AT&T’s Moto X now receiving Android 4.4.4

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AT&T has released the latest version of Android 4.4.4 to their Moto X customers. The update isn’t very significant, bringing only a few security and backend fixes, but one interesting change is the addition of the ability to turn off the carrier name in the status bar. 

The rollout for 4.4.4 is a wide release, meaning all you have to do is head to Settings > About phone on your Moto X and check for updates, and you may very well get it on your first try. 

Source: Motorola

Famigo, the kid-friendly content hub, will be pre-loaded on two Samsung tablets through AT&T

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As of late, Samsung devices have been the go-to for educational content and services. In fact, the company just reached 900 applications for its very own Kid Store. Now, two of the company’s tablets will be pre-loaded with Famigo when purchased through AT&T. This gives users more kid-friendly content that can be consumed for free and even more when paying for the service.
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HTC brings the Desire 610 and Desire 816 to the U.S.

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They might not be the most “desirable” smartphones, but the HTC Desire line has been around for a long time. HTC announced today that the Desire 610 and the Desire 816 are now available in the U.S.

The Desire 816 (pictured above) features a 5.5-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 1.6 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to 128 GB of extra storage, 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, BoomSound, Sense 6, and 2,600 mAh battery. It will be available starting tomorrow at Virgin Mobile for $299 on a Beyond Talk plan with no contract agreement.


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Carriers recommend Samsung devices more than Apple and its iPhone

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The role of an employee in a carrier’s retail store is quite easy. They are there to sell a device. So they have some options as to what devices are the best for a particular consumer. New research conducted by Kantar Worldpanel shows that United States carriers are more inclined to recommend a Samsung device rather than an iPhone from Apple.
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AT&T announces LG G Vista is coming soon

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AT&T has officially announced the LG G Vista will be coming to the network on August 22nd, which is not a surprise given the previously leaked manual for the device. AT&T will join Verizon in offering the LG G Vista. The device gains some screen real estate via a 5.7-inch display versus the 5.5-inch display of the LG G3. In gaining that extra size, LG toned down some of the other specs, like a resolution that is only 720p, an 8 MP rear camera, a Snapdragon 400 processor and only 1.5 GB of RAM. Nothing top of the line there, but it should still be a capable smartphone for those looking for a larger device who are not so interested in raw power.

AT&T will offer the LG G Vista for $49.99 on a two-year contract or $14.80 per month on the AT&T Next18 plan. Consumers can also buy it straight out for $354.99. AT&T is also offering a special 99 cents deal on the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE for anyone buying an LG G Vista.

You can read the full press release after the break.
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T-Mobile keeps going and going in battery tests

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New results are in examining battery life for some leading smartphones across carriers and T-Mobile continues to demonstrate superiority compared to Verizon, Sprint and AT&T. Some of the results are quite impressive for T-Mobile and overall paint a widely divergent picture when it comes to battery life. For instance, the Samsung Galaxy S 5 was able to go 10 hours 57 minutes on the T-Mobile network while lasting only 7 hours 30 minutes on Verizon. Similarly, the HTC One (M8) was able to go 10 hours 50 minutes on T-Mobile, but only 8 hours 42 minutes on AT&T.
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Samsung Galaxy Alpha variants unofficially confirmed, AT&T and T-Mobile models included

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The Galaxy Alpha is due to be released next Wednesday, and while we’ve known about its mid to high-grade specs, most of us have been wondering which carriers will receive the much-awaited device.  However, due to a recent addition to Samsung’s website, We’ve learned the model numbers for the Galaxy Alpha variants: SM-G850F, SM-G850A, SM-G850H, SM-G850T, and SM-G850M. These models are listed as having max CPU frequencies of 2.5 GHz, 720p screens, and Android KitKat, just as was predicted. Based on previous experience, the A model should be for AT&T, the T for T-Mobile, and the F and H should be the international versions.
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Motorola sending out soak test invites to Moto X owners on AT&T

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Owners of the Moto X on AT&T should be expecting a software update soon. Readers that own the Motorola flagship have notified us that the company has sent out soak test invitations to Motorola Feedback Network members.

While we do not know exactly what this update is for, chances are Android 4.4.4 is incoming. The update should be pushed to everyone else within the next two weeks.

Cheers Josh and Mark

AT&T to sell the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE for $0.99 when bundled with certain LG phones

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AT&T will be the first carrier to offer the LG G Pad 7.0 with LTE, and they’re offering a pretty great bundle to start selling it. On August 8th, you’ll be able to pick up the carrier-branded version of LG’s slim tablet for just $0.99 if you purchase it with an LG G2, LG G3, or LG G Flex. Without a bundle, the tab will cost $149.99 on a two-year contract. If you’re not a fan of the contracts, you can also opt for AT&T Next, which will run $12.50 a month.
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U.S. Senate reports that companies are cramming customer bills with obscene charges

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A new study conducted by the United States Senate Commerce Committee found that owners of mobile phones have been wrongly overcharged with bills. This is from cramming, which is the application of unauthorized charges masked by services such as ringtones. The report published by Congress shows that carriers in the United States are keeping roughly 30-40% of revenue. And the carriers are not even the ones doing the actual cramming. In many cases, it is a third party running these services. This is all at the literal expense of customers.
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