October: What’s New and What’s in the Works

First and foremost, Lollipop. We continue to work very closely with our partners at Motorola to get the Android Lollipop updates to our members with first generation phones. Updating capable phones to Lollipop 5.1 is currently our top engineering priority and our teams are working diligently to get these updates implemented. We received the most recent build for Lollipop from our partners in early October. And, we are working to better free ourselves up from the sometimes lengthy certification processes involved to be more agile with major OS updates for the good of our members. We are committed to communicating our progress bi-weekly over in our Help Updates section, so be sure to check that out. Now, on to what was new in October!

Great things come in threes.  Goals, stooges, tries…all preferably packaged as sets of three.  So it’s with particular satisfaction that the October launch of the Moto G 3rd Gen. brings our phone portfolio to three distinctly great phones for our members.  Couple any of these phones with our great monthly voice, text and data (three again!) plans and start experiencing one of the greatest deals in wireless.  But what if you’re one of those ‘more is always better’ people?  Well, while we celebrate having three phones, we’re not completely satisfied.  So we’re taking the advice we’ve gotten from you all to heart and we’re spending some serious time and budget investigating ways to expand our phone portfolio.  More to come on that topic, but feel free to engage with us in the Think Tank by submitting your ideas!

Speaking of the Think Tank, we recently whittled down the number of ideas and now have just under 100 great ideas from members, which we’ll be monitoring and engaging with more frequently.  Previously, it had grown to over 950 ideas, which proved too unwieldy to manage effectively for both ourselves and our engaged members.  Any older ideas are not lost however, and can be found in our Think Tank archive.  We also released an app update which everyone should be sure to update to soon.


New in October:

PHONE AND SERVICE RELATED:
Republic Think Tank Clean-up

 

Republic Think Tank Clean-up

 

In Progress Items to Improve your Experience:

(Due to the more complex nature of these items, no official timing is set nor is delivery guaranteed, but they are being worked on regularly):

SMALLER SCOPE ITEMS:
Gifting/Purchase without a Plan in RW Store

 

Gifting/Purchase without Plan Selection in our RW Store

MMS Interoperability with Cricket

 

MMS Interoperability with Cricket

My Account Portal Redesign

 

My Account Portal Redesign

WiFi Manager

 

WiFi Manager Improvements

LARGER SCOPE ITEMS:
Tethering Capability

 

Tethering Capability for Republic Refund Plan Subscribers

Background Data Suppression Tool

 

Next Gen. Data Saver Mode (previously named Background Data Suppression Tool)

Next Generation WiFi Calling

 

Next Generation WiFi Calling

Multi Device Experience

 

Multi-Device Experience (Bridge)

Next Generation Device

 

Next Generation Device (High Hat)

Multi-Carrier Experience

 

Multiple Cellular Carrier Experience (Tempo)

Lollipop Update

 

Android Lollipop 5.1 Update (Moto G (1st Gen.), Moto X (1st Gen.), and Moto E (1st Gen.))

Consumer Financing for Devices

 

Member Financing for Devices

 


P.S. The Think Tank is a great spot to participate and get product related updates! Come visit us!

 

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4 thoughts on “October: What’s New and What’s in the Works”

  1. I have been asked by tech services to remove all my apps so I can use my $179 paperweight! If I wanted a phone with no apps I would have paid $.95. Come on! If you can’t stand behind your products, give us an option to trade up!

  2. My patience is growing very thin for Hi-Hat and Tempo to come along. Also, the Post Dial-Delay issue needs to have been solved yesterday.

  3. The Lollipop Behind the Scenes article said that we’d have Lollipop by end of the year. When Republic members complained that that was vague because we could theoretically be waiting till December 31, Republic was shy, but did imply we’d have it before then (possibly much before). Well, here we are. Moto E 1 = End of year, probably early next year. Moto G 1 = Next few weeks. Moto X 1 = End of year we think. Great job Republic … And where are Republic Labs?

  4. The Lollipop Behind the Scenes article said that we’d have Lollipop by end of the year. When Republic members complained that that was vague because we could theoretically be waiting till December 31, Republic was shy, but did imply we’d have it before then (possibly much before). Well, here we are. Moto E 1 = End of year, probably early next year. Moto G 1 = Next few weeks. Moto X 1 = End of year we think. Great job Republic … And where are Republic Labs?

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