With the launch of its new flagship smartphone, HTC on Tuesday became the first device maker to trick out a U.S. phone with LTE-Advanced technologies. The new HTC One M8 supports an LTE-Advanced technique called carrier aggregation, which bonds together two downlink transmissions, amplifying both the speeds available to the device and the connection strength to the tower.
Samsung was actually first device maker to announce U.S. support for carrier aggregation in the Galaxy S5, but by virtue of the One M8 beating the GS5 to market (it went on sale today), HTC won the race. We’re likely going to see carrier aggregation offered in many smartphones going forward, especially as carriers increasingly deploy the technology in their networks.
Both Qualcomm(s qcom) and HTC confirmed that carrier aggregation was available and enabled in M8’s baseband chip, but neither would comment on when individual operators would turn on the…
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