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Android Other: T-Mobile Galaxy Note Official, Sprint Lists Initial LTE Cities, AT&T Shared Data Plans On Their Way?

T-Mobile Officially Announces Samsung Galaxy Note, Arriving in “the Coming Weeks”

Late last night, T-Mobile released a short press release letting the world know that they will begin stocking and selling the Galaxy Note sometime soon. It’s been a long time coming, but the 5.3″ phablet will be available sometime in August if rumors are correct. It will sport the Snapdragon S3 processor clocked in at 1.5GHz, but will have no LTE radio, only T-Mo’s HSPA+. It will also feature ICS out of the box, another welcome feature. If you’re anxious to hear more, hit the source link below. 

Via: TmoNews

Sprint Lays Out First Cities To Get LTE Network Airwaves

Sprint’s LTE network is coming, just ask all the owners of the HTC EVO 4G LTE who are waiting for it. We just don’t exactly know when, but when it does get here, we know where it will be going live. Sprint laid out their plans though for 15 cities to go live when their new network is ready to go.

  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Athens, Ga.
  • Calhoun, Ga.
  • Carrollton, Ga.
  • Newnan, Ga.
  • Rome, Ga.
  • Dallas, Tx.
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Granbury-Hood County, Texas
  • Houston, Tx
  • Huntsville, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Waco, Texas
  • Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.
  • St. Joseph, Mo.

Lots of love for Georgia, Texas and Missouri in this initial rollout. Let’s hope that they continue their network expansion quickly so that more people can have the benefits of LTE speeds and downloads.

Via: Sprint

Could AT&T Be Working On its Own Shared Data Plans?

After the uproar that occurred when Verizon launched their Share Everything Plans, it’s hard to think another carrier would consider it, but AT&T might be following suit. A screenshot from an AT&T customer detailing his or her billing cycle showed a “Group Data” section that was unused, but was measured in MB anyway. This is far from definitive proof, but it might be a sign that AT&T is looking to cash in on shared data plans just like Verizon has. Time will tell if the two largest national wireless carriers will soon force their customers to switch to these new plans.

Via: Phone Arena

AT&T Galaxy SIII Updated to Take Away Global Search Function as a “Precautionary Measure”

The patent wars rage on with the Galaxy SIII on both Sprint and now AT&T being updated to dumb down their search function. Google and Samsung are looking to avoid more injunctions against Android devices like what happened to the Galaxy Nexus not too long ago. “Samsung has updated the software for the Galaxy S III as a precautionary measure to ensure that U.S. consumers may enjoy using our innovative products without interruption,” is what Sammy had to say in a statement regarding the updates. It’s good to see that shipments won’t be stopped, but unfortunately Search, one of Google’s greatest strengths, is going to suffer for it.

Via: Phone Scoop

Sprint Announces ICS Upgrades For HTC EVO 3D and EVO Design 4G

Android 4.0 was such an amazing upgrade to the OS that it is news whenever an existing phone is going to receive it. Sprint and HTC are working together to get two of their phones upgraded “sometime next month.” The EVO 3D and EVO Design 4G will be getting OTA updates to ICS whenever the builds finish going through testing. Props to HTC for continuing to update it’s phones to the latest versions of Android time and time again.

Via: Mobileburn

ICS Update For Motorola Atrix 2 Leaks Out, OTA Sometime Within the Coming Months?

The method named “Cheesecake” is basically tricking your phone into pinging servers with test builds of phones and downloading them. We’ve come across many updates using this method and now we can add the Atrix 2 to this list as well. Someone pinging the servers through Cheesecake came across the upgrade to ICS and proceeded to download it. This usually means that the update is in testing, and that we could see it sometime soon.

Via: Phandroid

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    So AT&T alters the search in the SGS3 within a week or two of it becoming an issue? So why the hell does it take so long to send out other updates?

    Or is it just easier to remove code rather than write it? This would be my guess.

  • Apostrafee

    The At&t plans are actually fully detailed on their website….
    http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/data-plans.html#fbid=EmkNCpNtlE4?tab2

    • Adam Brandt

      wow…so it’s $5 dollars cheaper then Verizon at the lowest price for 1GB, then next it’s the same as Verizon at the 4GB plan, then each plan after that is actually MORE expensive then Verizon…CRAZY

  • Ron_Swanson

    So T-Mobile will get the Galaxy Note around the same time the Galaxy Note 2 is announced….. sounds about right.

