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Tablets make a great tool for dealing with autism. They are ideal for non-verbal communication, such as working with symbols and drawing out ideas.Â Motorola has also recognized this and have provided XOOM tablets to 46 families for a test program. Good job, Moto!
Motorola Mobility, the Motorola Foundation and Autism Speaks have joined together to deliver 45 MotorolaÂ XOOM tablets to families with autistic children, helping enhance the childrenâ€™s ability to organize, stay focused and develop better social and communication skills. Watch one of the children interacting with the tablet below!
The partnership is for a six-month program in the San Diego and Chicago areas, putting XOOM tablets in the hands of 46 children and families. No mention of the specific apps being deployed, but there are severalÂ Android apps dedicated to autism, eitherÂ helping those with it or helping parents learn about it.
TheÂ Motorola Xoom shipped without 4G, though it will come in the form of a free upgrade, possibly around May. TheÂ iPad 2 is coming to Verizon, though not on the carrierâ€™s LTE 4G network. TheÂ Samsung Galaxy Tab 4G (Verizon) and BlackBerry 4G PlayBook (Sprint WiMAX), were both announced atÂ CES, but there are no solid release dates.
What is a 4G?
The â€ś4Gâ€ť distinction is really a marketing term to refer to a carrierâ€™s fourth-generationÂ data network. Currently, there are three competing 4GÂ technologies:
- WiMAX (Sprint): Promising average download speeds of three to six megabytes per second (mbps)
- LTE (Verizon and AT&T in mid-2011): Promising average download speeds of five to 12 mbps
- HSPA+ (T-Mobile and current AT&T): Promising average download speeds of one to seven mbps
Very technically speaking, the agency that regulates telecom standards, the International Telecommunications Union, claims that true 4G must be capable of at least 100 mbps downloads, which none of the carriers are even close to offering. WiMAX and LTE are believed to have true 4G potential, but HSPA+ is really just a tweak to the older HPSA 3GÂ technology. As such, HSPA+ is sometimes referred to as 3.5G and T-Mobile has caught flak for referring to their network as 4G.
But wait! According to an independent third-party study,Â T-Mobile 4G compared favorably against other networks in the top 100 US markets. In addition, T-Mobile boasts â€śAmericaâ€™s largest 4G network,â€ť a claim that Verizon and Sprint look to contest as they roll out their 4G networks to more cities and towns.
Complicating matters is the distinction between download speeds and upload speeds. Carriers love to tout download speeds because they are typically higher (Verizonâ€™s uploads top out at two to five mbps), and consumers download content much more than they upload it… think of music and movies.
However, the rise of video chat, especially on tablets, has placed a newfound importance on upload speeds, and the limits of 3G upload speeds are a big reason why carriers relegated video chat to Wi-Fi on last-generation devices.
4G and Tablets
Based on features, tablets are poised to take advantage of 4G speeds. Unlike smartphones, which are communication devices, tablets are consumption devices at their core, with relatively large screens approaching HD resolution. That same larger screen also makes tablets suitable for video conferencing, a feature that has since become standard on every major tablet released since the original iPad.
Tablet display resolutions are still short of true 1080 HD (1920 x 1080). The Xoom comes close with a 1200 x 800 resolution, but our reviewer noticed some slight pixilationÂ in HD content.
Fortunately, that may change soon. TheÂ quad-core Tegra 3 processor rumored to ship in late 2011 might bring Blu-ray quality HD to tablets and other mobile devices. Of course, getting the content onto the device is another matter all together. As of March 2011, the Android Market lacks any serious streaming app.
Even if you did haveÂ Netflix loaded up on a 4G Xoom, youâ€™d want to think twice before streaming HD over the LTE network as a two-hour HD movie couldÂ translate toÂ approximatelyÂ 3GB of data against the carrier-imposed cap.
Verizon currently charges $50 per month for 5GB of data and $80 per month for 10GB on its 4G modem plans, with a $10 per-GB rate for any overages. Sprint charges $50 per month for unlimited 4G, while T-Mobile charges $40 per month for 5GB, but only throttles down network speed when a customer exceeds the GB allotment.
Until carriers offer plans and pricing that reflect 4G potential, it’s probably best to relegate 4G activities to Wi-Fi.
The Sprint Xoom
The tablet world continues to expand with the latest wireless carrier ,Sprint , possibly introducing the Wimax Xoom Tablet. Rumor has it that the Motorola Xoom Tablet will be a WiMax Xoom.
