Last week Verizon Wireless announced that they are updating their Network Optimization policy to include 4G LTE customers and would start throttling the heaviest users. This new policy is clearly aimed at their unlimited data customers and will go into effect on October 1.
It’s obvious that customers aren’t pleased with this, but more importantly, The Federal Communications Commission isn’t either. They sent a “strongly worded letter” to Verizon warning that these changes might violate federal regulations, and is a sign that FCC chairman Tom Wheeler could apply new net neutrality rules to wireless carriers.
As per Motorola Mobility’s latest Google+ post, the Motorola Moto G on Verizon is due for an upgrade. Android Kitkat 4.4.4 will be rolling out throughout the weekend, replacing the previous iteration of Kitkat 4.4.3 on the device. The new software update brings a new dialer UI, Camera features, and some simple security and stability updates. 4.4.4 came to the Moto G early, keeping with its previous track record of receiving updates just after the Nexus line. Motorola should be sending the update to other carriers and Moto devices soon, right after the Moto X 4.4.4 battery drain issue is rectified.
source: +Motorola Mobility
Verizon launched their “Network Optimization” policy back in the Fall of 2011, which at the time meant the company could throttle 3G data speeds for their heaviest users in congested service areas. Unfortunately Verizon is now updating that policy to include wireless users on their 4G LTE network with unlimited data plans. Just how long Verizon will throttle affected users depends on a long list of criteria, in their words, “The customer may continue to be impacted for the rest of the current billing cycle and through the next billing cycle, but only while on a cell site that is experiencing high demand.”
It looks like Verizon will continue to push the DROID branded handsets. Last year’s models featured mostly the same specs as the Moto X other than display sizes and storage options. Motorola will probably unveil the Moto X+1 in about a month so that means the new DROIDs will probably get announced around the same time.
A lot of people were disappointed when they heard the Moto X and DROIDs sported the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro as part of the Mobile X8 Computing System. This year, things are a little different. It looks like the DROID MAXX and DROID Mini are confirmed to sport the Snapdragon 801, which is found on all the flagships so far this year. Assuming there will be a DROID Ultra again, I think it’s safe to assume it will also sport the same processor, as well as the Moto X+1.
The LG G Vista has been leaking slowly, and now we have a few specs to share with you. The Verizon-bound device (VS880) is expected to sport a 5.7-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, a quad-core Snapdragon 400, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, 8 MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front-facing camera, 3,200 mAh battery, and Android 4.4.2. It’s also expected to be 9.9mm thick and weigh in at 162 grams.
This is an obvious mid-range device, with hopefully pretty competitive pricing. Unfortunately we don’t know what Verizon plans on charging for this device nor do we know when it will be released. We will keep you posted.
Yesterday, it was reported that Verizon decided to kill off the 2-year offer of 100mb per month of 4G LTE that was given to many Chromebook Pixel owners. For whatever reason, they cut it off at the 1-year mark leaving owners hanging. Well leave it to Google to come to the rescue. They are offering a credit of $150 to all those who bought the Chromebook Pixel when the deal was offered.
It’s been quite some time since Android launched 4.4 KitKat, but it looks like Samsung’s Galaxy Note II (Verizon) will be finally receiving the update OTA. Here’s the build number: KOT49H.I605VRUFND7
You’ll get the standard KitKat update (white icons on notification bar, bug fixes, some new apps, etc.) as well as Samsung’s add-ons including Knox 2.0. If you’re looking into a Gear 2, the Note II will now be compatible.
Source: Verizon Wireless
Motorola’s Moto G has caught a lot of attention, becoming the company’s best-selling smartphone ever. Now, those who are on Verizon’s prepaid plan can get the device cheaper than ever, at just $49.99 off contract.
As expected, Verizon took the wraps off of their new and improved faster 4G LTE network, dubbed XLTE. In a nutshell, it should provide more capacity along with 2X the speed than traditional LTE. The best news out of all this is that it’s not a soft launch in a couple of cities. It’s actually going to be available to many customers thanks to the AWS spectrum purchase from 2012. All Verizon is doing is flipping the AWS switch on in the cities that offer it, and compatible phones will now access both the 700 MHz spectrum along with the AWS spectrum for super fast XLTE.
Yes, but what the hell is it? Unfortunately, we have nothing else to go by but the name. We know HTC is working on Mini and Prime versions of the One (M8), but I don’t think it’s either device.