Sprint Weighing iPhone 5, Motorola, and Tizen for 2013
Sprint today indicated that while most of its device plans for 2013 have been finalized, the company is still looking at several possibilities. First, it expects a new iPhone to debut at some point, but the Now Network isn't sure what role a new smartphone from Apple will play through 2013. Sprint also said that Motorola remains a question mark. Sprint spokesperson David Owens called Motorola a "straggler" and blamed its current state of limbo on Motorola's recent acquisition by Google. "Sprint is very interested in watching what happens with Motorola and Google over the next year," said Owens. "We're still waiting to see how it unfolds. What will Google do with Motorola? Now they're building out their roadmap. What does that look like for Sprint for 2013?" Last, Sprint indicated that it is eying the Linux-based platform from Samsung and Intel called Tizen. Sprint doesn't have solid plans to launch Tizen-based products, but its part of Sprint's roadmap moving into 2013. Sprint joined the Tizen Association earlier this year.
Google Testing 3rd-Party Email Access in iOS Gmail App
Google is allowing people to use their non-Gmail email service within the Gmail app for iOS. Apple's own iOS email app and Microsoft's Outlook email app both already support multiple email services, as does Gmail on Android handsets.
Samsung Reveals Price Points for Gear Sport Watch and Icon X Headphones
Samsung today said its Gear Sport smartwatch and Icon X 2018 headphones will be available for pre-order starting October 13, with general retail availability to follow October 27. The Gear Sport, a fitness-focused smartwatch that runs Samsung's Tizen platform, costs $299.99.
Sprint to Sell Motorola Moto E Across Its Prepaid Brands
Sprint today said it plans to sell the Motorola Moto E from Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, and Sprint Prepaid this month. The Moto E, which has a larger screen and supports LTE 4G, is available in white from Boost Mobile beginning today for $99.99.
Google, Sprint Deploy RCS on Android Phones
Google and Sprint today said some of Sprint's Android phones now have access to RCS-based messaging features. Google added Rich Communication Services, powered by its Jibe cloud platform, to its own Messenger SMS application.