In early August, an LG made smartphone with a stylus surfaced and was said to be coming out to be pitted against the venerable Galaxy Note 4. Later reports suggested that the device would actually be a smartphone for the budget friendly market and would not compete with the Note 4. It then debuted at IFA this year in Berlin showing off some very modest specs. Well, fast forward almost two weeks and the modest G3 Stylus is finally official.
Compared to what we’ve seen from the upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch, most other wearable devices have looked pretty underwhelming, namely the LG G Watch, which is going to be made out of plastic, and as previous rumors suggest, won’t have top-line specs.
But new information suggests we could be in for quite a surprise with the G Watch. Hit the break for more.
It seems the hunt for Patents is not over yet as Lenovo recently announced that it has purchased a portfolio of patents from NEC consisting of 3,800 patents filed in countries from around the globe.
The portfolio consists mainly of patents related to mobile technologies and features found in high-end smartphones as well as standard essential patents for 3G and LTE. The company stated that this will give them the additional intellectual property assets needed in order to continue to expand.
Being that Lenovo is becoming a larger player in the mobile industry, it only makes sense that they acquire additional patents. While continuing to receive a license for Google’s patents, Lenovo has purchased 3G and 4G technology patents from Unwired Planet. The cost? A respectable $100 million. For that price, Lenovo is getting twenty-one families of patents that will allow the company to enter new markets.
Data caps are a hard reality for many customers on a majority of carriers, and managing that data usage can be tricky. Even on prepaid plans, hard and soft data caps are put in place for carriers to
make a bit of extra money ensure their network is optimized for all of their customers. Unless you don’t mind facing ridiculous overage charges or buying top up cards six times a month, keeping up with how your data is used is important for any smartphone user. In this guide we’re going to go over a handful of apps that do a great job of giving you an easy way to track your data usage and keep you from going over your limit. Head on past the break to get started.
As all four of the big US carriers board the 4G LTE train it would be only a matter of time before a comparison study involving them came to be. While Verizon has the upper hand in the LTE market with roughly 95% of its 3G network covered with LTE speeds, AT&T is quickly rolling out its LTE service. They’re doing that while maintaining their quick 4G services as well. However as carriers focus on their LTE services the use of 3G networks are still prevalent. So the handoff between 3G and 4G networks is important.
A Galaxy Note II was used to measure the LTE speeds while an iPhone 4S was used to measure 3G speeds as both those devices are offered on all four networks. Hit the break to see how everyone ranked.
ASUS has already announced the successor to their Fonepad model, which was confirmed to feature a better processor and extra storage. The new phone will ship with an Intel Atom Z2460 chip running at 1.6GHz and a whopping 32GB of build-in storage. It seems as though nothing else has been changed, which means the device will come with a 7-inch 1280 by 800 pixel IPS display, 1GB of RAM, a 3MP main camera, and a microSD slot for additional storage space.
Obviously the key feature of the Fonepad is the 3G radio built-in, allowing this tablet to make phone calls and browse the web without relying on WiFi. The phone has been confirmed to launch in Taiwan for the equivalent of $300 USD, which isn’t too bad when comparing it to the original ASUS Fonepad. There is no news about other markets the phone will be launched in, if any. We’ll update you when any news breaks.
We unfortunately don’t have the privilege of seeing the new Nexus devices in person, but that hasn’t stopped Google from announcing its newest additions to the Nexus family. Google went ahead and announced one of the worst kept secrets and announced the 3G HSPA+ Nexus 7 32GB model. The device will come bearing HSPA+ bands, so those of you on AT&T or T-Mobile’s network here in the States or on various GSM networks abroad should be able to fully utilize and enjoy the tablet— albeit on slower data speeds and all. It’s going to be released to the masses on November 13th for a meager $299— so the wait shouldn’t be too bad for those of you who’ve been looking forward to this version of the device.
While we know the 3G Nexus 7 is very much real and on the way, there have been no real details of the pricing and possibly what size the device will come in. Our friends at MoDaCo may finally have the answer as one of its readers got a tip that a Latvian store called 1a has pricing and availability for the 3G Nexus 7 32GB— which should make more than a few readers happy. The 32GB 3G model priced at 219 Lat, which comes to around £249 or $400 USD. More importantly— 1a has the device listed as shipping on November 12th, meaning it’s only a matter of weeks from now.
Try to contain your excitement and enthusiasm there folks.
Several sources are now reporting that Google will introduce three new Nexus devices at their October 29th event in New York City. To go with the new devices, it also appears an updated Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will be unveiled. The sources have received information claiming Google provides info on the devices to be introduced via a “TGIF” video they sent out internally to their employees this past Friday.