The mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) market is already a very competitive one, but with the arrival of Tello, the competition is sure to go up a notch. So how will this new mobile carrier be able to manage? Well, it turns out Tello has plenty up its sleeve, starting with a “No Fees, Whatsoever” branding that just might attract throngs of mobile users eager to sign up for even more affordable wireless plan options.
Pandora has recently announced its newest offering, Pandora Premium, and it is looking to give Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music a run for their money. A year ago, Pandora had completed its acquisition of Rdio, but has since shut down the service permanently before the start of 2016. From what was left of Rdio’s resources, Pandora then fashioned a new package, one that delivers a massive library of on demand tracks, plus an interface that banks on the Pandora brand’s extensive experience in recommending music via its online radio service.
Here comes Bluetooth 5, the latest iteration of Bluetooth wireless technology, and it brings with it some very interesting updates, including faster connection speeds (twice quicker), longer range of coverage (four times better than before), and bigger broadcast message capacity (eight times larger).
Google has recently updated its mobile search app, and it has now allowed users to easily separate what things they are interested in, like news, entertainment, and sports, from the things they need in real life, like info on flights or appointment schedules.
The United States Supreme Court has decided in favor of Samsung in its highly publicized patent case against fierce rival Apple. With this ruling, the case has been sent back to a lower court in order to ascertain the amount of damages to be paid.
It is true that wearable devices have become more popular than ever. The relatively recent release of high profile smartwatches have contributed immensely in having consumers talk or develop an increased awareness for wearables. But on closer inspection, it appears that smartwatches are not as big a hit as previously thought. The real best sellers seem to be fitness trackers.
According to a report published by the Wall Street Journal, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has sent letters of warning to industry leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T, saying that their respective zero rated data offerings could cause unfair competition and bring harm to mobile users.
Some time earlier this year, iHeartRadio had revealed its plans of offering new paid subscription services for on-demand music. Well, the web radio platform has made good on its promise, launching beta versions of its latest music plans. The cheapest plan is called iHeartRadio Plus and it is priced at $4.99 a month. With this plan, subscribers can choose to listen to the radio as usual, but if they hear a particular tune they like, they are now given the opportunity to replay that song instantly.
If you have not heard already, AT&T has just officially launched a trio of new streaming services, namely DirecTV Now, Fullscreen, and FreeView, and all these can be streamed from mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, as well as on other gadgets such as computers and smart TVs. Scroll down below for a quick guide on each new service
Market research firm IDC has published its latest projections for 2016, and it appears that this year will end having accumulated smartphone shipments of around 1.45 billion units around the world. However, this volume only represents a 0.6 percent improvement over last year’s numbers, indicating a massive decrease from the 10.4 percent growth rate the global smartphone industry registered between 2014 and 2015.