Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ official with stereo speakers, new fingerprint reader placement, and more

After appearing in numerous leaks and rumors, the Samsung Galaxy S9 has finally made its official debut. Samsung today introduced the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at MWC 2018. As the rumors suggested, the two devices look largely similar to last year’s Galaxy S8 and S8+, but Samsung has made some changes for the better. Like last year’s models, the Galaxy S9 has a 5.8-inch 2960×1440 Super AMOLED display and the Galaxy S9+ is … [read full article]

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T-Mobile achieves 1.3Gbps download speeds using License Assisted Access

T-Mobile have achieved another network speed milestone. T-Mobile and Nokia hit download speeds of 1.3Gbps this week using commercial Nokia tech with License Assisted Access (LAA). The testing was done at T-Mo’s lab in Bellevue, Wash. The equipment used in the test included Nokia’s AirScale MicroRRH connected to an AirScale module system. To reach 1.3Gbps, T-Mo and Nokia used aggregated LTE carriers in licensed and unlicensed bands with five component carrier aggregation, 256 QAM, 4×4 MIMO, … [read full article]

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T-Mobile adds low-band LTE to hundreds of cell sites across the US

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray decided to drop a little network news on us before the weekend gets underway. Ray tweeted today that T-Mobile has added low-band LTE to hundreds of cell sites in two weeks’ time. When asked for more info, T-Mobile told me that this expansion includes a mixture of 600MHz and 700MHz coverage. Our network team added lowband LTE to 100s of sites in just two weeks, which means more and better coverage. … [read full article]

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T-Mobile Galaxy S8 Active, Moto Z2 Force receiving updates

T-Mobile is now pushing software updates to a couple of its flagship Android devices. First up, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is now being updated to version G892USQS1ARB3. This 98.67MB update includes the February 2018 Android security patches as well as “various bug fixes and security improvements.” To check for this update on your GS8 Active, go into Settings > Software update > Download updates manually. The Moto Z2 Force is also being updated. … [read full article]

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