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Tegra 4 versus the Samsung Nexus 10

Android Central @ CES

We didn't get to see NVIDIA's new Tegra 4 system running on any new tablet hardware tonight at CES, but we did see it in a highly controlled demonstration by president and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. In the demo, NVIDIA put Tegra 4 up against the Samsung Nexus 10, currently the most powerful Android tablet available, with each loading 25 web pages over a local network (taking Internet latency and speed fluctuations out of the equation).

The end results? Well, NVIDIA would run a demo to lose, would it? We'll still have to wait a little while for some real-world testing. But for now, Tegra 4's looking pretty impressive.

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Belkin introduces WeMo light switch, control your household lighting from your Android device

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Home automation is the stuff nerdy dreams are made of, and Belkin is today introducing a new device to bring a little part of that to life. The WeMo Light Switch, being displayed at CES in Las Vegas, is a replacement for your standard household light switches with WiFi connectivity. The cool part — it'll be controllable from your Android device. 

Android Central @ CES The WeMo connectivity means you can turn lights on or off from anywhere, schedule an on/off time, and doesn't require your Android device to be connected to the same WiFi network in order to work. So, you leave the office late, it's dark, and as you pull up on the driveway you can turn on the lights so you don't trip over the dog. OK, not the best example perhaps, but you get the idea. 

Android connectivity has been a much asked for feature of WeMo's existing, iOS compatible only, range of home automation devices. With the arrival of the WeMo Light Switch and the app into the Google Play Store, connectivity with their other devices will be opened up to Android users. An open beta will begin in February for users of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and "other leading devices." The Light Switch will become available this Summer. 

Source: Belkin

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T-Mobile Monthly 4G Users Will Be Able To Get an Unlimited Data Plan With No Throttle Starting January 9th

4G Unlimited Data

T-Mobile said they will begin offering the same truly unlimited data plan contract customers currently have for Monthly 4G prepaid customers as well. Normally Monthly 4G service costs $70 for unlimited talk, text and data — with a throttle after 5 gigs of usage. Arguably that’s a lot better than shelling out an extra 10 – $15 for an extra gigabyte on AT&T and Verizon, but it seems that T-Mobile is looking to replace this plan with their truly unlimited data plan, which touts truly unlimited data with no throttle. On the business side of things, this is great news for T-Mobile as it will no doubt attract a plethora of new customers, especially after the carrier begins moving more of its spectrum to the 1900MHz frequency for HSPA+.

TmoNews mentions that the service will launch on January 9th. TmoNews also managed to snag an image of the marketing materials for the new plans.

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The only downside this new plan has is the lack of coverage T-Mobile’s HPSA+ has. While T-Mobile does cover “96% of Americans” that does not mean it is the 4G HSPA+ speeds. In fact, the majority of their coverage is their EDGE network, which is extremely too slow to even take advantage of a truly unlimited data plan. Once T-Mobile covers the majority of America with their HSPA+ network, this new data plan will no doubt take-off and possibly even make some of the other carriers out their a bit jealous. If you’re interested in checking out T-Mobile’s coverage, you can check out their coverage map.

Regardless, this is an outstanding plan for those who are in T-Mobile’s HSPA+ coverage.

Make sure to check out more information at the source link below!

source: TmoNews

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More Details Of Rumored HTC M7 Smartphone Leaked: Will Feature All-Black Design & Is Possibly Headed For Sprint

 

HTC has had an incredibly successful year bringing in some hits here and there, but it appears that the Taiwanese manufacturer is looking to take things to another level in 2013. While we’ve heard whispers about a mysterious M7 smartphone in the works before, we are now starting to get an idea of what the device is capable of and its awesome features. According to the folks at HTC Source, the M7 is designed to be loosely based off the existing DROID DNA smartphone, having items like a black shell casing and a “very nice looking beveled edge” along the screen. In addition, the smartphone will feature a quad-core Snapdragon processor, a 4.7-inch 1,920 x 1080 display capable of 468ppi and 32GB of internal storage— all being operated by Jelly Bean topped off with Sense 5.0, which promises to to have a “simple and clean” UI.

As it stands, there are no additional hardware features to share for now— though it appears the smartphone is currently in testing on Sprint’s LTE network, giving NOW Network customers yet another device to possibly look forward to. Is it possible we may be looking at the latest addition to the HTC EVO series for Sprint? Perhaps we’ll see it at CES in just a few days

source: HTC Source

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T-Mobile to offer unlimited data plans for Monthly4G users starting January 9th

On January 9th, T-Mobile will begin offering a $70 unlimited data plan for its Monthly4G users. Monthly4G is T-Mobile’s no-contract plan, meaning you are free to jump on and off ship at any time you please. $70 will get you unlimited talk, text, and data…with no little asterisk anywhere informing you that you’ll be throttled after 5GB. Nope, this time it’s truly unlimited so you can stream songs, video chat and watch YouTube to your data-hungry heart’s content! If you are one of the lucky few who were able to snag the elusive Nexus 4, you might want to try pairing that bad boy up with T-Mobile’s 42Mbps HSPA+ network for a truly speedy experience.

