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Mystery Motorola Device Stops by FCC, Likely New Moto X Headed for AT&T

Posted by Kellex August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

An FCC filing for a device made by Motorola and with AT&T written all over it (in terms of connectivity) has arrived, a device that we can only assume is the next Moto X (or Moto X+1). The device falls under FCC ID IHDT56QA1 and is linked below in case you want to look through the documents yourself. 

Why do we think this is the new Moto X headed for AT&T? Well, it sports all of AT&T’s bands, from GSM (850/1900) to LTE (2, 4, 5, 7, 17). And that’s almost all that we have to go on, since this filing actually hides other details of the device. The thing is – what other device could it be? Motorola is going to unveil the new Moto X next week in Chicago, so an FCC filing for the phone ahead of time only makes sense.

The image above gives us measurements as well, numbers that point to a device that is similarly sized to the Galaxy S5. The FCC measurements indicate that this Motorola phone is 140×72.6mm – the Galaxy S5 is 142×72.5mm. The new Moto X is expected to sport a 5.2-inch display, with much less bezel than the GS5, which would certainly put them around the same size, even with a slightly larger display on the new Moto.

Edit:  Since many are assuming that the FCC’s measurement of 149mm across the display screen means a 5.9-inch display on the phone, I’ll have to stop you there. Keep in mind that the LG G3 has a 5.5-inch display with minimal bezel, yet it measures 146.3×74.6mm. There is no way that the new Moto X can measure 140×72.6mm, yet have a display that is .4-inches bigger than the LG G3. It’s just not possible. The FCC filing is likely just misrepresenting the situation here a bit by putting “display screen” on the image to indicate that this is the front of the phone. These measurements are for the entire phone, not just the display.

We should point out that the FCC label and model number appears to be located on the bottom of the phone, something we can confirm as being true for the new Moto X. Information we have received from sources leads us to believe that the back of the new Moto X will be clean, without FCC markings.

Other variants of the device for other carriers have yet to appear. Once those do, we will be sure to pass that info along.

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Via:  FCC
Cheers Justin!

Mystery Motorola Device Stops by FCC, Likely New Moto X Headed for AT&T is a post from: Droid Life

AT&T 4G LTE Lit Up in New Markets, From Arizona to Georgia

Posted by Tim-o-tato August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

AT&T has launched a good-sized list of new 4G LTE markets this week, ranging all the way from Arizona to Virginia. Their total should be greater than 600 markets now, putting them even ahead of Verizon in terms of overall amount.

Even though AT&T has a few more markets, Verizon is getting ready to launch nationwide VoLTE on its network, but AT&T’s VoLTE is only available in select markets as of this moment.

To see if your city has been graced with AT&T’s LTE, look below. 

New Markets

  • Kingman, AZ
  • Bullhead City, AZ
  • Lake Havasu City, AZ
  • Lynchburg, VA
  • Harrisonburg, VA
  • Enterprise, AL
  • Ozark, AL
  • Cornelia, GA
  • Toccoa, GA
  • Douglas, GA
  • Rutland VT
  • Canon City, CO
Via: AT&T

AT&T 4G LTE Lit Up in New Markets, From Arizona to Georgia is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon’s Advanced Calling 1.0: HD voice and video calling

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

The much-awaited Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology that is set to revolutionise how we make and receive calls is coming soon for Verizon subscribers. They’ve announced the rollout of their HD voice and video calling capability – called Advanced Calling 1.0 – in the next few weeks, a little behind competitors AT&T and T-Mobile but ahead of other US carriers.

The application of VoLTE technology for calls signifies the predicted eventual shift from CDMA voice calls. However, both phones involved in the call need to be on Verizon’s LTE network for it to work. You’ll know if video calling is applicable when you go to your contact on your phone and you see a video camera next to their name. So all you have to do is just tap that video button and you’ll be able to make a video call with your contact.

You can also easily switch to voice call, which will be in HD voice, and if you feel like switching to a video call again, then you just tap the camera again. Obviously, using HD calling will bring higher resolution to both audio and video. But not all devices right now will be able to use this technology. Both the caller and receiver need to have compatible devices, aside from the network connection requirement.

Verizon says it will release a list of compatible devices, as well as those that will be able to receive a software update to make it VoLTE capable so you’ll be able to use Advanced Calling 1.0. But even if your phone can call using this new technology, if the person you’re calling doesn’t have that capability or you’re calling a landline or another smartphone from a different carrier, then they will still be using CDMA voice calls.

SOURCE: Verizon

VIA: SlashGear

HTC Desire 510 wants 4G LTE to be more accessible

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

LTE prices are starting to go down but the costs of smartphones that can support it aren’t. Aspiring to bring an LTE-capable smartphone to the masses, HTC is unleashing the Desire 510, a mid-range smartphone touted to be an always connected multimedia device in your pocket and bears some of the highlights of HTC’s more expensive selection.

The Desire 510 is undoubtedly a budget smartphone when you look at its spec sheet. Powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 and 1 GB of RAM, it just has enough juice to pull you through every day usage, some videos, and maybe a few games that don’t require much resources. As for watching videos, though, you might be a tad disappointed. The 4.7-inch screen, while handy, only comes with an FWVGA resolution of 854×480. That’s even less than 960×540 qHD. The 8GB storage might be a bit small, but that is easily rectified with a 128 GB microSD card. A 5 megapixel rear camera, a lowly VGA front shooter, and a decent 2,1000 mAh battery rounds up the smartphone’s key hardware.

