Today, Sprint is planning on making some huge announcements at CTIA and we’re here at the press conference bringing the news to you live. Everyone is currently getting settled to be sure to stay tuned as we bring updates as it happens!
1:31 PM: As the press fill the room, we’re getting set up and wondering what could possibly under the veil in that image above. The Beatles’ “Revolution” fills the room.
1:35 PM: Lights are dimming and it looks like the action is about to start!
1:36 PM: Dan Hesse is on stage.
1:36 PM: “What the world has been missing is a great 4G smart phone, so today we’re announcing the world’s first Android 4G smartphone!” (Audience claps.)
1:38 PM: Dan Hesse unveils the 3G/4G Evo.
1:39 PM: “We believe [the Evo] will be in a class all by itself.”
1:40 PM: Peter Chou takes the stage. “Sprint 4G is a big step for mobile Internet. I’m very excited to be here today.”
1:41 PM: “I am really excited. HTC and Google have been working very closely with Sprint since May of 2008 to deliver the world’s first fully integrated 4G consumer handset.”
1:42 PM: “I think Evo 4G is a clear indicator to how the mobile broadband experience is beginning to eclipse the home office or living room experience.”
1:44 PM: “The Evo 4G will take the video experience to a new level and it will no longer be one-dimensional. It has a 4.3″ screen and a kickstand and HDMI out. It’s packed to make it the best video experience.”
1:45 PM: “With Evo 4G, we are including the new HTC Sense experience. Some of the enhancements include ‘Friend Stream’ which aggregates all of your social communication – including Facebook, Twitter and Flickr into an organized flow of updates.”
1:47 PM: “I think the Evo 4G will begin to change people’s concept of the Internet.”
1:48 PM: “I look forward to having you give it a try. Thank you.” Mr. Chou exits the stage.
1:50 PM: Sprint’s Kevin Packingham is on stage.
1:51 PM: We’re getting treated to a demo of YouTube over 4G. Very clean and sharp.
1:57 PM: After seeing Prince of Persia on the big screen via the Evo’s HDMI out, we caught a glimpse of the same trailer showing over the 4G network on the phone. Very impressive.
1:58 PM: 8MP camera on back, or 1.3MP camera up front from which you can stream to Qik or send images/video to Facebook or Twitter.
1:59 PM: Now we’re getting a demo of Google Goggles. They just took a picture of an image of the Eiffel Tower, and the results were practically instantaneous.
2:00 PM: Pinch-to-zoom and Adobe Flash support! “It replicates the experience on your desktop over 4G. This is the way it was meant to be experienced thanks to 4G and the [Snapdragon] processor.” Now onto Layar.
2:01 PM: “Let’s pull up the tweet filter and see what people are tweeting here in this room. Probably nothing great about me.” Crowd laughs.
2:04 PM: “We’ve been recording and streaming this event to this laptop via an Evo 4G.”
2:05 PM: Time for a demo showing Transformers 2 using the Evo 4G as a mobile hotspot.
2:05 PM: Now they’re demoing a “smart phone of lesser capability,” the iPhone, and a Droid, over 4G.
That’s it folks! Be sure to stay tuned for some video footage of this event a little later. Now it’s time for a hands on, but you already know all about the Evo 4G from our hands on earlier, don’t you?