Source: TmoNews

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More Details Of Rumored HTC M7 Smartphone Leaked: Will Feature All-Black Design & Is Possibly Headed For Sprint

 

HTC has had an incredibly successful year bringing in some hits here and there, but it appears that the Taiwanese manufacturer is looking to take things to another level in 2013. While we’ve heard whispers about a mysterious M7 smartphone in the works before, we are now starting to get an idea of what the device is capable of and its awesome features. According to the folks at HTC Source, the M7 is designed to be loosely based off the existing DROID DNA smartphone, having items like a black shell casing and a “very nice looking beveled edge” along the screen. In addition, the smartphone will feature a quad-core Snapdragon processor, a 4.7-inch 1,920 x 1080 display capable of 468ppi and 32GB of internal storage— all being operated by Jelly Bean topped off with Sense 5.0, which promises to to have a “simple and clean” UI.

As it stands, there are no additional hardware features to share for now— though it appears the smartphone is currently in testing on Sprint’s LTE network, giving NOW Network customers yet another device to possibly look forward to. Is it possible we may be looking at the latest addition to the HTC EVO series for Sprint? Perhaps we’ll see it at CES in just a few days

source: HTC Source

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More Details Of Rumored HTC M7 Smartphone Leaked: Will Feature All-Black Design & Is Possibly Headed For Sprint

 

HTC has had an incredibly successful year bringing in some hits here and there, but it appears that the Taiwanese manufacturer is looking to take things to another level in 2013. While we’ve heard whispers about a mysterious M7 smartphone in the works before, we are now starting to get an idea of what the device is capable of and its awesome features. According to the folks at HTC Source, the M7 is designed to be loosely based off the existing DROID DNA smartphone, having items like a black shell casing and a “very nice looking beveled edge” along the screen. In addition, the smartphone will feature a quad-core Snapdragon processor, a 4.7-inch 1,920 x 1080 display capable of 468ppi and 32GB of internal storage— all being operated by Jelly Bean topped off with Sense 5.0, which promises to to have a “simple and clean” UI.

As it stands, there are no additional hardware features to share for now— though it appears the smartphone is currently in testing on Sprint’s LTE network, giving NOW Network customers yet another device to possibly look forward to. Is it possible we may be looking at the latest addition to the HTC EVO series for Sprint? Perhaps we’ll see it at CES in just a few days

source: HTC Source

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T-Mobile to offer unlimited data plans for Monthly4G users starting January 9th

On January 9th, T-Mobile will begin offering a $70 unlimited data plan for its Monthly4G users. Monthly4G is T-Mobile’s no-contract plan, meaning you are free to jump on and off ship at any time you please. $70 will get you unlimited talk, text, and data…with no little asterisk anywhere informing you that you’ll be throttled after 5GB. Nope, this time it’s truly unlimited so you can stream songs, video chat and watch YouTube to your data-hungry heart’s content! If you are one of the lucky few who were able to snag the elusive Nexus 4, you might want to try pairing that bad boy up with T-Mobile’s 42Mbps HSPA+ network for a truly speedy experience.

Source: TmoNews

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Sprint confirms ‘Sprint As You Go’ prepaid network to launch January 25th with unlimited, unthrottled data

After rumors sprouted suggesting Sprint could be gearing up to launch its own prepaid network, the nation’s third largest wireless carrier has confirmed the news, noting the new service would launch January 25th. Users will be able to pick from two different plans with the top tier offering unlimited talk, text and data for $70 per month. Unlike it’s Boost and Virgin counterparts, Sprint As You Go will not throttle users’ data speeds.

Initially, four phones will be available: Two smartphones and two feature phones. The LG Optimus Elite and Samsung Victory will be sold off-contract for $150 and $250, respectively.

To explain where exactly the new service slots into Sprint’s current offerings, a spokesperson provided the following statement.

“This is essentially a retail initiative for Sprint-branded stores only, created for customers who have an affinity for the Sprint brand and have indicated they want a no-contract option. As for our prepaid brands, this actually allows us to strengthen the focus on our primary prepaid sales channels.”

