Google IO 2016 Coverage

White Galaxy Nexus Heading to Verizon?

You know that white international version of the Galaxy Nexus we have been seeing lately? Yeah that one, the white one. Well, apparently for you U.S. folks who are just dying to get your hands on an alabaster GNex, you just might be able to get one that works on Verizon’s blazing fast LTE network soon enough. You heard right, according to Droid Life they received word from some “friends” in the industry who say the 16GB version of the white Galaxy Nexus is slated to make a Big Red appearance in the near future.

Supposedly, Verizon’s white phone is going to be of the 16GB flavor only, no 32GB version for us here in the U.S.. It is thought that the price will be around $199 to be on par with the 16GB version of the DROID RAZR, which makes sense. If it’s the price point you are excited about and not the color, you might be happy to hear that a 16GB silver/grey Galaxy Nexus will be joining up with Verizon alongside the white one. We will keep you posted as soon as we hear more.

source: droidlife

AT&T’s (not very) Unlimited Data plan hits Fox News

How is it the old saying goes? Hell hath no fury like a… newsreader scorned?! Well that certainly seemed to be the case when Fox News’ Shep Smith received a text message from AT&T informing him that his data is to be throttled. We helped you understand AT&T’s data restrictions earlier this month, the highlight of which explains that the top 5% of users are throttled for the duration of their billing period.

So it seems poor Shep managed to reach that top 5%, here’s hoping he didn’t upload the youtube video whilst on his data plan!

Check out the video for the full rant in all it’s glory.

 

 

source: androidpolice

Trade A Phone In To Verizon And Get An Instant Gift Card For Going Green

In Verizon’s new attempt to “go green” they’re promoting a new in-store trade-in deal that will allow Vz customers to trade in their old phones for some cheddar towards a new phone, a tablet, your phone bill or any in-store accessories.  All you have to do is bring your old device in and a Vz rep will quickly assess the device’s value.  The value for the trade-in largely depends on the make, model and condition in which you bring it in.  If it’s in tip-top shape, Vz says it’s possible one could see up to $300 bucks for a device.  Overall, I’ve got to say this is a great attempt on Vz’s part to do the right thing and encourage individuals to trade in their old used devices so they can be recycled.  If this doesn’t encourage you to come in and upgrade, I’m not sure what will.  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.

source: Verizon
via: Phonescoop 

 

Google Faces Increased Scrutiny in Light of Motorola Acquisition Approval

Fresh off the recent approvals by both the US and European Commission for the Motorola acquisition, Google could very well face increased scrutiny over possible patent misuse. There are concerns that Google could use its upcoming received patents to possibly penalize rival companies. Google’s view on patent licensing is what has regulators worried. The Department of Justice antitrust division had this to say in a statement in comparison to both Apple and Microsoft, “Google’s commitments were more ambiguous and do not provide the same direct confirmation of its SEP [standard essential patent] licensing policies”  Read more

Vodafone will be a Vendor for the Samsung Galaxy Note

Vodafone left a note on it’s Twitter page yesterday announcing that it will, in fact, be adding the Galaxy Note to its offerings soon. Back when the Note was nearing launch, Vodafone was on the list of possible carriers. It seems the wait is almost over. Vodafone has yet to make any announcements regarding pricing.

The Galaxy Note is a monster device in terms of size and power. Here’s what you have to look forward to.

  • 5.3-inch 1280×800 Super AMOLED HD display w/ S-Pen
  • 1.4GHz Dual-Core CPU
  • Android 2.3 (Android 4.0 coming in an update)
  • HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100MHz
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0

In the mean time, jump past the break to see Vodafone’s preview with Samsung.  Read more

Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G Touch Getting ICS Soon?

Sprint has just outed the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch (phew!) may be getting updated to Ice Cream Sandwich soon. XDA member kc_exactly found a Sprint RDF file on their servers, dated February 10th, that lists the Android version as 4.0.3.  Sprint has been good about trying to get updates out before other carriers, but Samsung’s past record with the original Epic 4G left many customers wanting.

