3G Signal Goes Byebye In Order to Make Way for 4G LTE

With technology and gadgets improvising, it’s not a shock for mobile signals to improve as well. We now have 2G, 3G and 4G — 4G as the fastest one for now.

There are places wherein all these signals are available but not everywhere.

Vodafone Will Kill Its 3G Signal for LTE

Old wireless tech is dying whether we like it or not. But Vodafone Netherlands is being advanced. They are going to kill their 3G Signal on the year 2020 to make way for their 4G or also known as LTE signal.

Their reason is to boost up the usage of LTE signal in the country. But here’s the catch: they will still retain the 2G signal.

2G signal is meant for texting and calling according to the company’s representatives. Two years from now, internet connectivity will be LTE (4G) or nothing.

This telecommunications company doesn’t stop consumers from buying 2G-phones. But they strongly advice consumers to have second thoughts in buying 3G-phones just like Nokia, (which just upgraded from 2G).

Well, if this happens, it is indeed useless to buy a 3G phone if you mean to use it for internet connectivity.

But then again, this was just confirmed for Vodafone Netherlands. No news yet if their other branches will follow suit. Just tune in for now.


Google might make the Nexus 7 truly mobile with 3G

The Google Nexus 7 has truly been popular. The Nexus name itself is enough of a reason to get it if you are into Android, but there were a lot of things about the Nexus that can really catch a person’s attention the first time they see it.

The Google Nexus 7 was made alongside ASUS, who is known in the Android community as a popular Android tablet maker. They make it really cheap, too. The Nexus 7 was made with ASUS’ connection to get the lowest price for the best parts possible.

The Nexus 7 had a price tag of $199, the same price tag that competitor Amazon had for their Kindle fire. The main difference here is the sheer power that the Nexus 7 brings to the customer at that price. You get a quad core Tegra 3 processor, a 7 inch 1280×800 HD display, emerging tech such as the NFC based Android Beam, and best of all, the latest Android operating system, 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The Kindle Fire was blown out the water in an instance. The Nexus 7 beat it in every way, making it the clear choice in a low cost, high yield android tablet market. Despite the popularity, the Google Nexus 7 had a few faults that critics seem to focus at.

One is the lack of SD memory expansion. Just to say, for a Nexus device, that is already a given. Google seeks to encourage Nexus users to utilize the cloud based services, such as Google Drive, Google Music, Google Videos, etc., in the absence of memory space. I didn’t see what the issue was, as Amazon’s little Kindle Fire didn’t have one as well.

The Google Nexus 7 was indeed built to be a mobile device, but Google failed in one area – connectivity. Since the device was meant to be a mobile device that focuses on cloud based services, it is a given that the user would need internet access all the time to access their data on the cloud. The problem was the Google Nexus 7 was only built with Wi-Fi connectivity.

People have worked around the issue by tethering data from their mobile phones when on the go, but this causes battery strain for 2 devices at the same time. Many wished that the Nexus 7 had access to network based data. Google probably figured this out, so according to a “reliable and well-placed source”, Google is about ready to ship a batch of Nexus 7 equipped with 3G capabilities in a matter of 6 weeks (give or take).

If this leak is proven to be true, a lot of people hesitant about getting a Nexus 7 for themselves would surely have good reason to get one if their only cause for concern is the lack of 3G data. Do take note that while it will have 3G capabilities, it does not mean that it can be used for texting and calling.

Are you finally ready to give Google’s latest Nexus a go? Sure, it will be priced a bit higher for adding 3G technologies, but it will still be the best bang for your buck tablet out there. It definitely beats the previous Kindle Fire, but I wonder how well it would fare now that the second Kindle Fire is nearly on stage?

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Free apps drain smartphone battery faster

Saving a few bucks by downloading free apps have been very ideal for spendthrift individuals. Unfortunately, your free app downloading hobby may turn your device into a battery eating machine.

Researchers from Microsoft and Purdue University teamed up and used a special profiling tool to find out the connection between free apps and a smartphone’s battery life. In one case, 75 percent of an app’s power requirement was spent not on gameplay but on operating third-party ad services.

Those pesky ads are the culprit for this.

The research team used six smartphone applications to study. These include Angry Birds and Facebook. They compared the results on three HTC handsets the Android powered Magic and Passion, TyTN II running on Windows Mobile OS. The iPhone wasn’t tested due to the restrictions built into the OS.

With free versions of the Angry Birds, only 20 percent of the power is being consumed by the game. Forty-five percent of the power is being consumed finding out the player’s whereabouts so that a specific ads can be served.

They also found out what they call a “3G tail”. This is when a battery’s energy continues to be sapped even after a particular action. They found out that this “3G tail” accounts to more than 25 percent power consumption.

