Near the end of last week, we had a look at the Verizon version of the LG G3. With that version, the carrier added some heavy branding along with an alteration to the front panel. Today’s leak of the LG G3 for Sprint shows no changes whatsoever.
As far as I can tell, the only thing indicating this is Sprint would be the LTE icon. That is nowhere near as intrusive as Verizon’s branding. Also, Sprint did not change the entire front panel to be black. Instead, the bottom of it will be identical to the back panel. So it seems that the carrier-manufacturer war is nonexistent here. Although, we are going to assume there will be bloatware.
Hit the break to see the gold variant.
We know that HTC was one of the few to master a same-day announcement/release. For the people hoping that LG would somehow do the same, it does not seem so. A sign up page for the LG G3 for Verizon appeared on the carrier’s testman site. This page is reserved for devices that will soon make their way to the official site. The only thing we see here is that the handset is “Coming soon.” What we do know about Verizon’s G3 variant is that it will be stamped with a decent amount of carrier branding.
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We’re still dealing with Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner, and it looks like the cable giant is considering making a bid for T-Mobile, too. Analysts seem to believe that with AT&T buying DirecTV, the pressure that will be put on Comcast to match video delivery will finally tip them into jumping into the wireless industry. In the short term, Comcast may pursue WiFi-MNVO deals, such as reselling Verizon airspace. Long-term, though, that’s not going to be very profitable for a company as large as Comcast, which is where purchasing T-Mobile comes in.
If you’re thinking about picking up a new HTC One (M8), now’s a good time to do it. AT&T is offering $50 off either a Fitbit One or a Fitbit Flex when customers purchase a new HTC One, cutting half of the price off of both fitness trackers. As a side note, AT&T points out that their version of the HTC One (M8) is the only model in the US to come preloaded with the Fitbit application.
If you remember from HTC’s M8 reveal, the Fitbit integrates very well with the HTC One, showing your progress and achievements in BlinkFeed, which is a nice touch. The One is obviously not the only device that works with Fitbit devices, but it’s definitely an attractive option, especially with this deal.
Here comes the Galaxy S 5 Active. This image, providing a very straightforward look of the device, belongs to the AT&T version. It matches the design of the recently-leaked GS5 Active video and images. This image confirms that it will be launching on AT&T and now we await any indication that Sprint will be carrying this handset.
With just four days left until its May 27 announcement, there are bound to be some last-minute LG G3 leaks. Here, courtesy of @evleaks, we have a look at the first carrier-branded press render of the handset. As you can tell by the rather blatant branding, this is the Verizon version.
Like with the LG G2, Big Red has literally put its mark all over. On the back is the Verizon name with their 4G LTE logo. On the front is, again, the Verizon logo crammed in the top right corner. The carrier’s 4G LTE icon is present, but that is not a big deal whatsoever. And it looks like we will have some bloatware as the display is showing Verizon’s official messaging application. It is understandable that carriers add some of their own branding, but cluttering the front panel is a little much. Another catch worth mentioning is that this front panel is all black while previous G3 leaks show a mixed front depending upon the color variant.
T-Mobile’s Galaxy S 5 is getting an update today to patch up some intermittent SMS and MMS issues that the device was having. There’s nothing else in the update, so no extra features, improvements, or bloatware. Just a quick patch.
Keep an eye out for the update OTA, or you can hook up your device to Kies to do things manually.
Following on the heels of an image of the 8-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 headed to Verizon, Twitter tipster @evleaks has also posted an image of the 10.1-inch model. Unlike the 8-inch version, this image only shows the front of the device with the “Verizon Wireless” connection indicated on the lockscreen. As with the 8-inch version, @evleaks shared no information regarding possible release dates.
source: @evleaks (official site)
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 series of tablets have not been big news generators as they start to hit retail shelves in the U.S. Even so, when a new image of a device with specific carrier branding surfaces, it is nice to get an early look. Twitter tipster @evleaks has obtained a render of the 8-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 4 intended for the Verizon network as evidenced by the Verizon 4G LTE logo emblazoned on the back of the device. When Samsung announced availability of the Galaxy Tab 4 tablets, they only indicated the 4G-enabled carrier versions would be ready for sale this summer. We still do not have a specific date, but this is a good sign for interested buyers that Verizon is close to opening up sales.
source: @evleaks (official site)
Ready or not, Verizon will be launching its VoLTE network (voice over LTE) this year. We just do not know exactly when it will be happening. Over the summer? Near the end of December, just in time for Christmas? Who knows! But what we do know is that Verizon will be utilizing VoLTE for video calling as well. Two VoLTE-enabled device are necessary and Verizon will give callers the option to use voice or voice with video. The launch of the VoLTE network will be done in a rollout format, meaning that you may have to wait longer than anyone else. After all, Verizon does intend on making this a nationwide platform.
In the meantime, enjoy Big Red’s new XLTE network speeds.