Slash your phone bill by 90% – Get an HTC Evo 4G with 100% Free Talk, Text, and 4G Data

FreedomPop is now offering 100% Free Talk, Text, and Data on Android Smartphones. Founded a little over two years ago by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom with the idea that “The Internet is a Right, and not a Privilege.” Since then, it’s added coverage with Sprint’s Nationwide network. Deal hunters have described the small carrier as a great way to save money every month. Consumers can save up to 90% on their smartphone bills, which is something larger carriers just can’t replicate.

You might remember that we previously featured a deal for a mobile hotspot from FreedomPop. As I just mentioned, though, FreedomPop recently added smartphones to its lineup, and so we are partnering up with it again for a deal on its smartphone offerings.

The device in question is the HTC Evo 4G, which may be an older device, but is also worth a look for a light smartphone user that would like to save hundreds of dollars a year on a smartphone plan. For only $10.99 per month, you get unlimited voice and texts.  Compared to Verizon’s ALLSET prepaid offering that costs $45 per month, FreedomPop is a steal. With this promotion, you can get unlimited talk and text plan for free for the first month. As with all of FreedomPop’s plans, there is no contract involved, and if you find that you won’t use more than 200 minutes or 500 texts in a month, you can always drop down to the free plan before that first month is up. That’s 200 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of data for FREE each month.  These plans and services are available on Sprint’s 3G and 4G WiMAX network. You can check their coverage map here.

Something to keep in mind about all of the FreedomPop plans is that once you get within 100MB of your data limit for the month, you’ll automatically “top-up” with 1GB of data for $10 unless you turn that setting off. That isn’t a bad price by any means, especially since the $10 is added as credit to your account and never expires. If you stick with the free plan and go over your 200 minutes or 500 texts, you will be charged 1 cent per minute/text.

Does FreedomPop sound like something that might work for you or someone you know? Our special offer this time around includes the refurbished HTC Evo 4G, one month of unlimited talk and text, 500MB of data and free shipping on your order, all for just $79.

$49.99 Galaxy S3, $99.99 off HTC Android phones available from Best Buy this weekend

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There’s plenty of time to finish your Christmas shopping, especially if you’re on the lookout for cheap, on-contract, high-end Android devices. Just a few days ago we told you that Best Buy was selling the Galaxy S3 for just $49.99 with new two-year agreements, but that deal was available for one day only.

Now, we hear via Phone Dog that the electronics retailer will offer a similar Galaxy S3 deal to interested buyers this weekend. But on top of Samsung’s best-selling smartphone of 2012, you’ll also get to choose a bunch of other devices as follows:

December 21-22

  • $49.99 Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 for new customers (Friday and Saturday)
  • $49.99 Sprint Samung Galaxy S3 for upgrades (Saturday)
  • $99.99 Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 for upgrades (Friday)
  • $99.99 off on Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE, AT&T HTC One X and Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE
  • Free Verizon Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx
  • $179.99 Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (no contract required)

December 23

  • $99.99 Verizon/AT&T/Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3

In addition to smartphones, you can also walk out of a Best Buy store with a $179.99 7-inch Galayx Tab 2, the only product in the list above that doesn’t require inking a new two-year deal with a carrier.

Are you buying anything Android from Best Buy this weekend?

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HTC needs to step up its game

Samsung may be sprinting off into the sunset in the race to be the biggest Android smartphone manufacturer, but the struggle for second is far from clear cut. A new wave of devices and the patronage of Google, as the force behind the latest Nexus release, signal a major move from another South Korean electronics giant in the shape of LG. Now everyone’s favorite Taiwanese underdog is losing its rhythm and falling behind – it’s time for HTC to pull it together and get back in the race.

From out of nowhere

HTC was founded in 1997, but it wasn’t until the company adopted Android over a decade later that it really hit the big time. In 2008 it released the HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1) which was the world’s first Android smartphone. The Android platform surprised everyone to quickly emerge as real competition for Apple’s iPhone line and HTC struck while the iron was hot. The HTC Hero was followed by the hugely successful HTC Desire. The company even released the first 4G phone way ahead of the competition in the summer of 2010. The HTC Evo 4G was a big hit.

To smartphone success

By the third quarter of 2011 HTC was in a comfortable third place behind Samsung and Apple in the smartphone manufacturer charts. The brand was seen as a cool alternative to its competitors. HTC was synonymous with high build quality and there’s no doubt it enhanced the Android experience with the Sense user interface, which was far superior to TouchWiz or any of its other competitor’s efforts.

