Google published the Android 4.4.3 (KTU84L) factory image and binaries for the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE today, weeks after making the same update available to the WiFi model and all other current Nexus devices. Google will probably never reveal why there was a delay, but I would imagine it has to do with proprietary binaries or being allowed to publicly give post related files. (more…)
Sprint dropped a batch of announcements today, at a press event in Chicago. While it didn’t include their CEO referring to competitors as “greedy bastards” or Macklemore, it did feature a new Galaxy S5 Sport variant, along with all sorts of network expansion news. Sprint unveiled a new 30-day trial program as well, so that customers can check out their network and then receive a refund of everything if not satisfied. (more…)
If you thought that T-Mobile was done making moves after its event last night, you would be wrong. T-Mobile is looking to continue to impress people with the roll-out of their VoLTE service to more markets around the country, assuming those people have devices that are ready to take advantage of it. Starting today, updates are coming to devices like the G Flex, Note 3, and Galaxy S5 with support for all of the new markets. (more…)
As of today, thanks to new Uncarrier announcements by T-Mobile, their VoLTE and Wideband LTE network has expanded into all sorts of new markets. According to a blog post by Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray, VoLTE is now in 15 markets after having launched in Seattle only weeks ago, plus Wideband LTE is now in 16 markets.
Below, you will find a list of the new markets. (more…)
T-Mobile went live with VoLTE service in Seattle back at the end of May. As of this week, they have expanded to San Francisco, according to CEO John Legere.
For those not familiar, Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) allows users to place higher quality voice calls over their LTE data connection, but also use data at the same time. It is the future of LTE, a service that both AT&T and Verizon have already announced plans for. AT&T launched VoLTE on May 23 in a handful of smaller markets, while Verizon is waiting until later this year to go live with a full, nationwide launch. (more…)
What is the point in having the newest and greatest mobile device if you live in a city that can’t access the newest and greatest network? At this point in AT&T’s 4G LTE rollout, the company is well past the larger metropolitan areas, starting to get coverage out to the smaller towns around the country. (more…)
Verizon has officially announced plans for the rollout of their new VoLTE (voice over LTE) service. It’s not happening tomorrow or next week, though, so try to contain yourself. We are looking at time frames of “next few months” and “later this year.” In other words, it could be end of summer or in the fall or early winter or December. OK, so VoLTE is coming this year, but we still don’t know exactly when. Great. (more…)
With Verizon XLTE now official in over 200 markets across the US, we thought we would do something that hasn’t been done around these parts in quite some time. A speed test post! Verizon XLTE is doubling bandwidth in heavily trafficked areas, but should also give us greater peak data speeds. In other words, you may be able to show off impressive data speeds once again on Verizon’s network! (more…)