Sierra Wireless unveils super skinny 4G LTE module

4G and thin profiles aren’t exactly the best of friends. You can pretty much guarantee that the GSM variation of any new Android device will be down a few grams and a few millimetres when compared to the 4G counterpart. Whether it’s down to fashion or practicality, it’s certainly a niggling problem that prevent a number of potential customers from jumping on the high-speed bandwagon.

Sierra Wireless has taken it upon itself to do produce a remedy for the problem and it goes by the name of AirPrime EM7700. The EM7700 is an ultra thin embedded modem that uses the Qualcomm MDM9200 Gobi chipset made famous by Nokia’s Lumia 900. Made exclusively for the AT&T 4G LTE network, the EM7700 also supports HSPA+ and 3G in those areas where LTE isn’t available. At only 2.5mm thick, this slim but capable module will slot into your average tablet or notebook with minimal fuss. Sounds good to us!

For those of you keen to get your hands on the EM770, shipments are expected some time early in Q3.

Source: Sierra Wireless

Samsung Responds to Apple’s Latest Infringement Allegations

Samsung today fired back at Apple’s recent allegations of patent infringement relating to the Galaxy S III.  Apple has claimed the phone infringes on at least two of its patents, and has requested an injunction to prevent sales in the US until it can figure it out for sure.  Samsung responded in a statement that it can and will “demonstrate to the court that the Galaxy S III is innovative and distinctive“. The Galaxy S III went on sale in Europe on May 29th, and is expected to go on sale in the US in July, months before Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5.

This is just the latest in the never ending feud between Apple and Samsung, and it seems Apple is feeling more and more vulnerable as it seeks to maintain its market share through litigation instead of innovation.  We’ll keep you posted, but for those of us waiting for a Galaxy S III here in the States, let’s hope this gets settled quickly.

via BusinessWeek

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 review: Competitively priced but is it enough?

Samsung continues to be the leader in the number of tablets released by an Android manufacturer. They had the first mainstream tablet, the Galaxy Tab, and from there they continued to release various 7-inch tablets along with an 8.9 tab and a 10.1. This year they updated their tabs to the Galaxy Tab 2 by trying to be more competitive. I already reviewed The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, which is priced at $249. I found that one to be very competitive and a solid deal. This review is for basically the same tablet, but with a 10.1-inch display. The price is $399, but is it that competitive enough? Hit the break to get started, and you can also check out our initial hands on as well.

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Galaxy S III Gets Awesome Camera Mod, Adds 30Mbit Upgrade In Superfine Mode


Just when you thought you couldn’t beef up that Galaxy S III camera any more, think again.  Thanks to the camera modders out there, specifically hyperX, you can now obtain even greater video quality than before.  hyperX has released a brand new mod for the GSIII that will boost the 1080p Full HD video recording to 30 Mbit in superfine mode, fully with 192 kbit audio.  Stick with me here as this is going to be nerdy as hell but nevertheless cool.  There will also be a 24 Mbit fine mode and 19 Mbit normal 1080p mode in addition to 19 Mbit superfine 720p mode.  Furthermore, 15 Mbit fine and 10 Mbit normal modes will also be present while all utilizing 192 kbit audio recording.  The dev is also attempting to add in 60fps capture to all resolutions, though it’s presenting to be quite a challenge at this time.  Further tweaks include the ability to launch the camera during a live phone call in addition to the ability to snap photos during video recording with the volume up and down buttons.  As of now, the GSIII will not allow the camera app to load if the battery is under 15%, however, the dev is closely working on that.  Just make sure your device is rooted if you’re interested in applying this hack and remember that you do so at your own risk.  Big thanks goes out to hyperX for the awesome mod and we hope you guys all have fun with it. Feel free to leave a comment or two below with what you think of the mod.  Instructions and download links have been provided after the break courtesy of HX Customs Roms  
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Vodafone and O2 Announce An Infrastructure Sharing Agreement, Will Soon Share 2G, 3G And 4G Technologies

In an effort to improve signal strength for their customers, O2 and Vodafone have recently announced that the two will be combining and sharing their current 2G, 3G and soon LTE 4G network infrastructure.  And while this may sound boring to some, it’s actually a pretty smart and slick move between the two carriers.  O2 and Vodafone make up the country’s second and third largest network operators and plan to create a massive nationwide grid in which both networks can run on.  Recall the merger between Orange and T-Mobile UK, “Everything Everywhere“, and note that this isn’t the same thing.  O2 and Vodafone are not merging in so much as this is more of an attempt to assist in a quicker roll-out of their 4G LTE technologies.  The two carriers state that the agreement will allow them to deploy 4G services more rapidly as would otherwise.  However, the carriers will remain separate companies and still compete against one another.  The only distinction here would be how fast the carriers can get 4G to their customers as soon as the 800MHz/2600Mhz spectrum auction is complete.  So, how and who in the world is going to be responsible for maintaining and monitoring the new infrastructure?  Good and fair question.  In a seamless effort to integrate the new venture into both networks, a new 50/50 split watch is being implemented as O2 oversees design management and maintenance in the east and likewise Vodafone in the west.  The 18,500 site increase will serve as a 40% increase for both networks.  So, what does this mean to the customer?  It means, should all go as planned, customers should start seeing better reception in spots that have otherwise been sketchy in each respective network and a seamless roll-out of 4G LTE will rapidly approach.  Should everything be approved, the carriers hope to begin kicking things off later this year. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.

