Motorola has released some support documents that seem to indicate that both the older and newer versions of the Moto X should be seeing the Android 5.1 update pretty soon. The original Moto X is currently on Android 4.4, so this update should leapfrog Google’s initial Lollipop update.
The documents show feature changes for the Moto X 2nd Gen, and the T-Mobile version of the same device. Another document does specifically mention the 1st generation device, and it obviously is seeing the bigger jump since it’s coming from KitKat. Read more
One thing you can always count on with T-Mobile and it’s abrasive CEO, John Legere, is that a marketing campaign will have oodles of zing and lots of finger-pointing. Nowhere is it more evident than the latest offer that gives current Verizon customers the chance to try out T-Mobile’s network for up to 14 days without any charges. The offer is called Never Settle Trial and if customers like what they have tried out, T-Mobile will cover Verizon’s ETF (Early-Termination-Fees). Read more
T-Mobile has been on a roll with software updates lately. The carrier version of the Galaxy Note Edge is now officially seeing the Lollipop update OTA from T-Mobile, bringing a few features and the revamped Android software that Google introduced last year.
Unfortunately, it’s only 5.0, and not 5.1, but that’s still better than KitKat. You’ll need about 3 GB of space free for the update, but hopefully you haven’t crammed enough stuff onto your 32 GB device for that to be a problem. Read more
Samsung usually isn’t the quickest when it comes to Android update, but it looks like they’ve worked some magic with T-Mobile, as the Galaxy S6 Edge is now receiving the Android 5.1.1 update over the air. Only the Edge variant on T-Mobile specifically is seeing the update, but that might just mean that the normal S6 (and other carrier models) will join the party soon. Read more
Once again, customers of T-Mobile are receiving free access to the premium features of MLB At Bat. The carrier will allow customers to download MLB At Bat starting May 1 and use premium features that include streaming of all games, in-game highlights, and live look-ins on key plays. All of this would normally cost $19 per season.
The initial download of the app must be done on T-Mobile’s network in order to authenticate and activate the premium features at no cost.
We just heard that Samsung is bringing Guest Mode to the Android 5.1 update, and now it’s rolling already? One user over at XDA is reporting that his T-Mobile Galaxy S6 Edge received the Android 5.1.1 update.
I don’t think this means that it’s officially rolling out, but it does mean that it’s being tested which is a good thing. It’s more than likely that it’s pure luck that his device received it. There could be others, but who knows if they even read tech blogs.
The CEO of T-Mobile, John Legere, has been quite open about almost everything that pertains to the mobile industry. And amidst allegations of the carrier throttling speeds of the users on its Unlimited 4G LTE data plans, he has now categorically stated that these allegations are false.
On the heels of its Idol 3 handset being released, Alcatel OneTouch announced the Pop Astro. This handset, an exclusive for T-Mobile, packs a little punch and comes at an affordable price. Almost everything about the Pop Astro is mid-range but it does have a solid quad-core processor from MediaTek. The display has 960×540 resoltuion and it runs Android 4.4 KitKat. The rear camera is 5MP and the front camera is VGA. The Pop Astro has a 2000mAh battery that should power through the day thanks to the moderate components. All of this is what you get for less than $200.
The Alcatel OneTouch Pop Astro is available now through T-Mobile stores and online for $6.24 per month (or $149.76).
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The first quarter of 2015 treated T-Mobile and it shows as the carrier generated $7.8 billion, an increase of 13.1% over the same time last year. That growth comes off of T-Mobile gaining nearly two million new customers in the quarter. For the eighth consecutive quarter, the carrier has added more than one million new customers. Service revenue did decline, though, as Data Stash meant some paid data was covered. T-Mobile has a strategy that focuses on luring in new customers rather than cashing in on existing ones.
On the network side, T-Mobile announced that its 4G LTE network should cover 300 million people in the United States by the end of the year. The carrier’s network currently spans across 275 million people. It also expects to have more than 200 markets with wideband LTE by year’s end with the number currently standing at 157.
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With the G4 finally being official, carriers are announcing vague availability for the device. HTC and Samsung managed to launch their flagship devices simultaneously on all major US carriers on April 10th this year, so LG will probably be able to pull off something similar. Read more