T-Mobile One S Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out

T-Mobile One S owners, here is a news that is sure to brighten up your day. T-Mobile and HTC have finally gotten around to rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for your phone. While T-Mobile is yet to officially announce the roll-out, many T-Mobile One S owners have already got the OTA update on their phone.
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The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update will bring with it Project Butter, Google Now, an enhanced notification bar, better voice recognition and speech-to-text support, and minor UI changes. HTC has also toned down the Sense UI a bit, enhanced the camera app, and removed some of the unneeded animations. The OTA update is a whopping 675MB in size and will is only downloaded when your One S is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

T-Mobile expects to complete the OTA update roll-out within the next two weeks. If you own a T-Mobile One S, you can try to manually pull the Jelly Bean update as well by going to Settings -> About Phone -> Software Updates and then pressing the Check for Updates option.

Via – T-Mobile

 

T-Mobile To Begin BlackBerry Q10 Pre-Sales From April 29

Back in January, the Canadian mobile phone manufacturer unveiled the new BlackBerry Q10 QWERTY phone along with the BlackBerry Z10 full touchscreen smartphone. It is the first smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen display which runs on the latest BlackBerry 10 Operating System. The BlackBerry Z10 is already available at all major markets, however the BlackBerry Q10 was delayed since the OS was not optimized for a smaller screen.

During the launch event of BlackBerry Z10 in India, I got a chance to play with the BlackBerry Q10. This handset was pretty impressive and much better than the Android QWERTY phones currently available in the market. The BlackBerry Q10 will be available for both AT&T and T-Mobile subscribers in the US.

Drew Kelton, executive vice president of business markets at T-Mobile, said,
“With the powerful combination of BlackBerry’s new BlackBerry 10 platform, the company’s long-standing security features and BlackBerry’s best QWERTY keyboard, the BlackBerry Q10 will be another great smartphone option for our business customers.”

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BlackBerry Q10 features a 3.1 inch LCD display, sporting a resolution of 720 x 720 pixels, Touch On Lens, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, BlackBerry 10 OS, 8 megapixel rear facing camera with auto-focus and 5X digital zoom, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front facing camera with 3X digital zoom, HD (720p) video recording and much more.

Other features include WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G/4G Connectivity, Assisted GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB internal memory, hot swappable MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, NFC (Near Field Communication), microUSB, microHDMI-Out, up to 10 hours of talk-time, up to 305 hours of stand-by time and a 1800 mAh removable battery.

T-Mobile has recently announced that the much-awaited BlackBerry Q10 smartphone will be available for pre-order from April 29, however the price of this device is still unknown. The BlackBerry Q10 is rumored to carry a hefty price tag of $250 with a 2 year service agreement. The carrier will officially announce the price and availability of this device in the coming days.

AT&T And Sprint Getting The HTC One On April 19th From $199.99

Today, HTC has finally announced the pre-order, release date and the pricing of the its latest flagship — the One — on two major U.S carriers, Sprint and AT&T.

Both the carriers will start selling the One from April 19th via their retail stores or website with the 32GB variant coming in at $199.99 with a two-year contract. As rumored earlier, AT&T has managed to snag an exclusive on the 64GB variant of the One, and will sell it for $249.99 on a two-year contract.

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AT&T will start taking pre-orders for the HTC One from April 4th, while Sprint will start taking them from 5th April. T-Mobile is now the only carrier left in the United States that is yet to announce its pricing and release date of the One. Verizon will not be selling the HTC One under its network, but it is widely expected that the HTC will release a modified variant of the One under Verizon’s sometime soon.

With a hard release date of April 19th, HTC has managed to beat the Galaxy S4 to the market in the United States. The pre-orders for the Galaxy S4 start from April 16th, with the handset being available only by the end of the month.

AT&T Gets The 64GB HTC One As An Exclusive In The U.S.

Back in Feburary when HTC unveiled the One, it stated that the handset will be available with two storage options – 32GB and 64GB. Considering that the One does not have a microSD card slot, a 64GB variant will definitely be appreciated by power users and the general consumers alike.

However, it looks like AT&T might have managed to nab the 64GB variant of the One as exclusive in the United States. In a video uploaded on their YouTube account, the carrier highlights twice that the 64GB One is going to be an exclusive on their network. HTC has not yet confirmed this news, but considering that the video has not yet been pulled, the news does seem to be true.

So, this means that Sprint and T-Mobile will be getting the 32GB variant of the handset in the United States. While 32GB of space should be more than enough for majority of the consumers, there will still be a few people for whom the lack of a 64GB option might turn out to be a deal-breaker.

Via – Droid-Life

HTC One ‘M7′ Leaks In Black

It is all but confirmed that HTC will be releasing the its flagship ‘M7′ handset at an upcoming event on February 19th. The specs of the handset are all but known, and an alleged press render of the phone also leaked last week.

Today, @evleaks has once again leaked a press release render of the M7 in black. The pic once again shows the unique ‘HTC’ home button on the M7, along with the new Sense 5 home screen.

