We’ve told you about how us Android users use Facebook more than iOS users— and now it appears that we use Facebook most among the apps found on our mobile devices. According to a recent ComScore study, mobile users tended to use Facebook more than Google Maps between March and December of 2012, based off of the monthly mobile usage trends. What’s even more astounding is the fact that Facebook consistently ranked first in terms of mobile app engagement— meaning among all the apps available on devices, most people spent their time using the Facebook app compared to everything else, including Google Maps, Gmail and Instagram.
So while Facebook and Google Maps ranked tops among all the apps out there for mobile users— ComScore is quick to highlight that there’s a possibility in 2013 that we may see different apps out there challenge for the top spot like Netflix or Twitter apps. Regardless— 2013 should be an exciting year for the usage of apps on our mobile devices.
Does Google have its sights on making a unique wireless network? Reports are indicating that it sure seems to be the case. In case you’re not familiar— Google recently submitted an application to the venerable FCC, asking for an experimental license to create an “experimental radio service” which would cover the Googleplex headquarters. What’s even more unique about the request is that the wireless frequencies would be compatible with select devices built to access certain frequencies— ranging from 2524 to 2625 megahertz and currently used by mobile carriers in markets abroad like in China or Brazil— meaning that many Android devices would likely not be compatible with this new network as of this time. Oh and here’s something that’s certainly eye-catching: Google plans on using wireless frequencies that are controlled by Clearwire… which just so happens to be part of the NOW Network’s family in case you’ve forgotten. The end result is the wireless frequencies would be more reliable than that of WiFi and would ultimately be “licensed spectrum”.
Naturally both Google and Clearwire are each staying mum on this interesting piece of news, so we won’t know of anything concrete or confirmed for now. But you can all bet that all eyes will be paying close attention in anticipation of what is to come.
source: WSJ Blog
Well, the Nexus 4 debacle continues. Google’s coveted flagship device has been out of stock on the Play Store for what feels like months, and in certain parts of the world, it actually has been months! Our friends down under haven’t been able to purchase the device since it sold out minutes after launching on that fateful day in mid-November. You would think that as soon as LG pushed out more Nexus 4′s, the Play Store would be the first to get stocked up, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. A new press release by LG says that they’ve partnered with Australian retailer Harvey Norman to begin offering the device unlocked starting February 1st of this year. That may be good or bad news depending on how desperate you are to get your hands on the device because Harvey Norman will be offering the Nexus 4 for $496, which is $100 Aussie dollars more than you’d pay if you purchased it through Google’s avenue. The phone is available for pre-order now on Harvey Norman’s website. It is really getting hard to understand Google’s and LG’s partnership and strategies as of late. I, for one, am hoping this is the last time Google partners with LG to make a Nexus. See the press release after the break if you’re looking for more details.
Italian mobile Insider Flavio (@flapic) tweeted what he is calling an exclusive regarding the upcoming release of the HTC M7 . He predicts it will be released in London on February 19th and not at Mobile World Congress as many of us have expected. He did not disclose a source but later said he has established connections from “many years in the field” and his sources are “reliable and credible.” So he’s legit, if you don’t believe him just ask him and he’ll tell you. All kidding aside, this guy has been around for a while and might be on to something.
Excitement for HTC’s next flagship definitely feels like it’s growing. The M7 will feature a 4.7-inch 1080p display, new Sense 5.0, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 32GB of internal storage, 2300mAh (likely internal) battery and LTE connectivity. Whether it launches at its own event in London or at MWC in Barcelona at the end of February, we won’t have long to wait.
Via: Unwired View
It seems like Samsung is constantly in the rumor mill lately, with the Galaxy S IV coming down the pipe, and the expected tablet refresh for 2013. Digitimes is reporting Samsung may be pitting their new 7″ inch version of the Galaxy Tab against the Nexus 7 by offering at a sub-$200 price point, possibly as cheap as $149. We haven’t heard too much about specs, but hopefully Samsung won’t have to gimp the device too badly to hit that price point, especially since Samsung is one of the few companies that can produce many of their own parts in-house.
There’s also the rumor that Samsung will be filling in their tablet line with an 8″ model, which would coincide with everything we’ve seen about the 8 inch Galaxy Note, although it could just be an 8 inch tablet alongside the 8 inch Note. Like always, these are just rumors, and nothing’s set in stone until Samsung announces it and releases it. It’s good to see Samsung isn’t letting up on the gas after their incredibly successful year in 2012, though.
It turns out the nation’s third largest carrier has some exciting plans up its sleeve for the new year. T-Mobile has just announced via Facebook that it expects to have 200 million T-Mobile customers covered by the end of 2013.
“Ready to go even faster? LTE will reach 200M T-Mobile customers by the end of 2013. SHARE if you’re excited.”
T-Mobile currently relies on its HSPA+ 42 network to provide quick download speeds, though blanketed areas are few and far between. Regardless, 200 million is quite an ambitious start for the only major US carrier without an active LTE tower.
Boost Mobile announced a new partnership today with NBA star Anthony Davis to promote their service, including a tie-in to provide free access to NBA Game Time Plus. The NBA Game Time Plus app gives users access to home and away game radio broadcasts of NBA games, videos, alerts, real-time scores, stats, and other features. The app and a subscription to access the “Plus” content, which includes the live radio broadcasts, will be included free on all Boost Mobile Android devices running Android 2.2 or higher when purchased with a Monthly Unlimited or Daily Unlimited plan.
To celebrate the new partnership between Boost Mobile and the New Orleans Hornets’ Davis, Boost Mobile is holding a sweepstakes via their Facebook page to give away 10 Samsung Galaxy S II 4G smartphones. The full press release is available after the break.
The rumored LG VS870 has officially passed through the FCC today, indicating an imminent launch. The device is expected to be irritably similar to the LG Escape that launched on AT&T last year, offering a quality cheap alternative for smartphone buyers on a budget. The FCC filing shows support for Verizon’s CDMA and LTE networks, as well as approval from the WPC (Wireless Power Consortium) which could mean Qi wireless charging may be in tow. There’s no word on a release date, though we’d expect it to see it arrive fairly soon considering the already-available Lucid’s rapidly aging hardware.
As our smartphones become more and more valuable to us, we need to find different ways to protect them or recover them quickly if they end up in the wrong hands. With this in mind, Lookout Mobile Security has recently been updated to give even more security and piece of mind for owners of various Android devices thanks to a couple of features. The first feature is the implementation of Lock Cam, which allows for users to see if their device has been stolen or if someone else may be trying to snoop through when you’re not around. The way Lock Cam works is that it takes a picture of anyone who enters an incorrect password three times into your Android lock screen with the front-facing camera on your device. Once that is done, owners of the vulnerable device then receives an email with the picture and the location of your device, giving you all the deets about who tried to access your device and where it happened. The second feature applies to premium subscription users where they can add a customized message of up to 300 characters to the Lookout Lock screen, so it acts as an SOS of sorts and helps the device find its way home to its rightful owner. Premium users can enable this cool feature by logging into Lookout.com from any smartphone or computer screen.
The latest update is now available for your Android device today, so head on down to the Play Store and grab it… now.
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Yesterday in a report on global smartphone sales during the Christmas holiday period, we learned that one of the top three smartphones given as a gift was the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. We have another holiday coming up in less than a month that usually involves some gift-giving, Valentine’s Day. Verizon may be hoping to capitalize on the holiday by making the Motorola DROID RAZR M available in pink. The new color should be available online and in stores starting January 24th.