DROID DNA Kit Kat Update With Sense 5.5 Ready to Rollout, Here is the Changelog

On Tuesday, HTC  told us to expect the Android 4.4.2 with Sense 5.5 update for the DROID DNA on Verizon as early as today, April 24. They appear to be spot on with their timeline, as Verizon has now posted the full changelog for the update, a list that includes talk of BlinkFeed enhancements, a redesigned gallery and music apps, better lock screen controls, advanced location management (thanks to Kit Kat), and more.

Again, the update was supposed to start rolling out today. To try and pull it, head into Settings>Software update>Status or check new.

According to a reader of ours, the update comes in two parts. The first is an 18.3MB file that prepares your phone for Kit Kat. The second update is 618MB and finally brings the goods.  (more…)

Verizon Galaxy S5 Bounty for Root Tops $3,000 in One Night

Every time a new device is released and then rooted or unlocked, it’s probably safe to assume that the carriers and manufacturers are simply learning from those exploits, patching them, and then making it even harder the next time around for developers to get busy. Thus is more than likely the case with the new Samsung Galaxy S5. We have seen some international units receive root, but a couple of the carrier variants, including the model from Verizon, hasn’t been as lucky. So what happens when a phone hasn’t been rooted and the tinkering community gets antsy? A bounty is born, of course.  (more…)

HTC DROID DNA Update Approved, Android 4.4.2 and Sense 5.5 Inbound

Owners of the DROID DNA on Verizon can breathe a sigh of relief, as HTC reports that they have finally received approval for an Android 4.4.2 and Sense 5.5 update to be pushed to the device.

Since the last update to the device was Android 4.2.2, the bump up to Kit Kat should bring new life to the aging DNA, a device that sports a modest 5″ 1080p display and Snapdragon S4 Pro processor.  (more…)

Galaxy S5 Owners on Verizon Experience “Camera Failed” Issue, No Word on a Fix

Verizon customers who own a Galaxy S5 are currently gathering on the forums, stating that they are experiencing severe issues with the camera found on the device.

As reported by a few owners, operation of the Galaxy S5 seems fine at first for a few days, with the camera working flawlessly. Then, with no real cause for error, the camera app shows a “Warning: Camera Failed” message. After that message appears, the camera will continuously force close and becomes inoperable, even after factory resets.  (more…)

How to: Setup Paypal Fingerprints on the Verizon Galaxy S5

Remember how on launch day of the Galaxy S5, we realized (to no one’s surprise) that Verizon had completely disabled one of the phone’s better features, Paypal fingerprint support? Well, some things appear to have happened behind the scenes with the apps required to make this work, so you can now at least register your fingerprint to login to the payment app. It takes the sideloading of the Samsung Apps store, since Verizon doesn’t preload it, along with the a couple of app installs from there.

I should point out that this method enables Fingerprint logins for the Paypal app, but that could be it. I have not been able to test whether or not you can actually verify payments too.

Ready to do this?  (more…)