The HTC Desire 8 hasn’t been to shy as of late. We have seen a photo of the device (above) and a leaked screenshot came attached with a possible release date. Now the specifications and potential carrier information have trickled out, thanks to LlabTooFer. This 5.5-inch display will have a resolution of 720p. Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM. Along with 8GB of memory is a microSD card slot. Bluetooth 4.0, now an expectation, is included. The user interface is HTC’s Sense 6.0 over Android 4.4.2. And like the upcoming HTC M8, the Desire 8 will have on-screen buttons. » Read the rest
Earlier this week, the Nexus 7 LTE received an update that allows “full compatibility with Verizon’s 4G LTE network” . Google has now released a factory image and three binary files for it labeled as Android 4.4.2 build KVT49L .
The software image contains a new edition of the baseband radio, while the binary files bring more complete compatibility with various hardware components such as Audio and Sensors from Asus, NFC from Broadcom and Graphics, Camera and other components by Qualcomm. The factory image lets you restore your Nexus 7 LTE back to the latest stock Android firmware. The factory image and binaries are most useful to developers who want to create a custom ROM for the Nexus 7. » Read the rest
The HTC EVO 4G LTE has been out since mid-2012, but HTC and Sprint have been facing difficulties updating the device to Android 4.3. It was supposed to be available by the end of 2013, but it was re-scheduled for this month. However, it looks like HTC hasn’t forgot about this update yet.
Bad news for folks who own Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE. HTC posted a notice on Reddit yesterday that the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will not be available as an over-the-air (OTA) update for the device because of its memory limitations. However, HTC is working on a new process which will allow the more “technical customers” to update the device manually.
HTC hasn’t provided further details about the process but if you’re interested in updating your EVO 4G LTE to Android 4.3, you can sign up for the new process by shooting an email to HTC at HTCTrial@htc.com.
A few days ago, we reported that T-Mobile would be changing its JUMP! plan to include tablets and unlimited upgrades. The rumor turned out to be true as T-Mobile officially announced that the change will take place starting on February 23.
After the change, JUMP will no longer restrict customers to 2 upgrades per year. Instead of requiring customers to wait up to six months before upgrading their phone, they can now upgrade whenever they want without any restriction. However, they will have to pay off at least 50% of the cost of the device to be eligible for an upgrade. In addition, customers can now purchase tablets with a JUMP plan.
This means that if you frequently upgrade your device, it will cost you more after the changes take place. The incentive behind this move by T-Mobile might be to stop a few customers who took advantage of the opportunity by frequently upgrading their device.
Source: The Verge
Confirming his tweet from a few weeks ago, @evleaks has posted an image of the LG G Pad 8.3 with Verizon branding. On the front is Verizon’s logo and official 4G LTE icon. On the backside is again the same set of Verizon ‘stamps.’ This is identical to the Verizon branding found on the LG G2.
By taking a look at the screen it seems like Verizon will have some bloatware added in. The Verizon Messaging app is present in the docking bay. While we don’t know when the LG G Pad 8.3 is heading to Big Red, it should be very soon as it has already passed through the FCC. » Read the rest
Wireless carrier O2 Germany has added a new page to their web site teasing the Samsung Galaxy S5. The page gives potential buyers the opportunity to sign up to receive updates on the availability of Samsung’s forthcoming smartphone. The only clue about timing is an indication that consumers can learn more by the end of February. That is not surprising since the device appears to be scheduled for release at the company’s Unpacked 5 event on February 24th in conjunction with MWC 2014.
Some sources have noted the web page uses an image of a smartphone dunked in water which could be an indication the new Galaxy S5 may be water resistant or even waterproof.
Alright Sprint Galaxy S 4 owners, today is your lucky day. The carrier is rolling out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat to Samsung’s flagship right now. The build is VPUFNAE and Sprint’s version is JDQ39.L720VPUFNAE.
Here’s what Sprint says the update brings:
- Android 4.4 (Kit Kat): The Samsung Galaxy S 4 device will be updated to support the Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) software.
- Prevention Information alert: Customers should no longer receive “Prevention Information – An application has been forced to stop for an unauthorized attempt to access system in your device. It may be safe to delete an application obtained from an unauthorized route. Check now?” alert messages on the device.
- Zact Mobile: Device now includes the Zact Mobile compatibility.
You have to hand it to T-Mobile, they have really stirred the mobile carrier pot with their UN-Carrier programs. Verizon has been waiting and watching, but once AT&T jumped into the war, Verizon was forced to do something. That something is “More Everything,” which will give customers more data (or cheaper pricing) and international messaging.
More Everything replaces the Shared Everything plan with lower prices across the board. So you have a choice of either lowering your monthly payment, or staying with the same payment and grabbing more data. In certain situations, you might actually double your data. Plus, they are also finally offering a further discount for those that are in the Edge program. It has been a huge beef for many that Verizon continued to offer the same monthly rates for those that are willing to pay full retail for their phones.
If you own a U.S. Cellular Moto X, than you will be happy to know that the most recent version of KitKat (4.4.2) is being pushed now. The build number is KXA20.16-1.27, and you must be connected to WiFi to pull it. There is no changelog posted, but you can expect the usual bug fixes and tweaks. You can wait for the over-the-air update to automatically hit your phone, or you can head over to Settings/About Phone/System Updates to manually pull it.
source: U.S. Cellular
While the Nexus 7 LTE is coming to Verizon tomorrow, that doesn’t mean other LTE models cannot be used with Big Red’s network. A software update is currently rolling out to Nexus 7 LTE owners that adds “full compatibility with Verizon’s 4G LTE network.” The exact build number for this update is KVT49L. If you are going to purchase the Nexus 7 LTE from Verizon, it will cost $349.99 or $249.99 with a new two-year contract.
Via: Droid Life