HTC One (M8) on Verizon Receives First Update to 1.55.605.2

Verizon’s variant of the HTC One (M8) is receiving its first update today as build 1.55.605.2. The update appears to be pretty minor, but does improve Bluetooth connectivity (yay!), adds a copy/paste feature to the Gallery, introduces mute/edit buttons in Highlights, and improved sync behavior when closing a Dot View Cover.

The update also removes the roaming indicator that was being displayed on some M8s out of the box and resolved a connection error issue.

That’s pretty much it. We were hoping it brought along Extreme Power Saving mode, but there is no mention of it in the changelog below.

To check for the update, head into Settings>Software update>Check new.  (more…)

LG G2 Kit Kat (Android 4.4.2) OTA Approved by Verizon, Here is the Changelog

After seeing the Kit Kat (Android 4.4.2) update for Verizon’s version of the LG G2 become available through VZW’s Software Upgrade Assistant, we figured the OTA (over-the-air) update would rollout at any minute. Sure enough, Verizon has approved it and posted the changelog for build VS98024A, which means it really should be here with a couple of days, if not today for all to download.  (more…)

DROID MAXX Gets Two New Colors, High Gloss Red and Black with Chrome Accents

Despite the fact that it’s 2014 and we already are seeing some of this year’s flagships hit the market, you may still be interested in one of Motorola’s 2013 flagships, the DROID MAXX. Though its chief appeal for many is its gigantic battery, there are many other things going for it including Active Display and Touchless Control. Verizon today has announced the addition of two brand new colors, High Gloss Red and Black with Chrome Accents, and this may perhaps push you over the edge to purchase this phone. (more…)

LG G2 Kit Kat Update Available From Verizon Via Upgrade Assistant

The LG G2 Kit Kat (Android 4.4.2) update from Verizon is finally available as build VS98024A, though you can’t exactly grab it over-the-air. No, sir, this update is currently only available through Verizon’s Software Upgrade Assistant, which is only available on Windows for LG phones. Sorry, Mac homies.

In order to update on Windows, all you have to do is plug-in your LG G2, then either wait for Windows to prompt you for an action or open a folder and look for a Verizon/LG drive to appear. In that folder, you should find a SWUpgradeLauncher app that will walk you through the steps to getting your Kit Kat on.  (more…)

Verizon Launches the LG Lucid 3, Features 4.7″ qHD Display and Kit Kat

Verizon launched a new mid-range device this morning, the Lucid 3 from LG. Unlike many other devices on Verizon’s network, the Lucid 3 comes out of the box running Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat, which should leave a few of you flagship Samsung and LG owners not feeling too good. But don’t feel too bad, as Kit Kat is pretty much the only thing this phone has going for it. (more…)

Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S5 Models Have Download Booster After All, It’s Just Hidden

Turns out that the Verizon and AT&T variants of the Samsung Galaxy S5 have Download Booster after all, it has simply been hidden, just like Big Red used to do with Blocking Mode on its Galaxy phones. All it takes to find the setting is a 3rd party launcher (like Nova) that can add system shortcuts. Once discovered, you can actually toggle it on or off and find a new icon in the status bar that represents the setting.  (more…)

Verizon Wants Month-to-Month Customers to Move to MORE Everything Starting April 17

Friends with unlimited data on Verizon who are on month-to-month contracts, are you ready to give up your precious plan for the land of the tiers? Big Red, starting on April 17, is willing to let you into their new MORE Everything plans at exclusive pricing for a limited time. What’s that, did you stop reading? Can’t say I blame you, but here is the deal anyway.  (more…)

How to: Quickly Disable Bloatware on the Galaxy S5

If you picked up a Samsung Galaxy S5 today from a carrier partner in the U.S., then you are more than likely already overwhelmed by the amount of bloatware installed on your device. For example, on the Verizon variant alone, we’re pushing 20 pre-installed apps that I will never use. From Big Red’s ever-growing list of VZW apps to the pre-loaded suite of Amazon products, it’s a bit much.

Thankfully, Samsung keeps making it easier and easier to disable these bloatware apps, since many can’t be fully uninstalled. Below, we’ll talk about the two ways you can quickly disable/hide those unattractive carrier-branded apps.  (more…)