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According to a report out of GigaOm, AT&T has gone live with LTE-Advanced in several markets, making them the first major U.S. carrier to offer what could be an incredible 4G wireless experience. AT&T isn’t ready yet to make this news into a marketing campaign, though, since no current devices can even take advantage of the network technology outside a hotspot unit. That will likely change once the Samsung Galaxy S5 arrives in April.
AT&T has at least fired up the new LTE-A service in Chicago, but wouldn’t yet confirm where else they have gone live. GigaOm surmises that the other markets could include Baltimore, Dallas, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and D.C., all of which are undergoing 2G/3G to LTE transformations.
To create an LTE-A network, they are using a technique called “carrier aggregation” that brings together two 4G networks (bands 700MHz and 2100MHz in their case) to allow customers to experience massive download speeds. We’re talking theoretical speeds of 110Mbps. You may see better performance or speeds from Verizon and T-Mobile’s LTE-A networks (whenever those go live too), but I can’t imagine AT&T customers will complain.
The Galaxy S5 can support carrier aggregation, so once it launches in April, owners of the device may be the first to take advantage of AT&T’s new network. In other words, if you live in one of those previously named markets, and buy the GS5, you’ll have bragging rights for months, sort of like many of us did when Verizon rolled out LTE to the country.
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HBO Go, Songza and Pandora are about to get more company on Chromecast, according to a Gigaom interview with Google’s VP of product management Mario Queiroz where he stated additional waves of apps are coming soon. A public release for the Chromecast SDK — which should allow developers to build and release their own apps at will — won’t happen until next year, but this week the team gave over 40 developers access to a preview version just to get their feedback. To ensure its elegantly simple user experience remains intact across all applications, the company also recently released a 14-page design guide that details the basic expectations for the development community. An impending international release next year is also encouraging publishers to make compatible apps — moves that should benefit everyone, regardless of where they call home. Quieroz’s “broader” goal is to establish Cast tech as a standard embedded into other hardware, but until that happens there’s still time to gift-wrap a few of Google’s HDMI dongles and look like a hero all year as their capabilities continue to expand.
Via: Android Police
Music fans, listen up! If you’re a fan of streaming music, and love your Chromecast, it’s about to get a whole lot better. It seems as though the streaming music app Pandora will have Chromecast streaming functionality in the very near future.
On launch, Google noted a host of partners who would support their streaming dongle, though for some we’re still waiting. One of them was Pandora, and while nobody is outright saying it’s happening, signs point to the functionliaty happening pretty soon. GigaOM found language in the source code of the Chromecast website, which states the following:
Chromecast is the easiest way to enjoy online video and music on your TV. Plug it into any HDTV and control it with your existing smartphone, tablet, or laptop. No remotes required. Cast your favorites from Google Play, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Pandora and Chrome to your TV with the press of a button.
GigaOM also notes the CSS code for the page makes several references to Pandora, but we weren’t able to verify that in searching the code for the site. While only Hulu Plus has gone ahead with their Chromecast plans since the device launched, Janko Roettgers of GigaOM notes that several sources say the Chromecast will get support from one more app before the end of the month.
Google refused comment on the matter, as they don’t discuss anything they haven’t made official. We look to the Play Store event this evening for news on the Pandora partnership. It would make sense, considering all the signage and publicity for the event has taken on a musical connotation.
The US network market is fiercely competitive, with every carrier trying to one-up the others at every turn. It seems that this round might soon belong to Verizon as sightings of its double-wide LTE network increase.
Such sightings have happened in Chicago and Los Angeles, but this time GigaOM was able to snag an actual confirmation from a tester in New York City. Based on the results of the Speedtest iPhone app, the tester got a download speed of 80 Mbps, with an uplink speed of 15 Mbps. Quite impressive, especially considering AT&T‘s current LTE network is said to only average 16.7 Mbps, with a top rate of 75 Mbps.
The massive increase in speeds is thanks to Verizon’s use of a full 40 MHz spectrum which it has started deploying in markets across the country. These networks are, in fact, theoretically capable of up to 150 Mbps downlod speeds, so the low test results are actually quite puzzling. But even at 80 Mbps, Verizon’s new LTE offering will surely give competitors something to worry about.
