T-Mobile Names First 42Mbps HSPA+ Markets
T-Mobile today announced the first three markets where it will double HSPA+ speeds from 21Mbps to 42Mbps. New York City, Las Vegas, and Orlando will be the first, followed by Chicago and Long Island / Northern New Jersey later this year. T-Mobile says its HSPA+ network will be available at 42Mbps in 25 markets by mid-year, covering some 140 million Americans. In addition to the network improvements, T-Mobile announced seven new devices that can take advantage of its 21Mbps HSPA+ network, including the LG G2x, the Sidekick 4G, the LG G-Slate tablet, the T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot (made by ZTE), and the T-Mobile Jet 2.0 laptop dongle. The T-Mobile Jet 3.0 laptop dongle will be the first to support the 42Mbps HSPA+ network.
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.
Google's ARCore 1.0 Released to Public, Google Lens Hits More Handsets
Google today made ARCore 1.0 available to developers and the public, bringing augmented reality to some 100 million smartphones around the world. Handsets compatible with ARCore include Google’s Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL; Samsung’s Galaxy S8, S8+, Note8, S7, and S7 edge; LGE’s V30 and V30+; Asus’s Zenfone AR; and OnePlus’s OnePlus 5.
ZTE's Android Go Phone, the Tempo Go, Now Available for $80
ZTE made the Tempo Go available for purchase from its online store. The Tempo Go is a version of the Tempo X that runs the Android Go Oreo platform.
Verizon Debuts Global Jetpack with LTE-A and Support for 15 Connected Devices
Verizon Wireless this week announced the MiFi 7730L Jetpack, a global mobile hotspot that provides wireless access to WiFi devices in the U.S. and around the world.
AT&T Shows Off '5G Evolution' Mobile Hotspot
AT&T today announced the Netgear Nighthawk Mobile Hotspot Router, what it calls the first 5G evolution mobile hotspot. The device supports AT&T's test 5G networks in select markets, such as Austin, Texas, and AT&T's existing LTE 4G network everywhere else.
SWEET! ATT announces 42Mbps HSPA+ Markets