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    Verizon's always been one of the more insular carriers in the US, and between its CDMA roots, its penchant for exclusive devices, and being just so damn large that it doesn't have to go out of its way to lure new customers, it's been one network that just didn't particularly play well with others. Slowly, though, the tide's been turning, both as the network embraces LTE connectivity and starts revising its service offerings to more closely mirror its competition. Verizon's latest move to give users more freedom seeks to correct some of those shortcomings, as we get word that the carrier is ...

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    The last few days have been thick with rumors about Verizon's plans for new Motorola hardware, suggesting among other things that the carrier is getting ready to give the US its only taste of the Moto X Play in the form of the exclusive Droid Maxx 2. Yesterday some images of back panels very much in the design of the Moto X Play, only with Verizon and Droid branding, arrived to help support that theory, and today we see it pick up even stronger support, upon the publication of a few pics that seem to reveal a complete Droid Maxx 2 handset. The hardware we see here is unmistakeably cut from ...

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    From the way Motorola introduced its latest Moto X-series hardware a few weeks back, it was easy to get the impression that when it comes to the US, the story isn't quite over. After all, the rest of the world is getting two new Moto X models, so why are shoppers in the States stuck with just the Pure Edition (Moto X Style)? One compelling theory suggests that the US will see the arrival of the Moto X Play after all, but in a slightly different form, taking the role of a carrier exclusive. Over the weekend, we talked about how the Moto X Play might end up landing on Verizon as the Droid ...

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    When Motorola announced the Moto X Play on July 28 (together with the Style/Pure), many were disappointed that the manufacturer revealed no plans to make the Moto X Play available in the US. As the phone is making its way to retailers (and lucky early owners' hands), there was a rumor at the beginning of the month talking about a Verizon Droid Turbo 2, and, at that time, we thought that it might be the rebranded Moto X Play. According to a recent report, the Moto X Play will indeed make its way to the US; it will allegedly be the Verizon DROID Maxx 2. Renaming the same phone for different ...

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    For its Samsung Pay (re)launch at the company's recent Unpacked event, Samsung was all about emphasizing the service's compatibility: while competing mobile payment services may only work where retailers have NFC-enabled POS terminals, the magstripe emulation built in to Samsung's phones enables Samsung Pay to work with existing credit card infrastructure. Has Samsung finally solved the compatibility question, crafting a mobile payment solution where users would no longer have to worry about how they could and couldn't use their phones to make purchases? Not quite, as it seems, as we get ...

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    Just about one month ago, HTC revealed its latest batch of affordable desire-series smartphones, the Desire 520, Desire 526, Desire 626, and Desire 626S. The manufacturer promised plenty of carrier support for the group, and named half a dozen carriers that would soon find these models operating on their networks, but a lot of specifics were missing – like who would get what, when, and sell it for how much. We started seeing those answers trickle out shortly thereafter, and today Verizon finally joins them with an announcement of its own, as the carrier gets ready to start selling the ...

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    What's Motorola's ultimate strategy for the US smartphone market? With this year's new Moto X (the Pure Edition for US shoppers), the company is stepping even further away from the traditional smartphone sales model, dropping the idea of in-store carrier sales entirely and going out on its own as it sells the phone direct, off-contract, and leaving it up to the user to decide which carrier to go with. But could there be more to it than that? While the Moto X proper may go the direct-sales route, Motorola's special relationship with Verizon seems far from over, and we've been tracking ...

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    We were just thinking about Motorola's plans for Verizon, upon hearing about a couple possible Droid-series smartphones tipped to be in the works for the carrier. With the Moto X Pure Edition not slated to get any direct in-store support from the major US networks, Motorola could really stand to get a carrier on its side, and a new Verizon-exclusive Droid model might be just the ticket. In the weeks leading up to the launch of Motorola's latest Moto-line handsets we saw a leak or two purporting to reveal new Droid hardware, showing devices that seemed to match what was ultimately revealed ...

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    The new Motorola phones are official, and earlier this week we got to see the launch of the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and the new third-gen Moto G. But in addition to hearing about these guys, we've also been looking forward to some new entries in Motorola's Droid lineup for Verizon. A couple weeks back, a leak of some Motorola back panels seemed to offer some hard evidence for the existence of such new Droids, but it's since become clear that at least one of those mystery models was the Moto X Play. Where does that leave our new-Droid story? Today we get some fresh new direction for ...

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    To hear the latest rumors, we're less than a month away from Samsung's next Unpacked event, when the company might introduce both the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+, more or less a no-stylus version of the Note 5 with a dual-curved-edge screen. And if Samsung really is looking to get a head-start on the IFA launches that will follow a few weeks later, it would only make sense for us to start seeing the arrival of the kind of phone evidence that usually lands just prior to a handset going official. That's just what we're looking at today, as certification paperwork surfaces at the ...

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    For the middle of summer, a time when we're used to seeing a lull in the smartphone market as manufacturers gear up for their big fall launches, this week sure is proving to be full of some interesting launch events. Yesterday brought us not just the Samsung Galaxy A8, but also ZTE's affordable Axon flagship. Today we're back to looking at the mid-range market as we check out a trio of new Desire models from HTC, with the company announcing the Desire 520, Desire 526, and Desire 626. Let's start with the smallest of the bunch, the Desire 520. With a 4.5-inch FWVGA screen, this ...

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    The floodgates have been opening on new Motorola hardware lately, with rumors and leaks detailing not just a next-gen Moto X and Moto G, but maybe also some fresh Droid models for Verizon. Yesterday we had the chance to check out a photo of the back panel of what was supposedly one of those Droids, revealing a design that largely mirrored earlier Moto G leaks, while being just different enough to suggest we really were looking at some new hardware. Today that same source does us one better, offering a new pic that compares not two, not three, but four of these soon-to-launch Motorola ...