The Xoomers Community has heard various rumors about what Sprint is planning to unveil at CTIA next week, and now even more details about the devices that will be unveiled at the event have leaked out. According to a source speaking with The Xoom Shop, we can expect to see the HTC EVO View 4G, HTC EVO 3D, and the Motorola XOOM at next weekâ€™s event. Here are the specs for the EVO 3D(specifications not confirmed):
- 4.3-inch 960Ă—540 qHD, Autostereoscopic 3D display
- 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB of internal storage
- Dual 5 megapixel cameras
- 1.3 megapixel front-facing shooter
- Android 2.3 beneath HTCâ€™s Sense UI
- 1730mAh battery
- 1080p video out over HDMI, 720p out for 3D content
- Blockbuster 3D On Demand and YouTube 3D apps preinstalled
The HTC EVO View 4G is supposed to be Sprintâ€™s version of the HTC Flyer, with specs including a 7-inch 1024Ă—600 display, 5 megapixel camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, aluminum unibody construction, Android 2.3.3 aka Gingerbread, andÂ compatibilityÂ with Sprintâ€™s WiMAX network. The Motorola XOOM is said to be almost identical to Verizonâ€™s model, but with WiMAX support.
The Xoom Shop’s report didnâ€™t include any mention of the Nexus S 4G, but that doesnâ€™t mean we wonâ€™t see it, weâ€™ve already gotÂ evidence that the device will be present. We also saw a Sprint tweet that their CTIA event will be loaded with Android, so if these rumors are true, they definitely arenâ€™t lying. These are all high-end Android devices that pack a punch. Sprintâ€™s CTIA event is next Tuesday, March 22nd, stay tuned for more information. Sprint Wimax Xoom?
This Is It. The Sprint Xoom
We already informed you that Sprint would be proposing two Motorola devices currently being sold by other carriers, the decision was based on Android and Me readerâ€™s comments. The first is the Motorola ATRIX 4G, currently on AT&T’s line-up, another one isÂ the Honeycomb flavored Motorola XOOM tablet.
Both devices are available at Verizon. Â There was posted a picture of what appears to be a Sprint branded XOOM. Although the Verizon and Sprint specs might be the same, the interesting question is will the device be launched with WiMAX or will it be shipped with 3G and need a factory upgrade to 4G. This is the same situation Â with Motorolaâ€™s initial units of the XOOM. Devices that have been shipped with 3G a will require a Motorola update to connect to 4G.
While Apple boasts the iPad2â€™s App Store and iTunes, the Xoom features two cameras, video recording ability, and dual core processing. The Xoom stood out at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, winning the CNET Best of Show award. Despite all the fanfare, Apple lovers continued to support their company, saying â€śWait for the iPad 2.â€ť Now that the iPad 2 has been unveiled the question remains: What is the best tablet on the market?
With the iPad 2, Apple has provided many new features. Apple claims that the thinner, lighter iPad 2 is twice as fast and has nine times better graphics than the original iPad. Additionally, Apple has upgraded the iPad 2 by adding two cameras, video recording capability and dual core processing. Perhaps most impressive is that with all the new additions the iPad 2 will maintain its starting price of $499 (compared to the Xoomâ€™s $800 starting price).
Many of iPad 2â€™s new features neutralized the Xoomâ€™s advantages, but a noticeable difference between the Xoom and the iPad continues to be 4G compatibility. While the Xoom is equipped for a free upgrade to 4G, the iPad 2 is only qualified to run onÂ 3G. This is surprising given that Appleâ€™s two U.S phone carriers are both introducing new high-speed wireless 4G networks this year. The future of wireless is 4G and it is yet to be seen whether this 4G eligibility will be significant enough to sway consumers.
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Sprint WiMAX Xoom
According to TechnoBuffalo and their “very well-positioned source”, the June 9th Sprint event will be to unveil the Sprint Motorola Photo 4G. The rumored specs of this Android include a 4.3-inch qHD (960Ă—540) display, WiMAX support, NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 8-megapixel camera, latest version of MOTOBLUR on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, soft-grip battery cover, metal kickstand, laptop dock accessory just like the Motorola Atrix 4G and a release date in stores of sometime in July.
Of course TechnoBuffalo doesn’t touch on the name “Sunfire”. This moniker comes courtesy of Chriz Zeigler who hints its is likely the same phone as the Photon 4G.
The event will also no doubt be used to unveil the Sprint XOOM WiMAX which has repeatedly leaked but no official announcement for it just yet.
More on this as it develops.
