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Nexus 9 LTE arrives at Google Play

Nexus 9 LTE arrives at Google Play

Just after T-Mobile brought their LTE version of the Nexus 9 tablet to the masses, Google Play released theirs as well. These two devices will be effectively the same, the only difference being - perhaps - that the T-Mobile USA version might end up loading some (deletable) T-Mobile apps once the LTE SIM card is activated. Both devices are on sale this afternoon, both online - it would also appear that both devices will share essentially the same price point at just under 600 dollars for a 32GB internal storage size unit.

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Nexus 9 LTE will land on T-Mobile first, Google Play later

Nexus 9 LTE will land on T-Mobile first, Google Play later

Looking for a Nexus 9 LTE? If you’re going to Google Play, you might be out of luck. The tablet is currently listed as “coming soon” via Google’s official device sales portal, but T-Mobile is here to rescue us from a tablet-less world. Starting today, T-Mobile will be selling the Nexus 9 LTE from their online “deals” site, The Underground. The Nexus 9 LTE isn’t cheap — it starts at $599 — but it’s really your only option if you want the connected Nexus tablet in time for the holidays.

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AT&T extends VoLTE service to 18 more markets

AT&T extends VoLTE service to 18 more markets

Continuing the rollout of its Voice over LTE network services, AT&T has expanded to coverage of VoLTE to an astounding 18 locations across the country. Initially available only to a select number of markets, VoLTE is the new battle cry, or buzzword if you prefer, of carriers switching voice services over the wider and more capable LTE networks. Ultimately for users, this means that they will soon be able to take advantage of HD Voice quality in more locations nationwide.

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Samsung’s next Exynos chip to have Cat. 10 LTE support

Samsung’s next Exynos chip to have Cat. 10 LTE support

Cat. 4, Cat. 6, and now Cat. 10. These chipmakers are really pushing the cellular capabilities of their products to the limits, perhaps even faster than networks can actually adopt these network speeds. Of course, that has never been a reason for the likes of Qualcomm and Samsung to take it easy. Following the mobile chip leader's footsteps, Samsung is now said to also have an Exynos ready next year that will achieve speeds of 450 Mbps on downlink, almost twice as fast as Cat. 6's 300 Mbps.

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Verizon LG G3 updates with VoLTE

Verizon LG G3 updates with VoLTE

A software update is coming your way if you own the Verizon iteration of the LG G3. This update will bring you access to Verizon's Voice Over LTE network, right alongside the LG G2 - which was released last year. The Samsung Galaxy S5 also has VoLTE access, as does the DROID MAXX, DROID Mini, and both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This LG G3 update will start rolling out this afternoon across the United States - if you don't have it yet, just wait - you will sooner than later.

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Verizon starts replacing 3G with 4G LTE

Verizon starts replacing 3G with 4G LTE

LTE is the direction we’re headed for mobile technology, which is great for high speed data transfer. It’s also where we are headed for voice, with VoLTE now rolling out via approved handsets. Verizon, a leader in 4G LTE, has begun testing the high speed signal over their 3G spectrum. The move also means the old CDMA standard is starting to disappear, which is a good sign the days carrier-locked handsets could go with it. So far, New York is the only market where this is known to be happening.

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Qualcomm’s new modem capable of 450Mbps download speeds

Qualcomm’s new modem capable of 450Mbps download speeds

Class-leader Qualcomm has just announced their newest LTE modem, and it’s a doozy. As we edge closer to the gigabit Internet age, Qualcomm is outpacing smartphone technology and capabilities. Their latest is a Category 10 Gobi model, capable of 450 Mbps download speeds. That’s about 1.5-times faster than a Category 6 LTE modem, which tops out at 300 Mbps. In addition to the lightning-quick download, Qualcomm has also tweaked envelope tracking, which will keep the modem operating at peak efficiency.

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Verizon Ellipsis 8 takes another shot at budget tablet market

Verizon Ellipsis 8 takes another shot at budget tablet market

Continuing a tradition it set last year, Verizon is outing the next iteration of its self-branded tablet, appropriately named the Ellipsis 8. Aside from the increment in number and, therefore, in size, the tablet represents a rather minor upgrade from last year's Ellipsis 7 model. Of course, hardware specs alone aren't the main focus of this mid-range tablet. The Ellipsis 8, in particular, is meant to showcase Verizon's doubly fast XLTE network. The videos you'll be able to stream or download because of that is the cherry on top.

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Motorola Solutions LEX L10 empowers first responders

Motorola Solutions LEX L10 empowers first responders

There's almost a smartphone for everyone, whether they be kids, teens, older users, or industrial workers. Those that work to ensure our safety and security now also have a smartphone that caters to their needs. Motorola Solutions has unveiled the LEX L10, the latest of its LTE enabled devices designed for first responders. Powered by Android, this smartphone isn't like your run of the mill rugged smartphone that usually sport mediocre specs. The LEX L10 is hardy both inside and outside and also has the power to show for it.

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Verizon and AT&T team on VoLTE (and up 4G data to T-Mo CEO’s amusement)

Verizon and AT&T team on VoLTE (and up 4G data to T-Mo CEO’s amusement)

Verizon and AT&T plan to switch on cross-network VoLTE calls in 2015, the two carriers have confirmed today, opening the door to first voice over LTE calls and then one day video calling and messaging. VoLTE launched on Verizon's network in September, allowing handsets like the iPhone 6 to use the data network for VoIP rather than traditional methods, with the addition of HD-quality audio too. However, for the moment, VoLTE only supports calls between subscribers on the same network, something Verizon and AT&T are planning to change.

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