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T-Mobile states new Nexus phones won’t support band 12 LTE, at least at first

Posted by wicked September - 30 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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We are wrapping up Google announcement day and simply couldn’t close the cycle without some distress. This time the bearer of bad news is T-Mobile, which states the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P may not be supporting 4G LTE bands as much as everyone believes.

While the specs seem to show all relevant bands are supported, there’s a little hidden caveat with T-Mobile. Unlocked device manufacturers now have to block access to band 12 LTE or get certified for VoLTE. This is something Google, LG and Huawei apparently haven’t done with the new Nexus phones. Well… at least that is what T-Mobile’s Twitter account is saying.

As it turns out, the involved companies can still work on getting certification. Some smaller phone makers usually skip this, but it’s imperative that Google takes care of this. The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P will be very important devices in the USA.

But why does T-Mobile have to do this? As it turns out there are very valid reasons to block non-certified Band 12 users. There seem to be areas where T-Mobile only has support for band 12 LTE. This would mean that even basic calls will need to use VoLTE, which is fine for many users, but remember things can get touchy if those phones can’t make emergency calls, which would be the case here.

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But why not just switch to roaming in these band 12-only spots? There are complications for doing that. So much that T-Mobile would rather block Band 12 from these devices, sending them straight to roaming where other LTE frequencies are absent. It sure is bad news, but Google and company should have already taken care of this. We can assume they will at some point, it would be too big of a fail not to.

Who is thinking about using a Nexus phone on T-Mobile. Would this make a difference to you?

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Fastest LTE networks and countries revealed

Posted by wicked September - 24 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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4G LTE has been rolling out across the globe for a number of years now, but your typical speed and coverage can still be highly dependent on your country of residence and choice of carrier. OpenSignal has just published its report on global 4G LTE networks for Q3 2015, which reveals the fastest and most consistent networks around the world and in which countries you can find them.

Before we delve into the leader boards, the research also finds that 4G LTE speeds are generally increasing around the world. 20 Mbps connections are now quite common, partly thanks to the introduction of LTE-Advanced. However, it’s the late adopters that seem to be providing the best speeds these days, while some countries that were previously on the cutting edge are falling behind.

LTE vs WiFi OpenSignal

In fact, the 4G wireless standard has easily surpassed typical broadband WiFi speeds available through telephone wires. The average 4G LTE speed sits at 12.6 Mbps, faster than 3G’s 3.2 Mbps average and quite a bit quicker than WiFi’s rather poor looking 5 Mbps. Although regional broadband speeds vary considerably from this average.

Top 5 fastest countries

  1. New Zealand, 36 Mbps
  2. Singapore, 33 Mbps
  3. Romania, 30 Mbps
  4. South Korea, 29 Mbps
  5. Denmark, 26 Mbps

Despite only introducing 4G LTE to the country two years ago, New Zealand now tops the table as the country with the fastest LTE network. As we have come to expect, countries in Asia are generally up there with the best performance too, although some European countries are also quite competitive. Interestingly, South Korea has managed to double its LTE speed in the past year, thanks to the introduction of carrier aggregation technologies.

For comparison, the typical speed in the US is around only 10 Mbps, less than a third of the speed of the top nations. The UK sits on 13 Mbps and the typical speed in Europe is closer to 20 Mbps, although it varies a lot. India, which is seeing growing LTE use, sits at 10 Mbps as well. Early LTE adopters, such as the US, Japan, Sweden and Germany, don’t feature in the top 5 anymore.

While the best performing networks were in Asia, European operators delivered some impressive performances as well, notably TDC in Denmark and KPN in the Netherlands. – OpenSignal

Top 5 countries with the best coverage

  1. South Korea, 97%
  2. Japan, 90%
  3. Hong Kong, 86%
  4. Kuwait, 86%
  5. Singapore, 84%

Of course, coverage is just as important as the top achievable speeds. There’s little utility in a super-fast connection available to just one village. However, OpenSignal doesn’t calculate these results based on geographic coverage, but rather caculates the score on time in coverage, which takes into account the strength of indoor signals too.

Again, we see a particularly strong showing for the Asian nations. However, speed leader New Zealand drops down to just 51 percent coverage, sitting right next to the UK’s and India’s 50 percent.

While the U.S., Sweden and Japan are falling behind in speed, they are among the top countries in the world in terms of coverage. – OpenSignal

The US fares much better in this category, managing to offer a LTE connection to customers around 78 percent of the time, although the Sprint network falls to 64 percent. Europe is a very mixed bag, with the Netherlands managing 80 percent while France struggles on just 47 percent. The worst carrier coverage can be found in Indonesia, where Axiata’s XL network provides a LTE connection just 19 percent of the time.

