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Galaxy S-IV: Spring?

Samsung is rumored to announce the Galaxy S IV on March 15, says SamMobile. Samsung will release the Galaxy S IV from the beginning of April, says the website, after the big Mobile World Congress at the end of February.

Galaxy phones have been huge hits for Samsung, helping to make the company the largest handset maker on the planet. Samsung said global sales of its Galaxy S smartphone line have surpassed 100 million, a milestone that highlights Samsung’s position at the top of the smartphone heap.

The Galaxy IV is rumored to feature an Exynos 5 Octa (8-Core) CPU, Mali-T658 (8-Core) GPU, 5″ Super AMOLED Full HD Display, 2GB of RAM, 13 Megapixel Rear facing Camera capable of shooting 1080p Full HD Videos at 30FPS, 2 Megapixel front facing camera capable of shooting 720p HD Videos and runs Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. Or maybe not.

LTE Growth Compared

Jim Patterson, CEO of Patterson Advisory Group, breaks out the LTE numbers in the latest quarterly reports from Verizon and AT&T, in a story at RCR Wireless:

The migration to smartphones accelerated in Q4, and with it the rapid migration to Verizon Wireless’ more efficient/profitable LTE network. Nearly all of the of the 9.8 million Verizon Wireless smartphone buyers selected Apple (63%) or Android (35%) operating systems. Of the 9.8 million smartphones added in Q4, just under 6.4 million of them came with LTE radios, and 3.4 million did not.

AT&T Mobility beat Verizon Wireless on iPhone activations (8.6 million vs. 6.2 million), and they also win on total smartphone penetration of their postpaid base (70% vs. 58%) and total smartphone activations (10.2 million vs. 9.8 million), but Verizon Wireless crushes AT&T Mobility on service revenue growth (8.4% to 4.2%) and cash flow margin (41.4% to 24.6%).

Almost 60 percent of the iPhone users spent more than $100 per month on their wireless plan, with 10 percent spending $200 or more. Just 6 percent spent $50 or less; for Android users in that category, the percentage was double. And only 53 percent of Android users fell into the “over $100 per month” category, with 7 percent landing in the “over $200 per month” category.

LTE is not being implemented because it offers consumers faster speeds — carriers are putting in LTE networks because they deliver lower cost per bit. LTE delivers bits for about half the cost of HSPA.

Microsoft Launches Azure Streaming Services for Developers

Microsoft today announced the general availability release of Windows Azure Media Services. With today’s release, developers now have everything they need to quickly build great, extremely scalable, end-to-end media solutions for streaming on-demand video to consumers on any device.

With Windows Azure Media Services, you can stream video to HTML5, Flash, Silverlight, Windows 8, iPad, iPhone, Android, Xbox, Windows Phone and other clients using a wide variety of streaming formats. A typical video workflow involves uploading raw video to storage, encoding & protecting the content, and then streaming that content to users who can consume it on any number of devices.

According to Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie, it allow users to store a single file format and stream to many adaptive protocol formats automatically. It can be used to deliver training videos to employees; stream video content from a website; or build video-on-demand service similar to Hulu or Netflix. Last year several broadcasters used Azure to stream the London 2012 Olympics.

A version that allows for live streaming is currently available in a private preview, and a public preview will be coming next, reports Infoworld.

For encoding, users pay a flat rate, which starts at $1.99 per gigabyte and is then discounted for larger volumes. For streaming, users pay for storage and bandwidth.

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Most Popular Dailywireless Stories of 2012

I went though my Google Analytics and found the most viewed 15 stories on 2012. Here they are starting from the most popular on down. Popularity can be a bit arbitrary, depending on whether some site picked up the story, or some other phenomena.

