Moto Z DROID Finally Getting First Update With July’s Security Patch (Updated)

The Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID are receiving updates at the moment, likely the updates that Motorola told us to expect shortly after launch as they were embroiled in monthly security update drama.

The updates are arriving as build MCL24.246-36 and weigh in at about 436MB. They seem to take a really long time to download too, by the way, so make sure you are ready for them with plenty of battery.  (more…)

Samsung’s New Galaxy Note 4 Model Sports a Snapdragon 810, Crazy LTE Download Speeds

Samsung announced a new Galaxy Note 4 variant for South Korea that is the world’s first “commercially” available LTE Advanced Tri-Band Carrier Aggregation phone. Why does that matter? Because a phone with LTE-A Tri-Band CA can theoretically produce download speeds up to 450Mbps on Category 9 LTE networks. That…is fast. Of course, Cat.9 networks aren’t mainstream yet, but this phone is also capable of pushing the needle on today’s LTE networks (Cat.6) to upwards of 300Mbps.  (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…)

AT&T Lights Up LTE-Advanced Network in Several Markets, Galaxy S5 to be First to Utilize It

According to a report out of GigaOm, AT&T has gone live with LTE-Advanced in several markets, making them the first major U.S. carrier to offer what could be an incredible 4G wireless experience. AT&T isn’t ready yet to make this news into a marketing campaign, though, since no current devices can even take advantage of the network technology outside a hotspot unit. That will likely change once the Samsung Galaxy S5 arrives in April.  (more…)

Verizon’s First LTE-Only Phones to Launch Late Next Year, Along With VoLTE

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Verizon’s completion of their 4G LTE rollout means big things for next year’s roadmap, according to a recent discussion with the carrier’s Chief Network Operator, Nicki Palmer. Shooting for a time frame of late 2014, Verizon intends to launch its first line of LTE-only devices, capable of handling simultaneous voice and data through a single radio, something that Verizon’s users have been without for some time.  (more…)