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Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE now receiving maintenance update

If you’re a Sprint user with a Motorola Photon Q, there’s some good news for you in the form of an update. While the update isn’t Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, it does bring along some bug fixes and features that will improve the device.

The maintenance update, version 7.7.1Q-6_SPR-125_ASA-10, brings the following fixes and improvements to the Photon Q:

  • Improved text messaging when requesting usage and upgradeability through Sprint Zone; seamless international text messaging; Improved MMS functionality
  • Enhancements for WiFi hotspot in GSM/UMTS mode and adding new WiFi connections; select number of users to access Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Random power cycle when using Wi-Fi Direct
  • Manually send or auto-sync emails from outbox
  • Faster launch and playback using the YouTube application
  • Improved browsing with Google Chrome for Android Mobile Browser
  • More easily import contacts from SD card
  • Improved music playback, both streaming from Amazon Cloud or Internet Radio services and music saved to the phone – minimizes occasional skips or -repeats
  • Now supports 1080p HD video capture, and enhanced video settings for more responsive playback
  • Easier creating and accepting calendar meeting notices on the phone

The update will be rolling out in stages and should hit all Photon Q devices within the next 14 days. Let us know if you received your update and how your Photon Q is reacting to the update by leaving a comment below.

Source: Sprint Community | via AC

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Sprint Motorola Photon Q now available for pre-order, will launch on August 19 for $200

The Motorola Photon Q for Sprint was announced last month with Big Yellow not being too specific about a launch date or pricing. If you are a fan of phones with physical keyboards aka sliders, you should know that–as rumored–the Photon Q will be available on August 19 with pre-orders starting today for $199.99 when you sign a two-year contract.

The Q wil pack a 4.3-inch ColorBoost display, Android 4.0.4, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 8-megapixel rear facing camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera, full QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G LTE, 1785 mAh battery and NFC.

The Photon Q is definitely what the Droid 4 should have been in the first place. With an unlockable bootloader and impressive specs, this phone is definitely going to be a winner for Sprint. For more info, hit the full press release below.

Calling All QWERTY Fans! Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE from Sprint Available Aug. 19 for $199.99; Pre-Order Begins Today
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. (BUSINESS WIRE), August 13, 2012 – Offering a device packed with features to provide the ideal work-life balance, Sprint (NYSE: S), the only national wireless carrier offering truly unlimited data for all phones while on the Sprint network1, today announced the Sunday, Aug. 19, availability of the first 4G LTE-enabled smartphone from Sprint with a full QWERTY keyboard and international roaming capabilities, Motorola PHOTON™ Q™ 4G LTE. Motorola PHOTON Q will cost $199.99 (excludes taxes) with a new line of service or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement.

Motorola PHOTON Q will be available for pre-order beginning today at www.sprint.com/photonq. Customers who pre-order Motorola PHOTON Q will begin receiving their smartphone as early as two days before the device goes on sale – while supplies last.

“At Sprint, we recognize there is a large group of our customers that love the ease of a physical QWERTY keyboard,” said David Owens, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “By bringing a device like Motorola PHOTON Q into our portfolio, we are able to give these customers the option of a physical keyboard plus international roaming capabilities to stay connected while traveling abroad.”

Motorola PHOTON Q features a slide out PC-like QWERTY keyboard for double-thumb efficiency. Each laser-cut key is outlined in LED lights so users can see what they’re doing, even in the dark. It also has a dedicated number row for maximum typing efficiency and accuracy.

Combined with a large 4.3-inch ColorBoost™ display, Motorola PHOTON Q offers the largest screen currently available on a 4G LTE smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard. Its 8-megapiexal rear-facing camera with 1080p capture and playback along with an HD front-facing camera produce a high-quality multimedia experience that provides the perfect blend of business and pleasure with blazing speed on the Sprint 4G LTE network2.

