Thunderbolt software updates delayed from Verizon

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Just a few days ago we got all excited that there was an update being push to the HTC Thunderbolt. @VZWSupport did tweet last Tuesday that these updates would start rolling out. But, as it seems this update is being delayed.

Here were some of the specifics of the update. Hopefully VZW will get back on track and get all you Tbolt owners the update you deserve.

Web Browsing and Data Access
  • Enhanced data connectivity when accessing the Verizon 3G network.
  • Email and Messaging
  • SMS and MMS messages are stored properly in the Messaging Application (Inbox, Sent, etc.).
Additional Device Features
  • Timing for device activation has been improved.
  • “Backup Assistant” is correctly displayed in the Application menu.
  • Stability improvements for data centric applications such as Facebook, KAYAK, Yahoo! Mail, My Verizon and more.
  • Accurate location is displayed when accessing the Weather Widget.
  • Quickly load GPS updates for Google Maps and VZ Navigator
Stay tuned for information on when this update will be put back in motion. And if you catch it before we do let us know in the comments.

Verizon Looking at Female-Centric, Android-Based HTC Bliss

Go ahead and put this into the possibly interesting, possibly offensive categories for the day. According to a source of thisismynext.com, HTC and Verizon have been doing research and studies to put out an Android-based phone aimed almost completely at American women in their 20s and 30s. Check in after the break for some more info on this particular curiosity.
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@VZWSupport: Software Updates now being pushed to Thunderbolts

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That right, Verizon Wireless has announced via their support Twitter account  - @VZWSupport – that a software update is being pushed to the Thunderbolt. Look for: Build Number: 1.13.605.7 Baseband: 1.16.00.0402w_1. So all you Big Red faithful that own Verizon’s über cool 4G/LTE phone, keep your eyes peeled, and watch your notification bar for the update.

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If you’re like me and you can’t wait for the push, you can check every 2 minutes if you want by going to: Menu>Settings>Software Update>Check New

See the specifics on the update below from the VZW site:
Web Browsing and Data Access
+ Enhanced data connectivity when accessing the Verizon 3G network.
Email and Messaging
+  SMS and MMS messages are stored properly in the Messaging
Application (Inbox, Sent, etc.).
Additional Device Features
+ Timing for device activation has been improved.
+ “Backup Assistant” is correctly displayed in the Application menu.
+  Stability improvements for data centric applications such as
Facebook, KAYAK, Yahoo! Mail, My Verizon and more.
+ Accurate location is displayed when accessing the Weather Widget.
+ Quickly load GPS updates for Google Maps and VZ Navigator™
[via vzw]

Walmart to sell the Droid Charge, $298.88

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First we directed you to ‘Evidence points to Droid Charge Launch on Tuesday’ – Now it looks like the device will be listed at Walmart for $298.88. I’m sure many of you have been waiting patiently for this new Droid. So keep your eyes peeled for it, and let us know when you have one. And if all indications are correct, tomorrow could be the day!

The Droid Charge in line as Verizons soon to be relased 4G/LTE device. Below are a few of the specs:

  • 1GHz Hummingbird processor
  • Android 2.2
  • 4G LTE capability
  • 4.3 inches Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 8 Megapixels rear-facing camera / 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 2GB internal storage
  • Micro-SD support for up to 32GB memory

[via ac]

Evidence Points to Droid Charge Launch on Tuesday

The Droid Charge launch was postponed indefinitely when Verizon’s LTE network crashed, and we haven’t gotten an official launch date yet. Android Central has found a lot of evidence pointing toward a Tuesday release, however. In addition to the image above, they found several other internal images showing release dates of May 3rd or 5th, so we expect to see the device find a general release this week. Hit the source link to all the images.

[via ac]

T-Mobile pokes fun at Verizon for their LTE outage

Who doesn’t love some friendly competition, a little “anything you can do, I can do better”? It looks like T-Mobile likes it just fine. As we all know, Verizon’s LTE network suffered some serious downtime recently. In a tweet released by T-Mo, the carrier stated:

“@VerizonWireless In the time your network was out, we downloaded 22 million photos, 17 million eBooks and 1 million apps on our 4G network.”

