Have no fear if you were interested in picking up the LG G Flex over here in the United States. We know AT&T and T-Mobile will likely carry the curved phone, but now an FCC filing has Sprint offering it as well. This filing has the model number LG-LS995 and the other variant was LG-D959; therefore, we can assume these two are related. Also, all three LTE bands are packed for the Sprint variant. While it isn’t certain that the G Flex will be available in the United States, these FCC filings elude to it happening. We expect a launch in early 2014.
This evening, AT&T Moto X owners who are members of the Motorola Feedback Network began receiving invites to test out an upcoming software update. We expect this to be Android 4.4, considering Verizon Moto X owners just received Kit Kat as well. Droid-Life was also told that the soak for AT&T models should start around November 22, with the full rollout to all users beginning the first week of December.
Certainly exciting news for AT&T Moto X owners.
The New York Times is reporting that Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and the CTIA (among others) have rejected having a “kill switch” preloaded onto Samsung phones that would prevent cellphone theft. Samsung and San Francisco district attorney George Gascón have been working together to provide this “kill switch” for some time, but the nation’s largest carriers and the industry’s trade group decided against having one because it would cut directly into their insurance plans. Currently, most carriers offer insurance plans that require monthly payments as well as a deductible for when your phone needs to be replaced. Despite the rejection, Gascón says “we are now evaluating what course of action will be necessary to force them to prioritize the safety of their customers over additional money in their pockets.”
The CTIA’s reason for not wanting this “kill switch” is that an online option to wipe your device could be hacked. Instead, the trade group offers their database as solution that would prevent stolen devices to work with the carriers’ networks; however, it’s just not effective when it comes to actually preventing the theft from happening. A “kill switch” would stop the problem from happening, not worrying about it after. Google currently offers some protection for Android devices by allowing users to track and secure their smartphones. Apple on the other hand can deactivate and wipe a device clean of its information along with requiring users to login before being used again.
Source: The New York Times
If you’re in the market for a new AT&T smartphone, you might want to jump on this deal. AT&T is offering a 50% discount on smartphones that are normally priced between $0.99 and $199.99, with a two year agreement, of course. This includes a ton of high-end phones, like the Galaxy S 4, HTC One, Moto X, LG G2, and even things like the Galaxy S 4 Zoom. The only exclusions are phones that are normally higher than $199.99 (or Apple products, but surely you wouldn’t be thinking of buying one of those, right?) so the Galaxy Note 3 or the 32 GB Galaxy S 4 and 64 GB HTC One are automatically ineligible for this deal. Bummer, I know.
Still, there’s a ton of other great options that you can pick up for great prices right now. Hit the link below and check it out.
Did you pick up the Android 4.3 update for your AT&T Galaxy S 4 last week? Consider yourself lucky. Android Police has confirmed that the update is no longer being distributed. There is no known reason for the update being pulled, so sit tight; however, Android Police heard that Samsung and AT&T could be looking into “potential improvements.” Perhaps there was a bug found. We’ll let you know when the update resumes rolling out.
Source: Android Police
The LG G Flex has been a source of much jealousy on this side of the ocean after it was announced that our friends in Europe and Asia were getting the device while the US was left out in the cold. Earlier this week we found out the the US might be getting their own LG G Flex, but now it’s much more official with an FCC filing that seems to suggest the device is headed to AT&T and T-Mobile. The document shows a version of the LG G Flex that is compatible with LTE Band 17 and well as LTE Band 4 (AWS).
Other details about the device surfaced, but most of those we already knew. LG is apparently in final negotiations for release dates and prices, but the device will most likely see a release in early 2014.
AT&T continues to add to its number of 4G LTE markets, and today announced 10 new markets— 4 of which are located in Texas. At its current rate of adding new markets, the carrier should be pretty caught up with Verizon relatively soon.
Hit the break for the full list of new markets below.
Starting today, you can trade in your current AT&T smartphone for a new one with 50% off along with a new two-year contract. AT&T highlights that devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One can be had for around $99.99. It all depends on the device you are trading in. You’ll need an AT&T smartphone “that is no more than three years old and in good, working condition.” Then you are guaranteed to get at least $100 for your old device. A Promotion Card will then be given to you that can be used on smartphones, tablets, accessories, or your AT&T bill. » Read the rest
Who would have thunk it? The LG G Flex appears to be gaining more traction than we initially thought it would. Due out in Europe this December, it appears that US carriers T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T may be getting on the flex train too. Of course, Verizon is nowhere to be found since they either tend to announce a device much later than other carriers as to be fashionably late or something, or they may not even bother carrying the handset at all, which is more likely given their track record. Our trusty boy over at @evleaks is claiming that this is a “confirmed” deal and we can definitely expect the three out of four carriers to take on the new curved smartphone.
And with @evleaks’s pretty accurate track record we have no problem believing this is most likely going to happen. And while we’re not ultimately sure how well the device will do, both over seas and in the U.S., our curiosity is still certainly piqued. Most are touting that the device is a “gimmick” and still officially in an experimental phase but we have confidence in LG as they’ve managed to deliver with their Nexus series devices for Google as well as their Optimus lineup. As always, only time will tell and will determine whether the new technology will trend well and take off or go the way of 3D on smartphones. » Read the rest
Yesterday, @evleaks tweeted a very interesting piece of information. According to him, the HTC ‘M8′ (the One’s successor) will be heading to AT&T, “among others.” That mystery phrase at the end left things a little open. So a tweeter asked him if Verizon would be joining the fun and it turns out they will. But not just those two. A tipster informed him that “all four carriers” would get the device by the end of Q1 2014. This means that HTC would be launching next year’s flagship with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile right from the beginning. That strategy would correct the mishap of the One launching roughly six months late on Verizon. The given date indicates a launch between January and the end of March. Keep an eye out for plenty of leaks regarding the HTC ‘M8′.
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