Enterprise Mobility: Motorola Photon 4G, Triumph Boost Sprint`s Android Portfolio

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-06-09 Print this article Print


Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha introduced the two new devices during a high-profile presentation in New York City.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha took to a stage in New York City to introduce two new Android phones: The Motorola Photon 4G, a touch-screen device with a dual-core processor and Android 2.3, and the Motorola Triumph, an Android 2.2 device for Virgin Mobile. Both devices will be available this summer, at an unannounced price point. The Photon is Sprint's first dual-core smartphone. It features a 4.3-inch screen and a powerful 8-megapixel rear camera. Via the Webtop application (and a special smartphone dock), Photon users can access and create content on a larger screen. There's even a kickstand for hands-free viewing, presumably for those smartphone users who like to use their devices for watching movies and television shows while on the go. Android devices with high-end specs are a key part of Sprint's strategy to maintain a foothold in the smartphone market, where it faces sizable competition from Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T. Should AT&T succeed in its plan to swallow T-Mobile, it will make Sprint the only U.S. carrier without Apple's bestselling iPhone in its arsenal—and while that's not the prime consideration behind Sprint's Android-centric strategy, it certainly adds an additional impetus for the company to create a smartphone brand that attracts consumer loyalty. In addition to the Photon, Sprint has plans to release the HTC Evo 3D, a smartphone with a 3D screen, and its very own tablet.??í
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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