When the Samsung Infuse 4G was released last May 2011, early adopters were promised an update to Android 2.3 in the coming months. The device, unfortunately, continued to run Android 2.2 through the end of the year. After much delay, AT&T has finally released an Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread update and while it isn’t the latest build available to Android vendors, it will undoubtedly be welcomed by frustrated Infuse users. Those who own the device will now benefit from improved copy and paste functionality, a redesigned keyboard, improved power management, a download manager and new widgets. The update is not being pushed over-the-air, however, so users will need to download the latest version of Samsung’s Kies Mini to upgrade their devices. More →
Checks performed by Canaccord Genuity analysts T. Michael Walkley, Charles John and Matthew D. Ramsay show that Apple’s devices maintained their dominance in the U.S. market in June. The firm contacted carrier retail stores across the country to determine which smartphones were the most popular last month. At AT&T stores, Apple’s iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and the Samsung Infuse 4G were the most popular devices, as they were in May. Apple’s iPhone 4 was also the best-selling smartphone at Verizon Wireless stores again in June, followed by the Samsung DROID Charge and the HTC Thunderbolt. The brand new HTC EVO 3D topped EVO 4G and Epic 4G sales at Sprint last month, and the HTC Sensation 4G, Samsung Vibrant 4G and myTouch 4G were top-3 at T-Mobile. Canaccord found that iOS and Android showed growth in June while BlackBerry sales slid at all four carriers, and Motorola’s North American sales continued to slow as well. A chart showing Canaccord’s findings over the last six months can be seen below. More →
The Samsung Infuse 4G, with a radio capable of achieving peak rates of 21Mbps, is being marketed as the fastest smartphone currently available from AT&T. It’s the big brother to the Samsung Captivate, and fits just between that device and Samsung’s Galaxy S II when it comes to hardware specs. The Infuse 4G packs a gorgeous and massive 4.5-inch display, a thin and light form factor, and a solid camera. AT&T’s first HSPA+ “4G” phones fell flat when it came to data — neither the HTC Inspire 4G nor the Motorola ATRIX 4G could hold a candle to the 3G download speeds available on the iPhone 4, and we won’t even discuss the upload speeds. Is the Infuse the AT&T 4G smartphone you’ve been waiting for? I’ve been trekking along with it for more than a week and have penned my impressions, so check out the gallery below and then hit the jump for my full review.
We spent some time earlier with the new Samsung Infuse 4G, and to not beat around the bush… this is by far our favorite Android device from Samsung so far. Samsung tells us it will be the fastest device available on AT&T’s network when it launches on May 15th, and that’s due to the phone’s support for 21Mbps of pure HSPA+ goodness. While there is a fine line between large displays on smartphones and displays that are too large, the Infuse 4G’s 4.5-inch screen really works beautifully with the handset’s ridiculously thin body — it totally balances out and we could see ourselves using this device frequently. Speaking of displays, the Samsung Infuse 4G’s Super AMOLED Plus screen is gorgeous; incredible black levels, deep, rich color, and boy is it bright. It’s all powered by a screaming fast 1.2GHz processor, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing and 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera round out the superphone nicely. Pricing is set at $199 with a new two-year agreement. Check out our Samsung Infuse 4G hands-on gallery and if you’re up for it, the full press release is after the break.
AT&T has yet to reveal launch pricing for two of its most highly anticipated smartphones, but it looks as though Amazon is already preparing to undercut the carrier at launch. Both announced at AT&T’s press conference during the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, the Motorola ATRIX 4G and Samsung Infuse 4G each went live on amazon.com last night. Both listings have since been pulled, but not before the world caught a glimpse of Amazon’s intended pricing. Known for its deep discounts, the online retailer plans to price the Motorola ATRIX 4G at $149.99 while the Samsung Infuse 4G will be even more affordable at $99.99. Full retail for the phones is listed as $599.99 and $499.99, respectively. The ATRIX 4G is expected to launch at the end of February for an estimated $199.99, and the Infuse 4G will launch sometime in the second quarter, possibly at $149.99. More →
AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega gave a keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday. The focus was undoubtedly 4G — as we reported earlier today — and de la Vega was joined by Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha, HTC CEO Peter Chou and Samsung CEO J. K. Shin to show off exciting upcoming devices. Here are some highlights:
- AT&T is accelerating its LTE deployment — it will launch LTE later this year and complete its deployment by 2013
- AT&T HSPA+ provides “4G speeds,” and is already deployed to nearly 100% of AT&T’s network
- 20 new 4G devices will be introduced this year including modems, mobile hotspots and phones
- De la Vega included Apple in his list of manufacturers set to launch “4G” devices this year [updated]
- Motorola ATRIX 4G launches this year: 4G LTE, Android OS, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 1930 mAh battery, 10.9mm thick, HTML5 support
- The ATRIX 4G has a laptop dock that basically turns the phone into a full notebook-sized smartbook — very weird, very intriguing — and a home entertainment dock
- HTC Inspire 4G: new HTC Sense UI, HTCSense.com support, 4.3-inch display, Android 2.2 OS, physical location awareness (phone rings louder when in a pocket or bag, then quiets when taken out), HTML5 support
- Samsung Infuse 4G: AT&T’s thinnest smartphone, 4.5-inch Super-AMOLED Plus display, Android 2.2 OS, 8-megapixel rear camera, front-facing camera for video chat, HTML 5 support
- AT&T’s first “4G” tablet will come soon from Motorola: dual core Tegra 2, 10.1-inch display, Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS
- First LTE tablets coming this year
- 12 new Android devices coming this year
- BlackBerry Torch sales have been strong and Windows Phone 7 sales have increased steadily since its launch
In terms of timing for those great new 4G smartphones mention above, five to seven HSPA+ devices will be introduced in the first half of this year, and the Motorola ATRIX 4G, HTC Infuse 4G and Samsung Infuse 4G will be among them. Hit the break for AT&T’s full press release related to today’s announcements.
UPDATE: Well, AT&T’s ridiculous decision to call both HSPA+ and LTE “4G”is already causing problems — AT&T contacted us to let us know that no iPhone-related LTE announcements were made. Apparently the “4G” mentioned alongside de la Vega’s mention of Apple did not refer to LTE “4G”.