Earlier today, Google officially announced that it has now expanded the availability of its Play Books service to five new countries which are: Bulgaria, Croatia, Iceland, Slovenia and Slovakia. This expansion bumps the total number of supported regions up to 65.
Google took to its support page earlier today to notify consumers that its Play Store gift cards are now available in an additional six countries in Europe. Denominations of the gift cards vary depending on the country; Norway, Denmark, and Sweden will offer 150, 250, and 500 Krona cards, whilst the standard 15, 25, and 50 Euro cards are being sold in Belgium, Ireland, and Finland.
T-Mobile has announced their Wideband LTE service is now available in the New York City area, including adjoining areas like northern New Jersey, White Plains and Scarsdale. According to T-Mobile’s Neville Ray, “New Yorkers deserve a network that moves at the blazing speed of this amazing city. Our LTE network was already fastest here. Now, with the launch of Wideband LTE, we’ve widened our lead even further throughout the greater metro area.”
According to T-Mobile, their New York City area customers use an average of 2.6 GB of data per month and average 22.2 Mbps download speeds. That will increase with the expansion of Wideband LTE by about 50 percent with peak speeds in excess of 100 Mbps. The New York area becomes the 27th major market covered by T-Mobile’s Wideband LTE service. The company plans to roll-out Wideband LTE to more locations during 2015.
Hit the break to read the full press release from T-Mobile.
Earlier today, Google expanded its Play Movies and TV streaming service to an additional eight new countries — Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Hungary, Iceland, Macedonia, Malta, Slovenia and Taiwan. However, there have been some reports suggesting that the service is not yet live in all the above locations.
Sprint has today expanded its Spark LTE service to include 17 new locations, which now makes a total of 46 markets across the US where the enhanced coverage is currently available. Spark is an optimized version of the operator’s LTE network, which is designed to deliver peak wireless speeds of between 50-60 Mbps on a number of capable device, including the HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z3, and many more.
Rogers has broadened its horizons by upgrading and expanding its LTE-A connectivity services to an additional twelve new markets in Canada. The announcement was made in a press release on the carrier’s website, where it lists the benefits that new subscribers of the service are likely to receive, in addition to download speeds of up to fifteen times faster than the standard 3G network.
With all kinds of new mobile devices being announced at MWC 2014 and 4G LTE starting to push down into the mid-tier market, AT&T took the opportunity to announce the expansion of 4G LTE service to thirteen new countries around the globe. Outside of the U.S., AT&T already offered LTE data roaming in Canada and the U.K. AT&T said in their announcement that they are expanding their footprint to the following countries:
Google is looking to expand its Glass Explorer program, which provides thousands of developers with the option to own their very own pair of Google Glass.
Although Glass isn’t expected to be available on the consumer market until 2014, Google is ramping up production on the devices anyway, with a possible upcoming dispatch of more Glass units into its Explorer program in the coming months.
How will Google make these extra Glass units available, you ask? According to the Financial Times, existing Glass owners “will be able to invite a limited number of friends to buy the device.”
AT&T announced today plans to add at least 50 new markets to their 4G LTE network before the end of 2013. Once the additional sites light up, AT&T will cover more than 400 markets and about 270 million people.
You can check out the full list in the press release after the break.