There may not be many Desire Eye owners roaming the country, but June 30 will be an exciting day for them. The device’s exclusive carrier, AT&T, will release a software update that bumps it up to Lollipop.
Mo Versi, the HTC employee who announced the update’s impending release, did not specify the exact version of Lollipop coming to the Desire Eye. So it could be Android 5.0 or 5.1, but we will know for which one tomorrow.
Source: Mo Versi (Twitter)
This week, Sprint will push a software update to its HTC One M9 that includes the latest version of Android. The flagship from HTC will receive Android 5.1 Lollipop in addition to some camera fixes on Wednesday. Being that the specifications of the One M9 have been underwhelming to some, providing timely software updates and a clean user interface is vital for HTC’s success. The company has issued multiple software updates to fix the camera’s quality as well.
A pair of new LG phones are now available for Boost Mobile customers, including the Tribute 2 and the Volt 2. Both devices offer pretty similar hardware, with the Volt offering a slightly larger screen and battery.
Both phones are powered by a Snapdragon 810 CPU with 1 GB of RAM, and they both have 8 GB of internal storage (plus microSD card slot!) and run Android 5.1. The Volt sports a 5-inch display while the Tribute has a 4.5-inch screen, and the Volt 2’s camera shoots at a slightly higher resolution of 8 megapixels, beating out the 5 megapixel shooter in the Tribute 2. No major differences, but you’ll pay a $50 premium for that nicer camera and bigger screen. Read more
One would expect that the carriers in the United States pay their chief executive officers by performance. By that assumption, the total compensation for Lowell McAdam, Randall Stephenson, Marcelo Claure, and John Legere would be in order of their employers’ position in the market. That, however, is not the case. The total compensation for each CEO really varies because each company has a different set of incentives on top of base salaries.
So who is the highest paid leader among carriers in the United States? Hit the break to find out.
Sprint is launching today its “Direct 2 You” service, which allows customers to have access to wireless sales, consultation and customer service whenever and wherever they want, in additional cities. The service is free (in eligible regions) and allows customers to save a trip to a Sprint store and therefore saves them time by having an expert come directly to them. In addition, not only existing Sprint users can benefit from this new service, but customers that are ready to switch to Sprint.
The longstanding relationship between Verizon and Motorola received new life in 2014 when the two released the DROID Turbo. The device, which was available exclusively to Big Red’s customers, had everything that a spec-obsessed consumer could want right down to long battery life. And this year Motorola will produce another device for Verizon being referred to internally as ‘Kinzie’.
Still waiting for your invite to join Project Fi? Google has launched a way to check the status of your invite. Most people are seeing 3-4 weeks as the estimated wait for an invite while a few are noticing a longer wait of 4-8 weeks. Google did note that everyone would have an invite by mid-summer. So things actually seem to be on schedule. Even after getting an invite, people will have to decide whether or not spending hundreds of dollars on the Nexus 6 is worth it. Then, and only then, they can try Google’s new wireless service throughout the United States.
You can check your invite’s status by heading over to Project Fi’s signup page.
ZTE is launching two new inexpensive phones. The ZTE Maven will be heading to AT&T and the Sonata 2 which is heading to Cricket Wireless. Although everyone likes to hear about the crazy specs of current flagships these two phones are not bad for being budget friendly.
Currently AT&T owns Mexico’s No.3 and No. 4 wireless carriers Iusacell and Nextel. They are planing to invest $3 billion in high-speed mobile internet in Mexico which is expected to cover 40 million people or about one-third of the population within six months. Their goal by the end of 2018 is to reach 100 million.
LG’s wireless carrier, LG U+, has announced plans to deploy their new GIGA multi pass technology which can theoretically deliver speeds in excess of 1.17 Gbps by combining Wi-Fi with LTE. That move will be followed later in the year with plans to double the speed to more than 2 Gbps. Read more