Taking a look at the spec sheet for the new Nexus phones, you might notice that the LTE section lists band 12. However, this is by no means a guarantee of actual support anymore. T-Mobile has been leaning on unlocked device makers to block access to band 12 unless they get certified for VoLTE, and it looks like the new Nexus phones lack that. According to T-Mobile's Twitter account, neither phone will have band 12 enabled at launch. Read More
As if there was any doubt, both the LG Nexus 5X and the Huawei Nexus 6P, introduced today at Google's yearly Nexus event, will be compatible with Project Fi. That makes them just the second and third phones (after the Nexus 6 from last year) to be available on Google's combination Wi-Fi/LTE mobile virtual network, which uses both the T-Mobile and Sprint networks as a backbone. Fi switches rapidly between T-Mobile, Sprint, and Wi-Fi (VOIP) for data and calls, and that little extra functionality means that conventional smartphones need not apply. Read More
After a very long wait for owners of the AT&T variants of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, they are finally getting updated to Android 5.1.1. This is in large part due to the upcoming launch of Samsung Pay on September 28th. Most other current generation Samsung devices needed some updates to be prepped for Samsung Pay and most carriers have issued them over the past day or so.
AT&T owners are the only ones who are being brought up to date from Android 5.0.2, which is why the updates are roughly 670 megabytes. Read More
Vodafone UK announced its own Wi-Fi Calling service earlier this month, but support remains extremely limited. As of right now, the only devices listed are the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Fortunately that's about to change, though not by much. Android compatibility is coming in the form of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Read More
Instead of one new Nexus device, this year we're getting two: the Nexus 5x and the Nexus 6p. But as usual, what's perhaps more exciting than the release of a new Nexus device is the software that comes with it. When Google shows off the devices, which we expect to happen on September 29th, they will show off the final version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Read More
If you're looking for a relatively cheap tablet with access to the Verizon network... well, then you probably already own one of those Ellipsis things. But if you want one with an actual name brand behind it, Samsung would like a word. The company just released the Galaxy Tab E, a tablet that hasn't been seen in the US before today, on Verizon. You can get one for $329.99 outright, not bad for an LTE tablet, or just under $14 a month for two years on the installment plan.
In terms of hardware, the Galaxy Tab E sits somewhere between the low-end Tab A series and the top-of-the-line Tab S2. Read More
A week after announcing pre-orders for a Verizon CDMA version of its Robin smartphone, Nextbit is now rolling out news that Sprint support will come included as well. This won't be a separate model. Instead, Nextbit is now calling the Verizon version the CDMA version, and it will work on either carrier. Read More
There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to which carriers release updates for their Android updates first, and once you stray outside of the shallow waters of flagship smartphones, things start to get really inconsistent. For example, AT&T is updating its carrier-specific version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 to 5.1.1 today, at least according to this support page. But at the same time, Sprint's Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is only just now getting upgraded from Android 4.4 to 5.0. Huh.
AT&T's Tab 4 8.0 update includes changes to the Quick Settings menu, but not much else on top of the usual changes. Read More