Of course, those numbers are still bound to change, considering the new LTE network is still not officially available. Other factors will come into play once it launches, such as the amount of users on the network, as well as Verizon’s own throttling and restrictions.
You may have seen the leaked photo we posted earlier today of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch which is to be unveiled at IFA later this week, and suffice to say, the reactions to the smartwatch‘s appearance haven’t been all that positive (that’s the device above if you were wondering). GigaOM, however, is reporting that some Samsung sources are saying that the watch in the leaked photos is in fact a prototype that was made available to developers, and that a ‘different, more finished’ will be shown off at IFA 2013.
Specifically speaking, the source says that while the prototype in the leaked photo has a screen measuring 3-inches diagonally, the final watch will have a screen of 2.5-inches and will be running the latest version of Android, Android 4.3, with key features like keyboard and internet browser disabled. Furthermore, the 10-hour battery life we reported earlier is actually the battery life during active use, and that the watch should last 24 hours with moderate use.
These new details do put our collective minds at a bit more ease, but we can’t help but feel that the Galaxy Gear will never live up to our expectations unless it turns up looking like the flexible LCD drool-inducing device that we were all hoping to see. Let’s hope for the best, but we’ll probably be seeing something like the Sony SmartWatch 2 but a little bigger with slightly better features.
What are your thoughts about this news? Think it’ll look drastically different to the device we saw in the leaked pictures? Let us know what you think.
Not satisfied with the current quality of Google Hangouts? According to GigaOM, things are about to get better really soon. Google is apparently in the process of implementing VP8 encoding for Google Hangouts, which will give Google the flexibility they need to be able to deliver 10-way video calls in HD quality.
Android Overload: Google Maps Navigation Now Available In Egypt, A Rare Look Inside T-Mobile’s Testing Labs, and More
- Pandora now officially works on over 600 devices. [GigaOM]
- Nuance (Dragon, Swype) is working on voice control software for your device even while its sleeping. [TechnologyReview]
- Intel is hoping to increase brand recognition by placing “Intel Inside” logo on more devices. [Reuters]
- Huawei could be moving away from Android, and onto Windows 8 devices. Considers making its own OS. [Reuters]
- Google Maps with turn-by-turn navigation is now available in Egypt. [XDA]
- Unlocked Motorola Defy Mini XT320 only $120 on Daily Steals.
- Borderlands 2 icons from The Phlash. [ThaIcon]
- A rare look inside T-Mobile’s testing labs shows us they’re what devices have to go through before they’re approved by the carrier. [Video]
The technology media company GigaOM has announced the speakers who will be giving talks during the yearly RoadMap conference.
Slated to be held on November 5 in San Francisco, California, the event will feature the following speakers: Yves Behar, founder of fuseproject and chief creative officer at Jawbone, who will deliver a lecture called “Design wants to be free;” Evan Williams, CEO of The Obvious Corporation, who will talk about “Lessons on democratized distribution;” Tony Fadell, founder and CEO of Nest Labs, who will discuss “Disrupting dinosaurs with design;” Steven Case, chairman and CEO of Revolution, who will tackle “The future of web sharing;” and Paul Mascarenas, CTO and vice president at Ford Motor Company Research and Innovation, who will deliver a speech on “Cars as a next generation platform.”
Also in the lineup is Kevin Systrom, co-founder and CEO of Instagram, who has a piece on “The beautiful, emotional, and social web;” George Blankenship, vice president for worldwide sales and ownership experience at Tesla Motors, who will discuss “Re-inventing the store in the Internet era;” and lastly, David Karp, founder and CEO of Tumblr, who will talk about “Positive spaces and the Tumblr ecosystem.”
The theme of the conference is “Design in the Age of Connectedness,” and the guest speakers in general will examine the effects of connectedness on various aspects like design, user interface, and user experience. The gathering will raise issues such as how the visual experience of services like Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr focus on beauty and minimalism. Likewise, it will touch on how developers are incorporating technologies based on touch, voice, as well as sensors on platforms like cars and the human body. Furthermore, retailing, which connectedness is turning into a more “personalized, mobile and frictionless” experience, will be discussed.
The conference will be open to a limited number of participants. Those who are interested in keeping updated about the event may use the #RoadMapConf hashtag and follow @GigaOM on Twitter.
