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Internal memo points to September 16 for Android Pay’s launch

Posted by wicked September - 4 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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The launch of Android Pay is scheduled for this year but the exact date of the service’s arrival is still unknown. It is widely believed that the mobile payments platform will arrive very soon considering Google Play Services was recently updated to support features that Android Pay will offer. Even McDonald’s has started promoting Android Pay alongside Apple Pay.

Now, a leaked internal memo from Verizon could indicate that Android Pay is coming this month.

The following is what the leaked internal memo, which was obtained by Phandroid, reads:

Introducing Android Pay

On 9/16, Google releases Android Pay, a simple and secure mobile payment app for NFC-capable Android phones. Android pay is a free digital payment app that offers choice, simplicity and a secure way to pay for in-store, in-app and online purchases.

So mark your calendars for September 16. Just remember that these types of launches can always be pushed back if something goes wrong and the service isn’t ready for showtime.

Attached to the document is a little note, presumably for Verizon salespeople, that highlights Android Pay’s availability in more than 1.5 million locations.

Google’s mobile payments platform will be dueling with Apple and Samsung’s offerings this fall, easily making for an even more competitive holiday season.

Source: Phandroid

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Verizon to begin scaled down Internet-based mobile video service soon

Posted by wicked September - 4 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

A few months ago, the rumors started that US carrier Verizon was looking at launching a subscription-based mobile TV service, to go with the trend of video on demand going more mobile. Sources are now saying that they will indeed be launching a mobile video service soon but it will be a scaled-down version of what they were initially envisioning this project, called Go90, to be. The service will feature content from media partners like AOL, Dreamworks Animation, Vice Media, and Viacom among others.

Originally, what Verizon was planning was to have programming from major broadcast networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC, but for one reason or another, they decided to just pare it down into content that would appeal to a younger set, specifically teens and young adults. So if that’s their target audience, the content would have to be shorter, more viral, and easily shareable on social media.

The content available on Go90 will probably not be entire TV shows or movies, but rather content that will easily be consumed and then interesting enough to be shared. There will also be ads in between to probably give advertisers the space as well to push their content. One of the reasons why Verizon reportedly bought AOL earlier this year is not just for its content but also to use their programmatic-advertising technology.

There isn’t word yet as to how much the Go90 will cost and when exactly will the service be available. It is still reportedly in the testing stage, so nothing is confirmed yet, but the source says this will be launched really soon.

VIA: Bloomberg

Verizon’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Get Updates to Android 5.1.1 (Update)

Posted by Kellex September - 3 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

UPDATE: Ok, then. Verizon posted these changelogs yesterday as if they were new updates, and clearly, I didn’t realize that this was the update that rolled out with Stagefright patches back in August. Thanks, Verizon! Sooooo, yeah, these are not new! In fact, they are the exact same software builds and everything, but the changelogs no longer talk about Advanced Calling 1.0 for some reason. Ignore. Move along. #stayoffthewhiskeykellen


Verizon began pushing updates to its Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge variants yesterday in the form of Android 5.1.1. The updates fix a bunch of bugs, but also introduce things like options for turning off the parallax wallpaper effect on the home screen, live wallpaper options for the lock screen, quick exposure adjusting in the camera when you focus on an object, and Chinese language support.

The updates should be rolling out any minute, if you haven’t seen them yet.

The update for the S6 will arrive as software version VRU3BOG5, while the S6 Edge will get VRU3BOG5.

To check for updates, head into Settings>About phone>Software updates. 

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Via:  Verizon [2]

Verizon’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Get Updates to Android 5.1.1 (Update) is a post from: Droid Life

This is the New Verizon Logo (Updated)

Posted by Kellex September - 2 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Apparently, it’s logo changing week with major tech companies. This is Verizon’s new logo that will arrive tomorrow on Verizon’s website, before making its major rollout to their marketing materials on September 10.

Thoughts? 

Update:  Yep, Verizon just made it official. New logo week is go! Verizon had this to say in a short blog post on why the new look:

The new brand identity takes the best elements of Verizon’s heritage, represented by its colors and the Verizon “checkmark,” and transforms them for a new era. At its most basic level, the new logo is a visual statement that honors our history and reflects an identity that stands for simplicity, honesty and joy in a category rife with confusion, disclaimers and frustration. It’s a cleaner, more human design and the checkmark, the universal symbol for getting things done, uniquely expresses the reliability of Verizon.