This RDF file points to an improved release process for Samsung if the update is indeed released soon, potentially making this the first Galaxy S II device to get upgraded to ICS. But remember, there is no date mentioned, and no guarantee it will be soon. We’re keeping our fingers crossed!

source: xda
via: sprintfeed

DROID 4 Gets Wireless Charging Feature

For those of you still trying to decide whether to get the DROID RAZR or the DROID 4, let me tell you about a DROID 4 feature you may not have thought about. Since the RAZR is so thin, one of its reported downfalls is that the battery is not removable. Bieng that the DROID 4 does have a removable battery, it is capable of housing a wireless charging battery door, if there was such a thing. Oh wait, there is!

Right now on Verizons website, you can get the DROID 4’s inductive charging kit which is essentially just a replacement battery cover that allows for wireless charging. Once you get one of these bad boys, all you need now is a power mat to complete the package. Simply set your device on the charging pad and you have a cool plug-free method of charging your device. Pretty slick. The battery door is going to run you $40 and I would expect the power pad to run anywhere from $40-$70. Hit the source link below for ordering details.

source: verizon
via: droidlife

[Update: Kind of] Verizon Celebrates 1st Anniversary of LTE, Confirms New England Region Fully Covered

Here we sit folks. A year after the initial debut of Verizon’s LTE network in Boston and we’ve already seen it jump to 195 markets. Well Verizon Wireless has decided to publish a press release in celebration of this achievement. With it they also confirm that their 4G network covers the entire New England region.

With that said let’s take a moment to reflect on what that means exactly. Every other 4G LTE network in America is playing catch up to Verizon’s expansive network. While its seen its fair share of growing pains, like the outages in December of last year, the 4G network is still pretty darn reliable. With 2012 looking to be the finishing touches added to the network before their attempts at releasing VoLTE technology, the rest of the country should be seeing their own 4G coverage.

So if you’re one of the lucky folks who happens to live in the New England area you can rest assured that your coverage is pretty solid now. While some of us patiently wait for 4G speeds, please Verizon bring it to Montana already, we hope those of you on it are enjoying it to your fullest extent.

Update: Verizon reached out to us to clarify that in fact not all of New England is fully covered with LTE at this point. According to Verizon’s press release, 4G LTE was rolled out “to more than 195 markets nationwide, including a dozen throughout New England.” Sorry for the confusion guys.

source: Verizon Wireless

T-Mobile UK States There is No Data Speed Cap in Their “Full Monty” Plan or Other Plans Either

For those that were excited to hear about T-Mobile UK‘s new unlimited plan only to hear that data speeds were capped, we have some news that should help you rest easier. The “Full Monty” plan as it’s called is quite big news in itself, however news has since circulated the internet that the data speeds on that plan were heavily capped at 1MB/S.

Well for those out there that think this, T-Mobile has released a response of an official capacity and according to them there is no cap to be seen. Here is what they said:

“We can confirm that we do not have a 1Mb/S maximum data download speed in place for The Full Monty plan – nor for any of our other pay monthly or pay as you go price plans – and we are confident that our average data speeds are as good, if not better, than anyone else in the industry.”

It also appears that even the monthly and prepaid plans aren’t capped either. So if you are on T-Mobile you can rest easy knowing that your data plan isn’t capped and knowing that you can use your plan the way it was intended. That should definitely put your mind at ease.

source: Tracy and Matt

Mobility Fund Shows Too Much Of The U.S Lacking 3G Services

As you can see from the image above, a startling amount of the United States doesn’t receive 3G. The black spots on the map represent areas of the United States not receiving 3G service as of January 2012. Although some of these areas might be sparsely populated, some areas are just outside major hubs like New York. Hopefully the images released by the FCC and Mobility Fund will shed light on carriers spending the brunt of their money on services in densely populated areas — leaving those outside of those areas in the dark.

Source: WinSource