Android 4.4 KitKat update now out for the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S4
Mar10

Android 4.4 KitKat update now out for the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S4

Here’s some good news for you if you own either the international Sony Xperia Z Ultra or T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S4. Both of these smartphones are now in the process of receiving updates that take them to Android 4.4 KitKat – which is currently the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. The Xperia Z Ultra’s rollout has seemingly started in Hong Kong, with unlocked and unbranded devices over there getting the update for a few days now. The update should make its way to more countries or territories soon, but so far it doesn’t look like it has. Still, such rollouts are always slow to go from one place to the next, so this isn’t surprising. The important thing to remember here is that the update is now officially on its way, and hopefully in a few weeks it will have reached all the Xperia Z Ultra units sold worldwide (at least those which were purchased unlocked, if not the carrier-specific versions too). Over in the US, T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S4 has also started receiving its bite of KitKat. The update comes in over-the-air, so your phone should notify you when it’s ready to download and install. If that hasn’t happened yet for you and you’re the impatient type, then you can manually check for the update by going to the relevant area in Settings. This might help you get the update sooner, or maybe not – it’s all up to luck generally. Though it definitely won’t hurt to try. This rollout has only started today, so it may take a while before it reaches all the Galaxy S4 units that were sold by T-Mobile. It’s a 387 MB affair, yet many people who did get the chance to get it have complained that it’s a very slow download. As you can only pull it via Wi-Fi, this means T-Mobile’s servers are at fault. After applying the update, your phone will be on software version M919UVUFNB4. If the OTA method isn’t to your liking for whatever reason, T-Mobile informs us that you should also be able to grab the update via Kies, Samsung’s desktop PC software, and then install it after you’ve connected your phone to your computer. Aside from bringing you all the perks of Android 4.4 KitKat, this update also promises to give your phone some improved stability, a better on-screen keyboard, and a new camera shortcut on the lock screen. Via XDA Developers and...

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T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update now rolling out
Mar05

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update now rolling out

The internationally sold Samsung Galaxy Note 3 started receiving its update to Android 4.4 KitKat in mid-January. Since then, the update has been slowly rolling out to more and more regions across the globe, as it wasn’t put out for every country at once. And now it seems it’s finally reached those Galaxy Note 3 devices sold by T-Mobile USA. Some readers have started to report to TmoNews that they’ve had their phones notify them of the availability of the update, so they went along and agreed to download and install it. The screenshot below serves as proof that this is indeed happening. As always with such over-the-air rollouts, keep in mind that it might take a while for the update to be seen by your particular device – this is because these releases are staggered. If you’re impatient, you can always manually check for the update by going to Settings > General > About device > Software update, but keep in mind that doing this doesn’t ensure your Note 3 will get it immediately. Nothing much seems to have changed with the update, at least not in terms of user-facing features. The new white icons for the status bar are in, the location menu has been revamped, and alongside those many things have changed under the hood. After applying the update, you’ll be on software version...

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T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update rolls out today
Mar03

T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update rolls out today

If you own a Sony Xperia Z, and you purchased it from T-Mobile, you’ll be happy to know that a software update is headed your way. Unfortunately this won’t make your phone run Android 4.4 KitKat, which is currently the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, but it’s an update nonetheless. We’re talking about Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the last iteration of the OS that’s called that. This isn’t a big update, but it does improve things under the hood, so to speak, so as always it’s recommended that you download and install as soon as you can. The rollout should begin today, according to T-Mobile’s official document on the matter. Aside from the OS upgrade, the new software also fixes some issues, improves stability, brings you a redesigned UXP Air UI, a new UI for Wi-Fi calling as well, the SwiftKey keyboard preinstalled, and an extra signal bar (no, really – you’ll have 5 instead of 4). After applying the update, you’ll be on software version 10.4.C.0.797. This will be an over-the-air rollout, so your phone will notify you once it’s ready to download and install it. If you’re impatient, however, you can always check manually by going to Settings > About phone > Software update. You may need to be on a Wi-Fi network to download the...

