Aio Wireless, a no-contract cell service provider owned by AT&T, is launching its service nationwide during September. The service has been in testing mode in 11 cities throughout the U.S., mainly in southern states. It launched on a limited scale in three markets – Tampa, Orlando, and Houston – back in May. Since then service has expanded on a limited basis to the metro Atlanta area and Chicago as well.
Aio Wireless offers a range of devices, including smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and offers consumers the option to bring their own device. Service plans include unlimited talk and text with data options ranging from 250MB for basic phones for $40 per month to 2GB for smart phones for $55 per month or 7GB of data for smartphones for $70 per month. This includes access to 4G LTE networks. As a special inducement, new customers who activate by September 29, 2013, will get their third month of service free.
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Usually the one to start trends, Twitter is following the trend and activating their beta program. Joining big name apps like Facebook, Snapchat, and Nova, the Twitter Beta Program allows you to access experimental features that aren’t yet live to the general public.
To join, head to the source link below, join the group, and then opt-in to the beta when prompted. From there you can download the beta Twitter app from the Google Play Store like normal. Try it out, and let Twitter know what you think, if you are so inclined.
Source: Twitter for Android Experiment
Competition causes companies to constantly raise the bar, which turns out to be a big benefit for consumers. Another side-effect that is produced is the occasional sniping that companies will take at each other, always entertaining in this age of connected technology. The latest example involves Qualcomm and MediaTek, both working to gain your business via smartphone and tablet device manufacturers’ choices for their mobile processors. Qualcomm has produced a video now available on YouTube that takes some shots at MediaTek’s plans to produce a true eight-core processor before the end of 2013. Read more
The news couldn’t have come at a better time for the company. Just as they wrangled away former Android icon Hugo Barra from Google, Xiaomi announced that they have reached 1 billion downloads from their MIUI app store in one year. Xiaomi’s UI is based on Android firmware, so it’s no wonder that so many apps have been developed for the platform. (Being located in the most populated region in the world helps a lot too.)
Since the company launched its MIUI app store, it has gained over 17 million active users with over 1.3 million daily searches. Add 5 million daily downloads to the recipe and you come out with with #5 ranked app store in China. (Out of over 200.)
We should expect to see more from Xiaomi in the coming year— we’re certainly looking forward to seeing what they’ve got up their sleeves, are you?
We are all familiar now with major manufacturers producing several variants of their flagship devices in order to target specific markets and demographics, so news that Samsung may be ready to release a cheaper variant of the new Galaxy Note III intended for emerging markets should not be surprising. According to sources in Korea, Samsung has a version of the new stylus-equipped phablet that costs 20 – 30% less to manufacture than the “normal” version slated to be unveiled next week. It appears changes will include the use of an LCD screen instead of Super AMOLED and a downgraded rear-facing camera capable of 8 MP compared to 13 MP for the normal unit. Samsung could also look at a change like downgrading the processor to a Snapdragon 600.
You may recognize that de-tuning the screen and camera were the same changes Samsung made when producing the Galaxy S 4 Active. So another alternative may be that Samsung is working on a ruggedized version of the Galaxy Note III for buyers who want to use their device in the great outdoors or other hazardous environments.
We should find out more next week.
source: ET News
You remember how we talked about that mysterious Sony model number recently? You know— the NSZ-GU1 model that’s set to revolutionize how we look at the Google TV platform? Well it’s not only the real deal, we finally have our first view of how the cool dongle will look like courtesy of the FCC. The shots show a very unique unit which includes a small terminal that houses the meat of the device like a Marvell DE3108 processor, 8GB of memory, 1GB of RAM, and the heart of the device— the small USB thumb-size dongle that utilizes Chromecast. It even supports MHL, but it also has an integrated IR blaster as well as HDMI in for pass through of your cable or satellite box. If you remember, Google said Chromecast was coming to Google TV, so this could very well be the first such device.
As of now, we know the unit is heading towards American shores, but we don’t know when exactly just yet. We’ll certainly keep our eyes and ears open for any further developments. More images after the break.
Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 Zoom is one heck of a sweet cameraphone, but there have been more than a few of you out there who have expressed major discontent for a lack of an LTE version. Fortunately, you can finally stop your bellyaching as Samsung has gone ahead and unleashed a new variant carrying a 4G chip built-in, allowing those of you out there to go ahead and use the device on your network of choice. As of now, Samsung has confirmed the new camera will operate on Deutsche Telekom, Tele2, Telia Sonera and Orange networks, though it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if we saw additional networks added at a future date. Of course it doesn’t have an interchangeable lens like other cameras out there, but hey— at least some you out there can finally go ahead and upload those high-res photos to your social network of choice without having to wait forever.
There’s no word on exact pricing for the Galaxy S 4 Zoom LTE just yet, but we expect to see all that sooner than later.
The popular music search utility Shazam received a big update today. Version 4.0 brings a completely new UI, complete with swipe-based gesture controls and smooth transitions. Also, once searching, you get to see large album artwork, and the option to purchase the song from Amazon, interestingly not Google Play.. Another much needed big change is the addition of tablet support.
You can download the updated app from the link past the break. Read more
It looks like Meizu’s upcoming smartphone has been spotted for the first time. The Meizu MX3 seems to have been pictured in official-like photos wearing a transparent protective case. We can see from front and back angles. The MX3 will run Flyme 3.0 OS (based on Android Jelly Bean), and has a 5.1 inch Full HD display, Exynos 5 Octa processor from Samsung, 2GB of RAM, and a 13MP rear camera.
The MX3 will officially be announced on September 2, and will likely be released only in China. Price is still a question mark, but rumor has it that it will cost 1,999 CNY – or about $327 – not a bad deal for a phone with the above specs.
Via: Unwired View
ARCHOS, one of the first companies to begin releasing Android tablets, has announced their new line of devices for this fall. Most important is the ARCHOS 101 XS 2, which is the successor to last year’s 101 XS. It still features a magnetic keyboard/cover, but this new version has a quad-core processor and IPS screen, Android 4.2 and a display resolution of 2048 x 153. There’s actually an option for kids, the ARCHOS ChildPad, which offers a customized interface, parental controls, and Google Play content filtering.
Next, the ARCHOS 50 Oxygen is ARCHOS’s new flagship phone. It comes with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, an IPS display, 16GB of storage, Android 4.2, and a 13MP camera. It comes without any skin, so depending on the price, it could be a Nexus competitor for those who are into that. Lastly, the ARCHOS GamePad 2 will be released. Not much info yet on that, but we’ll get more details once all of the devices are formally unveiled at the IFA next month.
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