LG Optimus Exceed 2 leaks, a prepaid smartphone for Verizon

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The Lucid 3 (VS876) is not the only device LG has in the works for Verizon Wireless. The Optimus Exceed 2 is a prepaid option heading Big Red, we just do not know when. Courtesy of @evleaks, we have a very clear look at the device. Like LG’s other handsets, the Optimus Exceed 2 has very slim bezels. The main difference between this device and the previously leaked Lucid 3 seems to be the fact that since this is a prepaid Verizon handset, it only supports 3G and not 4G LTE. But both devices are officially announced, we will not know the actual internal specifications. » Read the rest

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sprint’s HTC One Max receive Android 4.4 KitKat update

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AT&T and Sprint are now rolling out the KitKat update to both the Galaxy Note 3 and the HTC One Max, respectively.

AT&T is now rolling out the KitKat update to its Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which will bring an improved user interface, ability to choose the default messaging app, improved GPS functionality, direct camera access from the lockscreen and much more. You can check the full changelog below: » Read the rest

AT&T HTC One Mini receives Android 4.4 KitKat

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AT&T is now rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the HTC One Mini along with the HTC Sense™ 5.5.

Just like always, the update is a staggered one which means that the OTA update will be available for some users right away, while it might reach other customers a week or two later. The update carries the version number 3.10.502.3, and since it is sized at 658 MB, you will need to be on Wi-Fi to download it.

Based on the changelog posted on AT&T’s website, the new update includes “key enhancements to the user interface, phone dialer app, lock screen, caller ID, HTC BlinkFeed™ apps”. In addition, you will get an improved user interface with restyled status and navigation bars, emoji support, enhanced bluetooth and security as well as the ability to directly look up for contacts from the dial pad and much more.

Check out the full changelog right after the break: » Read the rest

Verizon now offering 30% discount on the new HTC One (M8) along with the BOGO deal

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Verizon is already offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal on the new HTC One (M8) and on top of that, you can get up to a 30% discount on the price of the HTC One (M8) you’re paying for.

Of course, this can be combined with the BOGO deal which Verizon is offering, but you’ll have to sign a 2 year contract. To get the 30% discount, you’ll have to enter the discount code VERIZON30 at checkout. This means that with the BOGO deal, you can get two HTC One (M8) handsets for just $139.99 on contract. » Read the rest

Next Motorola DROID refresh is on track for Q4

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Motorola has been launching new DROID phones every year since 2009. This year is no exception, especially since they signed that exclusive agreement to continue to make DROIDs for Verizon Wireless.

This year’s model(s) will hit around the 4th quarter and will sport a larger screen ratio, meaning less bezel. The latest DROIDs have sported Kevlar, and it looks likes Motorola will continue that trend. However, they will update it with supposed next-gen materials.

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SK Telecom defies Samsung and releases the Galaxy S 5 early

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A couple of days ago, it was reported that Samsung might release the Galaxy S 5 in South Korea a little early because of a 45-day carrier ban imposed by the government. Then yesterday, it was reported that a deal wasn’t reached. Apparently Samsung wanted the global launch of April 11 to stay intact. Now today, Bloomberg is reporting that SK Telecom went ahead and released it anyway.

“We are very puzzled,” Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung said in an e-mailed statement. “SK Telecom strongly asked for an earlier release of the product but we delivered our stance that the global release date of April 11 remains unchanged.”

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T-Mobile to offer HTC One (M8) on April 11

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If you’re a T-Mobile customer and the HTC One (M8) is your next phone, you will have to wait until April 11. They will offer it both online and at retail stores, and it won’t cost you a dime up front. T-Mobile will offer it for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $26.50 while utilizing their Simple Choice Plan. That comes to a total of $636. Who is going to grab one?

Full presser after the break.

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No early launch for the Galaxy S 5 in South Korea

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Yesterday a report came out indicating Samsung might release the Galaxy S 5 in South Korea a little early because of a government ban for the carriers in the region. However, JK Shin says no such deal has been made with SK Telecom.

What’s most interesting about this is that supposedly SK Telecom, the regions largest carrier, was ready to announce the early launch. So it’s obvious the two parties were working out a deal and March 27 was a target date.

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Sprint announces that HD Voice will be launched across the country in July

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Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse announced during a keynote at the Oracle Industry Connect that the operator is ready to launch its HD Voice service across the US by July.

Sprint’s HD Voice service was launched in a few cities, such as Kansas City, and was expected to be launched in the rest of the country by the end of last year. However, for unknown reasons, it didn’t happen, but Hesse said that HD Voice is still Sprint’s “killer app”.

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