Since we now know that Sprint plans to build and operate its ownÂ LTE network, it’s pretty fair to say that WiMAX is dead as a technology for consumer handsets in the United States. Once Sprint gets its LTE network up and running, it will mean that all three majorÂ wirelessÂ carriers in the United States support LTE, as both Verizon and AT&T have already commercially deployed LTE in various markets.Â WiMax vs LTE
The chief reason for WiMAX’s downfall in the consumer handset space is a simple one: The tech industry likes uniformity and WiMAX wasn’t adopted by enough carriers to make it the de facto standard forÂ 4GÂ mobile data in the U.S. Think of it in terms of economies of scale: It’s much more profitable for device manufacturers to sell devices to multiple carriers by just slapping LTE radios and chipsets into devices instead of having to make separate devices for different carriers or having to insert dual radios into their devices.Â WiMax vs LTE
WiMAX has suffered significantly in the past two years as LTE has been adopted by more and more commercial operators around the world,â€ť writes wireless analyst Andy Seybold. â€śIt should be clear to everyone by now that LTE will be the 4G technology of choice for worldwide deployment and that for the first time in many years we are on the verge of moving toward a worldwide standard for data (first) and later voice services. Support for WiMAX has faltered since Intel pulled the plug on its program to make WiMAX a world standard 4G technology and it stopped investing millions of dollars in supporting WiMAX around the world.â€ťÂ WiMax vs LTE
The other reason that WiMAX never caught on in the United States is that the only carrier to adopt it early on happened to be Sprint. Sprint bet big on WiMAX in 2006, as it earmarked $5 billion to build a nationwide network with the assumption that having 4G services up and running before Verizon and AT&T got around to launching their own LTE networks would give Sprint a major competitive advantage in the wireless data marketplace. Â WiMax vs LTEÂ But with Verizon getting itsÂ LTE networkÂ fired up in 38 markets last year, Sprint’s time-to-market advantage expired before the company had made significant progress in upping its customer base relative to Verizon and AT&T.Â WiMax vs LTE
It also hasn’t helped that Sprint has been financially in tumult ever since itsÂ merger with Nextelin 2005 and the subsequent adoption of the Nextel iDEN network that has cost the carrier millions of wireless subscribers over the past several years. Couple this with the fact that Sprint’s partner in building its WiMAX network, Clearwire, has been flirting withÂ financial doomÂ over the past year and you can see how WiMAX just wasn’t well-positioned to become the dominant wireless technology for consumer handsets in the United States.
Tech argument:Â WiMax vs LTE
What’s more, Verizon’s LTE network bested Sprint’s WiMAX network in a speed test run byÂ PC WorldÂ earlier this year that showed Verizon’s LTE laptop air cards provided average download speeds of 6.5Mbps while Sprint’s WiMAX services delivered download speeds of between 3M and 6Mbps. While this difference doesn’t seem all that drastic,Â PC WorldÂ found that Sprint’s WiMAX network was not available on a consistent basis, meaning that users who subscribed for 4G services weren’t guaranteed to have access to those services wherever they went.Â WiMax vs LTE
So does this mean WiMAX is toast all together? Well, no.Â WiMax vs LTE
While WiMAX isn’t likely to be used for your smartphone, it does have several other uses besides downloading Angry Birds. WiMAX Forum Vice President Mohammad Shakouri says that although major U.S. wireless carriers such as AT&T and Verizon have chosen to deploy LTE over 700MHz spectrum, WiMAX will still find a home delivering data for a wide variety of U.S. industries including airports, oil and gas companies and the burgeoning smart grid industry.
In the United States, for instance, fuel transportation company Explorer Pipeline was one of the early adopters of Sprint’s WiMAX-based 4G Enterprise WAN and it has deployed the network at its storage facility in Houston primarily to handle supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) traffic that is used to operate the pipeline and control pressure valves to ensure safety, among other things. Shakouri says we should expect to see WiMax pop up in a wide range of different devices in the near future that go beyond flashy consumer handsets.Â WiMax vs LTE
“The difference between the WiMAX industry and LTE is that WiMAX is also going more after complementary solutions,” he explains. “You will see WiMAX providing communications needs in terms of building things such as the smart grid.”
WiMax vs LTE
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HTCâ€™s Evo View 4G, which isÂ coming on Sprint in US, has suddenly become more interesting. According to the mention onÂ Sprintâ€™sÂ coming soon page, this Wi-Max supporting HTC tablet will haveÂ AndroidÂ 3.0 on-board.
Evo View 4G is aÂ variant of HTC Flyer which was announced at Mobile World Congress, but is coming with Gingerbread on-board. This news gives hope for those waiting forÂ Flyer, asÂ FlyerÂ might also get Honeycomb before shipping.
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