Tag : smartphone

Wires can’t keep up with faster Wi-Fi

Gigabit Wi-Fi, or 802.11ac, has been slowly appearing in homes, buildings and public hotspots, but according to researchers at OpenSignal, gigabit is not delivering to smartphones and wiring is the culprit. In part with how wireless technology works, and the performance of the wired networks Wi-Fi needs to work, the smartphone reach is strained. Researchers found that the 802.11ac which is the latest and greatest in Wi-Fi capabilites, gives users an average of 32.4Mbps, more than double the speed of anything else on the market. In anticipation of even newer technology, this is actually a great deal slower than the 400Mbps that should be made available with newer versions not on the market, yet.

Researchers wanted to know what accounted for the hold up, as 32.4 and 400 have a great range between them. What has been noticed is that the built-in limitations of wireless are partly to blame, but rather that the speed of wire that is plugged into the access point is the real cause of slower speeds. As technology moves forward, Wi-Fi has surpassed wired networks in many places. However, the wired networks still remain, and if the data ultimately carries over 25Mbps cable broadband, that is basically as much as any user is going to get.

Ethernet is attempting to keep up as 802.11ac gets faster, with new LAN interfaces that can run 5Gbps. At the moment the pickings are slim, and getting 802.11ac with a smartphone is not the norm. In order to do so, a smartphone and wired network are necessary. Most of the time when a smartphone is using Wi-Fi it is on the older, slower, 802.11n. Currently, users in the United States were only on 802.11ac 7.9 percent of the time. wifi_80211ac


If you would like to educate yourself in more detail about the information presented in this blog post please visit: Newer Wi-Fi’s faster, but it needs a fast wire behind it

 

Whats Up HTC 10

The HTC 10 had no choice but to revamp their design in order to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S7. A mere 5.6 ounces the phone feels more solid than previous models especially the G5. The back of the phone is curved, even rocking when placed on a flat surface. The front has a 5.3 inch, 2,560 by 1,440 Super LCD 5 screen. There is a physical home button complete with a fingerprint reader below the screen.

The design may have improved but the hardware still the same as the S7 and G5 with  2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4 GB of Ram. Although not wireless charging, the phone houses a USB-C jack on the bottom of the phone and supports Quickcharge 3.0.

What really makes the HTC 10 pop in terms of customer attraction is the audio. The 10 uses two speakers, a front facing tweeter at the top and toward the bottom an edge facing woofer. This combination leads to less distortion than you receive on many other smart phones on the market. The 10 comes with a “hi res certified” headset worth about $90. A pretty nice gift if you ask me. You can tune the headset to your hearing preferences and capabilities by listening to a series of tones. The headphone amp is one of the most powerful with 1v amp connected to a 24-bit DAC.

Different than other smartphones, the photo gallery app and calendar have been replaced with Google Photos and Google Calendar. In addition the phone is pre-loaded with Facebook, Messanger, and Instagram. Not a social media wizard? Don’t get your hopes up for a cleaner phone, these pre-loaded apps are not permitted for deletion.

The HTC 10 will be available in the next coming weeks for pre-order from T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon for about $699.

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If you would like to educate yourself in more detail about the information presented in this blog post please visit: Hands On With the HTC 10

Siri Data Storage

Just like other companies that hold on to your data from devices for a certain length of time, Apple is no different. Tracy Muller, an Apple spokesperson has clarified how Siri stores its data. It caught our attention here at bva since our company phones are iPhones.

One thing that Muller described that I liked is that Apple doesn’t save your Apple ID or e-mail address along with the data, instead the company generates a random number for the user and that is what is associated with the voice files. She continued to explain that after these voice files are separated from voice clips after six months. Then they can sit for another 18 months. Muller went on to explain that the data can be deleted if the voice-assistant is turned off at any time.

 

2013 Smartphone Line Up

Are you looking to get the latest and greatest smartphone but don’t know where to start looking? Well, bva spotted a great article covering 7 different phones that are coming out this year. The folks over at CNET compiled the best devices from Mobile World Congress as well as CES to give you the best of the best. Click here to read the article.

Facebook Home

Last Thursday Facebook’s Company Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg introduced us to Facebook Home. This app that changes the lock and home screens to the FB designed ones completely overhaul your phone to all Facebook all the time. The Android based app will be available starting this Friday to download or if you happen to purchase the HTC First in the near future it will come installed already on the phone.

Zuckerberg stated this FB Home is “designed around people not apps” and that “We’re not building a phone and we’re not building an operating system, but we are building something that’s a lot deeper than an app.”

One feature I saw somewhat intriguing is the Chat Heads feature which is an easier way to text or instant message your friend via their profile picture. It seems like more of a convenience factor, but for me I prefer texting rather then calling someone. I am not going to go out and buy that phone just for that feature but it caught my attention nonetheless.

It will be interesting to see how this takes off and if it will catch on. The staff here at bva will keep an eye on it for you, so check back in a few weeks for an update.

Kyocera Torque

Are you looking for a 4G smart phone that is a durable enough to take a little beating every now and then? If so the Kyocera Torque may be the phone you have been looking for. It caught our eye here at BVA, so I did a little digging and this is what I came up with.

The Torque offers Android 4.0 and comes equiped with a impact resistant 4-inch LCD screen.

One downsize to the phone that is see is its 1.5 megapixel front camera and a 5.0 megapixel rear camera. For me, I have replaced my camera with my cell phone for it wouldn’t suit my needs, however that’s just a personal preference.

With that being said one awesome feature is it’s bragging rights in the battery life area. It hold a 19 hour battery lifespan which is pretty impressive when it comes to smartphones. It even has an Eco function where it will shut down certain features, like vibrating alerts when the power comes close to empty.

Considering the features it plays up like the battery life, the durability, and the speakers I can see who they are trying to target this phone to. It does not have the latest and greatest software but it sure has some awesome perks for people who want a smart phone but they don’t want to have to have to worry about breaking it every time they take it out of their pocket.

It will be available this spring through Sprint and will be $100 after a $50 mail-in rebate after signing up for a 2 year plan.

 

Sony’s Newest Smartphones

BVA has caught sight of Sony’s latest smartphones that will hit the market sometime in the second quarter, and they shouldn’t disappoint.  The Xperia SP and Xperia L are Sony’s affordable alternatives to their other phones currently available to purchase.

While these two devices do not come with touchless operation or eye tracking they do come with a design feature that is called “transparent element” which is a light near the bottom of the phone that lights up different colors for each alert (phone call, text, email, ect.). Another great addition is the HDR video that the L phone can take. Both phones also can sync with Sony’s Bravia line of television which gives it an added perk.

Sony has not stated the price for these phones but time will tell just how afforadable they will be.

iOS or Android?

The Android vs iOS battle is like this generations Coke vs Pepsi. With so many options along with people’s brand loyalty it is a battle that may never have a winner, even here with our employees at BVA. I started off with Android a few years back and loved it. Then I went ahead and got a iPhone because my husband had a MacBook and I was getting one in the near future as well. I hated it so much I tried to return it but now I don’t see going back.

There is an article that caught my eye though about Androids best selling points and it got me thinking about how they have really stepped up their game. Not only does it give customers more features and options it is also on the more affordable side of things. To read more about what Android has brought to the table click here.

Marvell is releasing Quad-Core

Marvell is releasing a quad-core chip named PXA1088 which is set to be in phones and tablets later this year. It has an ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core chip with support for global HSPA+ networks.

It seems as though Marvell is changing its game a little to better suit the U.S. market.  Marvell products were used in many Blackberry products until 3 years ago when they changed their market focus. While they are still a big hit in China this new PXA1088 is geared more towards $100 price range phones.

This handy new chip is rumored to be displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Spain this month. Stayed tuned with our blog here at BVA for the latest information about this and other new gadgets.

 

Use Apple Configurator to deploy iPhones and iPads

Apple’s Configurator tool allows you to configure and deploy up to 30 iOS devices at a time.  The free app allows you to configure settings like Wi-fi and Exchange ActiveSync, and well as restrict access to features like the webcam and even internet browsing.

 

Apple support: http://help.apple.com/configurator/mac/1.0/#cadf1802aed

Download here:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apple-configurator/id434433123?mt=12