Sprint Doubles LTE Plus Footprint
Sprint today said it has doubled the availability of its LTE Plus coverage from 77 markets in November to more than 150 markets today. Some of the new markets include Boulder, Colo., West Palm Beach, Fla., Cleveland, Ohio, and Syracuse, N.Y. LTE Plus is the new brand name for what used to be Sprint Spark. LTE Plus is the company's tri-band LTE network, which uses 800MHz, 1.9GHz, and 2.5GHz. Sprint is using carrier aggregation to increase capacity and beamforming to improve connections between cell sites and handsets. Sprint says these techniques have helped improve speeds and performance across its network. Sprint has more than a dozen handsets able to take advantage of these technologies, including the Apple iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy S6.
Unicode 11 with Dozens of New Emoji Arrives June 5
New emoji are coming to a phone near you, eventually. Unicode 11.0, which was finalized in February, will be released on June 5, according to Emojipedia.
Memoji Lets iPhone Users Make their Own, Self-Styled Animoji
iOS 12 will make iMessage more fun, says Apple, thanks to the addition of Memoji. Similar to the way Samsung's AR Emoji work, the iOS 12 Memoji will let people customize an animated emoji sticker that resembles their face.
Sprint Retires 'Spark' and Launches 'LTE Plus'
Sprint is rebranding its LTE 4G network in an effort to call attention to the technology involved in making the network tick. Sprint LTE Plus replaces the Sprint Spark name for the company's tri-band LTE network, which uses 800MHz, 1.9GHz, and 2.5GHz.
Sprint's 3-Channel LTE Reaches 295Mbps
Sprint today said it has achieved peak download speeds of 295Mbps using three-channel carrier aggregation on the HTC 10 smartphone. Carrier aggregation pairs together multiple segments of spectrum to improve speed and capacity.