[Podcast] Episode 18 is live – February’s Rumor Roundup!

The newest edition of the Silicon Theory podcast is here, and its February and the rumors are flying fast and furious!  We take some time to discuss the newest phone from Huawei, rumors about phones from LG and Samsung, and give our takes on what we expect to see from MWC in a few weeks.  Download or stream it today, and be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast platform to make sure you get all the newest episodes as they go live.  While you’re doing that, be sure to leave us a 5 star review as well.

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[News]Qualcomm RF360: The Holy Grail of LTE modems?

The Qualcomm RF360 is the modem we’ve been waiting for, the Holy Grail of LTE !  Why is that you might ask?  Because it’s the first modem that covers all global LTE frequencies – 40 in all.

Why is that important to you?  The answer is that the RF360 would allow Google to make a subsidized Nexus, or Motorola X-phone that would work on any carrier’s LTE network.  Google’s goal of being able to free customers from expensive carrier contracts and offering cheap unsubsidized phones that work on any network may finally be a reality.

Google I/O starts on May 15th and the Motorola X-phone is expected to be announced.  Hopefully it will be the first global LTE smartphone.  Would it be too much to hope that Google sells it directly through the Play Store at the same price points as the Nexus 4?  Hey, we can dream, right?

EDIT: Apparently it won’t be available in any products until the second half of the year, which may be too late for the X-Phone 😦