With the cash piling up and brand awareness at an all-time high everything was looking pretty rosy for HTC and then it went wrong.

The downward spiral

HTC’s fall from grace has been pretty spectacular. The company took a dive from that Q3 2011 peak and it’s still in free-fall. So where did things go wrong? HTC spent a lot of money on a range of investments and partnerships and saw very little return. More importantly it failed to carry on the word-of-mouth momentum it had built as a desirable brand and engaged in some embarrassingly bad marketing attempts. Most importantly the device line-up became confused and samey; the cutting edge was blunted.

As Android evolved and improved, even the Sense overlay began to look bloated and stale. HTC’s failures in the market sat against a backdrop of litigation from Apple which was only just settled. HTC agreed to pay Microsoft a royalty on each Android handset a long time ago. Licensing and legal troubles obviously didn’t help, but the real problem was misfires in the marketplace.

Muddy marketing, declining quality, and a lack of focus

What does the HTC brand actually stand for? Do consumers understand the difference between an HTC and any other Android smartphone? What’s going to entice them to buy an HTC? Where are all the great smartphones?

The company has repeatedly failed to answer these questions. The One series should have been what the Galaxy series was for Samsung, but while Samsung’s flagship was picked up by all of the major carriers, Verizon passed on the One series. The troubles started before that.

Carrying on the leading status established with the Evo 4G, HTC released the Thunderbolt on Verizon in early 2011, which was the first Android smartphone to support Verizon’s LTE 4G instead of WiMAX. The shine of those blazing fast speeds was considerably dulled by the limited battery life. It’s a risk to lead the market with new innovations and the 4G rollout turned out to be far slower than expected. Consumers have not rushed to buy 4G smartphones and since HTC had bet on it in a big way that was bad news for the company.

Where are you going with this?

HTC had enjoyed a great deal of success with a fairly modest range of devices. The bulk of them were high-end, top of the Android market smartphones, and there were occasional forays into the budget end with releases like the HTC Wildfire. In the summer of 2011 HTC lost the plot and deviated from its usual pattern. There was a series of questionable releases like the BlackBerry-looking HTC ChaCha, the disappointing HTC Salsa with its pointless Facebook button, and the girly HTC Rhyme which came off as patronizing and misogynistic (women don’t need good phones they just like purple accessories).

Even HTC’s attempts to continue to innovate seemed doomed to failure. The HTC Evo 3D tried to jump on the bandwagon of another long-touted trend that failed to take off. There simply wasn’t much interest in the idea of being able to take your own 3D photos and videos, and the Evo 3D came under fire for limited battery life as well.

The names were confusing. Tagging 4G, S and + onto the end of familiar model names did not offer any clarity for consumers. Switching to X, XE and XL was not an improvement. HTC was still producing some good smartphones at the top end, with consistently good reviews from critics, but consumers were no longer biting.

How to fall behind in advertising

Obviously few companies have deep pockets like Apple and Samsung, but it’s not a simple matter of how much you spend, it matters what you spend it on. HTC seemed to throw a lot of weight behind the Beats audio partnership, but did it sell a lot of phones? Too many of the ads, from HTC and the carriers, focused on one aspect of an HTC device, like the audio or the camera, and failed to show them off as the cutting edge Android smartphones they were.

Staging a comeback

HTC Droid DNA

We’ve seen HTC fall, but the company still has a tremendous amount of goodwill. To some extent it has been hurt by its own attempts to innovate because the first generation of something new always comes with teething problems. That reputation for making great hardware is deserved, but HTC needs to learn from its mistakes and sort its marketing strategy out. Given the right release many people will come back to the fold. The HTC Droid DNA on Verizon looks like a step in the right direction.

My last HTC was the Desire and at the time it was quite simply the best smartphone around. That’s the reason I now have a Galaxy S3 in my pocket. If HTC can hit those high notes again then I won’t be alone in returning. I have more affection for HTC as a brand than for Samsung or LG, but the company needs to step up its game, and fast.

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Best cheap Android smartphones of 2012

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Back a few months ago, I wrote an article explaining the top reasons why you shouldn’t buy a cheap smartphone. While I still hold true to the principle that you should always go for the highest-end smartphone you can afford, the actual reality is that many people simply can’t even afford to buy a mid-end smartphone (catch a list of the top mid-end smartphones of 2012 here), not to mention a top-end Android smartphone. And then, there’s the category of people that simply don’t want and need the ultimate best in Android smartphones. In these situations, the only remaining choice is to go for a cheap smartphone.