 

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This is the New Verizon Logo (Updated) is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon rolls out Android 5.1.1 Lollipop-powered LG G Vista

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

This time last year, AT&T announced the LG G Vista. It’s a mid-range smartphone that runs Android 4.4.2 Kitkat out of the box. A year later, Verizon is releasing the same G Vista but now with the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The updated smartphone includes a number of improvements like the design of the home touch buttons among others.

You can say this is the LG G Vista 2015 model. When you long-press the Recent button, you are easily taken to the Menu. As with any other Lollipop-powered phones today, you can set notifications and set how they are shown on the lock screen. You can also set notification preferences depending on what information you want to see.

The updated LG G Vista now features “Smart Lock” in Settings. It allows you to add any trusted device that can communicate with the phone easily and automatically whenever it’s nearby. It can also unlock the device without you having to unlock or entering a password manually. If you want to “Show all notifications”, you can set such by swiping down the notification cards or tapping “More” to expand the notification list.

The LG G Vista with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop now includes the Interruptions feature so you can set the alarms and notifications the phone will sound or display. You can set ‘None’, ‘Priority’, or ‘All’ so you can see or not see some items. Other special features include the Floating Action Button, Screen Pinning, Search in Setting, and Avoid bad WiFi connections. The update also includes the Android security patches for the recently discovered vulnerabilities.

SOURCE: Verizon

Verizon-branded LG G Vista now receiving the Android 5.1 update

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Verizon has finally started rolling out the long-awaited Android 5.1.1 update to the LG G Vista. In addition to the latest build of the operating system, this upgrade also carries a much-needed patch for the Stagefright security exploit.

All the changes you’d expect to find in the Lollipop software are bundled into this upgrade, including support for multiple accounts, improved notifications, stronger 256-bit encryption, a smoother multitasking experience personal unlocking and Material Design.

If you live in the United States and have not yet received the OTA update, you can head into “Settings,” then “About Device,” and select “Check for Updates” to manually scan for the upgrade.

 

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Officially official: Samsung Gear S2 Tizen OS-powered smartwatch

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

We’ve only been waiting for this and finally, Samsung has unveiled the Gear S2. The new smartwatch is the second-gen Tizen OS-powered wearable from the South Korean giant, ready to rival the Apple Watch and the numerous Android Wear watches in the market. The device was teased less than a couple of weeks ago, with Samsung promising a more fun, personalized, and enhanced smartwatch experience.

This is the first time Samsung is releasing a round-faced smartwatch since the first Gear S was a rectangular one. Motorola and LG went ahead by releasing the Moto 360 and the LG Watch R. Huawei soon followed after and looks like more people are demanding for round smartwatches because really, they don’ look like small computers. A round-faced watch looks like any ordinary watch–not too geeky.

The circular design of the Samsung Gear S2 will definitely bring in more sales. It may run Tizen OS and not Android Wear but this is still compatible with most Samsung phones. The smartwatch comes with a rotating bezel for easier access to apps and notifications.

Samsung actually released two variants: the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 classic. The basic Gear S2 features are more modern yet minimal design while the Classic has boasts of a more timeless watch design. The Gear S2 is best for those people who are active and always on-the-go. The Samsung Gear S2 comes with a 1.2-inch circular Super AMOLED screen with 360 x 360 resolution, 1-GHz dual core processor, and 512RAM. Let’s take a look at the complete specs of the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic:

• 1.2-inch circular Super AMOLED, 360×360, 302ppi
• unknown Dual core 1.0 GHz processor
• 512MB RAM
• 4GB built-in storage
• 250mAh battery, wireless charging
• Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate, Ambient Light, Barometer
• Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity
• Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and NFC
• Audio: Codec: MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG

The Samsung Gear S2 runs Tizen and is IP68 dust- and water-resistant. The Gear S2 Classic is a bit lighter and thinner at 42G and 39.9×43.6×11.4mm while the Gear S2 weighs 47g and measures 42.3×49.8×11.4mm.

