According to a story we reported on yesterday, the Motorola Moto G was going to be going on sale starting January 9th for only $99 off contract with Verizon. The new smartphone will be available through Verizon retail locations and Best Buy at this price. Apparently the leaks regarding this pricing have prompted a reversal of the policy of holding the devices until January 9th and at least Best Buy will sell them as soon as the devices are physically delivered to their stores.
Best Buy spokesman Jonathan Sandler told the LA Times, “the phone is currently landing in stores and is available for sale as soon as it arrives.” Verizon has not commented on the availability of the Moto G or the special pricing.
source: LA Times
To send you off into the final weekend before Christmas, T-Mobile has posted a Vine that shows what AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint are going to get for Christmas. One by one, the jolliest man in the world gives the aforementioned group coal! After he finishes dropping the coal into their stockings, he reveals himself. T-Mobile CEO John Legere pulls down his Santa beard and gives not a “ho ho ho,” but an evil “ha ha ha.” Now if only we knew what Uncarrier 4 is all about.
Hit the break for the Vine.
Who knew Matt Lauer and the people over at The Today Show could bring such an awesome deal back. Over on the morning show’s site, they have a way for people to purchase the Moto X with $150 off the full retail price through Moto Maker. But that $150 off code isn’t all they are offering. If you prefer to go on-contract, you get a 50% off coupon meaning that the Sprint or AT&T model will cost $99 and the Verizon model $29.99.
The deals don’t stop here. Accessories also get a 50% off dip. To avoid the massive rush that occurred the last time around, a form is required to receive a code. Unfortunately, bamboo backs are not eligible. Hit the break for instructions.
If you still haven’t jumped on any sort of Moto X deal just yet, here is likely the last one of the year. Through Motorola’s Moto Maker site, you can buy the 16GB model for Verizon at just $49.99 (with a new two-year contract). It certainly doesn’t get any better than that. At $49.99, you’re getting an excellent smartphone. The deal runs from now through December 31, ending once 2014 begins. Hit the source link to get started.
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular already got their Samsung Galaxy S III Android 4.3 updates last month, but Verizon users were still waiting. Thankfully for them, the wait is over, as 4.3, along with the Samsung Premium Suite is being rolled out to devices as we post.
Along with all the improvements 4.3 brings, Samsung Knox support, Galaxy Gear support and a few added enhancements to Samsung’s existing software, including things like multi-screen and multi-window support, are also included with the update.
Remember that despite the roll out beginning, it could take a few days for the update to reach your device.
With the Android 4.3 update for the Verizon HTC One finally upon us, it was only a matter of time before we’d see a changelog surface somewhere. Surface it has, as Big Red updated their web site with a support PDF for the newly approved update.
The update has a finalized build of 2.10.605.1. As far as the update is concerned there isn’t much to it. Besides the improvements that Android 4.3 brought to the table, there isn’t much to it in terms of new or updated software. Verizon has added yet another bloatware app. One owners will be able to add their own tracks to Highlights videos.
Motorola has begun sending invites for their software “soak test” for the Verizon DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini. All Motorola has to say about it is that members of the Motorola Feedback Network will have a chance to preview a “new software release.” Despite the fact that Motorola could not be more vague, this could very well mean that KitKat is on its way to those devices. It usually takes a few days for a soak test to push out to everyone, so be patient if you’re still waiting – it’s coming, we promise.
Source: Android Central
While the HTC One Google Play edition is now receiving Android 4.4.2, the Verizon variant of the device is just now getting Android 4.3.
Talk about pathetic update times…
It certainly isn’t “news” that Big Red is so slow at updating its phones, but at least they’re being active in getting these updates done at all.
Verizon’s Galaxy S 4 Mini is receiving an update today that brings it up to Android 4.3, complete with Galaxy Gear support. This helps the Mini catch up to the bigger Galaxy S 4, which has been on 4.3 for a few weeks. Aside from the Galaxy Gear support, you’ll also get a few extra Verizon
bloat apps, improved LTE connectivity, and Verizon changed Driving Mode to Hands-Free Mode. Sometimes I’m pretty sure Verizon will change something just to say they changed something.
Aside from those changes, you’ll get the updates that come with a new version of Android, even though 4.3 was primarily an under-the-hood release. Considering some features, like auto-complete in the dialer, were already implemented by Samsung in TouchWiz, you probably won’t see much of a difference there.
Let us know if any of you have gotten the update.
source: Verizon Wireless
In a shocking move, Verizon will not be putting its logo on any of part of the Moto G‘s body. The device, which will land in the United States in January, is breaking away from Verizon’s norm. The image above comes from none other than @evleaks. As you can see, the only thing that gives away the device as being Verizon’s is the 3G indicator. Devices like the LG G2, HTC One, and famously the Samsung Galaxy Note II had Verizon branding stamped all over the place. Even the Moto X had a Verizon logo on the back, but that was nowhere near as obnoxious as last year’s Galaxy Note. When the Moto G becomes available on Verizon, it will only operate on their prepaid network.