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LG G Pad 8.0 – now with added LTE

Posted by Tom August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

An LTE-enabled version of the LG G Pad 8.0 has been unveiled.

The LG G Pad 8.0 LTE tablet has a few tricks up its sleeve (which are even easier to enjoy with the new online anywhere option), including QPair 2.0 and Knock Code.

QPair 2.0 gives the ability to connect the tablet to smartphones via Bluetooth to choose the tablet to answer calls, receive notifications and send messages.

Knock Code is LG’s security function that recognises user tap codes for swift unlocking.

Via fareastgizmos

 

LG G Pad 8.0 gets an LTE makeover

Posted by wicked August - 14 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Trying to make headway in markets that tote LTE connectivity in every street and corner, LG is announcing a new LTE variant of the middle child of its new G Pad series. This G Pad 8.0 still carries the same goodness, or maybe lack thereof, of its vanilla counterpart, except now your Internet connection won’t have to go away even if your WiFi does.

For all intents and purposes, this it the exact same G Pad 8.0, which means you get a 1280×800 8.0-inch IPS display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage. There’s also a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front shooter. The 4,200 mAh battery might be enough to get you through the day on the WiFi-only model, but the addition of LTE network support naturally translates to even more battery drain and a shorter time away from that wall socket.

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That said, you also get the same software features found on LG’s G Pad series, some useful and some just icing on top. You have Knock Code unlocking gestures and Smart Keyboard input. QPair is definitely an interesting way to make and take calls as well as messages on the tablet itself, without having to pick up your phone. For the more frivolous uses of the tablet’s cameras, you have Gesture Shot, which lets you activate a 3-second timer just by opening and clenching your fist, and Touch & Shot, which combines tap to focus and tap to shoot in one single tap.

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The LTE G Pad 8.0 will be available in black, white, luminous orange, and luminous blue flavors. The tablet will go live in key European markets next week, followed by Central and South America, Asia, and CIS territories in the coming weeks. No word on pricing yet or on availability in the US. That said, the LTE G Pad 7.0 landed on AT&T early this month and the older G Pad 8.3 also came by way of Verizon, so there is a good chance that this variant could also make its way to the country some time in the future.

SOURCE: LG

American smartphone buyers prioritize LTE and screen size – what do you want in your phone?

Posted by wicked August - 13 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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A sound smartphone adviser will tell you there is no “perfect” phone. Personal preferences play the most important role in choosing the right device, but this doesn’t mean we don’t collectively tend to prefer certain features or factors over others.

A new study by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech is shedding some light on what American new smartphone buyers tend to look for. Americans are all about speed, so it’s obvious most users will prefer a device that has 4G LTE compatibility. This does include most devices nowadays, but this doesn’t yet make it less of a factor. We all want that LTE!

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Another important variable is screen size. The display is the window into the smartphone experience, so it makes sense that users put this specification in high priority. I prefer larger displays, which offer ease to your typing. Some may want a smaller screen, which usually makes devices easier to hold.

Research and influences

There is a process we all follow when purchasing a new product. You may look for friendly advice or professional reviews, habits this study also happens to dig into. Kantar states iPhone buyers tend to do the least research before buying a phone. This makes sense, considering Apple has its reputation and a huge following that will say wonders about Apple’s gadgets.

This study reveals that about 25% of new smartphone buyers turn to friends for advice, while nearly 25% uses the carrier’s website. The next most popular advice would come from other websites (like us). We would also be wrong if we thought the internet is now taking over the world, as 64% of purchases are made in traditional brick & mortar stores… 24% of smartphone sales are done online.

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It seems stores are full of Samsung fans. A whopping 64% of users are recommended Samsung devices by in-store representatives, while only 30% are recommended an Apple smartphone. A bit over half of do buy a Galaxy device, while the rest go for an iPhone or another Android device.

Oddly enough, the above-mentioned specs are usually among the first I ask friends about when they seek for my advice. Size preferences, price ranges and design are crucial, so keep that in mind next time you need to help someone out.


Via: Phone Arena;
Source: Kantar Worldpanel ComTech;

Verizon CFO: First LTE-Only Phone Arriving First Half of 2016

Posted by Kellex August - 12 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Verizon CFO Fran “ShamWow” Shammo sat down for the opening of the Oppenheimer Internet and Communication Conference this morning to discuss the state of his company’s affairs. These conversations typically revolve around areas that Big Red can continue to to grow in to make more money, since that’s all investors really care about. But when speaking of new money-making arenas, we tend to learn about Verizon timelines for new products or services, like 4G LTE rollouts or Multicast or the introduction of everyone’s favorite, tiered data plans.

This morning, when discussing the company’s upcoming VoLTE launch, Shammo was asked when we would see the first phone from Verizon that would be LTE-only, lacking a 3G-CDMA chip. The answer, surprisingly (to me at least), was to not expect a device without a 3G chip until the first half of 2016. In case you forgot how to read a calendar, that’s at least a year and a half away from now, but could be more like two years.

