Verizon Wireless confirms locked bootloader on Galaxy S III and pretty much anything else moving forward

As we already knew, Verizon’s version of the Galaxy S III has a locked bootloader, but you didn’t think Samsung did that on purpose did you? Verizon has never been a fan of unlocked bootloaders, which always amazed me that they allowed the Galaxy Nexus on their network. The Verge reached out to Verizon for comment about the GSIII and this is what they had to say:

Verizon Wireless has established a standard of excellence in customer experience with our branded devices and customer service. There is an expectation that if a customer has a question, they can call Verizon Wireless for answers that help them maximize their enjoyment and use of their wireless phone. Depending on the device, an open boot loader could prevent Verizon Wireless from providing the same level of customer experience and support because it would allow users to change the phone or otherwise modify the software and, potentially, negatively impact how the phone connects with the network. The addition of unapproved software could also negatively impact the wireless experience for other customers. It is always a delicate balance for any company to manage the technology choices we make for our branded devices and the requests of a few who may want a different device experience. We always review our technology choices to ensure that we provide the best solution for as many customers as possible.

The GSIII is locked, but it has been rooted and trust me the amazing Android development community will figure something out soon.

source: theverge

 

Verizon Galaxy Nexus could be getting OTA ‘search patch’ now

Well here’s something interesting for a Friday. XDA member El Madhatter received a notification of an OTA system update (IMM76Q) to his Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Now we already know that Google is working on a patch to dumb down the search bar to appease Apple and lift the ban on the said smartphone, but seriously, why would the Verizon version get it first? Verizon is the slowest of slow when it comes to updates. On the other hand, the file size is only 954kb, which makes sense.

The other scenerio is that it’s some other fix because one member was told by a Verizon rep that a radio fix was on the way. Either way, there isn’t anything on Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus page about it, so it doesn’t make sense. We will let you know more as soon as we find out more. For now, head on over to the source link to join in on the conversation.

UPDATE: this looks to be a test unit so the full OTA is unlikely at this time.

source: xda

DROID Incredible 4G LTE unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

I’m calling it the phone that could’ve been. The DROID Incredible 4G LTE is the third version of the Incredible series, but for whatever reason Verizon didn’t want to make this a flagship DROID device. Sprint, on the other hand, knew that the third installment of the EVO line needed to be a major player, and that’s why they chose the HTC One X as the basis. Verizon took a different approach and went with the HTC One S as the basis, but left out the ImageSense camera chip. On the flip side, they did allow for a removable battery and an available microSD slot for expanded storage. This phone isn’t part of the One Series, and it doesn’t feel like anything close with it’s 11.7mm thick frame, as opposed to 7.8mm for the One S and 8.9mm for the One X.

The specs are similar to the One S and include a 4-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 8GB of storage, microSD slot for an additional 32GB of storage, GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, 4G LTE, Android 4.0.3, and Sense 4.0. The price is $149, which is competitive for Verizon Wireless, but one has to wonder if spending $50 more and getting the Samsung Galaxy S III would be the wiser choice.

Look for our full review soon, but for now check out our initial hands on after the break.

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Verizon Galaxy S III Officially Available on July 10

We previously mentioned that you should expect the official launch of Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III to be on July 10th. Verizon has now made that official with their press release. Pricing is at $199.99 for the 16GB version, and $249.99 for the 32GB model. You should be expecting the same great internals (dual-core S4 Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, 4.8-inch Super AMOLED) all on Verizon’s nationwide 4G LTE network.

Not much more can be said about the most hyped phone currently available, but you can always check out our review of the Galaxy S III to learn more about it! Any of you guys that didn’t pre-order the phone planning on heading to your local Verizon store on July 10th to pick this bad boy up? Here’s Verizon’s official press release after the break:

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Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III Pre-Order Deliveries Moved up to June 6th

If you pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy S III from Verizon, you can check your order status to find out when your device is expected to ship and arrive at your doorstep. The shipping of this device has been delayed numerous times by Verizon, with most customers showing a ship a ship date of July 9th with others showing a day or two after. With the official launch date set to be on July 10th, it would be easy to assume that some customers would be a little put off if they’re receiving their pre-ordered device after the official launch.

