T-Mobile USA Going Straight to LTE, Skipping Over 84Mbps HSPA+

T-Mobile USA‘s Andrew Sherrard took to MWC this morning to announce that the carrier will proceed to the recently announced LTE network after finishing up their deployment of 42Mbps HSPA+. The network that will sport the upcoming devices like the One S by HTC or the Galaxy S Blaze 4G by Samsung.

T-Mobile previously announced at CES 2012 that they would be moving to the 84Mbps HSPA+ speeds, a move that would require more antennas and a refarming of some 2G spectrums in the 1900MHz PCS band. It could be that the LTE announcement supersedes that of its 84Mbps HSPA+ plans or perhaps it was used as a place holder for LTE. Perhaps it was until they evaluated the possibility of a successful rolling out of an LTE network in the ever shrinking space of said spectrum.

Given that 84Mbps and LTE require the same surgical refarming of PCS right from the get go, skipping 84Mbps for LTE seems logical. Either way it will reduce the network’s total 2G capabilities but as T-mobile sells 3G supporting phones the 2G load on the network will lessen over time. Even though HSPA+ technology still has some milage to go, LTE looks to have more. It again makes more sense to move to LTE as it costs a serious chunk of change for the refarm operation to begin with.


source: The Verge


Qualcomm Shows Off Snapdragon S4 Quad-Core Processor Again, Still Impressive

Although we’ve seen it in action before, Qualcomm has released a video on their official YouTube page showing off their Snapdragon S4 Chip, a powerful quad-core CPU which continues to impress.  The company has added the chip to their very own developers tablet and demonstrated a high def, glasses free, 3D display in beautiful 1920 x 1200 res (WUXGA).  If this is any indication of what we have to look forward to from Qualcomm, you better get a towel now because the drooling is about to commence.  Check the video out and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

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source: YouTube

Win Two XYBOARD 8.2″ Tablets From Now Until March 11th Thanks to Verizon

“What could be better than winning a DROID XYBOARD by Motorola 8.2 Tablet? Winning TWO!” That’s right folks, that’s how Verizon has started its announcement regarding your chance to win not just one, but two XYBOARD 8.2-Inch Tablets. All you have to do is complete the entry form and then share the sweepstakes on either Facebook or Twitter. A new winner is chosen daily and entries do not roll over. So if you want to increase your chances you’ll need to enter as often as you like “EVERY DAY” through March 11th.

So hit the source link below for your chance to enter. As it says you’ll be blown away by this tablet’s “off-the-hook power, and lightweight portability, lightning-speed 4G LTE connectivity, and so much more.” Of course you are more than welcome to check out our review on the tablet to see if it’s worth the effort of entering this contest. Our only issue was the price for these beasts so winning one would just be icing on the cake. Enjoy!

source: Verizon Insider


The CyanogenMod Team Says Goodbye to Andy, Wants You to Design Their New Logo

Andy as seen above on his skateboard has long been apart of the CyanogenMod ROM and Legacy. Many a boot ups have we seen this little guy roll in. Well the CM team is looking to say goodbye to this icon and move forward with a logo of their own. This is where you come in. They are putting it up to you to create their new logo as they are holding a contest for submitted artwork to be voted upon as the new face of CM ROMs here on out. Like they did with their Trebuchet launcher contest, any submitted art will be evaluated soley by the CyanogenMod development team, and will not be put to a public vote. If you are interested then read the following rules to enter.

  • All submissions should be original work. Submissions using the work of other entities will be deleted.
  • Since this is a new face for CyanogenMod, submitters are free to pursue other color palettes, beyond “cyan-blue”. However, we would love to have some of that color retained to reflect our history, and pay proper homage to Andy.
  • All entries should be submitted by March 9, 2012. The winner will be select by April 1st. 
  • Submissions may be in jpg or png, but the final selection will be required to be submitted in original vector sources.
  • Submitters may be contacted to request possible touch-up/rework.

Once you meet all the criteria your submission should be emailed to legal (at) cyanogenmod (dot) com with a subject line of “CM9 Logo.” If you are selected as the winner you will be notified prior to inclusion in the ROM and other related Community assets. You will receive proper credit for all your submitted artwork but all rights to that artwork will be transferred to CyanogenMod.

If that doesn’t deter you from entering this contest then I would suggest getting started because you have about 11 days to get your work submitted. Who knows, maybe your artwork will be the face of CyanogenMod ROMS to come, starting with CM9, because as they put it you have a chance of “creating the new face for the largest third party Android distribution in the world.” What an honor indeed!

source: CyanogenMod Team Google+

ChatON via the Web is Now Available for Everyone

Back in October we told you about the Samsung mobile messaging service ChatON being available in the Android Market months after its initial announcement. Looking to take on Blackberry Messenger and the iOS Messages this app allowed you to send messages to anyone regardless of device. Today that functionality has increased even further as Samsung has now opened up the ChatON web interface for everyone. Meaning you will now be able to send messages to anyone on their Android or iOS device via your computer web browser.

