T-Mobile To Offer Prepaid And Monthly 4G Plans In 6,000+ Dollar General Stores

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T-Mobile has just solidified its name with budget-minded folks by offering its prepaid and monthly 4G no-contract plans in over 6,000 Dollar General stores. With low pricing comes less choice, and only Samsung‘s t139 flip phone will be available, no Android in sight. Click past the break for the full press release if you care.

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[Infographic] U.S. mobile phone usage statistics

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With Google‘s latest boast of over 900,000 daily activations and sales of Apple’s iPhone proving to be a worthy runner up, it stands to reason that there are quite a few smartphones in circulation. The US Census Bureau for 2011 told us that there were 311,591,917 people living in the United States. Digital marketing and design company Steadyrain estimate that 232,000,000 Americans are equipped with a mobile communication device, an incredible two thirds of the population.

There’s plenty of other fascinating information covering everything from web browsing to video streaming however you don’t need to take it from me. Check out the full infographic below and be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Glare-Free, Self-Cleaning, Water-Repellent Glass Of The Future From The Minds At MIT

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How would you like your future smartphone screen to be completely glare-free, water-repellent, and self-cleaning? Researchers at MIT published a paper describing how they selectively removed parts of the glass to create microscopic cones, which apparently gives the glass the ability to resist fogging and glare. The MIT news site states the following:

“The new ‘multifunctional’ glass, based on surface nanotextures that produce an array of conical features, is self-cleaning and resists fogging and glare, the researchers say. Ultimately, they hope it can be made using an inexpensive manufacturing process that could be applied to optical devices, the screens of smartphones and televisions, solar panels, car windshields and even windows in buildings.”

The lack of glare or fog would make the glass nearly invisible. Also, water would literally just bead and bounce right off, taking any dust along with it, making it super easy to keep dust-free. Check out the video of water droplets  rolling off the glass after the break.

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Smartphone Sales Will Nearly Double PCs This Year and Reach 1.5 Billion in 2016

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More bad news for PC makers. Business Insider Intelligence released their latest forecast of global smartphone sales, and the numbers are staggering. Recently, smartphone sales surpassed PC sales for the first time, and this year smartphone sales will nearly double PC sales. More amazing, however, is that BI Intelligence predicts that by the year 2016, smartphones will exceed 1.5 billion units sold worldwide.

For comparison, last year there were only 350 million PCs sold, and the total number of mobile phone handsets sold (smart AND dumb) totaled 1.7 billion. Right now, smartphones make up only 10% of all handsets sold. As prices decline, nearly 5 billion existing dumb phones will be getting replaced by smartphones.

The following chart speaks for itself.

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Spanish transport strike to hit Mobile World Congress

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Here at TalkAndroid, it would be an understatement to say we’re excited about the forthcoming World Mobile Congress in Barcelona. We’re also extremely jealous of you lucky people who will be over in Spain enjoying the event as it unfolds. We do however have one word advice before you hit the road for Barcelona, you might want to pack a map with your sun-cream.

The main public transportation operator in Barcelona, the TMB is set to strike from 27th February to 1st March. The strike is set to effect all major bus and metro routes in Barcelona and with an expected 60,000 attendees, the strike will surely have a significant impact on travel for the week.

World Mobile Congress organizers GSMA are confident that the show will go on without too many problems. There is a comprehensive contingency plan in place that can be quickly implemented should the planned strikes go ahead.

For those who don’t already use it, perhaps now is a good time to familiarize yourself with the wonderful Google Maps Navigation. You just might need it!

Check out the statement from GSMA.

 

The metro and bus workers from TMB, the main public transport operator in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, have announced plans to strike during Mobile World Congress which will be held 27th February through 1st March 2012.

The GSMA has senior executives in Barcelona and they have been meeting regularly with government officials from the City of Barcelona, Catalonia Regional Government, Spanish Ministry of Industry, the Fira and the various police authorities since the strike was first announced. The GSMA has advised the government authorities that they should do everything to avert the strike and we have been assured that negotiations are ongoing in order to try and resolve the issues.

In the event the parties do not reach agreement, comprehensive contingency plans are in place to ensure that all participants of the Mobile World Congress have unfettered access to and from the Fira during all days of the event. We will announce the details of those contingency plans as necessary should the strike take place. The GSMA remains confident that the issues will be resolved and that there will be little, if any, impact to the Mobile World Congress.

Further, the Barcelona government has offered the GSMA its strong assurances that Mobile World Congress attendees will not be affected and all participants will be able to arrive and depart the event safely and without disruption.

LightSquared Requesting the FCC Require Stricter GPS Device Standards

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LightSquared, the company which has spent billions of dollars developing a whole-sale only wireless broadband network, filed a document with the FCC regarding stricter standards of GPS devices. LightSquared believes that signals that are used as part of GPS bands are the culprit of interference on the spectrum that they’ve chose to use for their services. Originally, that spectrum was supposed to be a satellite-only type of deal, but the FCC cleared it for terrestrial use back in 2005. The FCC also granted the company a waiver so LightSquared could run a terrestrial-only network.

Now, due to Sprint delivering an ultimatum, LightSquared is pressed for time in achieving a resolution for all these interference issues. Losing a long-term multi-billion dollar deal like the one struck with Sprint could be potentially catastrophic for LightSquared, especially when you couple it with LightSquared’s largest investor, Harbinger Capital Partners, who last year reported a whopping 46.6 percent value loss. Although the potential of LightSquared can be valued quite high in my opinion, it seems that if it can’t strike a deal with the FCC, we might be seeing a little more sinking than swimming.

Source: CNET

Mr. Android 2011 Infographic Shows Us How Males Use Their Android Devices

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Have you ever sat at your computer and wondered who uses the Android OS and how they actually use it? Well, neither have I, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not something that would be interesting to see. Thanks to the people at BlueStacks, who sent us an infographic called Mr. Android 2011, we can now see a breakdown of such things. However, this isn’t a normal sort of breakdowns for Android stats, but rather, a breakdown of the male gender and how they interact with Android daily. They show various stats such as hair color or hair length, what kind of clothing is worn, or even how many male android users have zero paid apps on their phone (33%). So if you are interested in the breakdown hit the break below to check out Mr. Android 2011.  » Read the rest

TalkAndroid InfoByte: Episode 15 – 1/10/11

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Hey everyone, welcome to our special CES edition of the TalkAndroid InfoByte which we recorded right here in Las Vegas. We ran down the most important news we covered this week, including all the info about Verizon’s 4G phones, Honeycomb, Motorola’s Xoom tablet, and much much more.

TalkAndroid InfoByte – 1/10/11

You can follow along with the podcast by checking out our CES 2011 round up here.

TalkAndroid InfoByte: Episode 14 – 1/3/11

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TalkAndroid InfoByte – 1/3/11

Welcome to the new TalkAndroid InfoByte, our weekly Monday Podcast that gets you caught up on the week’s news.
You can either stream it to your browser (above), or you can download it here. We should note that, if you click the stream link above (play button next to the link) from your mobile browser, it should open up in your Android media player.
The RSS feed for the podcast is available here.

TalkAndroid InfoByte: Episode 13 – 11/16/10

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TalkAndroid InfoByte – 11/16/10

Welcome to the new TalkAndroid InfoByte, our weekly Monday Podcast that gets you caught up on the week’s news.

You can either stream it to your browser (above), or you can download it here. We should note that, if you click the stream link above (play button next to the link) from your mobile browser, it should open up in your Android media player.

The RSS feed for the podcast is available here.

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