COMING SOON. WHATEVER THAT MEANS, IS WHEN THE LG G3 IN THE US WILL GET ITS UPDATE TO ANDROID 5.0 “LOLLIPOP.”
I don’t know why I’m yelling other than I feel like LG is yelling the news out loud to us with no actual details other than “soon,” which in turn is making me want to yell back or at you or with them at you or at them for you or for you with them or at you despite them or…you get it.
Shortly after Google announced Android 5.0 “Lollipop,” Motorola was quick to begin pushing an update of it out to the Moto G (2nd gen) and Moto X (2nd gen) “Pure Edition.” The update most definitely made its way onto the Moto X, as we went hands-on immediately and have since been running it for months. The Moto G, on the other hand, may not have been receiving it for long. Our readers have been vocal in letting us know that the update stopped almost before it began and few had actually received it. (more…)
I don’t know if it’s because the weekend is upon us or if today is just a day for deals, but we have another to kickstart your morning with. Motorola is currently hosting a deal that will land you two free Shells in any color ($30 value) if you buy a Moto E ($119). The Moto E, as you know, is Motorola’s ultra-affordable smartphone meant for emerging markets, to be a starter phone for someone leaving a feature phone, a first phone for anyone, or maybe even just for those looking for an incredibly affordable phone that still has decent specs for its price.
Motorola Links: Moto E ($119) | Moto E Shells
You probably own a half-dozen portable power packs by now, because well, we talk about them a lot. There are certain accessories that are worth investing in that you may not need every day, but certainly come in handy in a pinch. Power and battery packs fall into that category, so we tend to share deals on them whenever we see one.
Today, over at Amazon, if you buy Anker’s 60W 6-port USB charger for $35.99, Anker will throw in an Astro E1 5,200mAh battery pack for free ($19.99 value). So not only do you get a powerful USB charger that can charge all of your devices on at once, you get a portable battery pack with enough juice to give most phones almost two full charges.
To get the deal, hit up both links below, add both items to your cart, and then plug-in “FE1BLACK” or “FE1WHITE” depending on which portable pack you go with, white or black.
Amazon Links: Anker 60W 6-Port Charger ($35.99) | Anker Astro E1 5200mAh Charger
When you buy a new phone from Verizon and activate it, you have up to 30 days to decide if you want additional coverage for it outside of the phone’s manufacturer warranty. If you do not add on the extra protection within those first 30 days, but decide later on that you want the coverage, you are out of luck until this time each year, when Verizon kicks off open enrollment for protection plans. Think of it like a 2nd chance to cover your phone for accidental damage, loss, or theft. (more…)
Most consider the Nexus 6 to be a monster-sized version of Motorola’s Moto X (2nd gen). The two devices certainly look very similar with their dimples, metal frames, and curved bodies, it’s just that the Nexus 6 is 13x the size of the new Moto X (yes, we’re exaggerating a tad). But outside of the size, there is also one other unfortunate difference – the Nexus 6 is actually Google’s phone. In other words, it doesn’t have the customizable options that Motorola’s flagship has through Moto Maker. That means no leather or wood or custom colorways or branding. You can either go Midnight Blue or Cloud White (assuming you can find either in stock anywhere).
What if you want a wood or leather Nexus 6, though? Slickwraps may have an option that will get you close to a Moto Maker-made Nexus 6. (more…)
Verizon dropped its Q4 2014 numbers this morning, numbers that show the company is still doing very well even without reacting to every single move that T-Mobile makes through its “Uncarrier” movement. While Big Red’s competitors are buying out contracts or slashing bills in half to try and convince customers to make switches, Verizon has maintained that it will adjust as needed, but doesn’t need to make drastic reactionary changes or follow in anyone’s footsteps. (more…)
Don’t act like you are surprised, but no, Verizon isn’t going to follow in the footsteps of AT&T and T-Mobile with a rollover data plan. According to Fran “ShamWow” Shammo, Verizon’s CFO, his company is “a leader, not a follower” and will instead stick to their current, traditional data plans that gobble up your data if you don’t use it by the end of your billing cycle. Shammo made these comments in an interview with CNET following the carrier’s Q4 earnings release, even noting that back in 2007, when AT&T first introduced rollover for voice minutes, they didn’t follow then either. (more…)