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Verizon starts pushing out Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5… Again!

Posted by wicked March - 28 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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If you cast your mind back to early February, you may remember that Verizon claimed that it was rolling out the much-anticipated Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5. However, it appears the carrier pulled the original upgrade (version number: G900VVRU1BNLC ) with no reason given, and has today started pushing out an identical build of Android 5.0 to the handset, with this new version number: G900VVRU1BOA4. 

The two versions seem to be exactly the same, both bringing support for multiple accounts, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience, Ambient Display, smarter internet connections and the recently-announced Material Design guidelines.

To start the update, make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Then, from the home screen, press the Menu key, followed by Settings. Scroll to the bottom and tap ‘About Device’, followed by ‘Software Update and ‘Update Now’.

Source: Verizon
Via: AndroidPolice

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Looks Like a Few Best Buy Locations are Accepting Galaxy S6 Pre-Orders on Verizon

Posted by Tim-o-tato March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

According to a few tip emails we have received, it appears that a couple Best Buy locations here in the US are accepting pre-orders for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge on Verizon.

From the information we received, a Best Buy location in Williamsville, NY is accepting VZW pre-orders, but other than that, the tips we received only say which state they are in, which were California and New York. We know, it’s vague.

As of this yesterday, it was announced by Verizon that pre-orders would not go live until April 1 for the GS6. Why a few Best Buy stores had a change of heart, we do not know. I have personally called the local Best Buys in my area (Portland, OR) to confirm this, but none of them seem to have received the ‘okay’ from Big Red.

Feel free to call your local Best Buy and see if they are accepting pre-orders. If so, go for it if that is the phone you have decided on.

Cheers Tate, Luke, and Matt!

Looks Like a Few Best Buy Locations are Accepting Galaxy S6 Pre-Orders on Verizon is a post from: Droid Life

Reminder: HTC One M9, Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Pre-orders Now Live

Posted by Tim-o-tato March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

It’s pre-order day for the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and One M9. Well, at least on carriers not named Verizon. Big Red pre-orders for these phones won’t start up until April 1, so keep that in mind.

Regardless, each of these phones is now purchasable through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. You can also get them from many retail locations, such as Best Buy. And as a bonus, if you order the Galaxy S6 through Best Buy, you get a free wireless charger. 

Below, we have listed each site where you can get your pre-order through. For pricing, please see this post (GS6/GS6 Edge pricing) and this post (One M9 pricing) for further information on each carrier’s range of prices.


AT&T

Sprint

T-Mobile

US Cellular

Verizon

  • Verizon pre-order for these devices begins April 1.

Best Buy

HTC

Reminder: HTC One M9, Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Pre-orders Now Live is a post from: Droid Life

Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One M9: where and when to get them

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

The cat is out of the bag: Samsung‘s and HTC‘s flagships are coming to town. But while they are set for an April launch, some might be able to get their hands on one, or at least on a pre-order form, earlier than others. If you’re a bit confused on where to get them, if you haven’t sworn fealty to a carrier, Android Community has the low down on availability dates as well as some prices to help you make the decision of which smartphone to get this year.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge

The good news is that both the Galaxy S6 and its dual edge cousin will be available in the US and from all major carriers. It all boils down to when they will actually land in stores. Different carriers, different dates, different prices. Here’s the Cliff Notes version on Samsung’s twins.

AT&T

Pre-order: Starts March 27
Shipping/Retail: Unspecified
Colors: Black Sapphire, White Pearl, Gold Platinum
Storage: 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Prices:
Galaxy S6: 32 GB starts at $22.84/mo on Next 24
Galaxy S6 edge: 32 GB starts at $27.17/mo on Next 24

T-Mobile

Pre-order: Starts March 27, 7 a.m. PT
Shipping/Retail: April 10 (pre-orders will get theirs before this date)
Colors: Black Sapphire, White Pearl (Gold Platinum still to come)
Storage: 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Prices:
Galaxy S6: 32 GB $28.33/mo x 24 or $679.92; 64 GB $99.99 down + $27.50/mo x 24 or $759.99; 128 GB $199.99 down + $27.50/mo x 24 or $859.99
Galaxy S6 edge: 32 GB $0 down + $32.49/mo x 24 or $779.76; 64 GB $99.99 down + $31.66/mo x 24 or $859.83; 128 GB $199.99 down + $31.66/mo x 24 or $959.83

