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Sprint Nexus S 4G

Droid Incredible 2  (Source: Verizon)
Sprint and Verizon getting sweet new Android smartphones

Today, however, Sprint has announced that it has a new handset coming for users to pick up starting on May 8. The Sprint network will get the new Samsung Nexus S 4G from Google. The smartphone will sell for $199.99 plus tax with a new contract or a renewal on an eligible current contract. The device will operate on the Sprint 4G WiMAX areas and is the fourth 4G smartphone to hit the network.

The smartphone runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will be among the first smartphones running Google’s latest smartphone OS to hit the network. Sprint says in many cases the smartphone will get the updates for Maps and Android as soon as they are available. Other smartphone users often have to wait for months to get updates to Android.

The phone has a 1GHz Samsung processor inside that supports 3D graphics and it has a dedicated GPU too. It uses a big 4-inch Super AMOLED screen with high contrast and bright colors. The rear camera is a 5-megapixel unit and the front camera for video calls is a VGA resolution camera. It has 3G/4G hotspot capability for up to six other devices. The smartphone has 16GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, a 1500 mAh battery, and NFC technology.

Sprint is hurting for customers and it has the added pressure of the looming AT&T/T-Mobile deal that will relegate it to a distant third place in the market behind AT&T and Verizon. The company is taking the fight to stop the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile to Washington, but most think the more likely goal is to force the merged carries to sell off more assets.

Sprint isn’t the only one touting a new smartphone today, however; Verizon just announced the Droid Incredible 2 from HTC. The Incredible 2 has an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front camera. It can record 720p HD video and has Flash capability. The smartphone runs Android 2.2 and it has a 4-inch super LCD screen. The processor is a 1GHz Snapdragon and it supports hotspot function for up to five devices.

The Incredible 2 will hit on April 28 for $199.99 with a new contract.

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Don't believe the Samsung lies!
By mcnabney on 4/26/2011 1:05:29 PM , Rating: 1
I almost spat soda out of my mouth when I read "Sprint says in many cases the smartphone will get the updates for Maps and Android as soon as they are available. Other smartphone users often have to wait for months to get updates to Android."

Sorry Samsung, but since my wife's Fascinate is STILL 2.1 I believe I have earned the right to call you a liar to your face. In fact, I even said that to two of their marketing people at a trade show.

For the uninitiated, it is now common knowledge that Samsung customer support ends at the sale. They see no need to support a product after the sale.

RE: Don't believe the Samsung lies!
By IcY18 on 4/26/2011 1:27:29 PM , Rating: 3
Since this is a Google phone I'd bet that you could expect to see much better support and always count on the latest and greatest OS updates from Google.

Especially since the Nexus S is their development phone now.

RE: Don't believe the Samsung lies!
By 225commander on 4/26/2011 1:27:51 PM , Rating: 2
Root-n-Woot that beotch!
I have to agree with you on the Android software update aspect, however Samsung does support their phones in most every other way, if you are having trouble with the device. I *almost* got the tech to give me the unlock code to my Craptivate so I could use it on Tmobile and give AT&T the finger on their monthly plan fees(about $25/mo higher for same service T-mo offers w no contract, sheesh)

As far these 'new' phones go, they have almost exact specs(except maybe a couple xtra Mpixels on camera) as phones released MONTHS ago(Galaxy S anyone?)and on 2.2 Froyo at that, seems abit late to the game. Adreno 205? lol the MSM8260, MSM8660, MSM8960 released Q4 2010 at 45nm running dual core (1.2Ghz Scorpion) w/Adreno 220...such as EVO 3D

By Solandri on 4/26/2011 3:57:57 PM , Rating: 2
I *almost* got the tech to give me the unlock code to my Craptivate so I could use it on Tmobile and give AT&T the finger

Just root it and extract the code yourself. It's stored on the phone.

The point of encryption is to allow Adam to talk to Betty without Charlie being able to eavesdrop.

The problem with the way most companies use encryption (particularly as DRM) is that they try to allow Adam to talk to Betty without Adam being able to eavesdrop. It's a guaranteed losing proposition, just a question of time before it's cracked.

By warisz00r on 4/26/2011 1:34:15 PM , Rating: 2
It's funny how people still want to put most of the blame on the device manufacturer when their phones are not getting updates.

Unlocked and unbranded Galaxy S phones around the world will be getting the official 2.3 update soon. Many career-locked and career branded Galaxy S phones (e.g. your wife's Fascinate) are still stuck on 2.1. From here on it should be easy for you now to see who is (mostly) at fault with all these no-update shenanigans.

To put it Clintonesque: It's the carriers, stupid.

RE: Don't believe the Samsung lies!
By room200 on 4/26/2011 5:49:46 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, Froyo for the Samsung Fascinate was released a few days ago. Tell your wife to check for updates manually.

Incredible 2
By BioHazardous on 4/26/2011 12:50:49 PM , Rating: 3
I don't know what the full specs are, but that doesn't seem like a worthwhile update for the Incredible from what was listed in this article. A slightly bigger screen, same processor, awesome.

RE: Incredible 2
By nafhan on 4/26/2011 1:09:10 PM , Rating: 2
It's probably got the newer Snapdragon that's built on a smaller process node (45nm) with a faster GPU (Adreno 205). It'll probably get better battery life as well. Considering GPU and battery life were the chief complaints with the original... should be a solid phone. Certainly not something you'd upgrade to from anything that's come out in the last year, though.

RE: Incredible 2
By BioHazardous on 4/26/2011 1:39:55 PM , Rating: 2
Good call on the new Snapdragon series. I got tricked by their poor marketing of just saying a 1GHz Snapdragon. Doesn't do them any favors to market it as that when the previous generation was also 1GHz. They should really find a better way to advertise it.

RE: Incredible 2
By theapparition on 4/26/2011 3:22:24 PM , Rating: 2
Why in the world would anyone on Verizon chose the DInc2 over the Thunderbolt?

I support choice, but this one doesn't make that much sense.

RE: Incredible 2
By Omega215D on 4/27/2011 5:16:38 AM , Rating: 2
considering I don't use too much of the data plan I ended up buying a $15 smart phone data plan from Verizon back in December. Now that I'm due for an upgrade I can only choose 3G phones if I want to keep the $15 data plan while moving to LTE will force me to go to the $30 plan.

I welcome this addition to the line up so just because you don't see it making sense I do.

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