Verizon Lit Up Many New XLTE Markets This Week

Verizon announced the lighting up of new XLTE markets in the US this week, bringing its total XLTE offering to nearly 500 markets. Included this week are towns in Texas, Missouri, Minnesota, as well as many others.

If you are a Verizon customer running on 4G LTE, then it’s likely you might already be on XLTE. To put it simply, XLTE is deployed spectrum to help bolster the carrier’s LTE offering in any given market. XLTE offers better speeds and up to double the bandwidth in high data traffic areas. Furthermore, many devices sold on Verizon’s network already work with the XLTE deployment, so customers don’t need to worry about receiving the benefit.

For a look at the latest towns added this week, look below.  (more…)

Report: Galaxy Note 6 Will Feature USB Type-C

According to the latest exclusive from SamMobile, the Galaxy Note 6 from Samsung will in fact feature USB Type-C — no ifs, ands, or buts about it. It was previously reported from the Wall Street Journal that the Galaxy S7 would feature a Type-C port, but as you can see, that did not happen.

As for why Samsung is one of the last major OEMs to adopt Type-C, it is speculated that the company was not yet ready to toss away all of the Gear VR units it had created with microUSB connections due to a new port. Instead, Samsung would wait until its next big release to introduce not only USB Type-C for its phones, but for its virtual reality platform, too.  (more…)

May’s Android Security Update Kicks Off Today With Factory Images

Google just posted factory images for May’s Android security update. Devices receiving the update so far include the Pixel C (MXC89F), Nexus 6P (MTC19T), Nexus 5X (MCT19T), Nexus 6 (MMB30G and MOB30I), Nexus Player (MOB30G), Nexus 9 WiFi and LTE (MOB30G), Nexus 5 (MOB30H), and Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi and LTE (MOB30J).

You can grab each image at the link below. For instructions on how to flash a factory image, here you go(more…)

DEAL: Anker’s SoundCore Bluetooth Speaker is Just $29.99 Today at Amazon ($50 Off)

We don’t typically write up Bluetooth speaker deals because everyone seems to make Bluetooth speakers these days, many of which are good enough to pick up and toss around the yard or house on weekends for mobile tunes. But today, Amazon is running a daily deal on the Anker SoundCore Bluetooth speaker, a speaker that is often thought of as one of the best for the price.

Today, for $29.99 ($50 off), the SoundCore Bluetooth speaker can be yours in one of three colors: black, blue, or red.

This speaker carries 24-hour battery life, an 18-month warranty, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and “superior sound quality” with “less than 1% total harmonic distortion.” It currently holds a 4.6 rating on Amazon with well over 700 reviews.

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Motorola Begins Teasing New Phone With Better Camera, Battery, Security, Performance

A new Motorola phone is “coming soon,” according to Motorola India’s Twitter account. Within the past week, this specific account began teasing an upcoming phone that should have improved battery life, security/privacy, performance, and a “better” camera. We are mostly assuming that this is a new Moto G, likely the 4th gen model, after the phone supposedly leaked within recent weeks. News outlets out of India are also suggesting that Motorola has an event planned for May 17 in New Delhi to announce a new phone.  (more…)

LG Just Created a Button-Less Fingerprint Sensor That Hides Under a Display

To talk about LG’s latest innovation, we should turn to Apple’s brodog-in-Chief, Phil Schiller, to a time when he dropped the quote, “Can’t innovate anymore, my ass.” Schiller was referencing the company’s trashcan-shaped Mac Pro computer, but we are using it in reference to LG’s new fingerprint sensor that lives underneath a phone’s display and can be read without the need for a dedicated button. Yes, your mind is wandering into the proper place – LG’s new fingerprint reader will hide just below the glass on your next phone’s display, potentially leading to even cleaner, buttonless smartphone designs.  (more…)