Sprint to feature Path on Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and Torque

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Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) and social networking app Path have formed a partnership making it easier for Sprint users to find the app without having to search through the Google Play storefront. Users with Sprint's Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One or Torque devices will have the Discover-It widget preinstalled on their phone, and the widget will spotlight select apps that Sprint recommends, including Path.

Path - Sprint Discover-It

Path is featured in Sprint's Discover-It.

"Sprint and Path are finding ways to collaborate to enhance our customers' experience. This is a first step," said Kevin McGinnis, vice president of product at Sprint, in a prepared statement. "We're excited to work with a mobile-first, best-in-class design company like Path."

"Now, Sprint customers can download Path with just a quick tap, allowing them to easily connect and share with the ones they love," reads the Path blog post marking the announcement.

Path did not provide further details about how long the partnership would last, or its financial details.

Sprint did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last week Path came under fire for allegedly spamming its users and their contacts with texts and robocalls. Digital marketer Stephen Kenwright reported that after installing Path, the app texted and called all of his contacts urging them to view photos that Kenwright wished to share. "Try explaining to your grandparents down the line that they couldn't download Path to their landline even if they wanted to (they don't want to)," he writes. "As soon as I put the phone down… it rang again. It was Path, explaining that I have some photos to share (I don't have any photos, and if I did I would have already seen them)."

For more:
- see this Path blog post
- see this GigaOm story

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