The last we had heard on LTE-only phones arriving was in June of 2013, where Verizon CNO Nicki Palmer said that we could see LTE-only phones by the end of 2014. Clearly, things have changed.

Of course, in order for this to happen, Verizon needs to make sure that their VoLTE setup is rock solid, so that it can deliver the same experience that their customers currently get over 3G. At this point, Verizon has plans to push a nationwide VoLTE rollout within the next few months, though Shammo would only mention that they want to get it right before launching. The sooner the better for those of us who want a phone that runs on LTE-only. LTE-only phones, in theory, could open up a world where unlocked LTE-only phones can be taken from carrier to carrier with ease.

Via:  Oppenheimer Conference

Verizon CFO: First LTE-Only Phone Arriving First Half of 2016 is a post from: Droid Life

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G adds LTE, keeps the same price tag

Posted by wicked August - 6 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Xiaomi‘s devices may sell like crazy, but not all of its smartphones, like the relatively new Redmi Note, have completely desirable traits. Now the Chinese manufacturer is ready to push that phablet to into the LTE age by announcing its sibling, the Redmi Note 4G, toting LTE connectivity without bumping up the price.

The “Note” part of the name might be a bit misleading, but Xiaomi’s device doesn’t wield a stylus like Samsung’s Galaxy Note or even NVIDIA’s Tegra Note 7. It is, however, Note-like in size, bearing a 5.5-inch 720p HD screen. Practically nothing has changed in this variant of the Redmi Note. You still get the same 1.6 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400, for one, and the ample 3,100 mAh battery for another. Even the cameras are the same, at 13 megapixels and 5 megapixels for back and front, respectively.

There are, of course, some changes. Unlike the previous Redmi Note, this variant only comes in one configuration, and that’s with the aforementioned processor and 2 GB of RAM. The star of the show, however, is the 4G LTE, compatible with China’s TDD-LTE bands. Xiaomi advertises that this gives users a theoretical download speed of up to 132 Mbps. Of course, that is only during ideal conditions.

The best news of all, at least for those still planning on buying this, is that there is no price change at all, at least compared to the higher-end Redmi Note. This new Redmi Note 4G will only cost 999 RMB, roughly $160 today. That’s the exact same price tag of the non-LTE variant that has the same specs. This is by all means great news for those who still don’t have one, but for those who may have already invested in the original 2 GB Redmi Note variant, this might come as a rather disappointing news.

SOURCE: Xiaomi (1), (2)

Samsung to jump the gun, launch Galaxy Note 4 ahead of IFA in September

Posted by wicked August - 1 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Samsung may be gearing up to launch the Galaxy Note 4 in the days prior to the IFA trade fair in Berlin, Germany in September. The Korea Times is reporting that Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 4 on September 3rd, reasoning that Samsung looks to gain as much footing as possible before Apple announces their own new smartphones in September.

The Korea Times cites several sources in Samsung’s parts supply chain, including suppliers of displays and camera modules, and is very confident in this launch date.

Whether Samsung launches ahead of IFA, during, or even at the end, we are very much looking forward to this device; with their poor sales numbers so far this year, they better hope that you are excited too. The Galaxy Note 4 may not entirely bring the company around, but it is certainly looking to be the hottest phone of the season by the specs.

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We took a good look at all of the rumors and compiled our Galaxy Note 4 ‘what we think we know‘ list about a week ago. In addition, this new info suggests that all four of the major US carriers are on-board with the device, but no actual shipping and availability dates are provided. As for those specs, here is the updated list of what we said we think we know:

  • 1.3GHz Samsung Exynos 5433 octa-core / 2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 (APQ8084) (depending on market)
  • ARM Mali-1760 GPU or Adreno 420 (depending on SoC)
  • 5.7-inch QHD display
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 16MP rear cam with Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3.68MP front cam
  • LTE support (plus an LTE-A version for South Korea)
  • 32GB storage with microSD (other configurations possible)
  • S pen support
  • Dust/water Resistance
  • New sensors: heart rate monitor, finger print reader, UV sensor

The Korea Times suggests that Samsung will bring a version of the Galaxy Note 4 with a curved display to show off at the launch and IFA, but it will not be available for purchase at initial launch.

Further confirmation of the UV sensor is provided, with the explanation that the sensor will be used along with S-Health to provide UV Radiation index levels. Perhaps your new Galaxy Note 4 will convince you you’ve seen enough beach time for the day, or that you have been locked in your cubicle for too long and should get outside for some vitamin D. We’ll have to wait for September 3rd to see where Samsung is going with this.

That’s it for now. We’ll see what new leaks and rumors spread in the next month as we await official announcement of the new powerhouse Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Is this thing getting you excited yet?


