The April security patch has already reached a whole bunch of Galaxy devices in the US, but Samsung’s rollout continues to steadily progress as more phones and tablets join the list. Now, the April patch is hitting some mid-range Galaxy A phones and flagship tablets from Verizon and T-Mobile.
OxygenOS received quite the visual overhaul last year with version 11, borrowing some design elements from One UI to improve one-handed use. The OnePlus 7 series was late to the Android 11 party, only getting the update in March — six months after Google released it for Pixel devices. Despite the wait, there are plenty of new features and improvements in OxygenOS 11, and now the T-Mobile version of the 7 Pro and 7T are getting a piece of the action.
While T-Mobile has the latest Samsung and OnePlus smartphones on offer, it also sells its own brand of REVVL handsets that are aimed at the budget segment. One of these phones, the REVVL 4+, has now received the Android 11 update.
Although plenty of devices in the US technically have eSIMs, only Apple's iPhone and Google's Pixel series allow users to connect to networks using the digital cards included in their phones. Many of Samsung's recent flagships also have eSIMs built-in, but without the backing of US carriers, the feature has gone unused. Thankfully, that's finally changing, as T-Mobile is the first carrier to add support for eSIM on Samsung devices running on its network, starting with the Galaxy Note20 series.
Long, long ago, in the far-off year 2019, the four (at the time) US carriers came together to announce a single partnership. They would work together on a new Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative, or CCMI, that promised interoperability for an RCS Universal Profile-based messaging standard. Originally set to be launched in 2020, we hadn't heard very much about it for some time. According to a new report, there's a good reason for that: The CCMI is dead.
In a press release issued today, T-Mobile outlined its plans for Android for the latter portion of this year. And those plans pretty much begin and end with the word "Google." The biggest of the deals is that Google's Messages app will now be the standard, default SMS and RCS platform for all T-Mobile Android phones. But there are plenty of other nuggets in the press release, too.
T-Mobile has hit a new milestone in the war with spam calls and texts by establishing STIR/SHAKEN support with all of the major networks in the US. This will go a long way to stopping scammers from evading anti-spam and call blocking methods by falsifying caller ID information. T-Mobile is the first major wireless carrier to meet the goals set forth by the TRACED Act ahead of the June 30th deadline mandated by the FCC.