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Sprint announced the HTC EVO View 4G back in March at CTIA and what we saw was a gorgeous, WiMax enabled tablet that was running a version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. However, just a short time ago, Sprint’s “This just in” page listed the HTC EVO View 4G will be arriving with Android Honeycomb 3.0.
So which is it? Will the tablet that won our award for Best Tablet of CTIA arrive with the sweet taste of Honeycomb? Or will it arrive with a version of Gingerbread?
Unfortunately, the answer isn’t clear. Sprint spokesman Mark Elliott had told Android Central that the company will in fact be offering Honeycomb on the HTC EVO View 4G however, they don’t know exactly when they will be offering it. He states that:
It’s too early to determine whether or not Honeycomb will be available at launch.
He also says that the ‘This just in’ page will be tweaked (it has already, saying ‘Latest version of Android’) so as to not cause as much confusion about the version of Android that will be on this thing when it hits shelves. While a launch with Android 3.0 sure would be nice, the fact that HTC and Sprint as of yet don’t have the Honeycomb code make the prospects of said launch extremely bleak.
It’s likely that we’ll see Gingerbread when the device launches this summer.
HTC EVO View 4G Hands-On
ORLANDO, Fla.-Sprint kicked off its stay here at CTIA 2011 by announcing the HTC Evo 3D. The handset continues the Android experience you’ve seen in previous members of the Evo family, but adds Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a 3D camera.
The slim candy bar design will be familiar to HTC fans. Its shape and size is very similar to the original Evo and a gorgeous 4.3-inch QHD display dominates the front real estate. The touch screen is wonderfully bright and responsive and the handset has a sturdy feel. In addition to Gingerbread, the Evo 3D runs HTC’s Sense UI, Leap (see all seven home screens by pinching your fingers), and Friend Stream (social media updates). And it’s all powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor.
Turn the handset around, however, and you’ll notice the biggest change from the first Evo. The Evo 3D has two 5-megapixel cameras for capturing the 3D video, with a flash sitting in between. The design is very similar to the LG Optimus 3D, which we saw at Mobile World Congress last month. When taking 2D still shots and videos you’ll use only one lens, but both kick in to record 3D content.
A toggle on the right side switches between 2D (1080p) and 3D (720p) recording. Next to it are a shutter control and a volume rocker. A second 1.3-megapixel camera sits on the front face, as do the usual navigation touch controls. Up top are a 3.5mm headset jack and power control, while around the corner is the Micro-USB charging and syncing port.
As with the Optimus 3D, you don’t need glasses to view 3D content. As we said after seeing LG’s device, the experience is not the same as what you’d expect from a 3D movie. The images float off the screen rather than poking you in the face. It’s subtle, but definitely noticeable and rather fun.
Other features include 4GB of internal memory, a 1730mAh battery, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, the usual assortment of Google apps, e-mail and messaging, and a music player.
The Evo 3D will be available this summer with Sprint’s other CTIA announcement, the Evo View tablet. Pricing for both devices is still to come.
If you’re an exhibitor at CTIA looking to keep a secret, you have to be on guard at all times. Blog Pocketnow has acquired images of Sprint collateral that provides hard specs for the yet-to-be-announced HTC EVO 3D and HTC EVO View 4G. The image tells us that the device will indeed be a 1.2GHz dual-core beast, complete with a 4.3-inch screen with 960 x 540 pixel resolution. The handset also boasts dual 5 megapixel cameras capable of capturing 3D video in 720p, and regular old 2D video in a full 1080p. The EVO 3D also appears to have a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, weigh in at 6 ounces, and will have its Android operating system smothered in HTC’s Sense UI. The EVO View 4G will have the same 1.5GHz single-core processor as the Flyer, a display with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, and will weigh around 15 ounces. We’ll be live blogging Sprint’s keynote event, which starts tomorrow around 1:00 p.m. ET, where we presume these two HTC sets will become official.
North American mobile operator Sprint, as part of its program to expand the portfolio of mobile terminals that support its 4G network, introduced another model of Android smartphone – Nexus S 4G, manufactured by Samsung.
In addition to supporting work in 4G mobile networks, Sprint (WiMAX), the new Nexus S 4G running platform Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), 1 GHz processor and a built-in 3D graphics accelerator, which also enables the processing of HD-video content .
Among other specifications Nexus S 4G, which differ little from the original Nexus S, indicates the following:
- Support networks: 3G (EVDO Rev A.); Sprint 4G (WiMAX)
- Dimensions: 124h63h11, 2 mm
- Weight: 131 gr.
- Display: 4-inch, Super AMOLED with support for multitouch, a resolution of 480×800 pixels
- Main camera: 5 megapixel with LED flash
- Front camera: VGA
- Platform: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- Memory: 16 GB (ROM) / 512 MB (RAM)
- Communications: GPS, Wi-Fi (802.11 b / g / n), Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, NFC
- Battery: 1500 mAh, Li-Ion
Sprint’s Epic 4G, Galaxy Tab, and Samsung Transform will all be receiving OTA updates starting March 21 according to documents leaked to us by an anonymous tipster(s). The above picture was sent to us, as well as the full text by a duo of tipsters, so we’re almost certain this will pan out.
The Epic 4G will be updated OTA to EC05, which is Android 2.2.1 (Froyo), and according to the docs will add Sprint ID.
The Galaxy Tab will be updated to EB28 which is also Android 2.2. This update will add Sprint ID and the ability to check usage numbers.
The Samsung Transform will also be updated to EB28 which will add Swype, upgrade the Sprint Zone to version 2.5, and provide various bug fixes in search, mobile hotspot, and Google sync issues.
These updates are all scheduled to begin Monday, and it may take up to four days to complete the rollout. Thanks to both of our tipsters!