Sources have revealed that Google is engaged in talks with Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa, owner of U.K. wireless carrier Three, to establish a “small scale” mobile network. The network does not appear to be one that consumers could sign up for regular service, serving instead as a means for U.S. travelers to use their phones while traveling abroad without incurring expensive international charges. Ultimately the wireless service in overseas locations would be tied back to Google’s attempt to create a U.S.-based mobile network to compete with the existing major carriers.
Join is a new app that’s just hit the Play Store that allows you to set up a wireless connection between multiple Android devices. This lets you quickly share files and content between the devices, and you don’t even need internet access to make it work.
With Join, you can play the same song on all of the devices on your interconnected network of smartphones and tablets, or share photos between the devices without having to deal with the hassle of sending the files to anyone else. It’s a pretty handy tool that’s somewhat similar to Samsung’s Share Play on their Galaxy devices.
Hit the link below to grab the app and test it out.
While the Nexus 7 has been a big hit, customers hoping to use the device on Verizon’s wireless network have been left out in the cold. It all started last fall when it was discovered Verizon would not allow activations of the device on their network followed by a hasty explanation involving their certification process. That process was then delayed when “issues” were identified and a decision was made to wait until Android 4.4 KitKat could be installed on Verizon units. According to a tweet from @evleaks, the Nexus 7 is finally ready to join the Verizon portfolio.
Keep in mind @evleaks tweeted essentially the same message back at the beginning of November. Similar to that tweet, this latest tip includes no indication of timing unless you consider “about to be” such a qualifier. The latest rumor does add that the devices will have no Verizon branding, which would be an odd move.
Are you a Verizon customer interested in a Nexus 7 capable of running on their network?
Android powered cars sound awesome, but when you start getting into the details, using Android without an internet connection isn’t a perfect experience. Chevrolet has a solution, though; integrating mobile carrier radios into the vehicles. Yep, many 2015 models of Chevrolet cars are going to have support for AT&T’s LTE network right out of the, uh,
box showroom floor.
The Impala, Malibu, Volt, and Corvette models will all have access to AT&T’s network, with five other models set to be added later on. Chevy is integrating this LTE connectivity under the OnStar name, which is already synonymous with extra features in your car.
AT&T plans on letting consumers add vehicles to their shared data packages just like you would any other vehicle. If you’re already an AT&T customer, this hopefully won’t cost much more than adding a tablet or hotspot. AT&T is also planning on letting customers purchase data packages individually, but they haven’t announced any pricing yet. It’ll be interesting to see where those price points fall.
You can check out Chevrolet and AT&T’s full press release below. For the rest of our CES 2014 coverage, click here.
T-Mobile’s UnCarrier approach to the cell phone carrier market has pretty bold and successful so far, but when you’re looking at the big picture, T-Mobile’s network still just isn’t on par with what Verizon and AT&T offer, especially in terms of coverage. Looks like 2014 might be the year that changes, though, as T-Mobile is going to pay Verizon over $2 billion for some low-end A-Block spectrum to improve their LTE network. This was some of the spectrum used when Verizon rolled out their LTE network.
This extra spectrum should greatly help T-Mobile’s network, including improving coverage and quality in several markets. T-Mobile anticipates that this block of spectrum should cover about 158 million people in several top markets around the country, which is a pretty significant improvement.
The biggest reason I’ve kept from using T-Mobile is the poor coverage in my area compared to other networks, but if they can keep up this network expansion that may not be a problem for much longer. Have any of you already made the switch to T-Mobile, or have you been waiting for some big move like this?
source: Business Wire
Since Sprint announced yesterday that they expanded their 4G LTE network, it was only right for AT&T to do the same today. Interestingly enough, two of the six markets were also included in Sprint’s expansion yesterday. That’s competition, folks.
New AT&T 4G LTE markets:
- Watertown, Wisconsin
- Albany, Oregon
- Marion, Ohio
- Redding, California
- Red Bluff, California
- Gallipolis, Ohio
AT&T has announced that they will be bringing their fiber network to Austin, Texas later this year to compete with Google’s own fiber network. AT&T’s network matches up with Google’s fairly well, offering up to 1 gigabit-per-second speeds. AT&T is hopeful that this deployment will bring their network to tens of thousands of people in the area by the end of 2014. The CEO of the wireless network operator seems to think that the costs associated with deploying fiber optic cable has come down enough that it’s a smart financial decision to start aggressively pushing this new network, and that he hopes to see more companies expand fiber networks into new markets in the next few years, and hopefully he’s right. Increased competition in the fiber market would mean better prices for consumers and faster internet connection speeds. It’s a win-win situation.
NBC finally launched an official Android app for their network, and it’s just as polished and well-done as their competitors’ applications. The app features full episodes that you can watch whenever you want for free, closed captioning support, an NBC schedule, and a “favorites” section to easily access the shows you want to watch.
Check out some screenshots below. You can download the app via the link after the break.
AT&T’s latest marketing scheme involves an advertisement that claims their network is the nation’s fastest and most reliable LTE network. Naturally, this is a dig at Verizon, who currently boasts the biggest LTE network in the country. AT&T’s claims are backed by information gathered from an unnamed third-party that claims their network has “the highest success rate for delivering mobile content across nationwide 4G LTE networks.”
If you ever see any Verizon commercials or ads, network reliability and coverage are their two strongest selling points for LTE. As it stands, Verizon still has the bigger LTE network, but from personal use, I’ve seen faster LTE speeds on AT&T’s network than on Verizon’s. Of course, those faster speeds don’t mean much if it isn’t deployed in the area you live, so pick your poison. You can check out the full press release below.
If you’ve been a bit disappointed by Sprint’s LTE rollout, you might be in a for a nice surprise in the next few months. Sprint has released a mini roadmap for some LTE deployment in the coming months, listing 28 cities within its 3G footprint. Sprint is claiming this upgrade is part of their Network Vision strategy, so even 3G users should see some faster speed and enhanced voice quality. They even hint that 4G phones might pick up sporadic LTE a little early, and you’re welcome to use it before it’s officially available. (hint, hint) These 28 new cities are in addition to the 200 4G cities already announced by Sprint, so by the looks of it, 2013 is going to be a pretty busy year for LTE. Hit the break to see if your city is covered and check out the press release.