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    Update: More specs are from a Verizon press release which is sourced below. Update 2: CNET is reporting that the Moto Z does not have a headphone jack. Lenovo is said to box in a USB-C adapter. The exclusion of the port is likely thanks to that 5.2mm thickness on the device. Lenovo has made its largest impression on Motorola's brand of smartphones since it acquired the Chicago-based manufacturer in 2014. It has officially shed its Moto X lineage. CEO Yuanqing Yang took the stage at Lenovo Tech World '16 to announce its "most important product today," bigger than even its Tango phone it ...

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    With a more pronounced curve on one side of its screen than the S6 Edge, Edge+, and S7 Edge, as well as a straight left border, the road-opening Samsung Galaxy Note Edge was clearly meant as a limited aesthetic experiment. But a refreshingly large number of adventurous consumers were willing to experiment with it, so naturally, Samsung couldn’t abandon the ingenious 5.6-incher on either the KitKat or Lollipop island. Bizarrely enough, the Sprint-locked version got treated to a Marshmallow makeover a full month before unlocked international models, while Verizon follows suit at last as we ...

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    Seeing as how Android 6.0 commercially debuted almost eight full months back, and build N is right around the corner, you’d think it’d be easier to find up-to-date phones nowadays in every possible price bracket. But if you have a maximum of $150 to spend, are set on staying with or switching to Verizon, and don’t like the carrier’s prepaid structure, your choice is essentially limited to just the newly unveiled LG K8 V. A network-specific variant of the international K8 launched a few months ago (duh), this thing packs a modest 1.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor, doubled ...

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    ZTE’s quirky Spro line of 2-in-1 Android projectors has come a long way from a clunky, unfocused first generation, but for some reason, the “professional-grade” 8.4-inch Plus model unveiled back in February isn’t ready for primetime yet. At least not on T-Mobile, the third major US carrier to sell the 5-inch ZTE Spro 2, a little late and a little expensive. Then again, you can always choose to split the hybrid device’s $500 MSRP at Magenta in 24 affordable monthly payments of $20.84 each. Meanwhile, as long as Verizon and AT&T don’t launch the larger, slimmer, more capable ...

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    BlackBerry’s desperate Hail Mary pass last fall couldn’t be converted into an immediate touchdown, and the clock might be running out on the Canadian security and productivity specialist that probably got with the Android times a little too late. CEO John Chen insists things are looking up, and a hardware profit isn’t too far off, but Priv sales numbers reportedly failed to meet even modest analyst expectations. Worse yet, an unnamed “high-level” AT&T executive recently told CNET “we’ve seen more returns than we would like”, which suggests many of the very few buyers of ...

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    Mere hours before arch-rival T-Mobile can “turn it up to 11” with the latest in a long line of unconventional attention-grabbing publicity stunts, Sprint appears to want to make peace with the rest of the US “big four” carriers. A face some of you might find familiar delivers a rather bizarre marketing message in the beginning of a 30-second commercial, claiming “it’s 2016 and every network is great.” Yes, including Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, according to Sprint, as unbelievable as it sounds. The twist? The “Now Network” insists its rates are much lower than those of ...

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    Microsoft failed its devoted and persistent mobile fans from a number of standpoints recently, but what likely still hurts the most is not Windows Phone’s global free fall in terms of market share. Instead, it’s certainly way more disappointing to see so many old Lumias initially promised a swift W10M promotion either left stranded on WP 8.1 for good, or kept waiting far longer than expected. Verizon’s Lumia 735 is part of the “lucky” latter group, finally scoring its long overdue Windows 10 Mobile update, mere days after the Lumia 640 on AT&T. This is of course an OTA ...

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    Did you get a Galaxy Note 4 from Verizon recently? Well, you've probably itched that Samsung scratch at the right time. It's been a while since Sprint gave us the Android Marshmallow update for its Note 4 units. Verizon has its turn starting today. In addition to the usual Android 6.0.1 pickups, TouchWiz gets an iconography refresh, Wi-Fi Calling, Android for Work pre-loaded and Ultra High Quality (Hi-Fi) Audio. Software version MMB29M.N910VVRU2CPD1 is rolling out over time. Refresh for the OTA or just wait. It'll get there. Source: Verizon Via: GSMArena

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    Verizon is no stranger to one-upping Samsung’s sweet Galaxy S7 deals, offering a gratis Gear S2 smartwatch back in the day with the flagship Android phone while the OEM could “barely” bundle the handheld with a free Gear VR headset. Now, the Gear VR freebie is rebooted across all Samsung-sanctioned US retailers selling the S7 and S7 Edge, as well as the S6, S6 Edge, Edge+, and Note 5, and once again, Big Red ups the savings ante. Only the nation’s leading wireless service provider keeps its latest bargain limited to the GS7, S7 Edge, and Note 5. Buy any one of those from the ...