For what it’s worth, here were the most popular stories of 2012 on this site:

  1. Cracking Smartphone Codes (3,290). If law enforcement wants to see the data you’ve stored on your smartphone, those four digit security codes only take two minutes to crack…
  2. Sprint LTE Rollouts(2,849). The Sprint Network Vision blog lists LTE deployments and coverage maps…
  3. Open-source Tricorder (2,410). That $10 million Tricorder X-Prize from Qualcomm, to create an instrument similar to the ones used on Star Trek, got a step closer today, when Dr. Peter Jansen released the designs for his Mk 2 Tricorder, making all the specifics open source…
  4. iPhone5 World phone with LTE (2,408). Today Apple’s new iPhone 5 is being unveiled in San Francisco. Apple has now sold 400 million iOS devices through June of this year…
  5. Hotspot 2.0 (1,786). Roaming between WiFi networks and cellular carriers will be getting easier, thanks to the Hotspot 2.0 initiative…
  6. NSAs Utah Data Center (1,779). The Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency, reports James Bamford in Wired. The question, of course, is how the agency defines who is, and who is not, “a potential adversary.”…
  7. Top 100 (1,728). The Top Ten wireless stories of the decade. I reached #70. I keep planning to finish it.
  8. Broadcom Announces Enterprise 802.11ac chips (1,674). Chipmaker Broadcom today launched a 802.11ac standard WiFi chip, the BCM43460, said to be the world’s first “5G” WiFi system-on-chip…
  9. Freedom-pop Connects with Sprint LTE/3g (1,671). Today FreedomPop announced that they will now have access to Sprint’s new 4G LTE network, as well as its WiMAX and 3G network…
  10. Widi: Dead Tech (1,404). Intel is flogging their WiDi technology (pronounced like “Wi-Fi”) at CES again this year…
  11. HTC ONE-S Android 4 with Bluetooth Low Energy (1,365). Bluetooth 4.0 features ultra-low power consumption, with the ability of sensors to run for years on standard, coin-cell batteries. It was first available in the iPhone 4S and the new iPad and is also available in the Galaxy S III.
  12. Haiti (1,259). The Haitian Earthquake on Jan 12, 2010, left an estimated 200,000 dead.
  13. China Mobile Announces TD-LTE Rollout (1,178). China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator with 655 million customers, has unveiled their plan to widely deploy TD-LTE across the country.
  14. Samsung Tablet (1,120). Samsung’s next great Android super phone could in the form of an 11.6” Samsung tablet…
  15. Ivy Bridge Laptops from Lenovo and Sony (1,091). Lenovo has refreshed their entire ThinkPad lineup, each sporting Intel Ivy Bridge chips, USB 3.0, and a redesigned keyboard…

FCC Approves Dish Spectrum for Mobile Broadband

Today the FCC announced they have unanimously approved Dish to use 40 MHz of underutilized satellite spectrum for land-based mobile broadband, including 4G LTE.

We accomplished this by removing regulatory barriers that limited this spectrum to satellite use. Carefully balanced technical requirements will unlock tremendous value in both the AWS-4 band and the 10 MHz H Block, which Congress directed us to auction.

The Commission also unanimously approved a proposal setting the stage for an auction of the H Block in 2013. Proceeds from this auction will help fund a nationwide Public Safety Network for our first responders and reduce the deficit.

“No matter how you slice it, this is a transformative outcome for Dish to expand beyond its pay-TV business,” said Paul Gallant, Washington-based managing director at Guggenheim Securities, in a Bloomberg interview. “Even if Dish loses the spectrum interference battle it’s been fighting, it still got most of what it wanted from the FCC.”

DISH Network issued the following statement:

“The FCC has removed outdated regulations and granted terrestrial flexibility for most of the AWS-4 band. We appreciate the hard work and focus of the FCC and its staff throughout this process. The Commission has taken an important step toward facilitating wireless competition and innovation, and fulfilling the goals of the National Broadband Plan.

Following a more thorough review of the order and its technical details, DISH will consider its strategic options and the optimal approach to put this spectrum to use for the benefit of consumers.”

Dish now has the authority to establish a nationwide, broadband wireless service, using LTE-Advanced (Frequency Division), with 2 x 20MHz using their 2.1 GHz band.

The question is, who is going to build it.

AT&T may have the most need, but Ergen has previously said he’d rather not sell the spectrum. Sprint is the suitor of the hour…but Ergen could pull a wild card.

AT&T may be about to be played. Especially if Dish brings Google to the party.

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