AT&T Says No LTE Phones Until Close to Year's End
Speaking at a tech conference today, AT&T's senior vice president of mobility and consumer markets, Peter Ritcher, said that the company won't have a Long Term Evolution smartphone ready until late in 2011. The company's LTE network is still on track to launch in five markets this summer (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio), but the first devices able to access the LTE network will be a laptop dongle and mobile hotspot. When Verizon Wireless launched its LTE network in December 2010, it also only provided laptop dongles for access. It didn't debut an LTE_equipped smartphone until March. AT&T's Ritcher indicated that the company is in no rush to deploy LTE and LTE handsets, and has focused instead on bolstering its HSPA+ network with enhanced backhaul. He specifically noted that AT&T is waiting for LTE handsets to mature. According to Ritcher, the company plans to take advantage of its LTE network to reduce the strain on its 3G network. "We will offload traffic to the spectrum for LTE and it will help with the performance of our 3G network, he said. Ritcher didn't provide and details about its first LTE smartphone.
Apple Refreshes the Apple Watch with LTE
Apple today updated its smartwatch with several new features. Notably, the Apple Watch Series 3 gains an optional LTE radio for connections when phones aren't around or available.
Apple Watch Series 3 Supports Carriers' One Number Calling and Messaging
Apple this week announced the Apple Watch Series 3 with an optional cellular radio. The LTE radio makes it possible for the smartwatch to connect to cellular networks on its own, without a nearby iPhone.
Google Intros 'Zero-Touch' Android Enterprise Deployments
Google today made it easier for businesses to configure and deploy Android handsets to employees with a new tool called zero-touch enrollment. Google says zero-touch lets companies configure purchased devices and ship them directly to employees completely preconfigured with corporate policies and controls all in place.
Google Refocuses Daydream View Headset
Alongside the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, Google today introduced a new version of its Daydream View VR headset. Both new Pixel phones are Daydream-ready and function perfectly with the revised viewing hardware.
Why should they?
Hmmm... good call? Bad call?
I'm sure some people will come in saying that they should barrel into LTE, but I think building out what you have and working from there is the better idea.