Following the lead of MetroPCS, Verizon Wireless is set on bringing voice over LTE (VoLTE) to its customers by late 2013 or 2014. According to Nicola Palmer, VP of network and CTO for Verizon Wireless, Verizon will begin a formal consumer trial at some point within the next year, with a subsequent formal rollout shortly after. Verizon is quick to point out the benefits of its testing of voice over LTE too. As opposed to using an old-school 3G voice-based network, voice over LTE has voice calls broken into data bits and transmitted across the LTE network— similar to an email transmission or song streaming over the internet. The hope is this technology will be more efficient than traditional wireless voice services, allowing for clearer calls and other services that can be linked to it. In addition, this feature will finally allow for Verizon customers to surf the internet while on a call using their cellular device.
While VoLTE is exciting news, this may possibly bring not just confusion to the average customer of how this works— but it will likely end traditional cellular minutes as we know it. Because VoLTE does not utilize a traditional voice network to transmit voice over an LTE network, mobile users are actually using 4G data packets to make and receive phone calls. This means that if you’re on one of Verizon’s Data Share plans, you’ll need to pay special attention to how many phone calls you make as it will certainly contribute to your overall monthly data usage and thus— those unlimited minutes would likely be well you know, useless.
The good thing is while we have our fair share of concerns with Verizon’s intentions, we have at least a year to see Verizon work out its various kinks and issues. This means we should see much more clarity as we near its release hopefully around this time next year.
Information regarding the upcoming LG Nexus device doesn’t appear to be slowing whatsoever. The latest is from a tipster who sent the above Carphone Warehouse inventory listing to The Verge. You will notice the device is referred to as the LG Nexus 4. Although this sounds plausible, we really don’t know if this is the final name or not. Earlier rumors suggest that it will be called the LG Optimus G Nexus, but I’m not feeling that one. The other interesting thing to note is it looks like it will be offered in both black and white, but I am surprised that we don’t see different SKUs for different storage sizes.
So far it looks like this LG Nexus just might be the only Nexus phone offered this fall based on the fact that we haven’t seen any major leaks for any other devices. Of course, the LG Nexus leaks could be “planned” if you know what I mean. Stay tuned.
Samsung has officially revealed its plans to announce a miniature-sized Galaxy S III on October 11th. In a Korean press conference earlier today, head of Samsung Mobile Communications JK Shin, told reporters that the company would be unveiling a 4-inch version of its current Galaxy S III smartphone.
“We’ll be launching a 4-inch Galaxy S III on the 11th in Germany. There’s a lot of demand for a 4-inch screen device in Europe. Some call it an entry-level device, but we call it ‘mini.”
Unfortunately, details remain scarce, as Shin neglected to talk about any of the device’s specifications. However, it was made clear that the move was brought on by a massive demand for smaller devices in Europe. Shin went on to reiterate that the device would not be entry-level device, but rather a “mini” Galaxy S III with a “full form factor.”
Source: INEWS 24 (Korean)
Via: The Verge
We’ve been hearing murmorings of a 5-inch HTC-built smartphone allegedly heading to Verizon’s network, but today more evidence has surfaced, suggesting its launch could be sooner than anticipated. The rumored Droid Incredible X has officially passed through the Global Certification Forum, meaning the device is a step closer to landing on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.
The smartphone is listed under the model number HTC6435LVWT which we’ve seen before. The listing also refers to specific Verizon LTE bands, leaving a full-scale launch on Big Red all but imminent. As a refresher, the Droid Incredible X is rumored to feature a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, as well as a pixel-dense 1080p HD display.
While the device will undoubtedly serve as a head-to-head competitor against Samsung’s Galaxy Note II, it’s unclear whether or not the device will launch as a Nexus-branded device. Previous reports have suggested that this is the case, though Verizon’s road map seems to disagree. Regardless, a 5-inch HTC device with a 1080p display is bound to be exciting.
