AT&T customers will be more confused once Android Q launches

AT&T customers will be more confused once Android Q launches
AT&T's decision to call its 4G LTE Advanced network 5G Evolution has been called controversial and misleading. Placing a 5G E icon on the status bar of phones (Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, LG V30) compatible with this network might have led some of its subscribers to believe that they were connected to a true 5G network. Sprint took AT&T to court over the icon, and both companies reached a settlement. However, the agreement won't stop the icon from appearing. 

According to XDA, AT&T plans on having the 5G E icon show up on even more of its phones. The misleading and fake icon was added to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which means that all AT&T phones running Android Q could show the 5G E icon in their status bars. XDA says that the indicator might appear when a phone is connected to a network (no doubt belonging to AT&T) using Carrier Aggregation.

Carrier Aggregation is one of the enhancements made to a 4G LTE network that turns it into a 4G LTE advanced network, and it essentially widens the number of lanes that a 4G LTE signal can travel on. It increases the capacity of the channel allowing for faster data speeds. Other enhancements include 4 x 4 MIMO, which increases the number of connections between the cell site and a phone, and 256 QAM which allows for efficient connections by sending more bits of information with each waveform.

Even though 4G LTE-Advanced is supposed to provide faster data speeds than your plain run of the mill 4G LTE network, there are reports that AT&T's 5G Evolution is slower than Verizon and T-Mobile's vanilla 4G LTE service. Ookla, the company that developed the popular Speedtest.net app, said that AT&T had the fastest 4G LTE network in the U.S. during the first quarter with an average weekly download data speed of 40.7Mbps. That figure includes data mined from the 5G Evolution network. But OpenSignal says otherwise, basically stating that AT&T's 5G Evolution is nothing special. OpenSignal measures the data speed of phones that have OpenSignal's app installed.

AT&T's fake and misleading 5G E icon is added to AOSP

AT&T's fake and misleading 5G E icon is added to AOSP

FEATURED VIDEO

7 Comments

1. youlookfoolish

Posts: 192; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

Noted T-Mobile cheerleader Alan F upset with at&t. I imagine once at&t won Ookla's speediest network claim, that's what triggered Alan F. Things haven't been rosey for Alan's favorite carrier lately with the FCC likely blocking the Sprint merger. Imagine that, being a lobbyist for a carrier you don't work for on an online blog. Get over magenta. You pay them, they don't pay you.

2. Alan01

Posts: 573; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

I'm not even a T-Mobile customer! Its funny when you guys say that, or call me an Apple fan boy. I don't use an iPhone. Regards, Alan

3. blingblingthing

Posts: 885; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

More confused and Android Q launches? Is this Android's fault. Also, what's the difference with this 4g/5Ge issue and 4g LTE vs 4g (when T mobile labeled there 3g+/ HSPDA data speeds as 4g? My point is, this isn't an OS matter, it's a carrier matter.

4. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1005; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

The reason Android Q is involved, is currently only 2 devices have the 5Ge icon, but AT&T is putting the 5Ge icon in their android Q updates, so as people update to Q, their phones will display 5Ge instead of 4G like it truly is.

7. blingblingthing

Posts: 885; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

We already had this. When T mobile and ATT branded their 3g+ networks as 4g.

5. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1306; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

It's like having a Corvette and slapping a Ferrari logo on it.

6. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

No, it's like having a car labed as having a v8 vs having that same car labeled as having a v8 with direct injection. In reality both cars have the same engine, but one is more clearly labeled as being different from other cars.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.