Posts Tagged Seattle

[Update] Sprint 4G LTE comes to 28 new markets while Sprint Spark heads to 3 more

Sprint-Logo

Sprint took to Chicago today to announce new network expansions for those who still aren’t hooked up with the best network they hav to offer. For starters, 4G LTE spreads to 28 new markets today including Seattle, Cleveland and San Jose. We’re still digging for the exact list of new cities but that brings Sprint’s current total up to an impressive 471 markets.

[Update]: Here’s the full list of new cities receiving 4G LTE:

  • Johnson City, TN
  • San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA
  • Bend, OR
  • Klamath Falls, OR
  • Aberdeen, WA
  • Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA
  • Shelton, WA
  • Pine Bluff, AR
  • Bloomington-Normal, IL
  • Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH
  • Fremont, OH
  • Cheyenne, WY
  • Dover, DE
  • Wilmington, DE-MD
  • Yakima, WA
  • Jonesboro-Paragould, AR
  • Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT
  • Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA
  • Reading, PA
  • Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  • Seneca, SC
  • Bangor, ME
  • Barre, VT
  • Burlington-South Burlington, VT
  • Lewiston-Auburn, ME
  • Rutland-Bennington, VT
  • Port Angeles, WA

To add to that, Sprint also brought Spark network upgrades to three more markets today. Folks in St. Louis, Winston-Salem and Greesnboro, N.C. will now enjoy improved and more reliable network access, faster speeds and more with compatible Sprint Spark smartphones. That brings Spark’s list up to 27 cities comprised of the following:

  • Austin, Texas
  • Baltimore
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Houston
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Kansas City, Kan./Mo.
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • New York
  • Newark, N.J.
  • Oakland, Calif.
  • Orlando, Fla.
  • Philadelphia
  • Provo, Utah
  • Salt Lake City
  • San Antonio
  • St. Louis
  • Tacoma, Wash.
  • Tampa, Fla.
  • Trenton, N.J
  • Waukegan, Ill.
  • Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Greensboro, N.C.
  • West Palm Beach, Fla.

And Sprint hopes to cover 100 million more people with the upgrades by the end of this year. Sprint promises average speeds between 6 megabits and 15 megabits per second, while they claim the network (under the most ideal conditions, we’re sure) can deliver speeds up to 50 and 60 megabits per second. The new high frequency spectrum also improves building penetration so you can get a stronger signal in less favorable locations.

Those without Spark-enabled phones still benefit from these network upgrades as less congestion equals more bandwidth. Be sure to give it a spin if you have a compatible smartphone and you live in one of these new markets.

, , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

T-Mobile brings VoLTE to Seattle for a trio of Android devices — see if yours made the cut!

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray (that’s him above) today announced that it’s bringing voice over LTE — that’s VoLTE — to Seattle for three Android smartphones. The lucky winners are the LG G Flex, Samsung Galaxy Light and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

This piggybacks off MetroPCS’ VoLTE implementation, and it works just like it sounds. Instead of phone calls going through the traditional circuit system, they’ll be placed over the LTE network. It’s not all that easy, and it’s just now starting to roll out. But it’s an important step.



, , , , , ,

No Comments

T-Mobile Launches VoLTE In Seattle; G Flex, Galaxy Light, And Note 3 Updated With Support

TMobile-ThumbT-Mobile is ready to pull the metaphorical VoLTE lever marked Seattle, giving the city early access to the upgraded infrastructure the carrier hopes to roll out to more parts of the country over the course of the year. This voice over LTE connection will allow consumers to use voice and data at the same time, as voice calls will go out over IP on LTE rather than taking the current switched-circuit path approach.

Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:

T-Mobile Launches VoLTE In Seattle; G Flex, Galaxy Light, And Note 3 Updated With Support was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

, ,

No Comments

T-Mobile VoLTE heads to Seattle

T-Mobile-logo-sign

T-Mobile has announced the addition of voice-over-LTE in the Seattle market. What does that mean? Nice, crisp calls over T-Mobile’s advanced LTE network, basically.

VoLTE will ensure more reliable phone calls, and even if you happen to veer off the path of LTE in your city you will be seamlessly transitioned to HSPA-based radio bounds with no interruption to your call. T-Mobile VoLTE also comes paired with HD Voice calling, so the benefits of VoLTE are both tangible and intangible.

