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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...
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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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Read our Droid Charge initial review

Yeah, it's a bit of a bummer that you have to wait on the Samsung Droid Charge. And, no, Verizon's not yet saying when it'll go on sale after today's official postponement. But if you're the gambling type, there's one apparently up on eBay, starting at $500, which is a fair initial asking price. It's said to be in the retail box, with all the Droid Charge accessories you'd expect.

No bids yet on the Droid Charge auction, but we'll keep an eye on it, we suppose. Anybody bidding?

Source: eBay. Thanks, Nate, for the tip!

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We're still waiting on official word from Verizon, but if you're waking up this morning and hoping to head to a store to pick up the brand new Samsung Droid Charge, sit back down, pour another cup and prepare to wait. Calling around a handful of stores confirmed what we feared -- no Droid Charges for sale until the LTE network issue that brought the HTC ThunderBolt to its knees yesterday is squashed. Sad, but it makes sense. 

The good news is that 4G data is starting to pop back up, so it looks like we're past the worst. Let's just hope this is no more than a black eye on Verizon.

Update: Just got the following e-mail passed on by a reader:

Verizon has delayed the launch of the Samsung Charge company wide. There is no new launch date for this device. ...

The Verizon communication to us to relay to potential customers inquiring about the Samsung Charge is below:

"Verizon Wireless is experiencing unexpected delays with the launch of the Droid Charge by Samsung. Verizon Wireless is committed to providing the very best customer experience with all of their products and services. If you’d like to provide us with your contact information today, we will gladly notify you once the device is available for purchase. Another alternative is to visit www.droiddoes.com/charge to register your email for the latest updates."

Update 2: Verizon on Twitter says all is well with the network.

Update 3: And Verizon's made it official -- the Charge is delayed.

Source: Droid Charge ForumsThunderBolt forums; Twitter

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Read our Droid Incredible 2 initial review

The time has come for anyone who may have been holding out for either the Droid Incredible 2 or the Casio G'zOne Commando. Yes, unsurprisingly -- both devices have now gone live on the Verizon website and are up for ordering. Either or will set you back $199 on a new 2-year contract but if you're opting to go with the no contract offering this is what you'll be looking at for pricing:

  • HTC Droid Incredible 2: $439.99
  • Casio G'zOne Commando: $449.99

The reason behind the Casio G'zOne Commando costing ten dollars more than the Droid Incredible 2 is shrouded with secrecy so, we can't tell you why that is. What we can tell you though is that, if you head on over to the Verizon Wireless website right now you can place an order for the device of your choosing.

Oh, and as for the Droid Charge? Word is it's delayed while we wait on the Great Daylong LTE Outage of April 2011. Stay tuned.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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Although the rumblings of a forth coming update for the Motorola Xoom have been out there for a few days now, it's never actually been announced by Verizon in any sort of manner. Unless of course, you consider posting up the .pdf with the change log a quite unveiling. While we still don't have a date for when it's to be release -- it's coming at some point so we'll just have to wait it out. In the meantime, the changes are listed below:

Web Browsing and Data Access

  • Access and stay connected to Wi-Fi networks with added Proxy support.
  • SSL data transfer with websites is now supported.
  • WPA Pre-Shared Key pass-phrases are now supported when using the device as a Mobile Hotspot.
  • Supports Google Widevine DRM and HDCP.

Email and Messaging

  • POP3 HTML emails will display in their entirety.

Call Features

  • Bluetooth® is now supported in Google TalkTM.

Additional Device Features

  • Encrypted passwords can be entered during power up.
  • Calendar events will remain up to date after an installed software update.
  • Application storage errors will not appear unless the device has reached maximum storage capacity.
  • Safely dock the MOTOROLA XOOM into the docking adapter without interruption. + Ability to add and use a Bluetooth mouse. + A shortcut key for the Bluetooth keyboard has been added. + View and import pictures from digital cameras with Picture Transfer Protocol.
  • When using the device in accessibility mode, menus will no longer prompt with sounds.

Rather large update that fixes quite a few issues really. Hopefully we'll see a roll out soon since it's been quite a while since Xoom owners have felt the update love.

Source: Verizon; via Android Central Forums. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Read our Droid Incredible 2 initial review

We got a plain white box with our Droid Incredible 2 review unit, but here's a good look at what you'll get when you get yours starting tomorrow. It's your basic Verizon retail box, that's for sure. And yours won't come with the Android Central watermark, though it'd be pretty cool if it did.

Thanks, ac666!

