It's 2016. Android is pretty great. We have access to software and hardware that were just pipe dreams a few years ago, and the mild whining that we as a community like to engage in is just that: mild. But bloated, unnecessary software from manufacturers and carriers, which restricts customer choice, adds to update delays, and sometimes even opens up vulnerabilities, remains a thorn in the side of the platform as a whole. How often have we seen otherwise interesting hardware brought down because someone thought it would be a good idea to pay for unverified mobile games with sandwiches? Read More
HTC launched the HTC 10 this spring to mostly positive reviews, a pleasant departure from several years of lackluster flagship phones. However, good reviews don't always translate into good sales. T-Mobile is known for kicking under-performing phones to the curb pretty quickly (see: the Priv), and it looks like the same thing happened to the HTC 10 last month. Almost no one noticed, though. Read More
Republic Wireless unleashed a raft of new phones to go along with its new GSM network agreement recently, and now the other shoe drops. In addition to buying a phone from Republic, you can bring your own. It still has to be on the approved list, though. Read More
The Olympics Games aren't the only sports event happening in Rio this summer. About two weeks after the end of the summer Olympics, the Paralympics Games start on September 7 and last until the 18 of the same month. That timeline doesn't fall within the "August" frame for T-Mobile's free unlimited 4G LTE internet in Rio, and so the company is changing its original plans to fix this oversight.
T-mobile had offered not only to provide free and unlimited 4G LTE to its Simple Choice postpaid customers, but also to not count any roaming fees toward their bill, whether they're calling or texting from Rio. That offer was supposed to be valid only during August, but T-Mobile just announced that it's extending it until the closing ceremony of the Paralympics Games on September 18. Read More
After a few days of data connectivity hell for some Nexus 6 owners, it seems that Google corrected the issue on the back end. Comments on a post in the r/Nexus6 subreddit indicate that most people have had their LTE data connection restored by this fix; however, many are reporting that they addressed it themselves by changing the APN settings or by updating their Google Connectivity Services through the Play Store.
As of now, it is unclear how exactly the issue was solved, but a Google employee named Orrin (u/GoogleNexusCM) posted an update on both r/Nexus6 and the Nexus Help Forum on Google's Product Forums. Read More
Ting is a pay-as-you-go mobile virtual network operator (say that three times fast) that relies on the Sprint and T-Mobile networks. For people who use only a few minutes or megabytes a month, the provider is a cheap way to own a smartphone. But if you measure your data usage in gigabytes, then the savings go away fast.
Every now and then the company announces price drops after it negotiates better rates. The last time around was nearly two and a half years ago. Today another wave is on its way. Now after the first GB of data, each follow-up is $10. Read More
You've seen Evan Blass's tweet on the matter by now: Verizon will allegedly sell the 2016 Nexus phones, Marlin and Sailfish. Blass doesn't provide any visual confirmation or additional info, but that's not exactly irregular for [email protected] While I'm typically trustworthy of Blass's info, Nexus news is serious business here at Android Police, so I thought I'd dig a bit deeper and see what we could find out. Read More
The Nexus 6 isn't exactly a smash hit of a device - between a niche target audience, an unusually large form factor, and a high initial retail price, it hasn't gotten the same warm reception as some other designs in the line. But there are still plenty of Android faithful using "Shamu," and more than a few of them using it on T-Mobile... including multiple Android Police writers. Since the beginning of August, a considerable number of those N6 users on T-Mobile have been experiencing serious connection issues. Read More
Not even an entire day has gone by since the official reveal of the Galaxy Note 7 (no, Samsung, I'm not going to take that space out, no matter how hard your brand managers glare at me) and everyone who's anyone is already trying to sell pre-orders. It's par for the course for American carriers, naturally, but something about this year's upgrade seems to have brought out the big guns. Maybe all of the cell service companies are trying to switch everyone over to a Note 7 before iPhone season rolls around? In any case, here we go: Read More