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Okay, so you’ve got yourself a Nexus 4 and are wondering why you can’t have 4G LTE even though there seems to be a chip inside. Not that HSPA+ is all that bad, but 4G LTE is always going to be better. And now after numerous reports going back and forth about the device’s 4G LTE support, we now have news that the LG Nexus 4 is able to fetch AT&T’s 4G LTE networks in select locations. But there’s obviously a catch here. The Nexus 4 apparently supports AT&T’s 4G LTE networks running on Band 4 (1700 MHz) which isn’t available everywhere in the U.S unfortunately. Rest of the 4G LTE markets in the U.S are based on Band 17 (700 MHz), where users will have to rely on regular HSPA+ speeds. So where is Band 4 LTE available in the U.S? Here’s the list of locations.
- Las Vegas
- Los Angeles
- College Station, Texas
- Athens, Georgia
- San Juan
- Oklahoma City
- Green Bay, Wisconsin (yet to be confirmed).
So for all those people complaining about not having LTE support for the Nexus 4, this should be pretty good news. While it’s still not the kind of LTE support you expect from other major flagships, it’s good enough. It will be good to have a word on this from AT&T, so as to alert users about what their device can do. The Nexus 4 as you might know, has a fully functional LTE in Canada. The news of this broke out when people realized there was a NFC chip inside the device, thanks to a teardown of the device. Unfortunately, American users weren’t as fortunate as their Canadian counterparts as the device didn’t show support for LTE. And to be fair, in some remote regions the speed difference between LTE and HSPA+ isn’t a lot. So it is possible that people might have not realized they were in fact on LTE.
This should pretty much mark out the “no LTE support” from the cons list of the Nexus 4. If you belong to any of the aforementioned locations, make sure to leave a comment below to tell us if you’re experiencing 4G LTE speeds on your Nexus 4.
The Nexus 4 LTE debacle continues. Some have complained about it. Some have not given an absolute ounce thought about it. Then we found out that the Nexus 4 indeed does have an LTE antenna built inside it, and that people on the Band 4 network could utilize it. Canadians and some UK users were able to enjoy it, leaving US users with HSPA+. Well guess what? Turns out AT&T owns some Band 4 networks right here in the states. That might liven up some of you that were looking for some 4G lightning speed with your awesome flagship phone. Here is a list of the markets you can maybe get LTE in:
- San Juan
- Los Angeles
- Las Vegas
- Oklahoma City
- Athens, GA
- College Station, TX
So yes, even though they own Band 4 spectrum in those cities does not exactly mean you can access it. Some have been lucky, so it does not hurt to try it out. Let us know if you can.
Source: Talk Android
Some Enterprising XDA Users Get LTE Working On The Nexus 4 For AT&T In The U.S. – On One Band In Few Markets
Before you get too excited, let’s start with the disclaimers. For starters, while yes, some users over on XDA managed to get LTE service working in very select AT&T markets, this probably won’t work in your area. Also, this is not the intended use of your phone, so if you’re not comfortable screwing with radios on your phone, you should probably skip the whole freaking out thing.
So, here’s how it goes. The Nexus 4 technically “doesn’t” have support for LTE in that it does support certain bands due to the default hardware present in the Optimus G that this handset is built off of, but it lacks the capability to utilize most major bands (there are 25 separate LTE bands). If you’re on AT&T and you’re using LTE, chances are you’re connected via band 17, which operates on the 700 MHz frequency.
- AT&T Lights Up Its 4G LTE Network In 11 New Cities, Including New York, San Francisco, And Los Angeles
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE Coming To AT&T On November 20th, Along With Six New LTE Markets
- Qualcomm Working On A Chip That Would Support Multiple LTE Bands, Carrier Networks
- Verizon Expanding Its LTE Market To 6 More Areas Starting Today, For A Total Of 47
Some Enterprising XDA Users Get LTE Working On The Nexus 4 For AT&T In The U.S. – On One Band In Few Markets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Developer: Sylwester Los
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Lucky Clan is thrilled to announce the release and immediate availability of Top Camera 4.5 for iOS, an update to their versatile Photography app that adds more than 25 features to the standard iOS Camera app. Version 4.5 includes a lot of new features and bug fixes:
- Added support of iOS 6
- Added support of iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5th gen
- Added support of iPad Mini and iPad with Retina Display
- Fixed problems with Facebook
- Few other small bugs fixed
Finish reading “Top Camera 4.5 Optimized for iOS 6, Enhanced for iPhone 5 and iPad Mini” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.