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    With the number of ways you can be tracked everywhere you go, — many of which you actually can't control — if law enforcement are on your case, it used to be that they needed a warrant to get cellular networks to turn over location records. Not so much anymore with a ruling from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The judges voted 12 to 3 that the location data being retrieved has been revealed to a third party and, therefore, does not get the protection of the the Fourth Amendment in the US Constitution against searches without a warrant. The government can compel that third party ...

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    In the United States, when you talk about smartphones, you usually talk about how much of the rest of the market is affected by Apple's weight. Not the case anymore. In Counterpoint Research's latest Market Monitor report for the first quarter, Cupertino's lead on the other OEMs has been thinning out for the past year. It has dropped from 46 percent last year to 33 percent this year. While it still heads the pack, Samsung is nipping at the heels with a 28 percent share, 2 percent better than 2015. LG dropped 1 percent to 15 percent, but that's after seven straight quarters of gains. ...

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    Not again, AT&T! What is it with America’s second largest wireless service provider and essential software updates lately? Both the HTC One M9 and M8 got their Marshmallow makeovers on Ma Bell way too late compared to models locked to other networks, the OTA 6.0 rollout for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge was a bona fide fiasco, and now Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon leave their common enemy behind as far as the S5 is concerned. But today’s story isn’t about the “DeATTh Star”, with Big Red instead capturing the spotlight even on the heels of the Now Network and Magenta. You weren’t ...

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    When a company's brand, based on a alphanumeric character, becomes too old, it can replace it with another one. After all, there are 35 other options to choose from. So, as the Moto X moniker comes out of its third product cycle, we're learning from VentureBeat's Evan Blass that this year's flagship smartphones from Lenovo subsidiary Motorola may primarily be branded as the "Moto Z". In relation to an earlier Evan Blass leak detailing the models we're looking forward to, the mid-range "Vertex" will be called the Moto Z Play while the high-end "Vector Thin" will be dubbed the Moto Z Style ...

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    Android Marshmallow still feels new on the DROID Turbo 2 and even newer on the DROID Maxx 2. That's because the 6.0 update came to the Turbo 2 two weeks ago and the Maxx 2 last week. Yep, long after many other, older Motorola phones got tender loving software care — though a select few will never get it. Which brings us to one of said devices, the OG DROID Turbo. After the DROID MAXX, Ultra and Mini never made it past KitKat, it's amazing we're still even talking about the possibility of a Marshmallow update, but we haven't seen a flat-out "no". Motorola's support is still putting hopes ...

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    The HTC 10 that you can buy direct from the company supports AT&T and T-Mobile SIMs from first boot. But with a little DIY, you can get your Verizon SIM to work in it, too — without all the lockdown and bloat. A few XDA devs were able to make it happen on their devices and have published a guide for you to make it happen on your own unlocked HTC 10. In practice, it seems pretty simple: open up to the device's bootloader and fastboot flash the Verizon radio package they've provided onto the phone. After checking into settings and a secret Verizon back-end menu, you should be all set. ...

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    As much as LG would have loved to keep the G5’s profit margins nice and thick, with the world’s first modular smartphone initially priced at around $700 unlocked, fierce competition from the oft-discounted Samsung Galaxy S7 prompted a slew of similarly premature deals. Offered on a now commonplace BOGO arrangement by AT&T back when it went up for pre-orders, the LG G5 was also sold through T-Mobile for Mother’s Day on a slightly less convenient buy-one-get-one-half-off pact. Verizon today undercuts that and matches Ma Bell’s past generosity, letting its subscribers purchase a ...

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    Digital Turbine Ignite. Three words that strike anger in the hearts of many smartphone users. If you're not familiar with what it does, it's an app that's installed on the carrier's side that automatically downloads and installs more "preload" and "postload" software, known disaffectionately by many as "bloatware". It then automatically updates those apps and adds more as time goes along. Well, good news. Turns out that if you have the Verizon variant of the Samsung Galaxy S7, you should now have DT Ignite installed with an OTA software update to version MMB29M.G930VVRU2APD2. It's not a ...

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    Despite what you may hear and think of Motorola's warranty service, we think that the Moto 360 2nd Gen. smartwatches are more than decent choices for your Android Wear wants and needs. And while the Moto 360 Sport isn't necessarily our first choice for a fitness tracker, — possibly why it isn't on the Google Store anymore — you could definitely do far worse. If you're sold on buying a Moto 360, you might want to do so at Verizon for the next few weeks as the watches are the carrier's "Accessories of the Month". Every model's price tag has been slashed by $50, leaving prices at: Men's ...

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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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