Just a heads up for those of you thinking about jumping ship and picking up the next iPhone. According to a Verizon spokesperson, the new iPhone 5 cannot do simultaneous voice and data, something all LTE Android phones seem to have no problem with. We aren’t exactly sure why it can’t, but it certainly doesn’t make this new single 3G+LTE chip of Apple’s seem all that magical any longer. (more…)
Reactions? We know you have them after hanging with us during Apple’s iPhone 5 event. The announcement has had an hour or so to soak in, so after reading our initial thoughts below, be sure to drop yours as well. Did anything impress or surprise you? Are you dying for Google to announce the new Nexus, now? (more…)
Apple is wrapping up their iPhone 5 announcement as I type this, but so that you can see how this new phone of theirs stacks up to the top dogs in Android, I thought a chart would be a good way to display it. As you can see, Android devices have been doing what the iPhone 5 introduced today, for months now. But truthfully, Android devices have moved in a completely separate direction and the iPhone is driving down its own path. Android phones are big, the iPhone remains smaller. Android enthusiasts care a lot about specs and seem to want OEMs to push the envelope, while Apple is more into fine tuning and making incremental updates. Comparing them is sort of silly, but that’s what we do in the tech world. And while a chart only tells one side of the story, the paper side, it’s still worth a look. (more…)
Look, we fully understand that we aren’t an iPhone or Apple site, but the iPhone 5 is the only story in tech today. Every other company is probably using it as a holiday of sorts because they would be foolish to try and announce something that would compete with this moment. So since they are the competitor and we like to see what kinds of silly things they claim to invent, we thought we would run a live chat. No, not a live blog since we aren’t there or covering as press, but a “chat” because we like to hang out with the DL community and talk about hot topics.
Let’s keep it clean, yet fun. Join us below. (more…)
Hours before Apple’s Tim Cook will take the stage to announce the new iPhone and a handful of other products, Google’s Hugo Barra took to Google+ to announce that Android activations have now topped the 500 million mark globally. Last week, Eric Schmidt announced that the number had reached 480 million, but in a world dominated by our favorite open sourced mobile operating system, it only took another 6 days to reach one heck of a milestone.
It seems like just yesterday we were talking about a couple of hundred thousand activations per day and the first 100 million. So much for all of those predictions over the years suggesting that Android’s reign wouldn’t last. It appears to me that we are only getting started.
Daily Android activations are still hovering around 1.3 million. The Jelly Bean statue has also returned.
When iOS 6 was announced, we ran a post called “Which iOS 6 Features From Android Will Reinvent Smartphones This Morning?” The responses were hilarious, but since this is hardware, we can’t really go down that road again. Instead, we thought we would simply ask, “Does anything about the iPhone 5 announcement interest you?”
Are you going to chuckle when Apple calls a 4″ display the “sweet spot”? What if the iPhone 5 really is nothing more than a longer iPhone 4S with an oddly two-toned backside? Any chance they reinvent the widget so that they “just work”? How many faked stats will we see on stage? How bad are you going to feel for iPhone accessory junkies that are going to have to re-buy every overpriced dock and speaker that they invested in over the last 5 years because of a new dock connector? Is a nano-SIM actually worth a mention during a press event?
In all seriousness, I am actually interested to see what they do with LTE. Will Apple debut a new battery or processor combo that will give an LTE phone longer than normal battery life? How good will this new 4″ display be? NFC or no NFC? Care or don’t care? Let us know.
Today, Sprint has announced that in the coming months, they will launch an additional 100 4G LTE markets. What perfect timing for everyone. There’s nothing like an upcoming 4G LTE capable iPhone announcement to help kick a carrier into high gear on the rollout of its fledgling 4G LTE service. Thinking of staying far removed from shared data, but need LTE? Sprint wants you to know that they will eventually cover you, if you live in the southeast and midwest parts of the country.
The huge list of cities below are the areas that Sprint is currently working on. Still no Portland, OR. (more…)