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    Over the past couple weeks, we've heard about more than a few Androids rumored to be in the works for Verizon in the US, with @evleaks providing many of the details. He's already told us to expect the carrier to pick up Sony's Xperia Z2 Tablet, and informed us that while other carriers would get the HTC One mini 2, Verizon would be renaming the handset to the HTC One Remix. We've even had a couple opportunities to check out One Remix imagery, but today not only brings us the highest quality Remix render to date, but brings along a shot of the Z2 Tablet with Verizon's branding to keep it ...

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    All the way back in April, we checked out a leaked render of the HTC One M8 in red, sporting some Verizon branding. Considering how we saw a red One M7 last year, and red was even among rumored M8 launch colors, the find wasn't too surprising. And indeed, following additional leaks of the red One M8 in May, we finally saw the manufacturer formally confirm the new option, with sales of the phone beginning in Taiwan. What we didn't get, though, was much of a sense for HTC's global plans for the model; would the red One M8 eventually be everywhere its existing color options were sold? We're ...

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    With the launch of the Galaxy S5 Active, the GS5's family of closely related smartphones is finally starting to get fleshed-out. The Galaxy K zoom really got us going, since for all intents and purposes it's a GS5 Zoom, but the Active is at least the first of these spin-offs to maintain the GS5 branding. What about a GS5 Mini to go with it? We've been seeing more and more evidence for this model, but today we might get our first actual look at the hardware, as we also take a peek at what's next for the GS5 itself. Well, it may not match some of the renders we've seen (which were a little ...

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    The first time we heard about the HTC One Remix, about two weeks ago, we knew it will eventually land on Verizon's line-up, but we didn't know exactly what the phone was. Now, according to @evleaks, we're getting answers, as the HTC One Remix will allegedly be Verizon's HTC One Mini 2. While the leaked press render below seems to conceal something (probably the time and date on Sense, which usually hints at the announcement date -- or some other sensitive data), we can definitely recognize the phone, this time, with the Verizon logo apparently replacing HTC's own branding at the bottom of ...

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    One of the commitments HTC made with its 2013 flagship, the One M7, was that it would provide timely updates for the device, even carrier-bloated versions. It seems to be delivering fairly well, and though it has been about two months since the debut of Sense 6, we are now starting to see it trickle out to different One M7 variants (the first were the developer and unlocked versions, then the T-Mobile one). The latest one to grab the update is the Verizon variant, which is a bit of a shocker. Verizon typically has been one of the slowest carriers out there in terms of updating their ...

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    The LG G3 is not done being leaked left and right quite yet. Now that we are less than a week away from the official reveal, it is time for carrier versions of the device to start leaking out. Yesterday, we took a look at the T-Mobile version of the device in great depth. Today, the victim is a Verizon model of the G3. The device shows pretty much exactly what we'd expect. We have the G3 with what appears to be its stock wallpaper (we have seen that one multiple times), along with the same clock widget LG has even publicly shown. The carrier-specific branding comes in the notification bar, ...

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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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