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Verizon's HTC One M8 getting a software update with new features, fixes

Verizon's HTC One M8 getting a software update with new features, fixes

For those of you rocking a Verizon edition of the HTC One M8, it's software update time! We've been expecting one, as the U.S. models have lagged behind their more worldly counterparts in regards to some last-minute fixes and feature additions that we saw at launch time. Here's what's new in...
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Verizon releases Droid Maxx in two new color options, quietly cuts storage to 16GB

$99 on-contract gets you a couple cool color options for a great phone on Verizon. The Motorola Droid Maxx is getting slightly old at this point, and in order to freshen things up a bit Verizon is releasing two new color options of the device. Alongside the previous black model, you'll now have...
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Verizon to give discounts to customers with off-contract phones

Verizon is finally going to give you a discount for off-contract phones. Starting April 17th, customers of Big Red are going to be able to bring their own off-contract devices onto shared MORE Everything plans at a discount. No longer will they have to pay a subsidy fee for a subsidy they're not...
LG Lucid 3 now available from Verizon

LG Lucid 3 now available from Verizon

Verizon’s introducing an entry-level handset today called the LG Lucid 3. For $299.99 off-contract (free if you sign up for one), you get a 4.7-inch 960 x 540 display, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The last Lucid handset left us impressed with the bang-for-buck value,...
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Verizon and AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 to be available from Staples starting Sunday

If you're in the market for a Samsung Galaxy S5 and just couldn't decide where to get it, or you happen to need to pick up some toner at the same time, might we suggest Staples? Starting next week, you'll be able to purchase the latest and greatest from Samsung from the office supplies and more...
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Verizon giving 1GB of free data along with new tablet activations

Turns out T-Mobile isn't the only carrier with some tablet data incentives this week, as Verizon has just posted its own promotion for some "free" data. While it doesn't approach T-Mobile's offering of a completely free 200MB for the lifetime of your device, Verizon is giving customers who...
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New HTC One packaging, specs revealed as Verizon model apparently sold on eBay

Buyer seemingly nabs 32GB M8 for $499.99, specs on box confirm earlier rumors Just a day after a purported set of new HTC One (M8) specs emerged online, we have further evidence of the phone's high-end internals, along with a cheeky look at its retail packaging. The device pictured above —...
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Verizon Galaxy S5 price: $199.99 on contract, $599.99 outright

Shipping for April 11 global launch Last but by no means least when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S5, Verizon has put its pre-order page live at last. It will ship by the global launch date of April 11, and to pick one up you'll need to part with $199.99 – via a $50 mail in rebate – on a two-...
Verizon Wireless buying spectrum and assets from Cincinnati Bell for $210 million

Verizon Wireless buying spectrum and assets from Cincinnati Bell for $210 million

Cincinnati Bell Wireless has entered into an agreement to sell its spectrum holdings and wireless infrastructure to Verizon Wireless. The deal, valued at $210 million will see Cincinnati Bell's customers transferred to Verizon "or other wireless providers" over the next 8-12 months, during which...
Verizon LG Optimus Zone 2

LG Optimus Zone 2 brings KitKat to Verizon prepaid for $49.99

LG has added a new phone to its Android lineup on Verizon Wireless, the Optimous Zone 2. Definitely an entry-level device, the Optimus Zone 2 runs Android 4.4.2 features a 3.5-inch 480x320 display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and a 3-megapixel camera. LG's software on the Optimus Zone 2...

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Here we go again, folks. Motorola and Verizon just sent us a save-the-date invite for an event Sept. 5 in New York City. Whatever could it be? The Droid RAZR HD? A new tablet? Something completely different? Only one way to find out. Set your calendars, cause we'll be there with bells on.

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HTC has pushed out the kernel (and other open-source bits) source code for the Verizon Droid Incredible 4G LTE (version 1.43.605.3). It's up for download right at HTC's developer site, and we expect the small, but very enthusiastic, development community to dive in and try something wonderful. If you picked up one of the most under-rated phone's in Verizon stable (you can tell I'm a fan), and like to mess with things (again -- I'm a fan) be ready to flash, test, and report.

If you're a developer, hit the link below and have at it.

