Beginning today AT&T is offering Microsoft Surface 2 with LTE connectivity. Surface 2 (AT&T 4G LTE), a 64GB mobile broadband-ready version of Surface 2, is now available to purchase for $679 USD (ERP) in the US market.
Nokia has announced the release of five new affordable handsets at Mobile World Congress, including Nokia X, a family of smartphones that run Android(TM) apps, Microsoft services and signature Nokia experiences. The Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL are priced to capture the fast-growing affordable smartphone market and provide an on-ramp to Lumia and Microsoft services like Skype, OneDrive and outlook.com.
Google has announced Android device share data for this year. Based on the released data, Jelly Bean has largest share with 4.1.x @ 35.9%. This data is based on devices running the latest Google Play Store app, which are compatible with Android 2.2 and higher.
KitKat is ramping up with 1.4% share so far while Ice Cream Sandwich has usage of 16.9%.
Samsung Electronics Co., has unveiled the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO line of tablets at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. Company aims to satisfy every possible type of user case scenario with these tablets. The Samsung Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO have 12.2-inch WQXGA Widescreen (16:10) display and offer a resolution of 2560x1600 with more than 4 million pixels.
Lenovo has announced its first LTE smartphone, the Lenovo Vibe Z. Vibe Z packs Android 4.3 OS, Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 Quad-core 2.2GHz processor and is loaded with 2 GB of memory, up to 16 GB of internal storage.
Motorola has started to roll out Android 4.4.2, KitKat—the very latest version on Moto G. At the launch of Moto G last month, company had committed to delivering Android, KitKat, to devices by early 2014. Motorola is rolling out Android 4.4.2 to Moto G phones in the U.S. KitKat will come to other Moto G carriers and regions soon as well.
As the operators prepare for the looming 1000x data challenge, small cells and utilizing all spectrum resources are in the front and center. Can you imagine the boost they will get if their small cells can aggregate the bandwidth-rich unlicensed spectrum with the quality and seamless mobility of licensed spectrum? But, does it work? What is needed? How difficult it is to realize? What effect it will have on the other unlicensed technologies (e.g. Wi-Fi)?
LG Electronics (LG) plans to introduce Chromebase, an all-in-one computer powered by the Google Chrome operating system at next month’s 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). In addition to Chrome operating system, the LG Chromebase (Model 22CV241), a new desktop computer comes with a 21.5-inch widescreen Full HD IPS display and a raft of advanced features.
Apple today announced iPad Air, featuring a 9.7-inch Retina display in a thinner and lighter design and weighing just one pound. Apple also announced a new iPad mini with Retina display, bringing all the pixels from the 9.7-inch iPad to its 7.9-inch screen. Both new iPad models feature Apple-designed A7 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture, built-in Wi-Fi and expanded LTE cellular connectivity, and iOS 7.
Nokia has unveiled its first ever Windows tablet, the Nokia Lumia 2520, and launched a portfolio of large screen Lumia smartphones: the Lumia 1520 and 1320. Company also launched three new Asha models including the first 3G device in the Asha Platform family of smartphones at an accessible price.