Droid Ultra, Maxx, and Mini receiving software updates from Verizon, includes several enhancements and free 50 GB of Google Drive storage

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Do you own one of Verizon’s latest Motorola Droid devices? If you’ve got the Droid Ultra, Maxx, or Mini, you should soon be getting a notification to update your device OTA. While it’s not KitKat, it still includes some pretty handy improvements for the device, including camera tweaks, connectivity enhancements, and a handful of other updated and improved features.

What really makes this device unique is that it installs Google Drive onto your device for you, and if you use it from your device, you’ll be given 50 GB of free storage space for two years. Considering major carriers like Verizon tend to block those kinds of promotions (like what we’ve seen with Dropbox on Samsung devices), it’s great to see this offer being made available to Droid owners on Big Red’s network.

Keep an eye out for the update on your device, and hit the links below if you want to check out the full changelog.

source: Droid Ultra and Ultra Maxx

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Verizon To Launch Its Very Own Branded 7-Inch Android Tablet, “Ellipsis 7″

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It would appear that Verizon is looking to claim its small stake in the affordable tablet market with its new announcement of the “Ellipsis 7“. The Ellipsis 7 tab is the company’s new device hoping to compete with popular small tabs such as Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX. Specs include a 7-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display, 1GB of RAM, 8 gig’s of on-board storage and a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU from an unknown manufacturer. The device will be sold as the company’s very own tablet and first in the line of “Ellipsis” devices. It will also sport LTE connectivity and a front facing camera for video chats. It’s been also said the device will be running an OS version close to stock Jelly Bean and confirmed to hit stores on November 7th for $249.99 with no contract.

Only time will tell whether or not the tab can quickly gain ground over Apple and Samsung products, though it’s highly unlikely. Big Red will also include its RedBox Instant streaming service with the package to sweeten the pot a little. We’re sure, being the “first in the Ellipsis family…’ we’ll see another device between 8-10-inches assuming the 7-inch device does well. Do you think this device has what it takes to compete in the already crowded tablet market? Check out Verizon’s page via the source link for more details on the product and if you happen to snatch one up on opening day let us know what you think in the comments below.  
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Verizon to hold November 19th press event in Minnesota

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Today Verizon announced that they will be holding a press conference on November 19th in Minnesota at the Mall of America. Don’t expect devices at this event, but rather news on possible new contract plans as Verizon claims it’ll be a “reinvention of the wireless customer experience.”

No further details so far, but once we have more information we’ll be sure to relay it back ASAP. The event will start at 1PM CST.

Nexus 5 will not work on Verizon’s network

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Verizon has had some major issues with carrying feature Android devices in the past. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus took forever to hit the market because of Verizon’s long software review process, and the Nexus 4 didn’t even support LTE in a world where pretty much every new device had LTE capabilities. Then there was the whole Nexus 7 controversy. It was initially announced that Verizon would be supporting the tablet at I/O 2013, but the carrier later said it wouldn’t be supported, and refused to activate the tablet after launch. After an enormous amount of customer complaints, Verizon said that it would be supported soon. (So we know it wasn’t a matter of it being possible or not, it was purely a business decision.)

Today, Google’s Sundar Pichai said that the Nexus 5 will not be on Verizon— it will, however, run on Sprint and T-Mobile’s network. (AT&T not yet known.)

However, Pichai did say that Google is working with Verizon on a set of projects for 2014. We’re not exactly sure what that means, but hopefully it’s a Verizon version of the Nexus 5, or maybe even a Verizon Nexus 7— maybe even an entirely new device.

Source: The Verge

 

Photos of new Android tablet, Verizon Ellipsis 7, leaked

Verizon-Ellipsis-7Leaker @evleaks is at it again, showing us images of the Verizon Ellipsis 7, a brand new own-branded Android tablet. According to the leaked image, the Ellipsis 7 has a 7 inch screen, LTE connectivity, two front speakers, a front facing camera, and runs stock Jelly Bean. The image shows a date of November 25 – could that be a release date? A price point is obviously still in the air, but assuming it is manufactured by a Chinese company, it shouldn’t cost too much.

