It wasn’t too long ago that AT&T attempted to buy out T-Mobile, before backing out after a 9 month pursuit. Alas, business is business, and AT&T isn’t letting would could have been affect their marketing strategies. Their latest, full-page ad ran in three popular newspapers, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, and went after T-Mobile without pulling any punches. The ad claims T-Mobile’s network suffers from twice as many dropped calls as AT&T and only offers half the download speeds. That’s some pretty harsh marketing.
T-Mobile’s CMO, Mike Sievert, shrugged it off and commented that he was just “glad they’re spending their money to print our name.” AT&T, intent on having the last word, released a statement saying “T-Mobile’s advertising is a combination of misguided and just plain wrong,” and the ad was “just a friendly reminder of the fact that independent third-party testing says AT&T’s network delivers faster speeds and fewer dropped calls than them.”
While AT&T’s claims are probably statistically accurate, they’re the second largest cellular network in the US, and T-Mobile is still a relatively small-time competitor next to that. Compare apples to oranges, AT&T.
source: The Verge
Great news for Nexus users, AOSP is pushing Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 binaries for several devices in the Nexus product lineup. The build, JDQ39 (tag: android-4.2.2_r1), is the same as the one currently being rolled out to Nexus devices.
As listed on the Google Developers site, binaries are available for the following devices:
In the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Samsung, the latest blow from Judge Lucy Koh has landed squarely on Apple this time. Judge Koh released a ruling today that has at least temporarily reduced the original $1.05 billion award to almost $599 million. Judge Koh’s ruling indicates “the Court identified an impermissible legal theory on which the jury based its award.” Koh has ordered a new trial relative to determining the correct amount due in place of the amounts she disallowed.
Acer is looking to create its very own phablet dubbed the Liquid S according to some clues left behind in an interview. Mobile World Congress (MWC) took place February 25th through 28th and the Taiwanese manufacturer had a small showing with devices such as the Liquid E1, a 4.5 inch Android smartphone running Jelly Bean.
In an interview for the official MWC paper, the President of Acer’s smartphone business hinted at an upcoming phablet:
“Unlimited exploration: the line between tablet and phone is blurring, a new breed of smartphone, the Phablet, is an irreversible trend to create new lifestyles. With above 4.7″ and quad-core+ processors, those giants offer extremely high resolution for multi-tasking, gaming, browsing and more. Acer will launch its Liquid S series as part of this growing segment.”
Flagship phones will always be popular, but a recent trend of high quality mid-range phones started late last year. The DROID RAZR M is a perfect example because it gives you a lot for the money. Now HTC is attempting to get in on the bandwagon with the One VX. It’s priced at $49 on AT&T, and although the specs are not what you would find on a high-end phone, they are far from embarrassing. Is it just another cheap device or is it worthy of your money? Hit the break to read the rest and find out.
Fans of Rovio’s Angry Birds franchise may be interested in a new movie tie-in the company has in the works. Later this month Dreamworks is releasing The Croods, an animated look at pre-historic humans. Rovio has partnered with Dreamworks Animation to release a new, free game based on the motion picture. Not much information is provided regarding game play for the new title, but Rovio’s teaser text indicates the Croods will “Hunt & Gather their way through spectacular new landscapes as they tame fantastic and never-seen-before creatures.” Rovio lists the game as being available for phone and tablet devices running both Android and iOS on March 14th. You can check out the teaser video after the break.
Owners of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus got excited when a Tweet from a Verizon Support rep (LH) sent yesterday stated that Samsung was going to push an update out, but didn’t have any other information. Speculation is that it will be Android 4.2.2 or at least 4.2.1. Tweets from Verizon support should always be taken with skepticism as there are countless examples of mistakes and miss information.
Let’s take a look at this tweet. They said that Samsung is going to push it. If an update does occur, we already know it will be Google, but that could be an honest mistake, so I will give him or her the benefit of the doubt. A little later another rep (EO) tweeted..
One of the features from Android 4.2 Jelly Bean that consistently scores interest from consumers is the camera app and specifically, the PhotoSphere function. Although Google has made some pieces of Android 4.2 available as standalone apps that can be installed on 4.1 devices, the camera has not been one of them. This means users that really want the new camera, including PhotoSphere, have to root their device and go through some manual steps to get the camera running on their 4.1 Jelly Bean powered devices. Developer Matthias Bosc has developed an app to make installation of the Android 4.2 camera app much easier and it is now available in the Google Play Store.
Google Glass is the next generation of wearable, internet-connected devices, and Sergey Brin believes smartphones are “emasculating” compared to Glass. Sergey recently spoke at the Technology, Education and Design (TED) conference in Los Angeles.
He made a few points about how people interact with phones and the outside world:
“Is this the way you’re meant to interact with other people? It’s kind of emasculating. Is this what you’re meant to do with your body? I have a nervous tic. The cell phone is a nervous habit — If I smoked, I’d probably smoke instead, It’d look cooler. But I whip this out and look as if I have something important to do. It really opened my eyes to how much of my life I spent secluding myself away in email.”
iFixit, who is known for taking apart products and seeing what’s inside, has released a new tablet repairability list. The new list examined 18 different tablets from the Nexus 10 to the first generation iPad. Scoring was based on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the best.
- Dell XPS 10 – 9
- Amazon Kindle Fire – 8
- Dell Streak – 8
- Motorola Xoom – 8
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 – 8
- Amazon Kindle Fire HD – 7
- Nook Simple Touch – 7
- Nexus 7 – 7
- iPad 1 – 6
- Nook Tablet – 6
- Google Nexus 10 – 6
- Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ – 5
- Microsoft Surface RT – 4
- iPad 2 – 2
- iPad 3 – 2
- iPad 4 – 2
- iPad Mini – 2
- Microsoft Surface Pro – 1