Verizon’s LG G3 Gets Update to Android 5.1.1 “VS98535B”

According to a handful of our readers, the LG G3 on Verizon is receiving a 353MB update to Android 5.1.1. The software version is VS98535B and the Android build is LMY47V.

We are still waiting for Verizon to post a changelog, but the update appears to be live for almost everyone. Feel free to try and pull it by heading into Settings>About phone>Software updates>Check for updates.  (more…)

Verizon Announces Samsung Pay Support for Galaxy S6, Edge, Edge+, and Note 5

Friends, Verizon is now on board with Samsung Pay. After a lengthy evaluation period that left it as the lone US wireless carrier on the outside looking in, Big Red has told us that it is now ready to support Samsung’s new mobile payment system. Through a future software update, the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and Galaxy Note 5 will all be able to make both NFC and MST payments just like those devices on other US carriers.

We don’t have timing on the update, but at least you now know that your new Galaxy phone won’t be left out of the Samsung Pay fun.

Least Surprising News This Week: Verizon Cancels Sony Xperia Z4v

Back in June, Verizon announced its plans to carry a semi-new phone from Sony called the Xperia Z4v. The original goal was to get the phone ready for launch over the summer, but as the summer seemed to be coming to a close, the phone had yet to surface at any store or in the hands of any tech reviewer. Our sources told us in July that it had been delayed until at least September, but pinged us again in mid-September saying that it had been cancelled for good. So this news today comes as no surprise.  (more…)

Verizon and AT&T Moto X (2nd Gen) Apparently Won’t Get Android 6.0 Updates

Motorola just posted a list of its phones that will receive an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The list includes no real surprises, but a number of you noticed that in the mention of the Moto X (2nd gen), Motorola only listed the Pure Edition and no carrier variants. We originally just assumed that they left the carrier models off the list because they are working with carriers to decide what to do there, but according to Motorola’s forums manager, the decision has already been made. The decision isn’t a good one either.  (more…)

Verizon’s go90 App Exits Beta, Hits Google Play and iOS App Store

Verizon’s go90 social network, based on videos from creators and major publishers, is now out of beta, available for Android users via Google Play and iOS users on Apple’s App Store.

As previously written when the beta released, using the service is pretty simplistic if you are a big fan of taking in excess amounts of media. To start, you choose a few topics you enjoy, then the app automatically curates a few videos you should enjoy, plus subscribes you to channels you might like.  (more…)

Samsung’s GM of Samsung Pay Claims Verizon Owners Might Have Access in the “Next Week or So”

According to a tweet sent out recently from Will Graylin, Samsung’s Co-GM of Samsung Pay, Samsung device owners on Verizon will be able to download Samsung Pay directly from Google Play. As mentioned in the tweet, Waylin says it should be available, “in the next week or so.” This is great news for new Galaxy device owners on Big Red, but excuse us while we question Mr. Graylin’s statement.  (more…)

Samsung Pay Launches in the US Today!

Samsung Pay, the mobile payment system from Samsung that I would argue is actually a game changer, launches today in the US. I say that it’s a game changer because it’s not just another NFC payment system that requires retailers to have NFC-ready payment terminals. With Samsung Pay, you can (theoretically) pay at almost every credit card terminal you encounter, because it uses magnetic secure transmission (MST) that emulates a credit card swipe. It’s awesome.

Anyways, here are the details for today’s launch in the US.  (more…)