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When your LTE-capable phone is poking along at 1xRTT and your 3G-only phone is cruising right along ... yeah, Verizon's having network issues, folks. The good news is that if you're not on an HTC ThunderBolt, you're probably OK.

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Read our Droid Incredible 2 initial review


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What's a new phone without some new hands-on video, eh? And here we have our first hands-on with the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 2. Sure, it's almost exactly like the Incredible S we saw at Mobile World Congress. But it's not the Incredible S. It's the Incredible 2. It has a number, not a letter. It's different.

Just like its older brother, the Incredible 2 feels pretty darn good in our hands. But there's a little lip between the screen and the case that was pretty pronounced. We don't get the sense that it's a manufacturing flaw or anything, it's just a little unexpected given that most everything these days is sleek and smooth. The battery cover is a soft plastic -- not quite soft-touch, but soft. And the thing is light at 4.8 ounces.

Anyhoo, check out the video for our initial hands-on, and hit up the links below for even more.

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If you're looking for something a little off the beaten path for Verizon -- or for a phone that looks like it could beat up anyone on the path -- the Casio G'zOne Commando has been announced on Big Red and will be available April 28 for $199 on contract. Unlimited data plans start at $29.99.

Touted as a rugged device, here's what you get:

  • Android™ 2.2
  • Meets Military Standards 810G for Immersion, Rain, Shock and Dust Resistant, Vibration, Salt Fog, Humidity, Solar Radiation, Altitude, Low and High Temperature Storage
  • 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus, still photo, video capture, LED light
  • High-security encryption for corporate email
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity
  • Stereo Bluetooth™
  • VZ Navigator® for GPS and audible turn-by-turn directions
  • Mobile Hotspot capable-share 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices

Perfect for that weekend away ... in a war zone. Full presser's after the break.

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Read our Droid Incredible 2 initial review

The Droid Incredible 2 is official, folks. Coming to Verizon on April 28 for 199 on contract, it's a bit of a bump from the original Droid Incredible, but nothing that'll knock your socks off, at least on paper. Here's what we're looking at:

  • Android 2.2 Froyo
  • 4-inch Super LCD display.
  • 1GHz  "next generation" Snapdragon processor
  • 8MP rear-facing camera with 720p video recording
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • Dual GSM/CDMA -- a "world phone."

All in all, exactly what we've expected given the course of leaks we've broken. Full presser's after the break.

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Set to roll out in phases, a software update for Android's candy bar with a keyboard, the Motorola Droid Pro, released late this week adds data encryption of contents stored on the microSD card and the phone itself along with a slew of other enhancements.  Amongst the changes,  Exchange ActiveSync received a healthy update to it's policies, email, and calendar, plus some bug fixes.  IPSec VPN joined forces with Google's VPN and combined their settings menus.  A proxy server can now be defined within the Wi-Fi settings and Verizon's marked it with their VCAST app.  Some other minor bugs are squashed with the update as well.  Full release notes after the break.  [Twitter]

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Remember how we told you all that Verizon would finally be pushing out Froyo for the Samsung Fascinate? Of course you do -- you've only been waiting forever for it to go from vaporware to reality. Now is the time folks. If you're looking to get some real official Froyo goodness on your Fascinate you can start checking for system updates. Hopefully, you'll be among those who are already seeing the update available. if you have any issues, be sure to hop on in the Verizon Fascinate forums so we can get you fixed up.  [Android Central Forums]

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The Casio Commando will be launching April 28 on Verizon according to these leaked documents provided by an avid reader.  Just because Verizon isn't talking about the Commando doesn't mean we haven't heard of it and seen it before, and even seen it's supposed due date come and go in a leaked Big Red roadmap.  We also have some specs for the Commando thanks to both the internal and external comparison sheets (after the break), and while they aren't spectacular, the ruggedness sort of makes up for it.  Yes, the Commando lives up to it's name, carrying the 810G Military Specification  -- making it one tough phone.  The rest of the specs:

  • 800 MHz CPU
  • 3.6-inch screen at 480x800
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 5 MP camera
  • 8 GB microSD card included (support for 32 GB)
  • Mobile hotspot capable

Of course the Casio GzGear apps are all included, as well as Verizon's value-added applications.  It may not be the "super phone" some are looking for, but it does look like one rough and ready handset.  Hit the break to see the comparisons, including another Photoshop boo-boo.  I'll let you find that one yourselves.  Thanks, Anonymous!

