Apple Watch Series 4 to have faster LTE connectivity

This year, we saw the first Apple Watch that can be connected to your cellular provider — the Apple Watch Series 3 with its eSIM. The gadget allows you to leave your phone at home and still be able to make and receive texts and calls, get and reply to emails, chats, and so on. As for the next generation, it seems Apple is working on doing much of the same, but faster.

In the latest iPhone 8 and iPhone X, Apple uses a new type of flexible circuit board made from a liquid crystal polymer. It’s employed in the construction of the antenna designs and is lauded for being …


NVIDIA Shield Tablet is getting a new update that fixes some security and connectivity issues

NVIDIA has just announced that it is now rolling out a new update for the Shield Tablet, which is dubbed “Upgrade 5.3.” The update contains important system enhancements, as well as security and bug fixes.

Among the most important changes, NVIDIA mentions the addition of the November security patch and some system stability and security optimizations. The full changelog as published by NVIDIA is available below:

Addresses Wi-Fi vulnerabilities (KRACK and Broadpwn);Fixing connectivity issues with Zagg Bluetooth keyboards;Overall system stability and security …

Will the Chinese government take away the cellular connectivity of the new Huawei Watch 2 Pro?

The first Android Wear powered smartwatch that uses an eSIM has been introduced by Huawei. The Huawei Watch 2 Pro uses an embedded SIM card which allows the timepiece to connect by itself to a cellular network. With the device, users can make phone calls, send and receive texts, go online and more, all without pairing to a smartphone. The timepiece, which does bare a resemblance to the older “classic” model, carries a 1.2-inch AMOLED screen, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100. 768GB of RAM is inside along with 4GB of native storage. Android Wear 2.0 is pre-installed.

Because the …

Apple Watch Series 3 receives watchOS 4.0.1 update to fix connectivity issue

Apple device owners should be happy with the speed in which the tech titan is fixing some issues with its products. When Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus users heard static coming out of the earpiece during phone calls, Apple quickly pushed out iOS 11.0.2 to make calls sound great again. Besides the static problem with the latest released iPhone models, Apple also had some recent problems with the Apple Watch Series 3.

The first version of the Apple Watch to come with a built-in LTE radio, the Series 3 doesn’t need to pair with a nearby iPhone in order to send/receive texts and connect …

Twitter Lite app is made for countries where connectivity costs a fortune or is hard to find

Twitter is testing a new “lite” version of its Android app. This is an app version of a mobile web site it launched earlier this year called, quite appropriately, Twitter Lite. It requires less mobile data to work. The idea is to allow mobile users to employ Twitter in emerging markets where data is expensive or hard to find. The app has been added to the Google Play Store, but only in the Philippines where mobile data is expensive and slow.

Identical to the mobile web version of Twitter Lite, the app is an “experiment” according to Twitter, and the company is considering bringing the app …

Apple releases statement revealing connectivity problems with the Apple Watch Series 3

While the Apple Watch Series 3 won’t be found on consumers’ hands until Friday at the earliest, Apple has already released a statement referring to issues that the smartwatch is apparently having when it comes to maintaining a cellular connection. According to Apple, when the Apple Watch Series 3 tries to join unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, the timepiece is prevented from connecting to a cellular network. A fix is being looked at for a future software update.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple Watch models it has received that connect to AT&T and T-Mobile’s …

OnePlus 5 OxygenOS 4.5.3 update promises to fix Wi-Fi connectivity issues

OnePlus is quite fast when it comes to addressing bugs affecting its high-end smartphones. The same can’t be said about its older OnePlus phones, which won’t be getting any new major Android OS updates.

We reported earlier today that many OnePlus 5 owners complain of Wi-Fi connectivity issues. It appears that when covering the antenna band on the top right with your hand (or a case), the Wi-Fi signal drops to just 2 bars while using the 2.4GHz band.

Reports about the issue started to pop up soon after OnePlus opened sales for its flagship killer, but the …

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ getting new update that fixes some connectivity issues

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ recently made their debut on the market, but the first updates that address some issues with the phones have already been released by Samsung. The newest one promised to fix some connectivity problems that some users have experienced with the flagships.

Although it’s clearly a maintenance update, it’s not really a small one. Samsung is currently pushing a software update for both Galaxy S8 and S8+, which weighs in at about 615MB.

