Verizon Expands XLTE to 22 New Markets

Wireless congestion is a problem in cities – concrete and steel, unforgiving topography, and a countless number of  competing access points congeal to absolutely decimate your data rate. That’s why Verizon, under the XLTE moniker, continues to deploy LTE (band 4) service on the AWS spectrum in a growing number of municipalities. (more…)

Report: DROID Turbo Arrives Next Month on Verizon

According to a report out of CNET, Motorola and Verizon will introduce the DROID TURBO in October. The report also mentions that Motorola and Verizon have decided to release just one new DROID model, rather than the three that we have seen each of the last two years.

What do we know about the DROID TURBO? Well, its codename is “QUARK,” as confirmed to us by both a source and the FCC. The device will likely sport a large DROID MAXX-like battery (model EQ40) and wireless charging. We have confirmed that it will be able to take advantage of Motorola’s Turbo Charger, which can give the new Moto X up to 8 hours of juice in just 15 minutes. The new DROID will be slightly larger than the new Moto X, but that could be because it doesn’t have on-screen navigation buttons. (more…)

Galaxy Note 4 Pre-Orders Start Tomorrow, Available October 17

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus officially arrive tomorrow. Oh, you don’t care? OK, good, because Samsung announced this morning that the Galaxy Note 4 goes up for pre-order tomorrow as well. Carriers are weighing too, with Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile all confirming that you can pre-order the phone through their stores in the morning.

The device is expected to arrive in stores on October 17.  (more…)

Amazon Announces New Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, a New Flagship Tablet for $379

Along with the new Kindle Fire HD, Amazon also announced the new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tonight, which is clearly the flagship amongst the group.

As a flagship tablet, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 sports an 8.9-inch (2560×1600, 339ppi) display with “30% more pixels than the iPad Air,” 2.5GHz Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, Adreno 420 GPU, 8MP rear camera, HD front camera, Dolby Atmos audio (a first for tablets), 802.11ac MIMO WiFi (4G LTE optional), and runs Amazon’s Fire OS “Sangria,” the newest fork of Android, which has all sorts of new software add-ons. Amazon claims that this new HDX 8.9 is 20% lighter than the iPad Air. (more…)

Amazon Announces New Kindle Fire HD 6 and 7, “Most Powerful Tablet Under $100″

Amazon unveiled a whole new suite of Kindle Fire tablets this evening, starting with the all new Kindle Fire HD 6 and 7, which have a starting price of $99. The devices come in a variety of “fun” colors and run Amazons Fire OS 4 “Sangria,” which as you know, is a fork of Android.

The devices sport “powerful” specs for their price, with their numerical names hinting at screen sizes. You are looking at 6-inch (1280×800, 252ppi) and 7-inch (1280×800, 216ppi) tablets with 1.5GHz quad-core processors, front and rear cameras, “pocketable” designs, Gorilla Glass, Dolby surround sound audio, and a whole bunch of custom Amazon software features.  (more…)