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Next generation Motorola smartphone (XT912A) shows up in benchmark

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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We know Motorola is readying the next generation Moto X, dubbed the Moto X+1, but they are also readying new DROIDs for Verizon Wireless. A new device with the model number of XT912A showed up in GFXBench that is most likely one of these phones.

The specs of the said device include a 5.2-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor (presumably a new version of Moto’s Mobile Computing System), 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 12MP rear camera, and 2MP front-facing camera. It’s also running Android 4.4.3, which isn’t even out yet.

The model number is what is most interesting. The number is lower than the Moto X, Moto G, and DROIDs (all in the 1,000′s). Also interesting is the fact that the DROID RAZR (from 3 years ago) was the XT912. Why would they reuse that number now? Does this mean this particular device is Verizon bound and could Motorola bring back the RAZR name?

Stay tuned because this leak train is just leaving the gate.

source: GFXBench
via: Phone Arena

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Motorola Moto X price drops for Republic Wireless, Amazon does the same for the GSM model

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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This one is a little tricky, so listen up. Motorola’s Moto X is getting a price drop through two different locations. The first is from Motorola’s very own store and it only applies to one model. The Moto X for Republic Wireless can be customized through Moto Maker and the total cost comes in at $349. Whether or not this is permanent, we will will have to wait and see.

The other option is with Amazon. You can get the GSM model of the Moto X for $349 as well. This means for $349, you can take it to any GSM carrier such as AT&T or T-Mobile.

Unfortunately, it does not seem as if Verizon or Sprint models are involved in any deals. But if you have an education email address, ending in “.edu,” Moto Maker has the Moto X available for $339. So there is a way to take advantage of some sort of Moto X deal regardless of your carrier.

Source: Amazon, Motorola

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Verizon Galaxy S 5 owners experiencing ‘Camera Failed’ issue

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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If you own a Verizon Galaxy S 5, you may have noticed a “Camera Failed” popup when trying to use the camera. If so, you are not alone. There seems to be no consistency with why this is happening or even what could remedy it. Some believe it’s the SnapChat application, but from what I am seeing, this appears to be a software issue that will only be fixed with a firmware update.

Unfortunately, once the popup appears, you might not be able to use the camera at all. For some, it happens at limited times. Users have tried factory resets, cache clearing, third party camera apps, and pulling the SD card with limited to no success.

You can request a replacement unit, but some stores are denying them since they have experienced a number of returns regarding this issue. That means they know it’s a software issue that can only be fixed with an update.

Have you experienced this? If so, any luck rectifying it or at least some sort of workaround? Please make sure to comment below.

sources: XDA (1) (2)

 

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Android 4.4 update with Sense 5.5 approved for Droid DNA, rollout to begin on April 24th

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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According to HTC’s executive director of product management, Mo Versi, Verizon’s Droid DNA has gotten technically approval for its Android 4.4.2 update. This update also includes Sense 5.5, and probably a handful of extra little tweaks, fixes, and Verizon additions. The OTA rollout is slated to start on April 24th, which is just over 24 hours away, so if you’ve got a Droid DNA, get ready for a nice update on your device.

Any Droid DNA owners that have been anticipating finally seeing this update?

source: Mo Versi

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HTC One (M8) mini said to be landing on Verizon

Posted by wicked April - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Verizon has generally been a carrier that is very selective when it comes to carrying certain devices. This has changed over time, though. Last fall, Verizon had many flagships and even carried spinoffs like the HTC One Max. And it looks like Big Red will be continuing to widen its horizons in 2014.

Courtesy of @evleaks, we can expect the HTC One (M8) mini to make its way to Verizon at some point this year. Simply put, @evleaks said on Twitter that the “HTC One M8 mini going to Verizon.” People wanting something a little smaller than HTC’s 5-inch stud will be happy to hear the One (M8) mini is expected to still pack some punch, even with a downgraded processor. This little guy is slated for a May release.

