AT&T launches 4G LTE in a couple new areas

by Macky Evangelista on
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Trying to catch up to Verizon’s LTE market, AT&T has launched a couple of new markets for their LTE service today:

  • Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • York, Pennsylvania

While the market is still quite limited, AT&T is doing a decent job in rolling out their LTE in a timely manner. With every super phone coming out on their carrier having LTE bands, it’s important for AT&T to constantly launch new markets for their customers.

Anyone living in these 3 areas notice the LTE switch being turned on? If so, let us know your speeds!

source: AT&T Corporate 

JK Shin says Samsung won’t reach a settlement with Apple

by Jared Peters on
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We recently covered HTC’s licensing agreement with Apple to end their patent dispute and even speculated that it may become a blueprint for other OEMs to reach a settlement with Apple. Samsung Mobile Boss JK Shin would like to take the time to shoot down that rumor before it gets too much weight behind it. Shin told reporters ”it may be true that HTC may have agreed to pay 300 billion won ($276 million) to Apple, but we don’t intend to (negotiate) at all.” Not exactly a warm response, but we’ve already seen that Samsung is willing to play hardball with Apple, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Samsung and Apple have been locked in legal battles all over the world in the past year, and judging from these comments, I think that’s going to continue, unfortunately. I guess Samsung sees itself as big enough and with enough marketshare and cash to keep doing the legal dance with Apple. Not great for consumers, but at least Samsung has enough faith in their products not to back down.

source: Yonhap News

T-Mobile Galaxy S III Starting To Receive Coveted Jelly Bean Update

by Roy Alugbue on
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It looks like the moment of time has come for Galaxy S III owners as the carrier-branded models are starting to see Jelly Bean arrive on those units, starting with the T-Mobile (SGH-T999) variant of the device. According to the gang at SamMobile, the Android 4.1.1 update is now being pushed out OTA or can be obtained through Kies Desktop Software and will bring the Jelly Bean build to version JRO03L. Among the cool features you’ll be able to enjoy are Google Now, Project Butter and a reorganized Settings menu. If you’re a T-Mobile Galaxy S III user, don’t delay any further and grab that update– stat!

source: SamMobile

 

 

 

Gartner Q3 2012 Reports Are In: Samsung And Android Platform Continues To Dominate Smartphone Share

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It’s that time of the year kids as Gartner has announced the latest smartphone trends for Q3 2012. Coming as no surprise, both Apple and Samsung led all smartphone brands by controlling 46.5% of the overall smartphone market this quarter, despite the fact overall smartphone sales totaled close to 428 million units, a 3.1% decline from Q3 2011. Despite the minor decline, Gartner is quick to point out Samsung impressive sales’ totals: accounting for nearly 98 million units for Q3 2012 and up 18.7% from Q3 2011. Moreover, Gartner points out the collective growth of Android as a whole by highlighting there were 122 million units sold across all Android manufacturers for Q3 2012, bringing its overall market share to 72.4% and is up 52.5% from Q3 2011.

While the numbers are favorable for Android as a whole, it will be curious to see how well it bodes in Q4 when we see how Apple’s iPhone 5 impacts the smartphone market and all.

source: Gartner

Motorola fully reveals $100 trade-up program, we’re not impressed

by Colton Kaiser on
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After months of constant backtracking on software updates, Motorola has finally revealed its highly anticipated $100 trade-up program. There’s only one slight problem–it’s garbage.

Owners of Motorola devices not slated to receive an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean need only apply. This means if you’ve got a Droid 3, Droid X2, Admiral, Atrix 2, Atrix 4G, Cliq2, Electrify, Photon 4G,XPRT, Titanium, or Triumph you’re eligible to receive $100 towards the purchase of a new Motorola smartphone. Unfortunately, this “cash” will come in the form of a rebate card rather than an up-front discount.

For example, if you choose to go with a new Motorola device on Big Red you can take your old device into a carrier store and you will be presented with a $100 Verizon gift card which you can then use to pay your bill or purchase accessories. Due to Motorola’s close partnership with Verizon, the process of getting a phone on any other carrier is a complete hassle. Say you opt for the Atrix HD on AT&T. You will have to purchase the phone outright and then send your receipt, along with your old phone, into Motorola. Within 6 weeks you can expect a $100 Visa gift card to arrive in your mailbox.

