January Republic Recap: What’s New and What’s in the Works

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January ended with some great industry news. Both Google and Cablevision finally accepted our invitation to the WiFi dance party, albeit 3 ½ years late, and we’re excited to see them deliver value to consumers and disruption to traditional wireless carriers. May the WiFi be with them and also with us.

We’ve been busy during this long and cold month, most notably delivering Android 4.4.4 to our Moto G and Moto E devices with Moto X coming shortly thereafter in February. While Android 4.4.4 is arguably a ho-hum update, the more exciting news is that this unlocks our wizards to start on Android L which is apparently magical and might pay for your kid’s college (hit Google up on that).

New in January:

PHONE & SERVICE RELATED:

Android 4.4.4 for Moto G & Moto E Devices E’s were already on 4.4.4, but the update provides a security patch. Moto X’s 4.4.4 will occur in Feb.

Republic Wireless App Update (1.8.4.1268) More Stability Improvements, Data Usage View Improvements

New Blog Launched

Ultra Awesome Republic T-Shirts now Available

In-Progress Items that will Improve your Experience:

SMALLER SCOPE ITEMS:

Device Trade-In Trial Program (limited scope with a third party)

‘Refresh Button’ in the Republic App (aka ##8647##)

“Blacklist” capability for Open WiFi Prompts

Improvements to automatic authentication on WiFi

LARGER SCOPE ITEMS:

WiFi Sharing (ability to share credentials between devices & members)

Web-Based Calling

Email to SMS

Cell to WiFi Handover

Updating Moto X (1st Gen) 4.4.4

Android L update for Moto X (1st & 2nd Gen), Moto G and Moto E

New Customer Stats in the Republic App

Email Notifications prior to Billing

Data Saver Functionality in the Republic App

Emoji capability (all devices except Motorola DEFY XT)