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AT&T, Verizon, update Samsung devices to Android Lollipop

Posted by wicked April - 17 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

And the Lollipops keep on coming. Two more US carriers announced that they are bringing the latest Android update to several Samsung devices. AT&T said that the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active and the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will start receiving their updates starting today. Meanwhile, Verizon also announced that they are bringing Android 5.0 to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 after rolling it out to other OEM’s devices the past few weeks.

AT&T started updating the Samsung Galaxy Alpha on Tuesday, finally giving users Android 5.0.2. The file size is a huge 1GB, which is still lower than previous updates. The Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active will also start receiving the Firmware Over the Air (OTA) update by today and it’s a little bit bigger compared to the Alpha, at 1.4GB. In their esupport page, it only says that it is rolling out Android 5.0, so it may be a little bit behind than the previously mentioned device.

Meanwhile, Verizon’s announcement of the Galaxy Note 3 update is all about highlighting what are the great things you can enjoy now that your device will have what some consider is one of the best Android updates in recent years. Aside from the much discussed Material Design (which by now we have to admit looks pretty good), Lollipop brings lockscreen actionable notifications, the FAB or Floating Action Button, and parallax scrolling effect (which users of the other platform may be used to). The Touchwiz UI of Samsung, which is not everyone’s favorite, has reportedly been improved as well with this latest update.

Given the size of this Lollipop, it is of course required that your devices be connected to the WiFi and not just your smartphone’s data. If the update hasn’t reached you yet, you’ve already waited this long, so why not wait a little more?

SOURCE: AT&T (1), (2), Verizon

T-Mobile’s Legere steps up the rhetoric against idiotic overage charges

Posted by wicked April - 16 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


The recent Twitter flap with Donald Trump must have really gotten John Legere’s hackles raised. However, the T-Mobile CEO decided to take out his wrath on his competitors through a new video he posted slamming them for their overage charge policies. The video comes a year after Legere challenged AT&T, Sprint and Verizon to abolish “predatory” overage charges.

As part of the challenge that Legere set forth, he created a petition on calling on the carriers to change their ways. According to Legere, that petition has garnered approximately 200,000 signees, but he wants to push that number higher to get their attention. This latest step is needed because he says the other carriers did absolutely nothing after he called them out last time for the overage practices.

In Legere’s latest video, he blasts other carriers again for not changing their policies on overage charges. He specifically targets Verizon for pushing free streaming apps, like NFL games, and then charging consumers for using the very apps they are pushing them to use. He also notes that the other carriers are trying to create a climate of fear for consumers who end up buying larger data plans than they really need.

Legere is asking consumers to spread his latest message far and wide through social media. He promises that he will send a very public message to the other carriers, the form to be voted on publicly, if the 250,000 signature level is reached on the petition.

You can check out Legere’s video message below. Just note that there is some mildly NSFW language depending on the environment you work in.

Click here to view the embedded video.

source: T-Mobile

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Certain Microsoft apps won’t be preloaded on the AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S6

Posted by wicked April - 16 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (48)Surprise, surprise. AT&T and Verizon are altering what software ships on the Galaxy S6, limiting some of the preloaded Microsoft apps available. When it was first announced, the S6 was supposed to ship with Skype, OneNote, and OneDrive pre-installed. No one likes bloatware, but Skype and OneNote are actually pretty useful apps, and Samsung and Microsoft were tossing in 100 GB of free space of OneDrive storage, so it wasn’t an awful deal. In fact, it was probably one of the better app/service partnerships we’ve seen on a device.

Unfortunately, Verizon has removed all three of those apps from their variant of the device, while AT&T has removed the OneDrive app. This means that S6 users on the two biggest networks in the US won’t get that free OneDrive space, and Microsoft loses a ton of visibility. The carriers said if customers wanted the apps, they were free to download them from the Play Store on their devices. Too bad that policy doesn’t apply to carrier apps, too.

