Google’s month-to-month update on Monday generally dealt with the Pixel 4a 5G’s edge contact recognition troubles. Nonetheless, the February protection patch also added aid for T-Mobile Standalone (SA) 5G on that cellphone and the Pixel 5.

Update 2/8: The February stability patch is now commonly rolling out, with the “Check for update” button pulling down the 49.84MB right away as of Monday early morning.

Unique 2/3: In rolling out 5G, carriers leveraged their present LTE networks to assist velocity up deployment. This non-standalone community architecture (NSA) tactic, in the circumstance of T-Cell, noticed 600 MHz 5G put together with and reliant on mid-band LTE. Obtain to the latter network is expected to get the former. As such, the “5G signal only goes as significantly as mid-band LTE,” as a result neutering a single gain of the new technology.

With the start of standalone architecture (SA), 5G can exist with out and function independently of LTE. Alerts can journey even further, which makes it possible for for better indoor/making penetration. In its announcement enabling this community in August of 2020, T-Cell claims it “immediately increased its 5G footprint by 30 p.c,” hence aiding latency and finally — but not now — speeds.

In SA spots, T-Mobile engineers have presently found up to a 40% advancement in latency in the course of tests, and that is just the beginning of what can be accomplished with Standalone 5G.


On the January stability patch (and earlier), you could see that NSA was in use by heading into Configurations > About telephone > SIM standing > Cell facts community sort.

Adhering to this month’s update, a lot of have encountered SA 5G where by they would usually get NSA. This also extends to Google Fi (as found in the proper screenshot), which leases support from T-Mobile. 

Like all other connectivity matters, SA 5G is dependent on the community getting developed out in your place, as well as a suitable SIM card in T-Mobile’s scenario.

The February patch with standalone (SA) 5G guidance is not greatly rolled out to the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G in the US. Compared to previous months, the “Check for update” button does not quickly download. It will come as there is a separate T-Cellular/Dash construct (RQ1C.210205.006) this month, so all those sideloading should be knowledgeable of that difference.

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