AT&T rolls out Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, LG V30 update that adds 5G Evolution logo

AT&T rolls out Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, LG V30 update that adds 5G Evolution logo
Despite what many of you would think, AT&T's so-called 5G Evolution service has nothing to do with the carrier's 5G network. We reported last month that AT&T plans to add a '5G E' indicator to some smartphones as a sign that they use its 4G LTE towers equipped with speed enhancing tools such as 4x4 MIMO, which enables the use of four antennas to connect signals from a cell tower.

In other words, “5G Evolution” is AT&T's enhanced version of 4G LTE, so it's not to be confused with 5G connectivity which will have a different indicator displayed on compatible smartphones.

Now, AndroidPolice confirms that the first smartphones to receive an update that adds the said indicator are Samsung Galaxy S8 Active and LG V30, two flagship smartphones that were launched on the market back in 2017.

There's a major size difference between the two updates. While Samsung Galaxy S8 Active's update weighs in at 123MB, the LG V30's is quite huge at 1GB. The former is also getting the December security patch along with the 5G E indicator, but that's about all we've been able to learn from the changelogs.

We expect other smartphones to be updated with the 5G Evolution logo, although AT&T hasn't named any of these devices, so your guess is just as good as ours.

Related phones

Galaxy S8 Active
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(32h talk time)
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(16.5h talk time)



1. matistight

Posts: 1054; Member since: May 13, 2009

Sounds like when when Sprint launched WiMax and tried to call it "4G," except AT&T isn't launching anything new...

2. shubham12345

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 05, 2019

top headphones

3. mike2959

Posts: 699; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

In the Cleveland Ohio area my XS Max pulled a 221 Download again the other day. Not sure what AT&T is testing there but it’s wicked fast.

4. kennybenny

Posts: 228; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

The average Joe will think they got a free upgrade so I think it will backfire when the "real" 5G comes out they won't upgrade because they think they are already on the 5G network..... I'm pretty sure AT&T will probably get hit with a lawsuit because of misleading information.

5. WilliamH

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Will they do this to the IPhone XS? Since it supports 4x4 Mimo?

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