MetroPCS Launches Visual Voicemail
MetroPCS today announced the availability of two new visual voicemail services to a select number of handsets. Visual Voicemail allows customers to see their voicemails listed on the phone and listen to them in whichever order they prefer. Visual Voicemail Plus adds transcriptions of the messages into text format. Both options let customers respond to voice messages via voice call, SMS, MMS, and/or email. These new visual voicemail services will first be available to the Samsung Galaxy Indulge, the LG Optimus M, and the Huawei Ascend. A minimum monthly plan of $45 is required for non-4G phones and a minimum monthly plan of $50 is required for 4G phones. Visual Voice Mail Plus is an additional $5 on each plan. MetroPCS said that visual voicemail will be available to the Blackberry 8530 and BREW-based devices soon.
Netflix Brings HDR Support to 3 More Phones
Netflix has granted three newer phones the ability to stream HDR video. The latest devices include the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the Huawei P20 Pro, and the Sony Xperia XZ2.
Researchers Suggest Phone Makers Mislead Consumers About Security Patches
Security Research Labs says Android phone makers often miss security patches but still tell owners the phones are up-to-date. Researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell examined the code of some 1,200 phones from more than a dozen phone makers for every security patch released during 2017.
Google Voice Gains New Lease On Life with Massive Overhaul
Google today introduced a wholly new version of Google Voice for Android, iOS, and the web. The calling, voicemail, and messaging platform has been overhauled from the ground up with a new design, new features, and a fresh commitment from Google to keep the service updated.
Google Turning On Pixel Visual Core in All Pixel 2 Handsets
Google today said it is fully activating the Pixel Visual Core co-processor in its newer Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. The Pixel Visual Core allows the Pixel 2 devices to make use of advanced machine learning to improve HDR+ photography.