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Sony Ericsson CTO Jan Uddenfeldt discusses LTE, Android updates, tabs, CDMA Xperia PLAY and WP

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Sony-Ericsson-CTO-Jan-Uddenfeldt-discusses-LTE-Android-updates-tabs-CDMA-Xperia-PLAY-and-WPSony Ericsson CTO Jan Uddenfeldt officially confirmed that LTE devices manufactured by the Swedish-Japanese joint-venture are coming “pretty soon”. Moreover, he said that the company is committed to the cause its phones to get the latest Android updates very soon after the updates’ release, and that it would focus more on the American market.

Jan Uddenfeldt didn’t elaborate when we are to see the first Sony Ericsson LTE devices, but said “we are advanced in our product development”, pointing to the fact Ericsson joined forces with Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson to demonstrate TD-LTE voice and video services for China Mobile at MWC.

Also, the Sony Ericsson CTO reiterated that the company has learned from its past mistakes and plans to update its phones with the latest Android flavour very soon after the Android version in question is released. The notion that Sony Ericsson wants its phones to be up-to-date with the latest green robot offerings is confirmed by the fact all of its newly announced phones – the Xperia PLAY, the Xperia arc, the Xperia neo and the Xperia pro – are to launch with Gingerbread out of the box. In Jan Uddenfeldt’s own words:

“A year ago, the awareness of the importance of being on the latest Android release wasn’t in the company.”

Although the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is the first CDMA Sony Ericsson handset (its presumed launch date is sometime in May for Verizon) that will see a release in the States, this is not the company’s first ever CDMA phone as it has a long history of cooperation with the Japanese CDMA carrier KDDI.

It’s worth noting that there is no exclusive deal for the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY between the manufacturer and Verizon, so we may expect other US carriers to join the PLAY party.

Also, Sony Ericsson is eager to focus more on the American market, as the company now recognizes it as the leading smartphone market in the world and plans to expand its research and development facilities in the Silicon Valley. To confirm these words with actions, it’s announced that Rikko Sakaguchi, Sony Ericsson’s chief creative officer, is to move to the States.

Finally, Jan Uddenfeldt said that the company will release an Android-powered tablet in the future, but additional info on this subject is not available. He also claimed that although the manufacturer hasn’t shut the WP door, it doesn’t plan to release any devices for the platform in the foreseeable future:

“We haven’t said ‘no’ to Windows. On the other hand, we have not released any new Windows products for the last nine months or 12 months. It’s still a possibility that we could, but we don’t see any real reason for it because Android is growing so dramatically, and it has an attractiveness when it comes to the user-friendliness and market growth, and the carriers are loving it. But we don’t close our eyes on other things.”

Seems like Sony Ericsson means business again, eh? Are you excited from the prospect the joint-venture to go back to its old self, i.e. to once again become a cutting edge phone manufacturer?

source: Fierce Wireless

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Motorola ATRIX 4G launch moved up to February 22nd?

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A leaked copy of internal communications suggests that the Motorola ATRIX 4G will be launched on February 22nd, before the suggested March 6th date that was speculated on earlier. The February 22nd date has not been confirmed and is coming from a tipster over at Android Central who also provided them with the image you see below. There is no letterhead on the communications and somehow we feel that an announcement written by the usual company hack would not say that the “Motorola ATRIX 4G is slated to launch on February 22nd 2011.”

Whatever the actual launch date of this Superphone, upon release the handset instantly becomes AT&T’s new flagship device. Not only has the device been called “The world’s most powerful smartphone,” it also won “Best in Show in the smartphone category at the CES in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. With the optional docks that turn the ATRIX 4G into a lap top or a home entertainment machine among other things, not only is the Motorola ATRIX 4G powerful, it is also versatile and is expected to be priced at the gold standard of $199.99 with a signed 2-year contract.

While those of you who have been waiting since CES would love to see a February 22nd launch, keep your fingers crossed for such an early release. Even if the date is incorrect, past info suggests a launch no later than the end of this month or the first week in March.

Is this a legitimate letter of internal communications stating that the Motorola ATRIX 4G will now be launched earlier on February 22nd instead of March 6th?

Is this a legitimate letter of internal communications stating that the Motorola ATRIX 4G will now be launched earlier on February 22nd instead of March 6th?

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Snapdragon chipsets will have Netflix streaming hardwired, demoed on the LG Revolution

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Snapdragon-chipsets-will-have-Netflix-streaming-hardwired-demoed-on-the-LG-RevolutionStreaming movies off the Internets is hard enough on your computer – you need decent broadband connection, and good compression algorithms on the originating end.

On a mobile phone the challenges are even greater, but it is such a desired feature, that Qualcomm took a different approach. In the next Snapdragon chipsets we will have Netflix streaming hardwired into the chipset as hardware-accelerated video codecs, which will help immensely with decoding, while your applications processor will stay idle for other, more mundane tasks, thus reducing battery consumption.

