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The Amazon smartphone rumor mill is churning once again, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that the online retailer will release a smartphone in the second half of 2014.
The report, citing unnamed sources, said the company has been showing off versions of the handset to developers in San Francisco and near its headquarters in Seattle in the past few weeks, and that Amazon aims to announce the phone by the end of June and start shipping phones by the end of September, ahead of the holiday shopping season (and around the time Apple will likely introduce the iPhone 6).
The report also said the phone will have a screen capable of displaying seemingly 3D-images without special glasses by using a retina-tracking technology embedded in four front-facing cameras, or sensors, to make some images appear to be 3D, similar to a hologram.
Amazon declined to comment, according to the report.
Amazon has been pushing deeper into hardware. Last week the company unveiled its Fire TV set-top box and said it will soon begin pushing a wand customers can use to scan product barcodes at home to re-order groceries and other goods without using their computers. Amazon also sells its Kindle Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers.
Numerous facets of the Amazon smartphone strategy remain unclear, the report noted, including the design and pricing of the smartphone, which operating system it will use or which wireless carrier it will work with to provide service. Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets use a forked version of Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android platform and AT&T Mobility (NYSE: T) and Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) provide LTE service for Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets.
Amazon has told one of its suppliers it is anticipating mass production of the device later this month, with an initial order of 600,000 units, according to the report.
Of course, this is not the first time rumors of an Amazon smartphone have percolated. Amazon was reported to be working with smartphone maker HTC on three smartphones, according to an October 2013 Financial Times report. In May 2013, the Journal first reported that Amazon was developing a high-end 3D smartphone. In March 2013, DigiTimes reported Amazon would release a smartphone in the second quarter of 2013. Bloomberg reported in July 2012 that Amazon had tapped Foxconn to develop the device, adding the digital retailer had assembled a portfolio of patents covering wireless technologies to fend off potential allegations of infringement. Indeed, The Verge ”confirmed” the Amazon smartphone in a Sept. 5, 2012, article, and noted the gadget “could be announced tomorrow.” And a New York Times post in 2010 indicated Amazon was considering a smartphone.
Further, last year Amazon was reported to have tested Globalstar’s terrestrial low-power service (TLPS). Amazon is said to be interested in TLPS for wide-area connections, which could replace expensive cellular service that currently delivers data to its Kindle-brand devices.
- see this WSJ article
This week for our Technical Tip Tuesday, we’re focusing on one of our newer Wilson cell phone signal boosters, the AG Pro Quint. Got a question about one of our products that you would like to see answered on our blog? Let us know by leaving us a comment below, or send us a message on Facebook/Twitter.
Q: What is the total number of concurrent calls that this this signal booster can handle?
A: There are two parts to this answer. (1) Wilson does not limit the number of simultaneous connections a booster can support. So there is no artificial cap on the number of connections. (2) However, that means the number of devices that can operate simultaneously depends on the strength of the signal outside the building. The stronger the signal outside, the more devices inside can be supported simultaneously. The same is true in the reverse. The weaker the outside signal, the fewer devices inside the building can be supported simultaneously.
Q: Can I use RG6 for the coax cable with the AG Pro Quint?
A: Yes, you can use RG-6 with the 803670, though you will lose twice as much signal with this cable than if you were to use the recommended Wilson 400 Ultra-Low Loss cable.
Q: Does the AG Pro Quint boost 4G signal as well, or just 3G?
A: The system will work with voice, text, 3G data, and 4G data as well for all major US carriers.
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Wilson Electronics (www.wilsonelectronics.com), manufacturer of North America’s top-selling line of cellular signal boosters, today announced its full line of cellular signal boosters has now completed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) certification.
With the recent FCC certification of Wilson Electronics MobilePro, designed for use in a vehicle or a small area such as a desktop, the company now has 12 signal boosters certified under the 2014 standards. Also included in the latest approvals was the newly announced DB Pro 4G, which is built to provide reliable voice and 4G data coverage inside today’s energy efficient but cellular unfriendly buildings.