 

Source: @evleaks

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AT&T offering off-contract, certified like new Galaxy S 4 for $179

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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If you don’t have to have the latest and greatest smartphones, you may want to take advantage of AT&T’s latest deal on Samsung’s Galaxy S 4. The carrier is offering the device completely off-contract for $179 bucks, which is significantly cheaper than its typical $500 – $600 retail price. The catch is that the device is a certified like-new refurbished model, but at less than $200, it’s a hard deal to pass up.

The Galaxy S 4 sports a 1080p screen, 2 GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon 600 processor, so it’s still a pretty competitive phone in 2014. Hit the link below to check out the deal.

Source: AT&T

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Verizon rolls out an update for the HTC One M8

Posted by wicked April - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Earlier this month, Sprint released an update for its new HTC One M8 and was the first U.S carrier to do so. Verizon is now following the lead by releasing an update for its HTC One M8 as well carrying the build number 1.55.605.2.

The update is a minor one that fixes bugs and improves performance, improves Bluetooth connectivity, brings new copy/paste feature to the Gallery and much more. However, unlike Sprint’s update, Verizon’s update lacks HTC M8’s extreme power saving mode.

Here’s the complete changelog of Verizon’s update:

  • ERI Update to remove the roaming indicator icon displayed on some HTC One M8 devices(Out of Box)
  • Resolved issue related to webpage and application connection errors in certain conditions
  • Bluetooth connectivity improvements
  • Gallery: Integrated a new Copy/Paste feature
  • Gallery: Mute/Edit buttons on the Video Highlights tile
  • Improved sync behavior while closing the flip with Dot matrix case

Just as usual, the update will be a staggered one and weighs around 122MB in size. We’re still waiting for AT&T and T-Mobile to release an update of their own as well.

Source: Verizon

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AT&T alters GoPhone plans by providing more data and free tethering

Posted by wicked April - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Good news for AT&T GoPhone plans customers as the company has now announced that starting from April 25, the new GoPhone plans will now provide more data and free WiFi tethering, all at no extra cost.

The changes to the plan includes an increased mobile data from 2 to 2.5 GB with free WiFi tethering and unlimited talk at $60 per month. In addition, GoPhone plan with 250 MB data is now increased to 500 MB and costs $40 per month along with free 500 minutes of talk. And lastly, a new plan with 1 GB of data and unlimited talk for $45 per month is now available at most Wal-Mart stores globally.

There’s also another new basic/messaging phone plan priced at $45 a month that comes with unlimited data, unlimited talk and text, and unlimited texts to Mexico, Canada and over 100 select countries.

Source: AT&T Newsroom

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Verizon LG G2 can now be upgraded manually to KitKat

Posted by wicked April - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Who likes waiting for a carrier to update a device to the latest version of Android? Especially when that carrier is Verizon. Big Red is notoriously slow when it comes to updating devices. And while the LG G2 still does not have the Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade being rolled out over-the-air (OTA), it can be done manually through Verizon’s Software Upgrade Assistant. The program, though, can only run through a Windows PC; however, having a Windows partition on a Mac reportedly works.

Simply connect your LG G2 to a USB port on a computer and install Verizon’s Software Upgrade Assistant. From there, it should instruct you how to get KitKat running on your G2. Make sure your device has enough space as the update may be rather large.

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Verizon Droid MAXX now available in high gloss red and black with chrome accents

Posted by wicked April - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Verizon has announced that they’re adding two new color schemes for the Droid MAXX to their phone lineup. You’ll now be able to purchase the long-lasting device in high gloss red and black with chrome accents. The black looks pretty similar to the current color offered, but the chrome accents make a very nice touch, and the red is a relief from the usual black and white colors we see on devices.

The devices will be available with a new two-year agreement for $99.99, and you’ll be able to pick them up on Verizon’s EDGE program, too.

As a refresher, the Droid MAXX is powered by a custom X8 CPU by Motorola and features wireless charging and a fantastic 48-hour battery life. If you’re interested, you can purchase both of these new colors today forward.

source: Verizon Wireless

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