Verizon is notorious for being the slowest for releasing updates, but today they are the fastest, at least in the U.S. The Verizon Galaxy S 5 is receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop right now. The software version is LRX21T.G900VVRU1BNLC and will of course get Material Design themes such as notifications on the lock screen and floating action buttons. TouchWiz has a brighter look and feel with bold colors and fluid animation.
Good news for Verizon prepaid customers: the company has increased the data allowance on their prepaid plans, so now $45 will net you unlimited talk and text, plus 1 GB of data. The plan previously offered 500 MB, so you’re getting the double the data for the same amount.
Considering you can still grab an extra 500 GB for signing up for auto-pay and you’ll get full access to Verizon’s LTE network, their prepaid network is a great option for someone who’s looking to avoid contracts. Read more
Everyone is sick of the data caps that cell phone companies have imposed on us. It’s one thing to cap data, but it’s another to over charge for services rendered. I have been saying all long that Google will fix this mess and they are already making steps toward it.
They are lobbying with regulators to free up vacant spectrum that is not only low cost, but useless to the U.S. carriers. They would like to see as much as 150 megahertz of specturm around the 3.5 gigahertz band. The idea is to leave it open to anyone without a license, but set aside some of it for companies to use exclusively.
The uniquely designed Galaxy Note Edge will make its way to Verizon Wireless on the 8th of January, according to a new leak. Big Red will also bring the Motorola Nexus 6 to its retail outlets, but not until mid-February, the leak says. Read more
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?
Are you looking forward to Connection Day? What day? Connection Day. The day before Thanksgiving when Verizon will be giving away a bunch of free stuff, in an effort to make those long journey’s to families and friends a whole lot more exciting. You don’t have to be a Big Red customer to get in on the action, either. On Wednesday, November 26, anyone can head over to the official Connection Day webpage using a mobile device to receive a freebie.
Last week, Google Voice users noticed that MMS messages were working on Verizon Wireless. Today, it was officially announced, and Google Voice also got another very cool update for all users. Native MMS support for photo messaging has been added, meaning that users will no longer get a SMS with a link.
You need to obviously opt in to Google Voice in Hangouts. Once you have done that, just attach photos to any SMS message, and it will be delivered as a native MMS. Those of you waiting for group messaging, have no fear because Google said it will be enabled in a future update.
source: +Dylan Salisbury
I still can’t believe it has been 5 years since the introduction of the original DROID, which was my first Android phone. The DROID was what really started Android’s roll into market share domination. Through the years, Verizon Wireless and Motorola (as well as Samsung and HTC) released a number of DROIDs, but they never seemed to get all that much attention. Unfortunately, they are not only limited to the U.S., but also limited to one carrier, Verizon Wireless. A DROID phone has no chance of competing with other phones in terms of market share for these reasons alone.
With mobile carriers looking at cutting prices to woo new customers or to keep current customers, it’s becoming a customer’s market. With every carrier playing a game of price cutting chicken and doubling data, cutting prices and throwing around all sorts of promotions. However one of the larger four, Verizon looks to be blinking at the other carriers’ stares.
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?