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AT&T Galaxy Note gets newer and more stable ICS leak

If you’re an AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note owner jealous of the international model’s shiny new official  Ice Cream Sandwich update, you can take solace in yet another Android 4.0 leak for the American version. BriefMobile got their hands on the official software and posted it for download. If you’re running the older version, you may want to upgrade: the newer ROM brings significant bug fixes, though it’s far from perfect.

The leaked AT&T ROM from April was build UCLD3, while this build is UCLC5. There’s no additional features and it’s still Android 4.0.3, but the performance and stability of the newer software is testified by plenty of users already. The annoyingly constant force closes of the previous build seem to be fixed. Apparently it still needs a little more time in the oven, because for some reason Instagram doesn’t work. Flashing it will require a Windows PC, and unfortunately you’ll lose all the data stored on the phone so far (not to mention root privileges if you’ve obtained them).

Naturally, the upgrade is offered with no guarantees and plenty of caution – flash at your own risk. Those of you who are custom ROM junkies may want to skip the official updates entirely and try out some of the latest CyanogenMod 9 nightlies. On the Galaxy Note in particular they’ve added support for the S-Pen stylus and generally tidied things up. As always, remember to make a Nandroid backup.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : GALAXY Note LTE
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : AT&T
    Announced Date : January 09, 2012
    Release Date : February 19, 2012
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 5.3 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280×800
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.78 Inch
  • Width : 3.27 Inch
  • Depth : 0.38 Inch
  • Weight : 183 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 2500 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 250 hours
Software
    Android OS:
  • 2.3.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS

Hardware

    CPU : MSM8660
    CPU Clock Speed : 1500 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1024 MB
    Internal Storage : 16 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


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AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD gets canned

We’re big fans of the Galaxy S II Skyrocket here at Android Community, and have been ever since it launched on AT&T’s LTE network back in November. It even accompanied us to CES as a backup to our personal phones – I can think of no greater compliment. But the successor to the Skyrocket, the even bigger and sharper Skyrocket HD, seems to have been given its walking papers even before release.

Samsung marketing director Ryan Bidan told reporters at CTIA yesterday that the device had been cancelled, because the upcoming Galaxy S III beat it in every aspect of specification. When asked if that meant that the Galaxy S III was coming to AT&T, Bidan couldn’t comment further. But the implication is certainly that the Galaxy S III is headed for the carrier, and around the same time or shortly after the Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD was planned to be released this summer.

The Skyrocket HD was to be an American version of Samsung’s Galaxy S II LTE HD, packing all the specs of the original Skyrocket plus a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display with a 720p resolution. The Galaxy S III has it beat in screen size (4.8 inches) processor (either a quad-core Exynos or a Snapdragon S4) and software (Android 4.0) among many other things. The Galaxy S III hits Europe and the UK at the end of this month, and is expected to arrive on American carriers later this summer.

[via SlashGear]


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HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint review

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HTC is on a roll in the US, first releasing the One S for T-Mobile and the One X for AT&T. Now, with the EVO 4G LTE on Sprint, it’s ready to shift to the CDMA realm in a different costume. Internally, it’s incredibly close to what’s offered in the One series’ flagship, but the Now Network has made a few tweaks to the device so it’ll adjust to life as the latest smartphone in the fabled EVO lineup. This time it’s packing a powerful processor, gorgeous display and the ability to connect to the still-dormant LTE. It’s eager to show its face in retail stores beginning May 18th for $200, placing it in the high end of Sprint’s selection.

This review, however, is just a bit different from any we’ve done before. How so? To our knowledge, we’ve never done one in New Orleans before. But when a phone gets dropped in our lap at CTIA 2012, we’re naturally going to put it through its paces, regardless of location. As it shares so many commonalities with its One brethren, we’ve been expecting a very similar fit, feel and performance. In our review, we’ll take you through what’s different and what’s better or worse. Is this the best device to grace the hands of Sprint customers? Follow us past the break to find out.

