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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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    We're three months away from it being a year since Microsoft announced the Lumia 735 in IFA 2014, and ever since then, we've been hearing rumors of a US launch for the product. Only a few days after it was announced, we heard that Verizon would pick it up for the US market, and well, the rest is history. We doubt you're still waiting for it to arrive, but if you are, we've got more rumors. Reports claim that the Lumia 735 will launch online for Verizon on June 18, and then on all retail channels for the carrier on July 9. The black option will be available with a bevy of removable cover ...

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    Sony's recent smartphone flagship releases have been the story of one phone with many names. Japan got the Xperia Z4, only for Sony to bizarrely rename the handset the Xperia Z3+ for broader international distribution. But despite the new, confusing name, this was still very much the Z4 from head to toe. As if this story wasn't already odd enough, now there's one more new entry that not only picks up yet another name, but tweaks the phone's hardware in a couple key ways. Verizon will be the exclusive US home of the new Sony Xperia Z4v. And while this phone is 90% the Xperia Z4, it does ...

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    Motorola Droid Turbo users on Verizon have been a patient bunch, waiting as long as they have been for their smartphones to get a taste of Android Lollipop. We've been hearing for months now that the update could be out soon, but so far, nothing. A recent rumor even suggested that Lollipop distribution could begin earlier this week, but that just hasn't come to pass. There's still reason to be hopeful that a release is imminent, though, as Verizon updates its own Droid Turbo pages to indicate that the phone runs Lollipop. In its Droid Turbo product listing, Verizon now gives the phone's ...

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    Though curiously omitted from the changelog for last week's Verizon Galaxy S6 edge firmware update, it seems as though that nasty auto-rotation bug that has been plaguing early adopters of Samsung's latest smartphones has been finally dealt with. According to various reports from the Verizon community forums, as well as what Droid Life has heard, the Verizon Galaxy S6 edge auto-rotation bug is now a thing of the past. If all of this sounds foreign to you, here's a little background. As people began receiving their Verizon Galaxy S6 edge units, they began to notice that auto-rotation ...

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    Motorola's no stranger to building high-end smartphones with pixel-rich quad HD displays: last year it brought us the Droid Turbo and Nexus 6, and this year we've been looking forward to models like the new Moto X. To look at some new evidence, though, Motorola may have more than one new quad HD handset in its pipeline, as details emerge about a pair of in-development Androids, each with some top-shelf silicon. The two phone in question are purported to have the codenames Clark and Kinzie, both in testing on Verizon. Both report quad HD displays, but it appears that we're looking at ...

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    Yesterday we got some fresh news about one of last year's smartphones, with Verizon announcing plans to bring some additional color options to its Droid Turbo selection. And while that might be good news for shoppers just thinking about picking up a Droid Turbo now, your comments to the post made it clear where the concerns of existing users lie: software update, software updates, software updates. For while we are firmly in the era of Android Lollipop, the Droid Turbo has found itself stuck in KitKat territory. Motorola has insisted that Lollipop is coming for the Turbo, skipping straight ...

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    Motorola introduced the Droid Turbo last fall, launching with some top-notch hardware, a variety of finishes, and promises of killer battery life. Really, the smartphone should probably be a lot more popular than it is – a consequence, perhaps, of the annoyance of carrier exclusivity. But even though we haven't talked about it in a while, the plucky Droid Turbo soldiers on over at Verizon, and today the carrier brings word of some fresh new looks for the handset. Originally the Droid Turbo was available in black ballistic Nylon and red or black metalized glass fiber. Those options were ...

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    Verizon users, have you been feeling a bit of a Windows Phone drought as of late? That's for good reason – no device running the Microsoft OS has been launched in 2015 so far, leaving enthusiasts disheartened and the rest of us a little worried. Fear no longer, though, because Verizon has finally ended that drought today. Say hello to the Verizon LG Lancet, a fairly cheap phone meant as a good, budget-friendly option to bolster the carrier's portfolio. The Lancet is inarguably an entry-level option: its off-contract pricing comes in at just $69, and its outright purchase price is an ...

