Verizon announced a new deal today just in time for last minute gifts for buyers looking for an Android phone. Any device that is normally priced $199 or more can be purchased for 50% off. To get an idea of what a deal this is, just check out the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which sells for only $149.99 with a 2-year contract. That is better than the Black Friday deals that were available.
Along with the special pricing on Android devices, Verizon is also offering a $150 bill credit on any lines you switch over to Verizon to be used with a new smartphone. According to Verizon, the credit will show up in 2 to 3 billing cycles. If you want to check out this deal or some of the other deals that Verizon has right now, like a free LG G3 with a 2-year contract, hit the source link.
Although Android Wear appears to be a relatively new concept for us, it’s been around for a while. Since it was first shown off in late June and subsequently made available in July, it has been in the market for a little over five months now. Initial impressions of the platform in general was pretty lukewarm, as it is usually the case with new software. So has anything changed since then?
Vodafone is the first operator in the UK to begin the much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update roll out to all its carrier-branded variants of the LG G3 currently located in the region.
All the changes you’d expect to find in Lollipop are bundled into this upgrade, including the recently-announced Material Design guidelines, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and support for multiple user accounts. LG has also revamped a handful of its own, stock applications too.
Hit the break below for the full changelog.
While adults are getting excited for the Android Wear and the upcoming Apple Watch, let’s not forget about the kids. Back in July, LG announced a new kid-friendly wearable for children ages 4 and up, called the KizOn. Last month, we got wind that it would be coming to Verizon Wireless, and the rumor came true today. However, it has been re-branded into the GizmoPal. You knew Verizon couldn’t just release a product without messing with it did ya?
Google began the roll out of Android 5.0.1 for devices like the Nexus 7 (WiFi), Nexus 9 and the Nexus 10 exactly a week ago. And the company has now officially hinted at the update’s arrival for the Nexus 4 and the recently launched Nexus 6. Google has posted factory images of the update for the two smartphones on its official download pages, letting interested users manually flash it on their devices. The GPe HTC One M8 and the One M7 have already received the Android 5.0.1 update, which is slightly odd as Nexus devices are usually the first to get the updates.
Although the LG G Watch R (our review here) is relatively new to the market, we’re already hearing of a potential successor launching over the coming months. Dubbed as the LG G Watch R 2, this smartwatch will reportedly break cover during the MWC 2015 event in March next year.
Now is a great time to be an AT&T customer in the market for a new smartphone. The carrier is running a promotion that includes the option to bring home an LG G Pad 7.0 for $0.99 when purchasing any smartphone. For the smartphone, customers must be using the AT&T Next program while the tablet requires the signing of a new two-year contract.
Both AT&T’s website and retail stores are offering the bundle; however, only select retail stores are going to take advantage of it. Online, add the smartphone to your cart and then add the G Pad 7.0 to see the $0.99 price.
AT&T has not specified an end date for the promotion, but the carrier does say that the bundle will be unavailable once it runs out of G Pad 7.0 units to sell.
Samsung enjoys a ton of success with devices featuring displays larger than 5 inches. In fact, the company is probably credited with making such devices normal. The original Galaxy Note was introduced in 2011 with a 5.3-inch display. Now, there are many devices matching or even besting that size. Everything just keeps getting bigger. The Galaxy Note 4, which was released in October, shipped with a 5.7-inch display. There has yet to be any viable threat to the Galaxy Note series, but LG seems to have something to say about that.
LG announced the G Pro handset in February last year as a rival offering to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. A successor was launched earlier this year in the form of the G Pro 2, although it failed to make any noise in the market. Reports are now indicating that poor sales of the series has forced LG to scrap the G Pro lineup altogether and focus more on the upcoming flagship, the LG G4.
Verizon is currently rolling out an over-the-air (OTA) update to all variants of its carrier-branded LG G3 located in the United States. The upgrade brings support for Advanced Calling 1.0, as well as the latest version of all of LG’s stock apps, including: Contacts, Email, Camera and BackUp.