AT&T had some pretty big news to announce regarding their network upgrades. It has been a while since we've seen an update of this size, and today they confirmed they'll be switching on 35 new 4G LTE markets. With Verizon announcing last week they already hit their goal to have nearly all 3G covered with 4G by the end of 2013, AT&T is turning up the heat.
originally announced the Galaxy S4 Active in early June. Since that point we have seen the handset shown off during the Samsung Premiere event which took place a few days earlier. We managed to spend a few minutes of hands-on time with the handset during that event, however that was just the start of our experience with the Active. We received an AT&T branded Galaxy S4 a short while back and as such we have been able to spend a bit more time playing around -- and yes, that includes testing the device in water.
AT&T has announced a bit of good news for those who happen to be using a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablet -- Jelly Bean has arrived. Specifically, AT&T has announced the Android 4.1 update is available and those with a tablet will be able to grab it as of today, June 27th. While that sounds good so far, there is one not so nice part of this news in how the update is coming.
AT&T has once again returned with some news on the 4G LTE expansions. This time around the new LTE coverage is coming for those in a handful of markets across six states. Those six states include Arkansas, California, Georgia, Minnesota, North Dakota and Ohio. Basically, if you happen to have coverage available -- now seems like a good time to make sure you have an LTE handset at the ready.
Sony have been on a roll lately, and to many peoples surprise. After launching the Xperia Z Ultra this morning with a 6.3-inch display, and updating multiple smartphones this month to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, they are on quite the roll. Now we're hearing the aging Xperia Ion is also getting Jelly Bean, albeit an older flavor.
AT&T is a leader in innovation, and today they've announced they'll be opening two brand new world-class facilities. Their award-winning foundry for innovation will be expanding in both Atlanta, as well as Dallas, Texas. The most important for us, is their new Atlanta facility that will be focusing on developing the company's latest technologies and applications.
AT&T are hoping to steal a few potential customers over to the blue side with their stellar summer sale. What is it? All smartphones are currently half off for the rest of the month. You only have a few more days to decide, but devices like the Galaxy S 4 or HTC One are half off, and they're even waiving activation fees. Crazy right?
HTC First has been an interesting handset to watch. The handset originally launched with a $99 price point that was quickly slashed to under a buck. When AT&T dropped the price to $0.99 (on a two-year agreement) that brought speculation about how things were going downhill for the handset. The carrier maintained the price drop was for a sale, however an end date has still not been announced.
Samsung Galaxy S4 yet again. This isn't just any regular Galaxy S4 though, and as you can see, we have the exclusive to AT&T Red Aurora model on our hands. If you're the type that doesn't want to be like the rest of the pack with white or black, check it out below.