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Sprint Just Fired a Canon Shot at Their Competition; $60/Month Unlimited Plan

Aug 21, 2014 - 2:04 PM - by dgstorm

It looks like Sprint's new group/family plans weren't the only big shift they had on their agenda. The rumors suggesting their new CEO was planning to shakeup the industry might turn out to be true, depending on your point of view.

Sprint's previous announcement only detailed their new family plans, and while these were very competitive, this new announcement is strong enough it could spark a price war amongst the carriers. Sprint's massive canon shot at their competitors was the announcement of a new Unlimited Talk, Text & Data Single Line plan for only $60 per month.

Of course, there are a few caveats. (You knew there would be.) First, folks on an Unlimited Data Plan can be throttled during times of peak congestion in favor of tiered data customers. Second, if you are already a Sprint customer you can't sign up for this plan unless one of the following conditions applies to you: you have a line that is no longer under contract, you have purchased a phone using Easy Pay installment billing or you add a new line of service.

While we aren't sure this new plan will make consumers start running in droves to their nearest Sprint store, we suspect this is hot enough to catch quite a bit of attention for the Now Network. For individual users who are in cities where Sprint has a strong network infrastructure, this seems like an extremely tempting offer.

The plans will go into effect as of tomorrow (August 22nd). What do you think of Sprint's artillery strike?

Source: Sprint
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Samsung's New Attempt at Craftiness is to Patent a Phone That Looks Like an iPhone

Aug 20, 2014 - 2:01 PM - by dgstorm

We aren't sure what to make of this new patent from Samsung. We can't figure out if they think they are being clever, or if they are just hoping it will somehow sneak under the radar at the patent office. Ultimately, it could end up being a colossal waste of time and resources for both the patent office and Samsung.

As you can see from the pic above, Samsung is trying to patent a new smartphone design, but there isn't actually anything "new" about the design at all. In fact, it's obviously a facsimile of the iPhone. We can clearly see the sharper and more defined edges. The round home button is also a dead giveaway. If you stuck this into an Apple story, no one would think twice about it being an old Apple patent for their earlier generation iPhones.

To be clear, Samsung actually applied for a number of new patents on several devices. This one in particular stood out for its obvious chicanery.

Sound off with your thoughts on this baffling move by Samsung.

Source: BGR
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Project Tango Tablet Teardown at iFixit Reveals NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC

Aug 19, 2014 - 11:01 AM - by dgstorm

We've shared a few stories regarding Google's unique 3D-mapping idea called Project Tango. (For those who missed it, the technology is a smartphone and a tablet that can create a highly detailed 3D model of the surrounding environment. It does this using several on-board cameras.) Not too long ago, Google released 200 units of the smartphone portion to developers, and they released 4,000 units of the Project Tango tablet to developers.

Luckily, the folks at iFixit got their hands on one and decided to practice their surgical skills on it. The results were quite revealing as it turns out the specs are very beefy, including a NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and much more. Here's the full lusty list,
  • 7" HD 1920 x 1200 (323 ppi) touchscreen display
  • 120 degree front-facing camera + 4 MP RGB-IR rear-facing camera along with a 170 degree motion tracking camera
  • 2.3 GHz Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 CPU
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 128 GB flash memory, expandable via microSD

Obviously it makes sense that a device designed to create realistic 3D maps of the surrounding environment will need to have some high-tech specs, but this easily qualifies as the top of the curve.

In the end, the folks at iFixit gave the Project Tango tablet a repairability of score of 4 out of 10, which is obviously below average (but comes as no surprise). Here's a quote with their final assessment,

  • Rear case is super easy to open with no screws or adhesives—only plastic clips.
  • Several cables cover the battery and make it a pain to remove—but at least you don't need to melt adhesive.
  • Low modularity—several components soldered to the same components makes replacement parts more expensive.
  • Complex internal construction—this thing is full of cables and not at all fun to disassemble or reassemble.
Source: iFixit
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Sprint Officially Unveils the Sharp Aquos Crystal Smartphone

Aug 19, 2014 - 10:31 AM - by dgstorm

Just as we indicated yesterday, Sprint officially unveiled the new Sharp Aquos Crystal smartphone today. The device will be available on Sprint, Virgin Mobile, and Boost Mobile in the United States. They have yet to announce exact availability dates, but we do know that you will be able to get the device for $0 down and 24-monthly payments of $10 on Sprint. It will cost $149.99 on Boost and Virgin Mobile.

[Update: We have word that pre-orders start today for an August 29 availability for this phone.]

