Ookla, the company behind Speedtest, has released a report on the health of mobile networks here in the United States. In that report, T-Mobile was deemed to have the best performing mobile network in the country, outscoring Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.
Speedtest, for those who don’t know, is a service that allows you to test the download and upload speed of your data connection (or Wi-Fi) from a website or their mobile app.
The report bases the information on a new Speed Score model that the company uses to measure the performance of mobile networks.
This year Ookla also introduced Speed Score to more accurately reflect the full breadth of networking experience on a given network. Speed Score incorporates low-end, median and top-end performance for both download and upload speed. It’s a comprehensive metric that combines all factors that matter to a good network experience into a single score.
Using this methodology, the test results should more accurately reflect what users can expect from a particular mobile network.
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AT&T has announced that the Blackberry KEYone will be coming to the carrier starting September 1st in an exclusive color. The phone will be available in Space Black and will be priced at $16.67 per month for 30 months. That adds up to just over $500 which is less than the unlocked GSM version which is $619.99 on Amazon.
For those that don’t recall, the Blackberry KEYone is a 4.5″ device that is powered by the Snadragon 625 processor. It has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It runs Android Nougat 7.1.1 out of the box and has the same cameras as you will find in the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. It is powered by a 3505mAh battery and has a physical QUERTY keyboard.
The main camera on the KEYone is a 12MP shooter that has Sony technology & optics.
The storage on the KEYone is expandable thanks to the MicroSD slot and charging is done via the USB-C connector.
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With the Samsung Galaxy Note8 announced earlier this morning, the focus now turns to the carriers here in the United States as to what the pricing is going to be for their customers. As for Samsung, they will be selling the Note8 unlocked for $960 and that is pretty much on par with carriers but with added payment options.
AT&T hasn’t explicitly called out their pricing for the Note8 at the time of this post but we do know that it will be $31.67 per month for 30 months. If you order before September 14th, you get your choice of either a Gear 360 Camera or the Galaxy Foundation Kit which contains a 128GB EVO+ microSD card and wireless charging station.
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Good news this morning for those of you who have a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus on the AT&T network. A new update is rolling out for both devices that brings Google’s Daydream VR support to both phones.
The update for the Galaxy S8 is G950USQU1AQGL while for the S8 Plus, you will get update G955USQU1AQGL. These updates not only bring support for the Virtual Reality solution from Google, but also brings the August Android Security update along with several other bug fixes and patches.
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After a week or rumors and leaks, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is real and available for pre-order. The ruggedized version of the Galaxy S8 will, as it has been in the past, exclusively available from AT&T here in the United States.
The Galaxy S8 Active internally is just like the standard Galaxy S8 you can order from Samsung or your carrier. The 5.8″ phone is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor running four cores at 2.3GHz and the other four running at 1.9GHz. It is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which is expandable up to an additional 256GB thanks to the MicroSD card. The display renders at 2960 x 1440 QuadHD with an impressive 571 PPI. Powering all of it is a 3000mAh battery which is charged with inductive charging.
Camera wise, the rear shooter is a 12MP camera with OIS and has a f/1.7 aperture. On the front is an 8MP camera. The S8 Active is IPS68 rating meaning it is water and dust proof. It can go under water for up to 30 minutes.
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For readers who have the either the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the S7 Edge on AT&T, there is a new update heading your way starting today. The update brings the June Android Security update to both devices. The update follows a similar update from Sprint and T-Mobile for the phones on their networks. It does not bring any significant new features and it remains on Android Nougat 7.0.
For the AT&T Galaxy S7, you are looking for build G930AUCU4BQF3 while on the Galaxy S7 Edge, build G935AUCU4BQF3 is your flavor of the day. The updates are about 300MB in size, so not huge but certainly one you will want to download while you are on Wi-Fi just to make it all a bit faster process.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 continues to get incremental updates from both Samsung directly and carriers here in the United States. AT&T has started rolling out updated firmware version N910AUCS2EQF1 which is fundamentally the June Android Security update that was released by Google earlier this month. In fact, only security updates are listed in the release notes on the AT&T site for the device.
This update does not update the device to Android Nougat, an update that is likely never to happen officially given the age of the device and the expected release of the Note 8 this summer. Indeed, it is because of the debacle of the Note 7 that the 4 is still getting regular updates more-or-less.
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