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HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint review originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 10 May 2012 13:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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AT&T Points The Finger At Google When Asked About Timely Android Updates

When AT&T was asked why the carrier took so long to respond to Android updates on their smartphones, CEO Randall Stephenson responded with “Google determines what platform gets the newest releases and when. A lot of times, that’s a negotiated arrangement and that’s something we work at hard.”  This seems to imply that Google had the bigger hand as far as when a current update is pushed to devices.  Naturally, this caused the search giant to be somewhat confused.  And while we could naturally see why an update might take some time to reach carrier devices with different technologies, skins and other variables, we’re thinking AT&T is  just looking to pass the buck here.  With expected confusion, Google’s spokesperson responded with the following:

“frankly we don’t understand what he is referring to”

So, it doesn’t appear that the answer was ultimately answered here but rather deflected and passed on to Google’s court.  We’ll see if someone from AT&T’s camp can clear the matter up for us and get the ball rolling on some of these devices still running Froyo.

source: Pocket Now

 


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Big 4 CEOs Meet Together For A Roundtable Discussion

In a rare circumstance, the CEOs of Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon came together at CTIA to talk about the direction of the mobile network platform. Each leader of their respective wireless company began the discussion by talking about the trends of usage by customers, starting with Verizon’s Dan Mead. He began by highlighting Verizon customers will have a need for more wireless data than the company can provide by 2014, which would lead to the tightening of currently available spectrum. T-Mobile’s Philipp Humm expanded on some of Mead’s spectrum concerns by highlighting the need for access to new bands if the current capacity can grow alongside the ever-growing demand. He also talked about having to better manage existing spectrum.

AT&T and Sprint gave their two cents too during the introduction. Sprint leader Dan Heese discussed how wireless carriers need to improve their reputation in the eyes of consumers. Coming off the heels of problems such as the Carrier IQ controversy, Heese adds that smartphone owners need to be better educated on how to use their phones securely. Heese adds that the public is currently uncertain of what the true definition of “4G” is, so there needs to be a uniform agreement of having a real 4G LTE meaning. Ralph De La Vega of AT&T went a different route by talking less about smartphones and more of its purpose as part of a broader ecosystem of connected devices. De La Vega highlighted the Digital Life project which visualizes an online-only “smarthouse”, which includes smartphones and tablets giving individuals to ability to control everything.

The actual roundtable began afterwards, which was moderated by Jim Cramer of CNBC. Cramer began the discussion which centered around innovation. Examples of this include AT&T’s interest in mobile payments, Sprint not focusing on data speed– but rather focusing on mobile security and both Verizon and T-Mobile focusing on increased usage for data as its users make less voice calls and text messages. Cramer quickly took the discussion to another level when he posed the question of whether it’s fair or not that certain carriers have greater spectrum access than others. No one answered the question directly, but each carrier talked about how there’s a need to prove to the government its not wasting the current spectrum available now in the hopes they’ll deserve future access to additional resources.

The discussion then turned to advertising— specifically how carriers advertise against each other and the love for social media. Essentially all the carriers they’re the best carrier in regards to 4G speed, so in order to highlight being the best, each company has to either manipulate information or present it in a way favorable to itself. And finally, the discussion came to a close when each CEO highlights carriers’ love for social media— which is one of the major reasons for why smartphones have seen such explosive growth in recent years.

source: Android Central
via: pocketnow


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Sony Xperia Ion leak suggests June release

While the Sony Xperia S has been making friends and influencing people overseas, its American cousin the Xperia Ion has been patiently and silently waiting in the wings at AT&T. There’s been no official word on when Sony’s flagship device will come to the US carrier, but a sharp-eyed member at Droid Matters spotted an advertisement in his Gmail inbox stating that the phone was scheduled for a June release. The ad links to a Sony page, not AT&T, so presumably the manufacturer made the error.

