Sure you may live in one part of the world and own a sweet 4G LTE device, but unfortunately that LTE device may support frequencies only specific to the region you live in and would likely not work elsewhere in the world— causing some angst to say the least. Fortunately Qualcomm has taken note of this significant problem and has introduced its RF360 unit, the world’s first global LTE solution. What this special solution does is effectively allow users of LTE-based devices to use RF360-enabled LTE devices anywhere in the world, being able to read and transmit all sorts of RF data. In short, the RF360 unit will allow LTE users to use the hyper-fast 4G LTE speeds, regardless of the wireless bands a network may be on. As exciting as this is— there will be a minor wait before we see the first devices featuring this sweet technology as Qualcomm has confirmed we’ll see the first few products sometime in the second half of 2013.
More details about this awesome achievement can be found once you hit the break.
The Photo Sphere option was added to Android 4.2, but it has only been available to Nexus devices. The fact that it’s a stock camera app, it’s unlikely Android OEMs can use it in its current state since they incorporate their own camera software. So far it appears HTC has no plans to implement a similar feature since it would have been mentioned at the One launch event. What about Samsung? Well it appears they might be prepping their own version called Samsung Orb. Supposedly it will give you the same 360-degree panorama photos and according to one engineer, will be even better since it will utilize the S4 camera. For Orbs or Photo Spheres to takeoff, Facebook support would be huge, and word is Samsung is already working with Facebook so users can share their orbs via the social giant.
If you’re in the market for a Motorola phone, you will be happy to know that you if you purchase one now, you will get $50 in Google Play credit. You have until March 4th to make your purchase, and since it’s a mail-in-rebate, you will have to send them your sales receipt, the barcode from the box, and the phone’s IMEI/ESN/MEID. If you choose to buy your phone directly from Motorola, you don’t have to send in the rebate. Hit the break for the list of eligible devices.
Samsung is preparing to use MWC 2013 to showcase its newest service called TV Discovery for its various devices. TV Discovery is a fully integrated tool that essentially lets users take advantage of live TV content and other forms of video content on both Sammy smartphones and Smart TV sets. So users of the service will be able relay and actually see program information and feeds from live TV, video on demand and online streaming means such as Netflix— all through one centralized resource center. Oh and what’s even more awesome is the ability to use a compatible connected tablet into a fully functional universal remote. Sweet.
For now, Sammy highlights TV Discovery will initially aggregate content from Netflix and Blockbuster in the US and Acetrax, Wuaki, MovieMax, FilmIn, Chili, Pathé and SF Anytime in the European Countries. There are no further details for now, but we’re certainly eager to see how Sammy’s latest concoction works in person next week.
source: Samsung Tomorrow
We thought it was going to be called the MeMo Pad 10, but apparently it will be the MeMO Pad Smart 10. ASUS already confirmed the tablet last week, but now they released an overview video. This tab falls in line with the TransformerPad TF300 with a 10-inch IPS display and Tegra 3 processor. It comes with SonicMaster sound technology and a 5MP camera. Other than a pink offering, there’s nothing earth shattering here, but if priced right, it could be a decent 10-inch tablet for a lot of people. Hit the break for the video.
It looks as if Sprint has yet another ZTE device on the way— this time an Ice Cream Sandwich-powered device called the Force. This mid-ranger features a 1.5GHz dual-core chip + 1GB of RAM, 4 gigs of on-board ROM and a decent 1,730mAh battery. The real kicker about this device is that it will feature a full 4G LTE chip built-in. All of these goodies seem to bode well for customers looking for a new device soon, as the Force is set to arrive in stores on March 1st for a mere $50.
Sure looks like Sprint is trying its dardnest to get customers to its ever-growing 4G LTE network doesn’t it?
With Sony’s big announcement last night on the PlayStation 4, it’s no shocker that there would be something Android (and iOS) related. They announced a new app, simply called the PlayStation App, that will allow Android (and iOS) smartphones and tablets to become a second screen when playing PlayStation 4 games. Sega had the vision years ago with the controllers that came with the Dreamcast, but Sony is taking it to the next level.
The TV will still be the display of choice for gameplay, but you can now use your smartphone or tablet to look at maps. It makes perfect sense when playing something like football against a friend because your opponent won’t have any idea what play you’re calling. Users will also be able to purchase PlayStation titles from their devices and watch other gamers.
Remember when we showed you the Optimus F5 and F7 leaks? Well, it didn’t take long for LG to officially confirm the pair of devices. They still have differing button layouts, which is definitely an oddity, but the specs should hopefully make up for that. The F5 on the right packs a 4.3 inch qHD screen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP camera and 2,150mAh battery. The bigger device, the F7, has an HD screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP camera and 2,540mAh battery.
They both come with LTE connectivity out of the box, as well as Android 4.1.2 with LG’s custom overlay. And in case you were wondering about colors, both devices will be offered in white and black. It’s no flagship device, but if you’re planning on picking up a solid, powerful device without breaking the bank, either of these will more than suit your needs. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on pricing and availability. Hit the break for the full press release.
Kyocera and Virgin Mobile have paired up once again to bring another low-cost pre-paid device. The Event can be had for a low $79 with no contract. When paired with Virgin’s $35 300 minute and unlimited data plan it can be a viable choice for new users looking for a decent device without having to pay a huge retail price. The Event brings a modest set of specs to the table which include a 3.5-inch HVGA (320×480) display, a 1 GHz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), 512 Mb of RAM (Micro-SD card expandable), and a 3.2-Megapixel camera. There seems to be little presence of an OEM skin which is nice. Although the specs are far from blowing anyone away, it could be one of Virgin’s top sellers based on price. You can read the full press release after the break.
ASUS has released an odd teaser video this morning, depicting what appears to be an alien mothership making its way to Barcelona, Spain in preparation for Mobile World Congress 2013. While no smartphones or tablets are directly identified in the video, ASUS says to join them on Feb. 25,” when Pad and Phone come together,” denoting the possibility of new Padfone hardware at next week’s electronics show. Don’t just take our word for it, you can catch the full video after the break.