HTC EVO 4G VS Samsung Epic 4G video

In an attempt to educate potential Samsung Epic 4G buyers, Sprint has shot a short video comparing the Epic 4G vs the HTC EVO 4G which is its most direct and natural competitor. The video basically enumerates all the features that Samsung’s phone has over the EVO 4G. You know…stuff like: a Super-AMOLED screen, better CPU and GPU, sliding Qwerty keyboard, DNLA, etc. I’m sure that HTC is delighted.. Check it out after the break:

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Samsung Epic 4G hitting Sprint on August 31 for $249.99

It was previously thought that the Samsung Epic 4G was going to launch on August 20th but today Sprint has finally announced that their HTC EVO 4G competitor is going to launch on august 31 for $249.99 with a 2-year contract. No pre-orders date has been announced yet so you’ll have to mark your calendar at 31and wait patiently. Full press release after the break:

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Android 2.2 Froyo for the HTC EVO 4G download available

Can’t wait until August 3rd? Just grab the Android 2.2 firmware for your HTC EVO 4G and manually installed yourself right now. Downlad the Zip file here move it to the  root directory of your SD card, boot the phone into recovery mode by holingd the volume ”up” button while the phone is turning on, and select apply update from the .zip file. Voila! Have a nice weekend and enjoy your EVO 4g.

UPDATE: HTC Took the file down claiming that it is not final. Here’s a Mirror just in case you want to try it out

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Android 2.2 coming to the HTC EVO 4G on August 3rd

HTC EVO 4G owners rejoice! Sprint has officially anounced that the Android 2.2/ Froyo update for the device will be released on August 3rd:

Android 2.2 offers HTC EVO 4G feature enhancements including Bluetooth® voice dialing, built-in Flash, the ability to store apps to the memory card and much, much more

The award-winning HTC EVO 4G just got that much better. We are excited to announce that beginning the week of Aug. 1; Sprint will begin rolling out the Android 2.2 upgrade to its HTC EVO 4G customers.

Sprint will be the first wireless carrier to bring1 the latest version of Android to its customers. The Android 2.2 software release provides a significant number of feature enhancements, including:

Voice Dialing Over Bluetooth.
Application Storage on External Memory, giving users more storage room for all their apps.
Camera 4-way rotation allows the camera icons to rotate with the camera.
Improved Browser Performance including a faster JavaScript engine and Flash 10x Support improving the user’s ability to view videos and available content associated with web pages.

“Sprint is thrilled with our customers’ response to HTC EVO 4G and the innovative and exciting experience it offers,” said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development for Sprint. “It is exciting for us to lead the industry in bringing the Android 2.2 update to these customers and improve on the amazing experience they receive with America’s first 4G capable phone.”

Easy Downloading

Sprint will begin sending update notifications to users in waves beginning Tuesday, Aug. 3 and the upgrade should be available for all HTC EVO 4G users by the middle of August.

The notification will let the users know that the update is available and it will provide the simple two-step over-the-air download process.

Users will receive a notification that Android 2.2 is available for download.
Once the user has downloaded the update, they will be prompted to install the update. The user will be notified that their device will be disabled during the installation process. The phone will be ready to use once the process completes.

For those who just can’t wait to get Android 2.2, there will be an easy user initiated option to download the upgrade. Customers can access the software update through their HTC EVO 4G under the Settings Menu > System Updates > HTC Software Update. This will initiate the three-step process also.

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Samsung Epic 4G hitting Sprint on August 20th

The Samsung Epic 4G (also known as the Galaxy S Pro) is scheduled to be shown on Samsung’s Product Support TV webcast on August 20th. The previous webcasts about the Captivate and Vibrant were posted online exactlyon the launch day of the devices so there’s a reasonable chance that the Epic 4G will actually hit Sprint‘s retail store on the 20th of August if all goes well. Samsung is really pushing hard behind the Galaxy S line of smartphones as proven by the fact that nearly every mobile operator worldwide is selling it (sometimes under different names like in the US).