Source: HTCdev

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It appears that a leaked unsecure bootloader for the Verizon Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III) has lead to a hack that allows the bootloader on the retail version to be replaced. In a nutshell, this means that developers can now build custom kernels and flash them via Odin, and nobody will need (or want) to buy the developer model when it comes out.

Right now, I would recommend that the average user just sit back and watch. Let some developers worry about versions and wait for the first person to put it to good use -- which will probably be soon. I just wanted to pass the news along, as I know there's a few of you out there that have been waiting. For more details, hit the source link below. Happy hacking!

Source: XDA-Developers

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In what has become typical fashion, Verizon announced today that they will be flipping the 4G LTE switch tomorrow, August 16th, in 34 new markets while expanding coverage across 38 others. To give Verizon their due credit, their 4G LTE rollout now covers more than 75 percent of the U.S. population making their grand total of areas covered beyond 370 markets.  Looking for the full list to see if you'll be getting covered with that glorious 4G LTE goodness? Full list is below.

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Verizon Wireless is to launch the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, the carrier has announced. The Tab 2 7.0 is the 7-inch version of Samsung's second-generation Galaxy Tab, running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and TouchWiz on a 1024x600 display. Unlike other versions of the Tab 2, Verizon's model will run on its 4G LTE network. Its specs are relatively unremarkable, with a 1GHz dual-core CPU inside and 1GB of RAM, however if you're after a decent, small tablet with LTE connectivity, you could certainly do worse.

Verizon will offer the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 from this Friday, Aug. 17, for $349.99. The carrier's usual "Share Everything" data plan is available for the device, starting at $40 for 4GB of 4G LTE data.

We're seeing more and more competitively-priced 7-inch tablets as the year progresses. With this latest release, Verizon and Samsung will be hoping that the additional bonus of 4G LTE data will tempt consumers over to the Tab 2, rather than Google's Nexus 7 or Apple's upcoming 7-inch iPad.

For fans of press releases, there's more info on the Verizon Tab 2 7.0 to be found in the official presser after the break.

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While none of the carriers in the U.S. have stepped forward, LG has said that the Optimus Vu (check out our review) will be destined for the United States market this quarter. This aligns rather well with the reports of a Verizon branded version, sporting Big Red's LTE radio bands and it's unique 4:3 aspect ratio. 

With the limited release (primarily confined to Asian markets) the Vu hasn't made a significant splash in the Android pool. Dropping the Ice Cream Sandwich running 5-incher with digitized pen input on the Verizon network could change all that. Of course just because it's been seen and mentioned doesn't make it so (hello there, Verizon Nexus One!) so until we see it on some store shelves we still have to call it a bit of a rumor. 

Hopefully, LG can push the Vu into the U.S. market, as more choices is always better than not having them. 

Source: LG (Korean); via UnwiredView

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​Update: Nothing to see here, folks -- turns Moto's just "engaging with Facebook fans." We'll have to wait awhile longer for our RAZR HD fix. (thanks @ChloeAlbanesius)

Original: Today Motorola's taken to Facebook to tease what seems to be an upcoming smartphone, and it's promising an "big reveal" before the end of the week.

Motorola says, "We'll give a clue each day all week and make the big reveal on Friday." The first clue states that the phone has "the power of 4G LTE," which doesn't give too much away. Of course, it's possible that Moto's just engaging in Facebook banter with its fans, but to us this bears the hallmark of pre-release hype.

We've seen plenty of (Droid) RAZR HD leakage over the past month or so. The device has shown up at the FCC, as well as in a series of leaked images, some of which bear Verizon's 4G LTE branding. From what we can tell, the RAZR HD looks like a cross between the Atrix HD and last year's RAZR MAXX, with the former's 720p display and on-screen buttons, and the latter's chassis style and kevlar back panel.

We'll be watching closely later this week for the eventual reveal. Moto fans, are you hoping for a RAZR successor on Verizon this fall? Let us know down in the comments.

Source: Motorola on Facebook

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Rejoice, long-suffering HTC Rezound owners. Your protracted wait for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich seems to be nearing its end. After a shelved update and countless leaks, it looks like ICS for the Rezound is officially official this time. Posters on the Android Central forums, and elsewhere, have confirmed that a 299MB over-the-air update for the Rezound has begun pushing out to handsets across the country, bringing the phone up to software version 3.14.605.12.