We must reiterate that the internal specs of this device are mediocre, yet it still has the potential for decent success based upon its unique aesthetics alone. When you factor in the affordable price, this could be a decent seller in the budget-friendly markets. It turns out the specs for the Japanese and the American version are the same. Here's a recap,
  • 5-inch 1280 x 720 edge-to-edge display
  • 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Harman-Kardon audio
  • Battery 2,040 mAh
  • 10 millimeters thick and weighs 140 grams

This isn't a big feather for Sprint to stick in their hats, but when mixed with their new aggressive pricing plans, it might catch the attention of some folks.

Source: Sprint
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Stunning New Sharp Aquos Crystal Phone Coming to Sprint Tomorrow

Aug 18, 2014 - 11:41 AM - by cereal killer

Sprint is getting ready to make a big announcement tomorrow. It turns out they are announcing a brand new phone from Sharp. What this phone lacks in substance (internal hardware), it makes up for in style. It's called the Sharp Aquos Crystal, and it is easily one of the best looking smartphones ever designed.

It's main claim to fame is a “frame-less structure and crystal display.” It supposedly also has enhanced sound. Here is a breakdown of its internal specs:

  • 5-inch 1280 x 720 edge-to-edge display
  • 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Harman-Kardon audio
  • Battery 2,040 mAh
  • 10 millimeters thick and weighs 140 grams

Obviously, this device's tech specs aren't going to win it any awards, but in the consumer world, that doesn't really matter as much. Of course, it hasn't been officially announced, so it's possible these specs will be different for Sprint than the Japanese model of the phone. We will keep you updated.

Originally written by dgstorm

Via: DroidForums
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Moto X+1 Reaches Beast Mode

Aug 15, 2014 - 11:57 AM - by cereal killer

For those folks who weren't too happy with the Moto X and its specs when it rolled out, you should stop and take a look at what the X+1 is going to be sporting under the hood. She's going to be a real powerhouse. According to the GFXBenchmark test it looks like Motorola will launch the Moto X+1 with Android 4.4.4, and its safe to say there will be plans for an update to Android L. Under the hood, there's the screaming fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with a quad-core 2.5GHz Krait CPU, 2GB of RAM, and the Adreno 330 GPU.

Internal memory should sit at 16GB despite the 10GB pictured (partition space left over ). We're counting on Moto also having a 32GB version available at launch as well. The display is Motorola's largest yet at 5.2" and it sits at full HD resolution. Moving around to the back, the X+1 houses a 13MP shooter that is capable of recording 4K video, while moving to the front reveals a 2MP camera recording 1080p video. No selfie videos please.

The Motorola Moto X+1 will be announced alongside the Moto 360, Second Gen Moto G and a new Bluetooth headset on September 4 in Chicago.

If you were already a fan of the Moto X the X+1 should really light your fire. Beast Mode!!

Via: DroidForums
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Sprint is Going to 'Disrupt' The Wireless Industry?

Aug 15, 2014 - 10:36 AM - by cereal killer

Newly appointed Chief Executive Officer Marcelo Claure is hitting the ground at a full sprint (pun intended). At a company-wide town hall meeting on Thursday, Marcelo told attendees that the company will be implementing "very disruptive" prices next week.

We’re going to change our plans to make sure they are simple and attractive, and make sure every customer in America thinks twice about signing up to a competitor.
With a comment like that its a pretty sure bet Big Red, T-Mobile and AT&T are going to be 'tuning' in to the announcement.
We've heard some mixed reviews about Sprints coverage. Some swear by it while others say its abysmal with dropped calls and spotty coverage. With that said we're left to wonder if a super aggressive pricing plan will be enough to get happy customers (Verizon, T-Mo, AT&T) to jump ship.

Let us know if Sprints pricing plan is "too good to pass up" will you be jumping ship? Sprint customers we want to hear from you as well. How would you rate Sprints coverage? Good? Bad? Meh?

Via: DroidForums
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Galaxy Alpha Announced

Aug 13, 2014 - 2:01 PM - by cereal killer

Samsung went into stealth mode this morning and quietly released their newest handset called, you guessed it, the Galaxy Alpha. While the release comes as no surprise, the lack of a launch event and all the 'fireworks' that goes along with them is certainly a big departure for Samsung. They love to rent out huge convention centers and invite the world to their releases. With that said, is the Galaxy Alpha a top tier handset that was mysteriously left out of the usual fanfare? Lets take a look.

First off, we tip our hat to Sammy for finally putting together a handset with a premium look and feel. With its chamfered, polished and beveled metal frame edges to its sleek design it has all the looks of a premium device. Unfortunately, thats where it all ends. The Alphas specs include:

  • Display: 4.7” HD Super AMOLED (1280 x 720)
  • Processor: Octa Core (Quad 1.8GHz + Quad 1.3GHz)
  • OS: Android 4.4.4 (KitKat)
  • Camera: 12MP (rear) + 2.1MP (front)
  • RAM : 2GB
  • Internal Memory : 32GB
  • Battery: 1860 mAh
  • Finger Print Scanner

*No micro SD Slot*

With it's smaller display, less resolution, scaled down camera pixels, zero water resistance, and no micro-SD support the Galaxy Alpha falls quite short of it's older brother known as the Galaxy S5.