The Netflix streaming and output via HDMI port to a big screen TV were demoed at Qualcomm’s booth at the Mobile World Congress Expo, and the LG Revolution Verizon LTE phone was used for the test. As far as we overheard from the convo, the Revolution has a single-core 1GHz MSM8655 Snapdragon inside, so it might ship with this feature right out of the box.

Of course, this chipset is combined with Qualcomm’s LTE baseband modem, to use Verizon’s wireless broadband for the streaming, so you might not see this type of hardwired Netflix streaming on other carriers soon.

You can line up you queue, and get on your merry way streaming your favorite movies on-the-go, or to the TV via a dedicated Netflix streaming app, which is demonstrated in the video below.

via Phandroid

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Does Verizon’s HTC Thunderbolt site offer a video clue to the device’s launch date?

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Does-Verizons-HTC-Thunderbolt-site-offer-a-video-clue-to-the-devices-launch-dateVerizon’s landing page for the HTC Thunderbolt was switched on today, and on the page is a brief 15 second video of a girl counting the time between spotting a lightening strike and the sound of thunder. Supposedly, you can compute how far a storm is away from you by counting the seconds between seeing the lightening and hearing the thunder with each second accounting for 1 mile of distance from you (is it just us or does anyone else think that the sound effects were leftover from the release of the BlackBerry Storm?).

While all that Verizon will own up to is the “Coming Soon” label at the end of the video, there are some You Tube viewers who have made comments that by counting each second as a day, the girl is actually counting when Verizon’s first 4G phone will be launched. Most of those who kept track say that the girl counts 10 days. Including Tuesday as day #1, it all adds up to February 24th. Sound familiar? We recently reported that speculation has centered around that date as being the launch date for the device.

Sure, if Verizon had wanted to pass along the launch date, why not just write “Coming February 24th” instead of “Coming Soon”? And why make a video containing a code? This is how rumors get started. And yeah, perhaps some cellphone fanatics have a little too much time on their hands. But it also shows how eager the public is to get a hold of Verizon’s first LTE handset. In fact, it would seem that the HTC Thunderbolt has garnered more attention from Verizon customers than that iOS flavored touchscreen phone that was recently launched by Verizon.

source: Verizon via AndroidGuys, YouTube

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HTC ThunderBolt delayed to maximize Verizon iPhone 4 sales?

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HTC-ThunderBolt-delayed-to-maximize-Verizon-iPhone-4-salesIf you have followed the news around Verizon’s 4G LTE launch, you can’t have missed the HTC ThunderBolt – a signature device for Big Red’s high-speed network. But the initial expectations for a February 14th launch didn’t come true as the Thunderbolt was delayed for no apparent reason. A tipster confirmed that the device will be launched on February 24th, but interestingly enough suggested that the delay was due to Verizon’s iPhone 4 roll-out.

How so? Verizon’s Worry Free exchange period amounts to 14 days. The subtle connection seems to link the launch of the Verizon iPhone on the 10th and the roll-out of the HTC ThunderBolt on the 24th of February. Exactly 14 days. This means that users who got the iPhone on day one when sales are usually highest will not be able to return it without paying a charge or exchange it for a ThunderBolt. We leave to you to judge just how credible this could be, but it definitely gives an interesting view on the carrier’s timing, doesn’t it?

Thanks, anonymous!

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LG announces LTE voice/video calling

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LG-announces-LTE-voicevideo-callingIt is the first day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and we already have some exciting news from LG – the company will demonstrate Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Video calling over LTE on its first 4G smartphone, the LG Revolution.

The “One Voice” protocol will deliver a boost in voice quality – one thing that hasn’t improved that much in recent years. The standard is expected to be adopted by other cell phone producers in the future. LTE speeds and technology will allow for carriers to offer HD voice quality through Adaptive Multi-Rate wideband, while at the same time you will be able to keep your existing number.

“By showcasing the power of LTE, we hope consumers will better understand how fast mobile technology can be and help drive the industry closer toward this exciting reality,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company.

source: LG

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GSM Motorola XOOM in silver caught on video in Dubai

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GSM-Motorola-XOOM-in-silver-caught-on-video-in-DubaiThe Motorola XOOM has been all over the map recently, and in all different variations. From a recent visit to the FCC for the Wi-Fi only model of the tablet, as we reported, to a recent trip to Dubai for the GSM variant (which was video taped as you can see), the Honeycomb flavored tablet has become a famous world traveler thanks to its recent television appearance during the Super Bowl.

While Verizon will have an exclusive on the Android 3.0 equipped tablet when it is launched later this month, AT&T’s Chief Marketing Officer David Christopher has let it be known that out of the 12 Android devices coming to AT&T this year, one will be the Motorola XOOM. With a 4G LTE model in the works for Verizon, one could easily be produced for AT&T’s LTE pipeline later this year. The carrier is said to be considering an option for customers to share data across multiple devices. For AT&T’s Christopher, “That is one (plan) that potentially is interesting.”

