Verizon to finish LTE buildout by middle of 2013

verizon 4g lte

In comments made today at the Wells Fargo Securities Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, Verizon’s CFO Fran Shammo indicated the carrier was on schedule to complete the deployment of its LTE network by the middle of 2013. According to Shammo, this is about six months ahead of schedule and will result in the LTE footprint matching the 3G footprint.

Shammo indicated the LTE network has been well received by customers with 14.9 million postpaid LTE devices in customer hands. Shammo said 35 percent of Verizon’s overall data was traveling over the LTE network as of the end of September. The LTE network already covers 250 million people, about 80 percent of the U.S. population. For comparison, Verizon’s competitor AT&T will not reach the 250 million mark for its LTE network until the end of 2013. On a related note, Shammo commented that adoption of Share Everything data plans are still higher than expectations with at least 13 percent of the customer base now on one of these plans. According to Shammo, customers average 2.6 devices per account on a shared data plan.

source: FierceWireless

Samsung Galaxy Express on AT&T available November 16th for $99

Yes, you’re reading that title correctly. Samsung is releasing yet another device rocking the ‘Galaxy’ tag. I have nothing against Samsung as a Samsung device is my daily driver, but really? Why not just call it the Mini-Mini? Although not too much of a surprise seeing as we caught wind of this device back in September, it just seems like we’ve been bombarded with Galaxy titles this fall. This device at least makes a little sense as it fills the entry-level, first-time smartphone buyer segment. Samsung now seems to have a well-rounded portfolio as it were. Strike while the iron’s hot, as they say. The Galaxy Express will have a 4.5-inch screen backed by a 1GHz dual-core processor and a 2000 mAh battery powering Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. A 5MP camera and the ability to run on AT&T’s LTE network will round out the package. I realize this is for first-time buyers and $99 seems a little high these days on contract, as there are certainly other deals to be had out there.

 

source:  AT&T

Google Shopper update packs new UI, other additions

The Google Shopper application is receiving an update today which brings it up to version 3.0 and includes a host of changes. Most notably is the revamped user interface that resembles Google’s other apps. The main menu now contains categories you can browse from food to popular items at the moment. Another new feature is what Google calls ‘GoodGuide.’ This feature will allow buyers to make better buying decisions about the products they’re viewing, according to Google. If you already have the app installed, you can head to the Store to update. If not, you can grab the app from the link or code below.

Google Play Store Link

QR Code generator

Humble Bundle for Android 4 has arrived, pay what you want for five great titles plus a bonus

Humble Bundle for Android 4 has arrived with six awesome mobile and desktop titles. You can pay whatever you want to support developers and charities for these five titles:

  • Crayon Physics
  • RTS Eufloria
  • Splice
  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
  • Waking Mars

If that’s not enough, if you pay more than the average price at the time of your visit, you will also get Machinarium. At the time of this post, the average is $5.51 and over 18,000 bundles has already been sold, and it just started. All games are compatible with Android, Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. If you were to buy all these games separately it would cost $119, but you can name your price. Plus, you can allocate part of your purchase to the Electronic Foundation (Internet freedom non-profit) and the Child’s Play Charity (providing technology & games for kids in hospitals). Previous Humble Bundles has generated more than $7,550,000 for charity.

Check out the video below and hit the source link below to get started.


Read more

Featured Android Game Review: Expendable Rearmed [Arcade & Action]

Originally created by Rage Newcastle, Expendable Rearmed launched on the PC and the Sega Dreamcast in 1999. Gamers quickly embraced this arcade action shooter because of its addictive gameplay, and now this classic game just became available for your Android phone or tablet thanks to Retrobomb. The game is set in AD 2463 in the distant worlds deep in space. Things were going okay until the G’neng came, which is a malevolent bio-mechanical alien race. You are the head of a clone army with expendable units, and your job is to rid of these aliens. You will start near home, work your way through different colonies, and with a lot of work you just might make it to the enemy home world.

If you like shooting things up, you will love Expendable Rearmed. It’s a total shootfest as you simply shoot at anything that moves, and even if doesn’t move you can blow it up. You will have your choice of various weapons which include Flame Throwers, Mini-Guns, Phantasm orbs, Alien weapons, SpiraCannons, Heat seaking missiles, grenades, and the almighty railgun.

I am not familiar with the original, but this version looks to be as good if not better than it. The best experience will be with a Tegra 3 device, but you don’t need a Tegra to play it. It’s also compatible with Snapdragon, Adreno, Mali and SGX hardware. If you’re lucky enough to have a Tegra 3, you will get enhanced effects such as gorgeous water effects, masses of extra particles and advanced extra shadowing.