Sure, Motorola is trying to rectify things with its disgruntled user base, and we applaud them for that. But seriously, every eligible phone on the list is worth more than $100 if you were to sell it on Craigslist or eBay, and cold hard cash is a lot more useful than any sort of silly gift card.

Source: MotoTradeUp

Sprint 4G LTE headed to nine new markets in the ‘coming months’

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Sprint has announced a slew of new 4G LTE markets today, effectively increasing the number of cities on the waiting list to get access to the carrier’s blazing-fast network. Customers in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; Oakland/Fremont/Hayward, California; Key West, Florida; Fort Smith, Arkansas; Michigan City/La Porte, Indiana; Bloomington, Indiana; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Ardmore, Oklahoma; and McAllen/Edinburg/Mission, Texas will be happy to know that their cities are among the select few slated to receive first dibs on Sprint’s elusive 4G LTE over the course of the coming months.

It’s a little disheartening to see more cities added to the pipeline before Sprint can even manage roll out its new network to markets that have previously been announced. Either way, Sprint still hopes to have most of its rollout completed before the end of 2013, so it looks like these cities will at least see improved data speeds before then (fingers crossed). Hit the break for the company’s official press release. » Read the rest

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini to land on US Cellular as the Galaxy Axiom

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Samsung seems to be taking over the world (or galaxy?) with yet another smartphone set to be released, this time on US Cellular. The phone leaked by @evleaks is reportedly called the Galaxy Axiom, which is basically a renamed variant of the Galaxy S III Mini, sporting the same 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480) LCD display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 processor, 1 GB of RAM and a measly 4 gigabytes of onboard storage. This phone will take advantage of US Cellular’s growing LTE network and will run Android 4.0 with Samsung’s Nature UX skin on top (you aren’t surprised are you?). As for cameras, it will have a 5 megapixel shooter on the back with a front-facing 1.2 megapixel camera for some fairly decent video-chatting capabilities. All in all, not a bad little offering from Samsung for US Cellular subscribers. If the price is right, this thing could be a hit!

Anyone out there interested in picking this little guy up?

Source: @evleaks

Samsung’s flexible displays are on track for the first half of 2013

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Mobile tech giant, Samsung, has always been one to push the envelope when it comes to developing exciting new advancements in technology, but its latest plans just might alter the future of the modern smartphone as we know it. According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is now in the final phase of development for its new flexible display technology, with plans to use them in consumer products in the first half of 2013. Samsung has accomplished this amazing feat by opting for plastic over glass, which not only makes the displays flexible, but lighter and less likely to shatter. The new screens are said to use Samsung’s OLED Technology which it is currently using in its top tier devices such as the Galaxy S III.

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Motorola Xoom and Nexus S will not officially receive Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update

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Now that Android 4.2 is officially out, next comes the requisite statements from manufacturers stating which of their devices will and will not receive Google’s latest offering. In other words, the ones that will not receive the update are officially dead – at least officially in the manufacturers eyes and physically based on the devices’ hardware specs. Google’s lead engineer, Jean-Baptiste Queru , had this to say about the two devices regarding Android 4.2 and their compatibility:

“There is no support for 4.2 on Nexus S and Xoom. Those devices should 
continue using 4.1.2. I can’t comment about the future of Nexus S and Xoom, sorry.”

 

Both devices were recently given the upgrade to 4.1 but apparently that extra jump to 4.2 was just too much for the legacy devices to crunch. The devices certainly had a fantastic run and I’m sure users will continue to enjoy and use them in the coming year even though they won’t be rocking the shiny new OS.

 

source:  Google Forums

Google+ now has direct download links for Play Store apps

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There’s a cool little feature that’s just been implemented in Google+. Whenever a user links to an app in the Play Store on G+, that post will have a direct download link that users can download the app from without being redirected to the Play Store page. Not a huge feature, but little things like that make the user experience that much better.

Google+ has done an excellent job of setting up new ways to share content with friends and family, from music, movies, and now applications. And with Google+ naturally growing in size, it’s great to see Google trying to help it along and adding new features for users.

source: Google+