Via: Phandroid;
Source: Korea Times;

Google now out of stock on non-LTE Nexus 7 tablets

Posted by wicked July - 31 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Google has been selling the Nexus 7 with some pretty sweet deals as of late in order to get rid of stock before the release of the Nexus 8 tablet.

Now, it turns out that Google’s completely out of stock of the non-LTE models, according to the device’s product page on Google Play.

We’re not sure if Google plans to replenish its stock, considering the Nexus 8′s launch isn’t set until some time this fall, but it would be odd if it didn’t. Of course you can still get the Nexus 7 from third party retailers, if Google doesn’t plan on selling the tablet in the future.

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Nokia XL updated with 4G LTE edition in China

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Six months after the Nokia XL announcement, China Mobile and Nokia are launching the Nokia XL with 4G LTE connectivity in China. Sadly, the 4G LTE edition will not work elsewhere as it supports LTE Bands 38, 39 and 40 (TD-LTE or TD-SCDMA) only.

Other than added with 4G LTE supports, the Nokia XL is also updated with more RAM memory and a better processor. It now comes with 1GB RAM (768MB previously), and powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor instead of a 1Ghz dual core processor on the original Nokia XL. Interestingly while the Nokia XL 4G LTE edition measures in the same size, it is only weighted at 158 grams. The original Nokia XL is much heavier at 190 grams.

Other specifications remain the same, there is a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi b/g/n, 4GB internal storage and a microSD card slot.

Microsoft has recently announced that Nokia X series’ future products will be powered by Windows instead of a custom Android OS. The Nokia X2 introduced last month and Nokia XL 4G LTE edition are likely the last Android smartphones from Nokia.

VIA: GSMAreana

Qualcomm is Ready to Bring You LTE Direct, Battery-Friendly Contextual Awareness

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Lots of apps nowadays – from Google Now, to Foursquare, to Keep – rely on locational awareness (more commonly referred to as “geofencing”) to serve contextually sensitive information, such as the number of nearby restaurants and friends. That’s all good and fine, but those features typically rely on a combination of GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth signals to function, which means using them requires sacrificing power.

Qualcomm thinks it may have a solution in LTE Direct. The technology, a device-to-device discovery service, piggybacks on LTE spectrum to help smartphones and tablets – thousands of devices at a range of around 500 meters, to be precise – to exchange information. 

The chip maker states that LTE Direct has several advantages over technologies like Bluetooth, most important of which is battery preservation. Because the standard offloads tasks like timing and resource allocation to the LTE network, the impact on battery is minimal; devices with LTE Direct capability can wake up and search for each other “synchronously,” instead of pinging constantly.

LTE Direct is also privacy sensitive, to a degree. Devices don’t reveal their identity or precise location to others. Because LTE Direct has much better range than competing standards and is platform agnostic, Qualcomm thinks it is well suited for applications in push advertising, searching, and loyalty services.

It’s highly unlikely we will see LTE Direct deployed this year, as it is currently undergoing operator trials, but the technology’s possibilities are exciting, to say the least. Qualcomm will be showing off unique use cases for LTE Direct at a developers conference on September 18-19 in San Francisco.

Via: Qualcomm [2]

Qualcomm is Ready to Bring You LTE Direct, Battery-Friendly Contextual Awareness is a post from: Droid Life

LG G3 Cat. 6 to launch in Korea with Snapdragon 805

Posted by wicked July - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

LG seems to now also be doing the LTE-A variant dance like its arch rival. Instead of vesting its latest flagship with the latest and greatest specs, including an LTE Category 6 compatible modem, LG has left the G3 a bit wanting in that area and instead will be launching a different model in its home country just for this very purpose.

So what does the LG G3 Cat. 6 variant offer that its flagship namesake can’t. Well, as the name implies, it has support for Category 6 LTE. That means, at least in theory, that users will be able to achieve download speeds up to 225 Mbps, depending of course on the network quality. Considering that Korea likes to flaunt its LTE-A networks, that might not be impossible to achieve. In practical terms, LG says that users will be able to download an 80 MB music video in just 2.8 seconds and a 1 GB movie in 36.4 seconds. Again, in theory.

There is, however, one more difference. In order to support this high-bandwidth LTE network, LG had to swap out the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 on the original LG G3 with a more recent and more multimedia-focused Snapdragon 805. But aside from Cat 6 support, the new processor also bumps up the processor speed, up to 2.7 GHz max for each of the four cores. In contrast, the Snapdragon 801 only reaches 2.5 GHz. The GPU is also an upgraded Adreno 420, bringing with it maximum graphics performance.

In all other aspects, the LG G3 Cat. 6 remains the same LG G3 that you might have fallen in love with, which is good for LG’s core Korean market. Those who have already invested in the main flagship won’t have to feel jealous over this new variant, unlike the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A, which is a substantially different and better model than the Galaxy S5. No price has been mentioned yet but so far it will only be available in Korea, starting July 25. It will come in Metallic Black, Silk White, and Shine Gold colors.

SOURCE: LG