Tip: Simultaneous Voice and Data Now Works on Nexus 6 With Verizon

Now that Android 5.1 is out and Verizon is officially selling the Nexus 6, we thought we should revisit a pain point that early Nexus 6 adopters had while using the phone on Big Red’s air waves – missing simultaneous voice and data. As it turns out, the 5.1 update may have fixed this even without Verizon issuing their VoLTE service, known as Advanced Calling 1.0.  (more…)

Latest DROID Turbo Update Isn’t Lollipop After All, Just a VoLTE Fixer

Back in late January, Motorola issued soak test invites to DROID Turbo owners who were interested in testing out a new software update. At the time, we just assumed that it would be Android 5.0 “Lollipop,” because well, the phone feels long overdue for its update to the newest version of Android. Then weeks went by and our readers still hadn’t received the update. That seemed like good news, because Lollipop is buggy and maybe pointed toward Motorola still polishing things up. And then yesterday, the update started rolling out. To say that folks are a little disappointed, is probably an understatement.  (more…)

DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini Receive Update With Advanced Calling 1.0 Fixes

The 2013 DROID family – MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini – is receiving an update today from Verizon to version 24.3.7. The update does one thing, so I hope it does it well. The only item listed on the changelog says that this update brings bug fixes and stability improvements to VoLTE, which Verizon calls Advanced Calling 1.0.

These three devices were some of the first to receive VoLTE with HD Voice and video calling, so I can imagine that early adopters who have been able to use the service will appreciate the fixes.  (more…)

DROID Turbo Update Adds Advanced Calling 1.0, Verizon’s Version of VoLTE (Updated)

Update:  It’s confirmed. The soak toast began rolling out and Verizon posted the official changelog for build 21.44.8 – the update is for VoLTE and Advanced Calling 1.0. If you were hoping for Lollipop, continue hoping. You can find the full changelog below.

Yesterday, a number of readers tipped us to an impending update for the DROID Turbo that was kicking off through Motorola’s Feedback Network. We speculated yesterday that the update would include both Advanced Calling 1.0 (VoLTE and HD Voice) and Android 5.0 “Lollipop.” According to readers participating in a test of the update through Motorola, we may only see one of those – Advanced Calling 1.0.  (more…)

Verizon Executive Talks 2015 and Beyond, Includes Work on LTE Advanced and Boosting LTE Coverage Indoors

A discussion recently took place between Fierce Wireless and Verizon executive Mike Haberman, Big Red’s vice president of network support, in which Haberman outlined the carrier’s immediate 2015 plans, as well as looked beyond and into the future for the network.

2015, Haberman states, will be a year of more carrier aggregation, as the company has already begun testing the network, getting it ready for public rollout. The technology of aggregation, which Verizon has labeled LTE Advanced for marketing purposed, builds greater “traffic lanes” for mobile users to utilize, bonding spectrum to produce greater capacity. This ultimately brings faster mobile speeds and improved call quality to anyone with a compatible phone.  (more…)

LG G3 on Verizon Gets Advanced Calling 1.0 (VoLTE) in Update

Add the LG G3 to Verizon’s list of Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) ready devices. An update is rolling out today that includes Advanced Calling 1.0, which is Verizon’s on-device service that enables VoLTE, with HD Voice and video calling. The update also brings updates for massive amounts of bloatware, along with new versions of many of LG’s own apps, like Contacts, Email, and the Camera.  (more…)