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    After 54 years of hostility and indifference, US President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro reached a historic agreement in July 2015 to restore diplomatic relations between the two countries, reestablish the American embassy in Havana, and move closer than ever to lifting an age-old commercial, economic, and financial embargo. It then only took Verizon a couple of short months to bring its roaming services to Cuba, followed by Sprint in November. Meanwhile, AT&T is still in negotiations with ETECSA to make the obligatory move, and T-Mobile today previews its own ...

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    Fasten your seatbelts — this X-wing has taken off. HellomotoHK has put up three new renders — possibly polished enough for the media — of what may be this year's Moto X and this year's major DROID phone exclusive to Verizon, likely to be the DROID Turbo 3. [gallery ids="472201,472202,472200"] Two renders show off the supposed main flagship with a metallic back design that matches this leak we saw last year. The camera pad looks to house a couple of focus-assist sensors while the "flat tire" effect stores the LEDs for the flash. The bottom end of the rear sports a 16-pin contact for ...

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    It's taken a bit longer to get Marshmallow out to the DROID Turbo 2's sibling device, but it's finally said to be here. The Motorola-made DROID Maxx 2 is now taking in OTAs to get to software version 24.64.4 with Android Marshmallow. In addition to the typical features like Doze and Now on Tap, Moto Assist is improved for "do not disturb" and driving scenarios and Ambient Display gets absorbed into Moto Display. As typical with these rodeos, you might need to wait up to a week or so before the package arrives. Source: Verizon Via: TechnoBuffalo

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    While the newest iteration of Google’s uber-popular mobile OS managed to climb from 0.5 to 7.5 percent share in platform distribution numbers between December of last year and this month, the fact that Marshmallow hasn’t even broken double-digit ground yet is certainly disappointing. Most semi-recent flagship phones built by tier 1 OEMs have of course been upgraded to Android 6.0 in the past couple of months or are brought to date as we speak, but the sluggish pace badly impacted adoption stats. Then you got mid-range handhelds and tablets of all calibers launched with Lollipop ...

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    Contrary to popular belief, Samsung can be competitive in the low-cost Android scene when it sets its mind on it, with the Galaxy J3 (2016) acting as living proof both internationally and stateside. Granted, it took a while for the low-end 5-incher to go wide on US shores, first seeing daylight on prepaid-specialized Sprint subsidiaries Boost and Virgin Mobile back in January, then going on sale in a GSM unlocked variation a couple of weeks ago, and now, finally reaching Verizon at its lowest price yet. Even better, Big Red sells an Android 6.0 Marshmallow-powered model for $110 on prepaid ...

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    Disregarding promises made a while ago, and turning a deaf ear to widespread online dissent, Microsoft cleared the air regarding Windows 10 Mobile updates for devices launched on WP 8.1, stating its far too short list of eligible models was final. But is it really? No, there’s still no software makeover hope for ultra-low-end Lumias packing a skimpy 512MB RAM, despite one such phone remaining the second most popular of its kind three whole years after its commercial debut. On the bright side, a slightly newer and way more powerful member of the defunct Nokia Lumia family was confirmed to ...

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    If you bought your HTC 10 unlocked and direct from the company and were early in on the game, your device probably got shipped today. The company's sending out emails and a tweet to let everyone know that it's begun shipping the phone — compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile cellular bands — out to customers. We've got good news: if you pre-ordered an #HTC10, they've now started shipping. We're fulfilling orders as they were received. — HTC USA (@HTCUSA) May 4, 2016 Verizon kicked off shipments of its own HTC 10 devices early today while Sprint is holding off all sales until May 13. ...

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    Talking about the DROIDs, it seems, has set us up for another news piece about them, their predecessors and their progenitors. Also, VentureBeat's Evan Blass talked about them, so of course we have to tail the chase now. And of course, it's by Twitter. Even more, it's by retweet of a similarly formed tweet ruminating about a DROID Turbo and Maxx 2. So now I'm hearing that there are going to be both a Maxx 3 as well as a Turbo 3. #dejavu https://t.co/FjABVjUdUo — Evan Blass (@evleaks) April 29, 2016 Nothing much beyond the word that both a DROID Maxx 3 and a DROID Turbo 3 will be coming. ...

