Acer has definitely been busy. At Computex this week, it has unveiled not one, not two but four new smartphones. Members of this batch include the LTE Liquid X1, the entry-level Liquid Z200, and the 5-inch Liquid E600 and Liquid E700 pair.
Hot on the heels of its XLTE announcement, Verizon is now coming out with its plans for a VoLTE rollout later this year. This pre-announcement was undoubtedly spurred by AT&T, which just unveiled its own VoLTE offering but with extremely limited smartphone support.
XLTE, Verizon’s “new” data offering, is now live. Those in several states covering roughly half of Verizon’s current LTE footprint can already take advantage, and the new service covers a lot of exisiting handsets as well. Customers who have an appropriate handset in an XLTE market should notice faster data transfers and better overall performance.
Who’s got the fastest mobile network? All kinds of studies are out there, but are typically a small sampling of carriers’ network strength. Android Community is partnering with PC Mag to help crowdsource some information on which network has the best speeds.
If you’ve ever used WiFi on an airplane, you know it’s terribly slow. Convenient in that you can send an email or other quick message from 35,000 feet in the air, but it’s dreadfully slow should you try to do anything even remotely in-depth. AT&T is trying to end that headache of convenience with in flight LTE service, they’ve announced.
AT&T has announced the latest 4G LTE coverage. This time around we are seeing coverage as having been added in five markets in five states. One area included in this bunch, Parkersburg-Marietta, deals with both West Virginia and Ohio.
It seems that Acer has no plans to out smartphones that are powered by Intel processor and support 4G LTE networks. Aside from being a rather strange arrangement given the newfound relationship between the two tech companies, it also practically keeps Intel from getting into the upper segments of the smartphone market.
It was only the other day that the OPPO R1 was trying to make its way to the US and now it seems that a new variant is already available. It is also entirely possible that this LTE-capable OPPO R1S seen at TENAA is, in fact, the very smartphone spotted at the FCC, retrofitted with a Qualcomm SoC instead of the original MediaTek.
If OPPO has gotten you interested with its range of smartphones but don't have the budget for the latest Find 7a, then this might be a bit of welcome news. Seen making its way through the FCC approval process is the OPPO R1, which, in this incarnation, has gained support for 4G LTE.
ZTE has just a unveiled a new budget smartphone in China, one that it seemingly poised to rival a very specific contender. With a name like "V5 Red Bull", this device seems poised to be ZTE's answer to the Xiaomi Redmi Note unveiled last month.