Similar to its app counterpart ChatON for web will allow you to have group chats and 1:1 conversations with attachment and emoticon support. Much like the app you will need to input your same phone number, should you want to sync your existing ChatON contacts from your device. The web version does require users to install a ChatON app to your device first so that you can receive a verification code for the program.

Hit the link below to head on over to the web client and start chatting with your ChatON buddies today. Enjoy!

Samsung ChatON – Link

source: All About Samsung (German)
via: SammyHub

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Receives Hands-on Treatment At MWC 2012

We’re not sure where Samsung thinks they’re not doing very well in the tablet market, because I think their products are some of the most innovative out there.  Maybe if Apple would stop suing them for 5 seconds they’d recognize they’re doing just fine. While we don’t have any numbers to determine just how well or how poorly they’re doing in the tablet space, we do have a cool hands-on of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, which in essence is a Galaxy Tab with better stylus functionality.  In any event, we say keep ’em coming Sammy.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the device in the comments below.  Personally, I live a life where functionality and productivity are a daily necessity. So the thought of having integrated stylus functionality is a plus.

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source: Coolsmartphone 

Verizon Wireless will launch the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE on March 1

The world’s thinnest LTE tablet is going to land on Verizon Wireless this Thursday March 1. At only 7.9mm thick, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE features a 7.7-inch (1280 x 800) Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 3.2MP rear camera capable of recording video at 720p, 2MP front facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, 1080p video playback through the HDMI dock or adapter, and microSD for up to an additional 32GB of extra storage. It’s also approved for Enterprise SAFEand Android 3.2 Honeycomb is on board. Pricing will be $499 with a new 2-year contract.

Full press release after the break:

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Hands On with the ASUS Padfone [Video]

Hot on the heels of the ASUS Padfone announcement at Mobile World Congress, we now have a nice hands on video thanks to our friends at PhoneArena. While this phone and tablet accessory have been in the works for a quite a long time now, it looks like it will actually start to arrive to unsaid markets in April. One thing I am happy to see is that ASUS opted for the onscreen ICS buttons rather than the hardware buttons we have seen on earlier prototypes – it definitely makes for a cleaner look in my opinion. The Padfone combo also has an optional keyboard dock much like the Transformer series of tablets and ASUS is even including their neat ICS tablet widgets on the phone as well. Check out the video below and let us know what you think. Is the Padfone something you could dig?

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Samsung Makes It Clear: “We’re Not Doing Very Well In The Tablet Market”


Samsung is dominating smartphone sales, it’s not doing as well in the tablet market. While participating at a discussion at MWC, Product Strategy Executive Hankil Yoon offered a blunt and straightforward summary of Sammy’s products in the tablet market:

“Honestly, we’re not doing very well in the tablet market.”

We don’t have the numbers to verify Yoon’s comments, but there are a few reasons why he would make that statement. Perhaps it may be the industry-leading iPad or the lackluster, yet popular Kindle Fire which has found the way into consumers’ hearts and wallets. Whatever the reason may be, Samsung just has not been able to distinguish its tablets from Apple and Amazon’s offerings, despite having several Galaxy Tab models.

Despite Yoon’s comments, there’s reason for optimism for Samsung’s future direction. For starters, it has the intriguing Galaxy Note, which can be considered the most popular “phablet” to date. 10 million Galaxy Note units are expected to ship and Yoon believes the S-Pen (Stylus pen) “allows users to more easily create content, rather than consume it.” In addition, there is the newly introduced Galaxy Note 10.1 which brings you a bigger tablet, but with an S-Pen. This is something that much of the competition cannot claim at this time. Yoon sums it up best:

“Samsung wanted to do something different in the category… Even if the design is similar, how you use the Note is totally different.”
Expect Samsung to make a continued push into the tablet market by continuing to introduce unique and innovative features.
(Photo courtesy of C Net)
source: C Net

BLU Products Offers “Studio 5.3”, A G-Note Competitor…….Sort of

Blu Products is looking to take on the Galaxy Note with its newly announced (and recently available) Studio 5.3 device.  Likewise at 5.3-inches, the Studio 5.3 offers a stylish looking smartphone without a doubt, with the exception of a few eye rolling specs.  The tablet phone, which is being touted as “the ideal personal communications device“, will sport a WVGA 800 x 480 res display with MediaTek’s MT6573 CPU (668 MHz) and POWERVR Series 5 SGX GPU.  In addition, the device supports dual SIM card slots and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.  Furthermore, it will run on HSDPA 3G speeds at best.  So, we’re not really sure what kind of market and demographic Blu is targeting here but it will certainly be interesting to see how well the device pans out.  No word yet on whether or not the company will rush ICS to it but we’ll see in time.  The device appears to have quietly launched and is now available on Amazon for $289.99 off contract.

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