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With just a few hours to go until the next-generation Galaxy S model becomes official, we have one more report for you that highlights one Galaxy S4 feature, the integration of SwiftKey’s prediction software.
You’re probably more than aware what SwiftKey can do since the SwiftKey keyboard app is quite popular among Android users – in case you don’t it’s suffice to say that we’re looking at software capable of predicting what your next key press will be based on your typing habits, and therefore improve your whole typing-on-a-touchscreen experience.
The WSJ has it from unnamed people familiar with the matter that the Galaxy S4 will include the technology:
Case in point, Samsung Electronics Co. will include SwiftKey’s predictive technology in the new Samsung Galaxy S 4 [sic], which will be unveiled at an event in New York on Thursday, according to a person familiar with the matter.
“In the Android space where you have a lot of competition, a little thing like [predictive typing] can make a huge difference,” said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at Enderle Group.
We’re going to have more Galaxy S4 details for you later today, as we get closer to the announcement event which we’re going to be liveblogging for you. While you wait, check out our Galaxy S4 contest that’s open to all Android Authority readers!
Let’s face it, smartphones are expensive. Even with carrier subsidies, high-end handsets can easily set you back hundreds of dollars. If you want the best, without paying top dollar, AT&T is now offering the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for $.99.
As you probably already guessed, there is a catch here. AT&T’s offer is for a refurbished model with a 90 day warranty. You also will be required to sign a two year contract. Additionally, the deal is only for today, so you better make your mind up about it quickly.
So is it worth it going the refurbished route? That’s honestly up to you, but keep in mind that refurbished handsets are brought back to original standard and often enough there is really no way on the surface to tell that it isn’t a brand new device. Of course some people just like the peace of mind of knowing they are the first person to use their phone.
AT&T is offering the handset in both white or gray, and is even throwing free shipping into the offer. This is a great way to get your hands on a quad-core 5.5-inch monster of a phone, without having to put hardly anything down upfront. Especially when you consider the normal price for a new handset from AT&T is 9.99 with contract.
What do you think, worth biting on this deal or not?
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Data hungry folks might be having a field day eating through their LTE data allocations, but some prefer to be thrifty and go the prepaid route. Recently heard from the tech grapevine: T-Mobile’s MVNOs are likely to be offering LTE access soon.
To the uninitiated, MVNOs, or Mobile Virtual Nework Operators, are carriers that don’t own the infrastructure, but buy resources in bulk from the bigger companies (like Sprint, T-Mobile, et al) and re-sell these in different packages. Now what’s so great about MVNOs is that they are usually able to offer these services cheaper. What’s not so great is that they sometimes don’t offer the same services or resources their main provider do.
Fierce Wireless reports that two of T-Mobile’s MVNOs, namely Solavei and Ready SIM, will offer LTE services once the “magenta” network launches its LTE network later this year. Both networks have confirmed their plans. “[A]s a T-Mobile MVNO, we get access to all network enhancements and upgrades, [and] this means that mean LTE is available we will offer it as well simply because it’s there,” said Roam Mobility (Ready SIM’s parent company) vice president for business development Emir Aboulhosn.
T-Mobile does not confirm this from their end, though, as they have not made a commitment as to when they will pass on LTE access to their MVNOs. “T-Mobile has not made any commitments to MVNO partners regarding timing of when they may have access to T-Mobile’s LTE network, and not all partners may receive access,” the company said in a statement. As such, while it plans to cover 100 million customers with LTE coverage by mid-2013 and 200 million by year-end, MVNO subscribers might not necessarily be among the first to benefit.
There might be hope yet, as other major networks offer LTE service through their MVNOs, such as Ting and FreedomPop, which run over Sprint. Will the 3.9 million MVNO subscribers out of T-Mobile’s total 33.3 million userbase enjoy access to LTE? Time will tell.