Like other Ice Cream Sandwich updates for Sense 3.x phones, ICS on the Rezound comes bundled with Sense 3.6, which includes all the benefits of Android 4.0, but without the fancy new visual finery of Sense 4.0.

As is the case with many over-the-air updates, not everyone will get the update right away, as releases are staggered over a period of days to reduce the strain on the download servers. Nevertheless, Rezound owners can rest assured that the update is complete, and should be making its way to all handsets fairly soon.

If you're an HTC Rezound owner, let us know how you're getting on with the ICS update -- if you've received it -- down in the comments.

Source: Android Central forums

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The FCC has released a statement today concerning its investigation into Verizon Wireless blocking access to applications (specifically tethering apps) for devices using the "C block" spectrum they use for LTE services. Under the terms of the settlement announced today, Verizon will be paying $1.25 million to the U.S. Treasury, and implement a "compliance" plan consisting of more training to ensure that they do not violate the C block rules in the future. 

The issue stems from the rules of the C block auction, which Verizon bid on and won to get the spectrum they use for LTE. I won't bother going into all the numbers here, but the wavelength of the C block makes it a very desirable piece of the airwaves, and the FCC placed a mandate that the auction winner must allow customers to freely use devices and applications of their choosing when accessing the frequencies. Verizon had successfully blocked tethering apps from appearing in Google Play, including their LTE devices. This is against the rules, and the FCC had to take action. 

There also are couple things here we need to keep in mind. Other carriers (hello, AT&T!) can block apps from the Play Store, as they didn't win the C block auction and don't have to follow those rules. The second is that while Verizon has to allow access to the applications, nothing was mentioned that said they had to allow free tethering on its LTE network. It can still block access server-side, or monitor accounts and charge users that download and use applications to tether. We're not sure what, if any, precautions Verizon is going to implement here, but before you celebrate by downloading Easy Tether and burning through a few GBs of data, keep in mind that few things in life are actually free. 

Source: FCC

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Verizon this morning announced the Pantech Marauder, a 4G LTE Android smartphone aimed at first-time buyers. It'll launch Aug. 2 for $49 after a $50 rebate.

Specs aren't going to knock anyone out of the water -- it's got a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera. But the Marauder has a trick up its sleeve -- it's a dual-more device. There's Standard Mode, which provides "a general smartphone setting" and the traditional Android experience. Or if that's a bit  much for you, there's Starter Mode, which features a dialer on the home screen.

We've got another pic and the full details on the release after the break.

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With the Galaxy S 3, Samsung has built a phone that everyone and their brother seems to want. It's big, it's beautiful, it's fast, and it's hacker-friendly everywhere except Verizon Wireless. We all remember the outrage when it was discovered that the bootloader on the Verizon model was protected, and Samsung was quick to tell us they would be releasing a "developer" edition with an unlocked bootloader "soon". That's more sets of quote marks than I care to see or use when talking about unfettered hardware. 

A couple weeks back the dev model showed up on Samsung's website with the same "coming soon" tag (look, more of those pesky quote marks), but since then nobody has said a word. This is pretty important to hardcore Android fans, so I would hope it's equally important to someone at Samsung HQ. For us, Android on our phones is like Linux on our desktop -- something we can tweak to our liking and break any old way we want to break it. That's probably why Verizon wanted a locked model (make no mistake, I'm sure Verizon was behind it) to begin with. 

That plan has pretty much backfired, as even with the locked and encrypted bootloader folks have managed to hack the living crap out of the Verizon Galaxy S 3. You can't defeat a determined Android nerd, let alone hundreds of them. But that doesn't matter. We want freedom to tinker as promised. We never forget a promise. Let's hope Samsung hasn't forgotten either. 

Of course, it's possible that Big Red has changed their mind about allowing a wild and free Galaxy S 3 all over their LTE network. We're poking around to see if that's the case. But it's more likely that the "coming soon" tag has a different meaning to the folks in suits than it does to the rest of us. Samsung, don't wait to do the right thing until it's so late nobody cares about it any longer. As mentioned, we never forget. We want to love you. We want to praise the way you remember the development community that you used to love back. Don't forget us.

