The next major change in mobile phone voice calling is VoLTE, which is voice over LTE, a VOIP standard which will finally mean voice calls will become IP based, with the promise of improved quality and higher bandwidth.
The technology is particularly relevant on Verizon, which uses LTE, but still relies on their old CDMA network for voice calls, which prevents simultaneous voice calls and data transfer.
Now Tom Warren, senior editor at the Verge, has revealed the next minor version of Windows Phone 8.1, update 1, will bring support for more VoLTE standards, which suggests we may start seeing the technology showing up in the wild.
He also confirmed that the OS Update will come with improved app folder feature, but of course we knew that already.
Update 1 is expected to start arriving in August, but of course may take a lot longer to show up on handsets.
We have some good news from Verizon Lumia Icon owners, but its not the great news they have all been waiting for.
Verizon is pushing out a firmware update for the Nokia Lumia Icon, which brings many improvements, fully documented in a PDF from the company. It is however not the WP8.1 update we are all waiting for.
The main improvement is to WIFI connectivity, which suggests to us that the issue some NL 930 owners have complained of, of WIFI connections dropping, is also due for a fix.
The update also brings roaming enhancements when traveling internationally.
See the other new features after the break.
If you have been waiting to get your hands on the Nokia Lumia Icon, exclusive to Verizon, now would be a good time to jump in, as the handset has just dropped to $49.99 on contract.
The handset is nearly identical to the Nokia Lumia 930, and still features the current high end of the Windows Phone range, the Snapdragon 800 processor, and of course has an amazing 20 megapixel camera.
Pick up the device at Verizon here.
At Computex conference, Nick Parker, Microsoft’s VP of OEM partners hinted that new HTC Windows devices are coming. Early this week, we reported that a new high end Windows Phone 8.1 handset by HTC coming to Verizon later this year. While the previous reports suggested that HTC would release a mid-range WP8.1 device, @evleaks revealed that the upcoming HTC device will have BoomSound and also Duo Cameras which are part of HTC’s flagship range. We should come to know about the upcoming device in coming weeks.
“I’d love to break some news here if I could,” said Parker in response to a question about manufacturing partners. “But instead I’ll just say that Microsoft will continue to have a great relationship with HTC. New things are coming, so get excited.”
evLeaks have teased us once again about a new high end Windows Phone 8.1 handset by HTC coming to Verizon later this year.
On this occasion he gave some more details about the handset, noting it will have similar features as the HTC A9.
Ars Technica with their partner LogicBuy are offering great discount on the Nokia Lumia Icon.
They are offering $50 off on the handset which brings the price all the way down to $49.99.
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Verizon network in the US has today announced the new XLTE wireless network that offers high-speed data experience available on any wireless network in the United States. Verizon takes advantage of AWS spectrum for offering faster peak speeds and double the 4G LTE bandwidth.
What is XLTE and how does it work?
XLTE delivers faster peak data speeds and a minimum of double the bandwidth to 4G LTE customers in high traffic areas in markets nationwide where AWS spectrum has been activated.
While XLTE network enhancements are invisible to the customer, the mobile experience is not. XLTE Ready devices automatically access both 700 MHz spectrum and the AWS spectrum in XLTE cities. Customers with 4G LTE devices operating solely on the 700 MHz spectrum in XLTE markets also benefit from the extra capacity created by XLTE Ready device traffic moving to the AWS spectrum.
Latest Windows Phone devices such as Lumia Icon, Samsung Ativ SE support this XLTE network.
On their support site Verizon has announced a new firmware update for the Nokia Lumia Icon.
The update brings the firmware to version 1028.3566. 1417.0047 and offers Improvements to WIFI connectivity and Roaming enhancements when traveling internationally.
The software also brings a host of other advantages however, including:
We have been waiting rather a long time for Nokia’s Bluetooth Low Energy proximity sensor to become available, and now it has shown up at a rather unusual location.
US readers can now purchase the Nokia Treasure Tag at Verizon.com for $29.99.
The accessory is said to be only compatible with the Lumia Icon, and can be used to keep track of items such as keys, bags and wallets.
See the accessory at Verizon here.
Microsoft today posted a promo video for Lumia Icon WP8 device. This amazing display of mountain biking in the Pacific Northwest was captured entirely on the Nokia Lumia Icon. They have highlighted the imaging capabilities of the device in the above video.
- Enjoy superb video and sound recording every time. Nokia Rich Recording and 4 high performance microphones deliver brilliant stereo with minimal distortion and background noise. Full 1080p HD, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and unpixelated zoom work to capture images you never thought possible.
- At 20MP, Lumia Icon’s PureView ZEISS 6-lens camera has one of the most powerful smartphone sensors today. Post-capture zoom lets you get closer to your subject from where you are, even after your shot. OIS neutralizes blurred or jittery images often caused by movement for sharp, clear pictures on the fly.
- Lumia Icon combines Nokia ClearBlack Technology, Sunlight Readability Enhancement and full HD 1080p display for clearer, more vivid outdoor viewing, even in bright sunlight. Enhanced touch sensitivity lets Icon respond to gloves or fingernails.
You can order Lumia Icon for Verizon from Microsoft Store here and Verizon here.
Verizon has dropped the price of the Nokia Lumia Icon.
The 5inch 1080P handset is now only $99.99 on contract, though the no-contract price remains $549.99.
The handset, which has a 4.6/5 review score, features a 20 megapixel camera, 32 GB of storage and Qi Wireless Charging.
See the handset at Verizon here.
The Samsung ATIV SE is a Verizon exclusive, and was never extremely anticipated, to the degree that its actual release over the last weekend was forgotten by just about everyone.
The handset is however now available, and WPCentral posted the above unboxing video of the device.
The review reveals one interesting feature – the handset has an infra-red remote control for televisions, a first for Windows Phone and something which provides an option for Windows Phone users who were envious of the feature on some Android handsets.
Besides this feature the handset is also pretty high end, with a 5 inch 1080P AMOLED screen, Snapdragon 800 processor, 13 megapixel camera and 2 GB RAM and 16 GB built-in storage with microSD expansion.
If the smartphone, which ships with WP8 and will be upgraded to 8.1 some time in the near future, tickles your fancy, it can be purchased today from Verizon for $199.
I guess there is some advantages to not having to wait for Windows Phone 8.1.
The Samsung ATIV SE, which strangely enough was not shown off at BUILD 2014, is now on pre-order at Verizon, for shipping by the 12th April.
The handset is on sale for $199.99 on contract, with Verizon offering a buy one, get one free deal on the device.
The smartphone is right up there with the other flagship Windows Phones, with a 1080P 5 inch AMOLED screen, Snapdragon 800 2.23GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB on-board storage with support for microSD cards support, a 13MP rear and 2MP front camera.
It will ship with Windows Phone 8 in place, presumably with an update some time over the next few months.
The handset is slimmer and lighter than the Lumia Icon and includes microSD card support, which in some ways makes it a pretty competitive choice with the Nokia handset, especially with some of Nokia’s goodies coming to other Windows Phones soon.
See the pre-order page here.
Which one will our Verizon-using readers choose? Let us know below.