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Announcing LTE Beacon for asset tracking • Estimote
<p>Today we are proud to announce another revolutionary IoT device. Once again, we chose to leverage emerging IoT technologies (LTE M1 and NB-IoT) and have designed and productized a new device we call the “Estimote LTE Beacon.”

It’s a small, wireless beacon that can compute both its precise indoor and outdoor position. It can talk directly to the cloud and last multiple years on a battery.
Estimote LTE Beacons are designed primarily to seamlessly locate assets and vehicles when they move between indoor and outdoor environments. Their secure firmware/cloud software is crafted to provide true “proof of location” and “proof of delivery.”

Since the device is fully programmable using JavaScript, it can also support other creative use-cases — for example, it can act as a remotely managed iBeacon or a gateway used to configure other Bluetooth beacons.

The best way to think of this new IoT device is to imagine it as a small smartphone, but without a screen. It can last years between charges and the cost is similar to a beacon. It has cellular LTE connectivity, built-in GPS, and Bluetooth radio. And it is also possible to create and download apps that run on the LTE beacon.</p>


Apparently a use for this will be for Hilton and other hotel chains so that housekeepers can push it as a panic button: it's accurate to a metre.
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august 2018 by charlesarthur
Screw my iPhone, I just want the new Apple Watch • Fast Co Design
Jesus Diaz:
<p>This is a tiny device that I can wrap around my wrist to connect me to other people beaming signals through space without having to look like too much of a douchebag. I can take it with me at all times without worrying about it getting dropped or stolen. I use it to do everything I do with my iPhone except take photos and videos. I can access all the music I have in the cloud and listen to it in my AirPods. And it has new, enhanced heart monitoring software–the icing on the cake that will alert me when I have a heart attack on my way from the sofa to the fridge to lick the actual icing on the actual cake that is waiting for me right now.

Can I ditch my iPhone and live with an Apple Watch Series 3? Yes, if it truly works as advertised, I think I can. Like me, I suspect millions will look at this watch as an alternative to their phones–if not as a complete replacement, at least as a replacement for a large part of their day. The phone is still better for things that require concentration, like extensive writing, reading, or viewing large photos and videos. But I only do those things for work, and only on very specific occasions.</p>


Alas, US carriers are pricing the data plan for the new Watch at $10/month - which is a ripoff. Consider: when you're using the Watch, you're pretty much certainly not using your phone, so you're not using data on it. And you'd have to be going some to use any appreciable amount of data on the Watch. US carriers are greedy. (Three-month free trials don't solve anything. Drug dealers do the same.)

One can hope for better in the UK and elsewhere. The first partner will be EE; don't expect that to be cheap either. Competition is needed from those who realise the marginal benefit of really cheap data plans.

Diaz's broader point, about the shift to smaller screens, is worth considering.
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september 2017 by charlesarthur
Apple plans to release a cellular-capable Watch to break iPhone ties • Bloomberg
Mark Gurman, Scott Moritz and Ian King:
<p>Intel Corp. will supply the LTE modems for the new Watch, according to another person familiar with the situation. That’s a big win for the chipmaker, which has been trying for years to get its components into more Apple mobile devices. Qualcomm Inc. has been the main modem supplier for iPhones and other Apple mobile gadgets, but the two companies are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute. Apple added Intel as a modem supplier for some iPhones last year.

Apple is already in talks with carriers in the U.S. and Europe about offering the cellular version, the people added. The carriers supporting the LTE Apple Watch, at least at launch, may be a limited subset of those that carry the iPhone, one of the people said. However, AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. in the U.S. plan to sell the device, according to other people familiar with the matter. The new device could still be delayed beyond 2017 – indeed, the company had already postponed a cellular-capable smartwatch last year. Apple, Intel and the carriers declined to comment.</p>


It "could still be delayed"? Schrödinger's Watch. This would make sense, but only in the limited situations - as I see it - where you don't have your phone with you. When is that? In my experience, when you are out exercising. While a lot of people who have a Watch might use it to exercise, I'm not so sure many of them would want a data-capable Watch just for getting messages or similar while out and about.

Unless it could really do apps - such as Uber and so on. That might change things a little.
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august 2017 by charlesarthur
New Apple MacBooks: are you not entertained? • Forbes
Patrick Moorhead makes a good point: why isn't there LTE support on the new laptops?
<p>The new MacBooks are very thin, powerful and mobile. The exception to this mobility is that they don’t support integrated LTE. This has always been a head-scratcher for me when you consider Apple’s iPads do. The new MacBooks are the most expensive notebooks on the market and therefore cater to a premium audience who want it all. 1Gbps LTE could literally give wireline-speed to users. Qualcomm has been shipping X15 chips for a while now, OEMs are integrating them and services are starting to spring up, too. I <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/patrickmoorhead/2016/10/17/qualcomm-brings-us-one-step-closer-to-gigabit-lte-speed-products/#43db613d1940">wrote that about here</a>.