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    It's been just about a year now since LG announced a new wave of tablets, introducing three new members of the G Pad family. With 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1-inch options, LG was covering its bases, but in the time since their release, we've failed to see the slates attract any significant following. Can LG hope to capture the public's attention any better with some fresh blood? We may finding out soon, as a new G Pad tablet gets leaked for Verizon. Noted leaked @evleaks just can't stand to stay retired, and this week he dropped a few mentions of the LG G Pad X 8.3. First he got this ball rolling ...

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    Verizon remains the biggest player in the US wireless market, but just because it finds itself in the top spot doesn't mean that the firm is content to sit back and coast by on its previous success. Far from it, in fact, and today we learn of a big move the company behind carrier is undertaking in order to bolster its position in mobile, announcing plans to buy AOL in a deal worth $4.4 billion. AOL? Worth that kind of money in this day and age? You'd be surprised, and beyond its still-profitable dial-up business, the company's advertising and media holdings make it very attractive to the ...

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    Even though it's been a while since Microsoft announced the Lumia 735, we haven't really seen the device much in the US. At a time when Microsoft is re-inventing itself and holding off major product launches until it finalizes Windows 10, it would make sense for us not to see new Lumias until later this summer. Still, it seems that Microsoft is splanning to launch something in the mean time, and this time it might be the Lumia 735. Photos of the Lumia 735 have emerged in a confidential FCC filing, and there are some minor differences to the Lumia 735s that we know. Instead of Nokia ...

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    Going back months now, we've been hearing about a possible LG return to the Windows Phone camp, with evidence pointing to just such a new model for Verizon. Last month a possible render turned up, along with what looked like a codename: Lancet. But for all the signs we saw that this phone was in development, we still didn't have much to go on, including a firm grasp on specs. Today that all changes, upon the leak of a substantial trove of LG documents detailing the Lancet for Verzion. The LG Lancet should have a 4.5-inch FWVGA display, Snapdragon 410 SoC, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB storage (with ...

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    T-Mobile over the past few years has been steadily rolling out various changes as part of its transition into the "Un-carrier," disrupting the wireless industry in various significant ways. These moves have been, in general, meant to pressure other carriers into adopting change, as well as customers into joining its network. However, until now, they've never been specifically targeted toward one carrier. That's exactly what's happening now, with the new T-Mobile Never Settle for Verizon campaign. The carrier is pulling one of its most ambitious moves yet to attempt to pull customers away ...

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    Even though LG was one of the big launch partners for Windows Phone 7, the company sadly didn't launch a follow up in the next Windows Phone generations. We don't know why this happened, but we assume that the company had the same feelings as Huawei at some point. To see the recent leaks of an LG Windows Phone in renders a few weeks ago was an interesting twist to the company's success in Android, and today we learn more. LG's website is now mentioning not one, but two Windows Phones for Verizon, or at least two variants that could be very similar to each other. One is the LG VW820, and ...

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    Slowly but surely, Lollipop its making its way to the flagships of yore. The latest device to be blessed with Google's revamped take on the Android operating system is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, specifically the variant that's available on Verizon (the one that came out in 2013, making this an impressive Samsung turnaround). The Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update is rolling out today. The update changes the build number from KitKat's N900VVRUDNK1 to LRX21V.N900VVRUEOB6, and SamMobile reports that it took upwards of two hours to install it, likely meaning that this is a bit of a ...

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    When Windows Phone first premiered, the lineup was full of models from prominent Android manufacturers: companies like HTC, Samsung, and LG. That landscape has very much changed in recent years, though there's still the occasional reminder of the past, like the HTC One M8 for Windows. But Microsoft may be turning to more of these old allies for upcoming Windows handsets, and a rumor from earlier this year suggested that LG could be cooking up a new one for Verizon. There's still a lot we don't know about these plans, but the arrival of a new render attempts to add some support to the ...

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    Samsung Galaxy Note 4 owners on Verizon have been a patient bunch. The first Android Lollipop updates for the Note 4 descended a couple months ago, and even carrier-branded editions in the US saw their Lollipop updates arriving last month: Sprint saw its going out over three weeks ago, and AT&T's made its presence felt early last week. But over at Verizon, silence. That's finally changing, as the carrier gets April started with an overdue taste of Lollipop for the Galaxy Note 4. Don't let the “4-4-2” in the filename for the update's release notes (source link below) fool you: this ...

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