Tag: 5G

Apple’s relationship with Donald Trump has become a toxic PR disaster

Every major company knows that there are pros and cons to dealing with politicians, namely the prospect of favorable treatment offset by the risks of implication in future political scandals. Under former CEO Steve Jobs, Apple stayed out of politics, but his successor Tim Cook has embraced not only Apple-wide political positions, but also specific […]

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Verizon and Snap team up for Snapchat 5G augmented reality features

Over the past few years, Snapchat has become one of the world’s most popular soft augmented reality tools, adding photo and video filters that apply special effects to faces or buildings in real time. Today, parent company Snap and Verizon announced a partnership that will leverage the latter’s 5G cellular network for new augmented reality […]

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Pirelli Develops Smart Tyres That Can Inform Other Vehicles Of Road Conditions

The tyres on our cars are extremely important where the size and grip of the tyres really helps to determine our driving experience. It also impacts the safety of the car, where some tyres are considered to be “better” than others for certain road conditions. Now it looks like Pirelli is taking things to the […]

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Qualcomm Bullish on 5G Prospects, Forecasts 450 Million 5G Smartphone Shipping in 2021

Qualcomm’s Analyst Day is interesting as it gives us a sneak peek at all the latest technology. In the latest edition of Analyst Day, the chipmaker says that it expects 450 million 5G smartphones to be shipped by 2021. In 2022, Qualcomm expects another 750 million devices to join the 5G bandwagon. Previously, Qualcomm forecasted […]

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Qualcomm: 5G will cover major metros in 2020, developing countries in 2021

Speaking at Qualcomm’s 2019 Analyst Day in New York City, Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon today offered a comprehensive visual roadmap for the global rollout of 5G networks, including country-by-country assessments of readiness. Amon notably suggested that the company expects 5G to become broadly available across major metropolitan areas in 2020, then spread thoroughly throughout developing […]

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Samsung and Mediatek emerge as Qualcomm’s top 5G chip rivals in 2020

Throughout 2019, the 5G chip business has effectively been Qualcomm’s to lose — between its Snapdragon 855-series processors and its X50/X55 modems, Qualcomm won the business of almost every company interested in producing a 5G consumer device. But with 2020 just around the corner, rivals Samsung and Mediatek have emerged as top 5G chip alternatives […]

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T-Mobile will launch national 5G on December 6, covering 200 million people

During a livestream today, T-Mobile announced an official launch date for its national 5G service — December 6, 2019 — which will rely upon low-frequency 600MHz radio signals and new 5G devices to bring higher-speed service to 200 million customers on day one. Thanks to the initiative, which has been in the buildout process for […]

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FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger after rapid 5G coverage pledges

Following an October vote that signaled partisan support for the deal, T-Mobile’s proposed merger with Sprint today officially won the backing of the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC rested its decision heavily on the carriers’ pledges to offer 5G service to 97% of the American population within three years, and 99% within six years, a move […]

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China Telecom teases Samsung W20 5G folding phone for November 2019

Now that China has officially launched 5G data plans across multiple carriers and cities, the race to establish early winners in the 5G handset market is officially underway. To that end, China Telecom is already trying to grab attention with an interesting option: a new Samsung folding phone called the W20 5G. The Chinese carrier […]

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China launches national 5G, promises 50 cities by end of 2019

Confirming data plan price leaks by China Mobile and its rivals earlier this week, China’s top three cellular carriers have officially commenced commercial 5G data services today, with aggressively priced data plans. Each of the carriers has launched in a strong initial collection of cities, with a promise to cover as many as 50 locations by year’s […]

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Werner Vogels: For IoT, security and privacy are top concerns

Startups and tech giants alike are vying for a slice of the burgeoning internet of things (IoT) market, and Amazon is in pole position with an estimated 34% of IoT developer market share. Its lengthy list of IoT services includes IoT Core, which lets connected devices interact with cloud apps, and IoT Greengrass, which extends […]

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China Mobile leaks cheap 5G plans with data caps and 3 speed tiers

China’s launch of commercial 5G services has been one of the year’s more unusual stories: A national multi-carrier rollout that was planned for October 1 shifted to November 1, and the top three carriers reportedly pre-registered 10 million 5G customers before revealing service prices. Now one of the carriers appears to have leaked pricing plans, and […]

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A quick 5G guide: Separating reality from hype

Exactly one year ago, I wrote about the onset of “fake 5G news” — the increasing use of 5G as a buzzword to attract attention to otherwise non-5G products and services, which was already happening before 5G devices became available. Back then, Xiaomi lured media to an event for “the world’s first 5G commercial mobile phone,” […]

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T-Mobile’s 600MHz 5G rollout may disappoint on speed and compatibility

If you’ve followed my prior coverage of early 5G networks and devices, you know that I’ve worked hard to provide a fair perspective on the transformative new wireless technology: Beyond reporting the news, my opinion pieces have praised companies for taking real steps forward with 5G, while offering measured concern or criticism whenever it’s been warranted. I’ve […]

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