Unfortunately the roster of VoLTE-equipped T-Mobile phones is quite small right now — only the LG G Flex, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Light have the capability to use it. We imagine T-Mobile won’t let many other phones launch without the functionality, though, as they say they have only just begun. Give it a shot if you stay in the upper left corner of the country.

[via T-Mobile]

, , , , ,

No Comments

Seattle is the next stop for Google Glass showcase event, running April 5 and 6

Google has been hitting the road over the past several months, going to major cities around the U.S. to show off Google Glass to the public. Falling in behind Durham, Detroit, Austin and Atlanta previously, the latest stop is Seattle.

    



,

No Comments

[New App] Postmates Lets You Get Deliveries From Any Restaurant Or Grocer In Supported Cities (San Francisco, NYC, Seattle, And Washington DC)

eeYou know what sucks? The outdoors. All those people, the light, the strange sounds – no thanks. But you can only subsist on delivery food for so long. Postmates is a service that promises deliveries of just about anything you want, and there’s a new Android app to go with the service. The catch is that you can only use Postmates in San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, and Washington DC for the time being.

Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:

[New App] Postmates Lets You Get Deliveries From Any Restaurant Or Grocer In Supported Cities (San Francisco, NYC, Seattle, And Washington DC) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

    

, , ,

No Comments

Seattle diner forces customer to remove Google Glass or leave

google-glass-wallpaper-hd2With Google Glass beginning mass production in the next year, a lot of interesting cases are going to come up regarding etiquette. Nick Starr, a network engineer from Seattle, walked into the Lost Lake Cafe, a 24-hour diner in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, and was forced to either take off his Google Glass headset or leave the diner. According to Starr, he had visited Lost Lake multiple times wearing Glass, with no problems until the most recent visit.

Starr was very vocal about the treatment he received, stating on Facebook that he would “love an explanation, apology, clarification, and if the staff member was in the wrong and lost the owner money last night and also future income as well, that this income be deducted from her pay or her termination.” Apparently, the owner of Lost Lake made headlines in March for banning Google Glass from another establishment he owns – 5 Point Cafe, saying that it’s “about privacy.” The owner, David Meinert, had a staff meeting at Lost Lake telling all servers to ask anyone wearing Glass to remove it because they want their customers “to feel comfortable.”

This clearly isn’t the last we’ll hear about Google Glass etiquette controversies. It’s definitely an interesting topic, and we’ll keep you updated on other interesting stories like this.

Source: The Verge

 

 

Come comment on this article: Seattle diner forces customer to remove Google Glass or leave

, , ,

No Comments

Amazon Expands AmazonFresh Outside Seattle To Los Angeles, Updates Android App

unnamedAmazon has already made it obsolete to leave the house to shop for most non-food items, but now it’s taking care of your grocery needs – if you live in LA or Seattle. AmazonFresh launched in Seattle a few months ago as a way for users to order a variety of fresh food items for home delivery. The expansion of the service to LA is the first new market that has been added.

1 2 3

4 6 5

AmazonFresh sells both packaged and locally-produced foods. In addition to grub, AmazonFresh has an assortment of general products like cameras, books, tools, and more – about 500,000 items.

Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:

Amazon Expands AmazonFresh Outside Seattle To Los Angeles, Updates Android App was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

    

, , , ,

No Comments

WhitePages for Android

White Pages is a very well known company for its awesome apps for both iOS devices and Android devices. One of the best apps that it has released for the Android ecosystem is the Current Caller ID app. For people who do not know what it is, it is an app which will show you social posts from a contact when the contact is calling you. This way, you will be able to get an idea as to what the caller has been up to recently. A conversation starter you may say.

Now, the company is out with another interesting app for Android, which lets you find friends and new places nearby. There are two main features of the app, Nearby People and Nearby Stores.