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That said, looks can be deceiving and the HTC Desire 510 might appear to be a semi-premium smartphone from the outside. It slightly resembles the company’s more premium designs on its face, though the second speaker is sadly located at the back instead. It isn’t aluminum though, but polycarbonate plastic. You will find Android 4.4 and HTC Sense running inside, though the exact version of the latter isn’t specified. There’s also BlinkFeed for your news reading needs. Interestingly, it seems that HTC is bent on capitalizing on its new Dot View case concept that debuted with the HTC One M8, since this budget smartphone will have its own set as well.

The HTC Desire 510 will be available worldwide including markets in the US, Europe, and Asia, particularly those with 4G networks. No exact availability date or pricing has been made known yet, but expect the smartphone to make an appearance at IFA 2014 next week, hopefully with a few more bits of information.

T-Mobile to quadruple Simple Starter data for only $5 more

Posted by wicked August - 25 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plans seem to have a good option for most users out there, but not everyone needs all the benefits these alternatives provide. T-Mobile created the Simple Starter plans for single line users who need something cheaper and with less commitment.

You must keep in mind there are reasons the Simple Starter plans are a bit cheaper.

Today’s announcement sheds light on yet another Simple Starter plan many of you will love. Magenta’s new plan quadruples your data for only $5 extra per month ($45 instead of $40). Subscribers would no longer be tied to 500 MB, raising their monthly data limit to a healthy 2 GB of blazing 4G LTE data.

You must keep in mind there are reasons the Simple Starter plans are a bit cheaper. For starters, data is suspended after you reach your Simple Starter data cap. Simple Choice users can continue browsing with reduced speeds, making the latter choice a virtually unlimited data plan.

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Simple Choice users also tend to get dibs on T-Mobile’s best offers, including free international 2G data and unlimited music streaming. In short: these Simple Starter plans would be a great option for users who don’t need all the bells and whistles of T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plans.

Those interested will be able to sign up for the new Simple Starter plan come September 3rd. Just head to T-Mobile’s website to sign up!


Source: T-Mobile;

Verizon Announces 14 Additional XLTE Markets

Posted by Tim-o-tato August - 21 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Verizon announced fourteen new XLTE markets this morning, adding to its already impressive 350 markets currently live in the US. The markets range from Oregon, down to Texas, up to Montana, so a few subscribers among us will definitely be benefiting from this light up.

XLTE is Verizon’s attempt to broaden bandwidth on its existing 4G LTE network, which has seen quite a drop in performance over the past couple of years.

For a peek at the new markets, take a look below. 

New Markets

  • Midland, TX
  • Odessa, TX
  • Great Falls, MT
  • Sheboygan, WI
  • Rome, GA
  • Albany, GA
  • Valdosta, GA
  • Gainesville, GA
  • Mason City, IA
  • Gadsden, AL
  • Hickory-Lenoir, NC
  • Jackson, MI
  • Pendleton, OR
  • Winona, MN

Verizon Announces 14 Additional XLTE Markets is a post from: Droid Life

ZTE nubia 5S mini arrives in the US, unlocked and with LTE

Posted by wicked August - 21 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

ZTE is bringing yet another of its rare smartphones to the US, this time offering it without any carrier support or subsidy. The nubia 5S mini’s 13 megapixel camera and focus on digital photography features, however, might make it a more interesting pick compared to the manufacturer’s previous devices, even or especially those limited edition marketing gimmicks.

The nubia 5S mini LTE, a name that is likely to cause some confusion, is, for all intents and purposes, a mid-range device. It runs on a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32 GB via a microSD card. The 4.7-inch 1280×720 display might not sound impressive, but ZTE boasts that it has applied Sharp’s power-saving IGZO technology. It is powered by a 2,000 mAh battery and is compatible with US LTE networks. Unfortunately, it only uses Android 4.3 instead of the latest KitKat.

While the specs may sound mediocre or decent at best, ZTE is selling this device more as a camera-centric smartphone than an Android powerhouse. The 13-megapixel rear camera comes with a BSI sensor and an F2.2 aperture, is made up of five pieces of precision optical lens and protected by sapphire glass. The front piece is no underdog either with a 5 megapixel sensor. Of course, there are various software features designed to take advantage of that hardware, including different camera modes for different needs, editing and filter effects, as well as a “smile trigger” for easier selfies. ZTE is claiming to offer a DSLR-like photography experience with controls and photo editing capabilities.

ZTE will be selling the nubia 5S mini LTE unlocked through Amazon. The company claims that this shows its confidence in its product, meaning that they’re confident users will buy them without the help of US carriers. The smartphone costs $279.99 and comes in only one color configuration of white with black front bezels. The nubia 5S mini LTE will officially launch on August 27 but is already available today for pre-order from Amazon.

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SOURCE: ZTE

LG announces LTE version of the LG G Pad 8.0

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

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LG announced today that they are expanding their tablet offerings by adding a 4G LTE enabled version of the LG G Pad 8.0. The 8-inch version of the G Pad series of tablets was announced back in the spring as part of a trio of tablets from LG. According to LG’s president Dr. Jong-seok Park,

“LG is setting a higher standard for connectivity in emerging 4G markets. Today’s on-the-go consumers demand speed and convenience wherever they are, at any time. If a 4G LTE infrastructure is in place, we want LG products to be first to take advantage of the fast network.”

Along with the 4G LTE connectivity options that will be available for users of the tablet, LG is also shipping them with their QPair 2.0 technology that will let consumers pair the tablet to a smartphone using Bluetooth. Users can then answer phone calls, receive notifications and send text messages from the tablet.

LG did not indicate what pricing will be like for the device. However, it is expected to ship to markets in Europe, Central America, South America, Asia and CIS countries in the coming weeks. The LG G Pad 8.0 will be available in black, white, luminous orange and luminous blue.

source: LG

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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;