Gameloft is preparing a zombie-themed run-and-gun game with a Hollywood twist called Zombiewood. A new teaser shows a stuntman wearing a variety of costumes and using a bunch of different weapons to eradicate vast swathes of undead. It looks like the same old in-app purchase model with premium currency is in place, though there's no word if it's going to be free up-front. In any case, the graphics look solid, and the action, though straightforward, is bound to entice at least a few people.
Gameloft hasn't made any big official announcement about the game yet since they're busy pimping our Real Soccer 2013 for iOS, so details on Zombiewood are scarce. Over the last week, Gameloft's twitter account has been teasing the game with funny warning posters from the Los Angelas Dept. of Zombie Management, which read like "Check before you shoot – sometimes they're just ugly people", and "Fire is not a toy – flaming zombies are a safety hazard".
There's no mention of a release date, but with Hallowe'en right around the corner, it can't be too far off. Any takers, or are games that rely on IAPs a deal-breaker? Does the game look like fun, or has the zombie thing been done to, err, death?
Developer: Sylwester Los
Price: $4.99 Download
Whether you’re a professional artist, novice designer, student, or just someone who likes to experiment with artistic possibility, then ArtStudio for iPad is a must-have app. Quite possibly the most comprehensive and quality app of its kind, ArtStudio for iPad is a top notch value – not only for its extensive features and capabilities, but for its user-friendly interface and helpful user manual. If you want freedom of artistic expression with fully-integrated iPad technology, then ArtStudio should be your first pick.
ArtStudio for iPad has been recently updated and its features are too numerous to list, but if you know how to make use of layering and gradients, like to create custom swatches, and appreciate a wide variety of brush strokes and artists tools, then you’ll be pleased. From a professional approach, it’s difficult to say what might be missing from ArtStudio for iPad, but you can be sure it has features that others don’t. If you’re a novice artist, then digging in to ArtStudio’s capabilities and functions will keep you plenty busy. (more…)
Finish reading “ArtStudio for iPad Makes a Powerful Portable Studio” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.
If you’re a Sprint subscriber in the Kansas City area, you should probably be getting excited, as Sprint’s 4G LTE network went live in portions of that market early yesterday. Sprint has confirmed this with S4GRU, and has stated more markets around the greater Kansas City area will continue to light up until that region’s rollout is complete. Additional markets, as we know, are scheduled to go online on the 15th, though based on what we’re seeing here, that could be an “at the latest” sort of date.
Are you a Sprint subscriber in the Kansas City area? Post up your Speed Test results in the comments – let’s see what Sprint LTE can do.
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- [Rumor] Sprint Planning To Light Up NYC Market With Network Vision/LTE In 2012
- AT&T Lights Up Its 4G LTE Network In 11 New Cities, Including New York, San Francisco, And Los Angeles
- Sprint Posts Q2 2011 Results Boasting 1 Million Additional Subscribers, Still Makes Net Loss Of $847 Million
- Which Carrier’s Network Is Really The Fastest? One Study Attempts To Answer
- San Francisco Gets Lit Up With AT&T’s 4G LTE Network, NYC Still Seeing Spotty Coverage
Sprint’s LTE Network Just Went Live In Kansas City – More Markets To Follow? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The Wii U is a new upcoming video game console by the Japanese multinational, Nintendo, and is the successor of Wii, a home game video console that was launched back in 2006. Wii competes with Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360.
The Wii U features an all new controller which is named as GamePad. It incorporates traits from both, tablet devices and traditional gaming controllers. The GamePad houses a touchscreen, and the best part is that it allows the player to continue the game on the GamePad’s touch screen even when the television is switched off. Apart from that, the GamePad also features a Near Field Communication chip which will allow users to import content from supported cards. At the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2012 which was held recently at Los Angeles Convention Center, Nintendo unveiled a second controller called as the Pro Controller.
The Pro Controller is more of a traditional gamepad designed for hardcore gamers. It does away with the fancy touchscreen from GamePad, and features two analog sticks. With Wii U Pro Controller, the company can definitely compete more and attract current customers of Sony’s and Microsoft’s products. The Pro Controller is so similar to Xbox 360′s controller that Microsoft has a problem with it now.