Source: Global Certification Forum
As a leading Android device manufacturer, the pressure is on Samsung to do some leading by example and help the open source community that has done so much to promote the adoption of Android. Being a large corporation though means some issues may occasionally get overlooked despite their importance to the developer community. An example of this that is panning out over the past couple days involves Samsung’s support for developers working on some of Samsung’s Exynos 4 chips. Criticism and complaints have been mounting about the lack of documentation and source code examples. This makes it difficult for developers to create mods for Exynos 4 powered devices like the Samsung Galaxy S III. If the developers become frustrated enough, they could abandon a device like some CyanogenMod developers are doing with the Galaxy S III.
It sure has been an exciting, leak filled week for those following all of the newest LG Nexus news. From the first signs of the device in the FCC filings to that strange shot of a bowl of spaghetti, the leaks seem to be coming on a daily basis. This latest set of shots comes courtesy of a generous poster over at the XDA forums. As mentioned before, the LG Nexus looks very similar to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, save for a little shine around the bezel. As far as the innards, here is what the poster reveals:
- CPU: quad core ARMv7 1.5GHz
- RAM: 2 GB
- Memory: 8GB (no SD slot)
- GPU: Adreno 320
- Android version: JellyBeanMR1
- Kernel 3.4.0
- Screen: 768×1184 (320 dpi)
- Camera: 8 MP
Although it may look the same as the Galaxy Nexus, it’s obviously packing a much bigger punch, and with that resolution and DPI, we can deduce that it’ll rock close to a 4.7-inch display. All of these specs fall directly in line with the FCC filing that we ran across last week which revealed a GSM device that’ll lack LTE capabilities which eliminates early thoughts of this device possibly being the Optimus G, but it will still hold its own. At this rate we should hopefully see an official announcement soon. Hit the break for an additional shot of the back of the device, and hit the source link for a pretty good read from other posters asking the original poster questions about the device.
After yesterday’s leaked images of LG’s Nexus smartphone, camera samples from the device have made their way to the internet. A slew of photos have hit Google’s Picasa web albums, each designated to have come from the same LG device, codenamed Mako. It appears that both users who uploaded photos are employees of LG Korea, though this hasn’t been confirmed.
Most of the images are 3264×2448 in size which leads us to believe the camera utilizes an 8-megapixel sensor. So, unless the users changed the image size within the camera settings, it seems as though the next Nexus device will sport an 8MP camera. There’s always the possibility that the EXIF data could have been faked, but it seems unlikely. We’ve embedded the full set of images after the break. Be sure to take a look and let us know what you think.
Spacetime Studios’ highly anticipated mobile MMORPG, Arcane Legends, has finally been revealed in the form of a short cinematic trailer. The title features the same gameplay that players have grown accustomed to in the studio’s previous games. Although, rather than attempt to harness the latest graphics, Arcane Legends offers a retro vibe, opting for cartoon-esque graphics, similar to those seen in Pocket Legends.
Players will be able to choose from three classes including Warrior, Rogue or Sorcerer. Additionally, the combat system has been retrofitted, offering a more robust experience in terms of battling enemies. For example, ranged enemies will attempt to space themselves from your character if you are attacking with melee. Jump past the break to see the game in action.
Google Wallet’s acceptance into everyday usage hasn’t been the smoothest, but has been picking up. With some carriers not allowing installs of Google’s NFC-based payment system, not everybody has been able to reap the benefits of living a potentially wallet-free lifestyle. So with such spotty acceptance, is there room for a competitor on this shaky ground? The makers (AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile) behind Isis Mobile Wallet seem to think so. Consumers will finally get to try out the long awaited new service on October 22 in Salt Lake City and Austin.
Isis has a number of similarities with Google Wallet: When users sign up they receive a free $10 Isis cash card credit, along with accepting a wide variety of credit and debit cards. If Isis can negotiate wider acceptance of their application and offer a simple solution to increase the number of NFC payment terminals, their October 22nd might just be a success.
