LG Xpression on Sale Via AT&T's Web Site
AT&T recently began selling the LG Xpression, a sideways slider that includes a touch screen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The Xpression runs LG's feature phone operating system and features a 3.0-inch (400 x 200) touch display, 2-megapixel camera with video capture, Bluetooth 2.1, social networking apps, web browser, email, AT&T Navigator, microSD support (up to 32GB), and 3G. Last, it has a feature called LG Instant Note, which lets users enter text with one touch then send via SMS or upload to Twitter or Facebook. The Xpression costs $49.99 with a new contract after rebate.
AT&T Resurrects the 'Cingular' Brand for Flip Phone
AT&T recently added the Cingular Flip to its lineup of inexpensive feature phones. The phone is made by TeleEpoch and bears the model number M3620, but AT&T named it the Cingular Flip to give it some visibility.
Android Messages with RCS to Reach More Phones On More Carriers
Google says its Android Messages app is on the upswing thanks to new RCS-based tools and growing support from phone makers and wireless network operators. To start, brands now have more power to interact with consumers thanks to RCS business messaging.
AT&T's LG V30 Wins an Oreo Treat
AT&T this week released Android 8 Oreo for the LG V30. The phone shipped last fall with Android 7.1 Nougat.
BlackBerry Priv Runs Android, Costs $699, Ships November 6
BlackBerry today made the Priv, its first Android smartphone, available for preorder. The device is a vertical slider that includes a touchscreen and a physical QWERTY keyboard.
Facebook Messenger Brings SMS Back to Android App
Facebook today said Facebook Messenger users will once again be able to send SMS messages — as long as they're running Android. Essentially, Android users can set Messenger as the default SMS app, which will route all SMS messages and conversations through Messenger rather than any other SMS apps that may be installed on the device.