Top 5 fastest networks

  1. Starhub, Singapore, 38 Mbps
  2. Vodafone, Romania, 36 Mbps
  3. TCD, Denmark, 35 Mbps
  4. Olleh, South Korea, 34 Mbps
  5. SingTel, Singapore, 32 Mbps

Finally, a quick look at the fastest carriers around the world. Unsurprising, Singapore manages to nab a couple of the top positions, but European countries also host two of the top five. Looking more broadly, Europe is a mixed bag, where as Asia and some Middle Eastern countries offer the most consistent selection of local carriers.

For US readers out there, T-Mobile and Verizon are the two fastest networks in the country at around 12 Mbps each. Sprint, AT&T and C Spire are slower, hovering around the 7 Mbps mark on average. There’s quite a way to go to catch up with Singapore.

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4G LTE technology has already helped hook up a large number of mobile customers to blazing fast wireless connections, but it is apparent that a number of carriers still have a long way to go to offer a suitable levels of consistent coverage. If you are looking for the fastest data connections around, Asia is still the place to relocate to, but the rest of the world is catching up.

You can read the full report in the source link below, complete with some interactive charts to help breakdown the data.


Samsung announces Galaxy J2 with 4G LTE in India

Posted by wicked September - 11 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

You would think that India already has too many budget smartphones in the market, and that since a lot of those devices actually come from Samsung, they don’t need another one. But apparently, the Korean OEM thinks otherwise. They have announced a new Galaxy J2 model, this time with 4G LTE, and it will be available only in India (for now). This is the 17th 4G smartphone that they have launched in a country that is considered an emerging power in terms of purchasing largely mid-tier devices.

We don’t know the complete specifications of this new device as of yet, except that it runs on a decent 1.3GHz quad-core processor and that it has 1GB of RAM, which is quite normal for devices in this tier. It will also have ultra data saving mode, which is a nifty thing to have since data is quite precious in that part of the world. It will save you up to 50% off your mobile data as it compresses your apps, media like photos and videos, etc.

Previous rumors indicated that this will have a 4.5-inch WVGA screen and will have a 5MP main camera and a 2MP front-facing one. So you probably won’t be able to use this to enter any mobile photography contest. It will reportedly come with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, will support dual SIM, and will have a 2,000 mAh battery.

If you are in India and you’re on the lookout for a secondary device or you’d want to have just a budget smartphone, then wait for further announcements as to the availability of the Samsung Galaxy J2. It will retail for 8490 rupees, which is around $128.

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Verizon 5G Goes Into Field Testing in 2016

Posted by Kellex September - 8 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

I understand that your phone finally has a stable 4G LTE connection that doesn’t destroy its battery in four hours, but it’s time to look beyond and into 5G. Verizon 5G is almost here, sort of. The company announced today that it will begin field testing its 5G technology with key partners come 2016.

Companies like Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung are already on board and working to “ensure an aggressive pave of innovation.” These companies (along with others over time, I’d assume) will take to Verizon’s Innovation Centers to collaborate and share ideas in order to help get 5G ready for you and I. If they can make enough progress, Verizon will begin field testing 5G in 2016. 2016 is next year, by the way. 

Verizon describes the benefits of 5G as “50 times the throughput of current 4G LTE, latency in the single milliseconds, and the ability to handle exponentially more Internet-connected devices to accommodate the expected explosion of the Internet of Everything.” Yes, the IoT needs 5G, apparently.

Ready for 5G?

Via:  Verizon

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Lenovo rolls out cheapest 4G Android phone in India, calls it A2010

Posted by wicked August - 21 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

One of Lenovo‘s biggest markets is India and so the company regularly brings new phones to the country. As an emerging market, there is a large demand for affordable phones that still deliver good specs and features. Recently introduced is the A2010 smartphone that features a 4.5-inch FWVGA screen, 1 GHz quad-core MediaTek SoC, 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, dual SIM support, 4G LTE connectivity, and a 2000mAh battery.

Other specs of the phone also include 1GB RAM, 8GB built-in internal storage, micro SD card slot up 32GB memory expansion, and of course, the standards like WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.1, Android 5.1 Lollipop. This new Lenovo model is expected to sell because it’s currently the cheapest 4G-capable phone in India at only Rs. 4,990. which is about $75. It’s actually more affordable than the ZTE Blade Qlux 4G which was launched with a Rs. 4,999 ($76) price tag earlier.