Additional key features on Motorola PHOTON Q include:

1.5GHz dual-core processor
Android™ 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich
ULE Platinum Certification, the highest level of environmental performance recognized by sustainable requirements established by UL Environment and Sprint
SMARTACTIONS™, the free Motorola app that helps extend battery life and intelligently automates routine, everyday tasks so that smartphones can do more for consumers
Mirror mode when connected with HDMI cable (sold separately) to view images, files and movies on a larger screen, like your TV at home
Sprint ID, offering an innovative way to personalize an Android-powered smartphone with apps, widgets, ringtones and more all, in a single download
NFC support to share links, apps, YouTube™ clips and more with Android Beam™
Sprint Professional Grade designation making it business ready with full corporate security, including remote wipe, pin lock and data encryption
Motorola PHOTON Q customers can enjoy an unlimited data experience with Sprint Everything Data plans. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $79.99 per month for smartphones – a savings of $20 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB web (excludes taxes and surcharges).

Customers across the country are beginning to benefit from Network Vision – an all-new network from Sprint, which offers enhanced 3G service – with a stronger wireless signal, faster data speeds, expanded coverage and better in-building performance – and 4G LTE, with faster data speeds for data applications.

On July 15, Sprint launched 4G LTE in 15 cities, including Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Atlanta, Kansas City and Waco, Texas. Sprint recently announced that it expects four more cities to soon experience the speed and power of its all-new 4G LTE network. As the first national wireless carrier to introduce 4G service in 2008, Sprint expects to bring 4G LTE to the following cities before Labor Day:

Baltimore, Md.
Gainesville, Ga.
Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.
Sherman-Denison, Texas
For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 56 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, over the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

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Rumor: Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE launching on August 19

If you’re patiently waiting for the launch of the Motorola Photon Q on Sprint, you might not have to wait much longer. According to a Sprint insider, the 4G LTE QWERTY phone on Sprint will be launching on Sunday, August 19. Unfortunately, that information has yet to be confirmed by Sprint, so we’ll just have to wait and see if the information pans out.

According to PhoneDog, Sprint employees have begun training for the new Photon Q 4G device, so launch shouldn’t so far off.

As a quick reminder, the Photon Q 4G is a 4G LTE phone from Motorola that will feature a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 4.3-inch qHD display with ColorBoost, a 1.5GHz dual-core SnapDragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, front and rear-facing cameras, and much more.

Source: PhoneDog

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Motorola Photon Q to feature unlockable bootloader

Looks like Motorola is going to finally start unlocking the bootloader on their devices, starting with the Motorola Photon Q. Today, the company announced that the bootloader on the Photon Q, the new phone that is heading to Sprint in August, will have an unlockable bootloader. In addition, Motorola says that other phones that they release after the Photon Q will also have unlockable bootloaders.

The announcement was made today via the official Motorola Twitter channel and their blog at Motorola.com/blog.

For months now we’ve been working closely with our developers and carrier partners to provide users a way to unlock the bootloader on their Motorola Mobility device while keeping the networks secure and satisfying carriers’ requirements. And we’ve finally found a solution.

Starting with the MOTOROLA PHOTON Q, users will be able to unlock the bootloader. Other products will have this option too in the future.

MOTOROLA PHOTON Q will be available on Sprint in August. Specific details on unlocking PHOTON Q’s bootloader will be available then.

If this is the first step to unlockable bootloaders on Motorola devices, it’s about time! With an unlocked bootloaders, true custom ROMs and custom kernels will be available for this upcoming Motorola devices, as well as future ones.

Source: @Motorola | Motorola Blog

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Official: Sprint releases the Motorola Photon Q with 4G LTE and full QWERTY keyboard in tow

It didn’t take long for Sprint to make the Motorola Photon Q official folks. They announced today that the handset will soon launch for Big Yellow and that details and pricing will be unveiled in the’coming weeks.’

If you’re a Sprint customer and a fan of physical keyboards, the Photon Q is the answer to your prayers. Here are its specs:

  • Android™ 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.3-inch ColorBoost display
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • Rear-facing 8MP camera with 1080p video capture and playback so you can leave your digital camera at home. Plus, those photos can be set to automatically upload to Google+™ so you don’t have to worry about accidently deleting them.
  • Front-facing HD camera for easy Google+™ Hangout video chats or conference calls
  • Mirror mode when connected with HDMI cable (sold separately) to view images, files and movies on a larger screen, like your TV at home.
  • Sprint ID, offering an innovative way to personalize an Android smartphone with apps, widgets, ringtones and more all, in a single download
  • NFC support to share links, apps, YouTube™ clips and more with Android™ Beam

Motorola mentions that the Photon Q will be business ready meaning that it will feature full corporate security “including remote wipe, pin lock, and data encryption.” This phone will definitely be the phone to get if you’re into full keyboard handsets. For more information hit the full press release after the break.

