DROID MAXX, Ultra, and Mini All Get Mini Update That No, Isn’t Lollipop

Verizon and Motorola are pushing an update to their 2013 line-up of DROID devices, the MAXX, Ultra, and Mini. The update is not Lollipop in any shape or form. It fixes bugs and improves stability. That’s it.

You are looking at a build number of 24.13.2 when all is said and done. The update was approved on Friday, so you should see it any day if you haven’t already.  (more…)

Verizon’s LG G Pad 8.3 LTE Gets Lollipop Today

The LG G Pad 8.3 LTE on Verizon is the newest device to receive an update to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. The update will rollout as version VK81035A, for those keeping track.

After the update, device owners will get a lot of the fun that Google introduced with this new version of Android, including new navigation buttons, lock screen notifications, Smart Lock (trusted Bluetooth devices, locations, etc.), search in the Settings panel, floating action buttons galore, screen pinning of apps, and multi-user accounts.

It’s a big update, so make sure you have plenty of battery before attempting to install.  (more…)

Verizon Test Engineer Says DROID Turbo Gets Lollipop in “Mid June,” Opens Up About Update Process, Hints at New Moto X

“Mid June.” That’s the current target for the DROID Turbo to receive its Lollipop update, at least according to a Verizon device test engineer. The Big Red employee opened up on Google+ yesterday with an image of his own Turbo running Android 5.1, which is the version of Android expected to make its way to the current Verizon DROID flagship. He didn’t just stop there, though. In fact, Jose Arturo, the Verizon engineer, talked about the reasons for the slowness, bugs they are currently working on, and where Motorola ranks when compared to Samsung and Apple in device verifications. He also tossed in news about potential features in upcoming Motorola phones that should excite many of you. (more…)

Verizon’s XLTE Hits 1-Year Anniversary, Adds Six New Markets

Just over a year ago, we exclusively reported that Verizon was going to put to use their AWS spectrum (band 4 LTE) in markets across the country to double the 4G LTE bandwidth of their current network and improve speeds in areas that were starting to suffer from heavy amounts of traffic. We reported then that they would call this major upgrade XLTE. A week after our report, Verizon confirmed the news by launching XLTE in more than 250 markets across the US.

So here we are exactly 1-year from the launch of XLTE and Verizon has some info to share, along with a few new markets to introduce.  (more…)

Lollipop-Less DROID Turbo Now Comes in Fancy New Limited Edition Colors

On May 28, Verizon will add three new color options to the DROID Turbo, a phone that was once the carrier’s flagship Android device but feels less and less important these days as current owners of it continue to wait for its big update to Lollipop. But hey, new colors!

The DROID Turbo will be available in a new Grey Ballistic Nylon color with choices of blue, orange, or violet accents. The price won’t change – you can still buy it for monthly Edge payments of $20.83 or $499 full retail.  (more…)

The Internet Thinks Verizon’s LG G4 is Coming June 4 Because of This Image

Take a long look at that image of the LG G4. See anything that might give a hint at a potential launch date for it on Verizon?

For one, that is the Verizon version of the phone. As hard as that may be to believe because it doesn’t have three or four “Verizon 4G LTE” logos all over it, just know that we grabbed the photo from Verizon’s G4 landing page. (Breaking news:  Verizon’s LG G4 only has a single Verizon tattoo!)  (more…)

Deal: HTC One M8 on AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint Just $299 Today Best Buy

At the end of our HTC One M9 review, we told you to skip the phone and instead opt for last year’s HTC One M8 should you really love the all-metal design and style of HTC’s products. The One M8 is a better phone. It looks better. It has a better camera, even if it is a bit of a gimmick. It has a better display. It’s battery life is somehow, confusingly better. And best of all, it’s waaaaaaay cheaper.

Take today’s deal for example, where you can buy a brand new HTC One M8 for AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint at just $299 through Best Buy. That’s $299 for a phone at full retail, without a contract or payment plan. You pay $299 and then walk away with a phone that you own.

The deal includes “limited quantities” and is only available today, so be quick if interested.

Best Buy Link  (more…)