Google patent describes integration between Google+ and wireless carriers

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A new patent application with the USPTO titled Integration of Carriers with Social Networks describes how a “circle-based” social network could interface with wireless carriers to make it easier for people to connect. The description in the patent application indicates the social network could scan contact information that a user has connected to their account, like contacts in Google+, and cross-reference this with information in a wireless carriers database. If a match is discovered the social network could automatically create a group (or circle) that includes those matches. For example, if a user bought a new phone and service from Sprint, upon logging in to their Google+ account, contacts would be cross-checked against Sprint’s database of users to identify other Sprint customers, all of whom would be dumped into a circle for preferred calling.
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AT&T’s LTE with an equipped General Motors vehicle will cost $10 per month

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Putting a car with your AT&T Mobile Share Value plan. It is possible. For the same price that it costs to add a tablet, AT&T will let you add your General Motors vehicle. To start, the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu will be the vehicle to get if you want AT&T’s LTE on the road. By the end of this year, though, General Motors plans on having more than 30 cars capable of having an LTE connection across its subdivisions.

The amount of data you get varies, but OnStar subscribers get a little bit of a discount. OnStar subscribers can get 200MB of data per month for $5 or 1GB for $15. Don’t have OnStar? Those plans will cost $10 and $20, respectively. There are also 3GB and 5GB plans available. And if you would like to forgo a month-to-month cost, AT&T will supply time period packages.

Are you interested in a car that has a data connection?

Source: AT&T, General Motors

Verizon Galaxy Note 3 gets KitKat update through wired methods

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The Verizon variant of the Galaxy S4 finally received KitKat last month, and no it looks like it’s the Note 3‘s turn. Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are reporting that the update is available through Samsung Kies and through the Verizon Software Upgrade Assistant.

While it is good that the device is finally getting the update, it’s a little unfortunate that it’s only available if you plug your device into your computer.

Source: Androidandme

LG Volt available today from prepaid carriers Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, Sprint’s Spark LTE connectivity included

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The LG Volt, or the L90 outside of the United States, is available starting today from two of Sprint’s prepaid carriers: Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. But this is not your ordinary prepaid smartphone. The Volt will utilize Sprint’s enhanced Spark LTE connectivity, regardless of which carrier you go with. And for a prepaid smartphone, the specifications are not bad.

The 4.7-inch display has a 960×540 resolution and that seems to be the only iffy part. The processor is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM. The micro SD card slot can expand upon the 8GB of internal storage by 64GB. And the batter is a very respectable 3000mAh. LG threw in an 8MP camera on the back and 1.3MP one up front. There is even an IR blaster and some of LG’s other software additions. However, LG has updated KnockOn to include Knock Code. This new feature utilizes a personalized tapping sequence to unlock the handset.

Hit the break for the full press release.
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Verizon said to be getting the HTC Desire 610

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Life should not be all about flagship smartphones with cutting edge specifications. So it is always nice to see when a carrier opts to sell mid-range devices. They need some love too, after all. It looks like HTC and Verizon will be teaming up to bring the Desire 610 to Big Red customers.

On Twitter, @evleaks said that the handset would be heading to Verizon. And back in March, we heard that it would also be available through AT&T as well. Perhaps this is a sign other carriers like Sprint or T-Mobile will carry the Desire 610.


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LG Isai officially released in Japan but not an LG G3 preview

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LG officially released the LG Isai via KDDI in Japan yesterday. The smartphone is supposed to be a KDDI exclusive for that market. Historically LG’s Japanese phone releases have been a precursor to the release of new flagship devices around the world. Many people are expecting that to be the case again and are looking at the LG Isai to be a good indication of what the LG G3 will look like and what hardware will be included when released.

According to LG, the forthcoming LG G3 and the LG Isai are “completely different” products. Despite that claim, comparing images of the LG Isai to leaked images of the LG G3 reveal devices that appear to be very similar. That probably means the hardware is similar as well, like the 5.5-inch QHD display of the LG Isai.

source: ZDNet Japan
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Sprint is slowing down the top 5% data users in congested locations

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Slow down Sprint customers! If you are within the top 5% of data users in a congested location, your data connection will be throttled. It is being reported by FierceWireless that prepaid Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile customers are also going to be affected.

Right now, no one knows what qualifies a location as congested. What we do know is that Sprint will un-throttle your data connection upon leaving a congested location or when the area becomes un-congested. So if you do not want to leave the place bringing you down, you will have to hope others do.

Sprint said the data throttling process “will enable us to provide more customers with a high quality data experience during heavy usage times.”

Source: FierceWireless