Today, Verizon has informed some customers that they will ship their device as early as July 5th (this Thursday) with a delivery by the 6th. Sadly, there’s no news whether this pertains to every pre-order or just certain pre-orders. Either way, the earlier Verizon gets these devices in their customers hands, the better. Any of our readers have their Verizon Galaxy S III pre-ordered?

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Verizon officially announces the DROID Incredible 4G LTE, Available July 5 for $149

It’s way overdue, but Verizon finally announced the DROID Incredible 4G LTE will be available on July 5th for $149. All I can say is, “What could’ve been.” How this isn’t the One X or at least a variant, I have no idea. I would have even taken a One S. It’s not all bad though as you do get a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, microSD storage, and a removable battery, but you don’t get the amazing ImageSense chip for the camera. How and why this happened just doesn’t make sense, but it is what it is.

Full specs:

  • 4-inch super LCD qHD display
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash, BSI, f/2.2 and 28 mm lens
  • Front-facing camera for video chatting with friends and family
  • Mobile Hotspot-capable to share a 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Support for up to 32 GB microSD™ memory card
  • 1700 mAh battery
  • NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Beats Audio
Full press release after the break:

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Verizon Galaxy Nexus down to $149, End of Life could be looming

The Galaxy Nexus debuted on Verizon for an expensive price of $299 back in December of last year. Like all phones, the price always drops after the early adopters are bagged. It dropped to $199 back in April and now it’s going to $149. As prices drop on phones, it always means the end of life is closer.

As further evidence, in Best Buy inventory systems there is an “X” for the supply code. This means it can’t be re-ordered and usually spells the end of life.

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Verizon Offering The Sony SmartWatch And Accessories For $150

We already know Verizon is a major player in the smartphone and tablet game, but it’s now growing its portfolio of accessories too. The famed Sony SmartWatch has been casually listed on its website for a price of $149.97 and can also be found in its stores as well. In addition, Verizon has accessories for the device such as extra wristbands listed as well. This means there is yet another way of getting those Facebook, Twitter and Gmail updates to Verizon customers using the Bluetooth-powered device. I’m sure some of you all are just itching to get more details of the device, so make sure you hit the source link to find more information.

source: Verizon Wireless

DROID Incredible 4G LTE accessories arrive at indirect sales channels, Release pushed to July?

We just got word that some DROID Incredible 4G LTE accessories are arriving at indirect sales channels for Verizon Wireless. This means the launch should be fairly close, but we’re also hearing that we probably won’t see it until the first week in July due to software issues. This certainly doesn’t surprise me since this is Verizon we’re talking about.

Actually this phone is way overdue since it’s not even a One X and barely a One S since it lacks the fantastic camera software of the One Series. Droid Life recently reported a June 21st date, which seems realistic as well.

I guess it comes down to the source, and our source is very confident that we won’t see this mid-level phone until closer to Independence Day. More pics after the break

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Verizon Galaxy S III to support global roaming with software update

At this point in the game, there really shouldn’t be a phone released without global capabilities. I know a lot of people don’t need it, but it’s something that just needs to be there for convenience. You can’t ask people to simply be forced to buy a certain phone because they “might” travel overseas. It shouldn’t be in the equation, it should just be there. With the news that the DROID 4, Rezound, and DROID RAZR will be getting global capabilities, it looks like we have a trend started because we can now add the Samsung Galaxy S III to that list. Unfortunately it won’t be out of the box as it will require a future software update. I find that totally annoying. Even looking at the DROID 4, Rezound, and DROID RAZR, these phones have been out for 7+ plus months. Why force customers to wait that long into their contract? Let’s hope the update for the GSIII happens a tad quicker.

source: phonescoop