Owners of the Galaxy S 5 on Verizon, be prepared for a software update. Fellow TalkAndroid writer Jack Holt shared the screenshot above that shows his Samsung device receiving a bump to Android 4.4.4 alongside some Bluetooth fixes. This means that Big Red’s version of the Galaxy S 5 is now running the latest version of Android.
Verizon customers that own the HTC One (M8), you can expect your update starting today.
Source: +Jack Holt
Another carrier version of the HTC One (M8) will be receiving Android 4.4.3 on September 10. Mo Versi, the company’s vice president of product management, announced on Twitter that Verizon has approved the software update and its rollout will begin on Wednesday. Aside from bringing Android 4.4.3 to the HTC flagship, this software update will activate Extreme Power Saving Mode.
Be sure to let us know when you start seeing the update!
Source: @moversi (Twitter)
For users of the original HTC One, HTC’s latest hustle and bustle over its latest devices may cause some feelings of being left behind. If you’re in that boat, here’s some news to brighten your day: Verizon is currently rolling out Android 4.4.3 to the One M7 which brings improvements from mild stability tweaks all the way to Extreme Power Saving Mode, which allows you to go maximum time on each charge.
Verizon will be paying the FCC $7.4 million in what is now the largest penalty ever seen by the government agency. The carrier was negligent in letting customers know about their information being used for marketing purposes. Customers were supposed to be alerted about their information being shared and given the opportunity to not participate. Verizon was using phone records for whatever reason and that is what caused a big stir. The opt out opportunity was supposed to be included on a customer’s initial bill. Two million customers were affected.
Yesterday after Sony officially unveiled their new Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone, T-Mobile indicated they would carry the device in the U.S. market. It appeared that they may be the only carrier to offer the Sony device in their portfolio. According to documents obtained by PCMag.com, the device may be headed to Verizon as well. The documents indicate the name of a forthcoming device for Verizon is the Z3v, possibly an attempt to not make the pending addition to Verizon’s lineup so noticeable. However, PCMag.com reports the documents they received show a Verizon logo on the back of an Xperia Z3 device. There are also references to support for NFC, wireless charging, 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM and a microSD slot. A screen shot shows Amazon Music, the Amazon AppStore and the Amazon Kindle app all loaded on the device.
If Verizon does pick up the Xperia Z3 for their portfolio, it will be the first time they have had a Sony device available for consumers since 2011 when they carried the Sony Xperia Play. At this time, Verizon has not responded to requests for comment or confirmed they will get the Xperia Z3.
With the announcement of the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge out of the way, the only thing left to find out is when and where you’ll be able to pick one up. Fortunately, all of the major US carriers have released some information and sign-up pages so you’ll be able to get your hands on one.
Verizon plans on selling the Note 4 and Note Edge, but they haven’t said anything about the Gear VR or a specific release date. They do have a sign-up page for those of you that are interested, however. AT&T has listed pages for both devices, and they are going to sell the Gear VR as an accessory to the Note 4. No release date here, either.
Some new information suggests AT&T will have a very small window of exclusivity with Moto Maker for the new Motorola Moto X+1. Previous reports suggested the new Motorola device’s Moto Maker customization would be available on both AT&T and Verizon, possibly with simultaneous launches and availability. Now sources are saying AT&T will actually get a brief three-day period when they will be the exclusive source for the Moto Maker program.
Verizon fans may be bummed by this, but it is still a big improvement compared to last year’s launch when AT&T had a much longer exclusive period for Moto Maker. There is still no word on when T-Mobile or Sprint may carry the device or get access to the Moto Maker program. That information may come out in the next few days though once the device is officially announced.
source: TK Tech News
We’re still waiting on the Moto X+1 to be officially announced sometime this week by Motorola, but in the meantime we can still speculate on rumors about how the device will launch. The latest leak pinpoints what variations of the device will be available on Verizon’s network, and if you were bummed that MotoMaker was AT&T exclusive for a few months last time around, you’ll be very happy to hear that the customization process should be available to Verizon customers right out of the gate.
After a leak earlier this week, Verizon has introduced a “new” phone for customers opting for the prepaid route, but it has a distinctly “old” feel to it. The Luge by Motorola appears to be a re-skinned Motorola DROID RAZR M smartphone and some are even suggesting these may be unsold units. In any case, the Luge is now available through Verizon for only $199 with no contract and no service bundle included, although you can get on Verizon’s 4G LTE network with the device.
The latest trend for mobile devices at the end of 2014 seems to be incredible displays. After all, it is the one part of a device that is always being used. Now it seems that Motorola and Verizon will have an upcoming device that will please even the most demanding viewer. A CPU-Z identification test reveals that a Motorola device with the model number XT1254, and codenamed Quark, will have a 4.59-inch display with 2560×1440 resolution. This means that it has a whopping 640 pixels per inch.