HTC’s newest Desire phone, the 610, has shown up with AT&T branding. No word on exact specs, but if the rumors from earlier in the year are still true, you can expect a 4.7 inch qHD screen, a Snapdragon 400 processor, and a standard 8 megapixel camera on board. Nothing fancy, but it’ll be a solid budget device.
Yesterday, it was reported that Verizon decided to kill off the 2-year offer of 100mb per month of 4G LTE that was given to many Chromebook Pixel owners. For whatever reason, they cut it off at the 1-year mark leaving owners hanging. Well leave it to Google to come to the rescue. They are offering a credit of $150 to all those who bought the Chromebook Pixel when the deal was offered.
Yesterday a press render leaked that was believed to show an encased Motorola Moto X+1. A new image has leaked today that appears to show the same device headed for Verizon, but going by the name Motorola Victara. In the past we learned that the codename for the Moto X+1 was “Victara” or at least that is what was believed.
Nothing quite like a broken promise. When the Chromebook Pixel with LTE launched, with a mighty $1450 price tag, buyers were given two years data at 100MB per month with Verizon for free. If more data was needed, the buyer could just buy more. But just one year later, Verizon has pulled the plug on this free data. The only option left is to pay for any and all data used.
Sprint is not done getting some attention today. After launching HD Voice and expanding its 4G LTE network along with Sprint Spark, the carrier is welcoming anyone to try them out for 30 days risk-free. Don’t like what Sprint has to offer? Get your money back. This includes everything like service and upgrade fees. This 30 day risk-free trial program begins June 27.
Sprint’s HD Voice compatibility is now spanning across more than sixty smartphones (including prepaid). They have lit up 4G LTE in twenty-eight new markets, covering 471 cities and 225 million people. And their Sprint Spark has been activated in three new markets. Not too bad for a company that is on the verge of merging with another carrier.
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Sprint has added a (sort of) brand new device from Samsung. The carrier is adding the Galaxy S 5 Sport to its rotation. While that handset may not sound familiar, it currently exists over at AT&T with a different name. It is nearly identical to the Galaxy S 5 Active. Coming in Cherry Red and Electric Blue, the Galaxy S 5 Sport sports a different textured back than the GS5 Active. This is to make the handset easier to grip. Behind the 5.1-inch 1080p display is Android 4.4.2 (with TouchWiz), a quad-core processor, and 2GB of RAM. The usual 16GB of internal storage is what you have to work with.
This makes things interesting, but mainly confusing. Provided to @evleaks, the image above shows an LG device that looks just like the G3. But, clearly, this promotional image is not for the G3. This is for the recently-leaked G Vista. Everything looks identical to the G3 aside from the text. So what could the G Vista be? Perhaps a G3 Mini, but the sizing and everything else looks unchanged. Or could it be that Verizon is wildly altering the name of its G3 to the G Vista? Yeah, that sounds a bit crazy.
What do you think the LG G Vista is? Let us know in the comments.
Source: @evleaks (Official site)
Motorola is continuing its hot streak of delivering timely updates. Another Moto X carrier version is receiving a jump to Android 4.4.3 right now. This time it is the Sprint version. The exact software version for this update is KXA21.12-L1.22. Aside from this version of Android’s behind the scenes fixes, an improved camera app and redesigned Dialer app are included.
As usual with many software updates, this one is in the form of a staged rollout. Be patient.
Verizon has started pushing out Android 4.4.2 via an over-the-air update to owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini on their network. Both devices receive the usual improvements and changes that come with KitKat along with some Samsung specific improvements. For the Galaxy S III, users will now be able to use Samsung’s multi-window feature on their device, splitting the screen in half to run two apps at once. Samsung’s KNOX 2.0 framework is also included in the update. Verizon indicates there are several smaller changes included, like apps being renamed or some widgets being removed to go with the general improvements to things like stability and connectivity.
T-Mobile unveiled Un-carrier 5.0 and Un-carrier 6.0 the other day and so far have been a hit. Over 12,000 have decided to give the #7NightStand a try while over 75,000 people have voted for their favorite music service to be the next service that gets streamed at no cost to users’ data. Simple Choice plan customers are now able to stream from iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio, Pandora, Rhapsody, and Slacker Radio as much as they want without any hits to data. However not all services have made that cut just yet.
So far in a vote for which service should be added next to Music Freedom, Google Play All Access is at the top, just behind Xbox Music. There’s still time to vote and you can do so by going here. On Sunday, June 22, Rhapsody unRadio will be going live. It’s free to those customers that have the unlimited $80 Simple Choice plan, otherwise it’s $4 per month.