Nearby People lets you discover the people who live near you and get their contact details. And Nearby Places lets you discover over 80, 000 retail chains around the United States, and that is a lot of places. The intention here, therefore, is to find your friends and get together at a good coffee shop or a nice restaurant. More info about the app is in the press release after the break.3

PRESS RELEASE

 

WhitePages Makes Finding People and Businesses Nearby Easier With New Android App

New location-based neighbor, residential and business discovery features help people find everything nearby

SEATTLE, WA –October 19, 2012 – Finding everything nearby — neighbors, U.S. households or local businesses — is now possible with the latest release of WhitePages’ (www.whitepages.com) popular mobile app for Android devices. With major upgrades that include new Nearby People and Nearby Stores features, WhitePages for Android transforms the traditional concepts of people and business search into a discovery model. Using the device’s location, it is now easier to find over 200 million U.S. adults and 30 million businesses while also seeing the names and contact information for those people and businesses located nearby, and then connect the two with maps, directions, phone numbers and addresses. The new WhitePages for Android builds on the recent success ofWhitePages’ Current Caller ID app, which combines social updates with call and text ID and has attracted over one million users since launching in August. The two companion apps integrate seamlessly to enable WhitePages people, business and phone number search directly from Current Caller ID.

“Earlier this year, we became the first to combine nearby people and business search capabilities into our top 10WhitePages iOS app,” said Sanam Mehta, product manager of WhitePages for Android. “Based on the overwhelming response, we are thrilled to expand the offering to yet another platform and can’t wait to help Android users discover and connect with anything nearby whether it’s where they are currently located or where they may be headed in the future.”

Get to Know Your Neighbors and Local Businesses with Nearby People and Store Discovery
With over 25 million total downloads to date, people rely on WhitePages’ popular mobile apps on Android and iOS devices for one-tap access to concise contact information for 90 percent of U.S. adults and nearly every U.S. business, including restaurant and spa menus, address, phone number, maps and driving directions, website links, foursquare check-in counts, reviews and more.

The new Nearby People feature makes it easy to get in touch with neighbors, whether your own or those of friends and family, by offering immediate access to neighbors’ phone numbers, mailing addresses and household members. With research showing the majority of Americans don’t know the people in their neighborhood, WhitePages makes it convenient for neighbors to reach each other whether for an emergency, to meet for the first time, return a lost dog, move their car, or send an invite to a holiday party. Contact information for neighbors can also be downloaded and saved in the address book of Android devices for convenient access.

With the addition of new Nearby Stores functionality, the app becomes a traveler’s best friend, making it easy to explore and find nearby businesses in over 30 popular categories throughout 80,000 neighborhoods across the U.S. The WhitePages app brings people and businesses together in a single search experience, to make finding maps and directions between homes and stores effortless.  For example, locating a friend’s house across town or in a new city you’re visiting, then finding a nearby restaurant or coffee shop with menus, maps, directions and more is just a tap away thanks to the combined power of WhitePages’ 200 million residential listings and 30 million neighborhood businesses.

The new WhitePages for Android app now also pulls in friends and followers from Facebook and Twitter to seamlessly share destinations directly to Facebook, Twitter, email, text messaging or the Web. It can be downloaded in Google Play. Check out a video to see how it works.

About WhitePages

WhitePages is the leading provider of contact information for people and businesses in the U.S. With over 40 million unique monthly users and powering over 2 billion searches on over 1,500 sites including MSN and the United States Postal Service, only WhitePages offers consumers one-click access to more than 200 million adults, also providing them with the ability to edit and control their own listings. The company’s suite of mobile products includes a top-50 mobile website and popular Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, webOS and Windows 7 applications with over 9 million active monthly users.

For more information, please visit www.whitepages.com or check out the WhitePages blog at blog.whitepages.com.

Source: Android Authority

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Ballmer: Microsoft Now A ‘Device and Services’ Company

Microsoft has officially become a devices and service company as stated by the company’s Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer in his letter to the shareholders last Tuesday.

Ballmer, who assumed the top executive post for one of the world’s biggest tech conglomerate since 2000, said Microsoft has already started its transition from software-concentrated giant to a device and service company.

Ballmer told the Seattle Times that Microsoft should be considered a ‘device and services company’ – an idea the CEO reiterated in his latest shareholder letter.

“Last year in this letter I said that over time, the full value of our software will be seen and felt in how people use devices and services at work and in their personal lives. This is a significant shift, both in what we do and how we see ourselves — as a devices and services company. It impacts how we run the company, how we develop new experiences, and how we take products to market for both consumers and businesses. The work we have accomplished in the past year and the roadmap in front of us brings this to life,” said Ballmer in his letter.

