Verizon IndyCar fans everywhere will rejoice with the new INDYCAR Mobile app for smartphones and tablets. The latest version of the app now puts speed-oholics in the drivers seat allowing fans access to live coverage of the IZOD IndyCar Series and the Firestone Indy Lights Season. From in-car camera action to in-the-moment driver-pit crew transmissions, the INDYCAR Mobile app has all the excitement to get your motor running. Fans will also have access to the most up-to-date news and coverage on all cars participating in these two events including the No.12 car, driven by Will Power and sponsored by Verizon Wireless. The app is exclusively available to Verizon phones and tablets comprising of more than 35 Android smartphones, tablets and iOS devices on their network. Android phones can dial **INDY (**4639) to download the latest version of the INDYCAR Mobile app and Android tablets can search in the Google Play Store for “Indycar”.
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We’ve already seen a nice press image of the upcoming LG Lucid 4G for Verizon Wireless, so now all we need is the specs. Unfortunately there is nothing to wow you, but this could make a really nice mid-level 4G LTE phone. Specs include a 4-inch (800 x 480) IPS display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of internal memory, 11.4mm thick, 1700 mAh battery, and Android 2.3 (Ugg!). This one might come in at $149, which for a dual-core 4G LTE phone isn’t bad when you consider Verizon’s non-competitive pricing. if you aren’t tied to a carrier, the AT&T Pantech Burst at $49 might be the better buy.
Verizon has sent out a notification to LG Revolution owners highlighting an important update called VS910ZV8 has arrived. In addition to resolving minor bugs with the device, the update introduces a new virtual tool called Verizon Remote Diagnostics which aims to make maintenance of the phone a breeze. Verizon specifically describes the Remote Diagnostics tool as a:
“New customer care solution to improve device issue diagnosis during customer support calls. When a customer calls into Verizon Wireless Customer Care, this solution, with the customer’s permission, allows support personnel to remotely view the user’s device for troubleshooting and application demonstrations.
The Remote Diagnostics tool is a very interesting concept. It essentially means that the RD tool will allow Verizon customer service to see a user’s device and literally gain remote control of it— naturally with your permission of course. Verizon, unlike Carrier IQ took the time to notify its customers of this potentially controversial application. So this in essence, should not a repeat of the whole Carrier IQ shenanigans we remember from late last year. If you own a Revolution smartphone, are you reluctant or OK with this diagnostic tool?
Hit the break to see the full details of the update along with the Verizon link for full details.
The DROID X2 may not be getting Ice Cream Sandwich, but that won’t stop Motorola and Verizon with minor updates. The latest is build, 1.3.418.MB870.Verizon.en.US, is now rolling. If you’re not anxious, you can wait till it pushes to you automatically, otherwise hit the Menu followed by Settings/About Phone/System Updates to manually pull it. The update includes the following fixes and enhancements:
- Verizon Video and VZ Navigator® 3D City are now preloaded.
- A Google Security Patch has been added to improve the security level.
- Purchased ringtones are now able to be saved and set.
- Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
- Shortcut names can be updated and saved.
- The keyboard Input Auto Error Correction setting defaults to off.
Thanks Colin and Bruce
AT&T plans on expanding their 4G LTE network to a total of 12 markets between now (or actually soon) and early Summer. Things will kick off with Cleveland, but no date was specified. I would expect the switch to be flipped by the end of this month. In fact, if you already own an AT&T LTE capable phone you might already be getting it since they’re most likely testing now. After Cleveland, the following 11 locations will receive AT&T’s blazing fast LTE network:
- Akron, OH
- Canton, OH
- Naples, FL
- Bloomington, IN
- Lafayette, IN
- Muncie, IN
- Baton Rouge, LA
- New Orleans, LA
- St. Louis, MO
- Bryan-College Station, TX
- Staten Island in New York City.
Again no specified dates or in what order, but separate launches are expected in April, May, and into early Summer. Upon completion of these 12 markets, the overall total for AT&T will stand at 40. Not bad, but Verizon Wireless holds a major lead with 196.