Source: Fierce Wireless
Image Credit: Android Police

 

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More Details Of Rumored HTC M7 Smartphone Leaked: Will Feature All-Black Design & Is Possibly Headed For Sprint

 

HTC has had an incredibly successful year bringing in some hits here and there, but it appears that the Taiwanese manufacturer is looking to take things to another level in 2013. While we’ve heard whispers about a mysterious M7 smartphone in the works before, we are now starting to get an idea of what the device is capable of and its awesome features. According to the folks at HTC Source, the M7 is designed to be loosely based off the existing DROID DNA smartphone, having items like a black shell casing and a “very nice looking beveled edge” along the screen. In addition, the smartphone will feature a quad-core Snapdragon processor, a 4.7-inch 1,920 x 1080 display capable of 468ppi and 32GB of internal storage— all being operated by Jelly Bean topped off with Sense 5.0, which promises to to have a “simple and clean” UI.

As it stands, there are no additional hardware features to share for now— though it appears the smartphone is currently in testing on Sprint’s LTE network, giving NOW Network customers yet another device to possibly look forward to. Is it possible we may be looking at the latest addition to the HTC EVO series for Sprint? Perhaps we’ll see it at CES in just a few days

source: HTC Source

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T-Mobile to offer unlimited data plans for Monthly4G users starting January 9th

On January 9th, T-Mobile will begin offering a $70 unlimited data plan for its Monthly4G users. Monthly4G is T-Mobile’s no-contract plan, meaning you are free to jump on and off ship at any time you please. $70 will get you unlimited talk, text, and data…with no little asterisk anywhere informing you that you’ll be throttled after 5GB. Nope, this time it’s truly unlimited so you can stream songs, video chat and watch YouTube to your data-hungry heart’s content! If you are one of the lucky few who were able to snag the elusive Nexus 4, you might want to try pairing that bad boy up with T-Mobile’s 42Mbps HSPA+ network for a truly speedy experience.

Source: TmoNews

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Sprint confirms ‘Sprint As You Go’ prepaid network to launch January 25th with unlimited, unthrottled data

After rumors sprouted suggesting Sprint could be gearing up to launch its own prepaid network, the nation’s third largest wireless carrier has confirmed the news, noting the new service would launch January 25th. Users will be able to pick from two different plans with the top tier offering unlimited talk, text and data for $70 per month. Unlike it’s Boost and Virgin counterparts, Sprint As You Go will not throttle users’ data speeds.

Initially, four phones will be available: Two smartphones and two feature phones. The LG Optimus Elite and Samsung Victory will be sold off-contract for $150 and $250, respectively.

To explain where exactly the new service slots into Sprint’s current offerings, a spokesperson provided the following statement.

“This is essentially a retail initiative for Sprint-branded stores only, created for customers who have an affinity for the Sprint brand and have indicated they want a no-contract option. As for our prepaid brands, this actually allows us to strengthen the focus on our primary prepaid sales channels.”

Source: Fierce Wireless
Image Credit: Android Police

 

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HTC One X Receiving Jelly Bean Update On O2 UK

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If you’re living in the United Kingdom and own one of HTC’s One X’s on O2′s network, you have a tasty treat awaiting you, as the device is now receiving the Jelly Bean update. This has been confirmed by HTC UK on their Twitter account. As usual, the update is being pushed out in batches, so if you don’t have it just yet, don’t worry, as it shouldn’t be too long of a wait! As is standard, to check if you’ve gotten the update head on over to Settings > About > Software Updates > Check Now. If you have access to it a notification will pop up.

Before downloading the update, you may want to connected to Wi-Fi network as the update is a massive 365MB in size. As you might have seen already, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean brings awesome features like Google Now and Project Butter to increase performance. Additionally, the update also brings the One X to the latest version of HTC’s Sense software, which is commonly known as Sense+.

Now One X users in the United Kingdom can finally relax for a moment now that they have Jelly Bean. Surely One X users in the UK will be in anticipation again tomorrow though, as there will no doubt be hopes of an update to Android 4.2 in the near future.

Are you one of the lucky users who were able to get the update? Let us know how you’re liking the sticky goodness of Jelly Bean in the comments section below!

source: HTC UK Twitter
via: Android Central

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AT&T Lights Up Several New LTE Markets In Michigan

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After a short break for holiday festivities, AT&T continues their nationwide rollout of their 4G LTE service today with several new markets lighting up. As a Michigan resident, it’s great to see AT&T lighting up some of the lower populated areas. The carrier is getting to the point where they have covered most major markets in the United States, and as of late, it seems like they’re working on some of the lower populated areas as well. Users with a LTE-compatible handset will see the blazing fast data speeds in the markets below.

  • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Beverly Hills, Michigan
  • Birmingham, Michigan
  • Monroe County, Michigan
  • Kent County, Michigan

Now if only AT&T could rollout LTE in the Lapeer county area! We should start to see a whole lot more of these smaller rollouts through 2013 though. AT&T has plans to cover 80% of American citizens by the end of the year.

Has anyone in these areas tested out the fast data speeds yet? Are you liking it? Make sure to let us know in the comments section below!