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T-Mobile LG G2 Android 4.4 KitKat update now available
Feb28

T-Mobile LG G2 Android 4.4 KitKat update now available

A couple of weeks ahead of the scheduled rollout for the UK, the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the LG G2 sold by T-Mobile USA is now available to download and install. However, it’s not coming to you over-the-air just yet. That means you should stop checking your phone for an update notification. Instead, the download can be grabbed via a computer from LG’s website, and then you can install it after you connect your handset to your computer and use LG’s Mobile Support Tool (which should be available at your local LG support website). To grab the direct download link, head on over to this thread at XDA Developers forum. T-Mobile will probably do an OTA rollout at some point, but if you’re the impatient type you could be running the latest version of Android today. The release of the KitKat update for T-Mobile’s LG G2 comes after AT&T’s model also started receiving its taste last Sunday. So it looks like LG is finally ramping up its update rollouts for the G2, hopefully more territories will follow after the UK in March – when this version of the OS will already be around six months old. Time for LG to step up its game in this regard, perhaps? Via Android...

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LG L90 headed to T-Mobile
Feb27

LG L90 headed to T-Mobile

The LG L90 is apparently on its way to T-Mobile. The L90 was announced by LG a couple of weeks ago alongside the L40 and L70 – together, these three make up the third generation of the Korean manufacturer’s L series. The L series is supposed to be all about bringing good design and decent specs to lower price points. The first two generations have been selling quite well, so obviously LG wasn’t going to give up on the L series. The new phones do lose the Optimus brand, though – continuing a trend for LG smartphones that started with the G series and continued with the new F series. The LG L90 for international markets comes with a 4.7-inch 940×560 IPS touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front camera, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, 21 Mbps HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,540 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. At the moment we have no info about when T-Mobile will launch the L90, or how much it will cost, but the handset is pictured in T-Mobile signage in the images you can see above, that are purported press renders leaked by @evleaks. There’s no reason for us to doubt the authenticity of these, and there’s no reason to think that T-Mobile’s LG L90 will come with specs that are different to the ones used by the international variant. Given that, you should obviously expect this to be one of the cheaper offerings in the magenta carrier’s smartphone...

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LG G Flex now available at AT&T and T-Mobile, where it’s joined by the Optimus F3Q
Feb05

LG G Flex now available at AT&T and T-Mobile, where it’s joined by the Optimus F3Q

Following a pre-order period of a few days, the curved LG G Flex is now finally available to purchase from both AT&T and T-Mobile. This is one of just two currently sold smartphones that come with curved displays. At AT&T, you can buy one for $299.99 with a new two-year contract, or $694.99 if you’d rather not commit to a long-term relationship with the carrier. At T-Mobile, the situation is a bit different, as you’d expect from the self-proclaimed ‘uncarrier’. You pay nothing upfront for the G Flex, but then you need to shell out $28 per month for 24 months in order to settle things. That’s on top of your service fee, naturally. As is always the case at the magenta carrier, you can cancel wireless service at any time, but when you do the balance on the phone becomes due. The LG G Flex is joined today in T-Mobile’s portfolio by the Optimus F3Q, an LG smartphone that features a side-sliding physical QWERTY keyboard – something we certainly don’t see that much in this day and age. For lovers of actual buttons, this is bound to be the one to get, because despite its rather low-end specs, it’s one of the few such options available. The Optimus F3Q can be yours for nothing upfront followed by 24 monthly payments of...

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LG G Flex and Optimus F3Q land at T-Mobile on February 5
Jan27

LG G Flex and Optimus F3Q land at T-Mobile on February 5

T-Mobile has announced two new LG-made Android-powered smartphones today, the G Flex and the Optimus F3Q. We’ve already known that the G Flex was headed to T-Mobile, ever since the beginning of this year, and now the magenta carrier has finally made its plans regarding this curved device public – following in the footsteps of Sprint and AT&T, who have both been taking pre-orders for a few days. Now T-Mobile joins them. You can already pre-order an LG G Flex from the ‘uncarrier’ if you go to this page. You won’t have to pay anything for the device upfront, but once you get it you face 24 monthly payments of $28 to settle things. As this is T-Mobile we’re talking about, wireless service isn’t tied to the phone – you can cancel at any time, but when you do the balance for the G Flex becomes due. The LG G Flex will become available at T-Mobile on February 5, which is next Wednesday. Also officially presented today is the LG Optimus F3Q, a QWERTY-endowed smartphone that we’ve seen leaked a couple of times so far. This one is for those who simply can’t give up physical keyboards with loads of buttons, though unfortunately it can’t match the G Flex’s high end specs. The Optimus F3Q will also launch on February 5, and it will be offered for $0 down upfront, and then 24 monthly payments of...