source: O2

THD N2-A Shows Off Macbook-Esque ICS-Powered N2-A Notebook

We know some of you all love your Macbooks, but wouldn’t you love it if you could have the Android OS in a Macbook body? Well thanks to the THD N2-A clamshell notebook, you will be able to enjoy the best of both worlds. The ICS-powered 13.3-inch notebook features an LED-backlit 1366 x 768 LCD screen, 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, 1 gig of DDR3 RAM, built-in WiFi (with an optional ethernet or 3G dongle via the USB ports) and wait for it— a 4200mAh battery. The N2-A does not feature a touchscreen option, so you’ll have to use the touchpad and keyboard (which curiously includes a Windows key by the way) in order to navigate the operating system— though there is the option to connect a USB mouse to the system.

Overall, the N2-A notebook is definitely on the cheaper modest scale. The device itself is incredibly light and thin too for a notebook: it comes in at 3.4 lb, while also including a decent silver finish. You’re probably wondering how much this lovely machine will cost, right? Well, you can’t buy one notebook buy itself, but purchasing the notebook in groups of 500 units will run you about $74,500 from THD directly. But then again you can think of it this way: if you have 500 Android friends who are yearning for some of that Android-on-a-Mac experience, it would come out to about $149 a piece, which is definitely competitive to even premium tablets out there. Hit the break to see photos and video of the N2-A in action.

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DROID Incredible 4G LTE accessories arrive at indirect sales channels, Release pushed to July?

We just got word that some DROID Incredible 4G LTE accessories are arriving at indirect sales channels for Verizon Wireless. This means the launch should be fairly close, but we’re also hearing that we probably won’t see it until the first week in July due to software issues. This certainly doesn’t surprise me since this is Verizon we’re talking about.

Actually this phone is way overdue since it’s not even a One X and barely a One S since it lacks the fantastic camera software of the One Series. Droid Life recently reported a June 21st date, which seems realistic as well.

I guess it comes down to the source, and our source is very confident that we won’t see this mid-level phone until closer to Independence Day. More pics after the break

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Tactus Shows Off Touchscreen Display With Disappearing Physical Keys


Do you love your touchscreen, but find it’s not fancy enough for you? Well Tactus might have a solution for you. While at SID 2012, the company showcased its new display product which is a haptic technology offering disappearing physical keys. Yes that’s right— physical keys that actually rise up when in use and disappear when they’re not in use on your display screen. It’s a little hard to fathom, I know but it is currently in development and will likely be a reality when all is said and done, especially as many of us Android users with big hands such as myself may have a difficult time typing on our touchscreen keys, yet loathe actual physical keyboards on our devices. More importantly, it would greatly assist in those with disabilities such as those who are legally blind. This technology would essentially let the masses have their touchscreen cake and eat it too.

While the technology is under development, it has a ways to go before it reaches the mainstream. For starters: the display is only configured for touchscreen layouts. It can only be configured for a QWERTY keyboard in landscape mode and that’s it. This means there are no specific controls such as those meant for gaming and will be incompatible with other keyboard alternatives such as Swype or SwiftKey. Yes it sucks, but you have to start from somewhere I suppose.

Still, you can’t help but be excited for the potential of this technology. I’m sure you’re all itching to get an idea of how this works in action, so why don’t you jump past the break to see a demo video?
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Google Expands Mystery ‘Personal Communications Device’ Testing to August


While we’ve learned very little about Google’s “Mystery Device” since we first heard about it in February, more details have just emerged about when we may expect to see it.  According to a recent FCC filing, Google has asked permission to extend its testing period into August (it was July) before finally filing for an FCC review.  The device is being tested by Google employees in their homes in 4 cities around the US.  Because an FCC filing usually means a device release is imminent, it’s a safe bet to say we’re going to hear about it at Google I/O later this month.  Details have been hard to come by, but here’s what we know so far:

  • Google calls it a “Personal Communication Device”.
  • It has GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and an AC adapter.
  • It’s portable and streams data/content
  • It can be disabled remotely.

Since these little tidbits describe most consumer electronics these days, it’s hard to say exactly what this device will do or what form it may take.  We’re pretty sure that it’s not Project Glass related, as everything we know about Google’s magic glasses indicates it is still much earlier in the development phase.  More likely is some sort of media hub/Google TV device that could bridge the gap between TVs and Android phones and tablets, perhaps in a move to head-off  rumors of a certain fruit flavored company entering the television market.  It may also contain some Android @Home features which we’ve heard about before, but have yet to see in any real devices.

source: FCC (2)
via: InformationWeek

Instagram For Android Receives Update, Adds Bug Fixes and Improved Functionality

Everyone’s favorite photo altering application, Instagram, has announced an update to the app bringing with it many bug fixes and improved functionality.  Check out the change-log below and if you’re not currently using Instagram for Android and want to, you can check out the Play Store download link and QR code for convenience.  Enjoy and feel free to leave a comment or two in the comments section below.


  • Improved search functionality
  • Support for location data taken from Gallery images when geotag is selected
  • Fix for HTC Sensation 4G freezing using tilt shift
  • Improved support and bugfixes for devices using the Instagram advanced camera
  • Addresses tilt shift issues on lower resolution images


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