AT&T has rolled out LTE to 14 new markets which now marks a total of 175 markets with LTE coverage. Eight locations are in the south with Florida taking the top spot. Here they are:
- Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Arkansas
- Fort Smith, Arkansas
- Fresno, California
- Palm Coast, Florida
- Lakeland-Winter Haven Florida
- Fort Pierce, Florida
- Mount Dora, Florida
- Carbondale-Marion Illinois
- Houma/Thibodaux, Louisana
- Jefferson City, Missouri
- Las Cruces, New Mexico
- Binghamton, New York
- Temple/Killeen Texas
- Mount Vernon, Washington
The HTC One is set to launch on multiple U.S. carriers April 19 and one feature that has people talking is the new UltraPixel camera. Instead of a higher megapixel camera, HTC went with a four megapixel camera that has some different technology behind it. As any photography geek knows, more megapixels doesn’t always mean better image quality. Factors such as image sensor and the quality of lens have a large impact. With a sensor that can capture 300% more light than any 13 megapixel smartphone camera on the market, HTC believes its UltraPixel camera is better than the competition. JR Raphael of Computerworld got to sit down with Symon Whitehorn who heads up smartphone imaging at HTC.
According to reports, Samsung is working on a new generation Galaxy Ace device to succeed the Galaxy Ace 2 released last year. The third generation in the Ace line will have a 4.0-inch display, a 5MP camera, 4GB of internal storage and will run Android Jelly Bean. No information on a processor is available yet, but some are guessing it may carry a 1.2GHz dual-core chip. Samsung is expected to release the new Ace device in four colors – Metallic Black, Metallic Blue, Pure White, and Wine Red – sometime in June. The device’s model number is GT-S7272.
While many people are waiting and watching for news about flagship devices from the major manufacturers, work continues on devices for other strata in the market. Today Vietnamese retailer Mai Nguyen posted information about a new device from Samsung, the Galaxy Win (I8552), expected to launch in May 2013. The Galaxy Win will be powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor driving a 480×800 4.7-inch screen. The device will run Android 4.1.2, has a 5MP camera, supports up to a 32GB microSD card for additional memory, and is dual-SIM capable. The device does not have 4G capability. No information on pricing, carriers or markets was provided. Hit the break for a couple more images of this new Samsung smartphone.
Since the major acquisition last year, Google has made it clear that it wants QuickOffice to make accessing and editing various Microsoft Office documents for the average consumer— but what about the various businesses out there? Sure business have the option of using their Google Apps account to access Google Drive, but let’s face it— Google Drive isn’t exactly intuitive and doesn’t mesh well with various Office documents out there. Well Google has heard businesses’ cries and made QuickOffice available for all Google Apps users… all for the smooth price of free. This means that all you Google Apps users out there will have instant access to all your files stored in Google Drive or open up an Office file on your device and have the ability to edit and save the file back to your device or Drive and access them from anywhere, anytime.
Again, the app is available for free for all Google Apps users, so if you have one of those coveted accounts, head on down to the Play Store link and grab your copy today.
Play Store download link
We already reported that the next Nexus 7 will sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU instead of the current NVIDIA Tegra 3, and Reuters is now confirming it. Also unsurprisingly, they are reporting that it will have a better display. We expect the next generation Nexus 7 to be unveiled at Google I/O in May, but Reuters is saying that it won’t be available till July.
Pricing is going to be key now that Amazon has lowered their pricing. Google may choose to stick with the $199/$249 plan, but there is a rumor that they will drop to $149/$199. I believe they will opt for the latter, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they drop the price of the Nexus 10 around the same time.
Humble Mobile Bundle has done it again! Above and beyond the games we previously reported for the Humble Mobile Bundle with Android 5, they have gone and added another 3 games. As was the case last time, the additional games will not cost a penny if you have already purchased the bundle, and will cost a mere $5.57 (at the time of this post) for new purchases. This price will get you the original six bundle games, Contre Jour, Anomaly Korea, Plants vs. Zombies, Bladeslinger, The Rooma and Metal Slug 3, coupled with the additional 3 new games:
- Funky Smugglers
- Raiden Legacy
- Another World
The number of Android devices running Jelly Bean is on the rise. Last month we reported Gingerbread down by 1.4%, and Jelly Bean up by 3.2%. Just one month later we are happy to report a significant increase in devices running Jelly Bean of 8.5%, and decrease in devices running Gingerbread of 4.4%. Here are the latest stats:
- 1.6 Donut – 0.1%
- 2.1 Eclair – 1.7%
- 2.2 Froyo – 4.0%
- 2.3 Gingerbread – 39.8%
- 3.2 Honeycomb – 0.2%
- 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – 29.3%
- 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean – 25.0%
This decrease in devices running Gingerbread is a great sign. With devices like the HTC One X, X+, XL, X+ USA, Droid DNA, Butterfly, Incredible 4G LTE, and EVO 4G LTE all receiving the Jelly Bean update, and the latest slew of devices being released with it straight out of the box, we should see another significant jump in devices running it by this time next month.
