DISH Network And Qualcomm Partner To Bring Devices That Support Cellular And Satellite Connectivity

Right now there are two big chips on campus… NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3, and Qualcomm’s dual-core Snapdragon S4. The S4 is rapidly gaining market share due to its integrated LTE support and can be seen in both the U.S. versions of HTC’s One X and Samsung’s Galaxy S III.

Satellite TV company DISH Network has announced that, in conjunction with Qualcomm, they plan to develop “mobile handsets and other devices” using the S4 chips, along with their LTE prowess. Qualcomm has developed a new 3G satellite technology called Enhanced Geostationary Air Link (EGAL), which enables DISH to support these new devices on the 2GHz/AWS-4 band in both terrestrial (LTE) and satellite modes.

DISH is continuing development of this program while waiting for the FCC to approve the use of their spectrum in this way. It’s a “risk-based investment” according to DISH, but one which is important “to accelerate a long-term path to developing both the satellite and ground-based mobile markets.”

In other words, smartphones with both LTE and satellite capabilities could be coming relatively soon. Cool.

Full press release after the break.


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AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III To Arrive “On Or Before” June 21st

AT&T has yet to officially announce a release date for their Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, and last week we reported that pre-orders could start shipping on June 18th. Now, according to Droid Matters, it seems that when AT&T Premier customers pre-order, they are being told that the S III will arrive “on or before” June 21st.  This is the same date that the S III will be available on Sprint and T-Mobile.

This is still not an official release date announcement, but June 21st is really starting to look like Galaxy Day. Not too long now, folks!

source: droid matters
via: bgr

T-Mobile Galaxy S II Update Rolling Out Tonight, ICS is Finally Here

T-Mobile is finally ready to rollout the ICS update for the Samsung Galaxy S II.  After being teased before,  we know for sure the rollout will begin tonight at 11pm EST / 8pm PST.  The update will bring you up to ICS version 4.0.3, which is as near as you can get to the most current version without actually having it.  Along with all the goodies that come with ICS, T-Mobile notes improvements to WiFi calling and voicemail enhancements.  Also included is the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), which allows the Federal Government to alert you to everything from dangerous weather to the zombie apocalypse.

Hit the break for details on how to get the update…


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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 with Verizon LTE Visits the FCC

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has recently passed through the FCC sporting radios capable of utilizing Verizon’s LTE network. Nothing really new to be gained from this filing and you can expect the device to be similar to the one we recently reviewed. Except of course for the addition of LTE radios.  The slate will run Ice Cream Sandwich and should play nicely with consumers who want a smaller sized tablet. Needless to say, Verizon customers should be expecting this to hit store shelves sometime in the near future.

source: FCC

Sprint No Longer a Majority Shareholder Of Clearwire

Sprint has recently voiced concerns with Clearwires’s debt and just announced that its holdings in the company are now below 50%. What does this mean exactly? Well, this means Sprint is no longer the majority share holder of the company and that the partnership between the two are going by the wayside.

Sprint has had an interesting partnership with Clearwire for the past couple of years as the two shared the 4G WiMAX network. While Sprint has been pushing to build their own 4G LTE network, Clearwire isn’t being used for that new plan. Thus, I would assume that this change in market share doesn’t really matter, nor will it affect Sprint in the future. We’re not quite sure what Sprint’s plan for Clearwire will be at this point as they have given no indication about their future partnership with the company. Either way you can be sure that Sprint’s complete and undivided attention is focused on pushing out their own LTE network to compete with Verizon and AT&T’s respective LTE services. And of course, we cannot forget about T-Mobile’s plans for their very own LTE network which is said to launch in 2013.

source: Reuters

[Infographic] U.S. mobile phone usage statistics

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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Dominoes offers 50% off all pizza ordered online or using apps through June 17th

I’ve loved Domino’s since I could remember. They really do think about their customers, and in this case, they haven’t forgotten the success their customers has given them. Domino’s on-line order site is second to none and really caters to the customer in how and what they order in their pizza. I use it all the time and it is just so easy to use and the order is always ready on time for either delivery or pick-up. With that, Domino’s is celebrating the surpassing of $1 billion total online sales from last April of 2011 to April 2012. That is an unprecedented mark, and to show their thanks, Domino’s is offering 50% off on any on-line pizza order at menu price.


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Samsung Galaxy Beam set to launch in the UK next month

Remember the Samsung Galaxy Beam? With all the excitement of the HTC One series and the GS III, this media projector/smartphone hybrid is practically a distant memory these days. Well Carphone Warehouse has just posted that they will be offering the Samsung Galaxy Beam in the UK with availability starting in July of this year.

Just to recap, the G Beam will boast a 15 lumens pico projector, practically allowing users to walk around with a 50-inch screen TV in their pocket, or so Samsung says. The smartphone side will bring a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 5 MP rear-facing camera and 1 GB of RAM. Over all, the phone sounds like a GS II with a projector implanted at the top. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as the GS II is still one of the most powerful smartphones around. So who is thinking about picking up one of these bad boys come July?

source: carphonewarehouse

Holding the Galaxy S III in a certain way could weaken signal

We’re all excited about the Galaxy S III, but some of us may have to contain our emotions and be mindful not to grip the phone too tightly at the bottom. The folks at Don’t Hold It Wrong have just added the GS III to their list of diagrams and state that gripping the GS III at the very base of the phone may result in loss of signal which could directly affect call quality and GPS functions. They also include that doing this could “cause the device to emit unintended levels of radio frequency energy“.

I’m not a scientist, but that sure doesn’t sound too good when they put it like that. I imagine that this is the case with any smartphone these days, e.g. the iPhone 4, so it’s good that we at least are being informed of how the phone is designed and what to be aware of in regards to improving its performance. Hit the source link below for more details.

source: don’tholditwrong

Samsung Galaxy S III accessory videos

Many of us are itching to get our hands on Samsung’s latest smartphone, the Galaxy S III. The phone has so many cool features built-in, it’s easy to forget that Sammy is also putting out some nifty accessories to accompany their new flagship device. I’m most excited about the WiFi Display Hub enabling you to wirelessly connect your GSIII to your HD TV for some big screen video streaming and gaming action.

The videos below are a bit disappointing as the GSIII is nowhere to be seen, so the presenters just make assumptions about the function of each accessory. At least we get to see the actual size of each item, so here’s to hoping that we’ll get to actually see them in action soon. Hit the break to see some GSIII accessory monologues.


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