Set-top box from EE streams to four tablets over local network
British carrier EE has expanded its service into the living room, by launching its first set-top box. The EE TV is similar to YouView, in that it provides access to over 70 Freeview broadcast channels, catch-up services, and access to other online services such as YouTube, though unusually the company has opted to heavily integrate it with mobile devices.
Approximately 900 jobs to be saved by store sale
More stores from failed British mobile phone retailer Phones 4U are being scooped up for use by a second carrier, with shops to be rebranded and reopened in a short space of time. EE, operator of Orange and T-Mobile in the country, has signed a deal with administrators to acquire 58 of the stores from the company, pending court approval, and in the process attempt to keep on 359 affected employees at the locations.
Puts jobs of 5,596 people at risk
UK retailer Phones 4U has gone into administration -- the UK equivalent of bankruptcy protection -- following a decision by network operator EE not to renew a contract ending in September 2015. The company now lacks any network partners, as earlier this month Vodafone said it would skip extending its own contract. All of Phones 4U's 550 stores are shut today, and will only reopen if and when administrators decide business can resume. The situation could endanger the jobs of some 5,596 workers.
OnePlus One will receive Android L within three months of Google release
The OnePlus One will be receiving an upgrade to Android L, OnePlus has confirmed. Writing on the device's support forum, the phone manufacturer promises to have the update ready for rolling out to devices within three months of Google releasing a final build of the mobile operating system. Though exact dates are unknown, Google is expected to release Android L sometime in the fall,, suggesting the OnePlus One will gain it before the end of this year.
Wi-Fi hotspots, Android tablet offered with 4G connectivity
British carrier EE, formerly Everything Everywhere and formed by the joining of Orange and T-Mobile, has started to extend its 4G (LTE) service to smaller towns in the country, as well as introducing new devices. It has completed its second phase of the roll-out, bringing the high-speed cellular network to 2,588 villages and small towns with populations under 10,000 people in the United Kingdom, including regions with as few as 65 residents.
Atlantic, Grande, RCN customers gaining Netflix on TiVo cable boxes
Customers of Atlantic Broadband, Grande Communications, and RCN will be seeing the Netflix app on their cable set-top boxes in the near future. The Washington Post reports the three cable companies will add the Netflix app to TiVo boxes they have supplied to approximately 500,000 customers from April 28th, and will allow them to watch the streaming video service without switching away from the cable box to another device.
Samsung adds baby monitoring feature to Galaxy S5
The Samsung Galaxy S5 can be used as a baby monitor, when used in conjunction with a Gear smart watch. SoyaCincau discovered the Samsung flagship includes a "Baby crying detector" feature that will send a vibrating alert to a paired Gear if it hears a nearby child makes a sound. Leaked screenshots note it will work best when the smartphone is placed within 1 meter (3 feet) of the child in a room with no background noise, followed by a large number of parental warnings and disclaimers.
LeBron James reveals phone issue in Samsung Twitter mistake
Despite Samsung recently enjoying success with marketing on Twitter as part of the Oscars, the company has suffered a social media misstep. Brand ambassador and Basketball star LeBron James posted a message claiming his phone, a Galaxy Note, "just erased everything it had in it and rebooted," and though Apple Insider notes the tweet was subsequently deleted, it was not removed before a contingent of the star's near-12 million followers retweeted the message. The Twitter account has since claimed data has been restored on the device, but did not detail if there was any intervention by Samsung.
Three removes roaming charges for UK users in US, Indonesia, Macau, Sri Lanka
British carrier Three has expanded its Feel At Home scheme to four more countries. Subscribers visiting the United States, Indonesia, Macau, and Sri Lanka will be able to use their call, text, and data allowances in the same way they already do at home, without any extra roaming charges. The carrier also advised that it would be rolling out its 4G service to customers throughout the winter, and aims to have all subscribers with a 4G-capable device able to use its 4G network by the end of the first quarter of 2014.
Capped bills for stolen phones, early termination clauses in new agreement
Customers of mobile phone networks in the United Kingdom will be better protected from high bills after their phone is lost or stolen. EE, Virgin Media, Vodafone, and Three have all signed up to a government agreement that will, among other obligations, place a cap of ¬£50 ($82) on the customer's liability for usage from the time the phone is reported as stolen.
Option to pay extra for faster connection, international roaming
British carrier Everything Everywhere, known as EE, has made a number of changes to the way it offers its service to customers. Monthly price plans for the 4G service have been restructured to include tiers with extra speed and more data, with the carrier also offering a prepaid 4G service to its customers for the first time.
Regulator Ofcom wants to raise 900MHz, 1800MHz charges by factor of four
Carriers in the United Kingdom will be forced to pay more for its spectrum, if a regulator gets its way. A consultation by Ofcom states that it hopes to increase the annual license fees for 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum in the country, with carriers facing the prospect of paying more than four times as much for already-allocated spectrum.
Pebble smartwatch firmware update adds multiple notifications, watchface
The Pebble smartwatch has received a firmware update, introducing more changes to the user interface. Notifications have been updated to allow for multiple items to be viewed, the UI for setting the time has been reworked, and the wearer's current speed in the RunKeeper app can now be viewed from the Pebble display. The minimalist Simplicity watchface has been added as an option instead of the Fuzzy Time watchface, which has now been transitioned to the watchapp library, according to the version 1.11 firmware release notes.
4G subscriber numbers after five months of service in UK
British carrier Everything Everywhere, known as EE, has revealed that 318,000 people have signed up for its 4G LTE service, just five months after it launched the first 4G network in the country. The carrier hopes to extend the number past 1 million UK customers using its high-speed network by the end of the year.
Carrier to test 4G connections over multiple bands
British carrier EE is planning to double its spectrum allocation and increase its 4G speed in the country, before other phone networks are able to launch their own 4G LTE offerings. It plans to roll out its expanded spectrum service to 10 cities by June, and to trial carrier aggregation in an effort to provide even more bandwidth to its service.
Google patent application details GPS-based camera settings
Google has filed a patent application with the USPTO for using a GPS to alter the settings on a camera. The abstract in the filing suggests that a weather report based on a specific physical location could give the camera important data to optimize its settings for a photograph or video recording, such as how much ambient light there is to work with, reports Engadget. While it is possible that the method may not make its way into digital cameras, it is possible it could appear in a Google-produced handset, like the X Phone, in the future.
Only second UK carrier to offer Visual Voicemail
UK carrier EE has turned on Visual Voicemail for iPhone 5 owners. Visual Voicemail allows people to treat voicemail like an email inbox, instead having to call a carrier's number and respond to prompts. With EE, though, the option is only available to iPhone 5 owners subscribed to a 4GEE plan. Data consumed by voicemail doesn't count against any caps.
Carrier aims to cover 98-percent of population with 4G access
The first 4G-based carrier in the United Kingdom has announced its network expansion plans for early 2013. An extra 17 towns will receive the high-speed mobile access from Everything Everywhere, now EE, by March, on top of the 14 existing towns and cities that it has launched in, and the four areas set to go live before the end of this year.
One SV to use EE initially, other carriers in future
HTC has prepared a new Android smartphone for the United Kingdom, this time with 4G LTE connectivity. Already set to launch in Australia and Asia, the HTC One SV extends the One series catalog and takes advantage of the current 4G LTE network from EE, as well as other carriers when they launch their own high-speed connections.
Spectrum auction set to finish before April 2013
UK regulator Ofcom has issued rules for the upcoming 4G spectrum auction in the country. The newly-released timetable will see network operators such as Vodafone and O2 submit bids for spectrum from January onwards, with the combined reserve prices for the 800MHz and 2.6GHz ranges being auctioned totaling over £1.3 billion ($2 billion).
Carrier turns on 4G coverage in 11 cities
Everything Everywhere has turned on its 4G network in the UK. The new network, jointly created by Orange and T-Mobile, has gone live in 11 cities across the country, in the first wave of the carrier's national rollout that will see 98 percent of the UK population covered by the end of the year 2014.
Everything Everywhere to offer the Lumia 920 in the UK exclusively
UK combo carrier Everything Everywhere, which just launched a 4G network, has also announced via Twitter that it will be the only place in the country to get the newly announced Nokia Lumia 920 LTE handset. EE itself will launch a 4G network in four UK cities soon, having received regulatory approval to do so on Tuesday. Engineers are currently testing the 4G network.