Continuing on schedule, AT&T plans on upgrading a series of networks throughout many major US cities. As of most recently AT&T has upgraded networks in San Francisco as well as Atlanta to the 850MHz spectrum. To be added to that list will soon be New York City. Customers should see a noticeable difference in network performance. Seen at Yahoo.
A week ago, Nokia announced that they have launched their Nokia Music+ service in the UK. Today, Nokia has announced that the service is also available in the US, and owners of Nokia Lumia devices can now sign up to Nokia Music+ for $3.99 per month.
Nokia Music+ will allow you to stream tracks and albums direct to your Nokia Lumia Windows Phone smartphone. This will also allow you to download tracks to your device for offline playback.
You can find more information about this Nokia Music+ service for Nokia’s Lumia devices over at Nokia Music.
Cell phone news previously alluded to the release of a Samsung midrange full-touch phone. That allusion is now compromised by the display of Samsung’s full-touch Solstice likely to be launched in the next few days. Sammy’s main touchscreen offer, the Solstice comes equipped with a light 2 megapixel camera, QVGA display, dual-band 3G, and not much else important. Straying away from the unexciting news, the Solstice’s cheap specifications are compensated for its extremely cheap price of $99.99, provided by Boy Genius Report. No matter the case, you should definitely expect the phone to come due to the image above. It is hoped that all information given is on point. Read.
Don’t bother running to go get your G1 updated; this one isn’t available to the public just yet. T-Mobile has confirmed that this firmware up date is version 1.1 / RC33. It appears that RC33 will be implementing pre-Cupcake features. It’s been confirmed that one of these features is Google voice search, but we’ve already seen that on other devices. I just want to see the make or break virtual keyboard. We’re waiting Google!
There have been rumors circulating through the nets within the past week regarding a possible Lenovo/Motorola joint handset that is currently being labeled as the Moto G4 Plus. The only other notable rumors regarding this device is that it also included a fingerprint scanner located on the front of the phone. However, this rumors took a slight turn towards reality this morning when some Chinese tipsters released two photos of what is claimed to be the Moto G4. It is worth mentioning that the “Plus” was removed from the device’s moniker in this morning’s post. It is currently believe that Motorola will be launching a G4 and a G4 Plus.
Not much concrete evidence can be gained from these photos besides the obvious. At first you can see a circular square type of home button, which will most likely double as a fingerprint scanner as well. On the back of the phone you will notice the device bears the strikingly classic Motorola emblem, as well as a camera with what appears to be an LED flash as well as two currently unknown sensors. There is currently no timeline available in regards to when we might be seeing this device launch, so we will continue to keep our ears open!
With preorders soon available for the Sony Xperia X, Sony Xperia X Performance, Sony Xperia XA, and the Xperia Ear headset, it seems like a perfect time for Sony to release some promotional footage of their line of devices. In the video below, you will see a quick demo of both the Sony Xperia X Performance, and the Xperia X. Both devices utilize the same camera, clocking in at an impressive 23MP. The most significant difference in the two devices is the chipset model used to power both devices. The Xperia X Performance, which is being touted as the new Sony flagship device, is powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC. The Sony Xperia X utilizes a slightly slower 650 SoC Snapdragon chipset. In the video, Sony shows off their what they’re calling their new “Predictive Hybrid Autofocus” informing you that you will always be one step ahead of your subject. This technology uses a single object or person to intensify focus and reduce blue on a subject. Check out the video below and let us know what you think!
Unfortunate news for those planning on either picking up a buy-one-get-one Samsung Galaxy S7, or making an early switch from their current service carrier to Big Red. It seems that Verizon has terminated its current promotions involving Early Termination Fee coverage for those looking to jump ship from rival carriers over to Verizon. This promotion was launched on December 28th, and has steadily offered consumers the ability to cover up to $650 in ETF payments. This move was soon followed by peer service carrier giants AT&T and Sprint. T-Moble being the originator of ETF promotions back in early 2014. Currently these three promotions for AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile are still ongoing.
Another promotion bit the dust as well today, ending Verizon’s buy one get one offer for customers looking to purchase either a Samsung Galaxy S7 or Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Originally the promotion was scheduled to end much earlier than it actually did, in the beginning of April, but carrier on until yesterday. Of course with promotions ending, there are always new deals beginning. Verizon launched their yearly nationwide trade-in event. If you have a device that is no less than a two years old and in fair condition, you can receive up to $312 credit on an array of new devices that include Samsung’s Galaxy S7, Apple’s iPhone 6S, LG’s G5, or the Motorola Droid Turbo 2.
It seems Summer is upon us and temperatures are rising, especially amongst top mobile carriers! Shortly after launching a video campaign berating T-Mobile with potentially politically insensitive remarks, it seems the ad has been pulled by Sprint. The video, as seen above, depicts Marcelo Claure, speaking with what is quoted as “Actual Customers” of Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T. Marcelo asks each customer to speak the first thing that comes to mind when they hear the name of opposing service carriers.
When spoken to the woman to the right of Marcelo, she is asked her immediate thoughts upon hearing “T-Mobile.” She responds with the term “Ghetto.” She goes on to say that she is only really aware of AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. She goes even a step further to exclaim that when asking a T-Mobile customer as to why they use T-Mobile, they are not quite sure. Now this is not all that surprising, given this is a commercial heavily based around a woman with little to no knowledge of the wireless industry. Maybe it might be jealousy onset by the fact T-Mobile has passed Sprint by last year as the nation’s third largest service carrier.
It seems that all indications of an imminent HTC 10 launch were correct, after weeks and weeks of leaked information made its way through the headlines. HTC was proud to announce their new flagship device for 2016. While the device boasts of a standard HTC design that many are accustomed to, the manufacturer hopes to break out of its market share in attempts to gain more ground. While many believe the device comes from leftovers of the “One” series drawing board, the device touts much needed hardware and software upgrades. We believe this was an excellent choice on behalf of marketing at HTC. The device is currently retailing at Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, with AT&T sitting this one out. However, it seems that through HTC’s site you can purchase an unlocked device for $699 out right. Preorders are available now with devices expected to begin arriving in early May.
The HTC 10 on paper is a 5.2″ handset that contains a Quad HD Super LCD 5 screen that is being powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset made specifically for US release. It contains 4GB of RAM with 32/64GB optional storage capacity. It also includes a trust MicroSD slot with capacity up to 2TB. The front-facing camera is powered by a 5MP camera with ultra-wide lens, OIS, 1.34um pixels with f/1.8 aperture. The rear facing camera is marked with a 12MP UltraPixel 2 rear camera with 1.55um pixels as well as f/1.8 aperture. You will find all the staples of modern day smartphone cameras including hyperlapse, 60FPS video recording capabilities at 4K, and a laser autofocus. There are two BoomSound speakers paired with Dolby Audio, plus an included wolfer and tweeter. The microphone uses 3 noise-cancelling mics to provide crystal clear audio in ultra-loud environments. The HTC 10 contains a 3,000 man battery that runs HTC Sense 8 on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It also includes a fingerprint sensor included. This device comes in several different options including Topaz Gold, Carbon Grey, Camellia Red, and Glacier Silver.