A few carriers have announced plans for WiFi calling on their devices, and it looks like Verizon will follow suit. Unfortunately, the feature won’t be coming to the carrier anytime soon. Verizon’s Fran Shammo claims that Verizon still needs to do some of the technological legwork to make sure that WiFi calling is an acceptable experience, and since Verizon’s 3G coverage is one of the best around, they haven’t felt the need to urgently push WiFi calling. Still, they plan on deploying the feature at some point in the middle of 2015, which is almost a full year away.
In place of WiFi calling, Verizon has been hard at work rolling out VoLTE which offers a comparable experience to traditional 3G calling. There still aren’t many phones on Verizon’s network that support VoLTE or WiFi calling, so don’t expect a massive change overnight, even after Verizon allows WiFi calling next year.
source: Fierce Wireless
In honor of Apple’s latest creation, Verizon is moving forward upgrade dates by two months for users looking to snag a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.
A couple weeks back we reported that Verizon was planning on launching their HD voice and VoLTE service in “the coming weeks“, and thankfully for Verizon users, that time has come. Verizon customers using compatible devices can start taking advantage of these services today. For now only the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy S5 are supported, but the LG G3 will presumably be next with more devices to follow suit.
Soon, there could be a new Motorola device available going by the name DROID Turbo with cutting edge specifications. This is the device heading to Verizon with the codenamed Quark. Today, it has been discovered in an FCC filing that confirms Big Red will be carrying the device due to all of its wireless bands being present.
After yesterday’s delay, owners of the HTC One (M8) on Verizon are now seeing a software update appear. It includes Android 4.4.3 and HTC’s Extreme Power Saving Mode to drag out battery life as much as possible.
The update is just over 673MB and Verizon recommends having your device plugged in while updating. After downloading, the install process will take about fifteen minutes or so.
Owners of the Galaxy S 5 on Verizon, be prepared for a software update. Fellow TalkAndroid writer Jack Holt shared the screenshot above that shows his Samsung device receiving a bump to Android 4.4.4 alongside some Bluetooth fixes. This means that Big Red’s version of the Galaxy S 5 is now running the latest version of Android.
Verizon customers that own the HTC One (M8), you can expect your update starting today.
Source: +Jack Holt
Another carrier version of the HTC One (M8) will be receiving Android 4.4.3 on September 10. Mo Versi, the company’s vice president of product management, announced on Twitter that Verizon has approved the software update and its rollout will begin on Wednesday. Aside from bringing Android 4.4.3 to the HTC flagship, this software update will activate Extreme Power Saving Mode.
Be sure to let us know when you start seeing the update!
Source: @moversi (Twitter)
For users of the original HTC One, HTC’s latest hustle and bustle over its latest devices may cause some feelings of being left behind. If you’re in that boat, here’s some news to brighten your day: Verizon is currently rolling out Android 4.4.3 to the One M7 which brings improvements from mild stability tweaks all the way to Extreme Power Saving Mode, which allows you to go maximum time on each charge.
Verizon will be paying the FCC $7.4 million in what is now the largest penalty ever seen by the government agency. The carrier was negligent in letting customers know about their information being used for marketing purposes. Customers were supposed to be alerted about their information being shared and given the opportunity to not participate. Verizon was using phone records for whatever reason and that is what caused a big stir. The opt out opportunity was supposed to be included on a customer’s initial bill. Two million customers were affected.
Yesterday after Sony officially unveiled their new Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone, T-Mobile indicated they would carry the device in the U.S. market. It appeared that they may be the only carrier to offer the Sony device in their portfolio. According to documents obtained by PCMag.com, the device may be headed to Verizon as well. The documents indicate the name of a forthcoming device for Verizon is the Z3v, possibly an attempt to not make the pending addition to Verizon’s lineup so noticeable. However, PCMag.com reports the documents they received show a Verizon logo on the back of an Xperia Z3 device. There are also references to support for NFC, wireless charging, 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM and a microSD slot. A screen shot shows Amazon Music, the Amazon AppStore and the Amazon Kindle app all loaded on the device.
If Verizon does pick up the Xperia Z3 for their portfolio, it will be the first time they have had a Sony device available for consumers since 2011 when they carried the Sony Xperia Play. At this time, Verizon has not responded to requests for comment or confirmed they will get the Xperia Z3.