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    1984. Just the mention of those four digits together brings to mind the advertising hall of fame that was the commercial for the Apple Macintosh. But you look back to when HTC had its marketing mojo and you'll find that you have a place in its commercials. Well, since we're talking about a Verizon-exclusive phone made by Motorola, we aren't necessarily expecting something spectacular here, but hey, the DROID Turbo 2 is definitely something worthy to advertise — particularly that one killer feature it has of a shatterproof screen. And so we have two 15-second spots that break eggs to ...

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    HTC's next flagship is so close, we can almost taste it. In just a manner of days, the HTC 10 will descend on markets around the world, giving users everywhere some of their first experiences with the handset. Back when we reviewed the HTC 10, we called it “a great smartphone, with amazing build quality, powerful specs, and just a need for a couple of tweaks in its camera software,” and wouldn't you know it, but just such a software update has landed in time for the phone's wide release, boosting camera performance in the process. With all the pieces falling into place, you may be ...

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    Should you upgrade from the LG G4 to the spanking new, modular G5? How about from the nearly two year-old G3? Any self-respecting Android power user would yell out a resolute “hell, yeah” to at least the latter question, but the truth is you can probably hold on to the LG G3 a while longer without worrying of critical system lag and stuff like that. It’s getting a little long in the tooth hardware-wise, we won’t deny that, but as far as software goes, it’s just as up-to-date as both the G4 and G5. Now on AT&T and T-Mobile in addition to Verizon and international unlocked ...

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    It’s no secret that the US currently trails way behind countries like Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Canada, the UK and even Romania, Oman or Latvia in real-life LTE performance, also failing to beat Korea, Japan, Hong Kong or Kuwait as far as high-speed mobile network coverage goes. But now mobile app intelligence platform Apteligent and industry analyst firm STL Partners have devised a simple tool called a mobile network experience index to provide further insight into just how much America’s big four carriers suck. Based on “a huge amount of real world information”, the ...

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    It’s not unusual to see major Android device manufacturers “soak test” key software updates for a few weeks before concluding all’s well and polished, and a wide-scale OTA rollout can begin. But there are also cases when these pre-release beta experiments expose critical bugs and/or a general sense of system instability requiring extra OS refinement work. That’s probably what happened with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow makeover of the Droid Turbo 2 on Verizon, which was kicked off on a small scale way back in early March, and is only now spreading to the masses. No explanation ...

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    If these numbers are anything to base conclusions on, we think that Sprint will have a hard time catching up to the speeding magenta motorcycle that is T-Mobile. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners has just analyzed the churn — where customers switch cell service from and to — through a survey of 500 participants who activated new service for the first quarter. CIRP compared results between AT&T, Sprint (with Boost Mobile), Verizon and T-Mobile (with MetroPCS). In terms of subscriber loss, Sprint leads the pack of four with a 27 percent gain relative to its numbers from the ...

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    If you're chewing on Big Red and would like to check a new phone off of your to-get list, get ready to wait. And then you can hit the decks. April 29 is the day when Verizon will begin pre-orders for the HTC 10. Brick-and-mortar stores will also start showing off demonstration units — known to us as "exclusive in-store previews" through a statement provided to Droid Life — on that date. Verizon claims it will be first in the US to carry the HTC 10. Many sites, including ours, have reviews up for the device, but hey, seeing (and touching) is believing. Even if you're copping a feel from ...

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    Can you believe there was a time, not too long ago, when Verizon was widely considered the stingiest of America’s big four carriers? Big Red’s clearly turned the page recently, with free data for early Android Pay adopters, a super-cool Gear S2 bundled in with GS7 pre-orders, and gratis LG 360 CAM chaperoning the G5 to market. Today, the number one mobile operator stateside also revives its dormant trade-in program, letting folks interested in sizzling hot new handhelds like the Galaxy S7, LG G5, Motorola Droid Turbo 2, or iPhone 6s net nifty $300 discounts. Technically, up to $300, ...

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    Free data! Who wouldn't love it at a carrier that only sells limited data packages? Who wouldn't love it at a carrier that tacks fees and hikes prices left and right? Who wouldn't love it, period? Well, the jury's still out on the whole zero-rated thing, but it's not like this is a foreign venture for the ol' checkmark. The carrier's offering 2GB of free data, valid for use through two billing cycles if you use Android Pay. You get one gigabyte with your first tap and the second on your third tap. Pretty simple, right? The promo period runs through June 14 with the free data to be used up ...