Judging on the fact that a top-end Android smartphone is generally priced at $600 unlocked, while a mid-end Android smartphone is usually priced at $350-$400, I would say that imposing a $250 upper price tag for a cheap smartphone should be a fair thing to do. If spending around 200 bucks on a smartphone that won’t suck badly is still too much for your budget, my advice is that you go for a refurbished or a second hand smartphone (start with the models in the mid-range list, and then continue with those in this list until you find something you can afford).

I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you’ll purchase a cheap Android smartphone that is not on this list, you’ll probably end up regretting your choice. If you still haven’t found anything you can afford, the best thing would be to save some money for a couple of months. In addition, bear in mind that a very cheap but functional feature phone might give you less headaches than a cheap and dysfunctional Android smartphone.

Before I begin enumerating the top cheap smartphones you can buy in 2012, I must make you aware of the fact that buying a smartphone that was released more than one year ago doesn’t mean you end up with a crappy smartphone. In fact, while conducting the research necessary for writing this post, I’ve come to realize that once you go down the price list, you’ll find that the best cheap smartphones are, in fact, older top-end smartphones.

Sony Xperia U

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Sony’s Xperia U is the cheapest Android smartphone that the Japanese manufacturer has launched as part of its new and visually revamped Xperia NXT line. Although the design might not win everyone’s heart, the fact remains that the Sony Xperia U is probably the device that nears closest to the idea of a perfect cheap smartphone (the only thing that might not ring your bells is the fact that it was launched with Android 2.3 Gingerbread although Ice Cream Sandwich has been available for more than six months), in about the same manner that the Sony Xperia P is an almost perfect mid-range smartphone. Sony is really starting to show its teeth in the mid-range and entry-level markets! Could it be that the next series of Xperia Android smartphones will also bring to light a truly top-end smartphone as well ?

Sony Xperia U Specs

Display Size and Resolution: 3.5 inches, 480 x 854 pixels, (280 PPI)
SoC: STE U8500
CPU: 1GHz dual-core Cortex A9
GPU: Mali 400MP
RAM: 512MB of RAM
Android version: Android 2.3 Gingerbread (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sanwich)
Internal Storage: 4GB
SD Card Slot: No
Primary Camera: 5 MP
Secondary Camera: VGA
Battery:
2G Networks: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Networks: HSDPA 900 / 2100 – ST25i
Dimensions: 112 x 54 x 12 mm
Weight: 110 g
Release Date: May 2012

Advantages

Best bang for buck ratio
Dual-core processor
Very Crisp Display

Disadvantages

Quite thick (12mm)
No SD card slot

Android Authority Coverage

Check out our coverage of this phone here.

LG Optimus 2X

Many of you might not know this, but the LG Optimus 2X (In some places, the LG Optimus 2X is also known as the LG P990 Star or as the LG P990 Optimus Speed) was the first smartphone ever announced to use a dual-core smartphone. Sure, that happened more than one year and a half ago, meaning that the Optimus 2X is not exactly on par with newer dual-core smartphones, but it’s still a decently powerful smartphone, one that you can buy new and unlocked for around $240. At that price, I’m going to go ahead and claim that the LG Optimus 2X is one hell of a deal, as it is considerably faster than any other smartphone you’ll encounter at this price range. In many ways, it actually tops the Galaxy S2, and it is also scheduled to receive an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update at some point during Q3 2012. Considering that the original Galaxy S did not make on this list thanks to a >$300 price tag, there’s only one more thing I can say: Big up LG!

LG Optimus 2X Specs:

Display Size and Resolution: 4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 PPI)
SoC: Nvidia Tegra 2
CPU: 1Ghz dual-core Cortex A9
GPU: ULP GeForce (first generation)
RAM: 512MB
Android version: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Internal Storage: 8GB
SD Card Slot: Yes
Primary Camera: 8 MP
Secondary Camera: 1.3 MP
Battery: 1500 maH
2G Networks: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Networks: HSDPA: 900 / 1700 / 2100
Dimensions: 123.9 x 63.2 x 10.9 mm
Weight: 139 g
Release Date: February 2011

Advantages

Dual-core Tegra 2 Processor
Large, decent display

Disadvantages

Some have complained about battery life issues with the LG Optimus 2X

Android Authority Coverage

Check out our coverage of this phone here.