Android Overload: Nikon Coolpix S800c Up For Pre-Order, Google Maps Bug Causing Erratic Behavior In HTC Devices, and More
- Words with Friends updated in the Play Store. Brings refreshed UI and bug fixes. [Play Store]
- White House open sources “We The People” petition application. [GigaOM]
- Google Play videos can now be streamed to Chromebooks. [GigaOM]
- Samsung enticing Galaxy Note 10.1 owners in the UK with free apps. [SamsungUK]
- Onlive was $40 million in the hole before being bought out. [Electronista]
- Nokia, Samsung, Sony, and Qualcomm for indoor location alliance dubbed the “In-Location Alliance.” [BGR]
- HTC and Google looking into Google Maps bug causing crashes and device reboots on HTC devices. [T-Mobile]
- Nikon Coolpix S800c up for pre-order at online retailer. [B&H]
While it’s tested the idea several times in the past, London’s Tube system won’t be getting mobile-based payment technology any time soon. Customer Experience Director Shashi Verma told GigaOM that existing NFC technology wasn’t able to drop below the 500 millisecond barrier — something which Transport for London demands from its high-churn Oyster card-based turnstiles. Verma added, “The concerns are only around NFC technology and not EMV. We are keen to see any progress the industry can make in this area.” At least for the near-future, it looks like Brits will have to glue their NFC cards to their phones if they want that contactless payment look while journeying around London.
London Underground: NFC mobile payment technology ‘too slow’ for the tube originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 11 Jul 2012 07:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Sources have told GigaOM that Google will likely be launching a cloud services platform next week at Google I/O to compete with Amazon’s EC2 and Microsoft’s Azure services. Sure, Google already has cloud services with its App Engine and Google Cloud Storage, but this would be a more comprehensive enterprise-level offering known in the industry as IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service).
Cloud computing comes in three flavors, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). They each provide increasing levels of rented virtual resources. With IaaS, users simply rent use of servers provided by one or more cloud providers. PaaS users rent servers as well as the system software to use in them. SaaS users also rent application software and databases along with the servers and system software.
So now that we know the different types of cloud computing, we can see that Google is making a play for an IaaS model to rent out virtual servers and storage space for corporate markets, ultimately targeting one of Microsoft’s biggest strengths… their enterprise developer community. By partnering with third-party companies such as Rightscale and Opscode, Google has focused on making it easier to write, deploy and manage applications in order to lure enterprise developers to its platform.
We’ll find out more at Google I/O next week!
Sources at GigaOm state that Google will be releasing their own IaaS (infrastructure as a service) cloud solution next week at Google I/O. This move would extend their current cloud services, like app engine, cloud connect, and storage, and allow users to rent virtual servers from the folks in Mountain View, bringing them in close competition with cloud giant Amazon.
In this scenario, two things come right to the front of our minds — ChromeOS and Google Docs (Drive). Both services could be great front-ends for a cloud infrastructure that's set up by the user, especially in the enterprise. Imagine a corporate portal that you connect to as soon as you fire up your Chromebook, and your own IT department manages it all. Then imagine you can also connect with your Android phone. This could be a really big deal™.
Of course, for now it's just a rumor and we're speculating on how it could be used. But we'll know in a scant five days or so, as Phil, Alex, and myself will be front and center at Google I/O basking in all the Googly news. This year's I/O looks to be huge!
Android Overload: Sensation Camera Super Mod Ported To HTC Vivid, Rovio Teases New Game (Not Angry Birds) and More
Looks like we’ve got a healthy fixin’ of the Android Overload for you tonight. There are are so many stories that come past our way, we couldn’t possibly feature them all. The ones that didn’t make the cut, we place them here. In the Android Overload. There’s almost always something here for everyone, so, pull up a chair and dig right in.
- Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G LTE is now up for pre-order through Best Buy with $50 gift card offer. [BestBuy]
- More Acer Iconia Tab A100 users are receiving the update to Android 4.0. [TheVerge]
- LG Optimus LTE 2 shows off new camera features with voice activation. [PhoneArena]
- HTC Sensation camera “Super Mod” gets ported to the HTC Vivid. [XDA]
- AOKP Build 35 is now available. [AOKP]
- Canadian carriers announce plans to carry Samsung Galaxy S3. What about US carriers? [MobileSyrup]
- The Box Team introduces CloudOn. Full MS Office suite for Android devices. [PandoDaily]
- New Jersey firm claims 3G patent. Sues Apple and Samsung. [GigaOM]
- 59% of apps don’t generate enough revenue to break even. [App-Promo]
- Infographic of how the Chinese use Android and iOS. [RWW]
- AT&T sees an end to WiFi-only tablets. [ComputerWorld]
- Andy Rubin says he didn’t know about Sun’s patent portfolio. [ZDNet]
- Is T-Mobile going to buy MetroPCS? GigaOM says no way. [GigaOM]
- Rovio teases new game in Angry Birds video. [YouTube]
“Freemium” mobile broadband outfit FreedomPop has pulled back the curtain on how it plans to make money while giving away 4G internet. In an interview with GigaOm, Marketing VP Tony Miller revealed that once it has got enough consumers hooked on the gratis data, his company will start selling premium features, potentially including a VoIP solution for the network, now supplied by Clearwire after the collapse of LightSquared. The company will also charge a penny for every megabyte used over the free monthly allowance (currently pegged at 1GB) and build a social network where more data can be earned and traded between friends. Alongside the WiMAX shell for the iPhone, we can also expect to see an iPod Touch edition, USB dongle and mobile hotspot arrive before the network’s launch. The company doesn’t have too long to iron out the kinks in the business plan however, as it’ll go live in the third quarter of 2012.
FreedomPop plans to give away mobile internet, still make money somehow originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Mar 2012 15:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Google’s very own version of Dropbox been spotted in the wild. The boys over at GigaOm had apparently obatianed a screenshot and got a tip that Google Drive will be released the week of April 16th. Not to far from now folks, and in the screenshot it only shows 2 GB free storage as opposed to the rumored 1 GB. There has been word that you can get up to 5 GBs for free, so let’s hope that is true. That is a lot of sharing you can do with your Android companions.
So you guys looking forward to Google Drive? Who is going to share with me? Okay you don’t have to. Unless you want to!
Source: Talk Android
The world of Android never sleeps and neither do we. Well, okay — maybe we do. But before we turn in for the evening, we want to make sure that we left no story behind and that’s why we have the Android Overload. This is where we stash all the stories that came our way from througout our day that didn’t get featured on our page. Our hopes are that you’ll always have a place to come for all the extra Android related news in case you need a just a little extra reading. So have it! Let us know which is your favorite story below.
- Sharp announces RW-T110 Android tablet with 10.1-inch display and NFC. [AkihabaraNews]
- Google grilled by the French on privacy practices. [AllThingsD]
- HTC rumored to have purchased music streaming service MOG. [GigaOM]
- Google Wallet partners with Pink Berry. Offers 10% off ’til April 30th. [Google]
- Jolicloud Me now available with Android support. [TechCrunch]
- FAA reviewing policy on gadgets, like tablets, on planes. [NYTimes]
- Linux unites with Android. [PCWorld]
- Zynga could buy Draw Something’s OMGPop for $200 million. [GigaOM]
- HTC One X now available for pre-order in Australia from Optus. [AusDroid]
- Verizon’s shared family data plans are further revealed in leaked image. [BriefMobile]
A lot of Android developers have been looking at the BlackBerry PlayBook as a new revenue platform, since RIM has developed a set of tools that make porting Android apps to the PlayBook OS a piece of cake. That interest only increased when RIM started literally giving tablets away to Android developers who joined the program. There’s a hitch in the process, however: according to GigaOm, a RIM representative has stated that apps ported using the Android App Player won’t support mobile ads, in addition to other limitations.
That’s a big setback for anyone who intended to make money with their ported Android app, since a huge portion of revenue on the Android Market is driven by advertising instead of direct app purchases. In-app purchases are also a no go. Without the income from ads, developers will either have to give their apps away totally free or change their business model and begin charging directly, at least on the PlayBook. At least they won’t have too much competition.
BlackBerry’s PlayBook has struggled even more than the rest of the platform. The $500 7-inch tablet is heavily discounted at many online and retail stores, and RIM apparently has enough laying around that they can give away thousands without seriously impacting their bottom line. The company hopes that OS 2.0 (which includes the Android App Player) will rejuvenate the platform. Considering that the PlayBook doesn’t get so much as a blip on the tablet OS market share charts, I wouldn’t hold my breath.
