Verizon’s first 4G LTE device to come with a dual-core processor, the Droid Bionic, hasn’t exactly been the most successful Android smartphone of the past year. Released in September 2011, Motorola’s 4.3-incher has suffered from serious software glitches and, most importantly, only came a month earlier than the Droid RAZR, which is a significantly better piece of technology than the Bionic in almost every single way.
However, Big Red and Moto know how to make an uncool device wanted again, so, in a very unsurprising move, the Bionic’s price has just been slashed.
You can now get the Droid Bionic for free from Verizon’s online store [...]
Owners of the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon might want to put their class action suits plan against the carrier on hold. Though rumors of an Android 4.0.4 roll out for the device a couple of days ago haven’t turned out to be accurate, it’s our pleasure to inform you that the download file for the 4.0.4 update is now available on Google’s servers. Yes, Big G has decided to take the matter into its own hands.
The direct download link will give you a 39.8MB zip file needed to upgrade the ICS 4.0.2 on your Galaxy Nexus to version 4.0.4. Now, if you’re wondering why the file is a bit small in size, it’s because Google has only provided an update file, and not the full ROM. This [...]
Less than 24 hours after seeing Verizon’s Galaxy S3, codenamed SCH-I535, getting Bluetooth SIG’s approval, we now have the best of news for fans of the other three major US carriers. The Galaxy S3 has gotten certified in three more versions and will most definitely hit Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile in addition to Big Red.
The news is very refreshing – we are now almost sure that the Galaxy S3 will come to all of the major networks in America, at about the same time. That’s a huge step forward for Samsung, who enraged many tech enthusiasts last year, with the scattered releases of the Galaxy S2. Not only did the S2 come very late to the United States in 2011, [...]
As of May 1, the share of Ice Cream Sandwich has reached 4.9% of all active Android devices, with 4.4% from those now running versions 4.0.3 and 4.0.4, while 0.5% are still running 4.0 and 4.0.2.
The numbers could’ve looked quite different if the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon hadn’t been stuck on Android 4.0.2 ever since it was launched back in December. Word has it that the long awaited update to Android 4.0.4 will finally arrive on Galaxy Nexus today.
Despite several leak builds of Android 4.0.4 for the Galaxy Nexus that have made their way out to the open, the carrier is taking it’s sweet time to announce a date for the official rolling out of update. [...]
You loved your Android phone back home, but what if it won’t work when you head to Europe for a two-week vacation? What if you’re in Japan for a business trip and your Android smartphones data plan isn’t working because your carrier’s coverage is nowhere to be found? Thankfully, it looks like more and more carriers are opening up their devices to be compatible with networks abroad.
GSM and CDMA are the two primary connectivity protocols used by today’s mobile devices. GSM is the dominant connectivity standard, and is very popular in Europe, Canada, and pretty much the rest of the world. LTE is based off the GSM standard.
For a device to earn ‘world [...]
Yesterday, we reported that the nation’s largest carrier has decided to “discontinue” its grandfathered unlimited data plans and ask customers to move to tiered data plans. The move, which would align Verizon with its largest competitor, AT&T, is supposed to happen this summer. At least that’s what much of the blogosphere made out of the statements that Verizon’s Fran Shammo made during an earnings call.
As it turns out, the reports of the death of Verizon’s unlimited plans have been exaggerated. In a press statement, Verizon said that it would only force customers to move to a tiered plan if they want a subsidized device. In other words, the “grandfathered” plan [...]
In a recent earnings call, Verizon has announced that subscribers who have grandfathered into a $30 unlimited 3G data plan will be forced to move to the new Verizon data-share plan expected to arrive in mid-summer. This happens as an increasing number of Verizon subscribers migrate to 4G LTE devices.
The announcement was made by Verizon Communcations CFO Fran Shammo, who stated: “LTE is our anchor point for data share, so as you come through an upgrade cycle and you upgrade in the future, you will have to go onto the data share plan, moving away from the unlimited world. A lot of our 3G base is on unlimited. When they migrate off 3G they will have to go to data share. [...]
While it’s certainly not the snappiest Android smartphone out there, nor the most fashionable and it doesn’t come with a sensational screen either, the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX has a big ace up its sleeve. We’re talking about the large 3300 mAh battery, which makes Verizon’s exclusive handheld the one with the highest economy, very easily beating the likes of the HTC One X or the iPhone 4S.
But if a strong battery wasn’t enough to make you want the RAZR MAXX, Verizon and Motorola have found a way to sweeten the deal for the 4.3″ powerhouse. Starting today, the phone is available for just $199.99 with a new two-year carrier agreement, [...]
Does anyone remember that rumor we reported on just last week of a blue Motorola Droid RAZR hitting Verizon? Well, that’s not a rumor anymore, as Big Red has confirmed the official release of the new version of the phone.
The blue Droid RAZR will hit Verizon’s shelves, both online and offline, on May 17 (the day after tomorrow), which is one day before the suspected date from last week. And if you thought that the release was going to be an insignificant event that would go without much attention from the nation’s biggest mobile carrier, you thought wrong.
A short promotional video has hit YouTube the other day and shows us the new Droid RAZR in action. The clip [...]
We all know the compatibility issues caused by the “animosity” that exists between Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 SoC and LTE radio chips (most made by Qualcomm, coincidentally Nvidia’s sworn enemy). Due to this lack of compatibility, we are yet to see an “official” (I’m sure a lot of people have imported the quad-core international version of the HTC One X) LTE quad-core device in the US.
There is a lot of hope that the Samsung Galaxy S3, with its quad-core Exynos 4 processor, will buck this trend, which would finally allow North American users to feel like first-rate citizens of the tech world. But if a Nenamark 2 benchmark score [...]