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Qualcomm Announces 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 Announces 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.


Samsung will launch an LTE-capable Galaxy S 5 in India later this year

Posted by wicked July - 20 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off


In India, Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 has lacked any type of LTE support, primarily because of Samsung using their in-house Exynos processors in the device instead of Qualcomm’s LTE-capable Snapdragon chips. While other manufacturers have launched smartphones that support India’s relatively small LTE market, Samsung has lagged behind the competition. That might change by the end of the year, however.

Recent reports say that Samsung will be launching a new SM-G900I model device, which will be a Galaxy S 5 with a Snapdragon 801 CPU on board. That particular CPU also happens to mean that an LTE modem will be in the phone, so customers will finally be able to pick between 3G and 4G options if they want to go with a Samsung device. Aside from the processor, all other specs of the phone look like they’ll be the same, including 2 GB of RAM, a 1080p screen, and all the bells and whistles we’ve come to expect from Samsung’s TouchWiz.

This device will cost about $930, instead of $660 that the 3G-only model costs right now. Of course, the 3G model had a much higher price tag when it launched, and it’s steadily been coming down, so this LTE GS5 is likely going to follow that pattern in the next few months, too.

Either way, it’s great that Indian customers will finally be able to take advantage of their young LTE network with a Samsung device.

source: SamMobile

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Verizon offers ALLSET PLANS for 4G LTE smartphone owners

Posted by wicked July - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

So you finally have the 4G LTE device that you’ve been dreaming of. But then your connectivity leaves a lot to be desired so the LTE part of your smartphone is practically useless. Verizon is offering device owners a great deal to make the most out of their phones’ 4G LTE connection with their ALLSET PLANS, offering unlimited talk, text and at least 500 MB of data per month.

Starting at $45/month, the plan offers all these plus fast connectivity that they promise will make owning a 4G LTE smartphone doubly worth it. If you think however that 500MB of data per month is too low for your Internet needs, you add $5 for additional 500MB of data. If that’s still not enough, they’re offering BRIDGE DATA where you can add usage allowance when you think you’ll exceed your current one. Some of the options available are additional 1GB for $10 and 3GB for $20, both expiring in 90 days.

Another offering from Verizon would be useful for those traveling to the US’ North American neighbours. If you’re going there anytime soon, you can let family or friends living in the area know that you’ll be there. The ALLSET PLANS’ unlimited texting lets you send test messages to Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico without incurring additional charges.

Those already with 4G LTE devices can avail of the ALLSET PLAN and would just need to activate their contract. Those who want to avail of the plan plus a handset can choose from several handsets including the HTC One, Moto X, Samsung Galaxy S 4 and Samsung Galaxy S5. They are also offering for a limited time the LG Lucid 3 ($149.99) and LG G2 ($299.99) together with the plan, both in the online and retail stores.

SOURCE: Verizon

Verizon Announces 4G LTE Connectivity for ALLSET Prepaid Plan, Launches July 17

Posted by Kellex July - 15 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Two weeks ago, we exclusively reported that Verizon would introduce 4G LTE connectivity to its ALLSET prepaid plan starting July 17. Today, Verizon made it official. After keeping 4G LTE out of its prepaid plans for years, Big Red will now allow you to “bring your own device” to ALLSET and not have to worry about contracts. Even XLTE-ready devices will work with ALLSET going forward.

The plan works like this - $45 will get you unlimited talk and text, plus 500MB of data. If you want more data, you can pay for BRIDGE DATA at $5 for another 500MB, $10 for 1GB, or $20 for 3GB. BRIDGE DATA expires after a certain amount of days if you don’t use it ($5 data after 30 days, $10 and $20 after 90 days). You can add up to two BRIDGE DATA packages at a time.

If you sign-up for auto pay, Verizon will also give you another 500MB of data at no cost. 