I don’t buy the argument that users can just use their smartphone if they want. Otherwise, why would iPads have LTE options? Adding LTE does add some extra time for homologation, but not more than it does on an iPad. LTE does add antenna complexity, but certainly no more than an iPhone or iPad which has much less antenna routing real estate. Additionally, having integrated LTE would also be more secure than using public Wi-Fi or a Wi-Fi hotspot.</p>
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november 2016 by charlesarthur
iPhone 7 Plus: a tale of two personalities • Cellular Insights
"Milan MP" put the Qualcomm LTE modem up against the Intel LTE modem in the two models of iPhone to the test. The Intel one performs poorly:
<p>To put this into perspective, we have compared the edge of cell performance of a few other flagship devices to see how these iPhones compare in less than favorable conditions:

<img src="http://cellularinsights.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/image-5.png" width="100%" />

In all tests, the iPhone 7 Plus with the Qualcomm modem had a significant performance edge over the iPhone 7 Plus with the Intel modem. We are not sure what was the main reason behind Apple’s decision to source two different modem suppliers for the newest iPhone. Considering that the iPhone with the Qualcomm modem is being sold in China, Japan and in the United States only, we can not imagine that modem performance was a deciding factor.</p>


When you have multiple suppliers, it's almost certain you'll get variation between them. In something like this, Intel is so far behind it's not funny.
intel  lte  iphone 
october 2016 by charlesarthur
Not all networks are equal when wanting the best smartphone experience • CCS Insight
Ben Wood:
<p>Different flavours of LTE are known by category — abbreviated to Cat x — which indicates the data throughput that the chip is capable of. Most of the phones listed above either use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 platform or Samsung's home-grown Exynos chip. These chipsets support the variants of LTE up to Cat 12 (downlink). Of course most consumers will have absolutely no idea what this means — and it's certainly nothing to do with fluffy kittens.

For many users in Europe, there's one LTE variant, known as Cat 9, that's available in a growing number of commercially available networks. More importantly, operators are increasingly supporting a technical advancement known as carrier aggregation. This is where multiple channels are combined within a network operator's spectrum holding to deliver more capacity — think of it as more lanes on a motorway, which eases traffic. All of those lanes are then used simultaneously to maximise the raw data throughput that an operator can deliver to a single device.

The catch for users is that not all operators support this. In the UK, where I live for example, only EE currently can offer LTE Cat 9 and it supports three aggregated frequencies: two blocks of 2.6 GHz and one block of 1.8 GHz giving a maximum theoretical speed of 415 Mbps.</p>


I'm with Three, and I'm just happy that with one dot (out of five) of 4G I get faster speeds than on my home broadband.
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september 2016 by charlesarthur
100 million LTE phones shipped in China in Q3 2015 » Counterpoint Technology Market Research
Neil Shah:
<p>This has been primarily driven by a meteoric rise in consumers adopting LTE technology as the always-on high speed mobile internet becomes the crux of Chinese consumers’ lives aided by competitive pricing by China Mobile. More than 200m 4G LTE subscribers have been added at the end of Q3 2015 compared to exactly a year ago. China's LTE subscriber base also crossed 300m users during the quarter. It took just 20 months to cross 300m 4G subs, whereas for 3G subs it took more than 50 months.

Mature Chinese smartphone user base are upgrading their digital lives faster than any other mobile user on this planet. The growing traction of mobile-centric commerce, rise of O2O services, content consumption (video, audio and so forth) coupled with deeply integrated social and messaging communication is making  high quality ubiquitous mobile internet a basic need for the Chinese consumers.

Huawei was the no 1 LTE phone supplier with slightly less than one-fifth of the market, followed by Xiaomi, Apple, Oppo and Vivo.</p>
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november 2015 by charlesarthur
MWC: not all 4G LTE modems are created equal according to tests with Qualcomm and Samsung » Moor Insights & Strategy
Even though many modems and networks may currently only be capable of Category 4 LTE speeds (150 Mbps downlink), there are still some differences in how much those modems perform given the exact same conditions. In some cases, our testing at 20 MHz band width showed that the performance differences between Qualcomm’s and Samsung’s modems can be as big as 20%, meaning that one user can get their files 20% faster than someone else with a competitor’s phone and they are also saving power by getting that file faster and shutting down the data connection quicker.


Also finds differences in power consumption - Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 is 5-10% better there too. But Samsung benefits by buying its own modems, of course.
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march 2015 by charlesarthur
iPhones will ship with Intel LTE chips inside in 2016 » VentureBeat
Mark Sullivan:
Intel will provide the fast wireless modem chip for a new Apple smartphone in 2016, VentureBeat has learned from two sources with knowledge of the companies’ plans.

Intel’s new 7360 LTE modem will occupy a socket on the new iPhone’s circuit board that’s long been reserved for Qualcomm chips.

Intel has been gunning hard during the past year for a place in the iPhone and now appears to have succeeded, at least partly. The 7360 chip will ship inside a special version of the iPhone that will be marketed to emerging markets in Asia and Latin America, the sources said.


First iPhone scoop of the year? A good one if so, and quite a coup for Intel.
iphone  lte  intel 
march 2015 by charlesarthur
Galaxy S6 rumors: Cat. 10 LTE data speed detailed in new report >> BGR
Tero Kuittinen:
a new report from South Korean online publication Naver says that Samsung is also working on a faster LTE chip of its own, which could be used in one version of next year’s Galaxy S6.

According to the report, Samsung is developing a tri-band LTE Cat. 10 modem for its Exynos chips that would support theoretical data speeds of up to 450Mbps, or significantly higher than the maximum 300Mbps speed of the current LTE Cat. 6 standard.

Apparently, Samsung is interested in making its own LTE modem chips, rather than relying on competing products. Qualcomm also has a similar modem for the Snapdragon 810 System on Chip that could be used in a different flavor of the Galaxy S6.

On the other hand, no matter how fast these LTE modem might be, they’re still useless as long as carriers don’t also support the faster data transfers.


Like any general, Samsung is still fighting the last war - in this case, the specs war - with the same weapons. Remember Smart Scroll, Air Gesture, and the like?
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december 2014 by charlesarthur

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