The year kicked off with some great conventions which showcased some of the best devices in the field and all the carriers were battling for the number one spot of being “Best in Show”. This was highly important especially as AT&T made the slow but steady shift towards the Android powered smartphones as it lost the exclusivity on iPhone 4 which is now available on Verizon Wireless as well. T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon were all keen on fighting for the top dog position, yet Sprint had a slow start if anything. Despite that, the carrier worked hard and we might expect some cool new devices to hit the market.
Sprint’s first big Android phone announcement was Kyocera Echo. This dual-screen Android smartphone on Sprint comes with an industry first – as the name says it, it comes with two displays. The device was first announced way back in February, but was the first real step in the right direction coming from the carrier. The Android phone and Sprint combo went on with a series of cool new announcements at CTIA a while back. This was again a nice showcase of what the carrier is bringing to the table.
Sprint managed to bag Samsung Nexus S a while back ( or Google Nexus S if that drives your fancy ) and CTIA brought an impressive lineup to the carrier. As such we had the first announcements regarding the HTC Evo View ( that’s the HTC Flyer Android tablet ), HTC Evo 3D and HTC Evo 4G. These new devices helped the carrier to gain some respect in my book. After the slow start at the beginning of the year, with no new announcements from them, this really helped the carrier along in the race between carriers in the US.
With such an impressive lineup incoming our way the Android Phone and Sprint combination looks promising not only for subscribers of the network but for those of you thinking about picking up any of these new devices from them. The Kyocera Echo, which is a Sprint exclusive, can be purchased for $199 on a 2 year contract, with pricing not yet known for the HTC attack. You can expect those devices to hit the market sometime this summer according to Sprint. Stay tuned for more !1