- Blackberry Playbook to Support Android Apps Says Rep on Feb 27th 2011
- BlackBerry PlayBook Android App Player Beta Leaked on Jul 21st 2011
- BlackBerry Playbook gets Android apps after February 6th on Jan 31st 2012
- RIM lures Android developers with free BlackBerry PlayBooks on Feb 2nd 2012
- Desperate measures: BlackBerry Playbook developer giveaway extended by two weeks on Feb 13th 2012
Sources of Gigaom are reporting that HTC may be looking to launch a music streaming service to go hand in hand with their newly acquired Beats Audio wares. Reports say that the service may launch as early as this month at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. Along with the possible music service, HTC [...]
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HTC developing music streaming service, wireless boombox? originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 15 Feb 2012 07:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
HTC may be building its own streaming music service, according to reports. Tech blog GigaOM says its "sources familiar with the company's plans" indicate that HTC is working with Beats Audio co-founder Jimmy Iovine to create the service, which will be the default music player on future HTC devices. This would put the manufacturer in competition with the likes of Spotify and Pandora, as well as Android's baked-in Google Music service. However, it wouldn't be HTC's first attempt at getting into the music business. Last year's Sensation 4G launched with the HTC Listen music store, though this was killed off later in the year.
GigaOM says the new streaming service will launch alongside new HTC phones and tablets at Mobile World Congress at the end of the month. We've already seen unannounced devices like the HTC Ville and HTC Endeavor (both believed to be codenames), however we've yet to hear of any new HTC tablets on the horizon. The company launched the HTC Flyer and HTC Jetstream in 2011, though neither was met with much success.
In addition, it's reported that HTC and Beats Audio working on a "wireless boombox" that would stream music wirelessly from HTC phones and tablets, a move which would see HTC becoming more involved in the accessory space.
If today's reports are accurate, HTC is clearly getting behind Beats in a big way — which should surprise no-one considering its $300 million investment in the company. Whatever HTC announces at MWC, we'll be there covering it live
HTC is looking to stretch their partnership with Beats Audio into completely new realms, if a new rumor out of GigaOM has any weight to it. According to their sources, HTC and Beats could soon launch a streaming music service to be bundled with future device releases.
The mobile manufacturer still needs to work out contractual details with record labels, but thanks to the Beats Audio connection talks could be on the fast track. Jimmy Iovine, one of the men behind the Dr. Dre-sponsored audio company, also happens to be the head of Geffen A&M, a Universal Music subsidiary. He may be just the guy to guide HTC in securing the proper licensing for music streaming.
Expect to hear a lot more about this service soon, as GigaOM is reporting it could be unveiled at Mobile World Congress.
Oh how we love our little installments from the rumor mill here at AndroidSPIN. Today’s little tidbit is one that will be proven to be either true or false very shortly, as Mobile World Congress 2012 is right around the corner. According to a report from GigaOM, HTC may have a little surprise up its sleeve in the form of a new music streaming service that will be offered as a default client on HTC phones and tablets.
As many of you may already be aware, HTC inked a huge deal last year that saw the Taiwanese phone maker acquire a substantial stake in Beats Audio, the company headed up by Interscope chairman, Jimmy Iovine, and legendary Weast Coast hip hop producer and rapper, Dr. Dre. Word on the street is, HTC and Mr. Iovine have been working closely with one another to bring the new music streaming service into reality. Om Malik’s source stated that the company is still working on pricing plans and hashing out other details, but that the service could be launched as soon as this month at MWC.
For now, we’ll have to take this with a grain of salt, but the idea isn’t something that sounds too far fetched. We all remember HTC said they’re going to release less devices this year, with a larger emphasis on releasing higher quality devices. Adding a built-in stock streaming service might be a way to draw a few new people in, but then again, many people are content with the abundance of options already available (Google Music, Spotify, etc). I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens in a couple weeks at the big show.
What do you think, kiddos? Would an HTC music streaming service be of interest to you? What pricing would be most suitable for you? Let your feedback be heard here early, so if there is any truth to this rumor, perhaps someone from HTC will take notice to what the community wants.
It was a fun ride worrying about what would happen with T-Mobile and AT&T. Many of us were upset and against the whole idea. Seems we weren’t the only ones since the government stepped in and denied the merger. Just because the deal fell through, doesn’t mean T-Mobile lost out though. In the end the deal was set up as a win/win for T-Mobile no matter what happened. That is some serious business moves right there. Not only did DT get a grip of cash from AT&T they are also locking down oodls of new service areas and spectrum.