“I think their Pro Controller makes a lot of sense with the platform they’ve built,” Microsoft’s Phil Spencer told website Games Industry. “They are building a platform that is effectively a 360 when you think of graphical capability.”
The Wii U has a hardware that is essentially as good as Xbox 360, in fact it is so similar that Microsoft now believes it will be easy for third party game developers to port their existing games on Xbox 360 to Wii U.
“Now they are really making an on-ramp for the back catalog of games that are on 360,” he added. “It is easy for those games to move over to the Wii U. They’ve moved the buttons around, and they’ve made a controller that feels familiar for 360 gamers, so I get why they are putting those pieces together.”
If that’s what is cooking at Nintendo, it’s very smart on their part and the console can get ports of fresh games that will be launching on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, though the graphics might not be in par with its counterparts. Also, Microsoft and Sony haven’t shown how their next-generation controller is going to be like, but wouldn’t it be nice if the controller design was synchronized between between all the home console makers? It would make playing multi platform games so much easier and fun.
Infamous Tech Blogger Robert Scoble stirred up a frenzy this weekend when he posted a rumour on his Google+ account suggesting that Andy Rubin was all set to quit Google. Scoble claimed that Rubin was leaving to take charge of a startup company by the name of CloudCar. Just as quickly as the rumour started, Rubin took to his Twitter and Google+ accounts and promptly ended it. The message on Twitter was to the point however his Google+ account offered a bit more of an explanation as to where the rumour surfaced from. It turns out that CloudCar is run by some friends of Rubin who generously offered up some office space in his Los Altos startup incubator to help the team kick off.
With the eyes of the tech world firmly fixed on him, Rubin used the spotlight to drop in a few Android statistics. Official Google certified Android activations are up to over 900,00 per day. Android’s momentum shows absolutely no sign of slowing down and I would not be at all surprised if Google hit 1 million activations per day by the time Google I/O comes around.
Gotta love a good unfounded rumor on a slow Sunday afternoon. Or not.
Regardless, Robert Scoble this afternoon set up a trial balloon to see what folks though about the possibility of Andy Rubin possibly leaving Google for a startup called CloudCar. Wrote Scoble on Google+
Today I heard that the head of Android, +Andy Rubin, will soon leave Google and head to a new startup called http://www.cloudcar.com/
Now, that rumor has two purposes: one, it might be true, in which case I start thinking about what that means for Android. I certainly will be looking for those signs when I attend the Google IO conference.
it didn't take long for Rubin to set the record straight.
How a rumor gets factualized: Cloudcar are a group of friends who I give free office space to in my incubator in Los Altos. Revel Touch (Mar Hershenson's company: www.reveltouch.com) is another cool company that shares this space. I'm not joining either one and I don't have any plans to leave Google. See you on the 27th!
Roger that. Over and out.
So Rubin has stated that there are over 900,000 Android activations daily — up from 850,000 just a couple months ago at MWC. Before we delve into just how big that number is, let's revisit what each of those activations are. When a new Android device with a cellular radio has a Google account signed into it, it's counted as an activation. Each device only gets counted once — not when you flash a new ROM, or when you sell it, just the first time the device is registered. This means that over 900,000 people are buying new Android devices every day. Or 27,000,000 every month. Or 328,500,000 a year at that rate. That's a lot of Android.
Looks like we'll be seeing plenty of Andy Rubin, and plenty of Android activations for the time being.
Today I saw a post on Google+ from Robert Scoble saying that he received a rumor that Andy Rubin was leaving Google to be part of a startup called CloudCar. Scoble talks about how rumors work and that this one should be easy to figure out if it was true or false since many Googlers read his posts and that people like Vic Gundotra, Larry Page or Rubin himself would comment on his post giving some answers.
Well, the rumor didn’t last long, Andy Rubin came out on both Google+ and Twitter to reassure people that he wasn’t leaving Google. If killing the rumor that fast wasn’t enough, he went ahead and said that 900,000 Android devices are being activated every day (I’m pretty sure they were saving that number for Google I/O later this month).
The truth of CloudCar’s relation with Rubin is very simple, Rubin is friends with the developers and he lets them use space in his incubator in Los Altos, and that’s not the only company there.
