We've already heard that Google was expanding their Play Movies and Play Music services today to new countries and with new content. Play Magazines isn't getting left out in the cold, though. Today, the storefront is opening up to our neighbors up north, in addition to signing extra content partners for a more robust distribution platform.
As part of the huge announcement Google put together, the company touted its magazine partnerships:
We’re now working with Time, Inc.
We know a lot of our international readers have been eager to get their hands on the Play Store's content ecosystem. It turns out Google is just as eager for that as you are. In addition to movie rentals, users in Canada, the UK, France, Spain, and Australia will be able to purchase movies outright and watch them forever.
Said Google on the matter:
We’ve recently added a ton of great new entertainment to Google Play, such as movies and TV shows from Twentieth Century Fox.
Buried deep within the changelog of Android 4.1.2 that arrived today is a very welcomed change to the way expandable notifications are handled by the OS. Introduced in Jelly Bean, expanding and collapsing notifications originally required two fingers to operate. Not anymore! A handy gesture now allows easy expansion and collapsing with just one finger, making it easier to perform this task while holding a device in one hand.
Collapsing is a little tricky at first and requires first pulling down and then up. Read More
Slowly but surely, AT&T is trying to close the gap between its LTE network and Verizon's. Today, it announced that its lightning fast LTE network is available in eight new markets:
- Detroit, MI
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Portland, OR
- Birmingham, AL
- Memphis, TN
- Honolulu, HI
- Seattle, WA
- Sacramento, CA
In addition to these new markets, AT&T's existing LTE network in Miami-Dade County has also been expanded.
AT&T's 4G Network
AT&T's innovation and investment has resulted in the nation's largest 4G network, covering 275 million people with ultra-fast speeds and a more consistent user experience.
It's time for Verizon to do its monthly LTE thing, and it looks like 34 new cities are getting the 4G hyperspeed treatment, which finally includes the town in which yours truly resides: Texarkana, TX.
- Hot Springs, Ark.
- Redding, Calif.
- Valdosta and Waycross, Ga.
- Centralia and Danville, Ill.
- Parsons, Salina and Topeka, Kan.
- Alexandria and Monroe, La.
- Pittsfield, Mass.
- Battle Creek and Muskegon, Mich.
- Mankato and Worthington, Minn.
- Joplin and Sedalia, Mo.
After announcing its financials for the second quarter with money bleeding left and right, Sprint decided to follow up the negatives with a few positives and switched subjects to something a little less gory - upcoming 4G LTE markets. Before Labor Day, which happens to be September 3rd this year, the following areas will be lit up with speedy (but probably patchy) LTE:
- Baltimore, MD
- Gainesville, GA
- Manhattan/Junction City, KS
- Sherman-Denison, TX
Compared to dozens of cities announced at every Verizon and AT&T 4G expansion, Sprint is definitely lagging behind, but we're hoping they will be picking up the pace towards the end of the year and into next year when the Network Vision rollout is supposed to be completed. Read More
You know what time it is: time for Big Red to light up some new areas with its hyperfast 4G LTE network. The lucky ones this month:
- El Dorado/Magnolia and Russellville, Ark.
- New London County, Conn.
- Fort Pierce/Vero Beach and Melbourne/Titusville, Fla.
- Columbus and Rome, Ga.
- Burley, Idaho; Mattoon, Ill.
- Anderson and Muncie, Ind.
- Manhattan/Junction City and McPherson, Kan.
- Lafayette/New Iberia, La.
- St. Joseph, Mo.; Bozeman/Livingston, Kalispell and Missoula, Mont.
- Goldsboro/Kinston, Roanoke Rapids and Rocky Mount/Wilson, N.C.
One of the coolest features of Google Maps is the ability to show live traffic patterns on major roadways. Now, Google is rolling out this feature to seven new countries, as well as expanding coverage in 19 others. The new countries in the inner circle are Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Mexico, Peru, Romania and South Africa. Exciting!
As users of the service are no doubt aware, having your country or city covered doesn't necessarily mean every street is covered. Read More
T-Mobile sent out a press release late last night to announce just what they're doing with the consolation prize from AT&T's failed bid to take over the company. Unsurprisingly, the company is using the $4 billion and spectrum licenses to do exactly what they need to stay competitive with other carriers: expand their HSPA+ coverage and, more importantly, roll out LTE.
According to the press release, we can expect T-Mo to continue expanding and improving their HSPA+ for the remainder of 2012:
As part of the company's network modernization effort, T-Mobile also plans to launch 4G HSPA+ service in the 1900 MHz band in a large number of markets by the end of the year.