Airtel VoLTE Feature Rolled Out to Gionee A1 Users With a New Software Update

Chinese smartphone maker, Gionee had recently rolled out a new software update for the Gionee A1, which added support for group selfies. However, the same update is bringing the Airtel VoLTE support for Gionee A1. Airtel is working on the VoLTE feature for quite some time now and recently confirmed that the service would be launched by the end of the year.


One of our reader Kaushik is a user of the Gionee A1 smartphone, and he received the latest update. Surprisingly, Gionee has listed the ‘Airtel VoLTE feature’ addition in the changelog screen of the upgrade, but not in the media release or elsewhere.

At an event recently in New Delhi, Gopal Mittal, CEO of Bharti Airtel stated as follows “Our Voice over LTE is in the works. We are currently doing trials in five cities … we have done some testing. At some stage towards the later part of the year, we should be able to take VoLTE everywhere.”

It’s no surprise that Airtel is preparing for the commercial rollout of VoLTE service in India. Gopal, however, did not reveal the list of five cities where they are conducting the trails.


Aside from the Gionee, in recent times, some other smartphone vendors also added the Airtel VoLTE feature to their phones. For the unaware, Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 recently got the feature, while Apple iPhone carrier page revealed that Airtel supports VoLTE in India.

Airtel confirmed the commercial roll out by the end of the year but did not provide and estimated month or date for the possible launch. Besides the VoLTE support, the latest update for the Gionee A1 brought Panoramic Selfies, which is also called as ‘Group Selfies,’ and updates the device to latest security patch.

And the 16MP front-facing camera of Gionee A1 can now record videos at Full HD resolution. And all the inbuilt bloatware apps such as UC Browser, Xender, Gstore, and Mood Wallpaper have been updated to their latest version. Lastly, Gionee has fixed all the minor bugs with this update and even increased the performance of the device.

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Kiran Fernandes | Goa
July 14, 2017 3:36 pm 3:36 PM

What happens when you’re on Airtel 4g using VoLTE, and suddenly it switches to 3g? I’m pretty sure the call will get cut off and users will be frustrated af with 4g xD

July 14, 2017 5:50 pm 5:50 PM

As far as I know, GSMA has successfully managed to handover VoLTE calls to 3G. I’m sure Airtel has tested it as well, I believe this will be handled well because unlike some other companies Airtel DOES have decent 3G presence. Handover to 2G is the nearly impossible task….

July 15, 2017 1:25 am 1:25 AM

Yes, the hand-over from 4G VoLTE to 3G/2G is SRVCC. This facility is available in very very latest chips only. Even SD652 and SD 820 doesn’t have that. Only SD625, 660, 835, 626, 630 has. So even if Airtel launches VoLTE with SRVCC, there will be very very very small number of users, who can take advantage of it.

SRVCC stands for Single Radio Voice Call Continuity. It means it is for Handover between a Packet call in LTE and a Circuit Call in a legacy system (WCDMA).

July 15, 2017 10:24 am 10:24 AM

Mr kanagadeepan qualcomm is only advertising this feature in the chips you mentioned but it’s available in many chips. See my other post. Qualcomm demoed working SRVCC with SD410 years ago.

July 14, 2017 9:30 pm 9:30 PM

But that is available to only the latest sd chips, for current mobiles it will be a flop show unless airtel launch 4G in 900.

July 15, 2017 2:33 am 2:33 AM

No, it works in all snapdragon 42x,,43x, 615 and above, 808 and above. Mediatek mt6755 and above, mt6737 and above, mt6797+

Source: white papers

July 14, 2017 2:36 pm 2:36 PM

But the big question is when is Volte starting in Airtel and how the coverage would be,

Maheswar Mahalingam
July 14, 2017 11:45 am 11:45 AM

Well even in miui update 8.2.10 last month had Airtel volte patches
July 14, 2017 1:57 pm 1:57 PM

That was already well-reported for Redmi Note 4, this one isn’t. Surprising that many news sites have missed this.