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AT&T starts rolling out Android 5.1.1 update for the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1

Posted by wicked July - 31 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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If you own an AT&T-branded Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 and live in the United States, you may want to listen up as the operator has just started rolling out the long-awaited Android 5.1.1 update to all its carrier-branded models of the slate.

The full changelog for this update can be seen below:

  • Android 5.1 Operating System update
  • Quick Settings updated for enhanced Wi-Fi and Bluetooth management
    Additional animations to the 5.0 update
  • Improved notifications, screen pinning, alarm
  • Updated security software and improved memory management.

The upgrade is being rolled out in stages, as is the norm, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device to hit your unit, you can always search for the update manually.

To do so simply open the Settings application, scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”, hit “System Updates”, then select “Check for updates”. Once done, the upgrade will start to download.

Source: AT&T

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We have the ASUS ZenFone 2E: ask us anything!

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off
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There’s plenty of content on the ASUS ZenFone 2 out there, but not everyone knows about the ZenFone 2E. This AT&T prepaid phone was announced with a $119.99 price point, surely a cost that will raise some eyebrows. It’s much cheaper than the average ZenFone 2, which was already considered super affordable!

Is there a catch? Will this phone fulfill your needs? It does sport a nice set of specs for the price, including an Intel Atom processor, 1 GB of RAM and a 5.0-inch screen. It could be the perfect phone for the casual user who doesn’t like contracts.

Curious about the phone? You will want to keep it tuned to Android Authority. Our very own Joshua Vergara got a hold of this device and is getting ready to put a review together. Meanwhile, we just wanted to take the time and let you ask us anything about the ZenFone 2E. If you want to know any specific details about the handset, just hit up our ASUS ZenFone 2E forum page and shoot us any questions. Josh and other Android Authority team members will be checking in frequently. You can also leave your doubts here and we will do our best to clear them!

Ask us anything at the ASUS ZenFone 2E forum thread

AT&T request all 2016 Android phones have a working FM radio chip

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_3_TA_Back_Camera_AT&T_LogoAT&T is strongly requesting that all 2016 Android powered phones come with a working FM radio chip. Many phones already ship with FM chips inside them, but the manufacture doesn’t turn them on. AT&T is also asking if manufactures turn on any old phones with the chips inside as it is simply a software update.

There is no exact reason on why AT&T has taken this stance, but I am sure it will be welcome among many Android users. FM radio uses far less power and no data to listen to music. Of course you can’t pick the song you want, but for free you can’t complain.

Source: Engadget
Via: Radioworld

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AT&T will soon require working FM radio chips in all Android smartphones

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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With the slew of great content available at all times on the internet, it might be easy to think that conventional radio access in smartphones is becoming more unnecessary as time goes on. For years smartphone manufacturers have included chips in their hardware that can access the radio, though finding devices that actually have this feature turned on can prove to be somewhat difficult, at least in today’s market. Thanks to AT&T, though, OEMs will be required to turn on these FM radio chips in their handsets if they want to sell phones through the carrier.

According to RadioWorld, AT&T will require Android smartphone manufacturers to include active FM radio chips in their phones from 2016 onwards, and is also urging OEMs to turn on this feature in as many current devices as it can. These radios can normally be turned on via a simple software update from the manufacturer, provided the phones have the proper hardware in place to support the feature.


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As of right now, we don’t have confirmation from the carrier about its big plans for radio, so none of this information is set in stone quite yet. There’s also no real explanation at this time for AT&T’s upcoming initiative. Our best guess is that FM radio not only reduces the need for streaming audio, but also acts as a reliable way to get important information during emergency situations.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated when it comes to the carrier’s FM radio initiative. But for now, tell us – is support for FM radio an attractive feature to you, or do you think you’ll stick with streaming music and podcasts to fulfill your listening needs?

Moto X Pure Edition Does Indeed Work on All US Carriers, Including Verizon

Posted by Kellex July - 28 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

During today’s live press event from Motorola, the company announced that its new Moto X Pure Edition was an unlocked phone that worked on all of the major US carriers, including Verizon. People were excited at the thought of buying a phone for $399 that could be taken to any carrier of choice. That excitement died quickly, though, when Motorola posted official specs for the phone and left out any mention of Verizon’s CDMA bands or its LTE band 13. 

As it turns out, that was a mistake on their part. The specs have now been updated to include all supported bands. We included them below, but you can see for yourself at Motorola’s site and our official specs list.

Moto X Pure Edition wireless bands:

  • UMTS GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+ (800, 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • 4G LTE (B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 28, 40, 41)
  • CDMA (800, 850, 1900 MHz)

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Root now available for LG G4 carrier models

Posted by wicked July - 26 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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One of the benefits to having an Android phone is the ability to customise any number of settings and features once you’ve performed a root, which is akin to jailbreaking which iPhone users may be accustomed to. Rooting relies on an unlocked bootloader and while a root was achieved for the unlocked version of the LG G4, the carrier branded models have so far had to wait.

