Google’s video calling app, Duo, is now allowing users to make calls to other people who do not have the app installed in their mobile devices or have not registered before with the service. This applies to both video calls and audio only phone calls as well. The recipients of Duo calls can answer by dragging up on the icon, put their mic on mute or shift cameras, and end the call by hanging up.
And if ever users accidentally navigate away from the app’s interface while engaged in a call, they can just tap a notification icon that instantly navigates them back. For those non-Duo users, they will get a prompt to install the app at the end of the phone call. Of course, there is also an option to block certain people from making calls.
This might just be the most super welcome news for mobile users who are fans of watching motion pictures -- Wireless Mobi Solution is offering a smartphone device that has its own built in HD projector. Meet Movi -- a fully functioning Android powered handset that features an embedded 50 lumen projector that comes with support for projecting 720 p HD pictures a hundred inches in size onto a white screen or wall.
T-Mobile has recently signed an agreement to acquire Layer3 TV, and subsequently introduce a new TV service some time in 2018. Based in Colorado, Layer3 TV is a well known cable company that not only provides basic cable TV services and premium channels, but also streams online video and social media in several markets throughout America. In buying the Layer3 TV brand, T-Mobile is looking to make full use of the cable company’s video content offerings in order to better compete with legacy cable and satellite video operators.
It is official -- Sprint is indeed intending on including basic Hulu service, free of charge, to its unlimited plans, beginning on November 17th. Less than a week ago, it was reported that the major US wireless carrier was planning to add free Hulu subscriptions, and the company is now taking the opportunity to confirm the news.
In a market research note written to subscribers, Wave7 Research says that Sprint apparently has plans to add programming from Hulu in its unlimited plans. Dealers have already been reportedly told to expect this new inclusion, with one subscription for each account and the value is said to be worth $7.99.
When Verizon Wirelessannounced that it would be splitting its unlimited plan into two back in August, many of its users grew disappointed because of the complicated effects it would produce. Since many of Verizon’s customers only wanted a way to connect to LTE at a monthly price, the move complicated things. In addition to offering two different plans, Verizon also started to limit video quality across these plans.
Just this week, Netflix had announced that it was planning to increase the pricing of its service for American customers by November. Despite this, the number three biggest wireless carrier in America is not planning to discontinue the free Netflix special offer it had introduced about a month ago.
Verizon Wireless has admitted that it had indeed been throttling streamed video content from Netflix as well as other video content providers. About a week ago, there were reports that the number one mobile operator in the United States was seemingly capping connection speeds for subscribers who were watching video content from Netflix on the Big Red’s network. The major US wireless carrier has since confirmed that it was throttling network speeds in order to optimize the content. The company did qualify that it was not specifically throttling speeds for subscribers of Netflix.
According to a new report recently released by Ooyala, close to 57 percent of all video content around the world were viewed by people using mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. While that percentage is a new record high for mobile users across the globe, it bears noting that those based in the Asia Pacific region are the most voracious viewers of videos, accounting for 61 percent of all mobile viewed video content. Not far behind are those users based in the North American continent, where over 50 percent of all videos viewed on mobile.
It seems YouTube is making its mobile live streaming feature more and more available to all users by reducing the number of subscribers needed for one to enjoy access to the functionality. But Google is making it clear that it still is not made available to everybody. Officially, YouTube mobile live streaming can only be accessed by a limited number of account holders for now.
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