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.
ZTE Quartz Is An Affordable Android Watch
ZTE today announced the Quartz, the company's first Android Wear smartwatch. The Quartz offers core tools for a modern wearable, including Android Wear 2.0, LTE connectivity for standalone calls and messaging, and an IP67 rating for protection against liquids and dirt.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
ZTE's Axon 7 Scores Android 7.1.1
ZTE today began pushing Android 7.1.1 to its Axon 7 flagship smartphone. The Axon 7 is one of the first devices other than Google's own Pixel handsets to receive this update.
T-Mobile's LG K20 Plus Packs Better Specs
T-Mobile recently rolled out its own variant of the LG K20 and the phone has somewhat better specifications when compared to the Verizon variant of the same handset. The T-Mobile K20 includes the same 5.3-inch 720p display and 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, but improves RAM to 2 GB of RAM and storage to 32 GB.
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