Droid 3 Soak Test E-Mails Being Sent Out

Motorola is planning a soak test for a future update for its Droid 3 devices on Verizon’s network, as an e-mail sent out to Motorola Feedback Network (MFN) members explains. For those that aren’t sure what a soak test is, it’s simply a form of software testing that ensures that, in normal use (or as close a simulation of) as well as under heavy load, the software remains stable and functional. Unfortunately it won’t be Ice Cream Sandwich, since that’s been dropped from Verizon’s list of phones receiving the Android 4.0 update. Members of the MFN received the following e-mail:

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are inviting owners of the Motorola Droid 3 on Verizon to participate in an early preview of a new software release, and provide feedback. If you are not currently using a Droid 3, please excuse and ignore this email.

Click this link to take a short enrollment survey if you wish to take part. Note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners’ Forums to be included. The registration window is can close without notice so please respond as quickly as possible.

Thanks — please understand that start times are always fluid. We ask for your patience if you register but don’t hear from us right away.

Thanks Justin for sending this in!

FCC Passes Huawei Prism (U8651T), Headed For T-Mobile

 

T-Mobile is apparently gearing up to launch another mid-range device on the network as FCC filings reveal Huawei’s new “Prism”, model number U8651T.  The device has passed certification and closely resembles the Huawei Sonic we saw last year which launched on Magenta.  Nothing special to note here folks as the device appears to house simple yet doable standards.  Expect a 3.5-inch display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and 512 MB of RAM.  Should make for a decent little guy on the network we’re guessing.  Stay tuned as we dig for more specs like whether or not the device will be capable of hitting T-Mobile’s 42 Mbps. Until then, feel free to speculate in the comments below.

source: FCC

 

 

 

 

Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G headed to T-Mobile

 

The tech world is waiting with bated breath for the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy SIII but it appears Samsung isn’t quite finished with the current Galaxy line just yet. T-Mobile USA updated its online store today to include the Galaxy S Blaze 4G as ‘Coming Soon’

The Galaxy S Blaze 4G is a high-end Android phone powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core snapdragon processor and 1GB RAM. There’s a 5MP camera on the rear with autofocus and 720p HD recording, there’s also a 1.3MP front facing camera for video calls. The phone will come in 16GB and 32GB versions and Samsung haven’t yet confirmed as to whether or not it will ship with Android 4.0 ICS.

The Galaxy S Blaze 4G is expected to land in March priced at $149.99. Head on over to the T-Mobile website for further details.

 

source : T-Mobile

 

 

Samsung Galaxy S Advance Delayed Until The End Of The Month In The UK

Apparently, the absurdly priced Samsung Galaxy S Advanced has been delayed and we won’t be seeing it until sometime around the end of the month. The guys over at Clove are pointing towards a March 26th release.  Clove is offering the SIM-free device for a price of £354 ($557) which really isn’t much of a sale if you ask us.  Come to think of it, we’re not sure why this device is even on the market and we’re all wondering who’s going to fork over the serious cash for this “in-between” device when they could be getting a bigger and better devices at a cheaper price.  We’ll let you all decide.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.  In the meantime, check out the specs for device comparison.

Features of Samsung Galaxy S Advance I9070

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz UI
  • 4.0” Super AMOLED display
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 768MB RAM
  • 8GB Internal Storage
  • MicroSD card slot (Up to 32GB)
  • Wi-Fi, quad-band 3G, Bluetooth
  • GPS with Google Maps
  • Find My Mobile Service
source: Clove

Huawei Vision U8850 Possibly Headed To North America

And Huawei continues its impressive 2012 rampage by giving its Vision U8850 smartphone an appearance here in North America. The phone has been available in select markets since the end of last year, but it was nowhere to be seen in North America until it made a subtle appearance at the Bluetooth SIG website recently. The unit looks to feature an HSDPA 850/1900MHz signal, so it would most likely be featured on AT&T’s sexy 3G network or on Rogers’/Telus/Bell if it’s headed for Canadian boundaries.

The Gingerbread-powered device could make a solid option for some with its decent specs too. You’ll find inside a 1GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, 3.7 inch WVGA display, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5MP rear camera with 720p video recording, VGA front-facing camera, 512MB of RAM, 2GB of ROM, MicroSD card support, and a 1,400 mAh battery. No further news for now, but stay tuned with Talk Android for additional news as we hear it.

source: Bluetooth SIG
via: Unwired View

Verizon Intros HomeFusion Residential Internet Access Via Your 4G LTE Connection, Expect A Cap

Verizon is looking to introduce a new concept when it comes to home internet access as they want to bring a tailored residential version of their 4G LTE into your home.  Who can deny how fast LTE is and the thought of powering my home connection with insane speeds sounds superb, so long as they have the capacity to do so.  However, what does that mean as far as data usage goes?  Will I constantly be worried about hitting my data cap?  Well, nevertheless, Vz wants to roll out the new service, dubbed HomeFusion, to several markets.  For $59.99 you’ll land 10GB per month after forking over a $199.99 equipment fee.  After that, they’ll install it for you at no charge.