 This shouldn’t be taken as gospel, since a leaked textual ad does not a confirmation make. But considering that the last time we saw the Xperia Ion was next to its international brother at CES way back in January, the phone’s bordering on fashionably late as it is. With heavy hitters like the Samsung Galaxy Note and the HTC One X already filling spots on AT&T’s lineup, and the Galaxy S III likely to follow, a June release would be more than prudent for Sony.

The Xperia Ion roughly follows the design and specifications of the Xperia S, though the styling is a little more conservative and lacks a transparent navigation bar. It runs on a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor with an LTE connection and has a massive 12 megapixel rear camera. A 4.55-inch 720p display with better-than-average fidelity doesn’t hurt, either. The last time we saw it the Ion was running Gingerbread, but we can hope and dream that it’ll be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich before its release.


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AT&T, Rogers HTC One X rooted

AT&T customers are still pretty upset at the arbitrary locked bootloader on the HTC One X, but at least they can do some basic modifications: root has been achieved. XDA Developers member Kenneth Penn has posted a one-click root solution for the LTE version of the One X, and it should also work on the phone headed for Canadian carrier Rogers as well. You’ll need a Windows PC and a basic understanding of Android, but as far as root process go, it’s relatively easy.

The difference between gaining root and getting an unlocked bootloader is an important one: while root access gives you control of the software, an unlocked bootloader will give you control over the entire phone. (That’s not a strictly accurate summary, but as Terry Pratchett says, it’s a useful lie.) Rooted phones enjoy the capability of running advanced applications and removing unwanted software permanently via access to the files on the phone’s protected storage.

Not that custom ROMs are impossible without bootloader access. Now that root has been achieved, someone is no doubt working feverishly at getting a custom recovery prepared and starting on a slightly cleaner version of HTC’s Sense skin. But to make major modifications (notably for newer versions of Android) a modified kernel is necessary, and that’s not currently possible. Efforts continue, but community attempts at unlocking bootloaders have met with mixed results in the past.

[via Mobiputing]

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : One X [AT&T]
    Manufactuer : HTC
    Carrier : AT&T
    Announced Date : February 26, 2012
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.7 Inch
  • Resolution : 720×1280
  • Screen Type : S-LCD
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.31 Inch
  • Width : 2.75 Inch
  • Depth : 0.36 Inch
  • Weight : 131 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1800 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS

Hardware

    CPU : S4
    CPU Clock Speed : 1500 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 16 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
    CDMA Band:
  • 850
  • 1900
  • 2100
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


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AT&T cancels plans to release Samsung Skyrocket HD, likely setting sights on Galaxy S III

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Remember the Samsung Skyrocket HD for AT&T? Great, now forget it. According to Sammy, the largest GSM carrier has decided to forego the mysteriously absent device, announced all the way back at January’s AT&T Developer Summit, in order to focus on other products. This move adds credence to our suspicions that this particular handset wouldn’t have a distinct place in the lineup alongside the carrier’s version of the Galaxy S III, which hasn’t been officially announced for US availability yet.

We reached out to Samsung, and here’s the company’s official statement on the matter: “AT&T and Samsung have agreed to cancel plans to offer the Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD. We are concentrating resources on other products to bring exciting experiences to consumers.” Not too much of a surprise, but those eagerly awaiting this device shouldn’t get too frazzled — if you can’t wait for Samsung’s newest flagship, at least we’re hopeful that a few carrier-branded prototypes will leak out on eBay to whet your appetite.

AT&T cancels plans to release Samsung Skyrocket HD, likely setting sights on Galaxy S III originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 09 May 2012 15:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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AT&T and Samsung kill off plans to release the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD

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If you've been holding out for AT&T to release the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD you can now give up the dream and move onto the Samsung Galaxy S III. As confirmed by Samsung's Ryan Bidan, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD has been put to rest on AT&T due to the fact that it just doesn't make sense to release the device now that the Samsung Galaxy S III is out there.