With Verizon ALLSET, you can essentially pick and choose the data package that would work best for you, like say the base plan (500MB), with auto pay (free 500MB), and $20 in BRIDGE DATA (3GB), which would give you 4GB of data for $65. That’s not bad.

Verizon will also make a select number of devices available for prepaid, like the Moto X, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, and HTC One. But again, if you already own a Verizon 4G LTE device, you can activate it on ALLSET prepaid, starting this Thursday.

From what I can tell, there isn’t a catch to ALLSET. For example, you should see full 4G LTE speeds and have no limitations.

Any takers?

Via:  Verizon [FAQ]

Verizon Announces 4G LTE Connectivity for ALLSET Prepaid Plan, Launches July 17 is a post from: Droid Life

Unfortunately for the Galaxy Note cult out there, yesterday’s Samsung Exynos announcement was not the new 5433 chipset that we were all hoping for. However, we did get a new quad-core Exynos ModAP chipset that seeks to solve an age-old problem with the Exynos line: LTE capabilities. This new ModAP chip is the first Exynos SoC to have an LTE modem built-in, and should offer more flexibility when it comes to Samsung’s processor line.

The struggle of living in the US and being a Samsung fan is never getting to experience the Exynos line if you wanted to have your LTE download speeds too. While we highly doubt that we will ever see this specific Exynos ModAP chip in a phone stateside, this is a big step for Samsung to work into Qualcomm’s dominance of the market. The ModAP is built on 28nm HKMG architecture and Samsung promises that it is built to not only support LTE speeds (all the way up to LTE-A standard), but all the other high demands that come from today’s smartphones.

Samsung hasn’t quite given us the complete technical rundown of the ModAP chip just yet, but it shouldn’t be too long before we finally have our hands on that. It remains to be seen if this is the chip that will power the upcoming Note 4 and other flagships, or if it will be their mid-range processor, leaving the heavy lifting to something else. Once we hear more from Samsung we will be able to figure all of this out.

Via: Samsung

Samsung Announces New Quad-Core Exynos ModAP Processor that Features a Built-In LTE Modem is a post from: Droid Life

Samsung Exynos ModAP joins the LTE big leagues

Posted by wicked July - 11 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Samsung has just announced a new Exynos chip and this time it doesn’t bear the usual four-digit name. Simply called the Exynos ModAP, this latest SoC brings together a quad-core CPU with a Category 4 LTE modem, which will allow future Exynos-bearing Samsung smartphones to be available in more LTE-enabled markets.

Samsung’s self-made Exynos chips are no underdogs, being one of the first to implement octa-core CPUs and Heterogeneous Multi Processing (HMP) using ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture. Their use in Samsung’s devices, however, have been relatively few, foiled primarily by the lack of LTE support. That all changes with the Exynos ModAP. This chip is capable of handling Cat4 LTE, with theoretical speeds of 150 Mbps on downlink, support for duplex modes and support for both FDD and TDD bands, ensuring that the chip can be used in as many regions as possible.

The LTE feature alone might be enough to make the Exynos ModAP interesting, but of course there’s more. The chip is equipped with an Image Signal Processor (ISP) that is capable of handling 8 megapixels at 30 frames per second. According to Samsung, this allows for high resolution recording and playback, though it doesn’t really say up to what resolutions it can handle. There is also a 6.4 GB/s high memory bandwidth that allows more data to be shuttled faster to and fro processors and memory, translating to smoother performance even in more graphics intensive situations.

Curiously, the Exynos ModAP is noted to only have four cores, manufactured using a 28nm process. Not your usual Samsung octa-core flair. This could imply that the first beneficiaries of this new SoC will be Samsung’s mid-tier smartphones and not the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 as expected. But now that Samsung has the technology in place, particularly its new Exynos Modem 300, it is also possible that an octa-core version might be found inside the upcoming phablet as well.