LG Optimus Black

Released just a few months after the LG Optimus 2X, the LG Optimus Black was one of the thinnest Android smartphones at the time of its release. It’s a lot like a thinner and lighter but single-core Optimus 2X version, one that will set you back around $220. If thinness and design is what you seek, the Optimus Black is probably the best cheap Android smartphone you can purchase at the moment. In addition, given that is has the same battery as its dual-core brother, the battery life is significantly improved.

LG Optimus Black Specs

Display Size and Resolution: 4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 PPI)
SoC: TI OMAP 3630
CPU: 1 GHz Single Core Cortex-A8
GPU: PowerVR SGX530
RAM: 512 MB RAM
Android version: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Internal Storage: 2 GB
SD Card Slot: Yes
Primary Camera: 5 MP
Secondary Camera: 1.3 MP
Battery: 1500 mAh
2G Networks: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Networks: HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100
Dimensions: 122 x 64 x 9.2 mm
Weight: 109 g
Release Date: May 2011

Advantages

Slimmest smartphone in the list, nice design as a result

Disadvantages

What it wins in design over the LG Optimus 2X, it loses in specs

Not upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sanwdich

Android Authority Coverage

Check out our coverage of this phone here.

Motorola Droid X (Verizon)

Verizon Motorola Droid X

As you all know, neither of the GSM smartphones that I’ve listed above can be used on Verizon’s network, as Big Red uses a CDMA network. However, as Verizon is the most popular carrier in the US, chances are that many of you might be interested into a cheap CDMA smartphone.

The Motorola Droid X might not be as powerful as other smartphones on this list, but it is also the cheapest of them all (you can get it for around $170 from various retailers through Amazon.com). In addition, it is also the cheap smartphone on this list with the biggest display (4.3 inches), although one of the heaviest as well (155 grams). In short, if you’re on the lookout for a decently powerful Android smartphone for Verizon at a very low price, the Droid X is my personal recommendation.

Verizon Motorola Droid X Specs

SoC: TI OMAP3630

CPU: 1 GHz Single Core Cortex-A8
GPU: PowerVR SGX530
RAM: 512 MB

Display Size and Resolution: 4.0 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (275 PPI)

Android version: Android 2.3 Gingerbread (launched with Android 2.1 FroYo)

Internal Storage: 6.5 GB
SD Card Slot: Yes
Primary Camera: 8 MP
Secondary Camera: No
Battery: 1540 mAh
2G Networks: CDMA 800 / 1900
3G Networks: CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
Dimensions: 127.5 x 65.5 x 9.9 mm
Weight: 155 g

Release Date: July 2010

Advantages

Large display
Low Price (even when compared against other cheap smartphones)

Disadvantages

Heavy for today’s standards
A few generations old already

Android Authority Coverage

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HTC Evo 4G (Sprint)

HTC Evo 4g

Since we talked about the best cheap smartphone you can use on Verizon’s network, it’s also probably fair to talk about the best cheap smartphone you can use on Sprint’s network. Launched as the first ever 4G smartphone, the HTC Evo 4G was just so good at the time that now, two years after its launch date, it still is a more than decent Android smartphone. Unfortunately, there are a couple of significant drawbacks, such as the fact that it is the heaviest (170 grams) device on our best cheap smartphone list in addition to also being the thickest (13 mm).

HTC Evo 4G Specs

Display Size and Resolution: 4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 PPI)
SoC: Qualcomm QSD8650 Snapdragon
CPU: 1 GHz Single-Core (Scorpion)
GPU: Adreno 200
RAM: 512MB
Android version: Android 2.3 Gingerbread (launched with Android 2.1 Éclair)
Internal Storage: 8 GB
SD Card Slot: Yes
Primary Camera: 8 MP
Secondary Camera: 1.3 MP
Battery: 1500 mAh
2G Networks: CDMA 800 / 1900
3G Networks: CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
Dimensions: 122 x 66 x 13 mm
Weight: 170 g
Release Date: June 2010

Advantages

4G compatible
Large display

Disadvantages

Oldest device on the list
Thickest and heaviest device listed here

Android Authority Coverage

Check out our coverage of this phone here.