First Sprint 4G LTE-enabled Device with Full QWERTY and International Capabilities, Motorola PHOTON™ Q 4G LTE, Coming Soon

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – July 26, 2012 – Sprint (NYSE: S), the only national wireless carrier offering truly unlimited data for all phones while on the Sprint network1, and Motorola Mobility today announce Motorola PHOTON Q™ 4G LTE, the next generation of last summer’s popular Motorola PHOTON™ 4G. The new device will boast a five-row, PC-like QWERTY keyboard, international capabilities and a generous 4.3-inch ColorBoost™ display, as well as the ability to operate on Sprint’s new lightning-fast 4G LTE network2.

Pricing and availability for Motorola PHOTON Q will be announced within the next few weeks. Customers seeking additional information can visit www.sprint.com/photonq.

“Motorola PHOTON Q will be the first 4G LTE device with a QWERTY keyboard and world phone capabilities to join the Sprint line-up,” said David Owens, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “We want to make sure our 4G LTE handset portfolio has the full complement of choices for our customers. Adding a product with both a physical keyboard and world mode makes this a great addition to the Sprint family of devices. This is a dynamic smartphone that customers will really enjoy using and we are pleased to have Motorola as part of our 4G LTE device portfolio.”

Motorola PHOTON Q equips customers with the best of both worlds to communicate – a virtual keyboard for quick texts and a slide out PC-like QWERTY keyboard for double-thumb efficiency. Each laser-cut key is outlined in LED lights so users can see what they’re doing, even in the dark. It also has a dedicated number row for maximum typing efficiency and accuracy.

“When we talk to people who love their QWERTY smartphones, it’s evident this segment is passionate about their keyboards,” said Mark Shockley, senior vice president, Go-to-Market, Motorola Mobility. “Motorola PHOTON Q offers a class-leading keyboard and an amazing big screen so you can see and do more with your smartphone.”

Offering an impressive 4.3-inch ColorBoost™ display, Motorola PHOTON Q offers the largest screen currently available on a 4G LTE QWERTY smartphone. This makes it easy to browse the Web using Google Chrome without enlarging text, look at detail-rich pictures without having to zoom in, and watch a show without straining your eyes. Motorola’s exclusive ColorBoost™ display enables colors to be richer and more vibrant than other smartphones on the market. And with scratch-resistant glass and splash-guard coating, Motorola PHOTON Q resists everyday scratches and spills.

In addition to its technological prowess, Motorola PHOTON Q is the seventh device in the Sprint line-up to receive ULE Platinum Certification, the highest level of environmental performance recognized by sustainable requirements established by UL Environment and Sprint.

Additional key features on Motorola PHOTON Q include:

  • Android™ 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • Rear-facing 8MP camera with 1080p video capture and playback so you can leave your digital camera at home. Plus, those photos can be set to automatically upload to Google+™ so you don’t have to worry about accidently deleting them.
  • Front-facing HD camera for easy Google+™ Hangout video chats or conference calls
  • Mirror mode when connected with HDMI cable (sold separately) to view images, files and movies on a larger screen, like your TV at home.
  • Sprint ID, offering an innovative way to personalize an Android smartphone with apps, widgets, ringtones and more all, in a single download
  • NFC support to share links, apps, YouTube™ clips and more with Android™ Beam
  • World Smart with 4G LTE Speeds

Motorola PHOTON Q is the first Sprint phone to feature SMARTACTIONS™, the free Motorola app that helps extend battery life and intelligently automates routine, everyday tasks so that smartphones can do more for consumers. For example, walking into a meeting, SMARTACTIONS can turn the ringer to silent so an incoming phone call won’t interrupt the meeting. If the battery is low, SMARTACTIONS can automatically lower the display lighting to ensure the battery lasts longer.

