Google IO 2016 Coverage

New “Know My App” site tells which data-hungry apps to watch out for

know_my_appWhile carriers usually warn you when you’re getting close to your data limit, they don’t tell you what you can do to avoid reaching that cap. A CTIA-run website called “Know My App” aims to fix that. “Know My App” shows the typical data consumption of popular mobile apps and compares it against capped US wireless plans. The site then tells Android and iOS users which apps use a large amount of data, and which are more cap-friendly. You can browse through the most popular apps, or search through a large list by name to see which apps to avoid to stay under your limit.

Source: Know My App
Via: BGR


FCC and U.S. Carriers reach a deal to allow consumers to unlock their mobile phones and tablets


It was back in January when it became illegal to unlock your mobile phone or tablet, which ticked a lot of people off. In most situations, the carrier would unlock it for you, but they didn’t have to. Well fast forward nearly 11 months, and things have changed. The FCC and CTIA have reached an agreement allowing you to unlock your mobile phone or tablet. This deal was reached with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless.

Each carrier will need to post their policy for unlocking on their respective websites. The way the rule works is that carriers will have to unlock devices requested by customers if their contract has been fully satisfied by either the term or termination fee is paid. If you own a prepaid phone, your carrier has to unlock it within a year of the original activation.

source: CTIA

U.S. carriers reject “kill switch” that would prevent smartphone theft

carrier_logosThe New York Times is reporting that Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and the CTIA (among others) have rejected having a “kill switch” preloaded onto Samsung phones that would prevent cellphone theft. Samsung and San Francisco district attorney George Gascón have been working together to provide this “kill switch” for some time, but the nation’s largest carriers and the industry’s trade group decided against having one because it would cut directly into their insurance plans. Currently, most carriers offer insurance plans that require monthly payments as well as a deductible for when your phone needs to be replaced. Despite the rejection, Gascón says “we are now evaluating what course of action will be necessary to force them to prioritize the safety of their customers over additional money in their pockets.”

The CTIA’s reason for not wanting this “kill switch” is that an online option to wipe your device could be hacked. Instead, the trade group offers their database as solution that would prevent stolen devices to work with the carriers’ networks; however, it’s just not effective when it comes to actually preventing the theft from happening. A “kill switch” would stop the problem from happening, not worrying about it after. Google currently offers some protection for Android devices by allowing users to track and secure their smartphones. Apple on the other hand can deactivate and wipe a device clean of its information along with requiring users to login before being used again.

Source: The New York Times

CTIA Dropping Second Yearly Event To Create One Super Show

The Wireless Association (CTIA), formerly the Cellular Telephone Industry Association, announced that beginning 2014, it will compress its two yearly trade shows into one “super show” in the fall. Looking back on CTIA 2012, there were plenty of announcements but no device that really stood out. The combined show, being called Super Mobility Week, will allow CTIA a chance to compete for the limelight with shows like the Consumer Electronics Show and Mobile World Congress which are also in the fall.

Press Release after the break

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CTIA announces MobileCON 2012, the next version of Enterprise & App conference

CTIA announced a “new” conference coming up in October, MobileCON 2012. The event is the successor to their Enterprise & Application conference and moves the focus to the mobile enterprise. According to Robert Mesirow, vice president and show director for CTIA, “The show is specifically designed for wireless and IT professionals who are serious about enterprise mobility, networks and applications, regardless of their industry.” Attendees will have the opportunity to access industry leaders and exhibitors who will provide information on subjects like security, the cloud, mCommerce, and M2M. Speakers include representatives from organizations like SAP, Symantec, and IBM.

MobileCON 2012 will be held October 9 – 11, 2012, at the San Diego Convention Center. If you are interested in attending this new iteration of CTIA’s Enterprise and Application event, early bird registration is available through September 10, 2012, at the site. Hit the break for the full press release and additional details. Read more

Hands on with the HTC One V at CTIA [Video]

The HTC One V is the more mid-level device of the One Series. It has a 3.7-inch (800 x 480) display, a 1.0 GHZ processor,  1GB of RAM, and a 5MP rear camera. It still packs all the same great camera features like its older siblings, the One X and One S, and of course Sense 4.0 and Ice Cream Sandwich. It should be available in the Summer on Cricket and possibly another carrier. No pricing yet.

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Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich Postponed

We’ve just caught wind of an important joint announcement.

Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall. We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced.

The news is a bit shocking at first, seeing as how the press event was supposed to be the venue for announcing the Nexus S successor as well as the latest Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich. So what does “not the right time” mean? Speculation suggests a few possibilities. There’s  a chance that a  technical issue has arised at the last minute. However, that’s probably unlikely. More likely the reason to delay is to avoid clashing with the funeral of Steve Jobs, whose service is yet to be confirmed by Jobs’ family. So long as Eric Schmidt sticks to the plan, the phone should launch by November. Also, keep in mind, they are postponing the announcement, but hopefully not the launch.

We’ll let you know when Google and Samsung announce a new date, time, or venue.

UPDATE: Kim Titus from Samsung just sent us the following statement which is a little longer:

Samsung and Google have decided to postpone the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event during the CTIA in San Diego, previously scheduled for Oct. 11. Under the current circumstances, both parties have agreed that this is not the appropriate time for the announcement of a new product. We would ask for the understanding of our clients and media for any inconvenience caused. We will announce a new date and venue in due course.

[via Engadget]

Android Developer’s YouTube Channel Confirms Ice Cream Sandwich Reveal Next Tuesday

This isn’t a big surprise, but it’s always nice to get the word from the horse’s mouth. The Android Developer’s channel on YouTube is counting down to next Tuesday with the title “Android ICS launch”. While we continue to hang out in Rumorville over ICS and what the next Nexus will really be, it looks like all ICS questions will be answered Tuesday. Stay tuned as we will be live at the event sharing the news as we see it.

[via droidlife]

Samsung releases updated Unpacked App for next week’s CTIA Event

Everyone already knows about the Samsung Unpacked Event next Tuesday at CTIA in San Diego. Of course our very own Stacy Bruce will be there as we see the unveiling of the Nexus Prime and Ice Cream Sandwich.

Samsung just released the app for the event which doesn’t offer much for now, but if you remember, they released the same app for the IFA show in Berlin, and our great Android development community was able to find some hidden goodies like the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab 7.7.

During the event, the app will feature video content, press releases, and a live stream of the announcement for those of you that can’t be there. As always stay glued to TalkAndroid because we will give you all the details as it happens.

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Samsung Nexus Prime Revealed – Something BIG is coming. [Video]

Awwww Yeah! What you see above is the first glimpse of the Nexus Prime, screen-capped from a video just posted on YouTube by Samsung Mobile. Quick on the heels of yesterday’s iPhone event, Samsung and Google are drawing attention back to their court. What are you waiting for? Watch their CTIA sneak peak right now!

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Ok, did that whet your appetite? Let’s take a moment to really analyze that picture up there. It appears the snapshot is showing the phone facing up, from the left side. That being said you can see what looks like a camera slightly protruding out of the backside, the standard three pins for some kind of a dock and what appears to be a power button on the lower end side but it could be a dedicated camera button. There’s definitely some sort of small round symbol down there as well. Earlier today we weren’t sure if the Prime would have a curved screen. Looks like this picture settles that debate. Their shouting of the word BIG obviously means the Prime is going to be 4.3″ or larger.

Wow I am so pumped right now! Anyone else excited? Let us know in the comments.

[via androidcentral]