HTC is the only Android OEM that has consistently set the bar with top-notch build quality and unique design. The M7 actually looks like a step back in that direction with a design that resembles the iPhone 5.

The M7 is expected to arrive on all the four major U.S carriers soon after HTC unveils the handset on February 19th. The rumored specs of the handset include a 4.7-inch 1080p screen, a 13MP ‘Ultrapixel’ camera, 32GB of on-board storage, and a quad-core 1.7GHz Krait processor.

T-Mobile Selling The Nexus 4 For $49 For A Limited Time

Nexus 4 On Sale For $49

T-Mobile has just started selling the LG Nexus 4 for $49 via its online store. You’ll have to pay $100 for the device upfront and send in a $49 mail-in rebate. This deal is only going on for a limited time and requires that you sign a two-year contract when purchasing the device. The device normally sells for $349 off-contract via Google Play and can be used with any GSM network as the device is SIM unlocked. T-Mobile is currently selling the 16GB model and has not announced plans to carry the lower-end 8GB model.

If you’re unaware, the Nexus 4 is the most recent Nexus device which was released alongside the Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 with cellular data. The device features a quick quad-core CPU, a 4.7″ display and 2GB of RAM. The device is manufactured by LG but has strong Google influence. This means that it will be updated to the latest version of Android for the next couple of years. Because of this, the device is pure Google and doesn’t have a skinned UI. The Nexus 4 only supports LTE bands in Canada and can connect to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network in the United States.

Update: The sale ends on February 18th.

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T-Mobile May Have Nexus 4 Stock On Jan. 23rd, Nexus 7 Available Now

T-Mobile has announced that they will have the Nexus 4 in stock again on January 23rd. Unfortunately, the company doesn’t seem to have given us specifics at to the amount of phones they’ll be receiving from LG. The company has also noted that they will be bringing the device to all T-Mobile stores in the coming weeks. As of now, only some stores are stocking the Nexus 4.

If you’re unaware, the Nexus 4 is the newest device in the Nexus lineup. It features an extremely low $299 unsubsidized price-tag with no SIM lock. The phone offers a relatively unique design and top of the line specs which include a quad-core CPU, 4.7″ screen and 2GB of RAM.

Finally, the company has also stated that Google Play has begun selling the 3G model of the Nexus 7 with a T-Mobile SIM card. Previously, the device was only available with AT&T SIM cards, though the tablet itself is unlocked. You can purchase the Nexus 7 with 3G for $299 on Google Play.

Source: TmoNews via Androinica

 

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 Software Update Brings Multi-View And Bug-Fixes

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 owners, here is some good news for you. Beginning from tomorrow, Samsung and T-Mobile will start rolling out a new software update for your device that will bring with it some multi-view multi-tasking goodness.

For the lesser known, the multi-view feature will allow Note 2 owners to simultaneously use two apps at once on their screen. Samsung recently rolled out the same feature to the international Galaxy S3 with the Android 4.1.2 update. Below is a video of the multi-view feature in action -:

In addition to the multi-window feature, the update will also fix some Exchange related bugs and other issues with Google Apps. The update will be available to all T-Mobile Note 2 owners via OTA as well as via KIES from 19th December.

If the Android 4.1.2 update for the international Galaxy Note 2 is anything to go by, the U.S variants of the Note 2 should also get a lot of new features whenever the update arrives for them.

Via – T-Mobile

T-Mobile Galaxy S3 Gets The Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Update

Samsung and T-Mobile have started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the carrier’s variant of the Galaxy S3. This makes T-Mobile the second major U.S carrier, after Sprint, to roll-out the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 in the United States.

The Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 brings with it Project Butter for a lag-free UI experience, slightly updated UI, re-organized Settings menu, ‘Blocking’ mode, Google Now, enhanced notification bar, two homescreen modes, some bug-fixes and more.

The update is being rolled out via OTA and should be available to all T-Mobile Galaxy S3 owners within a couple of weeks.

Via – SamMobile

T-Mobile US/MetroPCS Merger To Be Completed By Next June

T-Mobile/MetroPCS Merger To Be Completed By Next June

It looks as if T-Mobile and MetroPCS are indeed following through with their merger plans as they’ve given a tentative merger completion date of April – June of 2013. This gives both networks adequate time to explain the plan to the United States government and get final approval from regulators. Both networks will also need time to explain the process to customers as well, though it looks as if both networks will run separately for a time after the merger.

If you’re unaware, once the merger is completed, MetroPCS devices will be forced to drop onto T-Mobile’s 3G cellular bands. Once this is completed, T-Mobile will have more room to produce a high-quality 4G LTE network for their users. As far as we know, once this is completed, MetroPCS customers will then be considered T-Mobile US customers. This would then allow T-Mobile to be a prime contestant in the race for the third major mobile carrier in the United States and give them an edge over Verizon and AT&T if they can keep their prices low.

Does the merger of T-Mobile US and MetroPCS make you want to switch to either of the carriers in the near future? Let us know by dropping a comment below this post.

Source: Reuters via Phandroid
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