HTC to roll out Eye Experience update to Canadian One (M8) tomorrow

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Mo Versi, HTC’s Vice President of Product Management, has today announced via Twitter that the Taiwanese company will start rolling out the much-anticipated Android 4.4.4 Eye Experience update to all Rogers, TELUS and Bell-branded variants of its flagship smartphone, the One M8, located in Canada, starting tomorrow, November 11.

Hit the break for the full changelog.


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AT&T announces deal to acquire Mexico provider Iusacell

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In an announcement made on Friday, AT&T indicated they have entered into an agreement to purchase wireless provider Iusacell for $2.5 billion from Grupo Salinas. Iusacell is a wireless provider in Mexico servicing 8.6 million customers and covering about 70% of Mexico’s population. According to AT&T CEO,

“Our acquisition of Iusacell is a direct result of the reforms put in place by President Peña Nieto to encourage more competition and more investment in Mexico. Those reforms together with the country’s strong economic outlook, growing population and growing middle class make Mexico an attractive place to invest.”


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Verizon launches the Ellipsis 8: another low-end, self-branded tablet

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Last fall, Verizon brought us the Ellipsis 7. This fall, Verizon brings us the Ellipsis 8. The carrier is still aiming at the low-end of things with the tablet. The 8-inch display’s resolution is 1280×800, giving it 189 pixels per inch. The processor, while not officially named, is quad-core clocked at 1.5GHz. The battery capacity is 5000mAh. It only comes in black with 16GB of storage.

The cost and capability of the Ellipsis 8 is what will sell it. Without signing a contract it costs $249; however, signing away two years brings that down to $149. The monthly access fee for More Everything accounts is $10. The Ellipsis 8 is available today online and in the company’s stores.

Source: Verizon

Verizon will carry the kid-friendly LG Kizon smartwatch

KizonWhen LG announced the child-tracking Kizon smartwatch, we weren’t really sure what carriers would pick the wearable up. Thanks to an FCC filing earlier today, though, we’ve got a pretty strong hint that Verizon will be offering the smartwatch later this year.

The filing lists the device with the model number LG-VC100, and some information from the Kizon PC Reset Tool confirms that it should be a Verizon variant of the watch. Verizon hasn’t made anything official, but I think we can expect an announcement sooner rather than later.

source: My LG Phones

MMS messages through Google Voice finally working on Verizon

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About a month ago, many Google Voice users were ecstatic when Google announced that Google Voice users on 100 North American carriers can finally receive MMS messages. However, one very notable carrier was missing from that list. Yup, you guess it….Verizon Wireless.

Well Verizon customers shouldn’t feel left out in the cold any longer. It appears that Verizon and Google quietly resolved the situation since a few users are reporting that things appear to be working fine now.

If you’re a Verizon customer, does this news inspire you to switch to Google Voice?

source: Droid-Life

Go long with new AT&T Next 24 program

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AT&T announced today that they are expanding their AT&T Next program to add an even longer term for consumers who are interested in buying a new smartphone for $0 down followed by monthly payments. The new AT&T Next 24 option will be available to qualified consumers starting on November 9th. The 24 in the program’s name refers to how many months a consumer has to wait before being eligible to trade in their smartphone and upgrade to a new device. However, the payment schedule is based on a 30-month installment plan. 
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Verizon launches its own Motorola DROID Turbo Employee Edition

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Another version of the DROID Turbo has arrived. The problem is that you cannot have it. Unless, of course, you are a Verizon employee. The carrier launched an Employee Edition of the device. The only change to the Motorola device is that there is a a red trim on the black exterior. And below the DROID logo is the Employee Edition label.

The DROID Turbo Employee Edition is available in-store only for $99 with a contract or $499 without. Employees can also choose the Edge program to pay $20.83 per month. The only storage option is 64GB. Considering that, pricing is impressive.

Source: Verizon