Posts tagged with: Verizon
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    Is it fair that manufacturers restrict what we can do with the smartphones we purchase, drawing lines in the sand between permitted “consumer” activities and prohibited “developer” ones? We're hard-pressed to argue how that possibly makes sense, but like it or not, that's the situation for many handsets out there, leading to the release of Developer Editions that cater to the power user who can't resist the temptation to poke around a bootloader. We've seen Samsung give such treatment to models from its Galaxy lineup of Androids, like the Note 3 last fall. This year, it's the Note ...

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    If there's one company that's been commendable for quick updates as of late, it's HTC (well, Motorola too, but that's a different story). Even with a fairly-heavy Android skin – not that that's a bad thing – it has managed to keep its flagships updated speedily. With the launch of the Desire EYE just weeks ago, One M8 owners were left hanging, longing for the new camera features. Slowly, updates have been released by HTC to bring One M8 owners up to speed, and now Verizon One M8 owners are about to feel the love: HTC exec Mo Versi has shared that the Verizon HTC One M8 EYE Experience ...

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    Last week marked in change in the the pre-launch story for Verizon's next Droid model, the Motorola Droid Turbo: following weeks of leaks and rumors, developments which brought us both a number of images of the upcoming smartphone, as well as an entire user guide, things were finally starting to get official, with Verizon sending out invitations for a launch event later this month. As we look forward to that October 28 announcement, some additional leaks have arrived to help tide us over, offering a new look at this handset in multiple colors. These leaks are some more from the ...

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    In case it hasn't occurred to you just yet, even with Verizon tweeting a picture of it and a full user manual leaking online, the Droid Turbo is coming, and it's coming soon. This baby of Verizon and Motorola has been exposed so thoroughly by leaks, there's only one detail we don't know (apart from pricing): when it will be officially announced. We now have a date though, thanks to a Droid Turbo launch countdown posted by Verizon itself on its newly-revived Droid Does website: T minus two weeks to launch date. You may question the certainty by which we say that the site is referencing the ...

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    Yesterday we were checking out the latest in what's been a news-packed week of Droid Turbo stories, looking at the evidence suggesting that the Motorola smartphone could have a massive 3900mAh battery. At the time, we were musing on the way leaks, rumors, and teases of the Droid Turbo had been building up to the point we're at now, and mentioned the mysterious DroidLanding Twitter account. The account's activity has generally correlated with new Droid model launches in the past, and when we saw it spring back into action in early September, we were optimistic that this Droid Turbo would be ...

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    Just about a month ago, we got word that a new Motorola smartphone had surfaced over at the FCC, showing off its certification paperwork. The details within identified the model as Motorola's codename Quark for Verizon, the phone we expect to publicly launch as the Droid Turbo. With new leaks suggesting that the Turbo is nearly ready to launch, we should soon have the full story on this Android, but until then, we have to keep piecing its story together for ourselves. Today, it looks like one more detail is falling into place, as information about the phone's battery arrives – and it's a ...

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    Last month, we saw Sony schedule a press event for today in New York City. Coming so shortly after IFA, we weren't expecting word of any new hardware already, but this sounded like it could be a prime opportunity for Sony to share details about how some of those IFA launches might find themselves going up for sale in the US, especially the flagship Xperia Z3. With Sony's event now underway, we're finally learning just how the Z3 will arrive in the States, as the manufacturer reveals the special carrier-variant Xperia Z3v for Verizon. The Z3v comes to Verizon later this month, with sales ...

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    It's not often that we find ourselves really excited about new Droid models – the combination of Verizon exclusivity and existence of other compelling Motorola phones (like the new Moto X and G) without such carrier restrictions has cost the Droid name some of its acclaim in recent years. But this year we've been following rumors of a Droid Turbo that, while they started off without much of a bang, have been snowballing into a more and more interesting story. We've been looking forward to a possible launch sometime this month, and today a new leak arrives to shed maybe more light than ...

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    Late last week, a new HTC Android suddenly popped up on Verizon's site. There was no primary listing for the handset on the carrier's list of available smartphones, but its support pages revealed the user guide for the then-unannounced HTC Desire 612. The weekend passed without any further motion on this mysterious new Desire, but today the other shoe drops as Verizon formally welcomes the 612 to its lineup. Despite having access to that manual last week, we didn't have a ton of technical details about the 612, and at the time wondered if it would be just a carrier variant of the Desire ...

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    Google's next Nexus phone feels like it's so close we can almost touch it. Leaks of the Nexus 6 have been getting bigger and better in recent weeks, and as we approach the Nexus 5's first birthday, all eyes are on Google to see when it plans to go public with what's looking like it will be the first Nexus phablet. As smartphone fans know, one key step on the road to a handset's release is it getting its FCC certification – that's why so many eyes today are turning to a new set of FCC docs from Motorola. Are they really for the Nexus 6, though, or could there be another explanation. The ...

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    Well this is unexpected: HTC's got its “double exposure” event coming up next week on October 8, when we're expecting to see it launch new models like that selfie-optimized Desire Eye. But even though we're still five days away from that shindig, at least one new HTC phone is breaking cover a little early, as the Desire 612 makes itself known on Verizon's website. While the 612's not listed among the HTC models Verizon advertises for sale, we do find the phone hiding away as the newest entry to the carrier's page of support docs for HTC handsets. The listing there gives us a thumbnail ...

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    Leaks concerning the Motorola-made Nexus 6 have seriously been on the upswing over the past week or two, and just yesterday we had the opportunity to get one of our best looks at the handset yet, spotted out getting some real-world testing. So while our general questions about this handset's existence may be fading under the mountain of evidence that continues to arrive, plenty of specifics have remained unclear. One of those important details concerns availability; sure, Google may start selling the Nexus 6 in just a couple more weeks, but once it does, what carriers will you be able to ...

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    Sometimes it feels like we rarely have kind words to say about a carrier. If we're not complaining about them being in bed with everyone from hardware manufacturers to the companies behind mobile platforms, we're raising the alarm about throttling or indefensibly high data pricing. But they're not all abject monsters, and it's nice to pay attention to one of them when they're doing something positive. That's where we find ourselves this evening, as Verizon does its part to raise awareness about domestic violence. Verizon has aligned itself with Philadelphia’s Women Against Abuse for its ...

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    Unlike last year's Moto X, which ultimately saw support from all the major carriers here in the US, the new 2014 Moto X won't be quite so ubiquitous. Sprint's out of the running this year, leaving the other players to pick up the slack. We saw pre-orders for the smartphone open a while back, and early ones – at least on AT&T – should have already shipped out to customers. Tomorrow begins a new chapter in the Moto X's availability, as Verizon gets ready to welcome the handset to its stable. Obviously, if you're looking to do the Moto Maker thing with a Verizon Moto X, that's going ...

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    Samsung's newest smartwatch is a bit different than the previous Gear models, in that it can function as a standalone device rather than just a smartphone companion. That's why it's important that mobile network operators decide to carry the watch, and Samsung has definitely made availability a priority with this Samsung Gear S US release. The wearable is headed to the US this fall for AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. First of all, we went hands-on with the device when we were in Berlin for IFA 2014, so be sure to check out our video of the Gear S if you're considering making a ...

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