Any AT&T or Verizon customers disappointed with their carrier’s decisions?

source: Wall Street Journal

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Android Lollipop now rolling out to Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on Verizon

Posted by wicked April - 16 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


Verizon has been busy recently with rollouts of the Android Lollipop operating system to many devices in their portfolio. The latest device to join the list is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The update for the Galaxy Note 3 brings all of the expected Lollipop improvements like Material Design for apps and some under the hood optimizations to help with battery life. Verizon indicates they have incorporated Samsung’s tweaks to the Touchwiz interface as well.

The update should be rolling out to users via an over-the-air process and users will be notified when the update is ready to be installed. Users can also check for the update and initiate the download by going into their settings and checking for an update.

Verizon notes that with the update to the operating system, users should expect to see battery life decline for 2-3 days before returning to normal. Likewise, the new system takes a couple days to optimize application memory which can cause some sluggishness.

source: Verizon

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Some Galaxy S6 Edge Units are Having All Sorts of Auto-Rotate Issues

Posted by Kellex April - 15 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Now that Samsung’s new phones have been in the hands of normal people for more than a few days, we are hearing of a potential auto-rotate issue that is plaguing Galaxy S6 Edge owners on Verizon and Sprint. There may be variants from other carriers experiencing the issue as well, but these are the two we are seeing mentioned more often than any other model.

So what exactly is the issue? 

New Galaxy S6 Edge devices from these two carriers, for whatever reason, are failing to rotate properly, potentially because the accelerometer is having issues. Owners of these phones are claiming that their phones work fine for a couple of hours, maybe even up to two days, but then at some point, they stop rotating. And no, it isn’t because they are failing to turn on “Auto-Rotate” in the settings. Reboots don’t fix the problem. Factory resets don’t either. These phones are stuck in portrait mode, the camera UI is upside down, and nothing can be done to remedy the situation, other than a device swap.

Samsung, Verizon, and Sprint all seem to be somewhat aware of the issue, as dozens of posts in a variety of forums all show that people are having little issue replacing the phones once they stop rotating properly. But from what I can tell, no one knows if this is a software or hardware issue.

If your phone is stuck and you head into the dialer and type “*#0*#” and tap on “Sensor,” you will more than likely see that your X is stuck at -32768. Some think that the accelerometer is getting stuck, potentially thanks to the heat caused by fast charging, while others think a software update could fix the bug. Either way, it’s not good at the moment, especially with some Edge owners now on their third replacement device.

Have you experienced auto-rotate issues with your S6 Edge? If so, which carrier is it from? Any fixes in-store that you are aware of?

We will update this post as we have more.

Via:  Verizon | XDA
Cheers Brett!

Some Galaxy S6 Edge Units are Having All Sorts of Auto-Rotate Issues is a post from: Droid Life

Deal: Grab a Verizon Motorola Moto G (1st Gen.) from Best Buy for only $24.99 until 3pm CT

Posted by wicked April - 15 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Even if you don’t need a new smartphone (or a backup for that matter), you may want to check out Best Buy’s most recent flash sale. Right now, you can pick up a Verizon prepaid Motorola Moto G (1st Gen.) in Black for only $24.99. Yes that’s right, just $25.

The 1st Generation Moto G doesn’t have the best specs on the market, but it’s still decent for a budget-friendly smartphone. The Moto G has a 4.5-inch 720p display, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor with an Adreno 305 GPU, a 5MP rear-facing camera and a 2MP front-facing camera.

More on the Moto G (1st Gen.)

Additionally, Best Buy is offering the LG Volt on Boost Mobile for $54.99, which is $25 off it’s normal retail price. The unlocked Blu Dash in Gray is also on sale for $99.99 ($30 off), and the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra in Black is on sale for $197.99 ($102 off). This deal only lasts until 3pm CT, so you better hurry before it’s too late! Head to the link below to start shopping.