Stay tuned to Talk Android as we hear more about the device.

Source: @evleaks

Android 4.3 for Verizon HTC One needs another month

HTC_One_Back_TAOver the weekend, we told you that information on the status of Android 4.3 for the Verizon HTC One would be provided today, and it seems there was a setback in development. Jason Mackenzie, President of HTC America, just sent out a tweet saying that they “need more time to spin” the new software and re-test the 4.3 update. He gives a new release date of approximately a month from now.

Most other carriers already have 4.3, so this news is definitely disappointing for Verizon HTC One owners. Hopefully things will get sorted out soon and 4.3 will be arriving on your phones in the near future.

Source: @JasonMacHTC

HTC’s Mackenzie says status of Verizon HTC One Android 4.3 update to be provided on Monday

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As Android 4.3 updates for HTC One owners have been rolling out around the globe with a variety of carriers this past week, one group has been left out in the cold – Verizon customers. Jason Mackenzie, President of HTC America, indicated in a tweet today that HTC was working on the issue and expected to issue a status update on Monday. Hopefully some good news will be forthcoming from HTC and Verizon on when customers on the carrier can expect to receive the update for their devices.

source: @JasonMacHTC

Glympse and Verizon announce new partnership to bring location sharing to text messages

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Glympse, the location sharing service, has announced a new partnership with Verizon that will make their service available within the Verizon Messages application. This will be the first example of Glympse integration in a text messaging service. Until now, accessing Glympse would mean exiting out of the Messages app and launching the Glympse app. When the new version is released by Verizon, users will be able to just tap a “Glympse” icon within the Messages app to start a 15-minute sharing session. Others in the text conversation will receive a dynamic map, within the Messages application, showing the other users’ locations. According to Glympse, users will be able to extend the sharing time or end it on demand. According to Glympse co-founder and CEO Bryan Tussel, the new paradigm will mean “anyone can send a visually rich, engaging text message that definitively solves the question, ‘where are you?’”

The updated version of the Verizon Messages app, that includes this new Glympse functionality, is expected to be available for Android and iPhone users within a few weeks. You can read the full press release from Glympse after the break.
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Galaxy S4 mini to come to United States in November


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Rumors flew in regarding the Galaxy S4 mini, and we had a pretty good idea that it would be headed to the United States on four carriers. All we needed was confirmation.

And guess what? Now we have that.

In a press release, Samsung announced that the phone is US-bound, and will be available from Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and US Cellular.

The device is similar to its bigger brother, but has a smaller frame and lesser internals. It features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display at 960×540 resolution, a dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB internal storage which is expandable via microSD, an 8 MP rear shooter, and a 1,900mAh battery.

The phone ships with 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and the most recent version of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI— this means that you’ll get most of the same software add-ins that the full S4 has. Samsung also made it known that the device will receive a software update which will allow it to support Galaxy Gear.


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Verizon rolling out Moto X camera update to soak testers, doesn’t break root for all users [Update: now pushing to everyone]

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Verizon sent out soak test invites about a week ago, and the first users are reporting that they’re finally receiving that elusive camera update for their Moto X phones. Verizon didn’t manage to get this one out in a timely manner, but hey, better late than never, right? The update adds in camera improvements as well as touchless control improvements and a fix for choppy audio on calls that some users were experiencing.

A pretty major part of this update is the fact that it’s not breaking root for all users. When signing up for the soak test, Motorola and Verizon stated the users would have to be okay with losing root access, but for users that rooted their X with MotoRoot, it looks like you’ll be able to keep. Other root methods are seeing mixed success, so your mileage may vary.

Update: We have no idea how, but the soak test is already over and everyone will be getting the update soon. Full changelog after the break.


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