updated 02:00 pm EST, Wed January 25, 2012
Sprint to phase out PlayBook, Evo 4G, more
A leaked End-of-Life (EOL) report shared by SprintFeed reveals Sprint will phase out the BlackBerry PlayBook, HTC Evo View 4G, and Evo View 4G before month's end. The shipments to carrier stores will decrease before ceasing altogether. The discontinuation of the two tablets could be an indication Sprint is readying sequels, although only the PlayBook refresh has been hinted at so far.
Back in November, a Sprint executive said the carrier needs to focus on tablets that have phone features and can connect to high-speed networks. With Samsung's Galaxy Note recently arriving in the US, the tablet/smartphone hybrid is potentially a fit, although Sprint's Galaxy Nexus and AT&T's at least temporary exclusive may dampen expectations.
The Evo 4G has been one of the longest-serving and successful smartphones on Sprint and one of the few Android phones to get support for almost all its lifecycle, starting off on Android 2.1 but getting 2.2 and 2.3.