Just to be clear, 900,000 devices a day is an incredibly large number, that’s 37,000 each hour, over 600 a minute. Think of it as in the time it takes you to read this article, over 1,000 devices have been activated.
So that’s it, Rubin is not leaving Google any time soon and almost a million devices are activated every day. Both news are good news to all of us Android users, obviously Rubin has made an excellent job with it and we all love to see him continue doing it.
Out for a night on the town, a (very handsome) Phandroid reader spotted Google’s Senior Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra, along with a handful of fellow Googlers (Charles Mendis, Simon Prakash, and Steve Lee) at “Enoteca La Storia,” a wine bar located in Los Gatos, CA.
The entire team was hanging out, wearing Project Glass, and sipping some merlot. You may have noticed from the snapshots, some of these Googlers were wearing a never-before-seen blue-ish hued headset. This could mean Project Glass is advancing into a new production and/or testing phase — or that the varying colors represent some kinda complex ranking system within Google (in which Vic is the equivalent of a black belt). Either way it’s damn cool, and I’m sure the rest of the patrons at the bar thought they were all from the future.
So, how are you guys liking Project Glass in this new fancy metallic blue?
UPDATE: Even more pics made it onto Google+ in which Google’s Chris Chabot n’ friends took the headset out for a test run. They called it “Google Glass Walk” and you can find even more photos on his Google+ page where we found this red model. It’s now that I’m starting to wonder if these will be given out to attendees at Google I/O next month?
Developer: Sylwester Los
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Lucky Clan today is happy to announce the release and immediate availability of ArtStudio for iPad 3.5, an update to their versatile drawing/painting/photo editing app. ArtStudio is a professional drawing / painting application. It uses advanced mathematics to attain the highest level of quality, at the same time offering incredible performance achieved through numerous code optimizations. It still remains a fantastic tool for beginners – it contains drawing lessons showing step-by-step instruction on drawing various types of images.
- Added full support for the new iPad
- Few minor bugs fixed
It looks like Verizon’s about to double up on double data. According to the Los Angeles Times, Big Red is about to reintroduce the double data promotion that first rolled out in November, and came to a close at year’s end. Under the offer, customers signing up for a 4G plan will receive double the amount of monthly data (at no extra charge) for the duration of their contracts, as long as they sign up for two-year deals. Unfortunately, though, the promotion only applies to first time 4G subscribers (or those looking to upgrade from a non-4G plan), and is restricted to smartphones, leaving tablet owners in the dark. As with its original campaign, the redux will only be available for a limited time, though Verizon has yet to announce a closing date. It all kicks off this Friday, when, not coincidentally, the carrier will officially welcome the Droid 4 to the fold, as well.
Verizon’s double data deal returns this Friday, prepare yourselves accordingly originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 08 Feb 2012 15:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Last year Andrew Bell, the designer of those cute little Android collectibles, gave us a Halloween themed vampire collectible and although it doesn’t look like history will be repeating itself this year — it’s not all bad news. Turns out Mr. Bell may have something special planned for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) instead. The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that focuses on remembering friends and family members who have died, often in celebratory way.
This time Mr. Bell has enlisted a pair of Mexican designers Ernesto and Carlos East, better known as The Beast Brothers, to help deliver something fitting for the colorful Mexican holiday. The Beast Brothers were able to come up with the “Don Pablo Calaveroid” Android collectible featuring a bright colors, skeleton body and outfitted in traditional mariachi attire. I have to say, it looks freakin’ sweet.
These limited edition collectibles will go on sale November 1st first at 11AM and then again at 11PM (EST) on DeadZebra.com. Don’t forget to hit up DYZPlastic for more information on the shop and updates. Viva la Mexico!
Hulu is up on the auction block, and Google is among the bidders interested in adding the company to their stables. Yahoo and Microsoft are also reportedly interested in purchasing the internet video streaming service and its collection of licenses for TV shows and movies. The Los Angeles Times spoke to individuals in the know and reports Google is particularly interested in the advertising power of the Hulu platform, which is not surprising based on the fact that Google’s main source of revenue comes from display ads.
Nothing is finalized, but an acquisition would further Google’s push as a media provider, adding to their movie rentals already available via the Android Market and helping to legitimize official, high quality content on YouTube in the eyes of entertainment industry execs. Really, we’d just be happy if the sale meant better Hulu integration into the Android OS.
