Comments in Android Source Code Reference Android “M”

Android L may be nigh upon us, hopefully accompanied by a few new Nexus devices, but work has reportedly already begun on the version to follow. Spotted first by myce, two commit comments in the Android source code reference an “M” release.

Neither note is particularly indicative of what we can expect from “M” – one refers to an experimental feature of the Android debugging tool Logcat, and the other a method of data exchange, but notably, they are the first mentions of a version of Android beyond L we have seen.  (more…)

Verizon Expands XLTE to 22 New Markets

Wireless congestion is a problem in cities – concrete and steel, unforgiving topography, and a countless number of  competing access points congeal to absolutely decimate your data rate. That’s why Verizon, under the XLTE moniker, continues to deploy LTE (band 4) service on the AWS spectrum in a growing number of municipalities. (more…)

Verizon Plans to Introduce Wi-Fi Calling Sometime Next Year, Doesn’t See It As a Priority

Depending on where you live, Wi-Fi calling may be more a necessity than an added benefit. Verizon, however, feels differently. Speaking at a telecommunications conference sponsored by Bank of America, Verizon Wireless CFO Fran Shammo told attendees that while Verizon plans to launch Wi-Fi calling in the middle of next year, it isn’t and never was a “top priority” for the carrier.

For comparison’s sake, that’s roughly in line with AT&T, which also intends to begin offering Wi-Fi calling sometime next year. (more…)

Sling App Gains Support for Chromecast

A growing number of TV providers are publishing apps for watching live and recorded content outside the home, but arbitrary viewing restrictions and intractable UIs make many of them an exercise in futility. That’s why for that purpose a lot of people rely on products from Sling Media, which seamlessly beam the video and audio from your cable box to the internet. And, starting today, there’s another reason to consider them: the Slingplayer app for smartphones now supports Chromecast. (more…)