AT&T Expands 4G LTE Coverage In Ann Arbor, Beverly Hills And Birmingham

Additional Cell Sites Upgraded to 4G LTE as Part of Ongoing AT&T Investment in Local Wireless Network

DETROIT, Jan. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — As part of its continuing network investment and ongoing 4G LTE rollout, AT&T* has upgraded three mobile Internet cell sites in Ann Arbor, Beverly Hills and Birmingham to expand AT&T 4G LTE coverage for area residents and businesses.

AT&T 4G LTE is the latest generation of wireless network technology and provides several benefits for local residents, including faster mobile Internet speeds —up to 10 times faster than 3G, improved performance and innovative new 4G LTE-compatible devices.

AT&T launched its ultra-fast 4G LTE network in Detroit in September 2012. The new cell sites are one part of AT&T’s ongoing efforts to expand 4G LTE coverage and to drive investment and innovation to deliver the nation’s best, most advanced mobile Internet experience for customers.

AT&T Expands 4G LTE Coverage To More Monroe County Customers

Additional Cell Site Upgraded to 4G LTE as Part of Ongoing AT&T Investment in Local Wireless Network

MONROE, Mich., Jan. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — As part of its continuing network investment and ongoing 4G LTE rollout, AT&T* has upgraded one mobile Internet cell site in Lambertville to expand AT&T 4G LTE coverage for area residents and businesses.

“AT&T’s innovation and investment in Monroe County means bringing the next generation of technology to local families and job providers,” said State Rep. Dale Zorn (R-Ida).  “Partners like AT&T and this next-generation technology are helping keep southeast Michigan competitive in the global economy.”

AT&T 4G LTE is the latest generation of wireless network technology and provides several benefits for local residents, including faster mobile Internet speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G — improved performance and innovative new 4G LTE-compatible devices.

AT&T launched its ultra-fast 4G LTE network in Monroe County in November 2012. The new cell site is one part of AT&T’s ongoing efforts to expand 4G LTE coverage and to drive investment and innovation to deliver the nation’s best, most advanced mobile Internet experience for customers.

AT&T Expands 4G LTE Coverage To Kent & Ottawa Counties

Additional Cell Sites Upgraded to 4G LTE as Part of Ongoing AT&T Investment in Local Wireless Network

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — As part of its continuing network investment and ongoing 4G LTE rollout, AT&T* has upgraded 4 mobile Internet cell sites throughout Grand Rapids to expand AT&T 4G LTE coverage for area residents and businesses.

AT&T 4G LTE is the latest generation of wireless network technology and provides several benefits for local residents, including faster mobile Internet speeds —up to 10 times faster than 3G, improved performance and innovative new 4G LTE-compatible devices.

AT&T launched its ultra-fast 4G LTE network in Detroit in September 2012. The new cell sites are one part of AT&T’s ongoing efforts to expand 4G LTE coverage and to drive investment and innovation to deliver the nation’s best, most advanced mobile Internet experience for customers.

“Our goal is for our customers to have an extraordinary experience, and they’ll be able to download, upload, stream and game faster than ever before on our 4G LTE network,” said Jim Murray, president, AT&T Michigan. “As part of the Metro Detroit community, we’re always looking for new opportunities to provide enhanced coverage, and our investment in the local wireless network is another way we’re accomplishing that.”

AT&T’s 4G Network
AT&T’s innovation and investment have resulted in the nation’s largest 4G network, covering 275 million people with ultra-fast speeds and a more consistent user experience. That’s coverage in 3,000 more 4G cities and towns than Verizon.

AT&T is the only U.S. service provider to deploy two compatible 4G technologies to deliver more speed to more customers. Our 4G LTE network delivered faster average download speeds than any of our competitors in PCWorld’s most recent 13-market speed tests.

 

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T-Mobile to offer unlimited data plans for Monthly4G users starting January 9th

On January 9th, T-Mobile will begin offering a $70 unlimited data plan for its Monthly4G users. Monthly4G is T-Mobile’s no-contract plan, meaning you are free to jump on and off ship at any time you please. $70 will get you unlimited talk, text, and data…with no little asterisk anywhere informing you that you’ll be throttled after 5GB. Nope, this time it’s truly unlimited so you can stream songs, video chat and watch YouTube to your data-hungry heart’s content! If you are one of the lucky few who were able to snag the elusive Nexus 4, you might want to try pairing that bad boy up with T-Mobile’s 42Mbps HSPA+ network for a truly speedy experience.

Source: TmoNews

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Sprint confirms ‘Sprint As You Go’ prepaid network to launch January 25th with unlimited, unthrottled data

After rumors sprouted suggesting Sprint could be gearing up to launch its own prepaid network, the nation’s third largest wireless carrier has confirmed the news, noting the new service would launch January 25th. Users will be able to pick from two different plans with the top tier offering unlimited talk, text and data for $70 per month. Unlike it’s Boost and Virgin counterparts, Sprint As You Go will not throttle users’ data speeds.