“Completion of the FCC certification process for our consumer signal boosters is a major milestone for Wilson Electronics,” said Bob Van Buskirk, president and CEO of Wilson Electronics. “This is the culmination of more than a year of hard work by our entire team in order to ensure existing products and newly developed models comply with recently adopted FCC technical standards.”
The DB Pro 4G and the MobilePro will begin shipping shortly, and will be available via Wilson Electronics’ dealers and retail sales partners.
Both models work with all cellular devices and all U.S. service providers (except Clearwire), and support several simultaneous connections across multiple carriers. User benefits include fewer dropped calls and lost connections, fewer “dead zones,” faster data downloads, clearer voice quality and improved cellular device battery life.
The DB Pro 4G uses standard TV coax cable (RG-6), which is pre-wired in most homes, in order to connect the outside and inside antennas to the signal booster.
The MobilePro can be powered by a USB port or vehicle power outlet as well as by an AC outlet. Cellular devices connect wirelessly to the MobilePro, which boosts voice and 3G/2G data signals.
Like all Wilson Electronics signal boosters, these models feature SmarTech III™ cell site protections, which prevent the possibility of interference with cellular networks. The SmarTech III techniques were developed and refined by Wilson Electronics’ engineering and product development teams over more than a decade of research and development.
When a natural disaster hits, how will you get in touch with your friends and loved ones?
Major disasters are happening more and more — declarations are up 37% in the last decade alone. While some people have survival bags packed and ready, there’s still some tech they may be missing.
The infographic below highlights five technologies that will help you stay connected when disaster strikes. It includes everything from portable solar panels to cell phone signal boosters.
Check it out–
To see this article as it appeared on Business Insider, click here.
Happy Wednesday! How is your week going so far? Today we’re looking at some of the most popular phones from this year’s trade show, Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. If you missed part 1 of this series, click here, and you can check out part 2 here.
Today we’ll be covering the Microsoft Windows Phone, the LG G Pro 2, the Huawei Ascend G6, and lastly, the Acer Liquid E3. If you want to read about all of the phones at once, see the @FierceWireless article.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone
Microsoft showed off a wide range of previously announced smartphones that are running its Windows Phone operating system. Microsoft also announced that Lenovo, LG and Foxconn are planning to support its operating system–an important announcement as Microsoft works to acquire Windows Phone manufacturer Nokia. However, no company announced a new Windows Phone smartphone at this year’s MWC, and that absence was notable in light of all the other smartphone announcements at the show.
LG G Pro 2
LG showed off its new G Pro 2 Android phone, one of LG’s high-end smartphones. CCS Insight analysts noted that the device reflects LG’s growing efforts to target the high end of the smartphone market with devices carrying the latest top-of-the-line specifications.
Huawei Ascend G6
Huawei, the world’s third largest smartphone vendor by volume, announced the Ascend G6 Android smartphone at MWC. “It has made further clear improvements in device design and quality to support its competitive pricing,” noted CCS Insight analysts, “but brand weakness remains an issue.”
Acer Liquid E3
Acer showed off the Liquid E3 at the MobileFocus press event, held in conjunction with MWC. However, when questioned about what makes the Liquid E3 unique in the smartphone market, a company representative shrugged and offered some very general comments about the device’s improved camera and processor. That obvious apathy regarding this new phone was easy to understand, since virtually all of the new smartphones announced at this year’s MWC were upgrades to previous models and offered little in the way of innovations or surprises. Indeed, in skimming through this slideshow on MWC phones, it becomes difficult to distinguish one rectangle from the next.
What do you think of these smartphones? Is there one you are particularly interested in? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook/Twitter. If you want to read about all of the phones featured in the article, click here.
Since it’s April Fools Day, we decided to put some faith back into the holiday by announcing our #throwbackThursday winner. Were you able to guess what this week’s object was?
If you said it was the first in-car navigation system from the 1930s, then you were correct!
Congrats to our winner, Dan Boone! He was won our Sleek 4G! Dan, just email us at email@example.com, or comment below to claim!