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3 years ago

AT&T set to Acquire T-Mobile USA from owners Deutsche Telekom

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Earlier today AT&T and Deutsche Telekom entered a deal for the acquisition of T-Mobile, which between cash and stocks is a deal valued at 39 billion. Part of the deal also gives Deutsche Telekom an equity stake of the company, which is about an 8% of ownership in the company. While this news is rather stunning, and customers of both networks probably have many questions, keep in mind that it will take at least a year to finalize, and faces regulatory approval, but either way this is pretty huge news. With the joining of the two networks, they certainly hope to build one super network, which they put as:

AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile USA provides an optimal combination of network assets to add capacity sooner than any alternative, and it provides an opportunity to improve network quality in the near term for both companies’ customers. In addition, it provides a fast, efficient and certain solution to the impending exhaustion of wireless spectrum in some markets, which limits both companies’ ability to meet the ongoing explosive demand for mobile broadband.

As the deal continues to develop, we will continue to bring you the news. All we can hope for is one super competitive true 4G network that is ready to compete with Verizon. For all the details currently available be sure to check out the press release here. [Business Wire]

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3 years ago

O2 enables 900MHz 3G network in major UK cities

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O2 UK has announced that it's enabled a 900MHz 3G network in London, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham, after the carrier obtained permission to use the spectrum from communications regulator Ofcom in January. O2 says this will increase its 3G coverage, improve download speeds by 30% and network capacity by 50% in these areas.

To take advantage of O2's "3G900" service in the cities with coverage, you'll need a phone with UMTS/HSPA 900MHz capability. Thankfully most popular Android smartphones sold by O2 fall into this category. The Xperia X10, HTC Legend, Wildfire and Desire series, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S series should all be able to use O2's speedy new network.

O2 says it will use a range of new technologies in the future to improve its mobile data network. Nigel Purdy, O2 UK's CTO, mentions in today's press release that the carrier plans to implement HSPA+ and LTE networks in addition to its current 2G and 3G coverage. [O2 UK]

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3 years ago

Android Quick App - GroupMe

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Ever try to make plans with a group of friends, and have to send the same message to all of them, only to have to reply with the same answers to all of them? Wouldn't it be much easier if you were able to just text one number, and have it go to all of your friends, creating a group SMS message? The folks at GroupMe had the same idea, and they have released an application that will do just that; make it easy and effective for people to SMS with a group of people.

Simply launch the application, search your contacts for the people you wish to be in the group, create the group, and boom, you are assigned a number. This number is the one that will be used to send messages to, and all the people in that group will receive them, and be able to reply to it, making planning events a piece of cake. Additionally, not only are you able to send SMS but you can call that number as well, which creates a conference call between all of your friends in that group. If you are looking for a free, yet extremely simple and effective way to communicate with a group of friends, you will want to head into the Android market, and check out GroupMe. If you have friends on BlackBerry devices, be sure to let them know it has just gone into beta for them. Download information after the break.

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3 years ago

First HTC Thunderbolt custom ROM [From the Forums]

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The HTC Thunderbolt just got released, and Android Central forums adviser Adrynalyne has already worked up a custom ROM.  

It's a basic stock setup with all the Verizon crapware value added software removed, based on the 1.12.605.9 RUU that has been floating around.  Besides the removal of the Verizonware, the ROM is deodexed, zip-aligned, and has the latest versions of Gmail and the Android Market.

Word is that this is just to get things started, and Adrynalyne will have something special for TBolters soon.  Keep your eyes peeled and visit the Android Central Thunderbolt forums for more news.  [Android Central forums]

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for March 19, 2011

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Whether you just picked up a HTC Thunderbolt this week, or you have been an Android lover for a while now, finding new useful applications can be a struggle at times. Let us share with you some of our favorites that we have found, and hopefully you will find them useful as well.  Join us after the break to see what we have in store for this week.