If you’ve been waiting then you’re in luck as root is now available for carrier branded models of the LG G4, both for the major US carrier devices (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon) and other international carriers. Recognised developer thecubed and others have built the “Low Effort Root” for carrier branded models but this is definitely not for the fainthearted; if you’re a novice and think bootloader is something related to your car, then this is definitely not for you.

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As with all mods, you’ll need to be able to precisely follow a long list of steps and you’ll need to download and install tools for your computer to get the job done. Like most Android customisations, you may end up with a bricked device that cannot be recovered so don’t tempt this unless you’re happy with the risk!

To root your carrier branded LG G4, head over to XDA Developers (in the source link below), read through all the posts and ask about anything you’re unsure of before you attempt anything. Back up all your data and take your time; there’s nothing worse than rushing and ending up with a bricked phone.

For more on what you can do with your Android smartphone, check out our Android customization series and head over to Android Authority on YouTube to see more about the latest apps, handsets and comparisons.

HTC ‘Hima Aero’ allegedly heading to AT&T

Posted by wicked July - 26 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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Things are not going too well over at HTC. The Taiwanese company is shipping fewer devices, delaying new hardware, and losing money at a rapid pace. Chairwoman Cher Wang has had to apologize to shareholders for its slumping performance. As Wang hinted, HTC will seemingly have a flagship coming this fall to try and prevent any further damage.

On Twitter, Evan Blass noted that a device known as ‘Hima Aero’ is on its way to AT&T. This is likely going to be the flagship that comes in to potentially give HTC the holiday season it so desperately needs. A Quad HD (2560×1440) display and ground-breaking camera technology are among the specifications for this phone.

Source: HTC Vietnam, Evan Blass (Twitter)
Via: Phone Arena (1), (2)

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AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV is complete

Posted by wicked July - 25 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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If you have visited the AT&T web site in the last day, you may have noticed some prominent advertising for DirecTV. That is a result of AT&T concluding their acquisition of DirecTV once the government decided it would not stand in the way. As a result, AT&T is now the largest pay TV provider not just in the U.S., but around the globe. Just in the U.S. AT&T will have 26 million customers thanks to the acquisition.

AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said in a statement,

“Combining DIRECTV with AT&T is all about giving customers more choices for great video entertainment integrated with mobile and high-speed Internet service. We’ll now be able to meet consumers’ future entertainment preferences, whether they want traditional TV service with premier programming, their favorite content on a mobile device, or video streamed over the Internet to any screen.”

AT&T indicates the new diversification the addition of DirecTV brings to their business will help them continue deployment of their GigaPower fiber Internet access service to 14 million customer locations. AT&T plans to continue to work on joint ventures like Otter Media to develop over-the-top video services.

According to AT&T, existing customers will not notice any changes initially to their services or customer care. Integration between the two companies will take several months. AT&T does anticipate offering new integrated service bundles eventually.

source: AT&T

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FCC officially grants approval of AT&T-DirecTV merger

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Today the FCC has approved AT&T’s $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV, which was first announced in May of 2014. This newly-combined company will have roughly 26 million subscribers in all, making it the largest pay-TV company in the United States.

The FCC only agreed to the merger as long as AT&T agreed to a few conditions, which are all laid out in the PDF file attached below. AT&T-DirecTV must continue to roll out its high-speed, fiber optic Internet service to more customers, as well as provide discounted broadband services to low-income consumers. The new firm is also prohibited from discriminating against other online video services.

Part of the FCC’s goal with this merger isn’t to harm consumers in any way, but to make high-speed Internet access more widely available across the United States. When the deal was first proposed in May, AT&T promised it would bring broadband Internet access to 15 million rural households, which is likely the main reason for the FCC approving this deal.

AT&T is currently the United States’ second largest mobile service provider, and DirecTV is the nation’s largest satellite video provider. This of course makes for a threatening combination in the Internet space, though consumers might benefit greatly from the new merger. We might see some great mobile video offerings from AT&T in the future, and DirecTV might soon offer consumers lower priced TV bundles.

If you’d like more information on this approval, I’d recommend taking a look at the FCC PDF attached at the source link below.

AT&T and DirecTV Officially Merge

Posted by Kellex July - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

The FCC gave AT&T and DirecTV the thumbs up to merge today. The deal, which had been under review since May of last year, makes them the biggest pay-TV company in the US by pushing them ahead of Comcast with more than 26 million customers. 

What does this mean for AT&T’s wireless customers? Not much. This is really all about creating a massive TV company, since the wireless side of things is slowly maturing. I guess AT&T could offer up bundles of wireless service and DirecTV, but this move doesn’t exactly mean your plans or pricing will change in any meaningful way.

Happy Friday.

Via:  Reuters

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