Posts tagged with: Verizon
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    They say karma is all about cosmic balance, and when it comes to smartphone sales, that may be right on the money. Take colorful phone options: back when the Moto X launched, shoppers in the US had exclusive access to all those pretty Moto Maker configurations, and even after the phone spread abroad, those custom options didn't make the journey with it. On the flip side, the Galaxy S5 debuted internationally with four color choices, and this time it was the US stuck with only the drab black and white options. A couple weeks back we heard that may soon change, with Verizon rumored to pick ...

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    Last Tuesday, we picked up on the first whispers about Verizon XLTE, the carrier's formal branding for its ongoing efforts to add LTE coverage in the AWS spectrum, beyond the 700MHz band it already used. All signs pointed to Verizon announcing the service today, and sure enough it's done just that, explaining what XLTE is, where it will be available, and what phones will support it. As we saw in those earlier leaks, XLTE is all about doubling the available bandwidth to Verizon subscribers by having phones take advantage of spectrum in both these 700MHz and AWS bands. Phones that are ...

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    What exactly qualifies as a "remix?" How deluded do you have to be to believe in all these "Prime" rumors? Why are we so transfixed by the notion of lasers on smartphones, and so easily taken in by a smartphone commercial, if it's shot like a trailer for Inception? We tackle these questions, and the biggest announcement section in the history of the podcast, in episode 096 of the Pocketnow Weekly. No, that's not bragging – it's just an unavoidable symptom of a month packed with unboxings, hands-ons, product launches, and reviews (both forthcoming and already-published). But even in the ...

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    Verizon looks like it's ready to start with a substantial promotional push for its new AWS band LTE service, as we saw earlier this week when a leak revealed both the carrier's XLTE branding and its intention to introduce the service this coming Monday. We may still be a few days away from XLTE going official, but we're already getting a sense for how Verizon intends to sell users on this new offering as some additional XLTE materials leak. The more substantial of the two is the video spot we've embedded below, claiming XLTE will offer Verizon subscribers “double the bandwidth in cities ...

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    HTC has been doing its darnedest to keep us busy lately, between dropping the One mini 2 on us and all this impossible-to-ignore prep work for new One M8 color options. Yesterday we looked into one of the latest HTC rumors, as a trademark for the HTC One Remix was discovered, alongside the claim that his model was destined for Verizon. We spouted-out a few theories at the time, including the idea that “remix” might refer to audio enhancements, much in the vein of Sprint's own new M8 variant. “Not so,” chimes the source who first brought this One Remix name to our attention, as the ...

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    What's next in the running from HTC and its smartphones? We've been talking a lot about a One M8 mini/One mini 2 that could be right around the corner, and a little further down the line we might get some kind of M8 Prime with a higher-res 2K display than the 1080p panel currently on the One M8. We've also got a possible new Butterfly and a Windows Phone 8.1 model we're looking forward to – all in all, we're looking at quite a few phones in the pipeline, and this isn't even touching on anything like Desire handsets. But now we're picking up on word of a device that might be yet another ...

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    Verizon's currently in the midst of a major upgrade to its LTE network, adding support for new frequency coverage. Historically, the company has operated its LTE offerings down in the 700MHz range, but recently it's been building new support for the AWS band, as already used by T-Mobile and AT&T. So far the addition of this new AWS coverage has been relatively low-key, primarily referenced in industry discussions about the company's ongoing network operations. But now a new leak attempts to reveal a much more high-profile branding for the move, as Verizon appears to be getting ready to ...

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    Back around the start of the month our attention was called to a very unexpected image, as Sony published a picture that appeared to be its flagship Xperia Z2 adorned with a Verizon logo. Considering how Sony's generally taking an arm's length approach to the US smartphone market, a Verizon partnership sounded quite odd, and it wasn't long before Sony was denouncing the pic as a mistakenly posted “mock-up image.” Why was it even created in the first place, though? Today the mystery deepens as a second Verizon Z2 shot turns up. This time the pic stems from Sony's South Korean site, and ...

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    Not every smartphone has to be over the top to be great. Motorola and Nokia both taught us that valuable (and wallet-friendly) lesson last year. The Moto G and Lumia 520 are two of the most memorable smartphones of 2013, despite coming with modest specifications and selling for a small fraction of the going price for comparable entry-level smartphones. In light of such competitively priced models, those other, more expensive entry-level devices were quickly forgotten. That said, LG is no stranger to the entry-level market. The question is, can the South Korean handset maker still compete ...

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    Mother's Day, at least here in the US, falls on May 11 this year. However, that didn't stop Motorola from throwing its one-day Moto X sale (theoretically in response to the holiday) over a week early, taking place back on May 1. Today we learn about another manufacturer offering its own Mother's Day deal, again with a limited-time one-day promotion, and again occurring quite a few days in advance of Mother's Day itself, as HTC announces plans for a sale tomorrow. Unlike that Moto X deal, which targeted off-contract sales, HTC is only putting forth this offer for on-contract purchases; ...

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    Officially, Samsung's Galaxy S5 is available in four color options: Shimmer White, Charcoal Black, Electric Blue, and Copper Gold. If you're shopping internationally, you've got your choice there, but if you're in the US and want to go with a carrier variant GS5, your options start drying up fast: right now, your choices are limited to just boring-old black and white. That may soon be changing, with word today that Verizon could add that gold GS5 to its lineup. At least, so says eminent tipster @evleaks, and while he doesn't offer an image of this gold GS5 with Verizon branding, it's not ...

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    Nimble hops between short subjects, or longform plumbing of deep depths? We don't like to make you choose with our podcast, so we occasionally hop across formats between episodes. This here is one of the deeper variety. This week's special guest is Myriam Joire (aka tnkgrl), Engadget alum and current product evangelist at Pebble. She brings her considerable expertise in optics and audio to a discussion ranging from the best high-end headphones to buy (to help replicate the "special" acoustic experience promised by the Harman/Kardon HTC One M8) to what camera settings to use for capturing ...

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    Just a few days back we were talking to you about Sony's plans for the Xperia Z2 when it came to North America, and specifically when shoppers in the US might get a shot at the hardware. The story didn't sound too optimistic, with the phone not arriving until summer at the earliest, and without any word of carrier interest, meaning anyone with their heart set on the Z2 would probably be buying it from Sony directly. Disappointing, maybe, but not really surprising, given Sony's focus on other markets abroad. But then today this pic up top turns up, posted by Sony itself, and appearing to ...

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    The GS4 on Verizon has been lagging behind in version numbers as far as Android is concerned for quite some time now. It's good that we reminded you of this with every occasion we had (not that you didn't notice), the latest including our Samsung Galaxy S 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S 4 comparison video. However, things are about to chance (finally!) as the phone-maker and the carrier finally announced the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 4 KitKat update. After applying the refresh, your software version will be KOT49H.I545VRUFNC5, and the platform version will read Android 4.4.2 KitKat (yay!). You can ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia, and how this changes things going forward. HTC follows the news as the company's design lead has decided to leave the company. Google is next as the company seems to want to bring Google Now everywhere, and that means some changes to Android. Apple follows as we talk about the leaked renders of the iPhone 6 that were destined to some case makers. We end today's show talking about Verizon and Samsung admitting to the Galaxy S5 camera issues, and offering a solution. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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