Verizon software update for the Motorola Xoom to Android 3.2 Honeycomb

Verizon Wireless says you need this update that is “coming soon”, so you better get it when it’s available. In reality, you already knew you needed it, and have likely have been wanting it for a while, as you saw other devices like the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer take full advantage for the delicious Honeycomb.

The announced information on the Verizon Wireless website lists the changes we expect Android 3.2 to deliver such as:

  • Software Build # HTJ85
  • Screen Scaling Compatibility Mode
  • SD Card Support
  • Adaptive Streaming Support for Movies
  • Movie Rental Improvements
  • New EAS policy: “Allow Password Recovery”
  • Improvements to Exchange ActiveSync and security

Hit the source for the full pdf outlining the update and keep watch for when Honeycomb for the Big Red branded Motorola Xoom is available for download.

[via verizon]

American Express and Verizon Wireless team up to bring mobile payments to smartphones and tablets

American Express and Verizon Wireless announced they will integrate Serve, a next-generation digital payment and commerce platform, on many Verizon mobile smartphones and tablets. Verizon customers will be able to make payments and redeem offers for goods and services from their mobile phones or tablets using Serve.

Serve authenticates the mobile number which allows customers to make a purchase on-screen with only a few clicks. It is currently accepted by the millions of merchants in the United States who accept American Express.

You will be able to redeem mobile offers from participating merchants with credits automatically appearing in your serve account. The two companies are also working with Payfone to support Serve checkout on Verizon Wireless devices.

Full press release after the break

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Motorola Droid X2 on Verizon: Reviews, Benchmarks, Comparisons, and more [video]

This last week, I had the opportunity to try out a Motorola Droid X2 from Verizon. My daily driver lately has been an HTC Evo 3D on Sprint, so my normal experience on Android is quite different from the X2, what with HTC’s Sense and all. The phone held up well to the Droid name, and carried only a few disappointments… but that doesn’t mean the disappointing features were “no big deal”.

Hit the break to find out my thoughts and experiences on the Droid X2, as well as catch the full 11 minute video rundown, and be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments. Also, be sure to check out our quick unboxing video.

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[Leak] HTC Droid Incredible 2 Silver Edition may be coming soon

With the majority of phones being black, it is nice to see a little color once in a while. It looks like Verizon Wireless might be prepping a silver Droid Incredible 2. The Droid Incredible 2 is a really nice upper mid-level phone and now that it has been unofficially unlocked with CyanogenMod7 and MIUI now available, this silver edition might be a sweet deal. We expect that it will have the same specs as the original black edition.

The only negative is that it is not 4G LTE, but there are still a lot of people that do not have access to LTE or don’t feel they need the extra speed at the expense of decent battery life.

We have no idea when this will be available, but you can trust that we will let you know as soon as we hear more.

[via pocketnow]

Samsung Droid Charge $99 on Amazon

Some of you folks may have handsets that are feeling a bit stale, and that’s okay if you’re interested in a pretty good deal…but only if you’re looking to leave your carrier. On Amazon right now, the Samsung Droid Charge is running for the low price of $99, a real steal considering its $299 price tag from Verizon proper.

Just as a recap, the Samsung Droid Charge offers the following specs:

  • 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen
  • 1 GHz Hummingbird processor
  • 2 Gigs of internal memory
  • Preloaded 32 Gig microSD card
  • 8 MP rear-facing camera with flash, 1.3 MP front-facing
  • Access to Verizon’s 4G LTE service

Not bad for $99. If you’re interested, hit up the source link and buy, buy, buy!

[via amazon wireless]

Unboxing – Verizon Motorola Droid X2

The Motorola Droid X2 from Verizon has been crazy popular since it came out a couple of months ago. If you haven’t managed to get your hands on it yet, that’s okay… because we did that part for you. Today, we’ll be going through a quick unboxing and look at the X2, and later we’ll be giving you a full review, complete with a rundown of some benchmark tests and carrier comparisons.

Be sure to check out the video below, and let us know what you think of the device in the comments below.

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Netflix Offering 3 Free Months On Newly Purchased LG Revolutions

Netflix is apparently getting vary serious about getting their service to as many Android phones as possible. LG and Netflix have teamed up in order to help you understand the beauty of the most famous movie and tv watching service. From now until August 28th, anyone who purchases an LG Revolution on Verizon ($199) will be given 3 months of Netflix for free. This is definitely a better deal than the usual 1 month free deal that Netflix likes to give out. As with all of these types of promotions, you’ll automatically be signed up for the $7.99/month plan after the three months is up, but you can cancel that at any time. This probably isn’t enough to sway you into dropping your phone for the LG Revolution, but if you were on the fence about getting one hopefully this will help you over.

[via Verizon]

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II with NFC passes through the FCC

This has to be declared Samsung Galaxy S II week. First, pictures surfaced for an AT&T version with a QWERTY slider, then a 2nd slate version appeared. Then out of nowhere, pictures surfaced for the Verizon Wireless version. All of these are expected in August so they have to be hitting the FCC right? We already have news of the Sprint version (might be called the Within) passing, and now here comes one of the possible AT&T versions.

This one bares the model SGH-I777. It does not appear that it has a keyboard and we know that one of these versions could be called the Attain. It has 4G HSPA and NFC. This week might be Galaxy S II week, but it is looking like August might be declared Galaxy S II month, and Samsung will be on their way to selling 10 million units.

[via fcc]

Samsung Fascinate ED05 update for incoming call bug is now available

The Fascinate has been suffering from a bug in which you cannot receive calls, but some of you might not have noticed because you forgot you can actually use your phone for calls. For the ones that did notice, some were able to get replacements devices from Verizon with constant complaining. That route might be unlikely now because update i500.ED05 is now available too fix it, along with some additional SMS bugs.

[via verizon]

4G WiMax Sprint “Samsung Within” Makes Its Way Through FCC

There is certainly no shortage of news when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S II device.  The handset is, without a doubt, one of the most powerful dual-core smartphones to ever grace the industry.  Just like the original Galaxy S, the device is about to break the U.S. market in its many various form factors and headed to several different carriers, if not all.  Check out our posts on the device along with its form factors, features and who its carriers will most likely be.

So why stop there?  In our latest addition of news for the Sammy Galaxy S II, it appears as though Sprint is about to get their shot at the money making handset.  Thanks to a tipster over at Phandroid, an FCC filing for a device dubbed the SPH-D710 aka the “Samsung Within”, was found and is making its way to Sprint as a variant of the Galaxy S II.  Check out the pics of the FCC filing which reveal a thicker device by 3mm and 5mm taller than the original Galaxy S II.  The device is more in line with T-Mobile’s possible Hercules, a dual-core version of AT&T’s Infuse 4G.  
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