as an apprentice at more than 250 of the toughest jobs in America, and his experience and reputation as a hard worker are a perfect fit for Motorola’s iDEN portfolio. The new relationship announced today will feature Mike as a spokesperson for Motorola’s rugged push-to-talk devices. "Typically, the work I’ve done tends to take its toll on my phones and I end up breaking ‘em on the job," said Mike. "It'll be fun to use one that's not afraid of a little dirt." Motorola is also supporting mikeroweWORKS, a public relations campaign for skilled labor that Mike launched on Labor Day of 2008. "It's really gratifying to see some big companies getting behind the notion that working hard is just as important as working smart,” said Mike. “I'm happy to talk about a phone that can do both." Availability and Pricing Motorola i1 will be available through Sprint in North America in the summer of 2010. Customers interested in Motorola i1 can pre-register at www.sprint.com/motoi1 orwww.motorola.com. Motorola i1 offers advanced data capabilities that will require activation on a plan that includes unlimited data. For just $69.99 per month Sprint’s Everything Data 450 plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM gives customers unlimited calling with any U.S. wireless user, unlimited Direct Connect and Group Connect®, and unlimited nationwide texting, email, web browsing and GPS Navigation. (All price plans exclude surcharges and taxes). Sprint Everything Data plans automatically enroll customers in the Sprint Premier loyalty program providing annual device upgrades, discounted accessories and other money-saving benefits. Sprint’s business customers can also select Sprint Business Advantage Messaging & Data PlansSM, starting at $59.99 per month. This includes unlimited Direct Connect; Wireless Web; unlimited text, picture and video messaging; 200 anytime minutes with nationwide long distance and Any Mobile, Anytime, unlimited nights and weekends starting at 7 p.m. and GPS Navigation.