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    When the spanking new HTC 10 went up for pre-order yesterday in the US straight from the Taiwanese device manufacturer, we couldn’t help but notice only unlocked, AT&T and T-Mobile variants were listed. Ironically, while that felt like a red flag for prospective buyers on Verizon or Sprint, it turns out AT&T is actually the carrier not on board with selling and subsidizing the “world class” camera phone. Ma Bell hasn’t exactly confirmed its lack of support, but HTC is “encouraging AT&T customers to purchase our unlocked model at HTC.com” in response to people’s ...

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    When Samsung announced the already affordable Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge would net early adopters in the US a gratis Gear VR headset and six-game Oculus bundle, it all seemed too good to be true. But when Verizon went a step further, allowing its customers to choose the Gear S2 smartwatch over the virtual reality device as a freebie, there was no stopping the flocks of S7 buyers. Unfortunately, it looks like Big Red may have miscalculated supply and demand, as people waiting for their circular Tizen timepieces are instead receiving delay notices. They say beggars can’t be choosers, so you ...

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    Another tech colossus is reportedly for sale, and just like last year, when AOL sought new management and financial support, Verizon seems the odds-on favorite to take Yahoo over. Only this time, the largest wireless service provider stateside has competition. Strong, reputable and vast competition, including the likes of Google, Time Inc., and private equity funds Bain and TPG. Not carrier arch-rival AT&T, though, as Ma Bell has different fish to fry, considering a Yahoo bid, but ultimately deciding against joining next week’s first-round auction. Despite persistent monetary woes, ...

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    Update: Welcome to the weekend! The full podcast is streamable just below the YouTube video. We'll have the podcast on the iTunes and RSS feeds starting from 3pm on April 8. Enjoy! We finally have the full scoop on those dual Leica cameras found on the Huawei P9! We'll try to figure out if LG's build quality criticisms will sink the G5, and is the end near for the Blackberry brand? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and comparing mid range phones, ...

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    You'll need another fiver for this upgrade. AT&T has just raised its activation fees for AT&T Next plans as well as brought-in devices up to $20. Upgrade fees for the Next Plans are also $20. All these fees are up from $15 and now match Verizon's costs. Unlike Verizon, while the upgrade fee for two-year contracts hasn't changed, AT&T charges $5 more than its main competitor with the fee at $45. And as far as we know, third-party upgrade programs like the iPhone Upgrade Program are not affected. That stipulation was a doozy that many Big Red critics clutched onto. An AT&T ...

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    When it rains, it pours. And spring feels like a perfect season for constant precipitation, combined with just as frequent rounds of sunshine. Pebble is sure going to warm you up by rolling out a deluge of updates for both its cross-platform watches and their respective iPhone and Android apps. Cheaper than ever before, Time-series devices gain new vibration settings, snooze timeline reminder functionality and improved sleep tracking accuracy, among others. Once you bump up your firmware to version 3.11, you’ll therefore be able to select your favorite vibration pattern for ...

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    The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are arguably today’s best Android smartphones in the world, offering water resistance, microSD expansion and an incontestable fully premium build. But if you own one of last year’s “big things” and don’t want to upgrade so soon, you should rejoice upon hearing Marshmallow is on its way. Not just internationally and on Sprint stateside, as Verizon has detailed installation instructions and changelogs posted on its support website for both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The two over-the-air rollouts were supposed to kick off as early as Friday, April 1, though ...

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    Trust us, we don't really think of Walmart as the first place we'd buy our smartphones from, but given the right circumstances, you just might. So, when Walmart goes out and says that it's discounting all stock of iPhones and Galaxy phones. Be it the iPhone SE or the iPhone 6s, heck, maybe even the iPhone 5c, you'll get $100 off. Galaxy S7? Galaxy S6? Galaxy S5 Active, even? Sure, those are $150 off. Here are the catches, though: the phone must be purchased on AT&T, Verizon or Sprint — Walmart was able to get agreements with those three carriers, but not T-Mobile — and must be ...

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