Last month BGR confirmed that Sprint would be launching an instant rebate promotion that eliminated mail-in rebates and instead brought users instant savings. At that time, Sprint told us that the promotion would continue for an unspecified period of time. According to a purported internal document obtained by technology enthusiast blog Spantechular, the carrier will end its instant rebate promotion on May 7th. With Sprint rumored to be launching the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet one day later on May 8th, the timing certainly adds up. When approached for comment, a Sprint spokesperson told BGR that the carrier has not announced an end date for the instant rebate promotion. More →
Sprint on Monday confirmed that two of its popular Android devices, the Samsung Epic 4G and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, will receive software updates this week. BGR reported on Friday that the Epic 4G and Galaxy Tab would receive OTA software updates beginning on the 21st. Our report also stated that the Samsung Transform would receive an update starting today, though the device was not mentioned in Sprint’s announcement. The Epic 4G, Sprint’s version of the popular Samsung Galaxy S line, will finally be updated to Froyo while the Galaxy Tab Android tablet will get a minor update. Included in both updates is support for Sprint’s Sprint ID services. Customers will be notified of the updates on their devices beginning today, and the new software will be delivered over the air. Hit the break for Sprint’s full press release.
Several Samsung devices offered by Sprint — including the Epic 4G — are set to get software updates this coming Monday, March 21st, according to a tipster. Sound familiar? That’s because Sprint began pushing out the Epic’s update to Froyo last month on February 21st. Unfortunately, things didn’t go very well and Sprint was forced to pull the update a few days later. Needless to say, users were not pleased and they’ve been letting Sprint and Samsung know about it ever since. Exactly one month later, Sprint is finally ready to give it another shot. This time around, Epic owners can expect a new build (Android 2.2.1, build EC05) to be delivered to their smartphones as an OTA update. Users will be notified of the update over the four-day period beginning March 21st, and the update should take 20 minutes or less to download and 8-10 minutes to install. Samsung Galaxy Tab and Samsung Transform owners on Sprint can expect to be notified of OTA updates on the 21st as well; the Transform will finally be getting Froyo and the Tab will get a minor housekeeping update along with Sprint ID support. Hit the break for all the juicy details including change logs.
A new source contacted BGR on Thursday with details surrounding much awaited Android 2.2 (Froyo) updates for the Samsung Epic 4G and the Sanyo Zio from Sprint. In line with previous rumors, the Samsung Epic 4G will apparently be updated to Froyo starting on February 21st — though our source claims the build number will be EB13, a later build than the EA17 update referenced in earlier rumors. The update will be delivered over the air (OTA), and will be rolled out across the country over the course of four days. Listed changes include improved Bluetooth device support, Bluetooth voice dialing, Flash Player 10.1, GPS enhancements, improved OS performance and ability to install applications to external storage. Hit the break for details on the Zio. More →
In a statement earlier this week, Samsung announced that global sales of its popular Galaxy S line of Android phones have reached 9.3 million units. Samsung also stated that sales in its home country of South Korea have topped the 2 million mark, making the Galaxy S more popular than Apple’s iPhone, which has sold roughly 1.8 million units to date. Samsung announced in October that Galaxy S sales had surpassed 7 million units worldwide, and it said sales would reach 10 million units before the year was out. Samsung may end up falling just short of its projections, but the Galaxy S is still wildly successful — in fact, it’s the most popular Android line in the world right now. Samsung stated earlier this month that it had sold over 1 million Galaxy Tab units as of the end of November, making its first Android tablet a success as well. More →