Branding is very important for carriers in the United States. They feel that putting their name and logo everywhere and anywhere will help sell the device. Among the nation’s four largest carriers, Verizon has been the worst with branding. So people are worried that the Nexus 6, when released through Verizon, will have excessive branding that takes away from the Nexus experience. Well, we have good news. Big Red will only place its logo at the bottom of the back panel on the Nexus 6.
Sprint is on fire when it comes to updating devices to Lollipop. If the HTC One (M7) and the Galaxy S 5 wasn’t enough, how about the HTC One (M8) and the LG G3? A leaked document shows that the HTC One (M8) will get Android 5.0 Lollipop on February 13 and the LG G3 will get the tasty treat on February 16. If you happen to own the Harman Kardon edition of the One (M8), don’t fret, because it’s included in the update as well.
Of course, it should be noted that “subject to change” is listed so if anything goes wrong with the final testing, Sprint will delay the launch. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
source: Android Central
An announcement for the LG G4 is right around the corner, so it makes sense that models of the device will start showing up in databases online. Not too long ago we saw an LG device with a 3k display and the model number LG VS999 that we haven’t seen an equivalent for on other carriers. Verizon’s G3 model was the VS985, so it lined up. Today, though, another device with a different model has popped up that muddies things up a bit.
A new device with the model VS986 has appeared online, which is extremely close to the model of the G3. The G2’s model was the VS980, so this new model seems to fall closer in line with what LG and Verizon typically go with, but anything’s possible.
A redditor posted a link yesterday to a website that will determine your phone’s network compatibility. The site is incredibly easy to use. Select your brand, make, and model from a list, then select the country and carrier you are interested in checking for compatibility of, and select search. The results are then displayed in a simple, easy to read format. Three categories are submitted, one for 2G, another for 3G, and a last one for 4G. If a category has a check, you are compatible, if it has an X, you are not. I used the website to find out that my HTC One will work on all major networks in the US except for Sprint’s 4G network. (And who cares about that anyhow?) The band one your phone that is compatible with the network is also shown.
If you are thinking about purchasing a phone, make sure to use the website, called Will My Phone Work to find out if it is compatible with your network before purchasing. If you are thinking about switching to a new wireless carrier, check to see if your current device will still function. There are plenty of uses for the new website, so check it out and see what you find.
The HTC One (M7) on Sprint is not the carrier’s only device receiving a software update this week. Tomorrow, the Samsung Galaxy S 5 will also receive a software update moving it away from KitKat and into Lollipop. On its own site, Samsung revealed that February 5 would be the start of the software update’s rollout on the Galaxy S 5.
Here is the changelog provided by Samsung:
- Android OS updated to v5.0 Lollipop
- Enhanced VoWiFi UI
- Lumen toolbar removed
Let us know in the comments when you receive the software update.
Tomorrow, February 5, will be a very special day for owners of the HTC One (M7) on Sprint’s network. The carrier has approved an update that will deliver the (almost) latest version of Android to the HTC flagship of 2013. HTC’s VP of Product Management, Mo Versi, announced on Twitter that Android 5.0.1 would begin rolling out to the One (M7) in an over-the-air (OTA) update.
Source: @moversi (Twitter)
In a statement issued today, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler says he is “proposing that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open internet protections.” This move to effectively reclassify Internet service providers as common carriers will be pursued as a way to “preserve the internet as an open platform for innovation and free expression.” The proposal culminates a long process the FCC has been involved with, including examination of long-standing regulatory principles, the marketplace, and a public comment process that yielded close to 4 million comments on the concept called “Net Neutrality.”
Verizon has confirmed that they will be making several changes to the pricing on their More Everything plans starting this Thursday. In addition to cutting the price for most plans, Verizon is getting a little more aggressive with their discounts for the Edge program and they are making some new data tiers available as options for customers.
Samsung’s current favorite child is the Galaxy Note 4. With a 2K 5.7″ screen, 3 GB RAM, and a Snapdragon 805 2.7 GHz processor, the phablet is a premium device with a premium price.
Recently, RadioShack started the process of avoiding bankruptcy by selling some of its retail locations to Sprint in order to bring in a little extra cash. While that deal hasn’t happened yet, it looks like RadioShack is considering pawning off half of its retail stores to Sprint while closing the other half, then stepping out of the retail game altogether.
The deal is currently still in the talking stages, so it’s not finalized just yet. Negotiations could fall through, or the specifics of the deal could change by the time it’s publicly announced. There’s always still a chance that another investor could step in and buy out RadioShack to keep it afloat, too, so we’ll just have to wait and see how things play out.