But we digress. We originally started this story talking about how the Motorola XOOM has been everywhere running the gamut from CDMA model to GSM, and now here is a silver variant enjoying itself in Dubai.

source: AllThingsD via androinica

Motorola Xoom Hands On from Tbreak Media on Vimeo.

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February 24th launch date for the HTC Thunderbolt?

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February-24th-launch-date-for-the-HTC-ThunderboltEarlier, we reported to you that Verizon’s retail stores were beginning to receive inventory of protective cases for the HTC Thunderbolt. We noted that this might be a good sign that a launch is coming soon for the carrier’s first 4G phone. According to a BGR source, the Thunderbolt will be released by Verizon and Best Buy on February 24th. Original speculation centered on a February 14th Valentine’s Day release until talk of a delay spread.

Many of  Verizon’s Apple iPhone buyers wanted an iPhone, regardless of  what other models were available (like the famous animated video of the “Phone Mart” bears). For those who want the fastest phone with the best specs, the Thunderbolt will lead off a number of Android phones that could be considered in the “Superphone” category. The latter device is, of course, Verizon’s first 4G handset and offers a 4.3 inch screen. The Motorola DROID Bionic is penciled in as the carrier’s first phone to sport a dual-core processor and sports an 8MP camera. And for those game players out there, as we reported, it looks like Verizon will be adding the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play to its line up. The device will feature a slide out game controller and Android 2.3 under the hood. All of these models bring something new and exciting to the table and it looks like it will all kick off on February 24th with the launch of the HTC Thunderbolt.

source: BGR

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Wi-Fi only Motorola XOOM paid a visit to the FCC?

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Wi-Fi-only-Motorola-XOOM-paid-a-visit-to-the-FCCA Motorola tablet strongly suspected to be the Wi-Fi-only version of the Motorola XOOM made a visit to the FCC yesterday.

The tablet, which has an FCC ID “IHDT56MT1″ (the Motorola XOOM is said to be IHDP56LU1), doesn’t support cellular radio, and offers only Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chips – strongly hinting this may indeed be the Wi-Fi-only version of the XOOM.

If this is the case, we can expect it in stores soon – and we hope it would cost a few hundreds less than the rumoured $800 price of the 3G XOOM version.

source: FCC via Wireless Goodness and BGR

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Verizon’s LG Revolution to show off VoLTE

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Verizons-LG-Revolution-to-show-off-VoLTELast month we reported that the HTC Thunderbolt would not only be the first 4G LTE smartphone to be released by Verizon Wireless, but that it would also be the first to support simultaneous data (over LTE) and voice (over CDMA) at the same time. While this is good news, what’s the next step? Enter Voice over LTE – VoLTE – that will be demonstrated by Verizon next week at the Mobile World Congress.

“The goal is for this service is to eventually replace the infrastructure that cell phones have relied on for more than a decade”, said Brian Higgins, executive director for ecosystem development at Verizon Wireless. During the MWC, Verizon will demonstrate how VoLTE will work using the upcoming LG Revolution Android-based smartphone. But don’t get too excited yet, as VoLTE will not be supported by the LG Revolution out of the box upon release, but instead “will be available next year”, says Verizon Wireless spokesman Jeffrey Nelson to CNN. Voice and video calls using VoLTE are initiated much like those on current phones. It’s all tied to a person’s phone number, rather than to a user name or e-mail address that programs such as Skype use. “For the Revolution and other compatible smart phones, VoLTE will be the default channel that calls will be sent and received on”, Higgins said. “When outside of a 4G-ready area, the phone will switch smoothly to carry a call over the older network”, he said. In addition to voice and video, text and multimedia messages will also go over the 4G network.

Calls between VoLTE-equipped smartphones should sound better, but ones made to phones using the traditional CDMA methods will sound the same as they do now. The company has no concrete plans to extend the VoLTE technology to computers, Higgins said. A Verizon Wireless spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a question about whether smartphone internet calling could be used over a Wi-Fi connection. ‘Whether the VoLTE name will change or how extensively it will be marketed hasn’t been decided”, Higgins said, and “the high-definition audio fidelity will be a major selling point”.

Sounds good to us, but unfortunately we’ll have to wait until 2012 for Verizon to turn on the switch for VoLTE in the US, as most likely they are waiting for more LTE markets to be up and running, as well as testing the service to work out any kinks. It is also too early to tell if this will require new calling plans to work with VoLTE, as it’s unclear if VoLTE calls will be billed “as minutes” like they are now, or “as data” since it is using LTE.

Expect our live coverage from the MWC starting next week!

source: CNN

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