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2 days ago

FCC to limit Verizon and AT&T participation in upcoming low-band spectrum auction

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AT&T threatens to not participate in the auction if rumored restrictions are put in place

An upcoming spectrum auction that will offer up airwaves previously reserved for broadcasters could actually give the most benefit to smaller mobile network providers. The auction, which will have highly-desirable 600MHz spectrum up for grabs, may have restrictions placed on it that will keep the big players Verizon and AT&T from snatching up too much. According to reports, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler plans to set up the auction in a way that smaller providers — such as T-Mobile and smaller regional carriers — will have a fair shot at buying some spectrum without being drastically outbid by the big money behind the leading carriers.

Chairman Wheeler explains that because Verizon and AT&T have taken advantage of their market position in past auctions they have snatched up a majority of the sub-1GHz spectrum across most of the country, while smaller carriers have traditionally relied on the less-efficient spectrum above 1GHz and even 2GHz in some cases. The proposed auction plans expect to restrict any single buyer from picking up more than one-third of the spectrum up for grabs in any given market — once they bid and control that amount, the other two-thirds will be up for sale to other carriers.

Naturally Verizon and AT&T aren't too happy about the situation, and AT&T in particular has made statements that it could possibly not participate in the auction altogether — even though it has participated in every major auction in the past — if the restrictions are put in place.

Source: WSJ

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2 days ago

Nike rumored to be axing Fuelband hardware division

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Here's one to take with a grain of salt, simply because as of now it's not official. Sources at CNet say that most of the FuelBand team is to be let go, and that Nike will halt production of the hardware altogether. This includes the planned "slim" version to be released later this year, and everything else the 70-odd member team may have been working on.

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2 days ago

Android Central 181: Fix yer stuff!!!

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Audio-only stream below

So what do we think about the Galaxy S5 after a week of use? You've read it in our comprehensive review, now hear us talk about it (again, we know) in our latest podcast. Plus, it wouldn't be sounds coming out of our mouths without more on the HTC One M8, the new Google camera app (it's really good!), and answers to a whole slew of your questions.

Join us!

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2 days ago

AllCast receiver app arrives in Amazon Appstore for Fire TV

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Coming up tightly behind the launch of Amazon's Fire TV, well-known developer Koush has brought his popular AllCast streaming app to the box. While it was available previously as a simple app to sideload for yourself manually, you can now get it through the Amazon Appstore officially.

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2 days ago

How to increase touch sensitivity on the Galaxy S5 to use it with gloves

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No matter the weather, you won't have to choose between using your phone and having cold fingers.

You won't always need to make use of your phone while wearing gloves, but when the temperatures dip the last thing you want to do is expose your extremities to the elements to send a tweet. With the latest enhancements in touchscreen technology phones can now be sensitive enough to be used with gloves, and the Galaxy S5 is no exception. 

The ability to poke around your new phone while keeping your fingers warm isn't turned on by default, but it's simple enough to turn on if you need the feature. Read along and see how you can turn on the increased screen sensitivity mode on your Galaxy S5, and keep your fingers warm in the process.

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2 days ago

AT&T GoPhone adding more data to smartphone plans

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AT&T's pre-paid GoPhone customers are in for a nice little treat: their monthly data allotments are going up, but their monthly cost is staying the same. Starting April 25th, GoPhone's 2GB $60-a-month plan will be bumped up to 2.5GB, while the $40-for-250MB plan will double to 500MB. Additionally, those on the larger and more expensive plan will gain mobile Wi-Fi hotspot support at no additional charge. And if you happen to be wanting to buy your smartphone from Wal-Mart, GoPhone shoppers there will have the option of a $45 monthly 1GB plan.

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2 days ago

Coming up at 4 p.m. EDT — it's the Android Central Podcast!

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OK, folks. Our Galaxy S5 review is out the door, and it's time to end the week with a little fun. Google's released a compelling new camera application. Chrome Remote Desktop means more working from home. And, of course, we'll answer your questions, live, on the air, in living color.

So join us this afternoon at 4 p.m. EDT — that's 9 p.m. in London — for the Greatest Android Podcast in the World! You can find us at this Hangout on Air.

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2 days ago

Verizon LG G2 getting KitKat today

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There's an update to the Verizon LG G2 on the way today, and it's bringing our most favorite of delectable software versions: Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Following in the footsteps of the KitKat upgrades that have landed in recent weeks on Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile, Verizon LG G2 owners can now expect to get the very latest that Android has to offer, along with LG's own copious customizations.

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2 days ago

Verizon's HTC One M8 getting a software update with new features, fixes

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For those of you rocking a Verizon edition of the HTC One M8, it's software update time! We've been expecting one, as the U.S. models have lagged behind their more worldly counterparts in regards to some last-minute fixes and feature additions that we saw at launch time.

Here's what's new in software version 1.55.605.2:

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2 days ago

Amazon holding Appstore Easter egg hunt, offering discounts and Coin rewards on selected apps

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Amazon is holding a digital Easter egg hunt in its Appstore, offering discounts and rewards on several apps through tomorrow. Several popular games and apps are featured in the hunt, including NBA Jam, Candy Crush Saga, and Frozen Free Fall.

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