SOURCE: Samsung (1), (2)

ASUS PadFone S, ZenFone 5 LTE go live in Taiwan

Posted by wicked July - 10 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

ASUS is expanding its product lineup in its Asian base of Taiwan with two new devices that sound and look like two existing models but, at the same time, not quite. The new PadFone S and the ZenFone 5 LTE do resemble the AT&T PadFone X and the plain ZenFone 5, but ASUS has put some twist to perhaps make them more attractive to that local market.

As mentioned before, the ASUS PadFone S is the same PadFone X that AT&T launched, except meant for international markets. Apparently, however, that’s not the only difference between the two. ASUS has upgraded the PadFone S CPU to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, compared to the Snapdragon 800 on the US version, but with the same 2.3 GHz clock speeds. In all other matters, the two are exactly the same, so you get the same 5-inch 1080p screen, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and a 13 megapixel rear camera. Of course there is also the 9-inch tablet dock that makes this device line unique.


ASUS has also changed the processor of the ZenFone 5 LTE, but this time with a bigger effect. Swapping out the 2 GHz Intel Atom Z2580 for a slightly lower 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 gave this smartphone one important new feature, as implied by its name. This ZenFone supports LTE networks, Taiwan’s bands to be exact, something none of the other ZenFone smartphones can do. That said, without the Intel chip, this pretty much becomes a rather plain ASUS smartphone, with the same 5-inch 720p screen, 2 GB of RAM, and 8 megapixel rear camera.


Both ASUS smartphones will be launch in Taiwan today. The ZenFone 5 LTE will be sold for around 6,990 TWD, around $235 in the US. The PadFone S, on the other hand, will have a price tag of 9,999 TWD, roughly $335. The tablet dock for the PadFone S is sold separately for 5,000 TWD or $170.

SOURCE: ASUS (1), (2)
VIA: ePrice

Sprint livePro

First introduced at CES as the Projector Hotspot, the ZTE-made LivePro is a crazy contraption that, Sprint hopes, is more than the sum of its parts. And boy, there are a lot of parts to talk about.

Sprint describes the LivePro as a “easily pocketable multiuse mini projector and mobile hotspot” and hopes to sell it to professionals who need an all-in-one tool for presentations on the go.

LivePro Features:

  • Sprint Spark™, a unique combination of advanced network capabilities built for data delivering peak
  • wireless speeds of 60Mbps today on capable devices
  • Android™ 4.2, Jelly Bean
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor (Qualcomm® Snapdragon® MSM8930 chipset)
  • 3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot capability supporting up to 8 Wi-Fi® enabled devices simultaneously
  • Google Mobile™ wireless services, such as Google Chrome, Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™
  • for Android, Google Calendar™, Drive and YouTube™
  • Google Play™ with more than 1 million apps, millions of songs and books, and thousands of movies
  • Power bank – backup power supply charging for mobile phones
  • 1080p resolution input
  • Wi-Fi Miracast® to wirelessly mirror a smartphone or tablet display
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Embedded speaker
  • 3.5mm stereo headset/speaker jack
  • Bluetooth®

Starting with the projecting feature, the 4.7 x 4.7 inches unit features a digital light projector capable of outputting a maximum resolution of 1,920×1,080 at up to 100 lumens, for an up to 10 feet image. The DLP can project in 4:3 or 16:9 and features a contrast rate of 1,000 to 1. The LivePro features built-in speakers, microUSB and an HDMI ports, and a 3.5 mm jack for plugging in headphones or speakers, as well as Miracast support.

sprint livepro (2)

Powering the LivePro (and any device attached to it via microUSB) is a 5,000 mAh battery unit. There’s a 4-inch screen and a dual-core processor that allows the gizmo to run Android 4.2, with full access to the Play Store.

Of course, for Sprint the biggest feature of the LivePro is the “3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot capability supporting up to 8 Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously.” You will need a special plan, of course: “Sprint mobile broadband data plans for LivePro start at $34.99 per month for 3GB of combined 3G/4G data while on the Sprint network. Customers can choose the $49.99 plan with 6GB of combined 3G/4G data or $79.99 plan with 12GB of 3G/4G data. (All pricing excludes taxes and surcharges.)”