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Sony Xperia Z1S and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 now available at T-Mobile as LG Nexus 5 gets cheaper
Jan13

Sony Xperia Z1S and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 now available at T-Mobile as LG Nexus 5 gets cheaper

Right on schedule, the newly announced Sony Xperia Z1S is now available online only at T-Mobile. The handset is basically the magenta carrier’s version of the Xperia Z1 that was launched internationally in September 2013. Until January 22, you’ll only be able to order it from T-Mobile’s website, after which it will also be sold in the carrier’s stores nationwide. The Xperia Z1S can be yours for $0 upfront, provided you then shell out $22 for it each month for two years. You’re not hooked to T-Mobile for that period, as you can leave at any time you want. But when you do, the balance for the phone becomes due. If you’re interested in picking up a Sony Xperia Z from TMo, this is where you need to go. The smartphone comes with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 20.7 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage space, microSD card support, 150 Mbps LTE, 42 Mbps HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and a non-removable 3,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (and should get updated to Android 4.4 KitKat at some point in the future). Also available for purchase right now from T-Mobile’s online store is the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. This tablet got leaked on its way to the magenta carrier just a few days ago, and now it’s already up for grabs. Once again, this looks like it’s an online-only affair for now, though some TMo stores have already started receiving some units for sale. But if you want to get a Galaxy Tab 3 on T-Mobile as soon as possible, you should probably order online by going to this page. You’ll have to pay nothing upfront, but then it’s $13 per month for two years. The same sales conditions apply as those for the Xperia Z1S, that have been detailed above. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 has a 7-inch 1,024×600 touchscreen, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 or 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot for expansion, a 3 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front camera, and a 4,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Finally in TMo-related product news for the day, you may be interested to know that the LG Nexus 5 has gotten a price cut. You can now buy the 16 GB version of Google’s flagship smartphone from the carrier for $0 upfront, followed by 24 monthly payments of $16.5. All of this adds up to a total of $396, which is $53.99...

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QWERTY-packing LG F3Q will become available at T-Mobile on January 22
Jan08

QWERTY-packing LG F3Q will become available at T-Mobile on January 22

An Android smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard is an extremely rare occurrence in this day and age, yet T-Mobile is getting ready to launch something just like that. The LG F3Q (which will possibly be branded Optimus F3Q for sales purposes) will be out and about doing its thing at the magenta carrier starting on January 22. That’s in exactly two weeks from today. The F3Q has the honor of launching on the same day as the Sony Xperia Z1S, T-Mobile’s de facto Android flagship for the foreseeable future. The F3Q got leaked once so far, back in December, when we saw what it looks like. However, no specs were associated with that leak. Yet if it is a close relative of the Optimus F3, which its name seems to imply, then it should come with a 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a 1 MP front camera, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 4 GB of internal storage expandable via microSD, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,460 mAh battery. It could run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, since that’s the OS version at work in the F3. Obviously, even though the F3Q is a close relative of the F3, some specs may have been changed. Or it could just literally be an F3 with a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard added in for good measure. Either way, this isn’t shaping up to be a high-end device, but those few people who still absolutely demand a physical QWERTY keyboard from a smartphone nowadays really can’t be choosers. Via...

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Sony Xperia Z1S announced as a T-Mobile exclusive version of the Z1
Jan07

Sony Xperia Z1S announced as a T-Mobile exclusive version of the Z1

The Sony Xperia Z1S has finally been made official, but it’s not the Mini flagship we were expecting. Instead, that got announced as the Xperia Z1 Compact, and the Z1S is basically just a Z1 that’s headed exclusively to T-Mobile in the US of A. The Xperia Z1S keeps most of the internationally sold Z1’s features, but has double the storage space. It comes with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 20.7 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage space, microSD card support, 150 Mbps LTE, 42 Mbps HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and a non-removable 3,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, while an update to Android 4.4 KitKat should be on the way at some point in the near (or not so near) future. The Xperia Z1S is dustproof and waterproof, being IP58 certified. That means it is water resistant up to one meter for 30 minutes. Its dimensions are 145.7×73.9×8.6 mm, and it weighs 162g. To get one from T-Mobile, you won’t have to pay anything upfront. However, you will have to shell out $22 for 24 months on top of your existing bill. That works out to $528, which is certainly not a bad price for a flagship smartphone. And you have the added benefit of not having to put down one penny. Obviously, this being T-Mobile, you can leave the network anytime you want, but when you do the balance for the Xperia Z1S becomes due. An online-only pre-sale for the Xperia Z1S will start on January 13, while in-store availability is pegged for January...

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