Google releases new software update for 10 Pixel models that enables VoLTE roaming



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Search giant Google has announced that it will release the software update for its 10 Pixel smartphones in June. This update will improve the security patch level of smartphones.

Pixel receives VoLTE update

Google’s Pixel update came after several carriers in the US announced in early 2022 that they were phasing out support for 3G cellular networks.

According to 9to5Mac, the search giant detailed how this will affect Pixel owners, as it released a Voice over LTE or VoLTE roaming update in June.

Google said shutting down 3G networks will disable voice calling service on some devices, including 911 calls, unless the device supports voice over LTE or VoLTE.

The new update will also add new features on Pixel phones and fix bugs.

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Pixel phones that will get the update

The new software update enables VoLTE roaming on Pixel phones for multiple US and global carriers.

According to GSMArena, the following phones that will receive the update are Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a (5G), Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

However, if you’re using an older Pixel smartphone, like the 2016 Pixel, Pixel 2, or Pixel 3, Google said users will experience issues with their home network, and the search giant recommends upgrading their device to a newer model. that they can get VoLTE function for roaming and voice call services.

Importance of VoLTE

Voice over LTE or VoLTE is when a telephone company allows you to make a call through the LTE connection instead of traditional voice networks.

Verizon Wireless uses 1XRTT for all of a customer’s voice calls, relying on LTE for data. This is why Verizon phones cannot use voice and data at the same time.

Meanwhile, AT&T and T-Mobile rely on LTE for data and HSPA+ for calls and would use a 3G signal when talking to someone on the other line. But with VoLTE, none of these situations occur anymore.

Who supports VoLTE

For Pixel owners who will receive the update on their smartphone in June, your carrier must support VoLTE for it to work. Major US carriers that support it include AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Sprint, and Verizon.

Some operators call VoLTE “HD Voice” for marketing reasons because it refers to its increased fidelity compared to a traditional call. Most customers use HD Voice when calling on their new smartphones. Most prepaid carriers and MVNOs use HD Voice.

Wi-Fi calling technology is similar to HD Voice from a user’s perspective in that it uses a Wi-Fi data connection to end the call instead of using LTE data, according to AndroidCentral.

On all US carriers, you can expect an increase in quality as long as the connection is good. Operators want their customers to use VoLTE if possible, as it will cost them less in the long run.

Some prepaid carriers in the US, like Visible, have even already moved to an all-digital network, with VoLTE available for calls.

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