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3 years ago

More pictures of Casio C771 G'zOne leaked

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We know very little about the Casio G'zOne -- it showed up briefly during CES 2011, but no real details came with.  An anonymous friend has sent us a few pictures and little bit more information about this rugged phone that should show up soon on the Verizon network.  According to our tipster, the GzOne will be run Froyo, have a 5 MP camera, be built to military specifications (including water resistance) and ship with an 8 GB micro SD card. Also the OS will have a button to sync all your social networks (Twitter and Facebook MySpace are specifically mentioned) and all the rest of the normal "Android Goodness".  Also on board is Casio G'zGear, a collection of tools for outdoor activities.

Much like the Motorola Defy or the Motorola i1, this one should appeal to those of us who need a phone that can stand up to an abusive environment.  Folks like emergency personnel and our troops should soon have another choice for a rugged Android phone.  Hit the break for a few more pictures. Thanks anonymous!

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3 years ago

Android 3.0 and hardware acceleration

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Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) provides full 2D hardware acceleration in applications, and Romain Guy explains the ins and outs of enabling it in your app at the Android Developers Blog.  Mr. Guy is a software engineer for Google's Android project, and is heavily involved in the graphics rendering code for both Gingerbread and Honeycomb, and seeing him take the time to further application development for Android is great.  He's also one hell of a photographer, and some of his work has been used as the stock backgrounds on Android phones.

Developers should check out the source link for all the details, but we'll keep it a little more end-user friendly here.  Hardware acceleration has been around for a while in Android for things like OpenGL games, but now normally coded apps can use and benefit from it as well.  On the Motorola Xoom, all the stock applications already use accelerated 2D graphics, and third party apps can take advantage of it with a single line added to the AndroidManifest.xml file in the source code.  If the app is using the standard set of drawables, all operations will then use the GPU when drawing them on-screen.

There are some other things to consider if you've written custom drawing code, which is why hardware acceleration is disabled by default.  Mr. Guy takes the time to explain what you need to do as well as what operations are supported if you need to go this route.  Looks like we're going to be seeing some awesome third party apps coming up for tablets running Honeycomb.  [Android Developers Blog]

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3 years ago

Amazon App Store could launch as soon as March 22

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Amazon has been spending time wooing developers, and they might finally be ready to open their app store to the masses. Wired is reporting that Amazon could launch their app store this coming Tuesday, March 22. Their main selling point to developers (and users) will be a more curated storefront to help quality apps stand out from the pack. In addition, Amazon is already set up to take money in more countries than Google's Checkout which would open entirely new markets for developers and finally give customers living there a (legal) way to obtain paid apps. [Wired]

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3 years ago

Virgin Mobile launches new, free music app in Android Market

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Virgin Mobile USA has released a new, free music app to the Android Market and it's not just limited to Virgin Mobile users. All Android users can access Virgin Mobile Live 2.0 and the benefits it offers for music fans. After the app is installed, you'll be able to tune into Virgin Mobiles streaming music channel as well as view videos from past artist performances and starting next week, performances from SXSW will start to appear.

Another cool feature that Virgin Mobile has included is the "check-in" option for concert events. You can check into live events and share them with friends on Twitter and Facbook. As of now, it is loaded with Lady GaGa concert info but over the next few weeks the app will expand to more artists and venues. Full press release can be found after the break, as well as the download QR code for those interested. [Businesswire]

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix coming to T-Mobile UK in June

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T-Mobile UK will begin carrying the Motorola Atrix from June, according to a recent update to the carrier's "coming soon" page. Previously the Atrix has only been available on T-Mobile's sister carrier Orange. In 2010 Orange and T-Mobile merged to form Everything Everywhere, and now subscribers to one carrier are able to freely roam on the other's network.

Other phones due to arrive on T-Mobile UK include the LG Optimus Black and Samsung Galaxy Ace this month, and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and HTC Desire S in April. [T-Mobile UK]

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