Growing Data Demands Are Trouble For Verizon, LTE Capacity Nearing Limits

In a filing made to the FCC in support of Verizon’s planned $3.9 billion purchase of nationwide AWS spectrum licenses held by SpectrumCo, Big Red’s executive director of network strategy Bill Stone said that Verizon’s current spectrum holdings do not provide enough capacity to meet growing 4G demands, in some places hitting full capacity by 2013. More places will hit capacity by 2015.

Our usage projections suggest that traffic on our LTE network will surpass data usage on our EV-DO network in early 2013. By year-end 2015 our LTE data traffic is projected to be 5 times the peak data traffic ever carried on our 3G EV-DO network. The impact of that growth rate compounds, resulting in a more than 20-fold increase in LTE data traffic from year-end 2011 to year-end 2015.

Currently, only 5 percent of Verizon’s customers use LTE, but the company is trying to migrate as many customers to LTE as possible. Even though Verizon is trying to move more users to their LTE network, their EV-DO network is not seeing a drop in usage either. Stone stated:

…overall traffic continues to increase on the EV-DO network even as some customers migrate to the LTE network. Thus while traffic is migrating to LTE, spectrum deployed for EV-DO is not fallow, but is filled by the growing data demands of remaining users. Put another way, customers are not yet moving to LTE fast enough to stop, and reverse, EV-DO traffic growth.


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Sharing Made Better With Andmade Share

Sharing is an integral part of Android. The built-in share menu is simple, useful, and ubiquitous on every build of Android. But how much has it really changed between versions? Not much. Sure, it does the job, but it’s just an alphabetical list of apps that can accept a share request. Over time, the list gets very long and unwieldy. How can it be made better?

Developer Andmade Software has an answer with their Andmade Share app. This app replaces Android’s basic share menu with one that has a few more features.

  • Share to multiple applications at once
  • Reorder the app list
  • Fast share to Evernote.

Screenshots, download links, and more after the break.


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Android Platform Distribution Biweekly Update

It’s been two weeks. Do you you know what that means? It’s time for another break down of Android platform distribution. When we last left our pie chart, Gingerbread had seen significant gains from 44% in November to an absolutely dominating 58%.  Meanwhile, Honeycomb held 3.4%, Ice Cream Sandwich held 1%, and all other versions (Froyo, Eclair, Donut, Cupcake) accounted for the remaining 37.6%. It’s interesting to analyze the shifts that have occurred over two short weeks. From the data posted yesterday, Gingerbread has steadily risen to 61.5%. While it may not be the latest Android OS, it is, luckily, stealing share from the likes of Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, and especially Froyo which in particular has dipped 5% since the start of the year. Honeycomb remained largely consistent save for 0.1% who obviously updated to Ice Cream Sandwich.  Android 4.0 gained 0.6% adoption since our last update. Check out the chart  for a tabular display of the data. 
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Adobe Flash Player Receives Update With Security Fixes

Well, the company that said they will no longer be supporting their product on future Android devices is keeping good on its word however, to support Adobe Flash on devices it’s already running on.  That’s right, Adobe brings an update to the Flash app for Android bringing with it a slew of welcomed security patches.  Fixes include code protection in the event of a crash, preventing someone from taking over your system.  The company is usually fairly quick to fix issues like this and rarely have we seen them take so long that someone would have the opportunity to take advantage of the breach.  If you’re ready to update head on over to the Android Market for the download.  We’ve also provided the QR code below for convenience.  Now, if we can only change Adobe’s mind about support for Chrome on Android!

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Dr. Dre Beatbox Launching March 11th Through AT&T, Press Release States ICS Coming To The HTC Vivid

AT&T will be offering the Dr. Dre Beatbox this week, retailing for a pretty hefty $400. The accessory will offer Bluetooth connectivity, as well as a dock connector for smartphones and portable music players. The Beatbox is powering a 5.25″ woofer, and will most likely offer “an incredible music experience”. I’m not really sure if I want an incredible portable music experience at $400, but I digress. In addition to the Beatbox, AT&T will also be carrying the following Beats accessories: Wireless HD Stereo Bluetooth Headphones,  Beats Solo HD Headphones and the UR Beats In-Ear Headphones.

Also in the press release, which I’m sure will be slightly more appealing, is AT&T’s explicit intention to deliver an update for the HTC Vivid “in the coming weeks” which includes an update to Android 4.0, an updated HTC Sense experience and Beats by Dr. Dre audio profiles. Owners of an HTC Vivid rejoice, you finally get to taste the sweet, sweet, creaminess that is Ice Cream Sandwich. Full press release after the break.