Initially, four phones will be available: Two smartphones and two feature phones. The LG Optimus Elite and Samsung Victory will be sold off-contract for $150 and $250, respectively.

To explain where exactly the new service slots into Sprint’s current offerings, a spokesperson provided the following statement.

“This is essentially a retail initiative for Sprint-branded stores only, created for customers who have an affinity for the Sprint brand and have indicated they want a no-contract option. As for our prepaid brands, this actually allows us to strengthen the focus on our primary prepaid sales channels.”

Source: Fierce Wireless
Image Credit: Android Police

 

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T-Mobile to offer unlimited data plans for Monthly4G users starting January 9th

On January 9th, T-Mobile will begin offering a $70 unlimited data plan for its Monthly4G users. Monthly4G is T-Mobile’s no-contract plan, meaning you are free to jump on and off ship at any time you please. $70 will get you unlimited talk, text, and data…with no little asterisk anywhere informing you that you’ll be throttled after 5GB. Nope, this time it’s truly unlimited so you can stream songs, video chat and watch YouTube to your data-hungry heart’s content! If you are one of the lucky few who were able to snag the elusive Nexus 4, you might want to try pairing that bad boy up with T-Mobile’s 42Mbps HSPA+ network for a truly speedy experience.

Source: TmoNews

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Sprint confirms ‘Sprint As You Go’ prepaid network to launch January 25th with unlimited, unthrottled data

After rumors sprouted suggesting Sprint could be gearing up to launch its own prepaid network, the nation’s third largest wireless carrier has confirmed the news, noting the new service would launch January 25th. Users will be able to pick from two different plans with the top tier offering unlimited talk, text and data for $70 per month. Unlike it’s Boost and Virgin counterparts, Sprint As You Go will not throttle users’ data speeds.

Initially, four phones will be available: Two smartphones and two feature phones. The LG Optimus Elite and Samsung Victory will be sold off-contract for $150 and $250, respectively.

To explain where exactly the new service slots into Sprint’s current offerings, a spokesperson provided the following statement.

“This is essentially a retail initiative for Sprint-branded stores only, created for customers who have an affinity for the Sprint brand and have indicated they want a no-contract option. As for our prepaid brands, this actually allows us to strengthen the focus on our primary prepaid sales channels.”

Source: Fierce Wireless
Image Credit: Android Police

 

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Sprint Will Begin Pay As You Go Service On January 25th, But Standard Sprint Phones Aren’t Invited To The Party [Update: Sprint Confirms]

GalaxyVictory4GLTEIf you want to use Sprint’s network without signing a contract, there are a lot of options out there, including its subsidiary Boost Mobile, the American MVNO Virgin, and hybrid provider Republic Wireless, among others. Sprint hopes that there are at least some prepaid customers left out there, because starting on January 25th, it will be offering its service in contract-free flavors.

Update: Sprint confirmed the new service to Fierce Wireless and provided some additional details. There will be no limits on data or bandwidth throttling, and LTE service will in fact be enabled on the Galaxy Victory.

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There are only two smartphones that will be available at the beginning of Sprint As You Go: LG’s somewhat misnamed Optimus Elite, and the Samsung Victory, conspicuously absent of the “4G LTE” branding that’s present on Sprint’s current Galaxy model.

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Sprint Will Begin Pay As You Go Service On January 25th, But Standard Sprint Phones Aren’t Invited To The Party [Update: Sprint Confirms] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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AT&T launches several more 4G LTE markets in Michigan

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AT&T is continuing its nationwide 4G LTE rollout today with several new markets going live with the service. As was the case with Verizon before it, AT&T is reaching the point where it has expanded its network to many of the major markets in the U.S. and is now rolling out to some of the lesser populated areas. Users in the following markets in Michigan should see the service live now:

  • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Beverly Hills, Michigan
  • Birmingham, Michigan
  • Monroe County, Michigan
  • Kent County, Michigan
  • Ottowa County, Michigan

We'll start to see more and more of these small rollouts throughout 2013. Have any of you in these areas noticed AT&T LTE go live yet? Let us know in the comments.

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Friday Poll: Which Carrier’s 4G LTE Do You Use?

About half a year ago we asked our readers if they currently lived in an area that supported Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Out of 10,000+ votes, we found that a whopping 84% of voters did live in a 4G LTE area. For a company whose goal is to cover their entire 3G footprint with LTE [...]

Click the post title to continue through and join the conversation!

