Today at Google I/O, developers are getting a glimpse at the future of wireless with Sprint 5G NR connectivity powering Android applications. I/O attendees from around the globe are among the first to experience Sprint 5G with applications running on the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, Sprint’s first 5G smartphone.
During Google’s annual developer festival at the Shoreline Amphitheater, Sprint is using Ericsson 5G Massive MIMO radios to deliver over-the-air dual-connectivity with 60 MHz of 2.5 GHz on LTE and 40 MHz of 2.5 GHz on 5G NR.
Demonstrations include YouTube 4K video streaming, gaming, and augmented reality. Using the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, attendees can experience touchless control to interact with their environment, performing common tasks hands-free with just a wave. The large OLED screen, which doubles as a speaker, also provides an immersive entertainment experience.
“5G will drive new levels of innovation and progress around the world, and it’s the developers that will make it happen,” said Ryan Sullivan, Vice President of Product Engineering and Development at Sprint. “We’re excited to work with the Android community as it develops disruptive new 5G services across all industries from entertainment to healthcare, energy, public safety, transportation and more.”
Sprint True Mobile 5G
In the coming weeks Sprint will begin launching true mobile 5G service. Areas of Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Kansas City are expected to be among its first locations to launch; with areas of Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenixand Washington D.C. slated to launch by the end of June. Sprint’s total initial 5G coverage footprint across all nine market areas is expected to be more than 1,000 square miles.
Customers will experience 5G mobility and blazing-fast speeds with the LG V50 ThinQ, HTC 5G Hub, and this summer, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. Using a key 5G technology, dual-connectivity (EN-DC), Sprint will deliver LTE and 5G simultaneously to customers’ devices, enabling faster speeds and a better overall experience.
Sprint continues to advocate for a merger with T-Mobile to rapidly build a nationwide 5G network. By combining Sprint and T-Mobile, the merger will create a company with the spectrum assets, scale, and financial wherewithal to propel the U.S. into a 5G leadership position worldwide.