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As you might have heard from here and there already, there is a Super Bowl event in Houston this Sunday, and hundreds of Verizon technicians have been prepping the local network for two years now. As a result, Big Red subscribers may find carrying capacity solace at the stadium and throughout Houston gathering areas. Verizon told us they have increased the power of its network there with 450% over the course of those two years, and peak LTE speeds with 50% by using carrier-aggregation techniques. How did they do it? Well, here’s what Verizon laid out in particular:
- Built 23 new permanent cell sites
- Installed 220+ permanent small cells installed
- Doubled capacity through major routes in and out of downtown
- Deployed 24 Nodes on Wheels (NOWs) to increase capacity and coverage
- Deployed three channel carrier aggregation leading to greater network peak speeds
- Positioned Mobile cell sites throughout the city
- Installed an antenna system to reach the lower stadium seats
After numerous incidents of dropped calls and inability to stream, share or watch video from packed stadiums during big gatherings like the Super Bowl in years prior, carriers are now taking the hint, and boosting up their advanced network features at such events. We wonder if T-Mobile will again have a direct face-off with Verizon’s network speeds at the Super Bowl, like it did last year, for everyone’s grand entertainment.
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|Samsung Galaxy S7 edge + 1 year of standard Netflix subscription
||$779.99 OR $59.99 upfront
+ $30/mo. x 24 mos
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Loved Narcos and Stranger Things? Of course you did. These are just two of Netflix’s popular recent original series, and they probably lots of great content to come!
With one of T-Mobile’s latest offers, you will be able to enjoy the upcoming seasons of your favorite shows for a whole for free, provided that you purchase or lease a Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge from T-Mobile. That’s right, just get a Galaxy S7 and a whole year of free Netflixing and chill will be thrown your way, courtesy of Samsung and the Un-carrier.
Have in mind that the included Netflix subscription is the standard, $120-worth 2-stream one, which means that you can watch shows and movies on up to two devices simultaneously. Alas, there is no Ultra HD streaming available with that plan, but we shouldn’t look the gift horse in the mouth, should we?
The promotion is valid through Feb 7, 2017, and requires you to pay all sales tax and any applicable down payment. Then you have to register on Samsung’s website until February 21 and they will send you a promo code to activate on Netflix.
1080 x 1920 pixels
8 MP front
Octa-core, 2100 MHz
RAM: 3 GB
BATTERY: 3000 mAh
MEMORY: 16 GB + MicroSD
Announced: Feb 1, 2017
Features: Fingerprint Lightweight Thin LTE Rugged NFC Dual SIM
The Honor 8 Lite sports a 5.2-inch display with full HD (1080p) resolution and 2.5D glass on top of it. There are 16GB of storage inside, expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. The phone ships with Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box and comes equipped with a Kirin 655 CPU and 3GB RAM. On the back, there’s a 12-megapixel camera with F2.2 aperture and very fast autofocus, while in the front, the Honor 8 Lite has an 8-megapixel selfie camera with 77-degree angle view. A 3,000 mAh non-removable battery keeps the light on.
Not official: The information for this phone is preliminary and could be incomplete or inaccurate.
- Device type:
- Android (7.0), Emotion UI
- 5.80 x 2.87 x 0.30 inches (147.2 x 72.94 x 7.6 mm)
- 5.19 oz (147 g)
the average is 5.3 oz (151 g)
- Physical size:
- Pixel density:
Pixel density – The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.
Technology – There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.
- Screen-to-body ratio:
- Light sensor, Proximity sensor
- Aperture size:
Aperture size – The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.
- Hardware Features:
- Software Features:
- Touch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
- Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets
- Shooting Modes:
- High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama
- Video calling, Video sharing
- Front-facing camera:
- System chip:
System chip – Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.
Processor – The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.
- Octa-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
- Graphics processor:
- System memory:
System memory – System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.
- Built-in storage:
- Storage expansion:
- microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 128 GB
- Music player:
- Filter by:
- Album, Artist, Genre, Playlists
- Album art cover, Background playback
- Other features:
- Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording
- Mass storage device, USB charging
Positioning – This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS – This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS – A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS – GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.