Although Bidan stopped short of confirming that AT&T would see a release of the Samsung Galaxy S III, at this point it's pretty much assumed or in Bidan's words it'll be coming to "the fastest HSPA+ and LTE networks" in the country. That doesn't leave a whole lot of options and surely, AT&T will want to fill that gap.

Source: The Verge

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Mugen 5400mAh Extended Battery For AT&T Galaxy Note Gives New Meaning To The Word “Power Brick”

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Mugen, I think I speak for everyone when I say “please stop.” I mean, really? Look at their latest creation, a 5400mAh extended battery for the already gargantuan Galaxy Note:

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If you own a Galaxy Note and have grown tired of carrying around a small diesel generator, though, this may be the solution to all of your problems. Of course, no one said this solution didn’t come with problems of its own. Like looking as though you have some sort of awful malignant growth attached to your thigh should you dare to put your Note in your pocket with this monster attached.

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Samsung And AT&T Cancel The Galaxy II Skyrocket HD

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TheVerge has just learned that the previously-upcoming Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD, an upmarket version of the Galaxy S II with LTE and a larger HD display, will not be released.

Previously announced at CES, the HD would have been the flagship Samsung device in AT&T’s lineup. In light of the launch of the HTC One X, though, the HD was simply outgunned. Rumors prior to the launch of the Galaxy S III also indicated Samsung had moved up the release date of the next Galaxy in order to get a leg up on the competition (namely, HTC). This suggests that the HD was planned under a different timeline – one where the S3 may have been coming to the US significantly later.

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AT&T Cancels Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD – Prepares For Galaxy S3 Launch

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We may have our first casualty in the wake of the Samsung Galaxy S3. AT&T has been going full steam ahead with Samsung in 2012, offering a huge range of Samsung devices in their Android lineup, one of which will never see the light of day. It looks like the Samsung Galaxy S2 HD has now been cancelled. The Verge got the scoop today from Samsung’s Ryan Bidan, who told them the phone was no longer relevant in light of the Galaxy S3 announcement.

More of a “Lucy” type Galaxy device, the Skyrocket HD could be seen as the missing link between a Galaxy S2, and Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S3. The device boasted a 4.65-inch HD display that was a little too close to the Galaxy S3′s 4.8-inch HD. Couple that with the Skyrocket HD’s dual-core Qualcomm processor and the Galaxy S3′s likely Qualcomm S4 processor, and you can see how some consumers would be confused.

Still no word on which carrier will be the first to offer the Samsung Galaxy S3 but if I had to bet, I’d go with AT&T. Well, that or a simultaneous Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T release like with the GS2.

Am I the only one that prefers the aluminum look of the Skyrocket HD over the GS3? What a shame…

 


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Gmail advert ruins AT&T’s big surprise, Sony’s Xperia Ion arrives stateside in June

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Someone at Google’s advertising department has probably received the hairdryer treatment this morning after a Gmail advert prematurely revealed that Sony’s Xperia Ion would arrive in June. The banner ad popped up atop Droidmatters’ inbox and revealed that the Stateside version of the Xperia S will turn up just in time for Summer.

Continue reading Gmail advert ruins AT&T’s big surprise, Sony’s Xperia Ion arrives stateside in June

Gmail advert ruins AT&T’s big surprise, Sony’s Xperia Ion arrives stateside in June originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 09 May 2012 10:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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One-Click Root Now Available For AT&T’s HTC One X

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Three short days ago, AT&T’s phone selection got a little bit better. Of course, I’m talking about the arrival of the HTC One X. If you already have this flagship in hand, then you’ll be happy to know that a one-click root method is already available.

Disclaimer: AndroidPolice will not be liable for any harm to your device, including but not limited to: bricking, boot loops, voiding your warranty, exploding batteries, etc.

As always, proceed at your own risk.

