Project Ara says phone did not fail drop tests; AT&T iPhone customers with iOS 9 beta get early access to Wi-Fi calling

More wireless news from across the Web:

> Google's Project Ara clarified that its prototype phones did not, in fact, fail drop tests, and that it's working on better solutions for modular phones. PhoneScoop article

> AT&T iPhone customers who have the iOS 9 public beta are able to access Wi-Fi calling. CNET article

> Google announced an update to its Android Wear platform that makes it possible to interact directly with watch faces. PhoneScoop article

> Google Play Games, Google Play Books, Google+ and Google Newsstand are now among the apps that handset makers aren't required to put on Android phones as a condition of getting access to Google apps like Search and Maps. Android Central article

> Microsoft filed a lawsuit claiming InterDigital has been violating its pledge to offer fair and reasonable licenses on standards-essential mobile patents. Bloomberg article

> Oracle is acquiring Maxymiser, a maker of cloud-based software for mobile marketing. Wall Street Journal article

> HBO is expanding the rollout of its Now streaming service to Amazon's Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices. The Next Web article

European Wireless News

> UK mobile operator EE updated its TV offering with features it said confirms the service as the country's only mobile-first TV service. Article

> Orange gained regulatory clearance for a deal to sell its Armenian business to local internet service provider Ucom. Article

Cable News

> Cable One said it will double its downstream speeds for new and existing residential Internet customers in more than 90 percent of its markets, starting in October. Specifically, the company said it will increase its "Streaming" 50 Mbps plan to 100 Mbps, its "Premier" plan from 75 Mbps to 150 Mbps, and its "Ultra" plan from 100 Mbps to 200 Mbps. Article

> A Cablevision customer is suing the MSO for turning his residential home gateway into a public Wi-Fi hotspot. Paul Jensen, the plaintiff in the case, claims Cablevision's strategy violates the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act because the cable firm never asked for Jensen's permission before modifying the software on his rented router and opening up the public SSID. Article

Telecom News

> Verizon will start using Mesosphere's Datacenter Operating System (DCOS), a move that it says will enhance data center operations with improvements in automation and scale when deploying applications, services and big data. Article

> C Spire said that the towns of Clinton and Madison, Miss., have met the subscriber threshold to get the company's 1 Gbps FTTH service. Article

And finally… T-Mobile has a prescription to combat #phoneshame. Article

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