Huawei to Unveil Quad-Core Ascend D Q and 10-Inch MediaPad at This Years MWC

As soon as we got our hands on the new Ascend P1 from Huawei at this years CES, we had a strong suspicion the mobile device manufacturer was trying to rid itself from the budget category it had long been attached to. Holding the Ascend P1 in my hand, the worlds thinnest smartphone, it was clearly obvious that Huawei was making a honest attempt at improving their device quality moving forward. Not being content with having just the slimmest phone on the market, Huawei’s recent MWC press invite shows that they are also concerned with mobile performance as well.

The press invite states that Huawei plans to unveil their “most powerful smartphone yet”, the Ascend D Q according to Japanese blog Ameblo. It is also believed that since the S in P1 S stands for “slim,” the Q might actually stand for “quad-core,” and based on what we learned earlier, D is the new moniker for their “Diamond series,” Huawei’s top of the line gear. These predictions would make plenty of sense as far as the naming scheme goes. I mean, to be top of the line in 2012 you best come strong, rockin’ quad-cores! :-)

Ameblo also states that Huawei will be unveiling their MediPad 10 at this years Mobile World Congress. This will be the 10-inch version of the 7-inch MediaPad, aka SpringBoard as recently released on T-Mobile. We will keep you up to date with the deets on these new devices as MWC unfolds.

source: unwiredview / ameblo

[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

Xvision an4 Tablet With Android 4.0 Coming to Japan in April

WSL Japan has just officially announced the Xvision an4 tablet and while the press release is in Japanese it appears that the device is gearing up for an April launch. If you haven’t heard of the company, don’t feel bad as most folks stateside haven’t. On the Asian continent though, they are known for their technology. There isn’t a price as of yet for this tablet but it boasts some decent features for being only 10mm (0.39 inches) thick. Here they are: Read more

LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 gains European approval

4G might not be commonplace across Europe just yet, but that isn’t stopping Samsung from deploying their latest devices that are ready for the revolution. The GT-P7320, otherwise known as the Galaxy Tab 8.9, has passed through the Global Certification Forum and had its passport stamped, ready for Europe. The mysterious new model supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz and dualband LTE at 800 MHz/2.6 GHz.

Not much else is known about the European Galaxy Tab 8.9 at this time, and we can only speculate as to whether or not it will share similar specifications to it’s U.S. counterpart. One thing we do know is that we’ll be keeping an eye on this years Mobile World Congress to see if Samsung has any surprises up their sleeve.

 

source: theunwired

Samsung Intros Follow-Up To Original Galaxy Tab, The Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) With Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung is at it again and this time they’re offering a follow up to their very first Android tablet which debuted almost two years ago now, The original Galaxy Tab.  Samsung today introduced their very first Android In addition to ICS, the device will offer all of your typical Samsung Hub products for watching movies, reading books and newspapers as well as a dual-core 1 GHz CPU for fast processing on the go (why not 1.5 GHz dual-core?). The tab will offer a 7-inch display with a 1024 x 600 (WSVGA) resolution, HSPA+ speeds up to 21 Mbps and a 3 meg rear facing camera & VGA front shooter for those video chat sessions.  Hit the break for the rest of the details via the press release and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the device in the comments below.

Update: We just found a video of the unveiling that was posted on YouTube by Přemysl Vaculík. You can see his video after the break as well.

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Magical Spray Makes Everything an Antenna [Video]

We’ve all had issues with cell phone reception at one point or another. Sometimes there’s just not enough cell towers to blanket an entire area, or the antenna on our phone is just too weak. If you’re sure you’re not holding it wrong, then perhaps you could use Chamtech Enterprise’s just unveiled spray-on antenna.

At Google’s inaugural Solve For X conference, the Utah-based company revealed their nanotechnology, which can be sprayed on to trees, walls, the ground, people… just about anything, to increase and improve signal reception for any variety of uses. Currently, Chamtech is working with government customers, but plans to eventually take the technology to mobile phone and medical device makers. They say it uses organic elements to tinker with magnetic and radio-frequency fields, improving mobile energy efficiency by 10 percent.  Read more

Sony Thinking About Replacing Android with Vita OS

Kazuo Hirai, Sony’s upcoming president and CEO, has recently hinted that Vita OS might make an appearance on future Sony phones and tablets. Vita OS is the operating system that powers the Playstation Vita. At a Q&A session with reporters Hirai stated that he doesn’t want people to forget that Vita OS is not just a gaming platform, but has the potential to be a powerful mobile OS as well.

Sony’s Senior Vice President, Yoshio Matsumoto, is reported as saying:

If you’re asking if we’ve made it in a way that’s expandable, so that it’s possible to apply to smartphones and tablets on top of achieving the high responsiveness we need for gaming devices — it is possible. That doesn’t mean that we’re applying it to smartphones and tablets at this point in time, but it’s been designed with expandability in mind.

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MEEP! Kids Tablet Announced by Oregon Scientific

Looks like the average age of tablet users will be lowering with companies like ViNCi and Toys “R” Us  prepping kid-friendly slates. The latest comes from Oregon Scientific and is called the MEEP! tablet. According to the press release, this tablet will have a 7-inch color touch-screen, Wi-Fi, a G-Sensor, SD card slot, and parental controls. No word yet on what version of Android will be on board.

The MEEP! is said to offer movies, music, e-books, and apps from from leading developers, the latter making us think it will not have direct access to the Android Market. Accessories for the kiddie-slate will be offered, including musical instruments, which I’m sure will make every parent jump for joy. Ear-plugs were not mentioned as a potential accessory. The full unveiling is happening at the TIA Toy Fair in New York, which runs from now until February 15th. Full press release after the break.

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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

Amazon to Launch 9″ Kindle Fire Alongside 7″ Update in Mid 2012

The increasingly popular 7″ Kindle Fire is getting a refresh this summer, and will also be getting a 9″ brother according to a report by Pacific Crest analyst Chad Bartley. He raised his shipment forecast to 14.9 million units, up 2.2 million from his earlier estimate. In a note to clients, he wrote “We believe there is an upward bias, particularly from the new 7- and 9-inch models, which we expect to launch in mid-2012.”

Previous reports had Amazon launching “Hollywood“, a 10-inch quad-core tablet first, but apparently the release got delayed in favor of pushing out an 8.9-incher. It is unclear whether the 9-inch Kindle Fire that may be coming this summer is the same as this 8.9-inch tablet.

Anyone interested in a larger Kindle Fire?

source: BGR