Preview of New Google Play Version 4.0

The Google Play store is an ever-evolving marketplace that has seen its fair share of changes throughout the last few years. It was once incredibly fussy and difficult to navigate while lacking features, but over time, has become much more polished with an image-heavy layout that has likely helped Google push products from apps to magazines to movies and music. The last time we saw a major change was back in July of 2011, though. Since then, we have seen a number of tweaks to make it fit new design guidelines for Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich, but overall, it hasn’t changed all that much.

Today, I’m happy to show you Google Play 4.0, and the next big UI overhaul.  (more…)

First Pictures of the Verizon Employee Limited Edition HTC DROID DNA in Red

RED DROID DNA Special Edition

Back in November, we were told by sources that a special edition HTC DROID DNA would be made available to employees of Verizon stores. The special edition was said to come in an exclusive red color that no one outside of the company could purchase. It would have a serial number, marking the edition, along with wording imprinted on the back that reads, “Verizon Employee Limited Edition.” Said to launch in December, it appears that these special edition DNAs have indeed started arriving to employees that ordered them.

We have the first pictures of the device. As you can see, it has a red back that flows around the device onto the sides. It’s beautiful. Nothing else has changed – still has the same 8MP camera, quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, and 4G LTE.

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Here is the Special Edition Red DROID RAZR MAXX HD for Verizon Employees

At the end of last week, we reported word that Verizon would be carrying a set of special edition employee-only versions of their best devices, leading into the holidays. Lucky VZW employees that chose to pick-up one could choose between a red version of the RAZR MAXX HD, Windows Phone 8X, or DROID DNA. As you can see from the pictures we received, this employee went all-in on a RAZR MAXX HD.  (more…)

Verizon’s Optimus Vu Dubbed LG Intuition, Priced at $199 on Contract

It’s no secret that Verizon has plans to introduce LG’s big ol’ Optimus Vu here in the States. After all, it already cruised through the FCC, showed up in the wild in an entire gallery of pictures, and was outed as arriving this quarter in an LG press release. Today, we received additional info to add to that pile of evidence.

According to our sources, the Optimus Vu will change to the LG Intuition when Verizon announces it in the coming weeks. Once available, you will be able to pick one up for $199 on new 2-year contract or $549 at full retail.

With its 5″ display, this will be the first mega-phone to be released on Verizon, you know, since they skipped out on the Galaxy Note. After this phone, the world is sort of expecting HTC to bring it all home with their own 5″ device, only it will sport a 1080p display, something the Intuition can’t match.

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HTC EVO One Poses for the Camera Before Tomorrow’s Announcement [From AL]

You are looking here at a device that should be unveiled tomorrow in NYC by HTC and Sprint. Yep, from what we know, this is the HTC EVO One (or EVO LTE?). Whatever the official name ends up being, this is the One series variant that Sprint will get with LTE on board. We know it’s not Verizon-related, but it’s worth sharing since up until now, all we had seen was a press image of the front of the device. Here we get a look at the classic EVO red and black styling along with the kickstand. Not bad, right?

Discussion continues over at Android Life.

16GB Galaxy Nexus Headed to Verizon April 5, DROID Incredible 4G on April 26

Back in mid-February, our sources told us to expect both a white and dark version of the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon with 16GB of storage in the coming months. We weren’t given a specific date at that time, however, it appears now as if Big Red has chosen one according to a new device launch schedule. April 5 is the current target for those looking to enter the Nexus game at a lower price point than it currently sits. With the slashing of storage from 32GB to 16GB, we wouldn’t be surprised if the price dropped to $199 on contract, similarly to what has happened with the DROID RAZR.   (more…)

Release Dates for Verizon’s DROID Fighter and LG Lucid 4G

A couple of weeks ago, we first reported two new devices that were headed to Verizon as the LG Cayman and DROID Fighter. That report included the same dates you are seeing above of 3/29 for the Cayman and 4/12 for the Fighter, but were then only listed as “workshop” times rather than release dates. According to new information that we received, those are indeed targeted release dates.

We should point out that the LG Cayman is likely the Lucid 4G that we reported on last night. The DROID Fighter is still a mystery for now.

You will also see the HTC Fireball listed without a date, a device that our sources are now referring to as the Incredible 4G. A device by the name of Samsung Plato is listed as well, and is one we haven’t seen mentioned since last August. Knowing that it was rumored all of the way back then, we would be surprised if this was anything other than a mid-range device. Then again, “Plato” would be a nice codename for a Galaxy type device.

While Verizon was quiet during MWC (which they almost always are), they do still have plans for the next couple of months. The first part of March could be slow unless they decide to drop the Incredible 4G on is within the next couple of weeks.

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