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."
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.
Photos to Be Separated from Google+ Under New Boss
Google has appointed Bradley Horowitz as head of Google’s Photos and Streams products. Google is splitting the Photos product from the main Google+ social network, which is being recognized by Google under the new "Streams" name.
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.
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...