Buy now from Best Buy

Deal: Verizon Moto G is Just $25 at Best Buy for 4 Hours

Posted by Kellex April - 15 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Need a decent back-up phone? Best Buy is currently hosting a 4-hour sale on the Verizon Moto G that will get the phone in your hands for just $25. Sure, it’s the 1st gen model and doesn’t have LTE, but you never know when you might need a temporary replacement device. Or maybe your 12-year old needs his first phone? Or maybe you just like owning random prepaid phones? I don’t know, but whatever the reason, now is your chance to grab one for less than an IMAX Avengers ticket.

Note:  Again, this phone doesn’t have LTE even if Best Buy’s listing claims that it does. Trust me, it doesn’t.

The deal ends at 3PM Central.

Best Buy Link 

Cheers Ryan!

Deal: Verizon Moto G is Just $25 at Best Buy for 4 Hours is a post from: Droid Life

Lollipop beginning to roll out to the Verizon Galaxy Note 3

Posted by wicked April - 15 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is next in line to receive the big update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. The update, which is rolling out now, will bring your software version up to LRX21V.N900VVRUEOB6.

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So what’s new in the Lollipop update? For starters, a big portion of the user interface will be revamped with Google’s Material Design guidelines. You can expect a redesigned notification shade, Settings menu and a few other tweaks on the UI side. Unfortunately the aesthetic changes won’t be as apparent as you’d see on a device running vanilla Android, but we think you’ll like the changes overall. You’ll also get a bunch of other new features like priority mode notifications, Smart Lock, actionable lock screen notifications and more.

More on the Galaxy Note 3

The update is just beginning to roll out today, but if you haven’t gotten it yet, don’t worry. It might take a few days to come to your device. If you’d like to check for the update manually, head to Settings>About phone>Software updates>Check for updates. For more information on exactly what the Lollipop update will bring, check out the source link below. And be sure to let us know in the comments when you receive your update!

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 3 Gets Lollipop Today

Posted by Kellex April - 15 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 3 is the next in line to receive the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. That gives Big Red seven devices that have now been bumped up to the newest version of Android, just don’t mention that to DROID Turbo owners.

The update, which is rolling out as version VRUEOB6, is a big one. Users can expect to see Material Design changes throughout, especially in Samsung’s stock apps. That means bolder colors, fluid animations, and floating action buttons everywhere. Outside of the shiny new looks, notifications will be more powerful (more control and on the lock screen), the app switcher turns into a stack of cards, and there are hidden features like Smart Lock. 

If you want to see Samsung’s vision of Lollipop and TouchWiz on its pre-Galaxy S6 devices, check out this video we did of the Galaxy S5 running it.

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

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Via:  Verizon

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 3 Gets Lollipop Today is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon rolling out Android 5 Lollipop for LG G3 users

Posted by wicked April - 14 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

If you are a Verizon subscriber and an LG G3 owner and you’ve been waiting forever for the latest update to your OS, then the wait is almost, nearly over (or by the time of this writing, it might already be over). The carrier finally announced that they will start rolling out the long-awaited Android 5.0 Lollipop to owners of the current LG flagship.

While this may not be the latest (there’s already a 5.1 but only for Nexus devices for now), it’s good enough for now, since other OEMs are still rolling out to their respective devices. The Lollipop is taking its own sweet (get it, sweet? okay moving on) time to arrive to various Android smartphones and tablets, but it seems that it will be worth the wait. Verizon says on their update page that this update will allow other connected screens like TVs, cars and wearables to access the apps and services that are on your devices.

Expect to enjoy as well the other celebrated new features when your device becomes updated, including the Material Design, Smart Lock (using face recognition or just swiping when connected to a trusted Bluetooth device), enhanced notification system (including performing certain actions while on locked screen), screen pinning, floating action buttons as well as an overall UI refresh.

The over-the-air update has started rolling out for Verizon LG G3 starting today. But if you’re too impatient, there are side-loading updates available out there, if you know how to look for them. Otherwise, just be patient a little while longer.

SOURCE: Verizon

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