ZTE Axon 7 update rolling out with T-Mobile Wi-Fi Calling support, Android 7.1.1

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ZTE Axon 7 owners, another update is coming your way.

ZTE confirmed today that it’s starting to push Android 7.1.1 to the Axon 7. This is a big one for Axon 7 owners on T-Mobile because it includes support for T-Mo Wi-Fi Calling, a feature that ZTE has been planning to include since the Axon 7’s launch last year.

The update also includes improvements to Daydream VR functionality, security and performance updates, and bug fixes. Here’s ZTE’s full list of goodies that are packed into this update:

  • T-Mobile Wi-Fi Calling support – T-Mobile Axon 7 users will now be able to send and receive both calls and text messages over Wi-Fi. Don’t have service in a certain area? Don’t miss a beat by connecting to a wireless network to continue talking and texting.
  • More ways to communicate – With 7.1.1, Google made all its emojis gender-equal, representing a wider range of professions for both men and women – so now you can be the astronaut you always wanted. Plus, you gain the ability to send gifs directly from your keyboard on supported apps. Go ahead, express yourself!
  • Daydream update & optimization – One of our favorite 2017 announcements was that the Axon 7 was finally Daydream-ready! With Android 7.1.1, we’re making your virtual reality even better by updating and optimizing your experience.
  • Google security patches updates through Feb 2017 – Speaking of security, Google fixed all of its known vulnerabilities with 7.1.1. Sound boring? You may be right, but these patches are critical in keeping your information even more safe while sending emails, browsing the website, texting, or processing media files.

While it certainly took some time, it’s great to see T-Mobile Wi-Fi Calling finally making its way to the Axon 7. Not all unlocked phones offer the feature, so the ones that do are especially attractive to T-Mo customers. And then there’s the update to Android 7.1.1, which is the latest official release of Google’s mobile OS.

Once you get this update on your ZTE Axon 7, be sure to let us know how it’s working for you!

Source: ZTE

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  • yankeesusa

    This phone just keeps getting better. If it gets the update for 3 band carrier aggregating then I will be buying it for sure.

    • Tanner B. Harman

      It won’t be getting 3 CA. The antenna isn’t compatible.

      • yankeesusa

        I was wondering that. Thanks.

    • Justin Zak

      how is the camera? has it improved with nougat?

      • Alex Pilaia

        Camera is fine for a cell phone. Not sure what people are expecting from a camera phone. Not worth shelling out an extra $300 for a better camera phone. This is fine, unless you are an isheep or a picky user.

  • beachtrax

    My wife and I each have this phone. Getting​ updated with WiFi calling and the latest Nougat is pretty cool.

  • Joseph McCovery

    Was thinking about passing the Axon 7, and upgrading from my Note 4 to a V20 or V30/S8+ later on, but this update has put this phone back on my list.

    • Alex Pilaia

      def stay with Axon… 2 year warranty included, already on Android 7.1.1 I got 2 updates in the last 2 months. ZTE seems to care about its customers…

  • Alex Pilaia

    It installed fine here. Happy that ZTE is taking care of their customers with timely updates. I haven’t seen the wifi calling symbol yet, even though I am connected to wifi. But that may be due to restrictions on our campus wifi network. Keep up the good work ZTE!! (Would be great if the next Pixel Phone was built by ZTE, with front facing atmos speakers, and 1/2 the price of the current Pixel)

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    Well, if this is stable enough maybe I’ll wait on the LG G6. My phone got a little goofy after the Nougat update.

    • Pitahson

      Same. While beta testing I mentioned issues of the phone slowing down and having other issues. wasn’t acknowledged. so I just went the LOS route.

  • Alex Pilaia

    anyone know how to use the wifi calling? After installation, it says just to connect to wifi. But i dont see that “Wifi calling” symbol as it said.

    • bman893

      go to setting make sure ur connected to wifi under settings click more with the three dots before it check off wifi calling it might say wifi isnt connected even tho it is just shut down the wifi and turn it back on (EVEN BETTER IF YOU CAN SWITCH TO A DIFFERENT WIFI HOST ALTOGEATHER THEN SWITCH BACK) THEN TRY TO MAKE A CALL WHILE CONNECTED TO WIFI THE SYMBOL SHOULD NOW SHOW UP BUT POSSIBLY RED (IF ITS GREEN UR GOOD) IF ITS RED TRY TO MAKE A CALL AND IT WILL HAVE A ERROR JUST CLOSE THE PHONE BACK TO HOME SCREEN CLEAR OUT ALL UR APPS AND OPEN UR DIALER AGAIN WITH WIFI ON IT SHOULD NOT SHOW A GREEN SYMBOL

      • Alex Pilaia

        there is no wifi calling under the wifi settings. Do you even have an Axon 7?

        • bman893

          No need to be a asshole .An yes I do . Also if you read I never said go to WiFi settings I said under settings click the more tab and that’s were it is. Try reading next time

  • flyerandy

    Just a heads’ up – in case you’re using dual SIM with this device the WiFi Calling only works for SIM 1…so Verizon+T-Mo WiFi isn’t possible. But AT&T+T-Mo WiFi is.

  • SirStephenH

    Damn. Still waiting for 7.1/7.1.1 on my V20. Also waiting for LG to acknowledge the camera glass issue so I can get a warrantied replacement. Good to know that there are some up and comers who take some of it seriously.

  • samsung freud

    Got it, and it’s working good….Just one complaint…some of the google settings were
    turned on after I had turned them off under 7.0.
    Nearby was flipped on, I flipped i back off.
    Ads was turned on, i turned it off

    Check yours at Settings -> Google -> Ads
    and Settings -> Google -> Nearby
    I didn’t know until a co-worker setup a blaster and it popped up on my phone.

    • thepanttherlady

      Ads was off for me, nearby was on.

      • samsung freud

        I’m house sitting on the edge of town so my speedtest isn’t very good right now.
        I’m anxious to get to home and check speedtest from there.

        • thepanttherlady

          Which app do you use?

        • samsung freud

          ookla speedtest

        • Bubba Jones

          You are eager to get home, not anxious. Latin: anxius worried, distressed, derivative angere strangle, pain, distress. Also, anxious think anxiety, mental distress uneasiness because danger misfortune.

  • What about the same updates for the Axon 7 mini??

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