This will automatically root, install Busybox, and SuperSU onto your One X, all while you sit back and sip some coffee.

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AT&T’s HTC One X gets rooted, catches up with the global gang

AT&T's HTC One X gets rooted, catches up with the global gang

No sooner did the international variant of the One X reveal its source code, now the AT&T version has landed itself an unofficial root. Better still, the folks over at xda-developers have already squeezed the occasionally laborious process into a one-click install. For those not in the know, this doesn’t mean an unlocked bootloader, which is still wrapped up in AT&T red tape. Root meddling types can hit up the source for the necessary files. Just, be careful — that’s some pricey polycarbonate and the Galaxy S III‘s still some weeks away.

AT&T’s HTC One X gets rooted, catches up with the global gang originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 09 May 2012 12:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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AT&T Also Launching Family Data Plans soon

In a move that mirrors rival Verizon, AT&T will also be offering family data plans later this year. At CTIA 2012 this week, AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega told CNET that he’s “very comfortable with the plan that will be offered to our customers,” though no specific dates were announced at this time.

Historically, de la Vega had serious doubts about such plans due to the complexities of billing and implementation. He seems to have had a change of heart, however, most likely as a response to Verizon’s similar announcement in February. Now we have to see which carrier actually rolls out their plan first.

Family data plans allow for higher capacity data plans that can be used over multiple devices with single account billing. This will presumably help spark sales of more devices to each household.

Make sure to check out all CTIA news here!

source: thenextweb

 


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New T-Mobile commercial pops off at AT&T; Yes more bad girl Carly in Leather

We have to admit, taking Carly from the cute and innocent pink poke a dot wearing little bombshell and tossing her on a street bike it leather was a great move. You know that was a man’s idea. The latest T-Mobile commercial featuring Carly on her bike has recently been released by T-Mobile for all to enjoy. In this one they keep true to the latest marketing strategy of “test drive.” Daring users to take a 4G T-Mobile phone and compare its speeds to AT&T‘s iPhone 4S. Not all that important as far as news is concerned, but we know you guys are loving the new Carly. Now if the marketing guys can just get her on the beach somehow.

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Shared Data plans are ‘Coming Soon’ to AT&T according to CEO

Seems like the next battle in the mobile space isn’t really all about phones anymore. While there is certainly some device exclusivity still going on, carriers seem to be going back to what they were originally based upon. That would be service for those of you that don’t know that. We have heard and seen screenshot leaks that both Verizon and AT&T have been working out a way to lower data cost for families by creating a family account feature that all users could share. Lets face it, not everyone uses as much data as the other family members, but having access to a little without paying a lot is a great idea.

In a recent interview with CNET, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega stated that he felt very “comfortable” with the upcoming shared plans. He was less enthusiastic about the idea back in January thinking there would be a lot of IT work and potential billing issues to sort out. Along with fears of how they planned to subsidize future handset pricing with a family data plan.

Seems as though many of his concerns have been worked out. He is now saying AT&T knows exactly how these plans will be structured and work. No official pricing or release timeline has been mentioned yet, but Vega did make mention of them launching in a coming months. They might just beat Verizon to the punch on this one.

To all of you guys though, what are your first impressions and thoughts? Will they come out and offer such a small price variance that it seem pointless, or will they make some great plans that truly will save you some cash?

Source: Phandroid

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AT&T small cell site pilot due between late 2012, 2013

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AT&T has been hinting for a while that it’s getting closer to implementing small cell sites in its network, and at CTIA Wireless 2012 gave a stronger clue as to when and how the mini network hubs will operate. Executive technology VP John Donovan clarified to Reuters that a pilot is expected to start late this year and should run into 2013. If all runs smoothly, the below-tower-sized sites will be clipping on to lamp posts and other parts of the urban landscape to strengthen coverage in places where wide-area WiFi alone won’t do. While Donovan didn’t venture deep into the infrastructure at the trade show, Cisco had previously said that AT&T would be using sites incorporating 2G, 3G, 4G and WiFi when the provider did start experimenting with small cells. If so, there’s a chance subscribers could get AT&T WiFi without having to turn to an airport, landmark or coffee shop.

