Verizon simplifies remote access with the announcement of the multi-talented My FiOS app

It looks like Verizon has just combined home monitoring, customer service, entertainment, and remote control functions of several separate FiOS apps into one single “My FiOS” app. It used to be that FiOS users would have to download and use separate apps for each device or account they wanted to control. Now, Big Red has made it super convenient by removing the need to use functions of many apps and simply combined them into one.

Currently only available on Android, Verizon’s new app allows users remotely access home automation, movies and Flex View TV programs while being able to monitor account activity and billing all within the same application. You can even control your home phone and DVR, but there are a few requirements to do so. The Android Market states that “you must have the current version of the My Verizon Home Account, Verizon FiOS Digital Voice, Verizon Media Manager, Verizon Home Control, or Verizon FiOS Remote mobile applications on your device.”

Like I said earlier, it is currently only available on Android and your device must run on Android 2.1 and above. Jump past the break for download links and a full press release with all the gritty details. If you are Verizon FiOS client and give this new app a whirl, be sure to let us know what you think.

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Sprint announces HTC EVO Design 4G, available Oct. 23

OK guys, we have yet another official device announcement for you and this one will be heading to Sprint. The HTC EVO Design 4G has just been announced and it will come in at a reasonably priced $100. This new 4G phone was leaked last month and now we have an official release date of October 23rd on the Now Network.

The EVO Design 4G definitely has a great price point, but for you high-end aficionados, the specs might leave a little to be desired.

Features:

  • Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread
  • HTC Sense – Award-winning user experience taking social networking, navigation and customization to new levels
  • Aluminum unibody design gives the HTC EVO Design 4G a slim, streamlined profile –guaranteed to get attention and nicely compact in your hand, pocket or bag
  • 1.2GHz single-core processor
  • 768MB RAM
  • 4-inch qHD capacitive touchscreen display
  • Dual cameras: 5MP rear-facing camera/camcorder with flash and HD video recording and 1.3MP front-facing camera for video chat
  • World Phone capabilities to make and receive calls and texts, and to access email and news from locations around the globe
  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices
  • Wifi 802.11 b/g/n

[via Sprint]

Three, O2 and Vodafone Getting Galaxy Nexus and Clove Getting Droid RAZR In The UK

Our friends in the UK are about to receive a lineup of smartphones that are going to make the upgrade process a bit of a challenge this Holiday season.  Three, O2 and Vodafone have announced that they’ll be receiving the highly anticipated Galaxy Nexus device with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.  Three says their device will be available to run on their still rolling out HSPA+ network while Vodafone and O2 have yet to mention whether or not the device will run on HSPA+ technology.

In addition, online retailer, Clove has announced via their blog that they will be offering the Motorola RAZR for £455 ($720) off contract beginning November 1st.  If you can do without an ICS device for now, this would be the phone to purchase.  Check out our hands-on from yesterday’s event as we’re confident you’ll find this device to be a top contender.  And who knows, maybe the device will see Android 4.0 soon enough.

[via Android Central 1,2]

More proof that the Galaxy Nexus is heading to Verizon

A couple days ago we showed you a leaked Verizon MAP outing November 10th as the release date for the new Galaxy Nexus. Without the inclusion of Big Red in the Galaxy Nexus event I am sure some of you may be worried if and when it may actually show up to Verizon. If you want a little more proof look at the bottom of the Galaxy Nexus in an image (above) that was taken from the promo video. Also, a couple of images were shared by Romain Guy on Google+ that depicted the Verizon 4G logo on the back of the phone (below). Now it’s only a matter of time and patience my friends, known as the calm before the storm…

Motorola Droid Razr clears FCC minutes after unveiling

The FCC was successfully able to keep the Motorola Droid Razr under wraps until this mornings big announcement. It was only minutes after the unveiling that the FCC gave clearance to the phone, leading to some wishful thinking within the rumor mill.

Not only does the device support Verizon’s CDMA 800 and 1900 bands, GSM and WCDMA support is included as well. The FCC documents continue to say, “this device supports voice call functionality over GSM and WCDMA on non-US cellular networks,” which led to the wishful thinking I mentioned earlier. Other sites are reporting beliefs that the new Razr may actually be a world phone and if so, the first to support world-wide LTE connectivity. While this sounds all fine and dandy our very own, Sir Robert Nazarian, was at the official event and was able to confirm that in-fact this device will NOT be a globetrotter. Besides, wouldn’t that be a huge selling feature, one that Moto would have most definitely announced alongside the device? We will just have to wait and see exactly what this means for Moto’s new ridiculously thin smartphone.

[via FCC]

Google Says ICS Is Coming To The Nexus S And “Theoretically” Should Work With 2.3 Devices

Have you had enough news about the Nexus Galaxy yet?  We haven’t either.  Here’s some more good news to piggyback on.  If you’ve watched the press event and you’re now wondering why in the heck your smartphone looks so old compared to Google’s new flagship, we’ve got some news that might cheer you up.  Some of you anyway.  If you’re rocking a Nexus S, it’s possible you could be seeing Ice Cream Sandwich on your device sooner than later.  According to Engadget, they managed to get some 1 on 1 time with Google’s Gabe Cohen and Matias Duarte to confirm that the Nexus S would be receiving ICS.  In addition, Gingerbread 2.3 devices made their way into the convo as well.

“Currently in the process for releasing Ice Cream Sandwich for Nexus S. Theoretically should work for any 2.3 device.”

I don’t know about you, but a mighty fine rush just shot up my spine.  However, one question still remains.  How is ICS going to work with devices that have hardware buttons?  It’s obviously not impossible, but it definitely has to pique one’s curiosity.  Stay tuned as we dig a little deeper.  Penny for your thoughts?

Update: The folks over at Engadget also inquired about the Nexus One receiving ICS.  They say there are “no clear plans yet”.

[via Engadget]

Motorola DROID RAZR Will Ship With Locked Bootloader

According to a Tweet from Motorola today, the impossibly thin Motorola DROID RAZR, whose unveiling we had the pleasure of attending, will ship with a locked bootloader. The announcement was hardly surprising as Verizon is known for its history of locked Moto devices, though that doesn’t make it any less upsetting.

@Motorola:

“The bootloader was locked per the carrier, in addition to meeting security, safety and regulatory guidelines.”

[via twitter]

[Deal] Rogers’ Exclusive Motorola RAZR Available for $149

The ultra-thin Motorola RAZR will be made available to Canadians exclusively through Rogers at $149 (with 3-year contract.) This Android 2.3 powered device boasts a Super AMOLED 4.3″ display and is “armed with Kevlar for strength, because a phone this arresting deserves protection.”

Any smitten Canadians should hit the break for a link to this Rogers offer.

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Leaked Samsung Galaxy Nexus page shows backside

We are only about an hour away from one of the biggest announcements in Android history, and a Samsung Galaxy Nexus place-holder page is live on Samsung’s site. All you have to so is search for “Galaxy Nexus” on the site and you get the above image.

You will also notice that it says “from Verizon” which basically confirms that it will be an exclusive to Verizon for a certain period of time. As a reminder the Verizon version is model SCH-I515 and the GSM version will be GT-I9250.

[via samsung]