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Fascinate owners rejoice!  At last, the only one of the U.S. Samsung Galaxy S phones still stuck on Eclair is now getting... Froyo! Verizon Wireless announced this morning that it will begin the update process tomorrow, April 21, available as a manual update (i500.ED01) with step-by-step instructions from the Fascinate's support site.

This update will bring a lot of welcomed Froyo goodies including, Adobe Flash support, the JIT (just-in-time) complier (to boost overall performance and get those Linpack scores out of the dumps), and the ability to move applications to the SD card.  Bing Voice Search is also included, however controversial that may be.  So enjoy getting your Froyo on tomorrow you patient Fascinate users! A full list of the changes in the update is after the jump. [Phone Scoop]

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Droid Charge Accessories

Here's a Samsung Droid Charge two-for -- marketing materials show up at Verizon stores, and accessories show up at resellers.  Above we see some literature from a Verizon retail store that showed up today (April 20).  After the break we have a couple snaps of Droid Charge cases that have shown up at a third party reseller location.  Now we're not saying that store materials or cases mean a launch date is just around the corner (hello there Thunderbolt!), but seeing them arrive has to means it's getting close.  Bring on that SAMOLED!  [Android Central forums] Thanks, nick1020 and anonymous!

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Following in the proud steps of the Droid 2 R2-D2 and the Droid X before that, it looks like Verizon is kicking off it's latest cross-country, Droid-finding bonanza.

The latest tweet from @DroidLanding -- it's back! -- tipped us off to the mystery-in-progress, but not much else. The message is as uninformative and cryptic as ever, but it's good to know that "field agents await instructions."

So what phone are we looking for? The Droid X2? The Droid Charge? Droid Incredible 2? It's hard to say at this point, but we know the jig is up, the game is on. So grab your pocket protectors and sharpen up your sleuthing skills, because it's about time we found those Droids we were looking for. [@DroidLanding] Thanks, @holmesbrandon!

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So, you really want that new HTC Thunderbolt everyone is talking about, right? But, you're lacking one key element: 4G LTE coverage. Well, my friend, don't be discouraged. Verizon Wireless tweeted this morning that they will be launching LTE in "a mess of new cities and towns" this Thursday. This is good news for all you people that have been waiting for that lightening speed all those commercials have been showing off. This is also great news for all you current Thunderbolt owners. More LTE means less signal searching -- and that makes for a happy battery.

Back in January, Verizon announced that they would have LTE in 140 markets by the end of 2011. Click here to see that list. As for Thursday, we don't exactly what "mess of new cities and towns" they're talking about, but as soon as we find out we'll let you guys know. [Twitter]

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Droid Charge mobile hotspot supports 10 devices

How do the upcoming Droid Charge specs stack up against the rest of Verizon's inventory? Well, Big Red's sending out word, at least internally. And when you put it up against the likes of the HTC ThunderBolt, Samsung Fascinate, Droid 2 Global and iPhone 4, well, it does quite nicely.

We'd like to have seen a little more on-board storage, but note that the Wifi hotspot can serve as many as 10 devices. And that's 10 devices being fed through an LTE connection, which you can't do on the Fascinate, Droid 2 Global or iPhone 4G.

Anyhoo, check out the whole list after the break, and let us know what you think of the Droid Charge specs. Thanks, anon!

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Hey, look at that .Verizon's starting to train up peeps on the upcoming Samsung Droid Charge. Nothing here we didn't know before, thanks to our look at the phone three months ago at CES, but it's good to see things are progressing nicely. Thanks, anon!

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Although the device has been caught on camera plenty of times already, we've yet to many signs of it passing any certifications or anything that would signal near launch stages. No FCC, and no Bluetooth SIG -- until now that is. Despite it being listed as the XT862 rather than the Droid 3 the above image is purportedly that of the Droid 3 gaining Bluetooth certification. Specs are calling for a 4-inch qHD display with a dual-core TI-OMAP4 processor and Android 2.2 Froyo in its current state. Although, we're hoping that will change before release to state Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sadly, still not even a rumored launch date for the Droid 3 exists as yet but we'll keep you all updated. [Bluetooth SIG via Ameblo and Pocketnow]

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We know, we know. You can't wait to get your hands on the Samsung Droid Charge. You know, that smartphone formerly known as the Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone that we took a look at back at CES. And it's also known as the Samsung i510. And that, my friends, just dumped its source code in Samsung's aptly named Samsung Open Source Release Center. So while we wait for the phone's official release (and official naming, for that matter), you can get your download on and see what's under the hood. [Samsung Open Source Release Center (search fro SCH-i510)] Thanks, Mark!

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