AT&T small cell site pilot due between late 2012, 2013 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 08 May 2012 20:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Live from CTIA with Jim Cramer and the CEOs of the four largest US carriers!

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In one corner, we have CNBC’s Jim Cramer. And in the other corner stands the heads of the four largest mobile operators in the United States: Ralph de la Vega (AT&T Mobility), Dan Mead (Verizon Wireless), Dan Hesse (Sprint) and Philipp Humm (T-Mobile). We fully expect Jim to lob a few hardball questions at these gentlemen, and there’s no doubt zingers will be flung around. Who knows — maybe we’ll even get some news out of this keynote, so join us as we liveblog the Tuesday afternoon CTIA keynote, won’t you?

May 8, 2012 5:30 PM EDT

Live from CTIA with Jim Cramer and the CEOs of the four largest US carriers! originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 08 May 2012 17:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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AT&T CEO blames slow ICS updates on Google

We tend to avoid excessively suggestive metaphor here on Android Community, but the latest statement from AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson definitely qualifies under the edited heading “twin spheres of a metallic alloy nature”. In a recent wireless industry panel, the executive blamed Google for slow updates to existing Android phones. His statements are baffling, considering that Google doesn’t actually update any hardware beyond the Nexus phones and other developer devices.

Here are Stephenson’s words from the Milken Institute’s 2012 Global Conference:

Google determines what platform gets the newest releases and when. A lot of times, that’s a negotiated arrangement and that’s something we work at hard. We know that’s important to our customers. That’s kind of an ambiguous answer because I can’t give you a direct answer in this setting.

The executive seems to be a little confused about how Android updates work: Google posts the open source code for new version of the OS on their developer website, then manufacturers update their phones (or all too often, don’t) then the carriers push out the updates (or don’t). The delicate relationship between device manufacturers and carriers in the US, where cellular providers often insist on custom apps, software, locks, blocks, and visual elements, can make the update process a maddeningly slow experience.

Stephenson’s comments betray a lack of knowledge in the fundamental way that the Android ecosystem functions – or, on AT&T, fails to function. It makes us wonder who made the call to arbitrarily lock the bootloader on AT&T’s HTC One X. Google responded to the comments, saying that they offer Android freely as it becomes available, and do not engage in negotiations for individual smartphones.

[via 9to5Google]


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AT&T Xperia Ion could be coming in June, according to ad

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We haven't seen much of the AT&T Sony Xperia Ion since it first reared its head back at CES. But if a recent banner ad appearance is to be believed, Sony's 4.7-inch LTE device could be arriving stateside sooner rather than later. The text ad, sighted in Gmail by DroidMatters​, states that the Xperia Ion is "coming exclusively to AT&T in June." That's not entirely surprising given the Ion's purported "Q2" launch window, but it's a welcome sign that the phone hasn't been subjected to any further delays.

The Ion, which we first got to play with back in January, represents an important step in Sony's efforts to gain a greater foothold in the U.S. smartphone market. The manufacturer will be hoping the combination of a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, a 4.7-inch 720p display and 4G LTE connectivity will tempt American buyers over the next couple of months.

Source: DroidMatters; via: PhoneArena

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AT&T CEO Says Shared Data Family Plans Are Coming Soon

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The race for shared data is on. It’s been long rumored and semi-confirmed that both AT&T and Verizon will be offering shared data plans for families on a budget, but when it comes to AT&T — it looks like they could be first out the gate. In an interview with Cnet, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega said he felt very “comfortable” with the upcoming shared data plans.

This coming after previous statements from the CEO who, back in January, didn’t seem to enthusiastic saying AT&T would have to overcome IT and billing issues, as well as figure out exactly how they were going to subsidize devices on these plans.

