For all you world travelers out there, how would you like not having to switch out your SIM card when abroad? That’s exactly what AT&T is planning with the roll out of their new global platform dubbed AT&T Control Center, powered by Jasper Wireless. The platform is a combination of new SIM hardware running on a brand new network that delivers global internet, WiFi, satellite and AT&T network coverage, and includes worldwide diagnostic and monitoring features for device manufacturers.
In the announcement, made today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, president of emerging segments for AT&T Glenn Lurie stated that “…a single carrier supplier with a single SIM solution is often preferred over working directly with multiple regional wireless carriers… the benefit comes from a single solution, backed by an industry leading well managed platform.”
Not having to make roaming agreements with other networks around the world seems like a good strategy, and once device manufacturers embrace the platform, using your HTC One X overseas will be just like using it across town.
Hit the source link for the full press release.
Add this to the list of LTE phones with possible global capabilities. It appears that the HTC Rezound has global radios that work without an unlock code. It was found by a UK user who ordered the phone over the holidays hoping that they could get it to work on T-Mobile. After placing a SIM card in the device and changing the network settings to “WCDMA Only” he had a working connection with data.
Now, Both HTC and Verizon claim that this Beats phone doesn’t have global capabilities but if you delve into this few week old thread that is the source, you’ll find that more and more people are discovering that it does. So if you are in the market for a phone that is usable overseas, then I certainly recommend this phone with it’s decent price of $199.99. Given its unlockable bootloader, I am sure that ROMs for the Rezound will certainly take advantage of it. Enjoy!
With its other cousin, the Sony Xperia Ion, another newcomer made it to CES this year and that’s the Sony Xperia S. The Xperia S, another first in the US to sport the “Sony” only branding shows off the cool transparent illuminated element we’ve seen in previous shots. It does a great job accenting the 4.3-inch display itself, which happens to be 720p. Like other Sony products, the device offers the usual Bravia mobile engine for the rendering of beautiful rich colors on pics and videos. The device sports dual cameras like most, however, the front facing shooter offers 720p while the rear can capture in 1080p. Not a bad combination. Add to that a whopping 32 gigs of on-board memory, and Sony’s full-on entertainment network with unlimited movies, videos and music and you have yourself a party.
The HD screen, as you can see in the hands-on video, renders incredible video and you can transfer that to any 1080p capable device for optimal viewing. The handset will not come with LTE radios on-board but will instead be a global phone offering HSPA+ speeds. You’ll be able to snag the device unlocked to work your GSM carrier of choice here in the US. Oh, and did we mention the device has NFC? Check out our hands-on video below along with some screen shots of the device next to its cousin the newly unveiled Xperia Ion. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below and be sure to check out the rest of our CES 2012 coverage here if you haven’t already.
Android owners the world over have been browsing the Amazon Appstore today. Having thus far only worked in the US, today the Appstore has been confirmed for UK, Canada, South Africa, Venezuela, Finland, Ireland, Austria, Estonia, Romania, Poland, and more. If you haven’t downloaded the Appstore yet, you can download it from this direct link. As the Amazon AppStore goes global, certainly the Kindle tablet draws nearer.
You hardcore Android fanatics out there are in for some interesting specs and speculation today with the FCC’s public release of the Motorola Droid Bionic user manual. As expected, its 4.3-inch qHD display has been confirmed, and the 1735mAH battery and microHDMI port are interesting to note. However, the thing that has most users scratching their heads is the listing included for its World Phone GSM capabilities.
If we are to lend our faith to the authenticity of the manual, it would mean we are previewing the first dual-core LTE/GSM device packed with that sweet qHD display. Rumblings around the forums are already crying foul and pointing out some other oddities, such as a battery removal image that appears to be strikingly similar to another Smartphone (the Droid X perhaps?) and the strange placement its the SIM card.
Whether or not these features end up panning out or not will remain to be seen, but we can dream can’t we? Leave us a comment and tell us what you think! Has new ground been broken or is this just idle speculation?
Grab this one while you can.
You can pick up the new DROID 3 at Amazon for just $70, $130 on contract. The DROID 3 sports a 4 inch qHD display, a dual-core 1Ghz processor, and ships with 2.3 Gingerbread.
That said, why not get one for the whole family? Verizon currently offers activations at $200, BOGO. That’s $100 per phone, which is an excellent deal if you have multiple upgrades available to you. While its’ lack of 4g may turn off some, this is a steal for a phone of these specs and a great “first DROID” for many users.
So what are you waiting for? Be sure to hit the source link below to get yours today.
Anyone have first-hand experience with the DROID 3? Leave your comments in the area below!
Well, folks, the tallies are in. It was a long road, with many brutal battles and war scars, but we finally have a winner in the Ultimate Android Throwdown.
The HTC Evo 4G on Sprint has staked its claim as the #1 Android device in the US, not only available now, but of all time. The Evo beat out the Nexus One in the final round, with a face-melting 467 votes, in comparison to the 273 taken for the Nexus One. While we can all agree that the Nexus One was and still is an outstanding phone, the masses have spoken, and it’s the HTC Evo 4G that has risen above all the others to be declared the best Android phone in the United States.
Be sure to hit up the break for the final leaderboard, and see where the votes came from and how the HTC Evo 4G on Sprint was finally declared as the winner. Let us know what you think in the comments!
All the battles, brackets, war scars, victory and defeat, it’s all come down to this. The ultimate battle in the Android realm to pick the one and only champion. The two victors now stand, ready to duel out the final round, so who will your pick be? The wildly popular and capable HTC Evo 4G? Or the record-setting, constantly bar raising HTC Nexus One? It’s time to make your decisions, folks. Who is the best, and who goes home crying to Google? Hit the break for the updated leaderboard and to cast your vote. The official winner will be announced Thursday, Nov. 25th. Be sure to let us know your pick and why in the comments.
Let the battle begin!
Well, it’s down to the final 2 in the available device brackets, along with voting on the discontinued phones. All devices have done well in this knock-down drag-out, but now its down to our top 2 contenders:
And now, folks, we’re pitting them against each other to find out what the top Android device available in the US market today is! On top of that, today starts the wildcard voting, meaning it’s time to get in your votes for your favorite discontinued Android phone, with choices of:
- HTC Droid Eris
- HTC G1
- HTC Nexus One
- Samsung Moment
So hit up the break to get in your votes and check out the updated brackets, because this is the second to final round in the entire throwdown! Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Well, folks, it’s been about 4 days since the Ultimate Android Throwdown began, but each carrier now has a champion! The winners per provider are:
- AT&T: Samsung Captivate
- SPRINT: HTC Evo 4G
- T-MOBILE: HTC G2
- VERIZON: Motorola Droid X
So here’s a moment of silence for the second place contenders:
- HTC Aria
- Samsung Epic 4G
- HTC myTouch 4G / HD
- HTC Droid Incredible
You can check out the final tallies on the round 2 page here.
But now, the real battle of the champions begins! The third round will have only 2 polls: The top Android devices for America’s largest CDMA and GSM networks now go head-to head in an all around beat down – that means AT&T vs. T-Mobile, and Sprint vs. Verizon. Remember, the next round (round 4) will include voting on the wildcard / discontinued bracket! Be sure to hit the break to get in your votes and check out the updated brackets, and let us know how your device fared / is faring in the comments!
Edit: sorry about the typo in the title, all fixed up now!