Well there you have it. The first non Nexus phone to get the KitKat update is the Moto X and it just so happens to be the Verizon version. Motorola just announced that the update will start rolling today. Think about this for a moment….The Moto X is receiving the latest and greatest Android before the Nexus 4 (at least OTA). In fact, I have two Nexus 7 devices that have yet to receive the official update. Kudos to Motorola and their team for getting this done so fast while other manufacturers like Samsung are pushing 4.3 to their devices.
This update will roll out in phases, so be patient because it could take a week or two till everyone gets it. Motorola didn’t offer any info for other carrier versions, but did say they will “have more KitKat for Moto X news to share on other carriers and countries very soon.” Hit the break for the changelog directly from Motorola.
We are all expecting some pretty hefty deals on Black Friday, but we usually don’t know what they will be until a little closer to the day itself. The deals that Verizon is going to offer have been shown in a flier that leaked online. There really is nothing extremely special about the deals, but there might be a few grabs that people might be interested in.
Pigs must be flying and/or it must be frozen in Hell because Verizon might roll a major update before other carriers. Motorola promised that KitKat would come to the Moto X in the coming weeks, and Verizon’s version looks to be the first.
Last week we told you about invites to Motorola forum members for an upcoming soak test, and according to a post earlier this morning, it looks like it’s just about to commence.
If everything goes well, the Verizon Moto X could be getting some chocolatey goodness in time for Thanksgiving, or at least shortly thereafter. We have the full changelog after the break.
Looks like Verizon is trying to move the Moto X. We already reported that you can get a fully customized version for only $49 through Moto Maker, but if you aren’t into customizing, you can grab a white or black one for Free from Verizon’s website. All you need to do is enter coupon code vzwdeal at checkout and it’s yours for Free.
Personally, I would spend the extra $50 and customize it to your heart’s content, but Free is always nice.
Remember the Nexus 7 debacle from September? In a nutshell, Verizon refused to activate the 2013 Nexus 7 claiming it wasn’t “certified” yet. The only problem was that it’s compatible with the carrier and works with any other SIM card that was previously activated. The issue was that Verizon refused to activate new SIM cards. At that time, Verizon did say they were working on “certifying” it. This usually takes about 4 to 6 weeks, which just so happens to be right about now.
One of our favorite leakers, @evleaks, just tweeted, “Nexus 7 headed to Verizon.” Unfortunately no word on when, but we can only assume this tweet means it’s really close since the certification process should be just about completed. We will keep you posted as soon as we hear more.
Verizon is infamous for their product update schedules. While some months are filled with update after update, Big Red’s notoriously slow in their OTA “testing process.” Even the new DROID line has to wait its turn. However, that wait may not be as long as you’d think. According to Motorola VP of Product Management, Punit Soni, “Verizon users… You know that SW update is coming soon…”
Of course coming soon is relative. While incremental updates are normally not worthy of anything more than a small quip, this update will be pushing fixes that turns an okay camera into a decent camera. You know, the update that the Moto X just got. Camera update aside, you’ll see better touchless controls, improved call quality and other added features.
No telling when the update is actually coming but Mr. Soni is quite confident that it’ll happen in the near future. We hope so, for everyone’s sake. We’ll keep you posted when it does.
source: Punit Soni Google+
An interesting report on the U.S. mobile carriers was released yesterday by J.D. Power. Apparently, when consumers rank their overall satisfaction with their carrier of choice, it might be contingent on what phone they are using. According to J.D., iPhone users are very happy with Verizon Wireless and AT&T, but Samsung users rank Sprint and T-Mobile higher. Verizon was actually chosen as the best carrier among iPhone users while Sprint was chosen as the best by Samsung users.
What’s most interesting is when you lump all smartphones together, you get an interesting picture. AT&T comes in first followed by Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Verizon rarely performs that badly, so I’m not sure how that happened. But I do find the type of phone by carrier very interesting. For me, it’s all about the coverage. I am an Android user obviously, and I could never rank T-Mobile or Sprint highly because their coverage in my area is dismal.
Full presser after the break.
The DROID Mini is a great phone for those that want a more compact frame. However, it has only been offered in black. If you’re looking for another option, it appears Verizon will launch a red version soon. No word on when, but the above leaked image confirms its existence. I would imagine it will hit Big Red (no pun intended) in time for the Holidays. Meanwhile, the black version is priced at only $49.99, which is a very good deal.
Over the weekend, a loophole was found on Verizon’s website that allowed customers to upgrade to a new phone and keep their coveted unlimited data plans. If you were among the people to take advantage of Big Red’s folly, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Verizon reached out to Droid-Life, who first reported the news, and said that they would not revert any transactions and would honor those who picked up a new device while keeping their unlimited data plan. Here is the full statement that Verizon provided:
Verizon had a great idea and a bad idea, rolled it up into a single device, and released it to the market. The idea is a Novatel-built wireless router/modem combo that links to a customer’s existing Verizon Share Everything plan in an attempt to replace a home phone and internet service. On paper, that doesn’t sound like a bad idea; cell phones have all but replaced land lines, and Verizon’s LTE can be faster and more reliable than some types of internet from companies like Comcast and Time Warner. The problem comes in when you realize that tacking it on to your Share Everything plan means you’re constrained by your Share Everything limits, which is, at most, 20 GB on the high end. Replacing the entirety of your WiFi with a data cap that small is a horrible option for most people, especially with the rising popularity of services like Netflix and Play Music.