Seems most of the issues may have been worked out with the CEO now saying AT&T knows exactly how these plans will be structured. Still no word on exactly when we can expect these new shared data plans to roll out, but Mr. de la Vega did mention they should be available in the coming months.

Where do you guys stand on shared data family plans? Is it something you’ve been interested in and do you think it could help lower that monthly bill?


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T-Mobile Reveals Network Expansion Plans: Ramping Up HSPA+ In 2012, LTE Coming In 2013

2012-05-08 07h22_51T-Mobile sent out a press release late last night to announce just what they’re doing with the consolation prize from AT&T’s failed bid to take over the company. Unsurprisingly, the company is using the $4 billion and spectrum licenses to do exactly what they need to stay competitive with other carriers: expand their HSPA+ coverage and, more importantly, roll out LTE.

According to the press release, we can expect T-Mo to continue expanding and improving their HSPA+ for the remainder of 2012:

As part of the company’s network modernization effort, T-Mobile also plans to launch 4G HSPA+ service in the 1900 MHz band in a large number of markets by the end of the year.

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The Engadget interview: AT&T’s Glenn Lurie talks Digital Life at CTIA 2012 (video)

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We had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Glenn Lurie — president of emerging enterprises and partnerships — about AT&T’s Digital Life product which was recently announced and then launched today at CTIA 2012 here in New Orleans. Our takeaway? AT&T wants to tag everything in your home with an IP address and tie it all together seamlessly in a blaze of digital glory. Don’t believe us? Watch our video and judge for yourself.

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T-Mobile Says AT&T Phones Will Be Compatible With 4G Network By Year’s End, 42Mbps HSPA+ Comes To More Cities

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Looks like T-Mobile could be using that $4 billion they acquired from AT&T to do more than just roll out a super high-speed LTE network. As it turns out, ‘ol Magenta will also be freeing up a vital part of their spectrum that could finally allow for AT&T customers — no longer on contract — to make the easy transition over to T-Mobile with their current AT&T device.

T-Mobile’s CTO Neville Ray spoke during a dinner event for CTIA saying the company plans to convert a good enough portion of its 1900MHz (2G) spectrum to 4G (although, technically 3G HSPA+), followed by an aggressive campaign to woo AT&T customers who have fulfilled their contract obligations. Normally, because of the way T-Mobile’s network is built, AT&T devices can only take advantage of their 2G “Edge” network. Once we hit the later part of this year, it looks like all of that could change. When asked if the upgraded 2G network had more to do with the absent iPhone on their network, Ray played coy.

This means, if you’ve been eyeballing that AT&T HTC One X — or just about any overseas device — come later this year, they’re all fair game. That is, if you’re willing to pay full retail for the device.

It was also announced that T-Mobile would be going with Ericsson and Nokia Simens Networks’ “Release 10″ hardware to help roll out their LTE network later this year and into 2013. When it comes to this year, T-Mobile will continue pushing out their blazing fast HSPA+ 42 network to new markets, which starting today include Little Rock AR, Lake Charles LA and Springfield, MO.

[AllThingsD | Engadget]


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HTC One X now available from AT&T

Well, it’s finally here superphone fans: AT&T’s American version of the HTC One X is now shipping, and should be showing up in retail stores right now. The phone is going for $199.99 on a new two year contract or $549.99 without – notably lower than other high-end Android phones. The AT&T version forgoes NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 for a Snapdragon S4, and adds LTE connectivity on AT&T’s small but growing network.

By now you probably know the details but in case you don’t. the LTE One X (or One XL as it’s known elsewhere) has a 1.5 ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an excellent 8MP camera and Beats audio. On the software side of things it gets Android 4.0 and HTC’s Sense 4.0. You can read our review of the phone here, but in summary it’s easily one of the best smartphones in the country, bar none.

