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Sprint confirms Nexus S 4G drops May 8 for $200

The Sprint Nexus S 4G will drop on May 8, the carrier has confirmed, taking the existing Nexus S smartphone and giving it a shot of WiMAX goodness. Announced last month, the Nexus S 4G has the same 4-inch Super AMOLED "contour display", NFC and 5-megapixel rear camera. There's also a front-facing camera, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth and A-GPS, along with USB 2.0 connectivity. Sprint has obviously left Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread alone, which means the Nexus S 4G will be first in line for future OS updates. The Nexus S 4G is priced at $199.99 with a new, two year agreement. You'll need a mandatory data plan, too, obviously.

Sony Ericsson XPEIRA acro Presentation Pics Leaked

The following is a collection of presentation slides that appears to have been leaked from Sony Ericsson Japan. The slides show a device by the name of XPERIA acro which will roll out with interior and exterior aesthetics quite similar to those seen on recent XPERIA phones, with one or two major exceptions. In order to fly into the Japanese smartphone market, one that's still nothing compared to the flip-phone market mind you, a device must have instant-payment capabilities. That why this sassy little lady has NFC.

Samsung Replenish Comes Early to the Party

Samsung has created a rather cool, and green, Android handset with the Samsung Replenish. Samsung has deliberately incorporated recycled and recyclable plastic into it's design in an effort to stem the growing amount of eWaste that is plaguing the eco system with tossed cellphones. And who doesn't like keeping Mother Earth happy?! But there's more ...

Samsung Nexus S 4G clears FCC

Spring has sprung and a ton of smartphones have made their way through FCC testing, including the Samsung Nexus S 4G. Listed as model SPH-D720, the Nexus S 4G has been cleared for WiMax channels, pointing towards a Sprint release. Sprint has already hinted of a Spring release, but other that that, mums the word. Originally, we reported that Best Buy was going to launch it April 6th. But as of this writing, that hadn't happened, probably waiting to clear the FCC before launching a full court press. There's plenty of time left in Spring, however, so no need to panic yet.

Sprint’s HTC EVO View 4G to ship running Honeycomb

Sprint has apparently confirmed that its HTC EVO View 4G - the WiMAX-toting version of the HTC Flyer will indeed arrive running Android 3.0 Honeycomb out of the box. According to a mention on the Sprint "coming soon" page, the 7-inch slate has "Android 3.0 just for tablets." There's also "redesigned HTC Sense"; HTC plans to skin Honeycomb just as it has done with Gingerbread, so the UI of the Flyer won't resemble other Android 3.0 tablets like Motorola's XOOM. That includes the rotating 3D carousel homescreen and of course modifications to suit the Flyer's digital stylus. Previous rumors had suggested that Google might be blocking Android 2.x to 3.x upgrades for tablets, but HTC has since re-confirmed that it intends to release an update to Honeycomb for those early releases of the Flyer which arrive with Gingerbread. That could be any time in Q2, though there has been talk of the first units dropping this month. [via NetbookNews]

Sprint launching NFC to compete in 2011

The Now Network plans to launch a commercial Near Field Communications (NFC) service in the US this year. The new venture stands to compete directly with the Isis NFC joint project between AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. Sprint's NFC also wants to be a more open solution, with the ability to allow for any smartphone user to make an NFC purchase. Sprint will also start out taking revenue from coupon advertising, rather than taking a percentage of each transactions.

Verizon and Sprint Galaxy Tab now sub-$200 as homebrew Honeycomb attempts continue

Sprint and Verizon have slashed pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, with both carriers now asking $199.99 for the 7-inch tablet. The extra discounting makes the CDMA networks the cheapest in the US for picking up the Galaxy Tab; T-Mobile USA is asking $249.99, while AT&T offers the Tab agreement-free for $549.99. The move could well be a push to clear out Galaxy Tab stock ahead of the new range of Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets that are expected over the coming weeks and months. Samsung is yet to confirm whether the Galaxy Tab will get Honeycomb or remain on Android 2.2 Froyo as it launched with. That hasn't stopped the third-party hacking community from attempting to do what Samsung seems reluctant to attempt; xda-developers already have a rudimentary Honeycomb ROM for the CDMA version of the Galaxy Tab [via The Unlockr]. However it's still lacking in most of the day-to-day functionality most users would require.

Nexus S 4G smartphone for Sprint Ships April 6

We have already done the whole spy shot thing on the coming Sprint Nexus S 4G Android smartphone. We know just about all there is to know about the smartphone and now the launch date and price for the smartphone on Sprint have been offered. These are the last two details buyers really need to know.

Verizon LTE blows the doors off Sprint’s WiMax in testing

In head to head speed tests pitting Verizon's LTE 4G network against Sprint's WiMax network, Verizon has come out on top. The test was conducted on the HTC Thunderbolt for Verizon and the HTC Evo sitting in Sprint's corner. The test, which was a regimen of 1,000 basic speed tests in New York City. The phones were also used in hotspot mode to measure speed connections via the iPad 2 and a Toshiba Laptop. In the end, the results are pretty impressive.