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Android Apps Gain Some Heft: Now up to 4 GB

Android app developers will have a much bigger world to explore from now on. The Android Developers Blog has announced that the maximum size for an Android app will no longer be 50 MB, but 4 GB. This will open the door for apps that need all the resources they can get, like 3D games.

The APK file for an app will still be limited to 50 MB, but now there is the ability to add two expansion files that can be up to 2 GB each. These files will be hosted by the Android Market, and that will translate to savings for the developers as they no longer need to pay for the file serving.

The blog had some good news for people downloading the apps, as well. You’ll now be able to see the total size of the app before you purchase it, and the download of the expansion files should start automatically on most newer devices. Best of all, the 15 minute refund time frame won’t start until after the download finishes. You’ll no longer miss some of your time to consider if you like the app on a lengthy download.

Check out the source link below to get the nitty gritty details of these changes.

source: Android Developers Blog

Angry Birds Space Launching Exclusively On The Galaxy Note?

The most recent iteration of Rovio’s Angry Birds franchise looks as if it’s going to launch exclusively on the most recent iteration of Samsung’s Galaxy line of handsets. Today Samsung released a teaser clip on their Facebook and YouTube pages. The 30-second teaser makes it fairly clear that the game is intended to launch on the Galaxy Note. The game will surely be released for other handsets subsequent to this exclusive launch window. Such marketing tactics aren’t unfamiliar, since Rovio previously released Angry Birds in a similar manner. The way I see it, it’s a win-win situation. It’s great news for Galaxy Note owners and good news for everyone else. What’s a little wait for the rest of us, anyway? Hit the break for the Angry Birds Space teaser clip.

source: facebook


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Xperia Phones Used to Drive Automated Cars on Real Life Reckless Racing Track

We talked plenty about Sony’s Xperia line of phones over the past couple months, the Xperia P and U, Xperia S, Xperia IonXperia Play2 and the Hayabusa(?). Now, it’s time to see what the Xperia name can really do… on the racetrack. The Reckless Racing 2 racetrack. In real life even!

The crazy people behind the Xperia Studio have taken a couple of MGF cars and completely automated them to be driven entirely by the physical buttons of the Xperia Play and the touchscreen of the Xperia S. I don’t suspect this is anything that you think about when shopping for a smart phone, let alone will attempt to do, but it’s pretty bad-ass nonetheless. What you are about to see is a couple of grown men playing with some seriously cool toys. Check out the video below and let us know what you think.

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If you want to see more on this Xperia Studio experiment and others, be sure to hit up the source link.

source: Xperia Studio
via: Xperia Blog 

 

Isis Takes On Even More Partners, Ready To Combat Google Wallet

So, Isis is already to kick it into high gear as they’ve already announced several banking partners, several carriers as well as handset manufacturers and are all set to take on Google Wallet.  Now, all they need is compatible equipment in the field right?  They’re on it.  The company has recently announced they’ve begun partnering with VeriFone, Equinox, Ingenico and ViVOtech to kick things off right.  That’s a huge portion of the world’s check-out systems.  All of these companies have agreed to work with Isis on getting future hardware up to par with the service and possibly even getting more equipment in the field to work with the application.  We’re indeed in good times, are we not?  The future is here and it will be interesting to watch Isis and Google go at it for the consumer.  Feel free to let us know what you think about it in the comments below.  Check out the press release for more detailed information.  
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Google Brings New Local Search Experience To Your Android Smartphone, Introduces The “Recent” Icon

The official Google Mobile Blog has brought word that the company is making their popular search application for Android even better…..again.  Google is always quick to ensure that their bread and butter, which is search, is constantly effective as possible whether on a PC or on your mobile device. The latest addition to the mobile online application brings us a new “Recent” icon. The next time you perform a search on your Android device you’ll be able to quickly bring up previous results by simply tapping the recent button. The function is available for those who are allowing their web searches to be saved

We provide this new convenience feature for users who have Web History enabled and are logged into Google when doing their search. Start by searching for a place on your PC or other devices, then login to Google.com’s mobile homepage and check the Recent icon. Information about previously searched places will be available under the Recent icon for about a day. 

The new “Recent” icon shows information about places you have recently searched for on any of your devices. Try swiping to the right to see more icons for other categories of places.

This shall certainly come in handy for those who usually attempt to search for something months later while unable to remember the exact details.  Just simply tap the recent button and you’re good to go.

source: Google Mobile Blog