Google IO 2016 Coverage

Verizon renews vow to test 5G in 2016, to be first U.S. 5G network


Last fall Verizon announced their plans to start testing 5G connection speeds in 2016 with a goal of deploying their 5G network by 2020. Verizon thinks this timeline will put them on track to be the first U.S. carrier to offer this capability. During their fourth quarter financial results conference call this past week, chief financial officer Fran Shammo repeated the vow and said Verizon is on track to commence 5G trials during 2016 in San Francisco, California and in Waltham, Massachusetts using some sandbox facilities they have available. Read more

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones aren’t selling too well in Japan

NTT - docomo Galaxy S6 edge

It may come as a surprise, but Samsung’s latest and greatest smartphones aren’t selling like hotcakes in Japan, despite removing its branding from the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge handsets in an attempt to ward off any ill-feeling towards the Korean company. To give an example of how poor sales have been, the S6 edge managed a respectable 10th place in its first week of sales before slipping down to 26th spot in its second week (April 27 – May 3). This is according to BCN‘s weekly survey of smartphone sales.

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Samsung Galaxy J officially announced in Japan


A few days ago, the Samsung Galaxy J was leaked, and now it’s official. It’s a Galaxy S 4 variant that probably won’t be offered outside of Japan, and specifically NTT DoCoMo. It has a 5-inch Super AMOLED 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to 64GB of expanded storage, 13.2MP rear camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, 2,600mAh battery, and Android 4.3.

It will be offered in Coral Pink, Satin White, and Lapis Blue. No word on pricing, but it should be available by the end of the month.

source: NTT DoCoMo

Sony Xperia Z1 f officially announced in Japan


The Sony Xperia Z1 f (SO-02F) is a “mini” version of the Xperia Z1, but this is no regular mini. Traditionally, mini versions have horrible specs, but the Xperia Z1 f provides top notch specs for those that want a smaller smartphone. The only glaring complaint anyone could have with the phone is the resolution is 720p, but seriously folks, it’s a 4.3-inch display, it’s more than enough. The rest of the specs include a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 20.7MP rear camera, 1.8MP front-facing camera, 2,300mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, waterproof IPX5 / 8 grade (under consideration), and Android 4.2.2.

For a mini, it’s also well built with its metal frame. The Z1 f weights 30 grams less than the Z1, but is a little thicker, at 9.4mm. It will be offered in Black, White, Pink, and Lime.

We can only hope that Sony will offer the Xperia Z1 f in other areas, but for now, it will only be available on NTT DoCoMo in Japan. Hit the break for a promo video.

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Japan’s NTT DoCoMo releases summer 2013 device portfolio including Sony Xperia A


Japanese telecom giant NTT DoCoMo has revealed their portfolio of devices for the summer months which includes a new Sony Xperia A device. The Japanese version seems to be a bit different from the device carrying the same name that recently slid through the FCC on its way to U.S. carriers. The Japanese version sports a 4.6-inch screen, 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, and runs Android 4.1. This seems to put it as more of a mid-tier device whereas the U.S. version mirrors the top-tier Sony Xperia Z, only with a removable battery.

In addition to the Xperia A, NTT DoCoMo is also adding Sharp’s Aquos Phone Zeta and Aquos Pad, two devices that incorporate new, thinner displays. The Zeta device comes with a 4.8-inch full HD screen while the Aquos Pad is a 7-inch tablet that is approaching a full HD display resolution. Other manufacturers got their devices added to the portfolio, like the Panasonic Eluga and the 5.2-inch Fujitsu Arrows NX. All of these devices from Sharp, Panasonic and Fujitsu will come with Android 4.2.

source: NTT DoCoMo
via: phoneArena

NTT DoCoMo includes folding, dual-screen NEC Medias W in spring lineup

If you were paying attention to CES 2013, you may have noticed that one of the more popular items on display was the flexible screens under development by Samsung. As their short video showed, the flexible screen will open the door to some new form factors. Until then, if you want something unique you may have to look for something like the NEC Medias W N-05E. NEC has basically taken two 4.3-inch devices and merged them together with a hinge in the middle. When opened, the device doubles screen real estate while maintaining a small, pocket-able size when folded up. Read more

Sony Xperia Tablet Z announced for NTT DoCoMo

The rumors that the Sony Xperia Tablet Z would get announced by NTT DoCoMo came true today. The tab was already announced by Sony so no major surprises on the specs: a 10.1-inch 1080p (1920 x 1200) display, a Qualcomm 1.5GHz quad-core APQ8064 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD, an 8.1MP Exmor R camera, 6,000mAh battery, NFC, LTE, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Just like the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, it will be waterproof and dustproof. It’s only 6.9mm thick and weighs in at 495 grams, which makes it the world’s thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet. It will be available in Japan in mid March, but no word on pricing. The big question is if Sony will actually sell any of them?

sources: NTT DoCoMo, Sony Mobile

LG Optimus G Pro officially announced for Japan

NTT DoCoMo announced a bunch of phones and tablets for their spring lineup and the LG Optimus G Pro was one of them. We already knew most of the goods on it, but the specs are now official: 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 13MP rear camera, 3,000mAh battery, and LTE. It will be available in April. No official word from LG so we have no idea when or if it will be available in other parts of the world.

source: NTT DoCoMo
via: engadget