[via Los Angeles Times]
Regular TalkAndroid readers may have noticed that I have been strangely absent the past week. (What do you mean you haven’t noticed a difference? That’s not nice!) Well, there’s a very good reason for this! You see, this was there was this small event called the Electronic Entertainment Expo (known within the industry as E3) — perhaps some of you have heard of it. For those unfamiliar with the event, E3 is an opportunity for video game publishers, developers, and hardware manufacturers to get together with the media and show off what they’re working on. Well, there was a bit of an Android presence there this year, and in order to bring our dear readers every last drop of Android news available, TalkAndroid was there! That’s right, I sacrificed my time, money, and my feet (and I’m REALLY serious about that last one!) to scour the Los Angeles Convention Center to bring you guys every scrap of Android coverage I could find! While there will be several in-depth looks upcoming in the next 3-4 days, I thought I’d give you guys a little sneak peek of what we have in store!
No, folks, Chris was not fired. And he was not maimed by big foot. He’s been in LA perusing the show floor of the Los Angeles Convention Center and getting his hands on some of the hottest Android games yet to be released. This time, Minecraft was on display, just as promised, and that was naturally his first stop. Gameplay looked just as smooth, fun and intuitive as it did on the Xbox 360 demo. And no, Chris definitely could not be an architect. Video’s above for your enjoyment.
If you enjoy making this world better even in virtual sense, then you should be lucky to get know that the Mojang studios would be bringing its mobile version of Minecraft exclusively to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smart-phone. Despite the fact that Minecraft will be created for Xperia Play only but I am pretty sure that we are going to see some ports soon. The full version of this game will be unveiled on June 7-9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center at the E3 Expo. If you do not know what Minecraft is, then it would be very nice of you to take a look at this video. Well, you won’t have to play this game as fast as this dude does! Anyway, we are already excited about the future release and we do hope that very soon out own Minecraft creations will spread all over the web. But now, I guess, I have to check how much should I spend on the SE Xperia Play smart.
Just the other day it was confirmed Mojang studios would be bringing its mobile version of Minecraft exclusively to the Xperia Play. Now, they’ve gone ahead an unleashed just a small taste of what is to be fully unveiled at this years E3 Expo taking place June 7-9, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Go ahead; click play on the video to see it in action. Just don’t blame us if you happen to drool all over the place and short circuit some electronics. Drop a note in the comments when you get cleaned up, and let us know what you think. Now if you’ll excuse me — I have to see how much an Xperia Play is going to cost me.
A 17-year-old in Virginia is making headlines by being the first to create a digital record of every Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran buried in Arlington National Cemetery, a task aided in part by his new Motorola Xoom. Richard Gilleland III, a high school junior in Stafford, Va., began the project last year, and has maintained preserveandhonor.com, a digital directory of recently fallen soldiers, the only one of its kind. As today’s Los Angeles Times points out, Gilleland is now using his Motorola Xoom, which he received as a gift for his 17th birthday, to help with the ongoing project. Hard to think of a more honorable way of putting the Xoom to good use.
Teen uses Xoom to maintain digital directory of fallen soldiers posted originally by Android Central
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We still don’t have a solid release date for HP’s tiny Veer — we’ve been told it’s “coming around the corner” and will be here “soon” — but if we were the guessing type, we’d say that the pint-sized webOS 2.2 smartphone will hit the market on or about the 2nd of May. That’s because a PreCentral reader stumbled across what looks like an official invitation to an “HP Veer Launch Party Event” in Los Angeles on that very date, and it’s typically fairly difficult to launch a handset without a handset to launch, if you know what we mean. Still, this looks like a business-to-business event, so we wouldn’t circle your calendar quite yet — but if you’ve already got that red marker out, you might want to put a X over May 12th instead. That’s the day that AT&T is hosting a webOS 3.0 developer webcast — which might be worth attending in and of itself — but is particularly noteworthy given that HP hasn’t announced carriers for the Veer or SIM-slot packing HP TouchPad just yet.
[Thanks, Brian L.]
HP planning Veer launch party for May 2nd, AT&T brings cake for webOS 3.0 devs originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 17 Apr 2011 17:07:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.