Price and carriers have not been announced just yet and we let everyone know when we have those details.

I'm not really sure how the Alpha fits in with Samsung's portfolio. Other than it's dazzling looks its really nothing to write home about. Mid-tier specs and the usual features don't scream "I must get this handset", so I'm left scratching my head. In their already crowded line-up, did they really need to release the Alpha? I guess we'll find out that answer when pricing and carrier details are announced. A premium price tag along with an exclusive launch surely won't help sales.

Via: DroidForums
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Augmented Reality App Shows Off Amazing New Polaris Slingshot in 3D

Aug 08, 2014 - 12:16 PM - by dgstorm

Sometimes two completely different technologies converge in a way that perfectly shows off the amazing capabilities of both. Today we have a great example of this which is also a perfect opportunity to share one of our new cousin-sites, SlingshotForums.com!

Polaris (the famous makers of the RZR off-road vehicle: RZRForums.net), just unleashed their newest amazing creation on the world. It's called the Slingshot, and it is basically a three wheeled super-beast designed to offer maximum fun ON the road. (It's technically classified as a motor-cycle, even though it has three wheels.)

The main reason we wanted to share this Off-Topic product here today is because Polaris created an amazing Augmented Reality App to show off their new Slingshot. This app is useable on the iPad, the iPhone and on Android devices as well. This creates an opportunity to see one of the best implementations of Augmented Reality we have been lucky enough to witness.

The video above shows off this amazing technology. Not only do we get a great example of Augmented Reality on a tablet device, we also get to see the best features of the Slingshot! We were so excited about this, we couldn't help but share it with you guys. [Editor's Note: the video was shot on an iPad Mini, but NickJ's video was so well done, and the experience is basically the same on either iOS or Android, so we decided to just use his.]

For anyone interested in the Slingshot and its Augmented Reality App, please check out NickJ's Augmented Reality article here: SlingshotForums News, and/or for further discussions on the Slingshot, here's the main landing page for Slingshotforums.com.

You can pick up the Polaris Slingshot Augmented Reality App on iTunes, or at the Google Play Store.
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Google Shares More About Android L Material Deisgn with Another Design Bytes Video

Aug 06, 2014 - 1:43 PM - by dgstorm

So far, the general public have not had a very good taste of what Android L will be brining to the table, especially the often touted "Material Design" aesthetic. Google aims to change that though. They recently shared another one of their "Design Bytes" video series, and this time they give us a great visual summation of what we can expect out of their new concept. Enjoy!
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Sprint Drops Bid for T-Mobile, Dan Hesse Booted & Softbank Tries to Steal John Legere

Aug 06, 2014 - 11:00 AM - by dgstorm

There has been a huge shakeup in the U.S. Mobile carrier world. First, Sprint has dropped its bid to buy T-Mobile. A Wall Street Journal report indicated that Sprint was so daunted by the backlash amongst U.S. regulators that it didn't seem worthwhile to fight for the merger.

Second, even though most of Sprint's mistakes all occurred before they ever hired him, Sprint has decided to boot CEO Dan Hesse from his position. They are replacing him with Marcelo Claure. He founded Brightstar, which is a Florida-based telecom company acquired by Softbank (the new owners of Sprint) in October of last year.

In fact, the report suggests Claure has been groomed for months to fill this role while he was closely working with Sprint's management. Claure had this to say about his plans for Sprint, “While consolidating makes sense in the long-term, for now, we will focus on growing and repositioning Sprint.”

You can check out Sprint's press release and Claure's full statement here: Sprint.

On top of this, there are insider rumblings that Softbank is trying to create an even more massive power shift in the industry. Supposedly, they are trying to steal T-Mobile's now famous CEO, John Legere.

Insider sources at Sprint indicated that Softbank has made an outrageous offer to acquire him, and they are willing to over-pay to make it happen. The unnamed Sprint investor who shared this intel had this to say,
"They are definitely willing to overpay, This guy is Jack Welch of our time."

What do you think? Will this be a good move for Sprint? Should Softbank be willing to overpay to grab Legere? Will he take their offer?

Source: TKNewsblog
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Verizon Galaxy S5 Getting OTA

Jul 31, 2014 - 2:14 PM - by cereal killer

T-Mobiles Samsung Galaxy S5 isn't the only S5 getting some update love, it looks like VZW is bumping their SGS5 up with a pretty nice update as well. As you can see they squashed some bugs, updated some apps and added some support in this update. Let us know if you were able to pull down the update and your thoughts. Good luck!

Source: Verizon
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