Verizon

Pre-order: Starts April 1
Shipping/Retail: Unspecified
Colors: Black Sapphire, White Pearl
Storage: 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Prices:
Galaxy S6: 32 GB 24.99/mo x 24 on Edge or $599.99; 64 GB $29.16/mo x 24 on Edge or $699.99; 128 GB $33.33/mo x 24 on Edge or $799.99
Galaxy S6 edge: 32 GB 29.16/mo x 24 on Edge or $699.99; 64 GB $33.33/mo x 24 on Edge or $799.99; 128 GB $37.49/mo x 24 on Edge or $899.99

Of course, you can also get your Samsung fix from prepaid carriers such as Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless, and MetroPCS, who will only have the Galaxy S6, as well as retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, Costco, Sam’s Club, and Target, who will carry both.

Be sure to check out our brief hands-on of the Galaxy S6 as well as the Galaxy S6 edge.

HTC One M9

Of course, HTC’s “jewel grade” One M9 isn’t that far behind. Although somewhat disappointing in its hesitation to make a leap of faith, fans will undoubtedly appreciate the refinement of their favorite smartphone. Like Samsung’s contenders, the One M9 will be available across major carriers as well as directly from HTC itself. Here are the details.

AT&T

Pre-order: Starts March 27
Shipping/Retail: April 10 (pre-orders can get theirs on the same day if ordered before 1 p.m. CT)
Colors: Gold on Siilver, Gunmetal Gray
Prices: $23.64 on Next 24 or $708.99

T-Mobile

Pre-order: Starts March 27, 6 a.m. PT
Shipping/Retail: April 10
Colors: Unspecified
Prices: $27.08/mo x 24 or $649.92

Verizon

Pre-order: Starts April 1
Shipping/Retail: April 10
Colors: Gold on Siilver, Gunmetal Gray
Prices: $24.99/mo x 24 on Edge

The HTC One M9 is also available unlocked from HTC ‘s website for $649. Retail partners who will also carry the smartphone include Amazon, Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile, Costco Wholesale, and Target.

Get to know more about the HTC One M9 on our review of HTC’s early 2015 champion.

Root method for the Droid Turbo released for $20

Posted by wicked March - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

verizon_motorola_droid_turbo_blue_ballistic_nylonA root method has finally been released for Motorola’s Droid Turbo, with a small catch. The program costs $20 per phone you plan on rooting, which is pretty rare to see with root methods on Android devices.

The root tool was developed by maiko1 on XDA and allows you to flash any system image to your Droid Turbo, included pre-rooted system images. It won’t disable write protection, but if all you’re looking for is a simple root method to use some of your favorite root apps, this should do the trick.

Whenever you start dealing with rooting devices, you run the risk of doing some permanent damage that won’t be covered by the manufacturer warranty. If you’re still interested, hit the links below to get started.

source: mofo

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Verizon opens Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge pre-orders on April 1st, hopefully not a joke

Posted by wicked March - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

samsung_galaxy_s6_front_back_slanted_blueVerizon has announced that they’ll be opening up pre-orders for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge on April 1st in all storage sizes and both black and white colors.

Pricing for the devices is about where you’d expect them to be. The cheapest, 32 GB Galaxy S6 will run $199 (after a $50 mail-in rebate, standard for all of these phones), and you can expect to shell out an extra $100 for the 64 GB or an extra $200 for the 128 GB. The S6 Edge runs $100 more, so the devices cap out at $499 for a 128 GB Galaxy S6 Edge. That’s pretty pricey for a device that you’re buying with a two-year contract, but I doubt anyone will be surprised by these price tags.

Full retail on these devices start at $599 and cap out at $899, which actually isn’t too bad for a brand new phone on Verizon’s network. You can always finance the device through Verizon Edge, too.

Will you be pre-ordering the S6 on the 1st?

source: Verizon Wireless

GS6 Pricing

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Verizon has the Lowest Prices on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Posted by Kellex March - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Believe it or not, Verizon has the best full retail (off contract) pricing on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. To see pricing for each carrier, you can check out our pricing guide, but the numbers are substantially lower in all tiers (32GB, 64GB, and 128GB) on Big Red than they are at AT&T and T-Mobile, or even US Cellular. Sprint is hiding their pricing and doing some gimmicky lease program, so we can’t really compare anything there. 