The Microsoft business mogul said the company is still working out with their partners to come up with business and consumer devices and hardware products for their consumers.

Ballmer insisted Microsoft plans to continue to concentrate on the development of “new form factors that have increasingly natural ways to use them including touch, gestures, and speech as part of their long-term plan”

Along with the video game console Xbox, the Microsoft Surface is here to stay and set to add more products as part of the family (in its latest proxy statement — also released today — Microsoft described Surface as “a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices”).

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

AT&T’s LTE network now live in Seattle, Portland, Pittsburgh and Honolulu

AT&T's LTE network now live in Honolulu, Portland, Seattle and Pittsburgh

The Rethink Possible carrier may be taking baby steps towards its LTE goals, but today more folks will be happy that they, too, can finally start experiencing some speedier service. AT&T has announced its adding a few more names to its LTE-ready list of cities, including Seattle, Portland, Pittsburgh and Hawaii’s beautiful capital, Honolulu. Additionally, users in the “metro” area of Detroit should now also be able to connect to the fresh Long Term Evolution network, while Memphis and Birmingham saw their names added to the listings early on yesterday. More importantly, though, how’s it working out for you (if at all)? Please let us know in the comments below.

Continue reading AT&T’s LTE network now live in Seattle, Portland, Pittsburgh and Honolulu

Filed under: , , ,

AT&T’s LTE network now live in Seattle, Portland, Pittsburgh and Honolulu originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 Sep 2012 12:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink   |  sourceAT&T  | Email this | Comments

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

AT&T 4G LTE Goes Live in Portland, Seattle, Detroit and Five Others

AT&T lit up 4G LTE in 8 new markets this week:  Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Detroit, MI; Honolulu, HI; Pittsburgh, PA; Sacramento, CA; Memphis, TN; and Birmingham, AL. That brings their total to some 72 markets and shows that they are pushing as hard as they can to try and catch up to Verizon. Obviously [...]

Click through to continue reading…

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

AT&T LTE goes live in eight more locations, including Detroit and Seattle

ATT LTE

AT&T has flipped the switch and has turned on its LTE network in eight more locations.

Here are the cities that will now be able to experience LTE:

In addition, AT&T has also expanded its LTE network in Miami-Dade County, continuing to bring it to more customers in south Florida.

It's always good to see more cities gaining access to higher speeds, and if you're a customer in any of these places, we'd love to hear how fast your speeds are now!

, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

AT&T 4G LTE Goes Live in Portland, Seattle, Detroit and Others

AT&T lit up 4G LTE in 8 new markets this week:  Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Detroit, MI; Honolulu, HI; Pittsburgh, PA; Sacramento, CA; Memphis, TN; and Birmingham, AL. That brings their total to some 72 markets and shows that they are pushing as hard as they can to try and catch up to Verizon. Obviously [...]

Click through to continue reading…

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

AT&T turns on LTE in 7 cities, announces many more to receive it by year end

ATT

AT&T announced this morning that it has turned on its LTE network in 3 new cities and also announced that several more will receive the high speed network by the end of the year.

Here are the 3 new cities that now have AT&T LTE:

So if you're in any of those cities, congrats as you'll be able to take advantage of the high speeds. The places that AT&T announced will receive LTE by the end of 2012 are:

In addition, AT&T has expanded their service in Northern Montgomery County and Northern New Jersey.

It's great to see AT&T continue to expand its LTE network. Hopefully this trend will continue.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

PopCap announces sequel to Plants vs. Zombies, Available in 2013

The incredibly popular Plants vs. Zombies franchise is set to receive a sequel in 2013, according to PopCap. Earlier today, the game studio announced that the follow up to the original PvZ is slated to launch in “late spring of 2013″.   The new game will add an array of fresh features, settings, and situations that are “designed to delight the franchise’s tens of millions of fans around the world.

Plants vs. Zombies has proven to be one of the most successful games to ever launch on mobile devices. If you haven’t had the luxury of playing, Plants vs. Zombies offers a unique take on the classic tower defense genre. Instead of setting up a wall of cannons or machine guns, you must defend your backyard by using a plethora of plants. Unsurprisingly, the game can become excessively addicting at times, disappearing hours of your day at a time. If you haven’t had the chance to play the original, it’s currently available in the Google Play Store. Either way, you can catch the full press release after the break.