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    Motorola's cooking up some new smartphones, and over the past several weeks, we've had the opportunity to check out some early glimpses of a few, thanks to a spate of leaks. One design feature that's been back multiple times has been this new vertical bar in the middle of the phone's back, housing the camera lens, flash, and trademark dimple. At first we saw this look attributed to the next Moto X, while subsequent leaks made it out to be the new Moto G. Today we're checking out a new spin on this design as a fresh leak offers a slight modification of that same layout. Compared to previous ...

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    It was last month when Verizon Wireless kicked off sales of Microsoft's Lumia 735 smartphone through its web portal, and now it's ready to move the Windows Phone device into its brick-and-mortar stores across the nation. The phone isn't going to be any different than it was when it went live for online orders way back in June, though there's no denying that it's far more convenient for many to go to the store than to order a device (often having to deal with confusing plan changes and strange fees) and then wait for it to be shipped to your home. The Lumia 735, if you opt to subscribe to a ...

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    The North American Sony Xperia Z3+/Z4, dubbed Sony Xperia Z4v, should be coming to Verizon soon. It is a special version of the phone which has a higher resolution screen (Quad HD versus Full HD), as well as wireless charging support. According to the initial information, as well as the one we heard a couple of days ago, August 13 was the day to circle in your calendar if you wanted to get this water and dustproof smartphone. Sadly, that is no longer the case. Despite displaying the August 13 date on the aforementioned microsite, Burson-Marsteller, the PR agency for Sony's North American ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Three weeks back, Verizon helped introduce Sony's latest Android, the Xperia Z4v. And while most of the world is looking to the Xperia Z4 or Z3+ while shopping for their next Sony phone, Verizon's option is a handset unto itself, launching with a high-res quad HD display. But while we knew the smartphone was due to land sometime this summer, we were at a loss for any specifics, especially concerning release dates and pricing. Well, the pricing issue remains to be addressed, but today we get some resolution on the other front, as Sony confirms an August 13 release date. While this info ...

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    Buying a new smartphone can be its own reward: you get to start fresh with a new, unmarred handset, still months away from seeing its storage bogged down with dozens of apps you ran once and never touched again, or those hours of video footage you accidentally recorded while sleeping (and later forgot about). But if you can score not just a new phone, but also some free extras along with it, so much the better. A few Android manufacturers are offering such perks this week, as we learn about special promo deals for the LG G4 and HTC One M9. LG already had a free extra battery and microSD ...

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    Been suffering from issues on your Verizon-branded Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 edge unit? This new over-the-air update may be able to soothe you. A Verizon Galaxy S6 (it's for the S6 edge, too) update has been released today with security improvements for the reactivation lock, as well as the addition of roaming in Puerto Rico. Apart from the details above, the update itself is pretty bland. On the point of the reactivation lock, Verizon says in its release notes that it has included "security improvements to Samsung's Reactivation Lock (protection for lost or stolen devices." What those ...

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    After entirely too long, Motorola and Verizon are finally making the Android Lollipop update available for the Droid Turbo. We've been following this tale for months now, from January's promises that 2014 Motorola phones (including the Droid Turbo) would be getting Lollipop “really soon,” to word in March that the Droid Turbo would skip right ahead to Android 5.1. But all the while, the update still wasn't out. Earlier this month it looked like Verizon was expecting the update to be imminent, refreshing its own product page for the Droid Turbo to reflect its new Android Lollipop ...

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    A new Motorola device whose codename we've been tracking over the past few months has made an appearance today in the GFXBench benchmark. Flying under the "Motorola Kinzie" codename, the phone appears to be a flagship-level smartphone making its way over to Verizon at some point. The benchmark reveals a few of the device's specifications; specifically, it brings a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (with a coupled Adreno 430 GPU), 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (implied; 21GB is accessible by the end user), 20MP rear camera, and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. ...

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    Given just how recently the soak test for the update began, we're impressed at how quickly Verizon and Motorola able to turn around and deliver officially the Verizon Moto X Android 5.1 update. The carrier has posted release notes on its website today, and the OTA is due to be rolling out any minute now. The full Verizon changelog is available below; let us know down in the comments if you've received the update on your own device! Changelog Volume settings panel icons added to match icons in status bar. Quickly select different WiFi accessory or Bluetooth devices with the added ...

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    The road to Android Lollipop on Motorola's Droid Turbo has been a long and frustrating one. As if the months and months of waiting haven't been bad enough, there have been the false starts, like a few weeks back when Verizon started advertising Lollipop availability for the Droid Turbo when the release was actually still under internal testing. And while we haven't seen the update emerge just yet, it finally looks like we're really getting down to the home stretch here, as Motorola invites for a public Droid Turbo soak test are revealed to be for just this long-awaited Lollipop update. ...

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    HTC's been busy releasing a ton of smartphones lately – problem being, at least for smartphone users in the US, is that the bulk of these new launches have been international-only affairs: One M9+, One ME, J Butterfly... the list keeps growing. So imagine our surprise when today we learn about some evidence that not only points to a new HTC model, but one that sure appears to be gearing up for release in the US – and on Verizon, in particular. The FCC just published certification paperwork for HTC model 0PM3100, an otherwise unidentified smartphone. The band support would suggest that ...

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    Windows Phone fans are used to dealing with a limited selection of smartphone options from carriers, and that's been just as true for Verizon as any. Shopping for such models in its stores, you'd find yourself presented with some very slim pickings: there's the One M8, a high-end (if not aging) model, and the new LG Lancet, a lower-end FWVGA phone. What about something that splits the difference? Ever since last summer, we've been following reports that the Lumia 735 could make its way to Verizon, and after a number of false starts, those rumors picked up in earnest again last month. ...

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