According to the official changelog, the update should improve Bluetooth connectivity and stability. Apparently, many Galaxy S8 …

Google finally fixes Bluetooth connectivity issues on the Pixel and Pixel XL

It’s been more than a month since Google acknowledged an issue with Bluetooth connectivity on the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, and the Mountain View company has finally announced that it has addressed the bug.

The problem started to affect the Pixel phones soon after the February security patch was released and persisted throughout the month of March. Today, a Googler confirmed the company fixed the bug that’s been identified last month.

I just got word that Google has just finished putting a fix in place for this issue on our end — no downloads or updates …

Buying a New Car? Know Your Connectivity Options SmartPhones

When shopping for a new car, most buyers typically focus on horsepower, fuel economy, interior comfort, and other obviously important features. But many vehicles have reached a certain level of parity among these categories, leaving in-dash technology and connectivity as key differentiators. That’s why it’s important to know your connectivity choices.

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Apple CarPlay and Android Audio
Most car manufacturers are still zealously developing their own individual infotainment platforms and connectivity systems, but Apple and Google have rolled out much more universal options that are worth considering. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto don’t completely replace infotainment systems, but they offer unified, consistent app ecosystems and feature sets regardless of the make or model of car you’re driving.

Both CarPlay and Android Auto rely on your smartphone (iPhone or Android phone, respectively) to provide connected features. These systems usually work through an in-dash touch screen and include navigation, phone calls, and messaging. (Displays aren’t always necessary, though; Apple’s Siri Eyes Free lets you use many CarPlay features through voice commands without a touch screen on your dash.) They also incorporate some form of broad voice control system, either through Apple’s Siri or Google Now.

Many new connected cars include support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and older cars can be upgraded to use them with aftermarket double-DIN entertainment consoles like the Pioneer AVH-4100NEX. Regardless, you’ll be counting on your smartphone’s connectivity for all information services, so poor reception and slow network speeds will affect how well any of it works.

Bring Your Own Device (Without Carplay or Android Auto)
Apple and Google options aside, connecting your smartphone to your car is hardly new. Ford’s Sync system pioneered this approach, and many others have followed. Navigation, location searches, messaging, and entertainment apps available through a car’s infotainment system in these situations all rely on your smartphone’s data connection (and 4G LTE will be your best bet for quick response and smooth streaming).

Keep in mind, the service is only as good as your cellular signal. And if you forget your phone at home or run out of battery, you also run out of luck.

Embedded Connectivity
Embedded connectivity lets you enjoy connected features and apps without relying on your smartphone. General Motors’ OnStar system introduced the concept almost two decades ago, using an onboard cellular radio to deliver telematics services such as automatic crash notification, and conveniences like remote door unlocking. OnStar has since started to offer 4G LTE data as an additional service over its telematics, projecting a Wi-Fi network around your vehicle so tablets and smartphones can get online through the car’s systems instead of the other way around.

Outside of OnStar, many automakers now offer cellular data service as options in their new vehicles. These faster connections let navigation systems download detailed information, including (for certain Audi and BMW models) Google Earth and Google Street View maps, or put other information at your fingertips. The advantage here is that you’re always connected instantly, whether your smartphone is available or not. But this kind of connectivity costs vehicle owners in the form of a subscription or a separate data plan. If you don’t keep paying, you don’t get the connected services. The Tesla Model S, on the other hand, comes with four years of free built-in 3G connectivity.

Hybid Connectivity
A hybrid system can offer the best of both of both worlds. You get the robust, always-on connectivity of an embedded radio for critical functions like automatic crash notification, while relying on a connected smartphone for other data, like infotainment. But you’ll still experience the downside of a separate data or subscription charge for certain services.

You can find examples of hybrid connectivity in the Uconnect system that’s available in Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram vehicles. An embedded cellular radio is used for telematics features, Yelp local search, and a Wi-Fi hotspot, as part of the subscription-based Advantage package. Your smartphone, meanwhile, provides streaming music via apps like Aha Radio and Pandora.

Don’t Forget About Infotainment
It’s important to familiarize yourself with the type of connectivity a car has before you buy, but it’s just as important to consider the infotainment system. After all, that’s probably the main reason you want connectivity in the first place. Pay close attention to the apps and features offered with each system, and look for the one that most closely suits your needs. A good infotainment system and the right type of connectivity can mean the difference between a car you keep for the next 10 years, or one that you’re itching to trade in as soon as possible.