Just yesterday we heard rumors that Verizon was planning on launching a new app store for Android devices with the help of other wireless carriers and manufacturers. This wasn’t actually the first time that Verizon tried to make its own app store work (remember Vcast Apps, anyone?), but their last attempt was unsuccessful, to say the least. Despite that rumor, it looks like Verizon can see the writing on the wall, and they’re claiming they have no intention of creating any more app stores.
A Verizon spokesperson said they don’t want to bother creating another app store, saying the carrier has “been there, done that.” It’s very clear that consumers don’t want or need a carrier app store, so good on Verizon if they’re being truthful about this.
Despite shuttering its previous attempt at providing an app store for Android and Blackberry users, Verizon appears to be eyeing the possibility of opening a new one to challenge Google’s dominance for Android users. This time though, sources indicate Verizon is talking with other players and carriers in an effort to put together an “industry coalition.” With Android installed on over a billion devices around the world and the operating system continuing to grow in dominating the market, it should be no surprise that a company wants to get in on the action of selling apps to users.
Good news for you Verizon HTC One Max owners – your phone is being updated to the latest version of HTC’s third-party firmware. That’s right, Sense 6.0 is headed your way through a 613.5MB update that brings your device up to software version 3.09.605.2, includes a revamped BlinkFeed experience, several updated core apps, new font and color customizations and a handful of important bug and security fixes that should improve the performance of your device.
You can go ahead and see if your device is ready for the update by heading to Settings -> About -> Software Updates. If you don’t see it just yet, don’t worry, it’s on its way.
Source: Verizon Wireless
Verizon continues to work on enticing new customers or getting users to upgrade existing devices, this time by offering some additional data. Customers who activate a new smartphone or upgrade to a new smartphone and opt for a MORE Everything plan will be provided an extra gigabyte of data for the first two years. Users do have to select a MORE Everything plan with at least one gigabyte of data. Currently, a 2 GB account costs $50 per month, so using this offer a consumer could get the same 2 GB for the cost of the $40 per month fee for 1 GB. Users would have to factor in the line access charge though which currently runs at $40 for a smartphone.
This move is in addition to Verizon’s new single line package that was announced over the weekend. Under the terms of that offer, users signing up for a single line plan could get a 2 GB data allowance to go with unlimited talk and text for only $60 per month.
If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer on a MORE Everything plan from Verizon, hit the source link.
source: Verizon Wireless
Motorola certainly has been busy these past few weeks, and its schedule isn’t getting any easier with the upcoming releases of the Moto X+1, the Moto G2, and Moto 360. However, there seems to be a device we’ve been missing. An anonymous source sent in screenshots of a new Moto device for Verizon to update the Droid line called the DROID Turbo. The specs are almost too good to believe. A Snapdragon 805 processor running at 2.65GHz, 3GB RAM, 32GB of storage, a 2K 4.6″ display, and a 20 MP camera certainly raise a few eyebrows, but to add to credibility of the source, the model number is XT1254, which would fit as the next iteration of the Droid line. It also sounds awfully familiar to yesterday’s Moto S leak. The XT1254 also has a Bluetooth SIG page, which basically confirms its existence.
Until now, Verizon users that had a line that was grandfathered into an unlimited data plan could upgrade a line for a feature phone to a new and discounted smartphone, and then move the phone over to the unlimited line in order to keep the unlimited data package while still keeping the $9.99 per month feature phone line price. Verizon is reportedly on their way to ending this workaround, by requiring its current subscribers who upgrade or activate a new smartphone on a two year contract to keep their selected data package for the length of their contract.
This change has not yet been confirmed by Verizon Wireless, as it is based on rumors sent to Droid-Life, citing unnamed sources — and _DroidForums.net, but would make sense.
The role of an employee in a carrier’s retail store is quite easy. They are there to sell a device. So they have some options as to what devices are the best for a particular consumer. New research conducted by Kantar Worldpanel shows that United States carriers are more inclined to recommend a Samsung device rather than an iPhone from Apple.
We already knew that HTC was working on the “ultimate selfie phone,” because it has entered the testing phases at AT&T.
But now according to a tweet from @upleaks, the device will also be headed to Verizon, T-Mobile US and Sprint.
We could also see the device going to carriers in both Europe and Asia as well. It’s a given that the phone will offer a better selfie experience than both the HTC One (M8) and the HTC Desire 816, but we’re not sure on any of the specifics. Stay tuned for more on this device, which we’ll surely hear more about in the coming weeks.
When news broke that Verizon would start throttling its unlimited data customers, the FCC came forward in calling out the carrier’s actions and the possible repercussions. Verizon responded by explaining the data throttling it intends on doing. By throttling the data of affected customers, those on tiered data plans are less likely to be harmed by network that is clogged. The carrier also feels that there is such a small amount of customers being affected and that other carriers are already doing the same. Well, the man in charge over at the FCC is still very unhappy.
Well there you have it folks, the long-awaited Moto X+1 finally has an official launch date — on Verizon, at least.
The device will be available from Big Red on September 25. There’s a chance that other carriers get the device before Verizon, but we expect that Verizon gets the X+1 around the same time as the other carriers.
A Moto 360 launch date has not been revealed, but it would make sense for it to be the same day as the X+1. Keep checking back for more, but that’s all we have on the Moto X+1 for now.
Source: Droid Life