With MetroPCS scheduled to vote on a merger with T-Mobile only a couple weeks away, the deal appears to have moved closer to obtaining FCC approval. An attorney for the Communication Workers of America Union claims the deal will be approved “at the bureau level instead of the commission level.” The union is watching the proceedings closely as they have concerns about the merger and this apparent move by the FCC to usher approval on through does not sit well with the union. Debbie Goldman, a director with the CWA refers to the possible FCC decision as “outrageous” and “unprecedented.” Despite the CWA’s concerns, others see this latest development as positive news. David Kuat, an analyst with Stifel Nicolaus & Co., believes the lack of commission level action reveals the deal to be “basically non-controversial” and that “no one thinks this is going to be blocked.”
We’ve talked about Google Now integration coming to Chrome and thanks to a reference in the latest Chromium release, integration on Windows and Chrome OS is coming. Developer François Beaufort discovered the reference and posted about it on his Google+ profile. Found in chrome://flags of Chromium, users can now enable Google Now if they know the relevant server. Also, François shared the photo above of a Google Now extension that is currently inactive. With the cat now out of the bag, it’s only a matter of time before Google announces when Chrome OS and Windows users can expect to see Google Now in Chrome.
Via: The Verge
Source: Chromium Code Reviews
If you own an Xperia TL on AT&T, you’ll definitely want to keep an eye out for updates on your device in the next few days. AT&T has announced they’ll begin rolling out the Android 4.1 update to the TL, which includes all of our favorite Jelly Bean features like expanded notifications and Google Now. You’ll also get some new camera features, including a better auto mode and HDR, as well as AT&T’s DriveMode app, which auto replies to texts if the phone detects you’re driving over 25 mph.
Keep checking for the upgrade, and let us know in the comments if you’ve received the update.
A new report from The Linley Group claims that the NVIDIA Tegra 4 is faster than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. However, there is one problem: Neither chip has been built yet and findings are based on what NVIDIA provided at MWC. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro was increased to 2.3GHz and a 10 percent performance increase was added thanks to the Krait 400 core. On the basis of that data, it was determined NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 will be faster.
Phone Arena decided to take a crack at figuring out which processor is indeed faster based on “a more mathematical based estimate”.
Mobile security is being an increasingly big deal, and after that tricky little lock screen hack was discovered last week on a few Samsung model phones, it’s easy to see why. Fortunately, expert security application Lookout has released an update on the Play Store that temporarily patches this issue until Samsung can get a bugfix out to all of the afflicted devices.
Essentially, the hack involved trying to place an emergency call and accessing emergency contacts, then backing out to the home screen from the contact list. This would give the user full access to an unlocked home screen. Lookout has fixed that glitch by preemptively bringing the emergency dialer to the foreground when it’s running, which breaks the home button trick. This hotfix works on the Galaxy S III, Galaxy S III Mini, and the Galaxy Note II. Not a perfect solution, but hopefully this will hold people over until Samsung can personally fix the problem.
source: Lookout Blog
Sony is not holding back when it comes to the promotion of its Xperia Z smartphone and it appears to be paying dividends. According to unnamed sources, the new superphone was completely sold out during the first day of pre-orders in various markets worldwide including Japan, France, Germany and Taiwan. There’s no word yet on if or when it will be able to ramp up production again, but this may be a good sign for the brand because after all— it is trying to become one of the more popular Android brands and all.
Yesterday’s Motorola X Phone leak seemed crazy. Well at least most of it did. The image of the phone looked ridiculous and the camera specs were insane. Today Ausdroid received some tips from what they believe to be a “well-placed individual.” This source says that it will be a 5-inch 1080p display, but since Motorola is having troubles sourcing a screen supplier, they move down to 4.7-inches. To me, this is the biggest part of the news. If this is really the case, I don’t see how the phone can be ready for Google I/O. Stepping down in display size changes a lot more than just the display if you know what I mean. Of course, this news could be something that was taking place months ago, and someone could be leaking it as if it’s happening right now.
In case you didn’t know this already: Verizon and AT&T are tops when it comes to 4G speeds. According to a study done by RootMetrics, 77 markets around the country were used in extensive 4G testing and showed that AT&T had average speeds of 18.6 megabits down and 9 megabits up, while also showing maximum speeds of 57.7 megabits down and 19.6 megabits up. Testing with Verizon on the other hand, showed Big Red had average speeds of 14.3 megabits down and 8.5 megabits up,while also showing max speeds of 49.3 megabits download and 19.7 megabits up. Despite the slower 4G LTE speeds, testing indicated that of the 77 markets tested, a Verizon-based 4G LTE signal could be found in every single one, while an AT&T-based 4G LTE signal could be found in only 47 markets.
Sprint and T-Mobile are each featured in the study as well folks. RootMetrics, shows that Sprint’s 4G testing had average speeds only 10.3 megabits down and 4.4 megabits up, while maxing out at 32.7 megabits and 9.9 megabits and was only featured in 5 of the 77 tested markets. T-Mobile is in the middle of rolling out its 4G infrastructure and as a result— its faux-g speeds showed averages of 7.3 megabits down and 1.5 megabits up.
First we see some detailed screenshots, then we see a little tease— and now friends, we may very well have an idea of how Samsung’s upcoming beast may very well look like. Thanks to Chinese forum 52Samsung, we now see the mysterious GT-I9502 smartphone up close and personal. The video highlights much of the hardware side of the device including the overall design of the device being similar to the Galaxy S III, a removable back door, the model’s dual-SIM capabilities and of course, the revamped TouchWiz Nature UX software with presumably Android 4.2.1 running the show.
Naturally what we’re looking at may very well a test model and not the final design that Samsung has hidden behind closed doors— but we’re pretty sure that we’ll be excited once the formal unveiling is here on Thursday. After all– Jeremy gives us every reason to think it will be totally amazing, right?
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Well, Google is getting closer to the Glass launch, and this latest news further confirms it. Google has just released an impressive list of apps for Project Glass. Included in the SXSW interactive release demo list were:
- The New York Times: Google Glass can display late breaking news to the headset using a unified “Timeline cards” interface. This will position short bursts of useful information in the user’s peripheral vision. Using a “look up” head gesture, Glass can show off photos and headlines…then read the text of a story to you!