As previously reported, we all know a 32GB version of the Nexus 7 is coming, but now there seems to be a new twist; the 16GB model could be phased out. If this information holds true, the new model will still have a $249.99 MSRP just like its 16GB brother, but sport twice the internal storage. Maybe Google is taking input on how wildly successful the 16GB version was at launch, and giving new customers a reason to spend the extra $50 instead of aiming for one of Amazon’s latest Fire series tablets. From this recent information I would advise any of you who are looking for a new tablet to hold off for a few more weeks to see what Google and ASUS have in store.
This newest rumor would make sense as to why a Japanese customer received a 32GB version in the mail after ordering a 16GB version, as well as lend some truth to a few whispers of potentially removing the $199.99 8GB version from stores as well. For now, we’ll have to keep our ears to the ground and wait the next piece of information to leak or something gets officially announced.
Right on the heels of Jean-Baptiste M. Queru’s announcement of Android 4.1.2 being released to Android Open Source Project, it looks like the same update is now hitting Nexus 7 devices via an OTA update as build “JZO54K.” The 31.3MB update seems a bit much just to enable landscape mode, so here’s hoping we’ll see a full change log soon. The notification itself pulled from the Nexus 7 simply reads, “improves performance and stability and fixes bugs.” Nexus 7 owners, keep looking for that upgrade notification, or you can always try to pull it manually through the Settings. Hit the break for the full statement from Jean-Baptiste M. Queru.
Following yesterday’s news of the LG Optimus Nexus running 4.1.2, today Google Technical Lead, Jean-Baptiste Queru, announced that Android 4.1.2 will be released to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) today. Given the slight, incremental update in the version number, this is viewed as a minor upgrade bringing it to build number “JZO54K” (for the Nexus 7) and is available on the jb-dev development branch as “android-4.1.2_r1.” While a full change log is not available, the Nexus 7 notification revealed the requisite, “improves performance and stability and fixes bugs.” For those that are running custom Jelly Bean ROMs, I’m sure we’ll see 4.1.2 merged into the updates within the next 24-36 hours.
source: Android Police
A new version of the mobile web browser Opera has been released in the Play Store. Opera 12.1 isn’t a major overhaul of the app, it’s just an improvement over what was already a solid app. One big improvement is the increased security when browsing web pages. Now you will get a notification if you are visiting a website that has been “marked as being suspicious or used of illicit activity” the same way it does on a desktop web browser. This update also brings SPDY which improves the ability to fetch web pages so it may not jump out at you but you should be able to notice the difference. The latest Opera update also highlights HTML5 being the future of the web, or at least that’s what they told us during the Adobe Flash debacle, and Opera has added support including HTML5 drag and drop and clipboard APIs. Again this is not an overhaul but definitely brings nice improvements to the mobile browser. Hit the break for the full press release.
Motorola Atrix 2 owners are rejoicing today because AT&T started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update. We were expecting this but there is no doubt Atrix 2 owners will be happy to ditch Gingerbread. This update brings ICS favorites like Face Unlock, swipe away notifications and tabbed browsing. The update also brings Motorola’s quick-launch lock screen which allows users to unlock their phone directly to the camera, phone dialer, text messaging or home screen. It is still unlikely that the Motorola Atrix 4G will get ICS despite the protests, but at least Motorola is making a step in the right direction with other phones.
Sprint has announced the addition of four new devices to its 4G LTE portfolio. They indicate the devices will be available for customers to order sometime this fall. The devices include:
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 able to access both Sprint’s 3G and 4G LTE networks, the 10.1-inch tablet boasts a 1.5GHz dual-core processor running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich;
- LG Optimus G running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor running a 4.7-inch HD display;
- LG Mach, an entry level QWERTY slider device capable of full HD video recording and playback;
- Plug-in-Connect, a tri-mode USB device that users can plug into their computers to enjoy broadband wireless connectivity.
Buyers of these new devices will have to sign up for a Sprint Everything Data plan. Hit the break to read the full press release from Sprint about these new options for their customers.