- Turn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigation
- Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync
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Korean media is awash in LG G6-specific rumors these days, and we are slowly getting confirmation on speculations that have been bandied about regarding LG’s next big thing from the venerable “supply chain” insiders. The latest reports reiterate a glass sandwich chassis with a sealed battery compartment, which is a departure from the usual swappable battery design of yesteryear for LG. The reason cited, is that the G6 will be the first LG flagship with IP68 certification, letting it withstand submergence in up to five feet of water for up to half an hour.
The other rumor, for a 5.7″ 1440×2880 pixels LCD panel is not a rumor anymore, as LG itself said that this screen with the unorthodox 2:1 Univisium aspect ratio will be the window to the G6’s soul. The top and bottom bezels will allegedly be shrunk to take up only 4mm of space at the front in total, adding to the “all-screen” roster that will seemingly be a trend this year. The phone will apparently have a dual camera setup (duh) and a fingerprint scanner (double duh). The 32-bit audio DAC from the V20 is also being planted to the G6 as well, claims the source.
Purported LG G6 dimensions
Purported LG G6 dimensions
An interesting twist is that LG has decided not to offer all features in all markets, but mix and match where it makes sense. A wireless charging coil, for instance, will be installed in the overseas LG G6 models, but a Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) chip will be for domestic consumption only, as MST-processed mobile payments haven’t really caught on apart from Samsung Pay which is ubiquitous in Korea. In fact, a Samsung Pay Mini app will be released in the Korean Play Store that will allow any Android phone to do these transactions. Korean customers, however, won’t be getting the wireless charging models, as there is seemingly sparse usage of the option there.
With this feature mix strategy, LG is reportedly trying to keep the costs down, as the G6, with all these new features and premium design materials, is already with a starting price of W870,000 ~ W890,000, which is about $770, on its home turf. That is more expensive than the launch tag of the G5 there ($720), though arguably the phone is also introducing plenty of new features to the G-line as well. An LG analyst said that a $40-$50 higher price tag compared to the G5 won’t be a problem, as the G6 is convincing enough, adding that both Samsung and Apple will be jacking up the price tags of their unorthodox Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 editions this year as well. This statement might serve as a tangential proof to the rumors that the S8 will command a higher price than the S7 at launch, but we’ll have to wait two months to hear what it is. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait as much for the G6, as we’ve already been invited to its unveiling February 26, on the cusp of the MWC expo in Barcelona.
source: ETNews (1),(2) (translated) & CNET Korea (translated)
Two days ago, Google announced that a new maintenance update for Android Nougat is rolling out to Pixel and Nexus 5X owners participating in the Android Beta program. The developer preview is currently available only to owners of the aforementioned devices, although a version for the Nexus 6P is expected to follow soon.
According to Google, Android 7.1.2 is an “incremental maintenance update focused on polishing and refinements,” but Nexus 5X owners who have installed it on their phones are now reporting that a cool new feature has popped up in Settings – “Moves.”
For those of you who don’t know, “Moves” are the fingerprint gestures Google introduced with the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. When the Pixel phones launched last year, many Android fans complained about Google’s apparent reluctance to bring the feature over to the last two Nexus phones, which sport the same fingerprint sensors as the ones found on the Pixels. Well, in a pleasant turn of events, “Moves” are coming to both devices with the release of Android 7.1.2! The final version of the maintenance update will roll out in a couple of months, Google says.
If you haven’t heard of “Moves” yet, they are basically shortcuts that let you access different features of the phone, or control parts of its interface, using the fingerprint scanner. There are currently four “Moves” in total, and you can check them out in the screenshot below:
The mobile gaming market is a flooded one. There are new games coming out each day, and developers really struggle to make a splash in the huge ocean that are the various app stores. And while the majority of the unknown titles remain unknown for a reason, there are these select few that really deserve more exposure.
So, in order to give them said exposure and try and boost the confidence of some pretty solid developers by increasing their download stats, we decided to go digging through game development forums, subreddits and message boards for a portion of these diamonds in the rough.
So, without further ado, here are seven awesome Android games that you’ve probably never heard of.
