As Android 4.4/KitKat updates begin rolling out to devices on all the major US carriers, one frequently asked question has to do with whether or not these devices will include Android's new "Tap and Pay" feature. This was one of the major additions in KitKat and allows almost any device with an NFC chip to be used for "tap and go" mobile payments, even if said chip doesn't have a built-in secure element.
Update: AT&T has just posted on its blog to say the OTA is live. Check for updates, people.
Prepare yourself AT&T customers – the Galaxy S4 is about to finally get that KitKat update that's been slowly rolling out across Samsung's product lineup. AT&T just posted the update details, and tomorrow (February 26th) is the big day.
AT&T is currently the only carrier to offer 4G LTE roaming in other countries, a change it rolled out back in December. At the time, only Canada was supported, followed by the UK. Now the carrier is rolling out the service in around a dozen additional countries. These range from locales as small as Hong Kong and Singapore to places as expansive as Australia and Russia.
AT&T now also supports 4G LTE roaming in:
- Antigua & Barbuda
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
Since carriers in different countries use various wireless frequencies, a device that works in one country may not work in another.
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In AT&T's official blog post, the company outlines what users can expect post-update, including "key enhancements to the user interface, battery efficiency and processing speed." The post goes on to describe some of the visual changes with KitKat's interface, along with other 4.4 goodies.
The LG G Flex may be more of a novelty than a true flagship, but if you want one, you can get a pretty decent price on Amazon. Right now Amazon Wireless has the AT&T version of the curvy, bendy phone for just $149.99 with a new contract, which is a full 50% off of AT&T's retail price. Not bad for a phone that's been available for less than a month.
Cell phone service is expensive, especially if you choose to go with one of America's bigger providers. If you get your phones from Amazon today (which is a pretty good idea in any case), you can alleviate that just a little bit when activating a new line on AT&T or Verizon. For the time being, Amazon customers can get a $100 credit on their carrier bills when buying a new phone and activating a new line of service, or adding a new line to an existing account.
It looks like AT&T and T-Mobile are gearing up to push Android 4.4. and Sense 5.5 to their respective variants of the HTC one, according to HTC Executive Product Manager @moversi.
T-Mobile HTC One Owners! We have received technical approval for 4.4 OS + Sense 5.5! Expect the OTA out shortly! Thank you for your patience
— Mo (@moversi) February 21, 2014
Another Great News! We have received AT&T's technical approval for the HTC One w/4.4 + Sense 5.5.
Remember when we reported that T-Mobile was suing AT&T because the marketing for the Aio budget carrier used a shade of purple that was too close to T-Mobile's (literally) trademark magenta? Yes, that is a thing that happened. And apparently at least one Texas judge thought it was a valid complaint, because a federal court has ruled that Aio did, in fact, infringe on T-Mobile's corporate trademark.
Here's the PR statement that T-Mobile issued after the ruling:
You may have noticed that AT&T and T-Mobile are in a bit of a spat at the moment. T-Mobile offers early upgrades with no-contract financing plans, and AT&T does the same a few weeks later. T-Mo woos people with credits towards early termination fees, AT&T gives a whopping $450 of credit ($250 for trading in a T-Mo phone, $200 for transferring service) to former T-Mobile customers. But it looks like the gravy train has run out of fuel - CNET reports that the promotion is over.