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HTC One X Gets Jelly Bean 4.1 (3.14.206.27) On O2 UK, With A Spoonful of Alphabet Soup

RIMG_1615_1600x12001Don’t say we don’t love you, United Kingdom readers. Those of you rocking an HTC One X on the O2 network should check your settings menu, if you haven’t gotten the update already. HTC representatives have taken to Twitter to announce the arrival of Android 4.1 to the former flagship handheld, and users on the company forums have confirmed the upgrade to software version 3.14.206.27. It looks like a nationwide rollout this morning afternoon, so warm up that wireless connection if you want some Sense-flavored Jelly Bean.

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Unfortunately, neither HTC nor O2 have graced us with a changelog, so we’ve only got users’ word for the changes at the moment.

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HTC One X Gets Jelly Bean 4.1 (3.14.206.27) On O2 UK, With A Spoonful of Alphabet Soup was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Facebook Silently Releases Pages Manager For Android, But You Probably Won’t Be Able To Install It Yet

fb[13]Yesterday, Facebook rolled out a big update to its Messenger Android app, but as it turns out, it was only a small part of what the social network had in store for us. On the same day, the company also quietly released Facebook Pages Manager to the Play Store – an application iOS users have been enjoying since the first half of last year.

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As a Facebook Page manager for Android Police, I immediately wanted to take it out for a spin but was forced to put the plan on hold because the app is actually not available in the U.S.

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Facebook adds voice recording to Messenger, testing VoIP service in Canada

Facebook adds voice recording to Messenger, testing VoIP service in Canada

If you’re a fan of the Facebook Messenger app keep your eye out for an interesting update coming down the pipe today for both the iOS and Android versions. The social network is adding the ability to record and send voice messages, up to one minute in length, to your friends. The goal isn’t to create a voice mail system for Facebook, but to give users another option for interacting when typing is either impossible or inconvenient. It works much like the video feature in the company’s Poke app — press and hold the red record button, speak your message and it’ll appear in-line as part of your chat, represented by a clickable sound wave icon. Even more interesting though, is the VoIP capabilities that are being flipped on for Canadian users. It’s a little buried at the moment — hidden behind the “i” icon in the chat window — but everyone’s favorite social network is now offering a way to place free voice calls to friends. Interestingly, the platform is built on open source technology and not on its Skype partnership. If things go well in the land of maple trees and Mounties we imagine it wont be too long before America gets a taste of VoIP calling Facebook style.

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[Update: It's Live, Hands-On] Facebook Preparing To Roll Out ‘Push-To-Talk’ Voice Messaging, Is Testing Free VoIP Calling In Canada

2013-01-03_15h10_46Alright, Google. It’s time to stop leaving your VoIP service to languish on the vine. Facebook has released a double-whammy of big news bits. For starters, today the social network is rolling out an update to its Messenger app that will allow users to send each other short, recorded audio clips. It’s voicemail for the 21st century, if such a thing can even exist without being horrible. And, really, this sounds like it’s not.

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Perhaps more interestingly, though, is that Facebook is also testing free VoIP calling in Canada right now. This is a huge deal, as it competes directly with Google Talk.

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[Update: It's Live, Hands-On] Facebook Preparing To Roll Out ‘Push-To-Talk’ Voice Messaging, Is Testing Free VoIP Calling In Canada was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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BEST DEALS: Nexus 4 “free” on £23.50 contract

Mobile phone shop Dial-a-phone has a pretty tempting Nexus 4 deal on offer, giving buyers the new Android phone for “free” in return for signing up to a £23.50 monthly contract. The bundle includes an Orange SIM and 750MB of mobile data each month, along with unlimited SMS messages and 200 calling minutes. You could live with that.

It’s a nice deal if you’re in an Orange/T-Mobile network area and don’t talk to other people much.

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And if you buy the thing through a Quidco “cashback” link the cashback site is currently offering to reimburse you £65 when signing up to any monthly contract through Dial-a-phone. Which is nice.

Always remember the Quidco option when buying something expensive. It is literally money for nothing.

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What makes my Android so effing ‘Hot’?

Though, all gadgets generate heat, sometimes things get too scorching inside your pockets. You start feeling the heat even more vehemently, when you feel your $500 gig literally ‘burning a hole’ in your pocket. That, unfortunately, is not a turn-on.

With the growing popularity of Android in the smartphone market, and lots of people whining about the ‘heat-down-under’, we thought to give them a reality check on what makes their Android so ‘hot’ and how can they undo it.android_eyeballs_close_feature

First things first: What makes my Android so hot?

Frankly speaking, a moderate amount of heat is unavoidable and normal for any electronic gadget. The heat is actually emancipated from the phone’s battery which is discharging at an unexpectedly faster rate. When you multi-task, play games, or surf web for a prolonged duration, the processor draws more than normal power from the battery.

