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First News Briefs: Kyocera, Berg Insight, Qualcomm, Alcatel, MediaTek

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 10:20am
Wireless Week Staff

The Kyocera Kona, which focuses on accessiblity features, will be available free from Sprint with a two-year contract. The Kona aims to help blind users by providing an easy-to-use compact flip phone that will offer verbal translation enabling Internet browsing. Kyocera Kona is available in direct-ship sales channels Web and Telesales for free after a $50 mail-in rebate via reward card1 and with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade. It will be available in all remaining Sprint retail channels beginning Friday, Sept. 13.

According to a new research report by Berg Insight, telecom operators had deployed more than 7 million carrier-grade Wi-Fi access points worldwide at the end of 2012. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.5 percent, the installed base is forecasted to reach 15 million units by 2018. The installed base of Wi-Fi enabled handsets is forecasted to grow from nearly 1.5 billion units at the end of 2012 to more than 4 billion units in 2018.

Qualcomm Incorporated today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., launched a new chip family as part of its portfolio of low-power Wi-Fi solutions designed to connect a multitude of devices that comprise the Internet of Everything. The QCA4002 and QCA4004 networking platforms include the IP stack and full networking services on the chip to enable customers to add Wi-Fi to virtually any product. The platforms feature an on-chip processor and memory, which are designed to eliminate the need for a system controller that adds to product cost, complexity and power consumption. Using the QCA4004, customers can now write their own applications on the Qualcomm Atheros platform instead of simply using it for Wi-Fi connectivity.

Alcatel Onetouch and MediaTek Inc., today announced the release of the Alcatel OneTouch Hero, a 6-inch phablet device. Fueled by MediaTek's quad-core MT6589 processor, the Alcatel OneTouch Hero can play full-HD 1080p movies on the go, offer DC-HSPA+ connectivity speeds of up to 42 Mbps, and take pictures wtih its 13-megapixel 1080p Full HD camera, and a two-megapixel front camera that allows video chat in HD.

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