Connecting your Android device to your computer with a USB cable can be annoying and almost prehistoric. Most people have WiFi networks set up in their home and anyone using a smartphone is going to have a data connection, so why not use those to transfer files to and from your computer with your device? It’s easier and you’re not chained to a USB cable when you want to move some music around. There’s several different ways to get the job down, and this guide is going to go through some of those options.
Owners of some Android devices, in particular the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Nexus, may have noticed a bug that causes their device to have trouble transitioning between different WiFi access points when access points overlap. XDA Forum member felixchris has put together a hack that addresses one of three possible ways the bug manifests itself. According to felixchris, the three ways that users may experience the bug include: » Read the rest
Earlier today, EE announced on Twitter that customers would be able to receive free WiFi on the London Underground. There was also speculation that it would also include Virgin Media customers, and also provide free WiFi in 72 underground stations in London. Fast-forward through the day, and tweets were deleted, comments were declined from both parties, and it seemed like EE might’ve jumped the gun on the free WiFi announcement. » Read the rest
Many users enjoy staying on the cutting edge by flashing a new ROM onto their devices. Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners who tried to flash a recently released Jelly Bean ROM onto their device discovered a problem with wifi connectivity issues. Connection strength could not be maintained.
Fortunately, XDA forum member mwalt2 took some time to dig into the reason and discovered a single file that differed between the Jelly Bean ROM and what Verizon provides. Restoring the Verizon version appears to fix the problem. Follow the source link below for the file and instructions on the fix.
Another day, another set of WiFi issues plaguing the HTC One X smartphone. While one significant WiFi issue that plagued the smartphone was resolved, there is apparently a new and more significant WiFi problem affecting some owners of the smartphone. When the smartphone is held in a certain position, the device will lose much (if not all) of its WiFi signal strength. The widespread problem which has been first reported in XDA Forums, seems to affect the HT23 and HT24 models. There are a few solutions that have been identified as well. Users can either exchange their devices if they’re under warranty or if they’re not— they can always open their device and get everything taken care of the hard way. Naturally it’s recommended that owners try to hold off from doing the extreme as HTC is fully aware of this new issue and has its engineering teams working round the clock to get this fixed.
Here’s hoping HTC gets this resolved as soon as possible. Stay tuned with Talk Android as we will continue to provide updates for this developing saga.
source: XDA Forums
Zoomtel has released an Android app that tethers your phone directly to a Zoomtel 4501 or 4506 modem for some WiFi connection sharing goodness. Many of us already tether using carrier-approved or carrier-not-at-all-approved methods. These work well for sharing via WiFi in a limited area and a limited number of devices, and can quickly drain your battery. Using a Zoomtel Router has some real benefits over the built-in method. For one thing, it offloads the WiFi duties from your phone to the router giving it much better battery life. It also has a larger range (330 yards) as it’s a real-deal router, and can handle 253 devices simultaneously (though I wouldn’t recommend trying that one). The 4506 model has its own built-in battery, allowing you to carry it in a backpack or vehicle and spread the WiFi on the move. Zoomtel insists all this can be done (probably) without your carrier noticing, but don’t blame them if you get hit with additional charges. Root is not required to use the app, but the ability to sideload it directly from the modem itself is. » Read the rest
Still suffering from slow, intermittent WiFi on your AT&T HTC One X? Well you can hold fire on trading it in for a Galaxy S III as HTC has released a statement promising a timely update to remedy the issue. Better yet, the guys over at BriefMobile managed to get their hands on it early and have uploaded it so the rest of us can get in on the action.
Check out the official statement from HTC after the break and then click the source link to make your WiFi woes disappear!
“In regards to the wifi issue your running into, this is currently an issue that has been brought to our attention and we are actively working on a fix for this. We don’t have an ETA on the release of the fix yet, but we do have a work around in the meanwhile of toggling the wifi connection on the phone for a few seconds then toggling it back on. This will reset the connection from the phone to the Wifi, make it grab a new address and it should work for a while.”
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Ah yes the ASUS Transformer Prime. The tablet is easily one of the best available, but sadly was plagued with some minor GPS issues and subpar performance. ASUS did make everything good by releasing a much-needed software update, but ASUS is trying to take yet another step to show that it’s a force to be reckoned with in the Android world. It seems that ASUS has been in direct communication with XDA and has stated it:
“Will be releasing a dongle shortly that will address the GPS function and be a fully usable GPS that will lock onto many satellites and keep their lock with wi-fi active”.
Oh and ASUS has pledged this GPS dongle will be ”provided for free” by mid-April. ASUS Transformer owners are certainly a lucky bunch. It almost wants to make you trade up and get a TF Prime just for the cool dongle, doesn’t it? We’re all on the lookout for that dongle ASUS.
Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon S4 processor already makes our mouths water, but there’s yet another reason why we can’t wait to get our hands on an S4-based device. The current WiFi standard is about to get just a smidge faster. Qualcomm Atheros has officially launched the 802.11ac WiFi ecosystem by unveiling the WCN3680 module, which attaches directly to the Snapdragon S4 chip. The WCN3680 module will feature high data transfer while having fairly low power consumption– we can expect to see data transfer speeds of up to 433Mbps. Yeah, this puppy looks like it’s ready to stream high quality content.
Now that Qualcomm Atheros has placed it’s new wireless standard into the limelight, we expect to see the technology in action and perhaps a device or two featuring the technology at MWC next week. Hit the break to see the full press release.