In a press release today, Clearwire has announced their intent to add LTE Advanced capabilities to their existing network infrastructure. LTE Advanced is true 4G technology as originally defined by the various groups that define such things, and this will be its first appearance. The LTE Advanced tech standards call for peak download speeds over 100 Mbps, and Clearwire says their trials have exceeded 120 Mbps. That's fast.
Clearwire also is quick to mention that they are not abandoning their existing Wimax network or customers, and expect to gain over 2 million additional users throughout the rest of 2011.
The big winner here looks to be Sprint, who already has a business arrangement with Clearwire and has announced a partnership with LightSquared to bring LTE to their customers. Customers have 4G now with Wimax, "better" 4G later with LTE, and "real" 4G with LTE Advanced. Sounds like someone has all their ducks in a row, let's hope it pans out. Read the full press release after the break.
We spent some quality time with Samsung this morning at its TouchWiz update event in New York City (you might have seen a tweet or 20), and I got my Galaxy Tab updated as part of the shindig.
We've already done a screenshot preview -- now it's time for our video hands-on. Probably the most important change is the quick-launch tray, which gives you a sort of dock down at the bottom of the screen.
Check out our video above, and stay tuned for more from the London event.
We've heard the cries. "Why isn't Google fighting back on the patent front?!?!" Trust us, there are people in suits working on this every day. And today David Drummond, senior vice president and Google's chief legal officer, penned a blog post explaining what's going on, saying:
Android’s success has yielded something else: a hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents.
So what's Google doing about it? Drummond's post doesn't really say anything we didn't expect, calling the bidding process an "anti-competitive strategy" that caused the winning price of the patents -- $4.5 billion -- to go way over what they're actually worth, and that "the law frowns on the accumulation of dubious patents for anti-competitive means." He continues that Google's lobbying the Justice Department to investigate the patent auction for anti-competitive practices, which it's rumored to be doing, and that Google's going to beef up its own patent portfolio, which it's also said to have been working on.
While you should read the entire post (link's below), we find zero surprises in any of that. Question remains: How will it play out?
A limited number of Thrive Tablet users have experienced a Resume issue when in Sleep mode. Toshiba has released a software update to resolve this issue, improving the sleep-and-resume performance, as well as enhancing the multimedia playback capabilities of the device. The software update can be downloaded through the Toshiba Service Station utility app found on the Thrive Tablet.
And that's that. If you've got a Thrive, get to updating.
Whether constantly on the go in new areas that you are not familiar with, or just looking for a new place to dine or how expensive the gas around you is, many of us want access to all this information with one simple click. Dex Mobile is a rather new application that is available in the Android Market free of charge that allows users to collect all this information, and more with just one simple click.
It's posts like these that make me realize how old I am -- for better or worse. I remember reading Berenstain Bears books as a child and now times have changed so much that the books can now be downloaded and listened to, and followed along with on numerous devices. That said; you can expect more Berenstain Bears titles to start showing up in the Android Market as OceanHouse Media and Harpers Collins have a new agreement in place to bring the Berenstain Bears books to the digital front:
“The Berenstain Bears omBooks continue to be one of our most beloved app series,” said Michel Kripalani, President of Oceanhouse Media. “It’s exciting to have the opportunity to expand the number of these treasured books in our omBook collection thanks to our wonderful partnership with HarperCollins Children’s Books.”
You can find the full press release after the break, or you can just head on over to the Android Market right now and grab some of the currently available titles.
I know it's been in beta for a while, and I know we gave you a video preview to whet your whistle, but now the time has come. Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles is out of closed beta and is now in open beta, waiting to be downloaded by you hungry hordes of Android gamers.
You'll need a device running 2.0 or higher (so, everyone?) to see it, but other than that, you're good to go! The developers are putting their finishing touches on it and expect the official launch in August, but if you don't mind a little bit of beta action, you know what to do.
The lower end but still highly capable device sports a 3.2-inch screen, 5MP camera and Android 2.3. It is available in white from T-Mobile stores and black from Walmart, Sam's Club and T-Mobile online.
If you've been waiting for a great phone at an affordable price, the Wildfire S should fit your bill. If you intend to pick one up, brag about it in the HTC Wildfire S Forum.
Android phones aren't always the best for the business set, but that's not for a lack of trying. Last year, Motorola and Verizon Wireless brought us the Droid Pro, a phone aimed right at BlackBerry defectors. Now Sprint users get their own version, the Motorola XPRT (see what they did there?). The XPRT is pretty much the Pro reborn on a different network.
Is it still good enough for the business-minded? Let's take a look, after the break.
Capital One customers irked at the lack of mobile banking options will be pleased to know that an official app is now available in the Android Market. Capitol One now gives Android users access to their checking and credit card account balances, recent transactions, an ATM and branch locator, and rewards information, as well as mobile functionality for account transfer and bill pay. The app is available on Android 1.6 and above, with Honeycomb support coming "soon." Download from the Android Market with the link below.