Full press release after the break:
At Deutsche Bank’s 20th Annual Media and Telecom Conference, Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo stated that Verizon Wireless plans to offer data plans that can be shared among multiple devices, essentially a family data plan with single account billing, by mid-year. In a transcript provided by Verizon, Shammo goes on to say that Verizon has been thinking about this for about a year, but it is “a very complex equation because we have to make sure that it’s good for Verizon and it’s also good for our customer.” Last year we reported that Verizon would be adding family data plans this year, so it’s good to see they are working on it.
This type of plan makes sense as more people find themselves with multiple devices in the household all connecting to the LTE network. Shammo explains, “So when you think about connecting the devices to the network, it’s more than just a smartphone and a tablet. It’s more around everything that happens in our daily lives. So when you talk about data sharing, you talk about having the ability to connect more devices without having to in essence pay more for a bundle.”
The transcript also mentions that around 5% of Verizon customers are using their LTE network, with 5.4 million LTE devices activated in 2011. Also, the promotion Verizon is currently running that doubles customer data allotments when they sign up for a contract with an LTE-enabled smartphone, will run for another two months. Shammo states “It is very critical for us and we’re playing a very delicate balancing act here that I don’t want to spend any more money on my 3G network.”
Here’s to simpler, more affordable plans all around.
The world’s thinnest LTE tablet is going to land on Verizon Wireless this Thursday March 1. At only 7.9mm thick, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE features a 7.7-inch (1280 x 800) Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 3.2MP rear camera capable of recording video at 720p, 2MP front facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, 1080p video playback through the HDMI dock or adapter, and microSD for up to an additional 32GB of extra storage. It’s also approved for Enterprise SAFE™, and Android 3.2 Honeycomb is on board. Pricing will be $499 with a new 2-year contract.
Full press release after the break:
Well look what we have here? The fine folks at Droid Life seem to have stumbled upon information that was
accidentally leaked out. As you can see in the screenshot, the information includes two new devices that are on their way: the LG Cayman and the “DROID Fighter”. News and information are scarce for both devices. We haven’t heard much chatter from Verizon very much about its upcoming toys lately, nor have we seen any leaks or information— so this is as big of a surprise to you all as it is to us here. Perhaps the LG Cayman will be a dumbed-down version of the newly released LG Spectrum or even an entry-level phone. And maybe the “DROID Fighter” could be something along the lines of Sammy’s DROID Charge or maybe it’s something completely different, who knows. We’ll just have to wait until further information trickles out in order to have an idea of what the devices may be.
Both devices are expected to arrive within the next few months, so stay tuned with Talk Android for any additional leaks or news we hear about in the meantime.
source: Droid Life
As the Android platform continues to evolve, industries that utilize the platform evolve too. Verizon and Motorola recognize this by creating a landmark partnership with BoxTone to provide secure mobile devices and apps for the healthcare industry. The goal of this partnership is to make things more efficient at its most basic level. In addition, the partnership will aim to improve patient care through “the sharing of clinical data in near-real time to help speed decision making and control costs.”
Many of you are asking, “ok this is great and all— but how does this relate to me?” Well folks, think of it this way: you’re in a doctor’s office and instead of seeing the usual bundle of forms and paperwork you’ve grown accustomed to, you’d see your private and sensitive information presented to you in the form of a device— the MOTO XYBOARD or DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX to be exact– all using Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Here’s Dr. Peter Tippett, VP and Chief Medical Officer of Verizon Connected Healthcare Solutions adding some insight on this breakthrough partnership:
“This solution underscores the important role mobility is playing in transforming health care. Working with Motorola Mobility and BoxTone, we have brought together complementary capabilities to create an easy-to-deploy and manage mobility solution for our health care customers.”
Sounds like a welcome solution and impact indeed. Hit the break for the full presser from Big Red itself.
A couple of days ago we told you about the much needed update coming soon to DROID X owners. No it’s not Ice Cream Sandwich, but it will fix a lot of bugs that have been a mainstay ever since Gingerbread landed on the device. We have good news because the soak test has officially begun, which means we could see the full release later this week. As a reminder, this update will bring your software version to 4.5.621.MB810.Verizon.en.US. Hit the break for the full changelog.