Wi-Fi Stories September 27, 2016

GOOG: 783.01

8.80

One of Google’s major efforts in India is to bring high-speed Wi-Fi to the country’s railroad stations. That effort has now been rebranded to Google Station and is expanding to other countries around the world.

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Wi-Fi Stories March 11, 2016

GOOG: 726.82

14.00

Samsung’s latest tablet: the 7-inch Galaxy Tab A w/ microSD slot + 4000mAh battery

Samsung’s tablet strategy is remarkably incoherent and consists of numerous devices with low-end specs. The latest addition is the 7-inch Galaxy Tab A announced by Samsung’s German retail site.

Wi-Fi Stories September 28, 2015

GOOG: 594.89

-17.08

Google Play ups app size limit for devs from 50MB to 100MB

Google today announced that it’s increasing the size limit for apps on Google Play allowing developers to upload APK files (Android application package) up to 100MB in size. That’s up from the old limit of 50MB and will allow developers to push out bigger app packages without a warning to the user, which will now only appear when apps are over the 100MB quota.

While Google notes that the increase will help developers with rich apps or graphically intensive games that need a bigger app package, it also warns developers to keep in mind mobile data connectivity and caps, app performance, and install times for users.

Not much changes for users, however, as Google points out that auto-updating of apps will remain “over Wi-Fi only, enabling users to access higher quality apps and games while conserving their data usage.”

Developers can find out more here.

Wi-Fi Stories September 15, 2015

GOOG: 635.14

11.90

Qualcomm had already promised its top-of-the-range Snapdragon 820 chip – expected to be used in next year’s flagship Android smartphones and cellular tablets – will boost battery-life and offer great improvements to photos. Now the company says we can also expect much faster LTE-Advanced connections, and smarter, faster charging.

The Snapdragon 820 will increase maximum LTE download speeds by a third, from 450Mbps to 600Mbps. Maximum upload speeds will double to 150Mbps – currently viewed as an impressive download speed. And speeds could be even higher thanks to support for the as yet unofficial LTE-U standard …  expand full story

Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

Wi-Fi Stories September 3, 2015

GOOG: 606.25

-8.09

T-Mobile, in a blog post this morning, announced a brand new communication service for its customers. Without needing to install a third party app, T-Mo subscribers will be able to place video calls from a compatible device, just by using the regular phone interface. Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 users should have the feature available already through a software update rolling out today, while Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge customers can expect the download to arrive next week. By the end of this year, three more phones will have video calling enabled, giving T-Mo a total of 7 compatible devices.

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Wi-Fi Stories August 31, 2015

GOOG: 618.25

-12.13

To coincide with the launch of its brand new OnHub wireless router, Google has released the companion app on the Play Store. The app is notable for several reasons. Firstly, it reveals some of the setup details and secondly, the router management options look so ridiculously simple, they almost seem too good to be true. expand full story

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