POPCAP’S PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES™ SEQUEL SET TO SPRING IN FIRST HALF OF 2013

Plants vs. Zombies Sequel Will Feature Hordes of New Plant and Zombie Types and Mulch More

SEATTLE, Washington – August 20, 2012 – PopCap Games, maker of some of the world’s most popular video game franchises and a division of EA, today announced that the underground growth of the sequel to Plants vs. Zombies™, one of the world’s most popular video games, is germinating and advancing with rigor.

The sequel to Plants vs. Zombies is expected to launch by late spring 2013, and will include a bevy of new features, settings, and situations, designed to delight the franchise’s tens of millions of fans around the world. No other details of the highly anticipated new installment in the franchise are available at this time, beyond the following comments from some of the game’s denizens.

“Spring is crullest curlie ungood time, and plantz grow dull roots,” noted an unidentified spokesperson. “So, we are meating you for brainz at yore house. No worry to skedule schedlue plan… we’re freee anytime. We’ll find you.”

“There was a time we relished a bracing, hearty blend of zombies, in the morning,” said Sonny F. Lower, a representative of the Flora Forever Foundation. “But first, a brisk shower and some strategic pruning are required. Tomorrow is near!”

Known for its quirky, one-of-a-kind blend of art, humor, polish and attention to detail, PopCap has been a mainstay of casual, mobile and social gaming for more than a decade. More than a billion people around the world have played PopCap’s video games, including the award-winning, blockbuster franchises Plants vs. Zombies, Bejeweled®, Zuma®, Peggle® and Bookworm®. The breadth of PopCap’s audience is similarly impressive, as its games appeal equally to both genders and all ages.

About PopCap
PopCap Games is the leading global developer, publisher and operator of casual video games: fun, easy-to-learn, captivating games that appeal to all ages across PC, mobile, social and other platforms. Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded in 2000, was acquired by Electronic Arts in 2011, and has a worldwide staff of more than 600 people in Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver, B.C., Dublin, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. PopCap’s games have been downloaded over 1.5 billion times by consumers worldwide, and its flagship franchise, Bejeweled®, has sold more than 50 million units.


, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Google Earth adds detailed 3D imagery for Denver and Seattle, might not render the local Starbucks

Google Earth adds 3D imagery for Denver and Seattle, might not render the local Starbucks

Google only launched detailed 3D maps in Google Earth for a handful of cities, but it’s branching out to provide that extra dimension to a wider swath of the public. Today, it’s Denver and Seattle: Android and iOS app users can immediately see the dense, textured 3D City View in their respective western cities. The updates probably won’t let Seattle residents spot their hometown coffee brand without going into Street View, but it will let them thread the eye of the Space Needle while their friends in Denver spin past the State Capitol. We can’t help but think that Google also enjoys offering some Microsoft staffers a little taste of what they’re missing.

Filed under: ,

Google Earth adds detailed 3D imagery for Denver and Seattle, might not render the local Starbucks originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 10 Aug 2012 02:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink The Next Web  |  sourceGoogle Lat Long Blog  | Email this | Comments

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Google brings Google Earth 3D maps to Seattle and Denver

Google Earth

Back in June Google announced they would be improving Google Earth substantially by adding 3D mapping to the mix and we even managed to get a good look at it during Google I/O. Now, only a few short months later Google has managed to add Denver, Colorado and Seattle, Washington as destinations that you can view on Google Earth in 3D. All the work is done using advanced image processing and 45-degree aerial imagery as noted on the Google Lat Long blog. The data is live and viewable right now, if you want to take a fly-over Seattle or Denver. Just make sure you're on the latest version of Google Earth and you're all set to go.

