Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S5 is receiving an update (software version KOT49H.G900VVRU1ANE9) which is bringing a bunch of bug fixes to the device, but also seems to be breaking root access to the device, according to a number of users around the web.
The update keeps the phone at Android 4.4.2, and update’s Verizon’s Caller Name ID, Message+ and Cloud apps.
As expected, Verizon has added the LG G Vista to their portfolio and it is now available to order. The LG G Vista is a relatively downscaled version of the LG G3 with one exception – the screen is actually larger at 5.7-inches. However, the resolution is only 940 x 560 which is rather low for such a large screen. The G Vista also comes with a 1.2 GHz processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, an 8MP camera, a 3200mAh battery and Android 4.4.2 pre-loaded. Considering the size of the battery and the hardware being driven, users should be able to get some excellent battery life out of the device. Read more
A new study conducted by the United States Senate Commerce Committee found that owners of mobile phones have been wrongly overcharged with bills. This is from cramming, which is the application of unauthorized charges masked by services such as ringtones. The report published by Congress shows that carriers in the United States are keeping roughly 30-40% of revenue. And the carriers are not even the ones doing the actual cramming. In many cases, it is a third party running these services. This is all at the literal expense of customers. Read more
Next month in New York City, HTC will be holding press event that could see the introduction of a new product that is a little familiar. The company is expected to announce the One (W8) for Windows on August 19 and a release date is to follow two days later with Verizon being one of the named carriers. The device is rumored to be a One (M8) repackaged with Windows Phone as the operating system rather than Android.
The One (W8) for Windows is rumored to keep all of the goodies that come with HTC’s Android flagship. This means that BoomSound and the Duo Camera are sticking around. And with Windows Phone’s latest update, smart covers are supported; therefore, the Dot View case will presumably make its way to the One (W8) as well. Earlier this month, we did learn that HTC would be bringing its unique case to additional devices and a ‘W8′ was spotted on the list.
Source: Windows Phone Central
We’ve heard a lot about the LG G Vista, and it looks like it’s almost time for the device to be released to the public. The G Vista will finally go on sale (on Verizon, at least) this Thursday, July 31st. The specs match up with what we’ve heard, including a Snapdragon 400 CPU, a 5.7-inch 720p screen, an 8 megapixel camera and 8 GB of internal storage, plus an SD card slot. It can’t stand up to the bigger LG G3, but as a budget option, it’s not bad. Read more
Each and every Verizon customer that owns the Moto X should be expecting a software update. Motorola transferred the update over to Verizon and, after being approved, it is being pushed out starting today. The 2013 flagship is getting some fixes and improvements aside from the Android 4.4.4 boost. The camera quality has been improved to handle lighting and range better. And users can now pause video recording. The only other change is the redesigned Dialer app. The Moto X is now running the latest version of Android, proving carriers are getting better at making sure updates are issued as quickly as possible.
Carriers in the United States are notorious for loading new devices with bloatware. Bloatware, for those unaware, includes the pesky applications that carriers have installed to greet users right out of the box. Unless you root the device, it is almost impossible to ditch any type of bloatware. Verizon, surprisingly, wants to change and is offering a way to remove bloatware. Read more
We knew Samsung was working on producing a version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 for Verizon and now the tablet is finally available. Verizon lists the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 on their site for $360 on a two-year contract. If you would rather pay for it outright, it will cost you $460 which can be paid up front or via Verizon’s EDGE program for $23 per month.
The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 comes equipped with a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 resolution display, a 1.2 GHz processor, 1.5 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory. The Verizon version is LTE-enabled and is compatible with their XLTE network.
If you are interested in grabbing the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 from Verizon, just hit the source link to start placing your order.
On July 24, Verizon will have yet another handset under its belt. The HTC One Remix will be available on the carrier’s network for $99 when signing a new two-year contract. The handset, known as the HTC One Mini 2 everywhere else, is essentially a watered-down, smaller version of the HTC One (M8). Like many of Big Red’s other devices, the HTC One Remix can utilize the new XLTE network speeds. Read more
Yesterday, Verizon announced a nationwide launch of its new initiative called “Verizon Smart Rewards” in order to keep customers
latched on to the service happy.
The program, which had been previously available in just a few states, will offer customers rewards in exchange for points that customers earn for their everyday interactions with Verizon Wireless. (Basically you’ll be getting rewarded for sticking with Verizon over any other carrier.)