LightSquared Network Application Facing Rejection Due To GPS Interference

It appears that the LightSquared saga is one giant step closer to coming to an end. After recently requesting that the FCC become stricter on its GPS device standards, it’s reported that the FCC will be rejecting the company’s network application — inhibiting its ability to become a wholesale LTE network provider. This is all after the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) sent a letter to the FCC stating “LightSquared’s proposed mobile broadband network will impact GPS services and that there is no practical way to mitigate the potential interference at this time”, which directly contradicts the FCC’s conditions for approval of the application that LightSquared not in any way interfere with any other signal spectrum.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there. On top of the billions of dollars and heaps of resources put into the LightSquared project, this will most definitely be putting LightSquared’s ability to comply with Sprint’s recent ultimatum. However the company doesn’t quite want to take no for an answer, and went on record stating that they disagree with the NTIA’s decision, and will remain committed to finding a resolution.

source: the wall street journal

Add Some Awesome Android Flare with the Andru Charger

So my fiancée thinks I’m obsessed. First it was the android figurine I bought; then the key chain followed; it continued with the mouse pad, and now it finally culminating with the Andru phone charger by Power by Gen I just bought. When I first saw this power charger I knew I had to buy it. I was first miffed by the $25 price tag however now that I’ve bit the bullet and own one of these I am perfectly okay in saying that it’s well worth the price. Seriously.

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Verizon’s 4G LTE Network to be Expanded on February 16th

On February 16th, Verizon will expand its 4G LTE network. San Antonio, TX, Little Rock, Ark., Rapid City, S.D., and Clarkville, TN will have expanded coverage, while the folks in Cookeville, TN will have their first opportunity to try out Big Red’s 4G. This will bring Verizon’s LTE tally to 196 markets, and service to over 200 million people. Check out the full press release after the break.


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Retail Branding for HTC Endeavor and Ville Revealed, Shows More Name Changes

Well that name was short lived. The HTC Edge turned Endeavor looks to be going through yet another name change along with its cousin the HTC Ville before they are even officially debuted. The Endeavor is now rumored to be coming to us at MWC this year as the HTC One X. The X in the name is going to be superscripted above the One for branding. Information that adds weight to this name change is the recently reserved Danish URL htc-one-x.dk that was registered by an HTC subcontractor.

The news doesn’t stop there folks. The HTC Ville looks to be following suit and its name will be changed to the One S. Again the S will be superscripted above the One for branding purposes. There’s no word on if the budget-friendly Primo will be branded under the One-Superscript name though. Neither is there word on if the tablet that’s being unveiled will see a similar branding.

We will have to wait for MWC this year for confirmation but it appears that HTC will continue one name with variations tradition; much like their Sensation, Sensation XE, and Sensation XL line.  We’ll also have to look forward to MWC for the debut of the awesomely specced HTC One X and the mid-range One S if those names stick. Hopefully this branding is apart of HTC’s hero strategy. What about you guys out there, what do you think about owning a One X or One S? Let us know in the comment section below.

sources: pocketnow & Slashgear

Motorola Announces Ice Cream Sandwich Update to Select Devices


Today, Motorola provided more information on devices that will receive an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Motorola had promised to release an upgrade timeline for ICS last October. The WiFi Xoom tablet was updated in January. Motorola states that the US Family Edition Xoom will be upgraded sometime in the second quarter of 2012, as well as the MOTOROLA RAZR, which is available in Asia, Europe and Canada. In the third quarter, the ATRIX 2, the MOTOROLA ATRIX 4G (AT&T), and the PHOTON 4G will be next in line. Motorola also has slated the DROID BIONICDROID RAZRDROID RAZR MAXXDROID 4 and ELECTRIFY to have further details released. It looks like 2012 will bring ICS to many more devices.

source: Motorola

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 accidentally noted?

 

Samsung could be planning to launch a 10.1″ Galaxy Note if details on the companies MWC Developer Day invitations are anything to go by. Under the heading ‘EXHIBITION FOR DEVELOPERS’ the Galaxy Note 10.1  is clearly listed alongside the Galaxy Note, Wave 3 and Wave Y.

Debates are now spreading throughout the tech world like wildfire as to whether this is a new product or an unfortunate typo for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Further investigation has unearthed a Samsung casting call looking for teen students to audition for the role of a Galaxy Note 10.1 user. Samsung then stirred up an even bigger frenzy by promptly removing the blog page from its website.

Samsung’s naming and sizing procedure could all become very confusing if the Galaxy Note 10.1 does turn out to be genuine. We could find ourselves faced with a 7.0″ Galaxy Tab which is actually smaller than than 10.1″ Galaxy Note. Could it be that the Unique Selling Point and differentiator for the Galaxy Note series is the inclusion of the S Pen? The only other USP that immediately springs to mind in the Galaxy Note series is the inclusion of cellular radios, maybe Samsung are looking to bring that 80′s look back into fashion!

 

Check out the invitation and let us know your thoughts.

 

source : theverge

Verizon Unveils New Concept Store, Attempts to Make It a More Enjoyable Experience

If you’re like me, when it’s time to upgrade to the latest and greatest that Verizon has to offer you head on down to the local carrier store. While you may not buy from that store but rather order the device online, you still go down there to try the device out to get a feel on if it’s the right phone for you. However when you get down to the store you find that the place is littered with dummy units that do nothing more than look pretty while collecting dust. Then when it’s time to make a purchase you wait in line for the next rep to become available in hopes that they can answer questions regarding your purchasing decision. This can take a decent amount of time depending on what number in line you are and the kind of questions being asked by those ahead of you. 
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Amazon MP3 App Receives Update, Brings UI Overhaul and Tablet Optimization

For those of you who still refuse to use Google Music as your one stop place for streaming/purchasing/storing of your tunes, I guess Amazon MP3 would be your next best choice. The Amazon MP3 app has just received an needed update that brings a revamped, better looking UI, tablet optimization and a couple other minor adjustments. While I still feel that Google Music is much more appealing, this is definitely a step in the right direction.

The MP3 app and MP3 Store were updated to look more similar to that of the newly updated Amazon Appstore and the kindle application. The new look is now adorned with white text on a grey backdrop with orange highlights as to better match the other Amazon apps. It appears this was an attempt to appeal new Kindle Fire owners, and a way to tidy up shop. Although I am still a Google fan through and through, I must admit it looks seemingly better after the update. To check it out for yourself, hit up the market link below.

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[Leak] LG X3 specs and benchmarks revealed

Last month we told you about the upcoming LG X3 (P880), which is rumored to be a Tegra 3 quad-core beast. MoDaCo was able to get some inside info and screen shots of a recent benchmark. As you can see it’s running Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and the kernel of 2.6.39 is the latest release from NVIDIA, which confirms the Tegra 3. The insider they spoke to also confirmed the following specs:

  • 4.7″ HD 720×1280 screen
  • Tegra 3 Quad core processor (1.5GHz on single core, 1.4GHz when on 2-4 cores) + SMP Core (core companion) for IDLE task operations which will save battery life
  • 2000mAh battery
  • 16GB internal memory + microSD slot
  • 8MP camera with ultra fast shutter
  • 1.3MP Front Facing camera
  • Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3

I would assume it will be called the Optimus X3 when it’s unveiled, but who’s excited for this one? We should see it officially unveiled in 2 weeks along the HTC Endeavor at Mobile World Congress.

source: MoDaCo