What you should not buy: Samsung Galaxy Mini 2

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2

Spoiler: the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 isn’t actually a smartphone I would recommend, in any circumstances. The only reason I’m including it in this post is to point out the huge differences between a cheap smartphone that blows and the ones listed above. It’s kind of funny (although definitely not in a positive way) to see that the Mini 2 is priced just about the same as the Sony Xperia U, given that the quality difference in all departments is really impressive in favor of the Xperia U. As a matter of fact, all the other smartphones on this list run laps around Samsung’s current entry level offer. The Mini is poorly specced, has a low-quality small display, not to mention it really isn’t a sexy piece of hardware. Out of context, the Mini 2 price tag of $200 (for the unlocked version of course) might not seem all that bad, but the bang for buck ratio is underwhelming when compared against other devices on this list. Here’s exactly what I’m talking about

Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 Specs

Display Size and Resolution: 3.27 inches, 320 by 480 pixels (176 PPI)
SoC: Qualcomm MSM7227
CPU: 800 MHz, single-core
GPU: Ardeno 200
RAM: 512 MB
Android version: 2.3.6 Gingerbread
Internal Storage: 4 GB
SD Card Slot: No
Primary Camera: 3.15 MP
Secondary Camera: NO
Battery: 1300 mAh
2G Networks: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Networks: HSDPA 900 / 2100
Dimensions: 109.4 x 58.6 x 11.6 mm
Weight: 105.3 grams
Release Date: March 2012

Advantages

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Disadvantages

Just read the spec list again, you’ll get it!

Android Authority Coverage

Check out our coverage of this phone here.

Conclusion

So there you have it, these are the best cheap Android smartphones for 2012. Hopefully, you’ll notice that each one of the smartphones above has at least one strong suit when compared against the other smartphones on the list, as well as the fact that when compared against other entry-level offerings, the smartphones I’ve listed above are at least a couple of levels above in overall specs.

What’s your favorite cheap smartphone? Did we leave any stone unturned? Do you believe that there is a good cheap smartphone that we’ve omitted? Let us know in the comment section below!


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HTC shows off the design behind the EVO 4G LTE in new video

The HTC EVO 4G LTE, the CDMA version of the One X, landed with a splash last week. We’ll have to wait until May at least to get our hands on the final version, but in the meantime, HTC has taken to YouTube to show off some of the design work that went into the unique metal housing and kickstand. The nearly five-minute video gives a pretty good insight into the process of designing a new smartphone, so if you’ve ever wonder why this seam is here, or that notch is there, it’s a worthy watch. Also: kickstands. Hooray for kickstands!

One of the more interesting bits in the video is the work that went into creating the soft-touch texture on the EVO 4G LTE. Apparently different from the Micro Arc Oxidation technique used on other members of the One family (as seen in yet another video), they’ve use a method of sanding and scraping the frame on a microscopic level to give it a smooth finish. THere’s also quite a bit of work that’s gone into giving the edge a different  finish and avoiding unnecessary seams – despite the fact that the Now Network’s version of the phone has noticeably more plastic than others.

The HTC EVO 4G LTE gets the same Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor that the AT&T version of the One X gets, but there are a few key differences. The EVO has a smaller 16GB capacity, but makes up for it with a MicroSD card slot. Plus it’s got a kickstand. (Did we mention the kickstand?) The 4.7-inch 720p screen, 8MP camera, 1GB of RAM and Ice Cream Sandwich/Sense 4.0 will remain intact. Pre-orders for the EVO 4G LTE begin on May 7th, and the phone will cost $199.99 with a two-year contract.

Kickstands are awesome.

 


Sprint’s HTC EVO One – A Former Favorite Is Getting A Refresh

The original HTC EVO made waves on Sprint for being one of the first “big” phones and of course, more importantly,  for being the first 4G enabled phone. It’s been about two years since then so perhaps your EVO and your contract have begun to wear thin. If so, you may be excited by the rumors going around. A tipster in communication with our friends at Phandroid has detailed the existence of an up and coming HTC EVO One. Obviously, we knew we were going to see something soon.  Sprint and HTC have a collaborative event scheduled for April 4th. At the time of that writing we speculated the focus of the event may be the HTC One X, but now…now I’m not so sure. The EVO was a landmark device for Sprint and in my opinion most deserving of a special press congress. I’m sure we’ll hear more about this on April 4th, if not sooner, but in the mean time, what do we know so far? 

According to the tipster, this device is going to be pretty similar to the HTC One X: a re-branding for Sprint? Maybe, but there are supposedly a few key differences too. For instance, Sprint’s EVO One will feature removable storage in addition to a pre-installed 16GB. The tipster also claims the triumphant return of the almighty kickstand. It might sound negligible if you haven’t had a kickstand before, but otherwise, you don’t know what you’ve got until its gone, am I right? Moving on, this device could also differ in build materials. The tipster noted the phones solidarity in the hand suggesting maybe this device is metal rather than plastic like the One X. However, it’s also noted that the device is largely black with silver accents and a red stroke around the kickstand. If it’s metal, it sounds like it may have a gel coat of sorts. To sum things up,  its expected to house a Snapdragon S4 processor, “confirmed” to utilize a beautiful SLCD2 display, and hopefully packs 2,650mAh worth of juice. That’s a whole lot of rumors, but if their at least close to true, this will be an all around solid  device. But, how will it stack up?