But modders and other Android enthusiasts should take note: this may not be the phone for you. Unlike the international version of the One X, the AT&T One X has a locked bootloader that HTC won’t unlock. While they haven’t implicated the carrier directly, the understanding is that AT&T has insisted on the restriction. Custom ROMs are possible with a bootloader, but custom kernels are nearly impossible, putting major damper on modders’ spirits.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : One X [AT&T]
    Manufactuer : HTC
    Carrier : AT&T
    Announced Date : February 26, 2012
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.7 Inch
  • Resolution : 720×1280
  • Screen Type : S-LCD
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.31 Inch
  • Width : 2.75 Inch
  • Depth : 0.36 Inch
  • Weight : 131 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1800 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS

Hardware

    CPU : S4
    CPU Clock Speed : 1500 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 16 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
    CDMA Band:
  • 850
  • 1900
  • 2100
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


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ROM – @The Collective Collective Base i717 UCLD3 for Samsung Galaxy Note I717/ AT&T

The Collective has released an update to Collective Base i717 UCLD3. The latest version is now 2.0.

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HTC One X launches officially on AT&T Today

For all of you that have been drooling over getting the latest HTC One X via AT&T, today is that day. Just in case you forgot. The device is now officially available through AT&T online and at local retail store. Listed currently at $199.99 on a new two-year contract. You have other options though, if you didn’t get your pre-order in early you can still snag the One X for a slight discount through our Amazon store. Currently the One X price is $149.99. A $50 savings, but we know everyone can use a little savings.

Just in case you have been living under a rock the last few weeks, here is a quick little down and dirty run down of the One X.

  • 16GB internal storage, NO SD card slot
  • Built-in 1,800 mAh battery
  • 4.7-inch
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor
  • Beats Audio
  • Android 4.0 with Sense 4.0 overlay
  • 8 megapixel rear shooter with a 1.3 megapixel front facer

Sounds pretty nice doesn’t it? If you are ready to pull the trigger and pick one up at a slight discount be sure to follow the link below to Amazon now and get your order in.

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Samsung Focus 2 for AT&T hands-on at CTIA 2012 (update: video)

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It’s the first night of action at CTIA Wireless 2012, and we’re not wasting any time finding the best of what New Orleans has to offer. To start things off properly, we got some time with the Samsung Focus 2, announced by AT&T earlier this morning as the latest addition to the network’s healthy Windows Phone lineup. Of course, the phone’s no stranger to being in front of the cameras — this is just the first time it’s occurred without any shroud of secrecy surrounding it. So what kind of specs come with the Focus 2? The $50 handset, due out on May 20th, offers a 4-inch Super AMOLED WVGA display, a 1.4GHz CPU with unspecified RAM, 5MP rear-facing camera capable of recording 720p HD video, a VGA cam on the front and LTE connectivity.

The Focus 2, without a doubt, feels completely tiny in our hands when compared to Nokia and HTC’s latest Windows Phone entries. And at 4.3 ounces, it’s incredibly light as well — sadly, the device’s 11.98mm thickness was a slight disappointment for us. Aside from the inclusion of LTE and a 1,750mAh user-removable battery, we’re not quite sure the reasoning behind it. With that said, anything with a display smaller than 4.3 inches these days seems immensely easy to grip, regardless. When handling the phone, we couldn’t help but think of the similarly-designed Galaxy Blaze 4G, as the two devices appear to have come from the same mold.

Overall, this isn’t a device meant for power users, and it faces some heavy competition against the Nokia Lumia 900 in price point (though the Focus 2 is slightly less expensive than the Lumia’s normal subsidized cost). But for anyone who enjoys a Windows Phone with a smaller display and was disappointed in the lack of LTE connectivity on the Focus Flash, this will be the ideal handset for you. If your curiosity is getting the best of you, go below to see the full gallery.

Update: Hit the break for our hands-on video.

Myriam Joire contributed to this report.

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