WiFi

Verizon Galaxy S III WiFi Notification Bug won’t go away

After spending some time with both the new HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE, and more recently the flagship Samsung Galaxy S III we are having a few issues and surely aren't alone. We've received multiple tips on this ongoing and out of control WiFi notification alert that simply can't be disabled. Between all the early adopters who pre-ordered, and early review units on the Galaxy S III we've found that not only can this not be disabled, but it's causing disconnect problems with daily usage too.

NYC payphones being switched into free WiFi Hotspots

Today while browsing the interwebs I stumbled across a neat story from New York City. Since everyone these days walks around with a smartphone attached to their faces or hands, the need for a payphone is steadily declining. With payphone booths set up all across cities in the US we might as well make use out of them. In New York City they are doing exactly that -- making them WiFi hotspots for all.

TI shows off OMAP 1080p video streaming over Wi-Fi

Today we've been given an early look into Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 and OMAP 5 processor and their plans for WiFi video streaming. Using WiLink connectivity and the OMAP platform TI is able to stream full 1080p video to a capable device, and still use the device for gaming or anything else at the same time. Once they gain a Miracast and WiFi Alliance certification we can expect to see this in their upcoming devices.

Soundwire streams audio from any Windows PC to any Android

Picture this: you've set aside four or five hours to catalog your baseball card/stamp/wine bottle/My Little Pony collection, and would like some television to entertain you. Your Special Collection Sorting Table isn't anywhere near a TV - or an outlet. You'd like to catch up on ABC's Castle while you're doing it, but don't necessarily need to see the TV (Stana Katic notwithstanding) because you'll be cataloging. And you don't have Hulu Plus. Then you need SoundWire, an app that lets you stream audio - any audio - from your PC to your Android phone.

Samsung details its ICS upgrade plans in the US

We've heard from various carriers and manufacturers on their plans to upgrade existing phones to Android 4.0, but despite the fact that updates for the Galaxy S II have been available for multiple markets (including the US) Samsung has remained curiously quiet. Until today: the company finally posted a comprehensive list of devices that will see Ice Cream Sandwich. All four major US carriers and WiFi tablets have been detailed - with one important exception.

ZTE “Optimus Barcelona” is certifiably baffling

You've read these stories before: a previously unknown Android phone has been revealed from its certification listings. This time it's both the WiFi and Bluetooth certification authorities, and the company asking for its papers is Chinese manufacturer ZTE. There's just one puzzling thing about this phone: it's been given the official moniker "ZTE Optimus Barcelona". Say what?

Samsung Galaxy Player 70 Plus updates the 5-inch PMP

Another day, another Android announcement from Samsung. This time it's another entry in their Galaxy Player line of connected personal media players, now in its third generation. To Compliment the Galaxy S WiFi 4.2, they're bringing out the Galaxy Player 70, a 5.0-inch refresh of their somewhat more accurately named Galaxy Player 5.0 from last year. The biggest upgrade is a dual-core 1Ghz processor, which makes it the first device in the "media player" category wit a dual-core chip.

Qualcomm 802.11ac WiFi could triple wireless performance

Qualcomm reckons Android smartphone users could see 3x the wireless performance once handsets make the jump to 802.11ac WiFi, the company claims, thanks to improvements in speed, range and power consumption. That's one of the boasts around the new line-up of Qualcomm Atheros 802.11ac "gigabit wireless" devices, including the WCN3680 combination 11ac/Bluetooth 4.0/FM chipset that's intended to be used with the potent Snapdragon S4 MSM8960.

Three new Samsung phones show up in Wifi certification

The Samsung Galaxy S III may still be a long way off, but you can satiate you gadget lust with a trio of new phones revealed by the Wi-Fi certification website. Ameblo (1, 2, 3) spotted all three and grabbed them off the web - good on ya, guys. The phones have model numbers SGH-T999, SGH-I535 and SPH-L710. There's not much information on the phones as far as release goes, but there is a little info to be gleaned from the specifications in the certification listings.
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