AT&T Reveals Upcoming Smartphone Plans
According to PCMag, AT&T senior vice president of mobile devices, Jeff Bradley, said that the company plans to bring more Android and Windows Phone 7 devices to market in the coming months. First up will be a ruggedized Pantech slider that has a touch screen and keyboard. Bradley noted that its Windows Phone 7 devices were doing well, and it looks forward to offering the HTC HD7S in the future. Bradley said that the HD7S will shop with the Mango update pre-installed. Last, Bradley said that the company plans to lift its current policy which prevents Android handsets from installing non-Market apps. "W were genuinely concerned from a network bandwidth standpoint and a customer experience standpoint for not having any mechanism to take down a bad app," said Bradley. "And the only way we could do it at the time was relying on Google to leverage what [security] they had in [the] Android Marketplace. We took a lot of negative publicity for doing it, but it was 100% driven by a desire to be able to have the ability to support our network and be able to help our customers."
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.
Microsoft's Android-App-Porting Tool May Be Shelved
Microsoft has dialed back efforts to port Android apps to the Windows 10 platform, reports Windows Central. In April, Microsoft announced plans to allow app writers to port iOS, web, Win32, and Android apps to the Windows 10 platform.
Google to Do More to Push Security Patches to Android Phones
Google today said it plans to give phone makers and network operators more options for pushing security updates to smartphones. In an annual report published today, Google says some 735 million devices received at least one security update during 2016.
Here Maps to Ditch Windows Platforms
Here Maps today said it is dropping support for Windows 10 and Windows Phone. The company plans to pull all Here-branded mobile apps from the Windows Store by March 29, as the apps will cease working on handsets by June 30.
HTC Says 'Mini' Phones Still a Possibility
HTC today clarified statements made regarding its plans for smaller — or "mini" — versions of its flagship phones. A report, quoting an HTC executive, suggested that HTC did not plan to bring any more smaller-stature phones, such as the One mini 2, to market.
AT&T are a bunch of control freaks
Not like you can't anyway...it's just a little harder.
Funny thing is, off-market apps don't tend to be bandwidth-suckers, unless you're talking about Wireless Tether :p
So many smart phones will be out soon, where's the new iphone?!
The way that Apple leaves AT&T out of the loop is something we all really resented when I wo...