Source: Google

, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Clearwire’s TDD-LTE rolling out in ‘early 2013,’ coming to NYC, SF, LA, Chicago, Seattle and more

cellphone tower

Clearwire’s hardly throwing in the towel after that whole “WiMAX” thing; instead, the outfit has its sights firmly set on bringing TDD-LTE to the masses here in America, starting with an initial rollout in early 2013. A release put out today confirms that New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle will be among the 31 cities where the company will launch the aforesaid network, though there’s no breakdown on which of those metro markets will be forced to wait until “mid-2013″ to get served. Speaking of, Clearwire’s making no bones about the fact that “high demand hot zones” will be the ones targeted initially, and in a bid to outshine those LTE networks already live, President and CEO Erik Prusch is suggesting that his firm’s 4G network “will show that not all LTE networks are created equal.” Bold words, sir.

Continue reading Clearwire’s TDD-LTE rolling out in ‘early 2013,’ coming to NYC, SF, LA, Chicago, Seattle and more

Clearwire’s TDD-LTE rolling out in ‘early 2013,’ coming to NYC, SF, LA, Chicago, Seattle and more originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 26 Apr 2012 20:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink PhoneScoop  |  sourceClearwire  | Email this | Comments

, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Thursday Poll: Thin Phone or Longer Battery Life?

One of HTC’s VPs, while speaking at a private conference in Seattle today, said that at one time, battery life and mega 3000mAh batteries were areas of focus and on their roadmap. But after doing research with consumers last year, they came to the conclusion that people actually care more about having a thin phone [...]

Click through to continue reading…

, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

T-Mobile CMO Doesn’t Like Subsidies, Would Wave His Hand And Wipe Them Out If He Could

We love to pay as little as possible for our Android devices (especially if we’re on a 2-year contract) and will look for any (and every) deal or break we can get. However, while the majority of consumers live off subsidized devices, there are some who believe that mobile carriers who subsidize devices also hurt the mobile industry as a whole. While speaking at the GeekWire Summit in Seattle, Washington, T-Mo Chief Marketing Officer Cole Brodman believes subsidizing phones is a major problem and if he had it his way, would “wave his hand and wipe out subsidies.”

Brodman gives his reasoning for his thoughts and beliefs on subsidies while also talking about T-Mobile’s strengths. He states subsidies “actually distorts what devices actually cost and it causes OEMs, carriers — everybody to compete on different playing fields.” He also adds “it causes consumers to devalue completely the hardware they are using.” During the same talk at the summit, Brodman took some time to pump up how great T-Mobile is despite not having the iPhone and no plans to sell the device in the near future. He was asked about if T-Mobile can survive without selling the iPhone and here were his thoughts:

“Yes we can. We have fantastic alternate choices. And I think those (Android, Blackberry, Windows) devices — whether it is through the app experiences, through the network experiences or through the devices themselves — do things that rival the iPhone — and in many cases — do them better than the iPhone. So, I absolutely think we can be successful.”

Tell us how you really feel Brodman. What do you all think? Is it time for a subsidy-free future or do you folks prefer having your cheaper phones (while still being locked into multi-year contracts)? Sound off in the Comments section below or in our Forums.

source: GeekWire
via: Engadget


, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Windows Chief Calls Android “Chaotic”

Microsoft's President of Windows Phone Andy Lees photo: Microsoft

Although Windows Phone 7 devices have already been on the market for a year, they have yet to pick up any significant amount of steam.  Microsoft made an exclusive deal with Nokia that they are hoping catapults the wavering smartphone OS into Android type stardom. The problem in the United States is that Nokia has been struggling for market exposure, and hasn’t had a hand set in the market here in quite some time.

More after the break
All that didn’t stop Microsoft’s Windows Phone President, Andy Lees from calling Android chaotic. In an interview with the Seattle Times, Lee’s said:

“I think Android is heading down this chaotic phase. We want to enable OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), we want to enable operators, but we don’t want chaos,”

He went on to say: “It feels like, with some of them, that you’ve had several cooks in the kitchen trying to bake different things with the same thing. Whereas we have much more coherency in the totality of what somebody gets when they buy our phone,”

Current Nielsen numbers say that 43% of smartphone owners have an Android device while 28% of smartphone owners own an iPhone. In that same study it showed 18% of smartphone owners have Blackberry’s.  The Nielsen survey grouped Microsoft’s Windows Phone owners as “other” along with Symbian and other proprietary systems.