Sound a little snarky? Of course it does! What do you think of T-Mo’s attitude in this? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

[via twitter]

@BestBuyMobile says: Free Phone Friday is here!

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This morning at 10:46 am EST @BestBuyMobile announce via Twitter that today (and Saturday) is Free Phone day.  They’re Twitter account, points you to the Best Buy page where you can order one of these free phones. The Android phones listed at $0.00 are a Samsung Fascinate (Black or White) for Verizon and a Samsung Captivate for AT&T. Oh yea, there’s a couple BlackBerry Curves as well, but who really wants a Blackberry?

Anyway, this could potentially be a good deal for someone that is considering a move to VZW or AT&T, as a new 2yr contract is required. See the tweet below:

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Motorola Xoom Gets Update (HMJ07B), Adds SSL And Widevine DRM. Still No LTE

Well, if you’re a Motorola Xoom owner, there’s good news and there’s bad news, which would you like first?  Yeah, we thought you’d want the bad news first.  Sorry to say, though we’re glad to see the Xoom receiving an update, it’s not for compatibility with LTE.  That being said, Verizon still has about a month to fulfill its promise to get LTE radios in these devices.  What does the new update offer?  The HMJ07B update includes a WPA-PSK security fix allowing other devices to tether off of your hotspot securely.  SSL support has been added for secure web browsing on your Xoom along with Google’s Widevine DRM, a company/software acquired back in December  of last year, which allows you to view otherwise locked online videos and stream content to your TV set.  Other additions include Bluetooth mouse support and POP3 email.  The guys over at Droid-Life have reported that the update should start rolling out to Xoom owners today.  So be on the look out.  If you’re one of those lucky users to receive the update today, feel free to let us know how you like it in the comments below.

[via engadget]

Motorola will change bootloader policy late 2011

Motorola has been locking bootloaders for a while now and a lot of consumers have been on their case about it. Recently Australian Atrix owner, Irwin Proud made a Groubal page to get the attention of Motorola. There are now over 8800 signatures.

In response to this, Motorola made the following statement:

“In terms of your question – we completely understand the operator requirement for security to the end user, and as well, want to support the developer communities desire to use these products as a development platform. It is our intention to enable the unlockable/relockable bootloader currently found on Motorola XOOM across our portfolio of devices starting in late 2011, where carriers and operators will allow it.”

If you remember, back in January, Motorola stated the following:

“working closely with our partners to offer a bootloader solution that will enable developers to use our devices as a development platform.”

This will all be very interesting because which carriers will go for this? Motorola has been very tight with Verizon Wireless, and it remains to be seen if they would allow unlocked phones. Is Motorola going to play the blame game with the carriers?

[via androidcentral]

Rugged Casio G’zOne Commando Coming to Verizon

It’s all too frequent that one has to make the choice between selecting a good smart phone and a phone that can take a beating. Sure, you can get a case, but is that going to help you when you have to jump in a lake to avoid a swarm of mutant killer bees? Meet the Casio G’zOne Commando, a beast of a phone coming to Verizon later this month. The Commando features every sort of resistance you would expect and more with rain, immersion, shock, dust, vibration, humidity, salt fog, solar radiation, altitude, and low and high temperatures, all at military 810g specifications. It also includes some software for you outdoorsy types with a compass,a pedometer, tide charts, a thermometer, sun/moon schedules, and a even a star gazer application. What’s even better is that the device still sports some impressive tech specifications with wifi b/g/n, Bluetooth, a 5-MP camera, and hotspot capability, allowing you to get some office work done in the middle of the wilderness. The Commando will be coming to Big Red on April 28th for $199.99 with a 2 year contract. Any suburban commandos out there itching to get this beast? Let us know in the comments!