What does that mean for you, the consumer? It means a lot really. It means that T-Mobile will get a significant boost in coverage areas. As illustrated in the handy map that GigaOM reader Andrew Shepherd put together for us all shows. As you can see, T-Mobile will get a pretty substantial bump.
They may not have snagged up coverage nation wide, but they still cleaned up in key cities around the nation. Shepherd found that AT&T has forked over all of its AWS holdings in valuable markets like Boston; San Francisco/Oakland; Washington, D.C.; Houston; Baltimore; Atlanta; San Diego; Seattle; Kansas City, Mo.; San Jose, Calif.; San Antonio; and Salt Lake City. That can’t sit to well with AT&T, but we know it didn’t cripple their networks in any of the locations mentioned.
The official transfer application has popped up in the Federal Communications Commission’s website over the weekend and is expected to go through with out a hitch. We look forward to hearing about its approval and increased coverage.
This month, Verizon and their consumers have suffered through three different LTE outages, one lasting as long as half a day. Up until now we haven’t really gotten word from Verizon regarding what exactly is going on, just quick statements from them confirming there were outages and that service is restored.
After the third time we understand many people wanted to know why this was happening. After all, we’re hoping that this won’t be a recurring theme. Verizon’s VP of engineering Mike Haberman spoke with GigaOM and gave them a quick rundown as to what’s going on.
Long story short, there have been a few unforeseeable errors with the IP subsystem of the LTE network that prevents many from being able to connect. According to him, three different problems were responsible for the three different outages.
The first outage on Dec. 7 was caused by the failure of a back-up communications database. The second, last week, was the result of an IMS element not responding properly, while Wednesday’s outage was caused by two IMS elements not communicating properly, Haberman said.
There’s pain associated with rolling out new network technology, and we totally understand that. Unfortunately Verizon can’t guarantee that these issues won’t pop up again in the near future. It’s not easy to fix a problem that doesn’t present itself until it brings most of or the entire network down.
They are taking measures to help better isolate these issues, though, by upgrading the software and splitting their network up geographically so that any outages won’t affect the entire nation. It may be another year or two, or more, before Verizon can work out most of these critical bugs, but we’re glad to know that they’re doing everything they can to keep a respectable amount of up time.
Says Verizon: “We will not rest until our 4GLTE network performs at the very highest levels that our customers have come to expect from us.” We’re just glad to know they’re working hard behind the scenes each time a high amount of outage reports are received. It hasn’t been fun but those are the breaks of being an early adopter. Just try and work through it, folks. [GigaOM]
Since CES 2010, Verizon has been hard at work launching 4G LTE products and expanding their 4G coverage, but it's hit a few bumps in the road as of late. The month of December was particularly bad for Verizon and its customers who have taken on 4G devices expecting the same rock solid coverage they've always had with Verizon 3G service. Verizon Wireless's VP of network engineering, Mike Haberman, took the time to break things down for GigaOm (and the rest of us via a press release) and explain a little of what has been happening behind the scenes at Verizon to cause the issues as of late.
Starting with the December 7th outage caused by a failure of its back-up communications database, Haberman then noted December 21st downtime that was caused by a portion of their IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) — which replaces the old signaling architectures used in 2G and 3G networks. Finally, the most recent failure on December 28th was caused by was caused by two IMS elements not communicating properly.
In all cases, the IP Multimedia Subsystem was the root cause but once fixed the same issues never rose once again. In other words, they were bugs in the system and presumably isolated so they a part of growing a nationwide network of this nature. "Being the pioneers, we're going to experience some growing pains," Haberman said.
Haberman isn't hiding from the issues and notes "These issues we've been experiencing are certainly regrettable but they were unforeseeable." and highlighted Verizon's goal which "is to ensure that our 4G networks meets the same high standard that our 3G network does, we’re not there yet, but we’ll get there."
So does Verizon deserve some slack here? Personal opinion really. Reality is, launching a new nationwide network is hard and some bugs are bound to be found in the system which do cause issues for many users but, you can't really place a beta tag on a network so to speak. However, you can stop introducing ridiculous fee's and messing with upgrade policies that upset customers when some are already upset with their services.
