OTA security update rolling out to Google Nexus 4

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An OTA update for the Google Nexus 4 started rolling out to users today to address security issues. The information about the update comes to us from the T-Mobile site and follows on the JWR66V update that updated the Nexus 4 to Android 4.3. This latest update, JWR66Y, only clocks in at 1.8MB, but T-Mobile is recommending users have at least half a charge available on their devices. In addition, the Nexus 4 cannot be rooted.

We will keep an eye out for the security fix to roll out to other Google Play Edition devices.

source: T-Mobile
via: PhoneArena

Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile show growth while Sprint declines

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Strategy Analytics released their top U.S. Carrier Metrics for the 2nd quarter, and there really isn’t anything surprising. Verizon Wireless continues to lead the way followed by AT&T. Sprint still holds the 3rd spot, but if they don’t watch it, T-Mobile might knock them out pretty soon. Verizon finished the quarter with 118.194 million subscribers and grew 1.18% over the 1st quarter. AT&T and T-Mobile grew 1.36% and 3.30% respectively. With Sprint’s decrease of 3.59% (1.84 million subscribers), there is now about a 9 million subscriber gap between them and T-Mobile.

T-Mobile seems to be making the right moves with their UnCarrier and Jump plans, so I suspect T-Mobile will eventually move into the third spot. The question is when?

source: FierceWireless

Dish Network still wants in on wireless carrier market according to CEO Ergen

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During a recent conference call to discuss the Dish Network’s disappointing second-quarter financial results, CEO Charles Ergen dropped some hints that the company is still interested in becoming a player in the wireless carrier market. During the second quarter, Dish saw its subscriber base shrink by about 78,000 subscriptions as it continued to try to compete in the changing landscape of video content. Combined with increasing programming costs, the company experienced a loss during the second quarter. In an effort to reverse course, Dish would like to capitalize on an asset it continues to hold, unused wireless spectrum. Finding a partner to make that a reality has been a challenge though as the recently company lost out to Softbank in a bid to acquire Sprint earlier this year.

Ergen seems to think there is still an opportunity for Dish and Sprint to do something together that would benefit both companies. While acknowledging that Dish “gave our best shot to get it” referring to the Sprint acquisition attempt, Ergen still thinks some kind of partnership might be “an interesting fit.” What would not be as interesting would be an attempt to acquire T-Mobile, a move Ergen says “may be a challenge we wouldn’t feel comfortable taking on.” That position is quite a bit different from earlier this year when Dish sought out a possible deal with T-Mobile.

source: Bloomberg

T-Mobile G2 sign up page is live

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T-Mobile announced that they’ll be carrying the G2, but they didn’t give a specific date or pricing. If you want to be one of the first to be notified about it, you can now sign up at T-Mobile and they’ll send you an email whenever any new details come to light. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long.

Hit the link below to sign up.

source: T-Mobile

T-Mobile to offer three new LG devices, including the G2, Optimus F3 and Optimus F6

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After an official device announcement, the next exciting part is figuring out carrier availability. In this case, T-Mobile has been extremely quick to jump on LG’s bandwagon by announcing that they will carry the G2 at some point in the coming weeks. You can sign up to be notified as soon as it becomes available. No exact pricing details were given, but we should definitely hear about them soon.

Alongside the G2, T-Mobile is also bringing two other LG devices to its network; the Optimus F3 and Optimus F6. The F3 is a budget device sporting a 4-inch screen and a 5 MP camera, complete with LG software features. The F6 is a bit more high-end, offering a 4.5-inch display and some high specs. The F3 is currently available in T-Mobile stores for $0 down and monthly payments of $10, and the F6 availability will be announced in the coming weeks, probably close to the G2.

So there you have it. If you’re in the market for a new device, T-Mobile has you covered, regardless of what you’re looking for. They’ve got the low-end, mid-range, and flagship device categories blanketed with these new devices from LG. Anyone planning on picking up any of them soon?

source: T-Mobile News

Moto X release date – Aug. 23rd for big four carriers – revealed in Motorola marketing interview

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While we normally focus on technological advances that companies are bringing to market, any sizable organization is going to attract attention related to other disciplines needed for a successful business. Motorola recently granted an interview with AdAge about their marketing plan for the Moto X and in the course of that interview, let loose details about the release for the new device on the major U.S. carriers. We had already seen evidence that Verizon would have the device starting August 23rd. According to the AdAge interview, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T will also have the Moto X available for sale on their shelves the same day. » Read the rest

LG may roll out LG G2 on August 8th in South Korea

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As the smartphone market prepares for the release of another flagship device, this time LG’s G2 smartphone, we have another example of how manufacturers are compressing the time between announcement and availability. LG will be holding an event in New York City tomorrow to unveil the new LG G2. Reports from Korean-based MK News indicate the new device will be in stores in that country on August 8th, only one day after the official reveal. That is consistent with previous rumors about the release schedule that put Korean availability soon after the phone was announced by LG.

According to reports, LG is planning to make the device available on 100 carriers worldwide within two to three months of the official release. This will supposedly include four major carriers in the U.S. – AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint.

TalkAndroid will be on the ground at the LG event tomorrow, so be sure to check back for all the details about LG’s new flagship device.

source: Unwired View

T-Mobile maintains subdued stance regarding Moto X, will rely on Motorola’s sales channel

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Motorola’s Moto X is compatible with the T-Mobile network, but customers wanting to get the device with the carrier will have to go through Motorola. According to T-Mobile’s Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert, “the Moto X optimized for T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network will initially be available through Motorola’s channels…We do not plan to stock Moto X devices immediately in our stores…” One of the potential sticking points may be Motorola’s announcement that the device will sell for $199 on subsidized plans, something that T-Mobile no longer offers.

T-Mobile is not the only carrier of the big four that is rather blasé about the Moto X release. Verizon Wireless reluctantly admits they will be selling the device in their stores and online. Verizon’s reluctance to push the device is probably due to the release of their new Droid models, also manufactured by Motorola, last week.

source: AllThingsD

Moto X variant XT1053 passes through FCC, T-Mobile compatible

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As the Moto X launch draws nearer and nearer, there was some rising speculation on whether the device would be available for T-Mobile. We now have evidence that suggests that, indeed, the Moto X will come to the UnCarrier. While nothing is confirmed, a Moto X variant known as the XT1053 has recently made its way through the FCC’s approval process, including all of T-Mobile’s standard bands (AWS HSPA+, LTE, bands 2 and 17). This theoretically could be compatible on AT&T’s network as well, but since we’ve already seen a variant for AT&T, we assume that this one’s built for T-Mobile. Check out the source link below for the documents and other information.

Via: Engadget 
Source: FCC

Moto X not confirmed for T-Mobile yet

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We are expecting the Moto X to be available on all four major U.S. carriers, but there seems to be a hiccup with T-Mobile. For whatever reason they haven’t inked a deal with Motorola to carry the device. It could be because they carry the Nexus 4, but I am not sure why that would really be an issue. Right now the rumored unsubsidized price is $299, just like the Nexus 4. To be honest, I expect the actual price to be lower.

The Moto X should be at Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and Sprint sometime in August. There is still time for T-Mobile, but it remains to be seen.

source: 9to5Google