Memory Dungeon RPG
Developer: Epic Egg Studio
Ever wondered what would happen if you cross a classic memory puzzle with a classic dungeon crawler? Neither did we, but apparently someone did, because Memory Dungeon RPG is exactly that kind of a crossover.
The game has your character crawling through 50 different “dungeons” that are actually classic memory puzzles, where you have to match two tiles of the same kind. When you do, you either get an experience or health boost, or you deal damage to the enemy, depending on the type of tiles you matched. When you make a mistake, though, the enemy damages you. And that’s the whole game.
While it is pretty simple, and its sound design could use some work, it’s quite entertaining when you have to wait for the bus, or have a few minutes to spare. We only wish the dungeons were procedurally generated, instead of a finite number.
Jumps and Falls
Developer: Ruslan Abdullakh
Jumps and Falls is a simple game that has a grand total of four main elements – two platforms, a strip of spikes and the player. The goal is to jump high enough to land on the platform above you, without hitting the spikes on top. Jump too low, or too high and you die.
The game features simple one-click controls. You just hold your finger on the screen until you reach the desire jump strength and release it to jump. However, it’s insanely hard to hit it just right. And, trust me, you will get frustrated at some point. Despite that, the game is highly addictive and endless, which makes for a great time-killer.
If your game’s description starts with “Kundi the Super Dog is on a mission”, you can’t go wrong.
Woof Patrol puts you in the shoes of said pooch, as it jumps from one rooftop to the next, protecting his city from evil robbers. Landing the jumps just right is essential, because if you fall off a roof, you have to start over. There is also supposed to be a robber punching mini-game, but since we can’t get past the sixth roof, we have yet to see it.
The graphics, however, are quite charming and well-done for such a small studio. The music is also quite pleasant and relaxing, with a hint of a noir feel to it.
Yet another addicting “jump to the next thing” game with a twist. And the twist is what makes it good. Neo Gravity will have you control, what the developers call, an Icon that simply spins around its starting planet, trapped by its gravity. In order to advance, you need to jump over to the next planet, and trap yourself in its gravity.
The challenge here is that planets have spikes that spin around them too, so you have to avoid those. Additionally, some planets have moons that you can collect for some extra score.
The graphics of the game are rather simple, and consist of neon-colored dots, but are still aesthetically pleasing. The sound is subtle enough not to irritate you over prolonged gaming sessions, but still helps to set the feeling that you’re actually hopping around in space.
Whiteman is brutal, punishing and not for the faint of heart. If you manage to make more than 15 points in one run, consider it dumb luck. Each round lasts no more than a few seconds, according to our experience with the game.
The idea is simple – you control Whiteman, a constantly running ghost-like character. Tapping the screen makes Whiteman run in the opposite direction. In the meantime, bricks are falling from the sky. Touch a brick or the edge of the screen and you’re dead. Collect a coin that’s near the edge of the screen, and you get ten points.
Sounds easy, right? Wrong. At any given second, there are enough bricks on the screen to build a pizza furnace, Whiteman runs so fast that you need to have the reflexes of a Bengal tiger to keep him alive, and it all happens in portrait mode so your game area is extremely limited. Hesitate for a fraction of a second and you’re done.
But please, do give it a try and let us know what score you managed to achieve. Our best is 23.
Developer: Little Adventures
Cluckles’ Adventure is a weird mix between Angry Birds and Super Meat Boy. You assume the role of a brave little chicken that sets out to rescue the baby chicks that were kidnapped (or chicknapped) by the evil minions. The minions in question include rats, snails, skeletons and some weird spitting plants.
The gameplay resembles that of Super Meat Boy – a twitch platformer that will test your reflexes and decision making skills under pressure. Each tiny mistake kills you. There are no health or lives. Touch an enemy or an environmental trap and you need to start the level over, period.
Despite the game being made by a tiny studio as its first project it’s extremely well-done, looks gorgeous and shows potential for its devoted developers.