Lees hinted at some integration between other Microsoft devices, suggesting that Windows Phone will pick up after the next Xbox and Windows 8 hit the market.

source: PC Mag

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

HTC Exec: iPhones are not that cool anymore

Pretty bold words from Martin Fichter, the acting president of HTC America.  In a sit down chat at the Mobile Future Forward conference in downtown Seattle, Fichter unveiled the results of an unofficial poll he had completed on the dorm floor that his daughter lives on at Reed College here in Portland.  He checked with a [...]

Click through to continue reading…


, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Google Offers expands to Austin, Boston, DC, Denver, and Seattle

Google Offers first trial was launched in three cities: The Bay Area, NYC, and Portland.  Well, the trial must have been successful as Austin, Boston, Denver, Seattle, and Washington D.C. were added to the list today.

Shoppers in those areas can sign up and get to purchasing immediately!

Do you live in one of the areas listed above?  Let us know what you think of Google Offers in the comments!

Google Offers expands to Austin, Boston, DC, Denver, and Seattle


, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Google Offers Expands to Seattle, Denver, Austin, Boston and DC Starting Today

Back in April, Google Offers launched through three introductory cities:  NYC, Portland and the Bay Area. Today, five new cities have been added to the list as a sign that this service is going no where any time soon.  Deal shoppers in Austin, Boston, Denver, Seattle and the D.C. area can sign up and get [...]

Click through to continue reading…


, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Sprint: If AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Goes Through It’s Going To Get Pretty Hard For Them To Maintain Pricing

Sprint’s President of Network Operations, Steve Elfman, just gave a very revealing interview to the Seattle Times. During the interview he talked candidly about the AT&T /T-Mobile merger and what it means for the wireless industry and for Sprint, the nations third largest carrier.  Elfman spoke about what happens it means if the merger doesn’t [...]

, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Android Developer Labs 2011 Is Now Open For Submissions

The folks over at the Android Developers blog has just announced the dates for the Android Developer Labs 2011. The goal this year is optimizing Android apps for tablets, specifically making high quality tablet apps that are great in the look and user experience categories. More details on how to register you ask? Sure! The locations and dates are listed below.

While anyone can register, only a select few will be selected to attend. If you have a great idea for an app go ahead and submit it. You never know what could happen.

Android Developer Labs 2011 Is Now Open For Submissions


, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Google Offers launches in beta form in NYC and Bay Area with Google Shopper 2.0 support

Google Offers is the Google service that is trying to combat Groupon. The service offers special deals and offers to users for their local area. Google has announced that Offers is now available in NYC and the Bay Area. The service is launching in these areas with some interesting offers for locals like free samples of cupcakes, discounts on donuts, and lots more.

Google is also talking up the new Google Shopper 2.0 app for Android users that supports the roll out in NYC and the Bay Area. The new app will launch later today and will allow the user to buy, view, and redeem the Google Offer of the Day right on their smartphone. Purchased offers will appear in the My Offers tab in the Shopper 2.0 app and when the user visits the Google Offers website.

The app also allows the user to view nearby offers so they can take advantage of deals when they are traveling as well. Google also says that it will be rolling Offers out to Austin, Boston, Denver, Seattle and Washington, D.C next.

)


, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Comcast invites Skype into its cable boxes, mobile apps

The latest announcement at the 2011 Cable Show comes from the seemingly unlikely pairing of Comcast and Skype, who have arranged to enable video calls through the cable box. All it takes is a camera, adapter and ‘specially-designed remote’ to turn HDMI-equipped Comcast boxes into Skype-on-TV machines when they start trials in the next few months. Senior Comcast VP Cathy Avgiris tells the Seattle Times that video will max out at 720p to start but will be ugraded to 1080p eventually. The tie-in will also means Skype features for the Comcast Xfinity apps on tablets and phones, but according to Avgiris it won’t “necessarily be limited to triple-play” (TV, phone and internet) customers only. Skype has already partnered with several TV manufacturers for HD calling in the living room, but working through cable boxes means a much greater prospective installed base. Beyond the still-unanswered questions of pricing and release dates, we’ve already seen enough Cable Show demos that didn’t amount to much (*cough* tru2way) so this will goes on the shelf with the others until it’s spotted in the wild.

Continue reading Comcast invites Skype into its cable boxes, mobile apps

Comcast invites Skype into its cable boxes, mobile apps originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 14 Jun 2011 06:48:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments