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Google will be holding an Android event on October 29th in New York City

Google Android Event

Google (GOOG) sent invitations to the media on Wednesday evening for an Android event scheduled for October 29th in New York City. It is widely speculated that the Mountain View-based company will announce new Nexus smartphones and an updated version of its Android operating system. Earlier reports have suggested that Google is planning to release Nexus-branded smartphones from a variety of manufacturers, including LG and Sony. The invitation gives little details to what the Internet giant will announce, however. BGR will be covering the event live beginning at 10:00 a.m. EDT on October 29th.

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Dan Graziano

October 18th

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T-Mobile’s ISIS mobile wallet pilot program finally launches on October 22nd

T-Mobile ISIS Mobile Wallet Launch

ISIS, the joint mobile payment venture backed by AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile, was previously set to debut in select markets at the end of September, but undisclosed delays continued to push the launch date back. According to a purported internal memo obtained by TmoNews, however, it looks as if the service will launch on a trial basis on October 22nd for select T-Mobile customers in Salt Lake City, Utah and Austin, Texas. In order to use the Mobile Wallet service, users will need a special ISIS SIM card that will be compatible with the Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II and Galaxy S Relay 4G. It should be noted that rooted devices will not support the service, just as rooted devices are unable to use Google Wallet. We’ve posted a second image after the break.

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Dan Graziano

October 16th

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T-Mobile’s ISIS mobile wallet pilot program finally launches on October 22nd

T-Mobile ISIS Mobile Wallet Launch

ISIS, the joint mobile payment venture backed by AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile, was previously set to debut in select markets at the end of September, but undisclosed delays continued to push the launch date back. According to a purported internal memo obtained by TmoNews, however, it looks as if the service will launch on a trial basis on October 22nd for select T-Mobile customers in Salt Lake City, Utah and Austin, Texas. In order to use the Mobile Wallet service, users will need a special ISIS SIM card that will be compatible with the Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II and Galaxy S Relay 4G. It should be noted that rooted devices will not support the service, just as rooted devices are unable to use Google Wallet. We’ve posted a second image after the break.

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Dan Graziano

October 16th

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FBI warns that Android phones are havens for malware

Android Security FBI

A division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a warning to smartphone users about mobile malware and device safety, specifically regarding the Android operating system. A report published late last week the Internet Crime Complaint Center revealed that it has been made aware of various malware attacks, such as Loozfon and FinFisher, that target Android smartphones. Each malware is different and can range from stealing a user’s address book to completely taking over the infected device. The agency notes that Loozfon and FinFisher are just two examples of active malware that are used by criminals and users should take precautions to protecting their devices.

When purchasing a smartphones users should know the features of the device and use protective features such as device encryption and antivirus software to guard personal data. When downloading and purchasing apps, the FBI advises that users not only read reviews but also understand the permissions, such as Geo-location, they are granting the apps. Geo-location is used in applications to track a user’s location mostly for marketing purposes, but it can also be used for malicious purposes such as cyber stalker or burglaries.

The agency recommends that for physical security smartphone owners should consider locking their devices with a pass code and only connect to trusted Wi-Fi networks. Lastly, smartphones should always be kept up-to-date and users should avoid jailbreaking or rooting their devices to avoid greater security concerns.

All in all, users should be using the same precautions on their mobile phone as they do on their computers.

[Via Fortune]

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Dan Graziano

October 15th

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FBI warns that Android phones are havens for malware

Android Security FBI

A division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a warning to smartphone users about mobile malware and device safety, specifically regarding the Android operating system. A report published late last week the Internet Crime Complaint Center revealed that it has been made aware of various malware attacks, such as Loozfon and FinFisher, that target Android smartphones. Each malware is different and can range from stealing a user’s address book to completely taking over the infected device. The agency notes that Loozfon and FinFisher are just two examples of active malware that are used by criminals and users should take precautions to protecting their devices.

When purchasing a smartphones users should know the features of the device and use protective features such as device encryption and antivirus software to guard personal data. When downloading and purchasing apps, the FBI advises that users not only read reviews but also understand the permissions, such as Geo-location, they are granting the apps. Geo-location is used in applications to track a user’s location mostly for marketing purposes, but it can also be used for malicious purposes such as cyber stalker or burglaries.

The agency recommends that for physical security smartphone owners should consider locking their devices with a pass code and only connect to trusted Wi-Fi networks. Lastly, smartphones should always be kept up-to-date and users should avoid jailbreaking or rooting their devices to avoid greater security concerns.

All in all, users should be using the same precautions on their mobile phone as they do on their computers.

[Via Fortune]

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Dan Graziano

October 15th

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Amazon may buy Texas Instruments’ mobile chip business to keep up with Apple

Amazon Texas Instruments Acquisition

Texas Instruments (TXN) announced last month plans to shrink its mobile processor business and instead focus on broader markets. According to a report from Israeli newspaper Calcalist, however, the company may be looking to sell its chip business entirely. Amazon (AMZN) is said to be in “advanced negotiations” to acquire Texas Instruments’ mobile business, a move that will increase the retail giant’s competition with Samsung (005930) and Apple (AAPL). Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi doubted the reported, though, telling Reuters that Amazon may not want to “become that intimately involved with hardware.”

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Dan Graziano

October 15th

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Amazon may buy Texas Instruments’ mobile chip business to keep up with Apple

Amazon Texas Instruments Acquisition

Texas Instruments (TXN) announced last month plans to shrink its mobile processor business and instead focus on broader markets. According to a report from Israeli newspaper Calcalist, however, the company may be looking to sell its chip business entirely. Amazon (AMZN) is said to be in “advanced negotiations” to acquire Texas Instruments’ mobile business, a move that will increase the retail giant’s competition with Samsung (005930) and Apple (AAPL). Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi doubted the reported, though, telling Reuters that Amazon may not want to “become that intimately involved with hardware.”

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Dan Graziano

October 15th

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Google’s Sony-built Nexus X smartphone revealed in leaked photos

Sony Nexus X Smartphone

In May, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google (GOOG) would be opening its Nexus program up to as many as five manufacturers for a complete smartphone and tablet portfolio to be available in late November, with additional rumors suggesting that Sony, LG, and Samsung would all be manufacturing Nexus-branded devices. We have already seen LG’s (06657011) offering in a variety of leaked images and have also seen an alleged spec sheet for the Galaxy Nexus II. And now alleged images belonging to Sony’s (SNE) Nexus X smartphone were uploaded to Picasa on Sunday that show on-screen navigation keys and an unskinned version of Android. It has been reported that Google will announce its latest Nexus smartphones on October 29th. An additional image follows below.

[Via Xperia Blog]

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Dan Graziano

October 15th

Mobile

Sprint 4G LTE to launch in San Francisco and 21 additional markets in the coming months

Sprint 4G LTE

Sprint (S) on Friday said that it will be expanding its 4G LTE network to 22 addition markets, including San Francisco, in the coming months. Sprint’s high-speed 4G LTE network is now available in 24 markets around the country and is expected to be available in more than 100 cities in the coming months. The nation’s third largest carrier has also continued to improve its 3G network in several markets, leading to fewer dropped and blocked calls. 

“We’re committed to providing improved 3G and 4G LTE as quickly as possible, and keeping our customers informed as to when and where they can experience the new network’s superior performance and speed,” said Bob Azzi, the company’s network senior vice president. “Our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business connectivity and entertainment. We’re delivering all of that functionality at a very competitive price.”

Sprint’s press release follows below.

Sprint Adding 4G LTE to More Than 20 Additional Cities in Coming Months

Millions of power data users in several major cities will soon enjoy a 4G LTE experience with the only truly unlimited 4G LTE plans from a national carrier

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), October 12, 2012 – Continuing its aggressive push to deliver an enhanced top-tier network experience for customers, Sprint (NYSE:S) announced today that its 4G LTE network build is progressing in more than 20 additional cities within its nationwide 3G footprint.

The 4G LTE Network build is under way in the following additional areas:

San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA
Cape Coral-Ft Meyers, FL
Dyersburg-Union City-Martin, TN
Emporia, KS
Fort Wayne, IN
Greenwood, MS
Joplin, MO
Kokomo, IN
Lafayette/West Lafayette, IN
Lexington Park, MD
Marion, IN
Napa, CA
Naples-Marco Island, FL
Ottawa-Streator, IL
Punta Gorda, FL
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA
Sarasota-Bradenton, FL
Sebring, FL
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN
Terre Haute, IN
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA
Warsaw, IN

“We’re committed to providing improved 3G and 4G LTE as quickly as possible, and keeping our customers informed as to when and where they can experience the new network’s superior performance and speed,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “Our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business connectivity and entertainment. We’re delivering all of that functionality at a very competitive price.”

During the pre-launch phase, Sprint customers with capable devices may begin to see 4G LTE coverage in these areas and are welcome to use the network even before it officially launches. Sprint plans to announce commercial availability of 4G LTE in these cities in the coming months, followed by continued enhancements in coverage, performance and reliability. Ultimately, Sprint’s 4G LTE coverage is expected to largely match the existing nationwide 3G footprint.

Last month, Sprint announced more than 100 cities where Sprint 4G LTE is on its way, including Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C. The network build out has begun in these cities in addition to those announced In September. The LTE build out is part of Network Vision, an investment program that will also deliver an improved 3G experience to Sprint customers.

Today, Sprint offers the new 4G LTE service in 24 metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Ga.; Athens, Ga.; Baltimore; Barnstable-Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass.; Calhoun, Ga.; Carrollton, Ga.; Gainesville, Ga.; Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas; Granbury-Hood County, Texas; Houston; Huntsville, Texas; Lawrence, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.; Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.; Newnan, Ga.; Rome, Ga.; San Antonio, Texas; Sedalia, Mo.; St. Joseph, Mo.; Topeka, Kan.; Waco, Texas; Waukegan-Lake County, Ill.; and Wichita, Kan.

As part of its overall network strategy, Sprint is also doing a complete overhaul of its 3G infrastructure so that customers can enjoy better wireless signal strength, in-building coverage, and fewer dropped/blocked calls. These enhancements are now available to customers in several markets across the country, with significant deployment in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, D.C., and will continue to improve in the weeks and months ahead.

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October 13th

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Sprint 4G LTE to launch in San Francisco and 21 additional markets in the coming months

Sprint 4G LTE

Sprint (S) on Friday said that it will be expanding its 4G LTE network to 22 addition markets, including San Francisco, in the coming months. Sprint’s high-speed 4G LTE network is now available in 24 markets around the country and is expected to be available in more than 100 cities in the coming months. The nation’s third largest carrier has also continued to improve its 3G network in several markets, leading to fewer dropped and blocked calls. 

“We’re committed to providing improved 3G and 4G LTE as quickly as possible, and keeping our customers informed as to when and where they can experience the new network’s superior performance and speed,” said Bob Azzi, the company’s network senior vice president. “Our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business connectivity and entertainment. We’re delivering all of that functionality at a very competitive price.”

Sprint’s press release follows below.

Sprint Adding 4G LTE to More Than 20 Additional Cities in Coming Months

Millions of power data users in several major cities will soon enjoy a 4G LTE experience with the only truly unlimited 4G LTE plans from a national carrier

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), October 12, 2012 – Continuing its aggressive push to deliver an enhanced top-tier network experience for customers, Sprint (NYSE:S) announced today that its 4G LTE network build is progressing in more than 20 additional cities within its nationwide 3G footprint.

The 4G LTE Network build is under way in the following additional areas:

San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA
Cape Coral-Ft Meyers, FL
Dyersburg-Union City-Martin, TN
Emporia, KS
Fort Wayne, IN
Greenwood, MS
Joplin, MO
Kokomo, IN
Lafayette/West Lafayette, IN
Lexington Park, MD
Marion, IN
Napa, CA
Naples-Marco Island, FL
Ottawa-Streator, IL
Punta Gorda, FL
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA
Sarasota-Bradenton, FL
Sebring, FL
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN
Terre Haute, IN
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA
Warsaw, IN

“We’re committed to providing improved 3G and 4G LTE as quickly as possible, and keeping our customers informed as to when and where they can experience the new network’s superior performance and speed,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “Our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business connectivity and entertainment. We’re delivering all of that functionality at a very competitive price.”

During the pre-launch phase, Sprint customers with capable devices may begin to see 4G LTE coverage in these areas and are welcome to use the network even before it officially launches. Sprint plans to announce commercial availability of 4G LTE in these cities in the coming months, followed by continued enhancements in coverage, performance and reliability. Ultimately, Sprint’s 4G LTE coverage is expected to largely match the existing nationwide 3G footprint.

Last month, Sprint announced more than 100 cities where Sprint 4G LTE is on its way, including Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C. The network build out has begun in these cities in addition to those announced In September. The LTE build out is part of Network Vision, an investment program that will also deliver an improved 3G experience to Sprint customers.

Today, Sprint offers the new 4G LTE service in 24 metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Ga.; Athens, Ga.; Baltimore; Barnstable-Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass.; Calhoun, Ga.; Carrollton, Ga.; Gainesville, Ga.; Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas; Granbury-Hood County, Texas; Houston; Huntsville, Texas; Lawrence, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.; Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.; Newnan, Ga.; Rome, Ga.; San Antonio, Texas; Sedalia, Mo.; St. Joseph, Mo.; Topeka, Kan.; Waco, Texas; Waukegan-Lake County, Ill.; and Wichita, Kan.

As part of its overall network strategy, Sprint is also doing a complete overhaul of its 3G infrastructure so that customers can enjoy better wireless signal strength, in-building coverage, and fewer dropped/blocked calls. These enhancements are now available to customers in several markets across the country, with significant deployment in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, D.C., and will continue to improve in the weeks and months ahead.

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Dan Graziano

October 13th

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