Sprint announces ‘Spark’ technology to surpass competitor speeds

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Although Sprint isn’t considered the top wireless carrier in the country, it’s still very much in the race, and its new ‘Spark’ technology could very well make it a very appealing option.

Sprint claims that its new technology reaches peak rates of 50 to 60Mbps.

How long will we have to wait to see Spark? Well it’s actually rolling out today in five select regions: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Tampa. It’s also expected to reach over 100 million Americans by the end of 2014, and will be implemented in over 100 cities over the next three years.

However, current smartphones won’t be able to take advantage of this new technology. Devices have to have tri-band hardware— the first of such devices should be arriving from LG, HTC, and Samsung in November.

Hopefully this new technology will make data speeds a whole lot faster not only for Sprint customers, but for all wireless users everywhere.

Hit the break for the full press release:


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Galaxy Gear support to be added to more smartphones in US

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One of the main criticisms of the Galaxy Gear at launch was that it was only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1.

Now, Samsung has begun adding support for the device to many other phones in the United States. The support will come via software update, which will soon come to the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II, and the Galaxy S III.

For some, the software update will come today, but it should go out to everyone over the coming weeks depending on exact model and carrier.


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Mirror your Android device to your browser: Koush teases his latest project

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Ever wanted to mirror your Android device in your browser? Such a thing is quickly coming into fruition as the famous Android developer, Koush, teased all of us a short video of his latest project which does just that. Before watching the video, I expected it to be a bit choppy, but to my surprise it looks great and very fluid for an early preview.

Sadly Koush reveals no other information about the project, much less a release date, but I’m sure he will when the time is right. Check out the video after the break and let us know if it’s something you would use yourself!


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Google looking to expand Glass Explorer program, current users will be given three invites to give out, asking price still $1500

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Google is looking to expand its Glass Explorer program, which provides thousands of developers with the option to own their very own pair of Google Glass.

Although Glass isn’t expected to be available on the consumer market until 2014, Google is ramping up production on the devices anyway, with a possible upcoming dispatch of more Glass units into its Explorer program in the coming months.

How will Google make these extra Glass units available, you ask? According to the Financial Times, existing Glass owners “will be able to invite a limited number of friends to buy the device.”


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Bluetooth SIG receives filing for Nexus 4 with LTE

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While the Nexus 5 launch is just a few days away, recent rumors suggest the Nexus 4’s life could be extended for just a bit— there was a filing for the device at Bluetooth SIG. Earlier this year, the Nexus 4 received Bluetooth 4.0 certification. This filing could mean LTE support is finally coming to the device.

This of course is good evidence that the Nexus 4 with LTE  and the Nexus 5 will be sold alongside each other in the Play Store, making for a very nice potential smartphone lineup from Google.

Source: Engadget 

Recent Samsung patent filings reveal possible ‘sports smart-glasses’

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It looks as though Samsung’s got their version of “rec specs 2.0″ coming down the pike, as recent patent filings by the company reveal designs for new sports smart-glasses, which connect to your device via micro-USB.

This new device, if it comes to fruition, will of course join the Galaxy Gear smart-watch as part of Samsung’s new line of “wearables.” It isn’t exactly a Google Glass “copy,” especially because it’s got micro-USB connectivity attached, and it is also meant for a separate demographic, athletes.

The patent also describes the device as having integrated earphones for listening to music and taking calls hands-free. It will also be able to display notification alerts while you’re exercising. Hopefully they’ll be compatible with more than one smartphone, unlike the Galaxy Gear at launch…

If Samsung plans to continue with the ‘Galaxy’ brand name, expect the device to be called “Galaxy Glasses.”

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Polaroid iM1836 Android-powered camera finally available exclusively through Walmart and Amazon

 

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Polaroid announced their iM1836 Android-powered camera back at CES 2013 in January, and starting now it’s available at Walmart or on Amazon.com. The device features an interchangeable lens, which is a nice addition that keeps it ahead of the Galaxy Camera. Pricing isn’t bad either at $299.99.

You can hit the break for the full press release.


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CyanogenMod About To Release Community and Pro Editions For a Better User Experience. Also Adds New Features

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As usual, the boys over at CyanogenMod are keeping busy working on making your Android experience the best it can be. Recall at the Big Android BBQ 2013 event, the team announced that they’ll be offering their popular custom ROM’s in a couple of different flavors. The team was pretty bent on arguing the fact that it’s not the carriers who should be dictating software based decisions to OEM’s but that it should be left to the user to do so. As a result, the team revealed that their new versions will cater respectively to both the beginner and the advanced user who’s looking to liven their devices up a bit.

The team tossed out some pretty hefty stats claiming that there are 8.2 million active CyanogenMod users out there and there are 38 million downloads for over 100 different devices. In addition, the popular custom ROM maker says there are over 3,000 different contributors assisting with development.  So, what’s the difference between the two versions?  Hit the break to compare the “Community” and the “Pro” versions and feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below. 
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Koush develops video recording utility to record device’s screen

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By now, taking a screenshot on an Android device is almost second-nature. Simply press the down volume button + power button simultaneously. However, taking a video of the device’s screen presents a trickier problem.

CM developer Koushik Dutta is currently working on a solution that will allow users to do so on their Android devices, by pressing the up volume button + power button simultaneously. Audio and touch indicators are added in for extra utility.

The new feature can present many helpful additions, including allowing developers to demo their app’s features, and also for users to report bugs/errors, or record instructional content.

The feature should be on CM 10.2 soon. Check out Koush’s video after the break.


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New Google patent reveals the possibility of Android having pressure sensitivity

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In what could just be a meaningless move by the company, Google has obtained an interestingly bizarre patent for Android. It involves pressure sensitivity on a phone’s body. The actions presented in the patent are squeezing, splaying, and shearing. As you can tell by the names, they would all initiate some sort of function. Squeezing is simply applying pressure to the phone. But splaying and shearing are a little more interesting.

Shearing is when you go up on one side of the device but up on the other and vice versa. Splaying is when you spread your fingers outward to the edges of the screen. The functions highlighted in the patent are to launch apps like e-mail, music, web browsing, and phone. Hit the break for a gallery of two other images from the patent.

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