Android This Week: Enter the EVO; Samsung Does Android; Nexus One a Success


Sprint this week took the wraps off the Android-based HTC EVO, the first smartphone to include WiMAX support (or as Sprint insists on incorrectly stating, the first phone with 4G.) It includes an 8-megapixel camera capable of shooting HD video, and a second, front-facing camera whose function has not yet been clearly defined. But it is expected that developers will produce video calling capability to take advantage of both the camera and the high-speed network. The HTC EVO will be available from Sprint starting this summer.

Meanwhile, Samsung became the latest handset manufacturer to unveil an Android-based phone with the Galaxy S. A touch phone with a fast Samsung processor powering a 4-inch AMOLED display, the Galaxy S uses HSPA+ for 3G connectivity, which will come in handy for uploading HD video shot with the phone camera to online video services. Samsung has not stated when the Galaxy S will be available for purchase, nor if it will be released in the U.S.

Google has so far only sold an estimated 135,000 units of its own branded smartphone, the Nexus One — not a huge number in the hot smartphone market. Yet that sales figure should be considered a success given that Google is only selling the phone online, according to HTC (maker of the Nexus One) CEO Peter Chou. The Nexus One is a “halo phone,” Chou said this week, in that it’s bringing both Android and HTC to the mainstream consumer.



WiMAX tests actually put it in the 3-6 mbit download range or the equivalence of dsl/cable speeds. LTE isn’t just Verizon but also ATT and there are no “tests” for “real world use” speeds because the system isn’t even out. LTE has a theoretical 5-12 mbit download speed, but until the system is in place no one will know for sure since it’s still a year out. LTE is faster over all but WiMAX is already here.

Standard | Family| Primary Use| Downlink| Uplink
LTE UMTS/4GSM General 4G 360 mbits 80 mbits

WiMAX 802.16e Mobile Internet 144 mbits 35 mbits

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LTE-Advanced update expected to offer peak rates of at least 1 Gbit/s fixed speeds and 100 Mbit/s to mobile users.

WiMAX update IEEE 802.16m expected offer up to 1 Gbit/s fixed speeds. WiMax is invested by Comcast, Cisco, Google, Intel, Time Warner. It also has systems in place all over the world and by the end of the year 800 million to 1 billion people will have access to Wimax, not just 120 million in the US.


What sprint calls 4G is not true 4G. It is fast, but true 4G is capable of theoretical speeds upwards of 100mbps. On average sprints Wimax tests at 2-5 mbs. Verizons upcoming LTE averages 5-12 mbs with a top speed of 50 mbs just to put it into perspective.

Despite there faster speeds if they don’t release a decent smart phone in the next week I am leaving them. Bye Verizon.


Samsung already had an Android based phone on Sprint, the Samsung Moment, released October ’09.

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