AT&T building 4G LTE in-flight service


AT&T announced today that they are building a 4G LTE in-flight connectivity service to enable users to be able to access the Internet even in the sky. The service will launch for commercial airlines, and will launch as soon as the end of 2015.

The goal is to provide fast and reliable WiFi, and things like cockpit communications, maintenance operations and crew services will also likely see an improvement. To build this service AT&T will create an air-to-ground network in the U.S., which will be based on global 4G LTE standards. Hit the break for the press release!

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The LG L80 is now official in Indonesia


The LG Optimus L III series was officially launched in Barcelona at the MWC in February. That series included the L40, L70 and L90. Well now LG has added another handset to that lineup – the L80.

While the device was leaked a few hours ago, that hardly seems important now that the device is official. The device is set to feature a 5″ IPS display, dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of expandable storage. It will also include a 5MP rear-facing camera.

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New HTC One M8 Ace to have plastic unibody, high-end specs with low price


In the past HTC has made comments leading people to believe they don’t like flagship plastic devices, but new reports suggest that they are on their way to making their own. According to sources, the company’s new HTC One M8 Ace will feature a plastic body instead of aluminum. In addition, the device will have specs almost identical to Samsung’s Galaxy S 5, with a 5-inch 1080p display plus a 2.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC, but a much lower pricetag.

We’ll just have to wait and see, as the device may be announced sometime next month.

Source: Engadget

Easter egg hunt for Google I/O 2014 registration codes concludes


During the past couple weeks, some Google developers have been on an Easter egg hunt that yielded a registration code for this year’s Google I/O event. The hunt commenced as developers found leads that unlocked access to a text-based robot assistant named Icarus Odessa. I.O. then led the programs on a space-themed text adventure game. Along the way, the hunt exposed developers to several different Google products and platforms like: Read more

Sprint’s LG G Flex to receive Android 4.4 today


For the Sprint owners out there who bought the LG G Flex, there’s some good news for you today. The carrier announced today that KitKat will be rolling out for the device beginning today, April 28.The update (version LS995ZV6) is rolling out in batches, so you may have to be patient to receive your update. Everyone should have the update by May 7.

It’s till to be seen what UI tweaks 4.4 will bring to the G Flex, since Sprint lists “OS upgrade to Android 4.4 (Kit Kat)” as the only improvement in the OTA.

Source: Sprint

BlackPhone will pack the NVIDIA Tegra 4i processor


BlackPhone, the ultra-secure smartphone from SGP Technologies, is going to pack a pretty nice punch. Today, it was revealed by the SGP Technologies that the device will feature an NVIDIA Tegra 4i processor. The Tegra 4i will be clocked at 2.0GHz. In addition to announcing its processor, the company also clarified that BlackPhone will have an i500 LTE modem.

Behind the device’s secure PrivatOS is Android 4.4 KitKat. The 4.7-inch display has a resolution of 720p and the battery keeping everything going is 2000mAh. The rear camera is 8MP and the front facing one is 5MP.

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Yet another Samsung smartphone shows up on shipping manifest


Almost two months ago a couple devices showed up on Indian web site Zauba which tracks devices being shipped into and out of the country. Those devices included the SM-G870A and the SM-G800F. At the time we thought one of those may be the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Neo. However, a new leak from Zauba for an SM-G750H may be the scaled down version of Samsung’s latest flagship device. The bad news is that the device that was discovered is listed as having a 5.1-inch display. Combined with an expected screen resolution of only 720p, the Galaxy S 5 Neo may have a noticeably less sharp display than other devices on the market.

The Galaxy S 5 Neo is expected to come with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, so it should have plenty of power to drive a high definition screen. If Samsung did ramp up the screen resolution to a full 1080p, that would create a device that has better hardware in most areas than the Galaxy S 4. Although the Galaxy S 4 is technically a generation behind, Samsung may not be quite ready for a smaller version of their current flagship to be able to take on the Galaxy S 4.

source: Zauba
via: SamMobile

HP readying first Google approved laptop running Android


Computers and laptops have been somewhat of a novelty. Packed with OK specs and usually an Android version that’s a few generations behind. Another aspect that’s lacking in these mobile computers is the Google-approved status that allows these devices to use all the Google apps we’ve come to know in our day-to-day. Well thanks to a somewhat hidden video on its web site, HP looks to change a few of those aspects.

HP isn’t a novice when it comes to putting Android on conventional computers — as we saw the company announce a 21.5-inch AIO Android computer at CES this year. However, unlike the All-In-One, this current foray into conventional computing will come with Google’s blessing. What this means is that the device will feature Google’s first-party apps like Gmail and YouTube, and will come with the Play Store and its millions of third-party apps.

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