Marvell to launch new cost-effective SoC that focuses on advanced communication features

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In a recent news release, the Santa Clara microprocessor manufacturer, Marvell, has announced a new 64-bit quad-core SoC that is both cost-effective and focuses heavily on carrier aggregation performance. This new SoC comes in Marvell’s ARMADA line of chips, dubbed the Mobile PXA1918 R10 LTE Carrier Aggregation SoC Platform.

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Samsung begins rolling out Android 5.1.1 OTA update for the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 LTE

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If you are the owner of an LTE-equipped Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 (SM-T335), you’ve probably been lamenting the fact that your device has been left behind on a seemingly obsolete version of Android, version 4.4.2 KitKat. It could well be time to turn that frown upside down though, as Samsung has begun rolling an update for the tablet in Switzerland, all the way to Android 5.1.1.

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Samsung now rolling out Lollipop OTA for all LTE variants of the Galaxy S5 in India

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As expected, Samsung has just started pushing out the much-anticipated Android 5.0.1 update to all LTE variants of the Galaxy S5 located in India. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of Lollipop to the handset, in addition to a multitude of bug fixes and stability improvements.

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AT&T will carry ZTE’s second portable hotspot projector

zte_spro_2_projectorAfter showing off the SPro 2 at CES this year, ZTE has announced that the portable projector and hotspot will be coming exclusively to AT&T’s LTE network later this year. There’s always a chance that they’ll eventually release a WiFi-only model like they did with the original, but for the time being AT&T is going to be your only option.

The SPro 2 can connect up to 10 different devices to its wireless hotspot and can stream media from Google Play or several other connectivity options. The projector will blast a 720p image up to 120 inches, and it’s a fairly small, compact device, so it’s easy to carry around. Read more

Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 810 chip will have Cat 9 LTE support

Qualcomm_Logo_01_TA_CES_2014We’re all very impatiently waiting on Qualcomm to release their Snapdragon 810 SoC early next year, but until then we’re just going to have to drool over what it’s going to bring to high-end Android phones in 2015. The latest improvement to their flagship chipset will come in the form of faster network access thanks to Qualcomm incorporating Cat 9 LTE support.

Supporting Cat 9 LTE means the chipset should be able to hit theoretical download speeds of about 450 Mbps, which is insanely fast. Much faster than your typical carrier’s network, unfortunately, but the potential is there. Qualcomm claims they’ve extensively tested the download speeds commercial network and equipment partners, and everything is working just as fast as Qualcomm claims.  Read more

Wireless Nexus 7 tablets to get Android Lollipop starting in December

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The list of devices already getting Android Lollipop or about to get the update increased a little bit today when an ASUS spokesperson confirmed the “update will roll out for Nexus 7 LTE/3G models around the beginning of December 2014.” Of course we knew the update was coming to the Nexus 7 tablets, especially with the roll out for the WiFi-only versions getting underway last week. Now we know users of the tablets that carry the wireless chip in them will not have much longer to wait. According to ASUS, both the 2012 and 2013 models will get Lollipop.

The Nexus 7 tablets join the WiFi-only versions along with the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 10 tablets in getting an update. We still wait for word on an update for the Nexus 4. Meanwhile, Motorola is rolling out Lollipop to several of their devices and LG is on an aggressive schedule for the LG G3.

source: The Inquirer

LTE enabled Nexus 9 coming to T-Mobile in early December

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With the launch of the Nexus 6 on T-Mobile today, the Uncarrier took the opportunity to announce that the LTE-enabled version of the Nexus 9 will be available through T-Mobile in “early December.” No specific date was given, but December is only a couple weeks away, so the wait should not be much longer for those not content with a WiFi-only version of the latest Nexus tablet.

When it is finally available, T-Mobile will offer the 32GB version of the Nexus 9 for $0 down and 24 payments of $24.99 to well-qualified buyers. According to T-Mobile’s announcement, buyers will have to access the T-Mobile “Underground” which they describe as their “online ‘backroom’ for hard-to-find, limited quantity devices” to place their order.

source: T-Mobile