Lenovo says that Indian consumers are quickly moving with the world. Sudhin Mathur, Director forSmartphones proudly said, “Lenovo are looking to bridge the gap between the latest technology and an Indian consumer by offering innovative and future-proof devices easily available to the masses at an affordable price.”

The new Lenovo A2010 is definitely a step ahead. Lenovo 4G phones are popular in India now because of their affordability, simplicity, and efficiency.

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Lenovo unveils the A2010 as India’s cheapest 4G smartphone

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


Lenovo has just unveiled its latest smartphone, the A2010 in India, which it’s marketing as the regions cheapest 4G-capable handset. The device will retail for just INR 4,990 ($76) when it launches on Thursday, September 3.

The A2010 packs a 4.5-inch touchscreen with a 854 x 480 resolution, a 1GHz MediaTek MT6735M 64-bit quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage, dual-SIM compatibility and a 2,000mAh battery.

The China-based manufacturer’s most recent unveiling runs the latest build of Android 5.1 Lollipop straight out of box skinned with the same user interface that can be found on the Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro.

If you’re based in India, like the sound of the Lenovo A2010 and would like to find out more about picking one up — hit the source link below.

Source: Indian Express

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Smartisan U1 Price, Release Date, Specs Leaked!

Posted by wicked August - 17 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Smartisan technology gives a news on official WeChat, they will held a launch event in the evening of 7 O’clock August 25 in Shanghai. Additionally, Smartisan U1 price, release date, specs are leaked. It is rumored that this new phone will price 899 yuan. It will be released on August 25. As for the specs, …

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Huawei’s Nexus smartphone may offer global LTE support

Posted by wicked August - 12 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


While Google’s Nexus smartphones usually come equipped with top-of-the-line hardware, their popularity can be largely attributed to the pure Android experience that they offer. But this time around, Huawei is going to give you one more reason to get excited about the upcoming Google flagship – it could be compatible with LTE bands worldwide.

According to BGR India, the Huawei-made Nexus will feature a single PCB for all bands, making it the world’s first Global LTE capable smartphone. Usually a country either has FD-LTE or TD-LTE frequency bands, therefore, smartphone companies manufacture country-specific handsets. Those travelling from one country to another often face network issues if their handset is not compatible with the frequency bands of the new country.

“In order to save costs, manufacturers instead have different variants for different regions. However this is something only Google would do,” a Huawei source was quoted as saying.

It is not clear whether Huawei is using Qualcomm’s RF360 technology that promises to deliver one global LTE solution for bands of multiple frequencies.

Earlier, we had reported a leaked video that showed the design and specifications of Huawei’s upcoming Nexus smartphone. According to rumours, the Huawei Nexus will come with a 5.7-inch QHD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, 13.1-megapixel rear camera with laser focus, 4GB of RAM and NFC support. Needless to say, it will run Android M out-of-the-box.

Source: BGR India


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iPhone 6S Review- The World First Reviews Come Out!

Posted by wicked August - 5 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

iPhone 6S is the ninth generation of smartphones of Apple company. iPhone 6S is a product equipped with Apple Watch. It was leaked that Apple will be released iPhone 6S in the second half of 2015. This Apple new device is the product everyone is looking forward to. So here our website tries our best for you to …

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Galaxy Grand Prime 4G launches in India for Rs 11,100

Posted by wicked August - 4 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off


Samsung has today launched its Galaxy Grand Prime 4G in India with a price tag of Rs. 11,100, which equates to around $175. The Galaxy Grand Prime 4G is Samsung’s latest 4G smartphone in the rapidly growing market and brings the total number of LTE-enabled Galaxy devices in India to 14.

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The handset was announced alongside the Galaxy Core Prime 4G and Galaxy J1 4G back in February this year but Samsung missed its expected release date; the handsets were meant to go on sale in March but the Core Prime 4G was only released in June and the J1 4G is yet to make its debut.

The Galaxy Grand Prime 4G is a dual-SIM smartphone with almost identical specs to the non-LTE variant aside from the addition of Band 3 and 20 LTE and Android 5.1 Lollipop. The specs also include a 5.0-inch qHD display with 540 x 960 pixels resolution (and a lowly density of 220 pixels per inch), a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage and a microSD slot.

On the back, the Galaxy Grand Prime 4G has an 8MP rear camera with single LED flash that is capable of Full HD video while the front facing 5MP snapper is also able to capture in 1080p. The handset has a comparatively large 2600 mAh battery which is removable, NFC, an FM Radio, the usual array of connectivity options and will be available in White, Grey and Gold.