Developer: Testudo Games / Greg Heath-Kelly
If you’re a fan of manager simulators, and a fan of eSports, you will definitely appreciate this game. And even if you don’t actually know what eSports are, it’s still a solid management game that you can have fun with.
eSports Manager puts you in charge of a competitive video games team, and it draws inspiration from the professional Counter-Strike scene. You will have to keep your players happy, complete assignments by your sponsors, win matches and gain fans. And it would have been extremely easy to do if it wasn’t for the limited cash you’re supposed to do it with.
The game is split into two modes. One is the management aspect between matches, where you have to please players, fans and sponsors while keeping an eye on your budget; the other is the matches themselves, where you have to assign strategies to your players, choose their weapons and keep them pumped in order to win the game.
It’s not the best looking game and it would definitely benefit from some better audio, but the solid gameplay makes up for both, so it’s definitely worth picking up.
Sometimes we learn about new smartphones and tablets once they are certified by the Bluetooth SIG, or the Wi-Fi Alliance. Many of the devices that receive such certification are unknown at the time that the proper documentation is made public. For example, the Wi-Fi Alliance has just certified a mystery tablet from Samsung with the model number SM-T378. There are variants to the slate which are listed as SM-T378S, SM-T378K, SM-T378L.
According to the documentation, the tablet will be running Android and supports the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands. We could find out all about this tablet later this month during MWC in Barcelona. Samsung recently disseminated an invitation for its MWC event and the invite featured the image of a tablet. We do expect to see the svelte Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 finally introduced after a false start last September. But the model numbers we’ve seen associated with this slate (SM-T820, SM-T825) don’t match the SM-T378 model number seen on the Wi-Fi Alliance document.
So that leaves us with this mystery tablet, and the paucity of information about it. With Samsung apparently focusing on tablets at MWC (outside of a 60-second video teaser it will reportedly show for the Samsung Galaxy S8), perhaps we will learn about the SM-T378 and all of its variants in just a few weeks.
source: Wi-FiAlliance via TheLeaker
Samsung introduced on Thursday, its mobile payment system for Android called Samsung Pay Mini. The service, available only in South Korea to start, will launch in the current quarter. Those interested in the mobile payment system will have to download an app on their Android phone to use it. Samsung Pay Mini allows Android owners to make offline credit card and debit payments using their phone or smartwatch. Unlike Samsung Pay, which is available on Samsung branded phones and watches only, Samsung Pay Mini will work on devices made by other manufacturers.
Samsung Pay allows transactions to be made online through NFC. If a retailer doesn’t support NFC, a Samsung Pay user can still make an offline credit or debit payment by using Magnetic Secure Transmission. This is the same technology stores use to swipe credit cards. Samsung Pay Mini works with MST only, but that still allows it it to be used at most stores in South Korea and the world. Samsung said that it is looking at launching the app in other countries, although nothing has been decided.
On February 6th, a demo version of the Samsung Pay Mini app will be available from the Google Play Store in Korea. Phones running Android 5.0 and higher will be able to use Samsung Pay Mini. The screens on handsets running the app must have a resolution of 720 x 1280 (HD) or higher.
A woman in Palm Harbor, Florida was awakened this past Tuesday by a strange sound at 3 in the morning. She quickly discovered that her Apple iPhone 6 Plus was on fire. Amanda Bentz says that the flames were blowing out the right side of the phone, leaving her nightstand covered with black soot. Bentz said that her pillowcase, comforter and curtains were singed. Her husband’s quick thinking prevented a major disaster from taking place. Using a shirt, Mr. Bentz quickly smothered the fire. “If he hadn’t woken up right then and there… and put it out, it would’ve caught the curtain on fire …
It takes a rather specific sense of humor to be able to enjoy Sprint’s Super Bowl ad. All 30 morbid, sickly green color-graded seconds of it. A straight punch at competitor Verizon, the death-o-mercial sees disgruntled dad Dad feign his death by pushing a dummy of himself in a car over a cliff as his offspring is observing, perplexed. That’s so he could break off his contract with Verizon, something Sprint cheekily admits is “extremely illegal.”
Cue in Paul Marcarelli, former Verizon spokesman who seems to be following in Justin Long’s footsteps. He delivers a few paragraphs, sounding …