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The Casio G’zOne Commando hasn't been forgotten by Verizon, and should be seeing a software update shortly to address some bugs and patch up a bit on the security side. There's no mention of a version update, so we're pretty sure it will still be on Gingerbread, but bug fixes and the like are always welcome. The change log reads as such --

  • Speakerphone successfully turns off after a Push to Talk call is completed.
  • Improved device stability decreases power cycles during a Push to Talk call.
  • Mobile IM application has been removed from the device.
  • Desk Cradle application has been updated with the latest bug fixes.
  • Android partner security bulletin has been applied to the device. 

The new security patch is a great thing, and the removal of the Mobile IM app probably is, too. When nobody uses your "value-added" apps, it's time to strip them out. No word on when to expect this one, but if you're rocking the Mil-Spec G’zOne ( I love typing that name) be on the lookout. Hey Verizon -- Rezound next, please?

Source: Verizon (pdf)

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Although Pantech hasn''t had a much success in the high-end market, they're still coming out with some entry level options to entice those people who may be jumping into the smartphone market for the first time. A new device for Verizon has now appeared going under the name Pantech Star Q. It's no head turner but considering it's suggested to retail for only $99 with 4G LTE it's worth a look:

  • Android 4.0.4
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 4-inch WVGA display
  • 3 MP rear camera, front-facing camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0

It is, what it is. The 5-row QWERTY may appeal to some folks given there is a shortage of those on Verizon other than that, we know whoever has one in their possession has uploaded some pics to Picassa and certainly likes Hemp seeds. We'll leave it at that.

Source: Android and Me

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It was only a couple of weeks ago that we found photos and a service manual leak for the rumored LG Spectrum 2 on Verizon. Now some renders have popped up for the second version of one of LG's flagship phones in the United States.

The Spectrum 2 will be packing a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4.7-inch IPS display, 16GB of storage, 1GB RAM, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and a 8MP rear-facing camera.

Source: TechnoBuffalo

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Motorola has been hard at work as of late putting together several devices but one that has yet to show up on carrier shelves, despite appearing all over the internet, is the Motorola XT926 or otherwise known as the Motorola RAZR HD. After numerous leaks though the device has now turned up in the hands of the FCC awaiting approval.

Of course, the letter of confidentiality covers up most of the information but the currently visible model number matches up accurately. Meaning, as long as testing goes well we'll soon see the device pass on through and eventually land into the hands of Verizon customers -- or so Motorola is hoping.

Source: FCC,Thanks, Paul!

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We've received a screenshot from Verizon's systems, showing an OTA in the works for the Galaxy Nexus. According to our tipster, the IMM76Q build is still Ice Cream Sandwich, but looks to have a newer baseband and software version. Any other changes would be pure speculation, but we expect them to be bug fixes and enhancements. 

If the IMM76Q tag looks familiar, that's because it's been rumored for about a month. A lone user at XDA reported seeing the update prompt, and users in the Verizon Galaxy Nexus forums say they've been told by Samsung and Verizon that it will address the signal drop issues that plague some users in certain areas.  

We know that everyone is champing at the bit to get Jelly Bean on their Verizon Galaxy Nexus, but we're not too surprised at this news. It makes sense for Big Red to get their ducks in a row and address radio issues before they push out a new platform version, potentially full of newer bugs. We'll all keep our eyes and ears open, and hope the update makes headway against the connection issues.

Thanks, Anon!

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Those looking for a a Samsung equivalent to the Droid Incredible 4G LTE may soon be in luck -- the image above has surfaced via the @evleaks Twitter account, along with a purported list of specifications. Supposedly the device in the image is the Samsung "Jasper" (likely a codename), a phone with the product number SCH-i200. Inside it's said to be powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, with a WVGA screen, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the new Samsung TouchWiz Nature UX. As you'll be able to tell from the branding on the back, it's a Verizon 4G LTE device.

Design-wise, it's definitely channeling some of the Galaxy S III, and it shares its curvaceous chassis and other design cues with Samsung's current flagship. The button setup is also of interest -- as we've seen on some LG phones, "Jasper" sports four capacitive keys, including a dedicated multitasking key.

There's no complete spec list available just yet, nor is there any info on pricing or availability, but we'll keep you posted as further details of this mid-range beast emerge.

