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.
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.
Google Highlights Phones It Recommends for Business Users
Google today announced the Android Enterprise Recommended program and an initial batch of handsets that meet the qualifications. Google says the Android Enterprise Recommended program “establishes best practices and common requirements for devices and services, backed by a thorough testing process conducted by Google.” In order to qualify, devices have to meet a number of specifications concerning their hardware, deployment, security updates, and user help programs.
FTC Wants Mobile Industry to Be Better At Security Updates
The current state of mobile device security patches is lacking, according to a new report issued today by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC studied how Apple, BlackBerry, Google, HTC, LG, Microsoft, Motorola, and Samsung support their devices over time.