The abrupt drainage of battery not only makes the device uncomfortable in hands, but also shortens the battery-life- something which you would want to avoid at all cost. Here are some of the activities to keep a check on:

Excessive Gaming: Though we all relish the savory endless runs on our canny smartphones, it’s time to loosen your fingers up. Sadly, the only way to cut down the over-heating of your phone is to cut down the duration of your gaming sessions. If only, our smartphones were big enough to inhibit a cooling fan, only then it would have been acceptable to be glued to smartphones- twisting, turning and dodging along the runs. However, the sore reality is that games utilize the highest resources on your phone. So, if you’re gaming all-day-long, there’s no way to kill the heat.

Prolonged Browsing: Next to excessive gaming, comes web browsing. Though smartphone browsers are light-weight, websites with lots of flash content can nearly choke up phone’s processor. Also, as browsing requires an active 3G/ 4G/ Wi-Fi connection, a lot of battery gets quenched in supporting wireless high-speed data transfers. While a little browsing on the phone is acceptable, and most of the times- unavoidable, we would suggest you to spare some trivial web tasks for your laptop/desktop.

Brightness Levels: Everything that glitters is not gold. While people always want their phones to be ‘glowing with grace’, there’s a tail end to that. The screen brightness is the biggest battery soaker. Just go to Settings-> Battery and see what’s draining more than 50% of your battery life. The equation is simple then. More battery consumption implies more heat.

Spoiler alert (Malicious apps): You won’t even know if these fluffy little bastards have subjugated your droid and are reporting every activity of yours to their esteemed master. Might seem a little extravagant and asinine, but it’s the sore truth. Android malware is spreading at an astonishing pace. According to an articulated report, it’s growing haphazardly at a yearly rate of 580 %. While there’s nothing you can do to avoid the threat (as some of these apps are hosted on Play Store itself), make sure you do not download apps from untrusted providers. Also, keep a check on the network activities and the background activities of installed apps. If you’re experiencing severe heating after installing a particular app, uninstall the app right away. To prevent the outbreak of malicious apps, install top-notch ant-virus software like AVG Antivirus or Lookout Mobile Security.

Okay, I get it. So, how do I cool things off?

You, of course, cannot renounce from playing games or surfing web to keep a check on that ever deescalating battery level. However, here’s what can do to keep a check on those calefaction-levels.

Turn-off background apps

There’s no tangible way of turning down the heat, when you have dozens of background apps churning up the processor cores. There are lots of apps which are poorly written- or perhaps- cunningly written to eat up the CPU power. Hence, make sure you keep a check on the background apps. You can monitor the apps using the default Task manager, or if you wish to gain more stringent control, you can download the amazing Watchdog app from Play Store.

Turn-off unwanted settings

Simply turn off all those settings which you hardly-or-never use. For example, don’t have your GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth on all the time. Do not use the “vibrate” function. Get rid of that larger-than-life “Live Wallpaper”. Also, if possible, use 2G networks for continuous online connectivity. You can create a 2G/3G toggle switch using a well-crafted app called Tasker. (Syncing on 2G network in background would save immense amount of battery, as continuous 3G connectivity do have a tendency to turn your device into a toast)

Simply turn it off

Just like you need rest after a long tiring day, your phone needs some rest, too. It might sound crazy but why can’t you switch your phone off when you doze off to sleep? Don’t tell me it’s because of that damn alarm. Your phone would shriek even when it’s switched off. So, you can always switch it off when you go to bed. Also, when you’re in a meeting, and you’re damn sure you won’t be able to take/make calls, why not turn it off?

Turning your phone off not only cools the temperature down but also reduces the number of battery-cycles in a year. The equation for battery cycles is simple. The more you drain your battery, the lesser capacity it would be able to hold. According to a survey, an average Li-ion battery loses 30% of its original power after 300 discharge cycles. The less the number of discharges your battery procures, the more prolonged is its battery life. Besides, it also allows your phone to breathe for a while. Unlike our computers, smartphones run all day long.  They also need some breathing space. Switching your phone off when it’s not in use is always a good, straight-forward strategy to prevent your device from over-heating.

 

Leave your gadget alone while it’s charging

Don’t stick your fingers on your droid while they’re “feeding”. No one likes being disturbed.  When the phone is recharging, it’s actually pumping the DC power into the battery. When you play games or browse web while your phone is charging, you’re actually slowing down the charging process. And it’s obvious- if your phone takes more time to recharge, it would dissipate more heat to compensate for the loss. So, next time you put your gadget in charging, leave it alone. Let it rejuvenate itself. Give it some time to replenish itself, and you would see for yourself how fast and fun it can be then.