So don’t be frugal and spend some hard earned bucks for your favorite apps.

Nationwide outages on Verizon 4G network

Verizon Wireless subscribers all over the U.S. have reported that they are having difficulty in connecting to the carriers 4G network.

Customers have been raving about the problem in Verizon Wireless 4G Forum in several locations across the nation. They’ve been reporting the loss of 4G network access while others complained about losing access to “1X” GPRS and 3G networks.

Verizon said that the network doesn’t have any problems with the 3G technology, voice and other data services but have admitted that they are having difficulty with their 4G LTE network.

Others users doesn’t have a problem with the network, but unfortunately a number of subscribers have been experiencing this type of problem intermittently. Verizon said that the issues have been occurring in a 24 hours span.

Verizon, through Twitter, assured their users, “We’re working to resolve some 4G LTE issues ASAP.”

Photo Credit/Screenshot by Eric Mack, CNET

Apple VS Nokia: A messier fight

After filing a complaint to the International Trade Commission, the Finnish phone maker isn’t done suing Apple yet.

Now, they’ve filed another second patent-infringement lawsuit against Apple, alleging that latter has violated 10 of its US patents. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court in Delaware.

According to the lawsuit, Apple has infringed several of Nokia’s patent including those in 3G and 3GS, patents for the camera phone and touch screen display and as well as technology on the iPod’s click wheel.

This USITC complaint is basically a ramp-up of Nokia’s previous lawsuit against Apple which was filed in October of last year. Apple has responded with a countersuit of their own in December.

This current lawsuit, according to a report by Finland’s Taloussanomat, echoes the same complaints that Nokia made to the ITC. Apparently, Nokia is really getting ready for a nasty battle and wants to cover all the bases both in court and in international trade tribunals.

Source: http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/01/nokia-adds-additional-lawsuit-in-patent-catfight-with-apple.ars

China Unicom to offer 3G service to compete with rivals

China Unicom is finally set to launch the first official iPhone sales in the country this week. And with the biggest carrier in the world as their competition, as well as the 1 million gray-market iPhones already proliferating in China, the company is preparing for battle.

So how did they plan to do it?

Because unlocked iPhones and other high-end phones sold in China’s gray-market only use China Mobile’s 2G network (that uses GSM and GRPS standards), Apple’s official carrier in China for the iPhone will be offering China-developed 3G service to users of any handset that supports 3G, including those gray-market iPhones

I would like to stress out however, that despite China Unicom being the first to officially sell iPhone in China, its contract with Apple is not exclusive. Its main competition, China Mobile, has said last month that they are also in talks with Apple about distribution.

Another probable distributor of the iPhone in the country is Hon Hai Precision Industry (also known by the trade name Foxconn), a major contract manufacturer of Apple gadgets.

Source: http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20091026/tc_pcworld/chinaunicomaimsforrivalsgraymarketiphoneusers

Nokia and Apple: the war begins?

Yup, you read that right. The biggest handset maker in the world and the maker of the most popular handset are heading to what could be a long legal battle.

Nokia is suing Apple because the latter has refused to license 10 patents and according to a statement released by the Finnish phone maker, all iPhone models (yup, that means even the original iPhone) is infringing.

“The basic principle in the mobile industry is that those companies who contribute in technology development to establish standards create intellectual property, which others then need to compensate for,” Ilkka Rahnasto, vice president, legal and intellectual property at Nokia said. “Apple is also expected to follow this principle. By refusing to agree to appropriate terms for Nokia’s intellectual property, Apple is attempting to get a free ride on the back of Nokia’s innovation.”

According to Nokia, the company has spent over $60 billion on R&D related to wireless technology. The patents that Apple allegedly violated include patents on wireless data, speech coding, security and encryption. It also said that for any phone to be able to run on a GSM, 3G, or Wi-Fi network, it would have to license one of its patents – an action that Apple did not make.

So what will happen if Nokia wins in court?

According to Apple analyst Gene Munster, Nokia can extract a royalty payment of 1 to 2 percent for every iPhone EVER sold (basically that $6 to $12 per phone or $204 to $408 for all iPhones). What’s worse for Apple is that if the court found that a “willful infringement” was committed by the company, they will have to pay Nokia three times the amount of whatever the judgment won.

And what does that leave Apple? Either they settle this out of court, or they can invalidate Nokia’s patents. According to Jason Schultz, director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at the UC Berkeley School of Law however, the latter could be much more difficult to do.

“Invalidating 10 patents is a lot, that’s like running the Boston Marathon. It’s really hard to do. You might get one, two or even five,” Shultz said. “But 10 is a lot.”

Stay tuned!

Source: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19512_7-10381354-233.html

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