We already know that Sprint are looking to 4G to salve their fortunes, and so news that the WiMAX network is spreading can only be a good thing for investors and for data-hungry users. Fresh to feel the warm touch of 4G on their skin are Modesto and Stockton, California; Jacksonville, Florida, Wilmington, Delaware; and Grand Rapids, Michigan.
That now makes forty-eight metropolitan areas with WiMAX coverage - the full list is in the press release below - and Sprint reckon subscribers will see up to ten-times the performance of a regular 3G connection.
Yesterday, we told you that HTC and Sprint had managed to get everything squared away with the Android 2.2 update, and sure enough, it looks like everything is still going well. Why do we say that? Because you can actually go download the official update right now, courtesy of Sprint's support site. That's right -- you don't have to wait for the OTA update that's set to kick off on August 3rd. Find out after the break if the list of features is good enough for you to jump the gun and start your download early, or if you'll be able to hold off and wait.
Sprint has apparently done what many thought impossible: finished testing on Android 2.2 for the EVO 4G, before the end of the year. In fact, it's happening next week. There had been some rumors earlier today that suggested the update would actually start trickling out to EVO owners beginning tomorrow, but it looks like Sprint has come forward and set the record straight. Thankfully, it's still good news.
Sprint's patchy stock of the HTC EVO 4G has limited the impact of their early entrance into the 4G market, according to CEO Dan Hesse, telling the WSJ that "we thought we would have more of a head start than we'll end up having." HTC says the delay in handsets is down to shortages in stocks of components like touchscreens, and that they're looking to new suppliers to boost production capacity; according to HTC spokesman Keith Nowak, the company is even monitoring flights to the US to get last-minute shipping space for the EVO 4G - and the Verizon Droid Incredible, similarly in short supply - as it rolls fresh off the production line and thus speed up availability.
It's been a pretty wild year for smartphone aficionados. We've seen more devices come to market this year than ever before. Two in particular have gained a lot of notoriety over the last few weeks, the EVO 4G and the iPhone 4. Both phones are super powerful and, just a few years ago, either of these phones coming to market was as likely as me beaming to the Starship Enterprise. You've read the reviews, previews and hands-on commentary but still can't decide? Here's some advice how to make the call.
Sprint has confirmed that an update for the HTC EVO 4G is in the works, that will update the WiMAX-capable smartphone to Android 2.2 Froyo as rumored earlier in the week. The new firmware will bring Flash support to the EVO 4G's browser along with Bluetooth voice dialling and improved Exchange ActiveSync support, as we've seen on other Android 2.2 devices. Meanwhile, judging by Sprint's phrasing, the EVO 4G won't be the only 2.2 device the carrier has planned.
We're at the tail-end of the week, and we're not going to lie: we can feel it. All the way to our bones. If you're getting paid this Friday, hopefully you've already decided on something to buy yourself -- gotta spend that earned money, right? Or, maybe you've already waited in line for the thing you wanted to get yourself? That's probably the case. But, moving away from the Apple-phone for a short time, let's take a look at The Best of R3 Media. First up, we've got a software update for the EVO 4G coming soon, an updated keyboard that we want, and some wireless syncing for BlackBerrys. And then, in the Dredge 'Net, Hulu's still being passed around, RIM does pretty well for itself, and head to a Microsoft Store to play some Kinect.
We'll be the first to admit; heavy use of the HTC EVO 4G's WiMAX connectivity will see the battery gauge drop in short order, so anything that makes it easier to top up the juice has to be a good thing. That's why YouTuber infinitemods' DIY hack to get the Sprint EVO 4G working with a Palm Touchstone inductive charger is so impressive: it allows for easy drop-and-charge powering of the smartphone, just as you'd get with the Pre Plus or Pixi Plus.
Video demo after the cut