If you’re looking for a new console-like quality game, Expendable Rearmed might a good choice. The only issue I have is the controls as I had a hard time aiming my shots. It desperately needs Bluetooth controller support in my opinion. My understanding is that it will be compatible with the Sony Xperia Play with an update soon, but that’s too limited. Hopefully they will open it to more controllers, but on the other hand, a lot of you might not find the same issue I did. It’s available now in the Google Play Store for $2.99. Check out my quick hands on video, Retrobomb’s game trailer, and hit one of the download links below. Let us know what you think.

Features:

* IF IT MOVES… SHOOT IT *
Attack the G’NENG and kill them all. Relentless waves of aliens in a fight to the death

* IF IT DOESNT MOVE… BLOW IT UP *
Nearly everything can be blown up. Large detailed worlds ready to be destroyed.
Beautifully rendered destruction effects, have never made destruction so satisfying

* CONSOLE QUALITY *
You will never believe your phone or tablet could ever do this.

* NO LOADING TIMES *
Bored of waiting for your games to load between levels. EXPENDABLE REARMED uses our unique streaming technology to all but remove loading times

* WEAPONS GALORE *
Loads of weapons including, Flame Throwers, Mini-Guns, Phantasm orbs, Alien weapons, SpiraCannons, Heat seaking missiles and the almighty railgun, all with 5 levels of powerups. Grenades too… including the insane destruction of the nuke-grenade.

* FABULOUS SOUND *
All the original sound effects and music

* ACHIEVEMENTS AND GLOBAL HIGHSCORES *
Just like the old arcades… dont just be best in your town, be best in the world. Download and use the SCORELOOP app to put your name up in lights.

* RENDERING EFFECTS FOR TEGRA 3 *
Some all new effects tuned for TEGRA hardware
Have bragging rights with your new NEXUS hardware.

 

 

YouTube Preview Image

Gameplay Trailer

YouTube Preview Image

QR Code generator

Play Store Download Link

TegraZone Link

AT&T adds Little Rock to list of LTE markets, expands LTE in Florida and California

AT&T is committed to expanding their LTE network quickly, and it’s always exciting to see new markets get some LTE love. This morning, AT&T announced their LTE service was live in Little Rock, Arkansas, and expanded in Key West to include Big Pine Key and the Lower Keys, Marathon, Islamorada and Key Largo. Bakesfield, California is also receiving some expanded coverage.

That’s great news if you plan on picking up a shiny new toy soon, like the Galaxy Note II, or if you just had any other LTE AT&T phone, as you’ll really get the most out of the devices with the much faster LTE data speeds. Is anyone in those new or expanded markets enjoying faster data this morning?

AT&T Announces $14 Billion Network Expansion

AT&T announced it will invest $14 billion to expand its wireless and wireline broadband networks. AT&T cited anticipated expansion of IP data growth and new services. The wireless giant plans to expand its 4G LTE network to cover 300 million people by the end of 2014. It had previously planned to cover 250 million LTE customers by the end of 2013. Hopefully customers will not see any new mystery charges to cover this expenditure.

The huge financial investment is great news for those waiting for LTE coverage but it’s the company’s wireline broadband services that will see the biggest expansion. AT&T expects to increase its wired IP broadband network to cover 75% of its customer locations. It will also increase fiber deployment to an additional million business customers.

Hit the source for a detailed breakdown of the planned investment.

Source: AT&T

Samsung Galaxy S III Becomes Top-Selling Phone Of Q3 2012

 

This year has been very good for Samsung, but Q3 has been a very good period of time especially as Samsung as it can proudly proclaim it offered the top smartphone of Q3 2012. According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung sold 18 million units of its Galaxy S III, while Apple sold 16.2 million units of its iPhone 4S. One thing to note is that the iPhone 5 was released during the quarter as well and accounted for 6 million sales— a number that should increase exponentially when we see the Q4 results. Still, it is mighty nice to see Samsung hold a big-time trump card across all its competitors… for now at least.

 
More details of the news can be found once you hit the break.

 


Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Beginning To Receive Jelly Bean Update In Germany

 

In all the hubbub of Samsung’s smartphones getting the coveted Jelly Bean update, we seem to have forgotten that its other devices are expected to get Jelly Bean as well. So that’s why it’s our sincerest pleasure to report to you all that owners of the Galaxy Note 10.1 can now look forward to the initial rollout of Jelly Bean for their device. According to SamMobile, owners of the device in Germany have begun receiving the OTA notification of the update and is even posted online at samfirmware.com. The Jelly Bean update comes in at 300MB in size and brings the German G-Note 10.1 to the latest software build.

So now that the update is slowly, but sure rolling out, it’s only a matter of time before we see the update roll out to the rest of the markets worldwide, including those of us here in the States.

source: SamMobile