According to Vz, you can expect to land anywhere from 5 to 12 Mbps down and depending on where you live 2 to 5 Mbps up.  The hardware will allow you to directly connect up to four devices and up to 10 different pieces of hardware via a wireless connection.  They’re looking to kick things off initially in Birmingham, Dallas and Nashville before rolling out to other markets.  Stay tuned as we deliver to the masses when and where Vz will be rolling out with the new service next.  All in all, the entire idea sounds great to me with one exception, the constant fear of hitting my data cap.  What say you?  Hit the break for the full press release.   Read more

GSM Version Of Motorola DROID 3 Gets FCC Approval, Possibly Headed To AT&T

 

Is AT&T set to get a popular slider phone for its wireless waves? It sure appears to be the case as a “Motorola Mobility XT682” has just received filing approval from the FCC. In case you’re unfamiliar, the “XT682” is the codename for none other than the DROID 3 smartphone. Moreover, the device has gotten approval to run on GSM 850/1900 and WCDMA II/V bands which are you guessed it— AT&T-specific bands out here in the States. Keep in mind we’ve seen no previous hints from both AT&T and MOTO indicating an AT&T version of the popular slider phone was on the horizon, so the phone is possibly not for AT&T’s network. Still— the fact the device has gotten FCC approval makes it a good bet that the GSM version of the phone will likely be on its way out here. The only question is when.

source: Wireless Goodness

Verizon Releases Device ICS Update List, Solidifies What We Already Know

While you folks already know, thanks to various announcements, that certain devices would be getting Ice Cream Sandwich, Big Red has decided to reiterate and solidify these announcements with a list of their own. While yes, we’ve known for some time that ICS would be coming to most of these devices, it’s nice that Verizon has gone and made it official. There isn’t a time table from in regards to when these devices will see the official update but it’s safe to say that we can assume it will be roughly around the announced times from the respective manufacturers.

If you haven’t been keeping up you can hit the break to see if your device will be getting its own taste of the very sweet OS and while you’re at it, check out the original announcements so you can get an idea of what kind of time line you’re looking at. Enjoy! Read more

All UK Networks Will Be Launching The HTC One X and One S

If you’ve been drooling over the X or the S in HTC’s new “One” series but worried about which carrier may or may not be getting it in the UK, fear not.  Chances are, you’ll be able to snatch one up effortlessly, as all carriers have announced they’ll be launching the new flagship devices.  O2, Three, Vodafon, T-Mobile and Orange will be taking on the new devices and the only hard decision for you will be deciding which one in the world should you get?  Both the One X and One S have a lot to offer but it’s the One X that will be sporting ICS 4.0 right out of the gate.  For those who may have their eyes on the HTC Legend-like “V” can get one on O2 and Three UK if they’re interested.  There’s no official release date as of yet with the exception of O2 and T-Mobile UK as they’ve announced an April launch for the pair of handsets. The rest of the carriers are just offering a “coming soon” sign.  Check out the spec reminder below and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

One X: (AT&T in U.S.)

One S: (T-Mobile in U.S.)

source: Android Central

Growing Data Demands Are Trouble For Verizon, LTE Capacity Nearing Limits

In a filing made to the FCC in support of Verizon’s planned $3.9 billion purchase of nationwide AWS spectrum licenses held by SpectrumCo, Big Red’s executive director of network strategy Bill Stone said that Verizon’s current spectrum holdings do not provide enough capacity to meet growing 4G demands, in some places hitting full capacity by 2013. More places will hit capacity by 2015.

Our usage projections suggest that traffic on our LTE network will surpass data usage on our EV-DO network in early 2013. By year-end 2015 our LTE data traffic is projected to be 5 times the peak data traffic ever carried on our 3G EV-DO network. The impact of that growth rate compounds, resulting in a more than 20-fold increase in LTE data traffic from year-end 2011 to year-end 2015.

Currently, only 5 percent of Verizon’s customers use LTE, but the company is trying to migrate as many customers to LTE as possible. Even though Verizon is trying to move more users to their LTE network, their EV-DO network is not seeing a drop in usage either. Stone stated:

…overall traffic continues to increase on the EV-DO network even as some customers migrate to the LTE network. Thus while traffic is migrating to LTE, spectrum deployed for EV-DO is not fallow, but is filled by the growing data demands of remaining users. Put another way, customers are not yet moving to LTE fast enough to stop, and reverse, EV-DO traffic growth.

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