Google IO 2015 Coverage

Lollipop to start rolling out to Verizon HTC One (M7) this week

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Owners of the HTC One (M7) on Verizon who have been waiting for the Android Lollipop update will receive the treat later this week according to Mo Versi, HTC’s Vice President of Product Management. According to a tweet sent out by Versi, Verizon has granted their technical approval to the latest version of the Android operating system. The update is slated to start rolling out on the Verizon network as an over-the-air update on Thursday.

source: @moversi

Is this the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active?

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Samsung has released ‘Active’ versions of their flagship phones since the Galaxy S4 in 2013. The Galaxy S6 will continue that streak for the company and here we have an alleged image of the Galaxy S6 Active. It shows the device, obviously for AT&T, built with durability as the focus. The camera and heart rate monitor have not moved at all, but the speaker is now situated on rear’s bottom left corner.

The internal specifications are likely to remain the same and Samsung is said to be swapping out the 2600mAh battery for one sized at 3500mAh. So this device will have durability and longevity on its side.

Source: GSMArena

Regulators seemingly prepared to approve AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV

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The acquisition of DirecTV by AT&T could be closing soon, nearly one year after the wireless carrier announced its intent to do so. Both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Department of Justice are approaching the end of their review and, according to The Wall Street Journal, there has been nothing to prevent the deal from closing. The biggest issue that regulators are seeking to identify is whether or not a monopoly would be built with the joining forces.

We could be just weeks away from seeing AT&T have ownership of the nation’s largest satellite TV provider.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Verizon and Sprint will pay $158 million to settle customer complaints

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The mobile carriers always seem to be in a little bit of hot water don’t they? Maybe it’s because they are always playing games with billing, throttling, and anything else shady they can think of.

This time around it’s a practice called “cramming” which is when customers are billed for third-party services they didn’t request. In most cases, it resulted in a $10 monthly charge in which Verizon and Sprint declined to offer refunds. According to the Federal Communications Commission, both carriers received roughly 30% of the charges.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones aren’t selling too well in Japan

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It may come as a surprise, but Samsung’s latest and greatest smartphones aren’t selling like hotcakes in Japan, despite removing its branding from the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge handsets in an attempt to ward off any ill-feeling towards the Korean company. To give an example of how poor sales have been, the S6 edge managed a respectable 10th place in its first week of sales before slipping down to 26th spot in its second week (April 27 – May 3). This is according to BCN‘s weekly survey of smartphone sales.

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GoPhone rolls out Rollover Data

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AT&T’s prepaid phone service, GoPhone, is adding the Rollover Data benefit to all new and existing accounts. Similar to the feature on regular AT&T plans, GoPhone customers on the $60 and $45 per month plans who have unused data at the end of a cycle can use that data in the next cycle, technically 30 days. Customers do have to renew their plan on time to get this benefit.

AT&T says the new benefit will be available starting on May 15th for new customers. For existing customers, the change will take place on their next renewal date after May 15th. When data rolls over, it is the last used, not first used, so it will only help if you splurge on using data while the rollover is available.

source: AT&T