Source: Android Developers
The Galaxy S 4 is one of the most high end phones money can buy in terms of sheer processing power, but it’s hard for any one device to hold that title for long in the quickly evolving mobile industry. This time, it looks like Lenovo and Intel are the ones looking to outdo Samsung. Lenovo’s latest 5.5 inch phablet, the IdeaPhone K900, packs a zippy dual-core Intel Atom Clover Trail+ CPU clocked at 2 GHz. And, according some AnTuTu benchmarks, it actually edges out Samsung’s Exynos 5 (octa-core) processor. Of course, at that point, you wouldn’t really notice much difference in real world usage of either device, but it goes to show that more cores don’t necessarily mean a better processor.
The K900 features a full HD 5.5 inch screen, Intel’s Atom Clover Trail+ processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, 2500 mAh battery, but no micro SD card slot. Are any of you surprised that Intel’s processor did so well in benchmarks?
source: Phone Arena
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If you’ve been itching to pick up an Android tablet without breaking the bank, a new player in the Android tablet game has something that may pique your interest. Ematic has announced today that they’re releasing a 7 inch tablet running Jelly Bean, and it’ll only set you back $79.99. The specs are pretty on par for a tablet under $100, but it’s a great bang for your buck.
It packs a 1 GHz A4 processor and 512 MB of RAM under the hood, as well as 4 GB of internal memory. It also comes in six different colors, which is something pretty unique, and it features all of the core Google apps you’re used to, which is something usually missing from these cheap tablets. It weighs about 2 ounces less than the Nexus 7 as well, so if you’re looking for something light, this may be an option.
You can check out the full press release after the break. Anybody planning on picking one of these up?
There was a news story circulating the tech world today suggesting that both Verizon and AT&T were working together on an agreement that would split up Vodafone. Verizon would take back the 45% stake in US relations that Vodafone has in Big Red’s company while AT&T would take control of non-U.S. action. The deal would give AT&T a big boost in achieving a foothold in other markets. After the transaction Vodafone at $245 billion. It was confirmed by “usually reliable people” and would be complex to complete. However Verizon took to the internet to squash this rumor. They were quoted to say:
“Verizon Communications Inc. (“ Verizon ”) notes the recent press speculation regarding a potential merger with or purchase by Verizon of Vodafone. As Verizon has said many times, it would be a willing purchaser of the 45% stake that Vodafone holds in Verizon Wireless. It does not, however, currently have any intention to merge with or make an offer for Vodafone, whether alone or in conjunction with others.”
Make of it what you will, but it appears that Verizon and AT&T won’t be playing together. While it could be the standard boiler plate media response to get rid of media attention, Verizon has at least let us know where they stand on the 45% stake Vodafone has. It also looks like AT&T’s big break into other markets will have to come from somewhere else. So at this point in time it appears that nothing’s changed and that these “usually reliable people” weren’t so reliable. We’ll keep you posted if anything changes but don’t hold your breath.
source: Financial Times
No matter what the platform may be, hardcore gamers are always seeking ways to tweak and improve the performance of their systems. To define that performance, a benchmarking tool is needed and one of the most popular over the years has been 3DMark. Android device owners can now access this popular application with today’s release of 3DMark for Android.
Verizon has a new mid-range device coming soon and will offer the LG Lucid 2 for free on a new two-year contract. We reported the news yesterday and instead of the Lucid 2 being available in retail stores starting April 4, customers will only be able to order online with the phone making its way to physical stores in the coming weeks. The LG Lucid 2 is actually the Optimus F5 and for an entry-level smartphone, offers very reasonable specs.
- 4.3-inch IPS display at 960 x 540 (256 ppi)
- 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage with microSD card support up to 64GB
- 5 megapixel rear-facing camera
- 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
- Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
- 2,460 mAh battery
Well, if Facebook was trying to hide their phone before the April 4th announcement, they’ve officially failed. We’re getting our first look at the fabled device that’s going to run Facebook’s unique software courtesy of @evleaks on Twitter, and it’s apparently going to be called the HTC First. It is neither HTC’s first phone, nor Facebook’s first attempt at a phone, so I don’t completely understand the naming scheme, but I’m no marketing expert, so maybe I’m just missing something here.
Weird names aside, the First looks like a pretty slick, although generic, device. We can see a volume rocker on the side, a power button on the top, and three buttons along the bottom bezel, presumably a back, home, and menu button, in that order. The rumors say the phone will sport a 4.3 inch screen, and from this render, I’d say that looks pretty accurate. Either way, we only have a few days left before the official announcement. Anyone excited to see this phone in person?