We can assume that the EVO One will launch sometime in early June, which coincidentally is at least a full month after the expected release of the Galaxy Nexus. Plus, further rumors suggest that a Sprint Galaxy Note is in the pipe. Those are two  blockbuster phones releasing either side of this device’s trajected timeline. So, will it be able to make a name for itself?

source: Phandroid



Sprint’s HTC One X rumored to launch in early June

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Sprint’s CDMA variant of the HTC One X may arrive as soon as June 10, roughly two years after the launch of the HTC EVO 4G.  Just like most carrier models, Sprint’s variant of the device is going through an identity crisis by changing its code name from Jewel to Jet.

Since HTC is poised to show off a unified brand, we’re expecting the device to carry the One X name is some fashion, but we doubt Sprint will give up its EVO branding without a fight.  We wouldn’t be surprised if Sprint’s HTC One X was named HTC EVO One X (similar to Sprint’s naming of the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch).

As we mentioned before, Sprint’s version of the HTC One X should feature nearly identical specs as its AT&T counterpart with a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.7-inch 720p display, NCF, and HTC’s new ImageSense camera technology which features a dedicated imaging chip for improved camera capabilities.

If the June 10 launch date hold true, we’d expect Sprint to unveil the handset by the time CTIA rolls around in May. Will any of you HTC EVO 4G owners be trading in your old phone for Sprint’s version of the HTC One X?


Android Porn: The biggest pervs have the biggest phones [NSFW]

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Bigger is always better when it comes to porn, or at least that’s what the results of MiKandi’s 2011 year-end review are suggesting. Android’s biggest third-party  market for adults-only apps broke down the most popular phones for using porn apps and the results all trend towards device’s with larger display sizes. So who are the biggest pervs out there? Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, HTC EVO 4G, Motorola Droid X, and Samsung Galaxy S II users, that’s who. Shame on you!

MiKandi also reveals that their app market has grown to over 1.5 million users with 2,500 users joining daily to access a catalog of close to 4,000 porn apps  from about 3,500 developers. It all amounts to more than 1 million monthly downloads, the majority of which originate in the Unites States with South Korea, the UK, and China following behind. MiKandi has done it all while spending no money on marketing, a fact that the mainstream Android world would rather sweep under the rug. The third-party market proves that porn on Android is a lucrative business, even if the Amazon Appstore and Android Market shun such X-rated materials.

Will 2012 be another huge year of growth for MiKandi? Undoubtedly, but don’t expect to see their apps ranked up there with the wholesome offerings of other Android marketplaces any time soon. You can see more statistics over at the MiKandi blog, but we are warning you now that the content is far from safe for work or anyone underage.

[via MiKandi]


Sprint Set To Give Final Salute To Android Legend, HTC EVO 4G Reaches End Of Life

One of the most influential Android devices ever has finally seen its time in the spotlight come to a close. As the first 4G device in the U.S. and perhaps one of the most influential Android devices ever, Sprint has finally decided to call it quits with its HTC EVO 4G device. Starting this Sunday, January 29th, the WiMax-capable device is set to be gradually phased out of shelves and displays from Sprint stores around the country. While there are other Sprint devices set to be phased out as well on that date, none can match the stature and influence it had among the Android community. To prospective or current Sprint customers, here’s your chance to own one of the best and most popular Androids ever. It also doesn’t hurt that it is to this day incredibly developer-friendly. A bottle of champagne is being poured to the ground for a final salute to a breakthrough device. It’s been a great run EVO 4G… it’s been a great run.



HTC EVO View 4G joins EVO 4G on Sprint ‘End of Life’ list

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Sprint has updated their “Expected Upcoming EOL” list to include two members of the EVO family. These end-of-life lists are subject to change (as stated in the above image) and definitely do. This is at least the third time the HTC EVO 4G has appeared on the list, and until the phone is pulled from Sprint’s stock we can’t say it will be the last. Making a new appearance is Sprint’s version of the HTC Flyer, the HTC EVO View 4G. The EVO 4G is slated to be phased out by the end of the week, while the EVO View 4G will hang around through the week of January 29th.

[SprintFeed via AndroidPolice]