Kyocera Echo Gingerbread Update Hitting Devices Today
Kyocera has confirmed to Phone Scoop that a software update will be distributed to the Echo smartphone starting today. The device brings most features of Android 2.3 Gingerbread to the Echo. The update also includes a few other features: pinch-to-zoom support; an improved downloads app; an upgrade to the Swype 3.0 virtual keypad; and Eco mode. Contrary to published reports, the update does not include support for NFC nor Wi-Fi calling. The Echo is a dual-screened Android smartphone that is sold by Sprint. Users will be notified when their device is ready for the update, or may use the on-board system tools to check for the update directly.
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AT&T Customers Will Be Able to Send Text Messages via Amazon Echo
The AT&T Send Message Skill, set to be made available on November 19, will let AT&T customers send text messages by asking their Amazon Echo to do it for them. The skill we be added to the Amazon Alexa application (for Android and iOS).
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.
Kyocera Torque XT Now On Sale at Sprint Stores
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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.
Huawei Mate 9 Gains Amazon Alexa Today
Today at 3pm ET, users of the Huawei Mate 9 will be able to update their phones over the air to support Amazon's Alexa voice assistant. The Mate 9 is the first phone to have built-in access to Alexa On The Go.