The smartwatch can also work like any other fitness band with the 24-hour activity log and a slew of health and fitness tracking apps available. Battery is said to last up to three days. What’s good about this is that you can charge the watch wirelessly by simply placing it on the wireless charging dock.

Samsung has also announced a 3G version of the Gear S2. It’s a bit heavier at 51grams and a little thicker at 44.0 x 51.8 x 13.4mm mainly of the added 3G component. No word on pricing and availability yet but the Samsung Gear S2 3G will be ready from Verizon.

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SOURCE: Samsung

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and US Cellular Confirm Plans to Carry Gear S2

Posted by Kellex August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Where can you buy the Gear S2 from Samsung? So far, most major US wireless carriers have confirmed plans to carry it. No one gave us pricing or a date of availability, but Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and US Cellular all said it’ll be in their lineups. 

T-Mobile said that for $5, you will be able to add the Gear S2 3G to your plan and get unlimited talk/text, 500MB of high-speed data, and unlimited music streaming. AT&T only confirmed that it will carry the Gear S2. Verizon said it will make both Bluetooth and 3G models available. US Cellular added “this Fall” to their launch plans.

My guess is that Sprint will join the other wireless carriers, but that electronics spots like Best Buy will sell it as well. As we know more, we will update this post.

Be sure to check out the full Gear S2 specs if you haven’t already.

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and US Cellular Confirm Plans to Carry Gear S2 is a post from: Droid Life

Soak Test Rolling Out to Verizon Moto X (2nd Gen), Could it be Simultaneous Voice + Data?

Posted by Tim-o-tato August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

A soak test is rolling out to the Moto X (2nd Gen) on Verizon, bringing what could be a very important update for current owners. Still to this day, the Moto X (2nd Gen) does not feature simultaneous voice and data, so it is possible that this soak test will be implementing that feature. 

This variant of the Moto X was approved for Android 5.1 in late June, so it it also possible users could see Android 5.1.1, in addition to the voice + data functionality.

Once the update starts hitting devices, we will update the post so everyone knows what Verizon and Motorola are up to.

Here is the letter being sent to owners.

Hi _____,

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are inviting owners of the Moto X 2nd Gen to participate in an early preview of a new software release, and provide feedback. If you are not currently using a Moto X 2nd Gen, please excuse and ignore this email.

We can only accept a limited number of participants, so please don’t wait to respond.

Click the Begin Survey button at the bottom -xxxx- to take the enrollment survey if you wish to take part. This link is uniquely tied to this survey and your email address. Note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners’ Forums to be included. This is a confidential opportunity under the terms of the Motorola Feedback Network. Do not post any details or information about this on any public or private websites.

Start times can be fluid. We ask for your patience if you register but don’t hear from us right away.

Thanks!

Mark
Motorola Owners’ Forums
Motorola Feedback Network

Cheers R, D, B, M!

Soak Test Rolling Out to Verizon Moto X (2nd Gen), Could it be Simultaneous Voice + Data? is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon says two-year contracts aren’t going anywhere for existing customers

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Following in the footsteps of T-Mobile, Verizon recently announced that it was putting the kibosh on two-year contracts altogether. When Big Red first made the announcement, though, there were a number of notable details missing, namely what would happen to existing two-year contract customers when their plans were up. Now Verizon is offering up some clarification that discusses what new and existing customers will and won’t be able to accomplish with the carrier’s new “simplified” plans.

To answer one of the most prominent questions about these new plans, Verizon says that existing customers on a two-year contract will be able to upgrade to another two-year contract if they wish. This means existing contract customers can still get the latest and greatest smartphones at a subsidized price instead of being forced to finance the smartphone or pay full price. The carrier is letting current customers stay on these two-year long contracts as long as they wish, though once a customer switches to one of the new Verizon plans, there’s no turning back.


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Verizon’s new plans consist of unlimited talk and text, as well as 1GB of data for $30 per month, 3B of data for $45 per month, 6GB for $60 per month and 12GB for $80 per month. Larger plans still exist as well, but will require you to ask Verizon directly for a quote. You’ll still need to pay a monthly line access charge, though it’s only $20 per line.

There are a few more details that Verizon talked about in its blog post, so if you’re interested, head to the source link below for more information.

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