    • http://www.facebook.com/objection89 Miguel Angel Portela

      They’re so slow with everything. I caved and just got the ATT version, unlocked it and applied that HSPA patch from XDA. Works like a dream on T-Mobile.

  • ONESLYONE

    Been waiting along time for ICS to hit my EVO 3D. Feels late considering Jelly Bean is out but whatever.

  • nightscout13

    I’m glad Verizon was not in this title.

    • http://twitter.com/Dominick_7 Dominick S.

      Why, I’ve been waiting for it to come to Verizon. Hopefully they’ll trash the Vu plans and get the Note 2. But the Note 2 will likely only be announced by Sept, come out November internationally.

      • nightscout13

        What i meant, was i’m glad Verizon was not in this article cause we’ve been getting alot of negative articles.

        • http://twitter.com/Dominick_7 Dominick S.

          Ah ok.

  • Danny TwoTones

    #BlameEric

  • root4life

    off topic but did anyone get google wallet on there nexus 7

    • KnowYourEnemy462

      Yup

    • jorge

      Google Wallet can be installed on any device manually. I installed it on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. I downloaded the app apk from the play store and ran adb install command from windows cmd. It works perfectly.

    • http://twitter.com/ezbbycame2play E. Echols

      Yes I did, and used my other G account and got $10 more…

  • BlueLetter

    “but will have no LTE radio, only T-Mo’s HSPA+”
    Can we stop pretending this happens already?
    I’ll eat my hat, a filthy unwashed Puma cap incidentally, if this thing doesn’t have an LTE radio in it.

    • Hunter

      Exhibit A) Galaxy Nexus the GSM and LTE versions of the phone actually have different form factors and internal layouts due to the LTE radio size. It actually happens

      • BlueLetter

        There are more cases where that doesn’t happen than where it does

    • Jigga_Z

      I’d start seasoning your hat…seeing as T-Mobile doesn’t have LTE, nor any immediate plans to roll out an LTE network.

      • BlueLetter

        It doesn’t matter whether they so or not. Generally when a Phone is sold on different carriers with the same chip, the cellular equipm is untouched. Theyll deactivate it, but that’s about it.

  • Johngi

    Is there a leak for the first atrix?

  • s9779

    anyone else like the idea of shaired data. if the price is correct its not a bad idea. nothing is better then unlimited but at a fair price shaired data could realy work for some folks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Nght12 Taylor Tay Tay Levesque

      For most verizon customers it saves money. Average users don’t use enough data to even justify 2 gigs them selves and the more people on the account the more money people end up saving

      • Jim McClain

        If you stream anything , you will blow past 2gig easy

      • Hunter

        And you may be able to get away saying that now, but data usage across all users is growing exponentially. Therefore it will cost more. Why else would Verizon position themselves in front of this trend?

        Side note: if this does indeed save most people money, that means Verizon is losing money, really doubt that was their play.

    • Beka27

      I love the “idea” of it. It could have been great if Verizon hadn’t majorly screwed up the execution. The first tier should have been 2gb for $30 shared, not 1gb for $50.

      Regardless of use, when people see they are paying the same (or more) for less, they balk. A real world example, we never eat peanut butter. We’ve had the same jar of peanut butter in our pantry for a couple years and there’s probably only a quarter of it missing. We will throw it away due to the expiration before we ever finish it. Peanut butter is our “unlimited data”. But when the time comes to get more peanut butter (upgrade if you will), I’ll be mad because either the jar will be smaller, the price will be higher, or more than likely, both will have occurred.

  • Michael

    Umm.. Android Life news?

    • Futbolrunner

      Yeah, my thought exactly

    • Adam Elghor

      android life doesn’t get enough traffic so they don’t update it anymore and put it here instead…which i like better

      • hkklife

        I wish Kellex would just redirect the AL domain to DL. Maybe filter out the “Android other” material from DL but have it all appear on AL (like Engadget standard versus Engadget Mobile)

    • unaffected

      Sorry I don’t understand what you’d question is.

    • Beka27

      It’s actually pretty important to have SOME IDEA of what is going on in the mobile world. The decisions carriers make affect other carriers. The VZW shared data and now AT&T is a perfect example of that. If you don’t want to know what anyone else is doing, then skip the “Android Other” posts…