If you start at the 32GB model of the Galaxy S6, Verizon is as much as $80 lower in some cases. At the 64GB level, they are up to $70 lower, and at the 128GB level, they beat everyone by $65. With the Galaxy S6 Edge, it’s an even bigger gap. At the 32GB level, they are as much as $93 lower. At 64GB and 128GB, you are looking at $89 and $85 differences, respectively. We should also point out that because of these lower full retail prices, that their monthly payment plans split up into 24 payments are also going to be the lowest in most cases.

Here is a look at Verizon’s full retail pricing compared to the rest:

galaxy s6 edge price comparison

And here are each carrier’s comparable payment plans:

galaxy s6 edge pricing comparison5

So does this all mean that everyone should run to Verizon to buy the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge? Well, no. First of all, it’s no secret that their service prices are hovering around the highest in the industry. You also have to keep in mind that their phones aren’t exactly great for jumping between carriers should you fulfill your payment plan or buy at full retail and want to go elsewhere. You should have no trouble locking onto AT&T’s HSPA network with a Verizon phone these days, but the chances of you getting an LTE signal are slim.

With that said, if you are open to any carrier at the moment and have decided to pick up the Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, want to buy at full retail or through a payment plan, and also don’t mind overwhelming branding, Verizon is currently looking like the cheapest option (without factoring in service).

Verizon has the Lowest Prices on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon’s HTC One M9 pre-orders begin April 1st, available in-store April 10th

Posted by wicked March - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Verizon has just announced that pre-orders for the HTC One M9 will begin Wednesday, April 1st, and the device will be available in-store on Friday, April 10th. If you’d like to pick one up on a two-year contract, the device will be available for $199.99 in both Gold on Silver and Metal Gray 32GB variants. For those who’d like to take advantage of Verizon’s Edge program, the device will cost you $24.99 per month for 24 months. The carrier has also revealed that the One M9 Dot View case would be available on April 1st for $49.99 in Onyx Black and Candy Floss color options.

While the HTC One M9 doesn’t differ from the M8 as much as some would have liked it to, it’s still one heck of a great smartphone. The One M9 sports a 5-inch full HD display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage with microSD expansion up to 128GB. It has a non-removable 2840mAh battery, loud and clear front-facing BoomSound speakers and a beautiful all-metal construction. The 20MP rear-facing camera could definitely use some work, but if the camera quality on your smartphone isn’t important to you, we think you’ll like the M9 quite a bit. To learn more about this device, check out our full HTC One M9 review.

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If you’re not too keen on spending your money on a two-year contract, the unlocked One M9 is going up for pre-order at 12:01 a.m. tonight on HTC.com.

Are any of you holding out for the Verizon HTC One M9?

Verizon HTC One M9 Pre-Orders Start April 1

Posted by Kellex March - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Hey, Verizon is awake today. Moments ago, they announced that the HTC One M9 will be available for pre-order on April 1, with in-store availability kicking off April 10. If that sounds odd, it’s because everyone else on the planet opens pre-orders tomorrow, March 27. This news shouldn’t shock you, though, as they are doing the same thing with the Galaxy S6.

The device will cost $199 with a new 2-year agreement or $24.99 per month for 24 months on Verizon Edge. Big Red will sell both the Gold on Silver and Metal Gray models with 32GB of storage. 

To keep up with the rest of the One M9’s pricing and availability in the US, check out this post.

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Verizon HTC One M9 Pre-Orders Start April 1 is a post from: Droid Life

Reminder: Verizon’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Pre-Orders Don’t Start Tomorrow

Posted by Kellex March - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Samsung announced this morning that pre-orders for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge start tomorrow, March 27, at all sorts of carriers. Most carriers then followed up that announcement with a confirmation that they would indeed open pre-orders at their stores and online at varying times on the 27th. Verizon, as you may have noticed, hasn’t said a word today. That’s because they announced a couple of weeks back that their pre-order period would start on April 1

They haven’t said anything about pricing or a launch date, and my guess is they won’t until April 1. Hopefully, that later pre-order date doesn’t mean they will miss the April 10 launch with everyone else.

Check out this post to keep up on the latest in Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge pricing and availability.

Reminder: Verizon’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Pre-Orders Don’t Start Tomorrow is a post from: Droid Life