Verizon cuts off free data for Chromebook Pixel (LTE) owners one year early

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Nothing quite like a broken promise. When the Chromebook Pixel with LTE launched, with a mighty $1450 price tag, buyers were given two years data at 100MB per month with Verizon for free. If more data was needed, the buyer could just buy more. But just one year later, Verizon has pulled the plug on this free data. The only option left is to pay for any and all data used. » Read the rest

Alleged LG G Vista for Verizon promotional image leaks, looks oddly similar to the G3

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This makes things interesting, but mainly confusing. Provided to @evleaks, the image above shows an LG device that looks just like the G3. But, clearly, this promotional image is not for the G3. This is for the recently-leaked G Vista. Everything looks identical to the G3 aside from the text. So what could the G Vista be? Perhaps a G3 Mini, but the sizing and everything else looks unchanged. Or could it be that Verizon is wildly altering the name of its G3 to the G Vista? Yeah, that sounds a bit crazy.

What do you think the LG G Vista is? Let us know in the comments.

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

Sudden arrival of Android 4.4.4 pushes Motorola DROID line (2013) update 3-5 weeks

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Originally, the Motorola DROID line (2013) was set to receive Android 4.4.3 shortly after that version was announced. But due to a security vulnerability that was patched in Android 4.4.4, the company had to wait for the latest version of Android. David Schuster, a member on Motorola’s Software Product Management team, provided the explanation on Google+. Motorola took Android 4.4.4 to work on and it is is now expected that the software update will arrive in about 3-5 weeks.

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Verizon rolls out Android 4.4.2 for Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

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Verizon has started pushing out Android 4.4.2 via an over-the-air update to owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini on their network. Both devices receive the usual improvements and changes that come with KitKat along with some Samsung specific improvements. For the Galaxy S III, users will now be able to use Samsung’s multi-window feature on their device, splitting the screen in half to run two apps at once. Samsung’s KNOX 2.0 framework is also included in the update. Verizon indicates there are several smaller changes included, like apps being renamed or some widgets being removed to go with the general improvements to things like stability and connectivity. » Read the rest

Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S 5 finally get root method

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Verizon and AT&T did an excellent job of locking down their version of the Galaxy S 5, preventing any type of root exploit on the device for several months after release. Tons of people put up money for a bounty to get their Galaxy S 5 unlocked, topping out at around $18,000, and today developer Geohot from XDA gets to claim that bounty.

Geohot, known for tons of jailbreak exploits on Apple devices and the PS3, found a vulnerability in the Linux kernel that Android is based on to achieve root access on the GS 5. As a side effect to that exploit, the root method should work on most newer Android devices, including the previously unrootable Galaxy Note 3 and plenty of other devices.

If you’ve got a Galaxy S 5 (or other device you need to root) hit the link to test out the Towelroot app. Let us know how it goes in the comments.

source: XDA Developers

Verizon said to be getting Sony Xperia Z2 with LTE-Advanced support

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We have heard about Verizon adding Sony’s Xperia Z2 to its lineup for quite some time. The device has even appeared in an image posted by Sony. Even after so much time going by since the device’s launch worldwide, it is going to still make its way to Verizon.. with a twist. According to @evleaks, a Xperia Z2 with LTE-Advanced support has to be certified and tested before arriving. The model number is D6503, codename “Sony Sirius Viv,” and is set to arrive in the middle of the next quarter.

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

Verizon customers may be getting new tablet option with LG G Pad 7.0

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A new leaked document purportedly shows an LG device bearing the model number LG VK410 heading to Verizon. Based on the model number relative to other devices, it is believed this is the LG G Pad 7.0 with LTE for Verizon.

The LG G Pad 8.3 for Verizon’s LTE network bears the model number LG VK810. Meanwhile, other 7-inch versions of the LG G Pad get model numbers LG V400 for the WiFi only version and LG V410 for the AT&T LTE version.

Verizon and LG officials have not issued any statements regarding the device coming to the Verizon network. No pricing or a scheduled release date have surfaced yet.

source: MyLG

Verizon to get LG G3 in mid-July

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When LG announced the LG G3 at the end of May, one key piece of information that was missing was a schedule of availability. LG has gone on a bit of a marketing blitz regarding the new LG G3, but the question that seems to inevitably keep coming up is, “when can I get one?” For Verizon customers, a new leak suggests it will be the middle of July. The tip, routed through @evleaks, indicates Verizon will start taking pre-orders on July 10th and the device will actually be available starting on July 17th.

Unless something unusual is in the works, we suspect the other major carriers may release the LG G3 on the same day, so we will keep an eye out for those announcements or leaked information along with confirmation from Verizon that this date is accurate.

source: @evleaks (official site)

Motorola DROID line (2013) going directly to Android 4.4.3

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Owners of a DROID Ultra, MAXX, and Mini on Verizon no longer have a reason to be discouraged about the software. The latest version of Android, 4.4.3, is coming! David Schuster, part of Motorola’s Software Product Management team, says that some issues with Android 4.4.2 rollout led to a delay and when it was resolved, the company opted to just wait for the next version (which they new was on its way).

So now the company is focused on Android 4.4.3 and plans on pushing it out to the DROID line of 2013 as soon as possible. With how quick other Motorola devices are being updated to Android 4.4.3, do not expect to be waiting very long.

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