HTC One (M8) for Verizon now receiving software update with Eye Experience, Android 4.4.4

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A software update has arrived for Verizon customers with the HTC One (M8). It brings the Eye Experience software introduced a few weeks ago as well as Android 4.4.4 in a file totaling just over 210MB. The carrier estimates that the update will take six minutes and that is about what I experienced. The device cycles through some restarts with installations once the download is complete and then the device is ready to go. Of course, Android 4.4.4 is primarily unnoticed changes; however, the Eye Experience gives new features to the Camera app.

Update: HTC threw an extra application into this software update. The HTC One (M8) now has a pre-installed flashlight app.

Verizon pushing Eye Experience update to its HTC One (M8) on Wednesday

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Either the hardware manufacturers are getting things right or the carriers are easing up on the testing phase. Tomorrow, owners of the HTC One (M8) on Verizon will be getting a software update. The update includes the new Eye Experience that was announced alongside the Desire Eye and RE Camera. HTC expects the over-the-air (OTA) update to arrive around noon on Wednesday.

Mo Versi, HTC’s VP of Product Management, tweeted the news on Tuesday:

HTC One (M8) Verizon owners! We have technical approval on Eye SW! OTA target for tomorrow at noon! #HTCAdvantage

Source: @moversi (Twitter)

Motorola DROID Turbo for Verizon leaks once again, this time in black and red

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In less than nine days, Motorola will be unveiling another handset to put on the market. This one, however, is expected to be a carrier exclusive. We are talking about the DROID Turbo that is heading straight to Verizon. A few images were found within the coding for the Verizon’s page teasing the device. It shows the device in black and in red. Regardless of the back panel color, the front remains black.

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Nexus 6 to be available on all major U.S. carriers

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With Google’s official release of the Nexus 6 earlier today, buyers may be trying to figure out whether it will be available on their network. The good news for customers on the five major U.S. carriers is that Google is going to make the Nexus 6 available on all of those networks with the initial release. The networks include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless. This is a welcome change in strategy from Google as they try to get the latest Nexus smartphone into the hands of as many users as possible. The biggest impediment could end up being the price, which at $649 off-contract, puts it right up there with other high-end devices. By not backing off on specs and the corresponding cost of the unit, Google is also employing a new strategy compared to previous releases.

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New image and details for Verizon’s DROID TURBO surface

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The line of leaks surrounding the Motorola DROID TURBO from Verizon got a little longer today with another image and details about the device surfacing. You may recall the name of the new device is rooted in a desire for the smartphone to charge quickly and it appears Motorola may have succeeded. Despite having a large 3,900mAh battery that should last two days, users should be able to juice up the device for eight hours of use with only 15 minutes of charging.
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Verizon soak test for Droid Ultra, Maxx and Mini brings VoLTE

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If you own a Verizon-branded Droid Ultra, Maxx or Mini and have previously registered as a member of the Motorola Feedback Network, you should now be receiving an invitation for a brand new soak test.

If you chose to accept, you will be prompted to download and install a relatively major functionality update, which brings “Advanced Calling 1.0″, also known as VoLTE for Verizon’s network, as well as to the usual multitude of bug fixes and stability improvements.


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Verizon to launch Motorola Droid Turbo at an event on October 28th

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Just a few days ago, Verizon “accidentally” tweeted an image of the upcoming Motorola Droid Turbo, and then quickly pulled that image. It wasn’t the first time the Turbo had leaked, with a user manual making the rounds earlier in the week. Today we have the final piece of the puzzle as Verizon has put a countdown clock on their site, redirected from DroidDoes.com. The countdown shows a phone identical to what we’ve already seen and ends on October 28th, the same day as an upcoming Verizon event (the flyer for which features the same image as the countdown clock), so it is safe to assume that the Turbo will launch that day. 
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