Gadget Watch: How Many EVOs Did Sprint Sell Really?

Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) has admitted that it didn't sell as many High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) EVO devices as it first stated, as we run the numbers in this week's gadget news watch.

  • Sprint said initially that the total number of HTC EVO 4G devices sold on launch day was three times the number of Samsung Corp. Instinct and Palm Inc. Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined. The operator is now saying that the total number of EVO devices sold on launch day "was in line with the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined." (See Sprint's EVO Launch Creates Buzz & Mixed Crowds.)

    Sprint says that this still "marked the largest quantity of a single phone sold in one day ever for Sprint." The operator, however, is not releasing its sales figures for the EVO yet.

  • Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) is stepping up its efforts to deliver more Android-based phones to the US market and beyond. The phone-maker is teasing media outlets with an invite to meet the "next generation of Android phones" at an event in NYC on June 29. T-Mobile US Inc. , meanwhile, is expected to launch Samsung's Galaxy S Android phone in the US in July.

    Here's an overview of the big-screened Galaxy S from IntoMobile:

  • Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), meanwhile, may soon have its Droid2 phone ready for Verizon Wireless , Electronista says.

  • More on the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone 4's data-hogging tendencies from GigaOm, which finds that Netflix video streaming onto an iPhone 4 would eat up about 2.8 MB per minute. This translates to 168 MB per hour of Netflix streaming. The Netflix app is one of the most popular available on the iPad and will be available soon for the iPhone 4. (See Video Chat: Meet the New Data Hog and 5 Mobile Apps That Bust Data Caps.)

    UBM TechInsights says that the A4 chip used by Apple in the iPhone 4 is made by Samsung and some of the same technology is turning up in that vendor's phones. "By investigating the Samsung S5PC110A01 application processor and comparing it to the A4 application processor found in the Apple iPad using our specialized lab techniques, we were able to confirm that not only is Samsung the manufacturer of both application processors, but both application processors feature the same 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 core manufactured using a 45-nanometer low-power fabrication process," reports Young Choi, senior manager of the Technical Intelligence Group.

  • Wired, meanwhile, has found a use for your old 3G iPhone: Hack it to run the latest Android operating system.

  • CNN is promising that you'll soon be able to replace your TV remote with your smartphone. One less thing to lose down the back of the sofa!

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  • joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:32:52 PM
    re: Gadget Watch: How Many EVOs Did Sprint Sell Really?

    If the EVO sales numbers are decent I don't understand why Sprint isn't saying exactly what they are.

    sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:32:50 PM
    re: Gadget Watch: How Many EVOs Did Sprint Sell Really?

    It's also weird they didn't give a reason for how they got the numbers so wrong in the first place.

    BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk is estimating 150,000 sold launch weekend, which is also a lot lower than his initial estimates of 250,000 to 300,000.

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