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All Samsung Galaxy S phones will get Android 2.2 this year

Nothing terribly new here. but it’s good to have an official statement about the future Android 2.2 upgrade of the Samsung Galaxy S handsets (the Samsung Epic 4G, Captivate, Vibrant and Fascinate) will receive Froyo (with obviously Adobe Flash 10.1 support) in the coming months.

Source: Twitter

HTC EVO 4G OTA software update pushed out

Sprint has just started to push out an Over The Air update to all HTC EVO 4G devices this morning. The update number version is 1.47.651.1 but nointhg much is known about it yet but it supposedly improves the WiFI and adds WiFi N support. The File is 21.43MB so it may take a little while to download if you are on 3G (switch to Wifi and be patient).

Via: Engadget

Samung Epic 4G announced on Sprint: The Samsung Galaxy S Pro with WiMax

Samsung has just unleashed the most highly speced smartphone ever today with the Samsung Epic 4G. The Epic 4G is actually the rumored Samsung Galaxy S Pro we saw last week in a leaked picture and it turns out that it is actually real and will launch on Sprint in the near future. No date or price have been announced yet. On the hardware front the Epic 4G is pretty similar to the Galaxy S with its 4″ Super AMOLED display, the same S5PC110A01 (Hummingbird) chipset clocked at 1ghz, the same 5 MPix camera capable of 720P recording but this time with a LED Flash (the other Galaxy S models don’t have one), a 6-axis accelerometer, but this time the handset sports a sliding qwerty keyboard, front facing VGA camera and WiMax cellular radio and a 1500Mha battery. Similar to its Galaxy S cousins; the Epic 4G still lacks an HDMI output (but features DNAL support) which is IMO a real shame. The Samsung Epic 4G will initially ship with Android 2.1 but Sprint has already announced that an Android 2.2 update will be made available soon after. Read the full Press Release after the break:

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No Android 2.2 for the Sprint HTC Hero and Samsung Moment

Sprint has just announced via Twitter that the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment won’t get an Android 2.2 unlike the HTC EVO 4G which is expected to get soon. So….Android isn’t fragmented..right Google?

Source: Twitter

HTC EVO 4G vs HTC HD2 video comparison

The boys at WireFly have just posted a video comparison of HTC’s two top-of-the-line smartphones: the HTC EVO 4G vs HTC HD2. Frankly at this point in time there’s no comparison if you are currently out of contract (and in an area covered by Sprint): the HTC EVO 4G is the way to go. It has a better camera and a better OS. Unfortunately the non-upgradeability of the HD2 makes a a hard choice especially with all the rumored Windows Phone 7 devices coming this fall. Watch the 14Mins long video after the break:

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HTC Mondrian, HTC Shubert , HTC Spark and HTC Gold Windows Phone 7 handsets

According to Conflipper the 4 Windows Phone 7 handsets are headed to North America this fall. But are they all the same? HTC usually uses different code names for the same hardware just to differentiate them between carrier versions (but it looks like 2 different handsets are going to Telus…). The HTC Mondrian and HTC Schubert are going to Telus, the HTC Spark_W is going to bell and Verizon and the HTC Gold_W is going to Sprint. Finally he claims that the long rumored HTC Scorpion aka HTC Olympian Android tablet is headed to Bell and Verizon.