As you’d expect from such a feature packed device, the LivePro costs a hefty $449. More details in the press release.

Show Press Release

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – July 9, 2014 – It’s the most important presentation of your career. You walk into the boardroom and learn your client’s Internet access is down and the projector bulb burned out. What do you do?  Never again should you have to face this nightmare after the July 11 debut of the world’s first commercially available pocket projector and mobile hotspot, Sprint LivePro™.


This innovative new device combines a mini projector with a 10-inch to 10-foot projection display and 3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot powered by the super-high-speed network data capabilities of Sprint Spark™, where available, and supports up to eight Wi-Fi® enabled devices simultaneously.


It will be available exclusively from Sprint (NYSE: S) in select Sprint Stores, and through Sprint direct ship sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Web Sales and Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1. With Sprint Easy Pay, well-qualified buyers can purchase Sprint LivePro with $0 down (plus tax) and 24 monthly payments of $18.751.


“Whether it’s a boardroom proposal or backyard movie night, Sprint LivePro is a one-of-a-kind device that combines the enhanced LTE network capabilities of Sprint Spark with an easily portable projector that helps you get work done or keep the family entertained,” said David Owens, senior vice president of Product Development, Sprint. “Sprint LivePro has a high-quality projection display making it easy to share important information on a movie screen, wall or any other flat surface. Its mobile hotspot is powered by Sprint Spark, offering blazing-fast network speeds for downloading important videos or presentations on the Web.”


Measuring 4.7 inches x 4.7 inches and only 1.1 inches thick, Sprint LivePro easily fits in a briefcase or purse and features an embedded speaker providing audio during video or presentations.For bigger sound, separate speakers can be paired via Bluetooth® or attached to the device with a 3.5mm jack.


LivePro offers an easy-to-use 4-inch touchscreen display and Android™ 4.2, Jelly Bean, user interface, making it easy to access content and use the hotspot. The large 5,000mAh lithium ion battery can also be used as a power bank to charge a smartphone, tablet or other devices using a USB cable.


Users can share content using HDMI or USB cables, or wirelessly mirror a smartphone or tablet display using Wi-Fi Miracast®. Through the Wi-Fi connection, users can also pull content from the Cloud directly from the device and stream video and audio content easily with a Wi-Fi connection or data plan. Files can be shared and stored on LivePro using Bluetooth, an HDMI or USB cable as well.


Sprint LivePro is also a great tool for entertaining. At the next family barbecue, the cordless projector can be used to watch video or play a game in the backyard. Customers can also use the mobile hotspot to pull and share content from the Web.


Featuring access to Google Play™, with more than 1 million apps, millions of songs and books, and thousands of movies, LivePro can keep guests entertained well into the night. LivePro also includes Google Mobile™ wireless services, such as Google Chrome, Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ for Android, Google Calendar™, Drive and YouTube™.


Sprint mobile broadband data plans for LivePro start at $34.99 per month for 3GB of combined 3G/4G data while on the Sprint network. Customers can choose the $49.99 plan with 6GB of combined 3G/4G data or $79.99 plan with 12GB of 3G/4G data. (All pricing excludes taxes and surcharges.)

Deal: 32GB Nexus 7 (2013) LTE on eBay for $294

Posted by Kellex July - 3 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

To kick off the 4th of July weekend, how does a decent deal on the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE sound? eBay is running a daily deal on the 32GB version today, which typically runs $349 through Google Play. Should you jump on this deal – with limited quantities available – you are looking at paying $294.99, but that includes free expedited shipping.

You should be aware that the device is “manufacturer refurbished.”

eBay Link

Deal: 32GB Nexus 7 (2013) LTE on eBay for $294 is a post from: Droid Life