Android 11 Marks The Network Under 6GHz As "5G", mmWave As "5G +", But "5Ge" Is Still LTE

Google has updated the feature overview page for Android 11 and includes a symbol that indicates whether the phone is connected to a 4G or 5G network. And, like tradition, they tend to cause confusion rather than clarifying things

Android 11 Marks The Network Under 6GHz As "5G", mmWave As "5G +", But "5Ge" Is Still LTE
Android 11 Marks The Network Under 6GHz As "5G", mmWave As "5G +", But "5Ge" Is Still LTE

Google has updated the feature overview page for Android 11 and includes a symbol that indicates whether the phone is connected to a 4G or 5G network. And, like tradition, they tend to cause confusion rather than clarifying things.

The label "5Ge" is specifically doubtful - actually LTE Advanced Pro. Although it promises an impressive theoretical speed of up to 3Gbit / sec (with operator aggregation), it is still only an Advanced LTE receiver and not a real 5G.

AT&T tried to switch the LTE Advanced network to "5G E" in 2018. The icon was even displayed on the iPhone. It's not going well, there's even a lawsuit against the shipping company.

The actual connections of the next gen - which use 5G New Radio - are labeled 5G and 5G+. This is not very clear, because the two are very different in terms of possibilities and limitations.

  • LTE - plain 4G
  • LTE+ - 4G with carrier aggregation
  • 5Ge - LTE Advanced Pro
  • 5G - NR, sub-6GHz
  • 5G+ - NR on millimeter-wave cellular bands

"5G" means fragrances below 6 GHz, which have high coverage but are not much faster than 4G with operator aggregation, while "5G+" means mmWave, which can provide speeds of several gigabits, but can be easily blocked by trees, Rain and even your hands.