Source: ConFlipper here and here

HTC EVO 4G User Manual available

If you can’t wait until tomorrow here’s your chance to grab the HTC EVO 4G User Manual that is now available on Sprint’s website. Both the Getting Started Guide and User Guide are currently up on Sprint‘s support servers:

User Guide (EN) : PDF

Getting Started [EN): PDF

Getting Started Spanish: PDF

First HTC EVO 4G TV Ad

Here’s the first HTC EVO 4G TV Ad that Sprint is going to air today for the launch on the device. Nothing really amazing there and lots of first first first. Should have been”First in the US” instead because HTC has already released a WiMAX smartphone nearly 2 years ago in Russia, the HTC MAX 4G. Check Out the video after the break:

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Sprint HTC Hero Android 2.1 update officially available

Saterday’s Android 2.1 leaked ROM for Sprin’t HTC Herois now officially available on Sprin’t support site. Assuming you didn’t already flash the leaked version here’s your chance to finaly get a taste of Android”s latest and greatest features:

Software – 2.27.651.5
Firmware – 2.1 Eclair 5/19/2010 This update includes:
- Upgraded operating system to Android 2.1 Eclair
- Enhancements to sense user interface (UI)
- Enhanced corporate email support
- Variety of minor bug fixes

Head over here to download it.

Sprint releases Android 2.1 update for the Samsung Moment

As promised a few months ago Sprint has finally released the Android 2.1 update for the Samsung Moment today:

Android 2.1 now available for Samsung Moment! Details and instructions here – Hero users, you’re up next!

Samsung Moment owners can grab the goods on Sprint site here. THe HTC Hero ROM has apprently leaked earlier here.

Source: Sprint

Android 2.1 for the Sprint HTC Hero leaked


If you currently own a Sprint HTC Hero and can’t wait for the official Android 2.1 update (supposedly coming this summer) then today is your lucky day. A leaked Android 2.1 build for the Sprint HTC Hero has leaked a few hours ago for you to try it out if you are brave enough. You can download it here (RUU_Hero_C_Sprint_2.27.651.5_R_signed_release.exe)

Source: androidcentral

Video of HTC EVO 4G vs HTC HD2 and Nexus One

Here’s video shot by Pocketnow last night in NYC during the HTC EVO 4G launch event. You’ll see the EVO 4G compared to the Windows Mobile powered HTC HD2 and the Google Nexus One (running the HTC Desire Rom). The first thing you will notice is that there doesn’t seem to be a whole of difference between the HD2 and EVO 4G and unfortunately we won’t be able to check out the camera’s 720P capabilities before the first reviews show up later this month. The second thing is the contrast of the AMOLED screen of the Nexus One compared the two other handsets. One thing to keep in mind is that all three devices have exactly the same internals (same SnapDragon Chipset, Ram,etc) so the overall performance should be nearly identical. Check out the full video below:

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HTC EVO 4G hands-on videos: It’s fast!

The boys at Engadget just posted a couple of videos of the HTC EVO 4G in actions and the conclusion is that this thing is blazing fast. The most impressive video is IMO the one comparing YouTube video playback on the EVO 4G which can stream in HQ (no word on the resolution of the video though) versus the iPhone 3GS and then hooking up the EVO to an HD TV via the HDMI connector. I must admit that this isn’t the fairest image quality comparison given that the iPhone automatically selects the lowest quality video source when streaming in 3G (and higher quality in WiFi) but just having the ability to hook up the EVO 4G to the TV while  streaming the video is pretty awesome. Now all this nice stuff is obviously the result of the WiMax connection and not some kind of awesome new CPU power (it has exactly the same internals as the HTC HD2 and Nexus One/Desire/Incredible) but that HDMI connector makes me jealous…Oh BTW HTC, where’s that DivX / 720P encoding update for the Desire you promised a little while ago? Check out the videos:

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HTC EVO 4G launching June 4 for $199

Sprint has officially announced the price and launch date of the HTC EVO 4G in NYC a few minutes ago. The EVO 4G will launch on June 4 and will be priced at $199 if you sign in for a 2 years contract. The downside though is that you will have to pay a $10 mandatory fee per month for the privilege of using the WiMax network (wtf?) and and $29.99 a month for the WiFI Hotspot tethering feature (again wtf!? this thing is FREE on all other HTC devices like the Desire, HD2, HD Mini, Legend etc…). Thankfully Sprint is allowing simultaneous voice and Data to work on the device. Check out the full press release after the break:

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