Sprint doesn’t have much time to meet its goals and get its 4G LTE network up and running by mid-2012. The Now Network is definitely getting closer, though, and just gave PCMag the chance to test its fledgling LTE in Atlanta. Average speeds on the downlink sit squarely in between AT&T and Verizon, at 9 to 13Mbps, despite Sprint having to use 5MHz channels half as large as what AT&T can muster in some cities. Just don’t expect to upload 4K videos from your phone anytime soon: the 2.2Mbps average upload rate is certainly faster than on WiMAX or T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the 4Mbps or even 6Mbps of Sprint’s bigger rivals. We’d likewise take the results with a large grain of salt. Even though Sprint is promising to focus on consistently good speed rather than bragging rights, the tests are in controlled conditions on a mostly unpopulated network. Our hope for now is just that the network goes live and that our EVO 4G LTEs live up to their potential.
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alphadogg writes “With its future up for grabs, Research in Motion at its annual BlackBerry World conference next week will focus on simplifying development for its soon-to-be-unveiled BlackBerry 10 operating system. HTML5 is one key technology in that strategy to create a viable ecosystem of applications for a new generation of mobile devices expected to ship by year-end. The simplicity is needed because BB10, based on a real time kernel acquired with RIM’s buyout of QNX Software Systems in 2010, is a complete break with the software that runs on standard BlackBerry smartphones. ‘It’s a bit of a challenge,’ says Tyler Lessard, formerly a RIM vice president in charge of the global developer program, and since October 2011 chief marketing officer at mobile security vendor Fixmo. ‘There’s very little or no compatibility between the old and new operating systems. Existing apps can’t be carried forward to QNX and BB 10. The question is, once the BlackBerry 10 smartphones launch, can RIM have an adequate catalog of apps?’”
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Imagine hanging digital art in your home and swapping out the painting or photograph with just the flick of a finger. In San Francisco, Samsung shows off its “Sm’art” Gallery Panel prototype, which makes the LCD screen a futuristic work of art.
Next week, all eyes will focus on Nokia World for details of the manufacturer’s first Windows Phone. It’s not just customers who are holding their breath; the carriers themselves stand to gain or lose.