Motorola PHOTON Q is Business Ready with full corporate security including remote wipe, pin lock, and data encryption. It is one of several devices available with Sprint Professional Grade, a new designation for select smartphones that deliver enhanced security, device management and Exchange Active Sync capabilities to business users. Click here to learn more about Sprint Professional Grade designation.

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Sprint CEO says Motorola Photon Q coming very soon

During Sprint’s earning call this morning, CEO Dan Hesse gave additional information on the upcoming Motorola Photon Q. The Photon Q has yet to be announced by Sprint. We’ve seen a picture of it in the past and it even cruised through the FCC.

According to Dan Hesse, the Photon Q will be an LTE device that will also serve as a GSM world phone for those who like to travel outside of the United States. Based on previous leaks, the phone will feature a 5-row QWERTY keyboard. Although it has yet to be announced, the phone is coming “very soon”, according to Mr. Hesse.

While we expect it to launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, there’s still a possibility that Motorola will make potential customers happy by launching the Photon Q with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

As soon as we receive more info on the Photon Q, we’ll be sure to let you guys know!

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Motorola Photon Q cruises through the FCC with Sprint LTE bands

A Motorola device with model number XT897 cruised through the FCC today. Although we can’t say for sure what it is, it appears that it’s most-likely the upcoming Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE. The device that cruised through the FCC featured an NFC chip and LTE band 25, which is Sprint’s 1900MHz band for their new LTE network. According to a recent picture, we can confirm that there’s an upcoming Motorola phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Other rumors of the Photon Q 4G LTE include a quad or dual-core processor (most-likely dual Snapdragon S4 due to LTE) and HD display.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Motorola packed this baby with 2GB of RAM, it looks like Samsung and LG have started a new trend with launching their high-end phones with 2GB of RAM.

Hopefully we’ll be hearing more about this upcoming device soon. For those of you who prefer phones with physical keyboards, hang in there if you’re Sprint. You will soon have an extra phone to choose from.

Source: FCC | via Engadget

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Unreleased Motorola phone with slide-out QWERTY keyboard for Sprint spotted in the wild. Could it the Photon Q 4G LTE?

If you’re in the market for a smartphone with a full keyboard on Sprint, you might be happy to know that Sprint and Motorola are currently testing out a phone that could suit your needs. A picture of an upcoming Motorola phone with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard has surfaced, thanks to Android Central forum user Va1ha11a.

Not much is known about the unreleased phone. According to Va1ha11a, the phone is currently being tested. Based on the picture, we can tell that the phone is heading to Sprint (because of the Sprint Music Plus app), features a full QWERTY keyboard, and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (due to the on-screen navigation buttons).

Under the hood, not much is known. Now that Sprint is working on rolling out their 4G LTE network, it would be a good assumption that this upcoming phone would feature 4G LTE connectivity.

Design-wise, the device resembles the Motorola Photon 4G simply because of the straight corners.

Could this phone be the rumored Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE? Back in April, it was reported that Motorola and Sprint were working on a successor to the Photon 4G, and that it would include LTE. Could the Q in Photon Q 4G LTE stand for QWERTY? It makes a little sense.

I guess we’ll find out some more on this device sooner or later.

Source: Android Central Forums | via AC

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Rumor: Sprint working on sequel to the Motorola Photon 4G with LTE

The Motorola Photon 4G is going to get a successor, if the folks over at Pocket Now are correct. According to their sources, Sprint and Motorola are working on releasing a sequel to the high-end Photon 4G. As you remember, the Photon 4G was released in June of 2011 as a high-end device on Sprint’s network. According to Pocket Now, the successor to the Photon 4G will be called the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE, and like its name implies, it will have access to Sprint’s brand-new 4G LTE network, and will most-likely be Motorola’s first 4G LTE phone on the now network.

Specs-wise, nothing is known yet. You can expect the phone to feature a dual or quad-core processor, HD display, 4G LTE connectivity and much more. As far as pricing and release information, nothing is available. Since Sprint is busy rolling out their 4G LTE network, and seeing how they have some 4G LTE phones currently available from Samsung and LG, we wouldn’t be surprised if it was made available before or around the time Sprint lights up its first 4G LTE markets.