If you own a Verizon-branded Droid Ultra, Maxx or Mini and have previously registered as a member of the Motorola Feedback Network, you should now be receiving an invitation for a brand new soak test.
If you chose to accept, you will be prompted to download and install a relatively major functionality update, which brings “Advanced Calling 1.0″, also known as VoLTE for Verizon’s network, as well as to the usual multitude of bug fixes and stability improvements.
Just a few days ago, Verizon “accidentally” tweeted an image of the upcoming Motorola Droid Turbo, and then quickly pulled that image. It wasn’t the first time the Turbo had leaked, with a user manual making the rounds earlier in the week. Today we have the final piece of the puzzle as Verizon has put a countdown clock on their site, redirected from DroidDoes.com. The countdown shows a phone identical to what we’ve already seen and ends on October 28th, the same day as an upcoming Verizon event (the flyer for which features the same image as the countdown clock), so it is safe to assume that the Turbo will launch that day.
Verizon has started rolling out a relatively minor over-the-air stability update to all its carrier-branded Galaxy S4 handsets currently located in the United States. Unfortunately, this upgrade doesn’t bring much in terms of added functionality, but it does include a plethora of much-needed bug fixes and speed optimizations.
A new leak about the upcoming Motorola DROID TURBO for Verizon indicates the battery will be a massive 3,900mAh unit. This should provide plenty of battery life for the DROID TURBO. Last year’s DROID MAXX had a 3,500mAh battery and was one of the larger batteries on the market. Combined with a possible QHD display and 3GB of RAM, the DROID TURBO could find itself competing at the high end of the market.
This fall, Sony will finally see its devices have wider availability in the United States. Sony announced this afternoon in New York City its flagship phone, the Xperia Z3, will be heading to Verizon. The only difference with Verizon will be the name. To represent Verizon carrying it, the name of the handset is Xperia Z3v. Everything inside and out is the same. It has a 5.2-inch display with TRILUMINOS technology and Sony’s own imaging components for a 20.7MP camera.
The Xperia Z3v will arrive online and at Verizon retail stores on October 23 for $199 on-contract. Plan on purchasing the Xperia Z2 Tablet? Big Red will take off $200 when purchasing Sony’s phone and tablet together.
Hit the break to see what else Sony and Verizon announced.
Verizon has today announced that it will be offering HTC’s most recent budget-friendly smartphone, the Desire 612, on its recently-launched XLTE spectrum starting this Thursday, October 9. Customers will be able to grab the handset for free on any new two-year contract.
Alex Wiesen, a lead manager with Google’s Google Voice team, announced today that MMS support within Google Voice is now live for almost 100 North American based carriers. To the dismay of many people, the list of carriers that gave the go ahead to roll out this update does not include Verizon. Customers on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the U.S. as well as Rogers, Bell Canada and Telus in Canada will have this new option available to them.
On October 7, we will be losing a video streaming service due to fierce competition. Redbox Instant, a joint venture between Redbox and Verizon, will shutdown after launching less than two years ago. The service struggled to gain subscribers when a credit card fraud issue arose. It also did not help that the content found on Redbox Instant was laughable compared to what Netflix and Amazon offer. The kiosks that helped Redbox gain popularity, though, will be sticking around. It is just this joint venture that is being closed.
Here is the notice left on Redbox Instant’s site:
Thank you for being a part of Redbox Instant by Verizon. Please be aware that the service will be shut down on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
Information on applicable refunds will be emailed to current customers and posted here on October 10.
In the meantime, you may continue to stream movies and use your Redbox kiosk credits until Tuesday, October 7 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank you for the opportunity to entertain you.
The Redbox Instant by Verizon Team
Source: Redbox Instant by Verizon
Get your grain of salt ready. A report coming from Pocketnow states that the Nexus 6 will be available through Verizon. There was plenty of chatter last year that the Nexus 5 would join Big Red, but that never happened. One good sign is that the Nexus 7 (2013) is available and operable on Verizon’s network. It just is hard to believe that this is truly happening until we actually see it happen.
Like any other device from Google, availability is expected to work on just about any carrier’s network. Verizon, and often Sprint, are left out due to the CDMA technology and wireless bands used. A GSM network is more favorable for a Nexus device. Google opts to go with the latter with global availability being the focus.
It looks like Verizon will soon be offering a brand new 10.1-inch tablet with LTE. This time the tablet is made by LG. An jpeg image link has shown up on the LG web site showing something with a model number of LGVK7oo. The WiFi-only version of the G Pad 10.1 is LGV700 so the new model number suggests that it will be coming to Big Red. The 7-inch G Pad on Verizon comes with a model number of LGVK410 where the WiFi-only version has a model number of LGV410.
Other specs include a 10.1-inch IPS display at 1280×800 resolution, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM with 16 GB of eternal storage and a micro-SD slot. It also has a 5MP rear shooter and a 1.3MP front camera and will have a 8,000mAh battery. There’s no word on when Verizon will get it, but chances are it’ll be before the holiday season kicks off.
source: My LG Phones