Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is now available in 473 markets

 

With 2013 already upon us, Verizon isn’t shy in touting it’s 4G dominance by announcing its LTE network is now available in 473 markets that includes 273.5 million potential customers. While their network is available to about 89% of the US footprint, Verizon plans on providing the service on every US market by mid year. To my surprise, Verizon is also planning on making sure their LTE network will be available everywhere that their 3G network hits by the end of the year. An amazing accomplishment indeed if they are able to hit that goal.

Also, according to Verizon reps: “This year, the company also will continue to work with rural communications companies through LTE in Rural America, helping them to build and operate a 4G LTE network in their areas.

Glad to see Verizon isn’t hitting the breaks on providing their customers with the best experience possible.

source: Verizon

Pantech Perception HD LTE pictured with Verizon branding `

The Pantech Perception has been pictured with Verizon branding indicating the device should hid Bid Red sometime this year. Coupled with an HD display along with 4G LTE it could be a great low to mid tier smartphone option for buyers. The device will don Qualcomm’s dual core S4 processor, the same in US’s Galaxy S III, thus it certainly won’t be a slouch.

Considering its AT&T counterpart in the Discovery is $50 subsidized, I would expect the price point on the Perception to be somewhere in that area as well.

source: Unwired

Lenovo debuts their 5.5-inch Intel-powered K900

Today, Lenovo announced a new Android device in their lineup in the K900. The K900 is an Intel powered smartphone with a 5.5″ 1080p display. The device is definitely on the “phablet” section of devices right along side with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The K900 will be protected by Gorilla Glass 2 to help it with casual drops and scratches.

Inside will don Intel’s new dual-core Clover Trail+ chipset running at 32nm’s. Combined with 2GB’s of RAM this device is certainly no slouch and should fair well (specs wise) against the other current top dogs of devices. While Lenovo won’t be bringing this device to the US, I’m curious to see how it does abroad. Check out the full press release after the break!

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Sony plans on launching plenty of 4G phones this year

With Sony’s first 4G phone being debuted at CES in the Xperia Z, they plan on releasing plenty more 4G this this upcoming year. John Featherstone, the head of Sony’s mobile business operations in Oceania reportedly said that “Around 8% of our phones for 2013 will be 4G…all of them around the mid- to top-tier devices.”

With the Sony Xperia Z expected to hit several US carriers, Sony certainly has some excitement brewing in their mobile department. Will you give Sony Android devices a shot this year?

source: Gizmodo

Samsung Formally Announces The 5 Octa Processor… And Yes– The “Octa” Stands For The Chipset’s 8 Cores!

 

You knew that it was only a matter of time before we saw the next wave of weapons to be used in the wonderful world of processors here at CES. NVIDIA struck first by introducing its Tegra 4 processor— then hours later, Qualcomm introduced what was presumably the chipset series to beat— and now we have yet another chipset that trumps both. Samsung has announced the newest addition to its Exynos family called the 5 Octa. There’s a special reason for the Octa branding in this newly unveiled chip: this is Samsung’s first Octa-core processor! The 5 Octa is based off the ARM big.LITTLE / Cortex A15 infrastructure and has two sets of quad cores that power the entire chipset system. The impressive thing is that preliminary tests indicate the new chipset is at least 2x faster than the fastest chips on the market. Ladies and gentlemen— you may proceed to drooling now.

At the moment, there’s no word on when we’ll see the new chipset available in upcoming devices— but we suspect we’ll see something in the upcoming Galaxy S IV or any one of Sammy’s upcoming powerhouse tablets.

 

 

Acer Iconia B1-A71 Will Cost €119 in Europe, Middle East and Africa

You remember that unusually-named, but super sexy Acer Iconia B1-A71 tablet we talked about recently? Well while Acer did mention the Jelly Bean-powered tablet would have an some fairly modest internal features, it failed to mention how much the device will cost, while neglecting to tell us exactly when the device would go on sale in Europe, the Middle East and Africa— until now. It has confirmed that the devices will launch in select markets starting next week. The set price will go for €119… which is around $155 USD. Not too shabby indeed.

While you lucky folks await the arrival of the awesome tablet— why not just remind yourselves of how awesome it is by checking out the hands-on video? You’ll be glad you did.

source: Acer

 


LTE On T-Mobile A Week Or Two Away

In what maybe the best news for T-Mobile customers from this year’s CES, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray announced LTE will go live in “a week or two.” He actually said they were hoping to get LTE up in Las Vegas in time for CES but missed it by a couple weeks. Once Vegas is taken care of, Ray said they will have “a series of LTE markets coming on line through Q1 and Q2.” Assuming the MetroPCS merger goes through, T-Mobile is planning to stretch its LTE coverage to 100 million people by the end of Q2 and 200 million by the end of the year.

The obvious question is, when are the LTE phones coming? Ray said, “There will be a period when markets are up but we don’t have devices yet.” T-Mobile does have one phone that can take advantage of LTE. Ray said the Samsung Galaxy Note II can be made LTE capable via an “over-the-air software update.” He said another option for LTE on T-Mo will be “some AT&T LTE phones.” He did not mention when they would begin selling LTE phones but we’ll let you know if we hear anything… Galaxy S IV maybe? Keep up to date on CES 2013 here.

Source: PC Mag

 

Alliance for Wireless Power Reports Full Steam Ahead

The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) presented a state of the wireless power union of sorts from CES. Its lofty goal is to bring next generation wireless technology to the consumer electronics marketplace. The alliance formed a 30-member consortium in 2012, including Samsung and Qualcomm, and plans to hammer down a formal technical specification in 2013. If the A4WP can get enough players on board, the technology is pretty impressive. They demonstrated charging multiple devices, with different power requirements, at the same time all free of pesky wires. Check out some of the wireless charging options we’ve seen here and the rest of CES 2013 coverage here.

Press Release after the break

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Sprint announces addition of FM radio to smartphones, new Entertain ME service

Sprint issued a press release yesterday that media consumers may find interesting. First, in a new twist on the smartphone platform, Sprint announced a preliminary agreement to sell smartphones later in the year that include the capability of picking up FM radio signals. Instead of streaming a radio station over the Internet, users would have direct access using something like the NextRadio tuner application on their Android or Windows smartphone.

The second announcement from Sprint is in regard to a new service within their Sprint Zone application called Entertain ME. Sprint is trying to consolidate several services including Sprint TV & Movies, Sprint Music Plus, Spotify, Slacker, iHeartRadio, Shazam, and Rumpus. While most of these services are available as standalone apps, Sprint believes the inclusion within the Sprint Zone will make everything easier to access for the consumer.

Check out the full press release after the break and be sure to keep watching TalkAndroid for more news and information from CES 2013. Read more

Hands on with LG Google TV [Video]

In case you thought LG’s push to infiltrate your house was limited to the kitchen and laundry room with their Smart House appliances, they also showed up at CES 2013 with some hardware for your favorite television viewing area. The new LG television uses version 3 of Google TV to provide access to both “live” tv channels as well as a host of online video services. LG has updated the remote control for the TV with some new button locations and a full QWERTY keyboard on the back of the remote. The remote can also be used for voice entry purposes.

Check out our hands on video after the break to see how the new LG TV works. Read more