Prepaid world, you’re getting called out. Offering what appears to be the lowest unlimited everything plan we’ve seen thus far, Republic Wireless — a division of Bandwidth.com — is ready to roll out its game-changing service next Tuesday. The carrier will be doling out all-you-can-eat talk, text and data for $19 per month. We’re still slim on the nitty gritty details, but we know the new network is so inexpensive because it plans to utilize hybrid Android devices that rely mainly on UMA (the same WiFi-calling tech employed by T-Mobile) and will drop back to cellular roaming on Sprint when you’re not in range of a hotspot. The company’s main site offers nothing more than a teaser for now, but promises that we’ll know all of its secrets no later than November 8th. If you’re pulling your hair out wanting to find out more, we guess the teaser was a success.
Republic Wireless to offer unlimited calls, SMS and data for $19 per month originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 03 Nov 2011 04:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Android Overload: Sprint’s Request for AT&T Docs Rejected, LG Optimus LTE is Now LG Eye for Bell and More
So many stories come our way and it would be humanly impossible to get to them all. For all those that don’t make it onto our front page, we place them here in the Android Overload. This is the place our readers can come if they still need more mobile/Android/Google news handpicked by our staff. Have fun and dig in!
- NFC chips may surpass 1.2 billion units by 2015. [BGR]
- Zaarly gains $14.1 million in funding. Meg Whitman joins board. [GigaOM]
- Judge rejects Sprint’s request for AT&T documents. [Reuters]
- On of world’s top UX designers leaves Google for Quora. [RWW]
- Groupon sues ex-employees who left for Google. [GigaOM]
- Bell Canada will release the LG Optimus LTE as the LG Eye [UnwiredView]
- The budget-priced Coby Kyros MID7012 tablet has passed its FCC inspection.
- With latest update, Netflix now supports CyanogenMod 7 ROMs.
Much has been made about the future of unlimited data. As Verizon and AT&T have nixed the thought and as T-Mobile has chosen to throttle customers instead of completely shutting it down, Sprint’s been steadfast in letting people know that their unlimited data is going nowhere. Their advertising campaigns did enough to reassure customers that.
Sprint again confirmed at the GigaOM Mobilize conference that they weren’t going to be pressured by the rest of he wireless industry to change their approach. One must ask themselves, though – how long can they keep it up? Are costs of building and maintaining infrastructures really low enough that it’s not a problem for Sprint to keep doing this or will they eventually need to help cover costs by charging users more for the data they chow down on?
Sprint faces directly-related problems, however. As they try and keep up with the rest of the industry in the 4G race, they have been quickly left in the dust. Their failed WiMax rollout (is it safe to call it a failure at this point?) has prompted the Now Network to stick to their mantra and find a solution to expand their 4G coverage in the very near future.
All rumors are pointing to LTE and it won’t be cheap for the company to get started on that. In fact, even if they were to continue forward with WiMax and help Clearwire build their network, they’d still need a great deal of funds.
As they’ve learned from Clearwire’s blunders, building out a 4G network takes an extremely large amount of capital, and while we’re sure Sprint has a lot of that to work with, we can’t say they aren’t currently looking for ways to help ease the hit on their wallets. Most major wireless companies have decided that the very users they’re serving will have to pay for the data they want.
That alone could be the pressure that could eventually drive them to nix unlimited data. Another source of pressure would simply come from investors and stock holders who feel Sprint’s returns aren’t where they could be.
Recent moves by Sprint have had customers worried in general. They’ve done away with their premier program, they’ve shortened their device return/exchange window from 30 days to 14 days and they’ve gotten rid of unlimited data while using your phone as a mobile hotspot.
What gets a lot of people worried as that Sprint also looked at their 30 day return window and their premier program as key features that would keep and attract customers. It would appear that unlimited data and moderately competitive prices are the last big things Sprint’s got going for them up against competitors, but recent actions should tell you that all of that could change at the drop of a dime.
For now, though, your unlimited data for your non mobile hotspot needs is safe. Sprint’s banking on that to attract customers, but in their efforts to provide a sustainable 4G network up against their fast-moving competitor Verizon and up-and-coming T-Mobile and AT&T, you have to look into the future with a bit of uncertainty. [CNET]