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October 8, 2012
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  • T-Mobile sees LTE conversion as key to MetroPCS network issue
    T-Mobile USA will solve the incompatibility issue with MetroPCS' network by converting the prepaid carrier's customers to T-Mobile's new Long-Term Evolution based network as soon as possible, according to a top executive. "This isn't about integrating these two networks. It's about moving MetroPCS over to a bigger and stronger converged network," said Neville Ray, T-Mobile chief technology officer. T-Mobile, which last week announced its intent to merge with MetroPCS, expects to light up its LTE network next year as part of its $4 billion network upgrade effort. All Things D (10/6), PC Magazine (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • LG to join with Google on new Nexus phone
    LG Electronics will land a Google Nexus smartphone at the end of October with a model based on the South Korean phone maker's flagship Optimus G handset, according to a published report. The new phone will mirror some of the Optimus' specs while being modified under a Nexus program designed to run the latest version of Android software, version 4.2 in this instance. CNET (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Time might finally be right for augmented reality
    Augmented reality, a wireless technology whose adoption has not lived up to its hype, might finally be coming of age as marketers seek alternatives to display advertising on smartphones, according to analysts and industry executives. "What is driving this is when it comes to mobile, traditional display advertising is certainly not working like it did on the desktop. So brands are realizing the way to engage with consumers is through apps, and they want to do everything they can to make those apps more compelling," Qualcomm's Jay Wright said. Network World/IDG News Service (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Patent process out of date, in "chaos," critics charge
    Designed to spur innovation and protect inventors, the patenting process is being corrupted by technology companies who have converted it into a weapon designed to keep competition at bay, say critics who assert the system is an obsolete one that was built for mechanical innovations. "There's a real chaos. The standards for granting patents are too loose," U.S. District Court Judge Richard Posner said in an interview. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Failure to upgrade Android phones upsets Motorola buyers
    Android users say Google's Motorola Mobility has failed to live up to its promise to upgrade several phones still stuck on Version 2.3 to more modern versions of the software. Motorola last year joined the Android Upgrade Alliance, under which phone makers say they will update new phones for 18 months. At issue is the company's vow to upgrade its Photon 4G, the Electrify and the Atrix 4G phones. One industry observer points to the difficulty vendors have in upgrading older phones to new Android software. CNET (10/5), blog (10/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AT&T app aims to keep voters informed
    AT&T has joined with the Pew Center on the States to issue VoterHub, a mobile application that they describe as a "nonpartisan clearinghouse for essential voter information." Only Android and Windows Mobile users can access the app, although AT&T said an iOS version is on the way. (10/5), (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Study: Qualcomm dominates market for smartphone chips in first half
    In the first half of 2012, Qualcomm accounted for 48% of the revenue share in the $5.5 billion smartphone chip market, according to Strategy Analytics. Trailing Qualcomm were Samsung Electronics, MediaTek, Broadcom and Texas Instruments. Intel gained a toehold in the field with a 0.2% share, the market research firm reported. TechCrunch (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • By the numbers; Spectrum and the economy
    The allocation of additional spectrum to support licensed services will enable carriers to meet consumers' insatiable demands for wireless products and services, incent the deployment of new infrastructure and support continued innovation in the device and applications markets. By helping to spur the virtuous cycle of investment and innovation, it also will have a significant economic impact on the U.S. economy. Some of those benefits are highlighted in this one page PDF: "By the Numbers: Spectrum." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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