Clean your phone

Though this remedy might seem a bit outlandish, it can definitely improve your phone’s performance. Over a period time, dust infiltrates your device and starts accumulating on phone’s external sockets. Accumulation of dust particles can really slow things up and degrade the performance of your device. Hence, clean your device with a soft cloth, and keep the external areas as clean as possible.

Don’t choke her up

If your phone is itching in your pocket, take her out. Do not let her choke inside. Sometimes, installing a fancy back-cover/case prevents the heat from getting emancipated from the device. Avoid installing such flaps. If you have a case for your device, remove it and give your device some breathing space.

Don’t throw your phone- here, there, everywhere

Most of us have that annoying habit of throwing our smartphone- here, there, and everywhere. While this may seem innocuous, it isn’t. If you leave your smartphone in places like your car’s dashboard or in the proximity of any electronic gadget, you’re inattentively trying to roast your device up. Don’t do that. Make sure you keep your device in a safe place to prevent it from over-heating.

So that’s it. That’s pretty much everything you can do to prevent the temperatures from flaring up. Though I have tried to encircle almost every perspective on Android heating, we would always love to hear from you. If you have any more questions, just shoot them up in the comments section below.

Here are answers to some of the questions which were mailed to us by our readers.

‘Rooting your droid’ improves battery performance and cools things off. Is that true?

Yes, rooting your Android can definitely improve the battery performance and thereby, scale down the heat. By rooting your device, you gain administrator level privileges and you can choose to delegate those permissions to apps. You can remove stock apps, under-clock CPU, and even shut-down unwanted device features. With an app called Set CPU, you can configure your processor to maintain its calmness when the temperature goes beyond certain threshold levels. So, yes, if you’re a techie, and looking to enhance your gadget’s battery life, rooting is definitely the way to go. While rooting is no rocket-science, it’s important to know what you’re doing when you are getting your hands dirty. Here’s our complete walkthrough guide on rooting, which would be a good place to start.

If everything has to do with the battery, would replacing my battery solve things up?

If the phone is getting too hot to handle and eventually trips off, it’s time for you to get a new battery. If you drain your battery every 1-2 days, you should get yourself a new battery every year. Not only would it increase the back-up time of your phone, but it would also improve the performance of your device and lower the heat levels. However, the best way to avoid frequent battery replacements and over-heating is to just follow the simple steps enlisted in this guide.

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Facebook Preparing To Roll Out ‘Push-To-Talk’ Voice Messaging, Is Testing Free VoIP Calling In Canada

2013-01-03_15h10_46Alright, Google. It’s time to stop leaving your VoIP service to languish on the vine. Facebook has released a double-whammy of big news bits. For starters, today the social network is rolling out an update to its Messenger app that will allow users to send each other short, recorded audio clips. It’s voicemail for the 21st century, if such a thing can even exist without being horrible. And, really, this sounds like it’s not.

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Perhaps more interestingly, though, is that Facebook is also testing free VoIP calling in Canada right now. This is a huge deal, as it competes directly with Google Talk.

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Google TV YouTube control coming to more devices in 2013

Android Central @ CES

YouTube rolled out updates to both its Android and Google TV apps to let users control their TV YouTube experience from their phones in just one tap a while back. Users can essentially pair and control their Google TV viewing experience with any number of devices and manage a queue of upcoming videos. Be it your own devices or a friends, as long as they're on the same Wifi network as the Google TV box, the phones or tablets can be a controller for managing a playlist of videos on the big screen. It's a pretty neat feature to help with the social watching of videos in the living room, assuming that you or someone you know actually owns a Google TV.

Google is trying to fix that problem by announcing new partners for Google TV that will include this quick device pairing at CES 2013. Devices from Bang & Olufsen, LG, Panasonic and Sony will be shown off next week, with partnerships announced between Google and Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, Vizio and Western Digital as well. These are really neat features provided people actually get to use them, and with a partner list like that we surely hope we see some compelling new devices.

Source: Official YouTube Blog

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Sprint to launch pay as you go service with four handsets, all you can eat plans from $70

Sprint to launch pay as you go service with four handsets, all you can eat from $70

Want a bit of Sprint, without signing on the dotted line? Okay, there are other ways of riding its waves without committing to a contract, but starting on the 25th of this month you’ll be able to do it in the network’s very own colors. The “Sprint as you go” service will launch with a somewhat limited selection of four handsets. LG’s Optimus Elite, and the Samsung Victory make up the “higher” end of the offerings, costing $149 and $249 respectively. If you want to keep a little more coin in your pocket, there are two feature phones available too: Samsung’s M400 ($50) and Array ($79) models. There are two associated plans, an all you can eat (talk, text and data) for smartphone option (no talk of LTE just yet) for $70 per month, and $50 per month for the feature phone plan. The finer details are yet to be ironed out, so we’ll have to wait until the official reveal, but with that launch date not too far around the corner, it should all become clear soon enough.

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