Source: @evleaks; via The Verge

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Verizon today announced its second-quarter 2012 earnings. As expected, the carrier sold a lot of phones. No, really. A lot of Android phones. And a lot of iPhones.

On the wireless side, which is the one we pay more attention to here, Verizon saw a 1.2 million net subscriber additions. Some 888,000 of those subscribers are of the traditional prepaid nature. Verizon now has a total of 94.2 million customers, 88.8 million of which are retail postpaid customers.

The really interesting numbers, though were the following:

  • 50 percent of Verizon's postpaid base is smartphones, up 13 percentage points from this time last year.
  • About 7 percent of smartphone owners upgraded their devices in the second quarter.
  • For the quarter, 2.9 million Android phones were activated, 2.5 million of which were 4G LTE
  • Activated 2.7 million iPhones in the quarter, up from 2.3 million a year ago

It's interesting to note those Android activation numbers. In June, Andy Rubin announced that more than 1 million Android devices are being activated every day. Verizon activated 2.9 million devices in 90 days. Just goes to show it's a big world out there, folks.

Source: Verizon

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How badly did Android Central Forums member Droid83 want to get to know his new Verizon Galaxy S III? Not even kidney stones were going to stop him.

While laying there in pain and an IV stuck in my right arm, I was able to take pics, text and Facebook, etc., with my left hand. And i'm a righty. Then I was pushed down the aisle by the nurses to the CAT scan room. Keep in mind I'm still multi tasking with the S3. Even check this forum for a quick second. The nurses let me take pics of the CAT scan room.

Sadly, the pic below was the first time I ever use the S3 to take pictures. Been to busy tricking the phone out and never even tested the camera and I had the phone since I got it on the 6th. The phone is not that big. 4.8 inches is perfect. I'm not big. I'm an average dude with average hands & kidney stones. If I can handle the phone given the position I was in, you can do it.

The rest of us are worthless and weak. Check out Droid83's complete post here, and be sure to sign up for our world famous Android Central Forums, with more than 860,000 members and nearly 2 million posts!

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Verizon announced today that they will be flipping the 4G LTE switch tomorrow, July 19, that will bring the high-speed service to 33 new markets. They also announced the expansion of 32 markets , which will also happen July 19. 

The new markets to receive 4G LTE are:

  • El Dorado/Magnolia, Arkansas
  • Russellville, Arkansas
  • New London County, Connecticut
  • Fort Pierce/Vero Beach, Florida
  • Melbourne/Titusville, Florida
  • Columbus, Georgia
  • Rome, Georgia
  • Burley, Idaho
  • Mattoon, Illinois
  • Anderson, Indiana
  • Muncie, Indiana
  • Manhattan/Junction City, Kansas
  • McPherson, Kansas
  • Lafayette/New Iberia, Louisiana
  • St. Joseph, Missouri
  • Bozeman/Livingston, Montana
  • Kalispell, Montana
  • Missoulua, Montana
  • Goldsboro/Kinston, North Carolina
  • Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
  • Rocky Mount/Wilson, North Carolina
  • Zanesville, Ohio
  • Meadville, Pennsylvania
  • Punxsutawney/DuBois/Clearfield, Pennsylvania
  • Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Sherman/Denison, Texas
  • Cedar City, Utah
  • Logan, Utah
  • Rutland/Bennington, Vermont
  • Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Winchester, Virginia
  • Bellingham, Washington
  • Beckley, West Virginia

The markets that will see expansion are:

  • Mobile, Alabama
  • Los Angeles, California
  • San Diego, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Miami, Florida
  • Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida
  • Hilo, Hawaii
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Kahului/Wailuku/Maui County, Hawaii
  • Blackfoot/Idaho Falls/Rexburg, Idaho
  • Peoria, Illinois
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Wichita, Kansas
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Springfield, Missouri
  • Akron, Ohio
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Allentown/Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Scranton/Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
  • Columbia, South Carolina
  • Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Provo/Orem, Utah
  • Salt Lake City/Ogden, Utah
  • Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Seattle, Washington

It's great to see such extensive lists on Verizon's expansion plan. If you live in one of these areas and you're on Verizon, be on the lookout for faster speeds starting tomorrow, July 19.

Source: Verizon

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