Motorola DROID line (2013) going directly to Android 4.4.3

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Owners of a DROID Ultra, MAXX, and Mini on Verizon no longer have a reason to be discouraged about the software. The latest version of Android, 4.4.3, is coming! David Schuster, part of Motorola’s Software Product Management team, says that some issues with Android 4.4.2 rollout led to a delay and when it was resolved, the company opted to just wait for the next version (which they new was on its way).

So now the company is focused on Android 4.4.3 and plans on pushing it out to the DROID line of 2013 as soon as possible. With how quick other Motorola devices are being updated to Android 4.4.3, do not expect to be waiting very long.

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HTC One Remix for Verizon press render shows the device’s front and back

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Here is a pretty clear look at the upcoming HTC One Remix. In case you were unaware, this is just the HTC One Mini 2 with a different name just for Verizon. Everything looks the same as the other device, save for branding. Verizon has stamped its front and back with some logos. The front has replaced HTC’s very own logo with Big Red’s. And the back has the usual Verizon logo and 4G LTE logo. Nothing too surprising here.

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

Image of Verizon branded Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet surfaces

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We have read rumors that Verizon was considering adding the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet to its portfolio of tablet devices available for consumers. That rumor picked up some new steam today thanks to a leaked image posted by Twitter tipster @evleaks. The image is a front and back view of the Xperia Z2 Tablet showing Verizon branding laid down right in the middle of the back of the device. Of course, we still have no idea of when this may happen, but the existence of a pre-release image could be an indication that the wait may not be too much longer.

source: @evleaks (official site)

Sprint offering open enrollment for device protection packages all throughout June

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In preparation for the summer, where at least some of you will accidentally drop your new smartphone in a pool, Sprint is offering open enrollment for device protection packages for both prepaid and postpaid customers. The protection plan will cover any damage done to the phone, including drops, cracks, spills, or water damage, as well as the device being lost, or stolen. Plus, Sprint’s protection program will also secure you against losing any important data on your device. » Read the rest

Verizon adding Glamour Red and Amber Gold HTC One (M8) on June 5

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On June 5, Verizon will have the original trio of HTC One (M8) colors. In addition to having the Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, and now the Amber Gold colors, they will include Glamour Red. In fact, the Glamour Red color will be exclusive to Verizon. Now Big Red will have four colors of HTC’s 2014 flagship smartphone.

As mentioned above, June 5 is the date that the new colors arrive. And this small launch coincides with Verizon’s Father’s Day promotion: $100 off any smartphone with a two-year contract price of $199.99 or more. If you were waiting around to purchase this device, it may be the best time to do so.

Source: Verizon

AT&T adds Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 to its lineup

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Lately, carriers have been very much more open to having a wide tablet lineup. AT&T is the latest carrier to announce some new additions, both of which are coming from Samsung. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 are the two tablets heading to AT&T. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 will cost $379.99 with a new two-year contract through AT&T, but their Next program will change that to $24 per month. The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, on the other hand, is much more costly any way you look at it. With the Next program, this tablet is $45 per month and $799.99 if you forgo that and sign a contract.

AT&T is running some deals to coincide with the arrival of both tablets. Purchasing the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 will take $30 off the price of Samsung’s Bluetooth keyboard, something that you essentially need. This deal closes all the way in mid-September. And starting on June 6, purchasing either tablet with the Galaxy S 5 or AT&T’s new Galaxy S 5 Active will save $50 as a bundle. This offer ends on July 24.

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Android 4.4.3 could start rolling today

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We have been anticipating Android 4.4.3 for a while now, but today could finally be the day that it starts rolling. We have no idea if it’s premature or not, but T-Mobile says the Nexus 5  and Nexus 7 (2013) are going to get the update starting today. The builds are KTU84M (Nexus 5) and KTU84L (Nexus 7 2013) and include many bug fixes. The changelog isn’t posted, but we suspect that it will include fixes to the camera, Wi-Fi issues, and numerous other annoying bugs.

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Samsung Galaxy S 5 in Electric Blue for Verizon leaks

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Yesterday we learned that Verizon would be adding the Electric Blue color of the Galaxy S 5 to its lineup. And now we have a look at the device. As expected, the color of the back panel is the only change made. Verizon’s branding remains just below the camera and heart rate sensor setup. Currently, Big Red has the Charcoal Black and Shimmery White GS5 colors.

Are you interested in the Electric Blue color?

Source: @evleaks (Official site)


AT&T officially announces the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active

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The Galaxy S 5 Active is finally here. The very durable handset from Samsung is available first on AT&T. If Titanium Gray isn’t really your color, you can choose from Camo Green and Ruby Red. Like the flagship Galaxy S 5, the GS5 Active has a 5.1-inch display with a 1080p resolution. Inside is once again Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz.

Since everything is pretty much the same, what’s the difference here? The Galaxy S 5 Active has shock resistance in addition to the water and dust resistance that the Galaxy S 5 has. Samsung has thrown in a convenience key on the side of the device that, upon pressing it, launches applications that will be useful for the outdoors.

The on-contract price with AT&T is $199 and the carrier also has it available through the Next program for as little as $27.50 per month. Forgoing a two-year contract? Pay $714.99, please.

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