VoLTE: Massive Battery Drainer?

With all new technology, there also comes compromise. Such seems to be the case with VoLTE (voice over LTE) technology. In news that’ll have nearly all smartphone owners cringing; a recent test that consisted of an unknown device making both CDMA and VoLTE calls over an unnamed carrier revealed some interesting results. It was found that VoLTE calls generated 100% more current drain on the battery which in turn resulted in 50% less battery life. Granted, this is just the beginning stages of VoLTE technology, and we aren’t 100% sure of all the variables in the test. However, I think we can assume that much of 2013 will be spent by engineers making sure we don’t lose 50% of our battery life with this technology.

source:  Droid Life

HTC Releases Source Code For DROID DNA Smartphone

 

HTC’s DROID DNA has earned tons of praise from the Android community, but it’s certainly apparent that all the hardcore tinkerers out there have been itching to get down and dirty into the real guts of the device— and HTC has delivered by releasing the open source code and binaries to the masses. The code is based off Android 4.1 and is specifically meant for developers and should allow for some slight ‘modifications’ improvements to the device and subsequently, the various custom ROMs out there. This should especially be of major importance to those of you who went ahead and unlocked the DROID DNA’s bootloader as well.

Interested parties can grab the source code (version 1.15.605.4) at the source link below.

source: HTCDev

New Variant Of Samsung Galaxy Camera Sneaks Past FCC Hallways, Comes Dressed In Verizon 4G LTE Colors

 

It’s no secret that many of you may find the Samsung Galaxy Camera interesting, but loathe the fact that it’s currently limited to AT&T for now and it’s faux-g speeds as opposed to something else a little ummm, faster. Well potential customers may finally have a reason to smile, especially if you’re on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Samsung recently sent a new variation of its camera called the A3LEKGC120 through the FCC hallways and we now know it will come decorated with a unique difference from the original variant. According to the FCC filing, the EKGC120 variant of the Galaxy Camera will feature an LTE radio on a 700MHz frequency, giving the clear indication it will likely land come dressed in Verizon colors. Of course Verizon (and Sammy for that matter) will be mum about whether or not a camera is headed for 4G LTE glory, but in the meantime— let’s just hope we see this device sooner than later. Maybe we’ll see this toy headed for Verizon stores sometime this holiday season? Perhaps.

source: FCC

 

eBay imposes sales restrictions on Nexus 4 due to overwhelming demand

As many Nexus 4 customers are being forced to wait until 2013 to get their hands on the new device, eBay has found it necessary to impose sales restrictions on the stock Android 4.2 smartphone. The online retailer usually warrants these types of restrictions to prevent fraudulent listings from being posted, most often for items that have overwhelming demand. Read more

Google Maps Navigation now available in Mexico

Sure, most have the world has been utilizing Google’s free turn-by-turn navigation via Google Maps for years, but until now users south of the border have been left out of the action. Well, that’s changing today as Google has announced that Google Maps Navigation is now available to users in Mexico, albeit in beta.

Much like its other-wordly counterparts, the Google Maps app features full turn-by-turn directions, directions by point of interest, Spanish-language voice search, voice playback and even real-time traffic updates.

Users will need to be running at least Android 2.2 Froyo to take full advantage of Google’s new application. Those who fit the bill can head to the Play Store to find the official download.

Source: Twitter

Redbox Instant launch details and pricing revealed

Not too long ago Verizon and Redbox announced a partnership to create a video streaming service to give some competition to Netflix. Details have been somewhat scarce as it’s currently being tested in a private beta. However, in what is probably an oversight by Verizon and Redbox, a help section is publicly available on the web with some pretty big details. Read more

Sharp Aquos compared to Samsung, HTC, LG smartphones

Earlier this month we reported on a move by Sharp to capitalize on the 5-inch display they are producing for the HTC DROID DNA. Sharp plans to produce their own Aquos device with the same large 1080p screen. Initial plans were to target the device at the Russian market. This meant some tradeoffs were made in the hardware and early reviews indicated this caused the device to struggle with some activities like games and video playback. Sharp now appears to be expanding on their plans by offering the new Aquos in China. They have started that effort with the production of some promo materials comparing the device to several other top end smartphones. Read more

64GB version of Samsung Galaxy S III canceled by Clove, no planned U.K. release for now

As the Samsung Galaxy S III has swept through the smartphone market, there have been a few potential buyers holding out for a 64GB version. Samsung announced last summer they would produce a 64GB version and an announcement from UK retailer Clove followed in August outlining their plans to carry the memory-laden device. Excitement was somewhat tempered when Clove started taking pre-orders in early November. Normally the pre-order process would be a positive development, but Clove indicated they would only move ahead with sales if enough orders were placed.

Clove has now revealed they did not receive the requisite number of pre-orders during the two-week order period and have canceled plans to offer the device. For the U.K. at least, this means there are no retailers or carriers with announced plans to carry the device. The same is true for the U.S. market. At this point only Italy still appears to be in play to see the device actually delivered to buyers.

source: Trusted Reviews