Just before Google I/O, we pointed out the fact that the majority of Google Play Edition devices on Google Play had become depleted of inventory, with only the One (M8) and Moto G showing as available for purchase. We weren’t sure what to make of it at the time, but as of today, Google has begun to wipe out devices that no longer have or haven’t had inventory for some time. (more…)
According to sources of ours, Verizon prepaid is finally getting access to the carrier’s massive 4G LTE network come July 17. As those of you in the prepaid game know, Verizon has lagged behind others in terms of prepaid data speeds, leaving their customers on 3G-only, which is painful on Big Red’s incredibly slow CDMA network. That is about to change, but you now have to decide if their plan is worth considering. (more…)
Sprint’s variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is joining the Galaxy Mega today at the Android 4.4.2 “Kit Kat” party. According to both Sprint and Samsung, the device is due for the update, as build L520VPUABNE3.
The update, like all of the other Samsung updates that have been released over the last couple of months, introduces an updated lock screen, default SMS chooser, restyled notification bar, expanded emoji support, wireless printing, and more. (more…)
There is quite the list of discounted phones over at eBay today, along with the Nexus 7 (2013) deal we already told you about. Phones like the Moto X with 16GB of storage can be had for as little as $275. The Nexus 5 with 16GB is also back at its $335 price, in all three colors. Even the LG G2 and Galaxy S4, two of last year’s best phones, are discounted to $433 and $350, respectively.
All of the phones are brand new, not refurbished.
The Moto X falls under model XT1058, which is the AT&T model. The listing claims that it is unlocked, so it could potentially work on T-Mobile as well. The Nexus 5 is the same Nexus 5 you would get through Google Play, so it will work on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. The G2 and Galaxy S4 devices will likely only work on AT&T’s HSPA+ here in the US.
Each deal includes free shipping.
According to at least one proud owner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition, Google has already started rolling out Android 4.4.3 to the device. As you can see in both screenshots above, the update weighs in at a solid 156.2MB.
HTC One (M7) or (M8) GPE owners, seeing anything?
Update: HTC One (M7) GPE is receiving it as well! (more…)
In the mood for a smartphone deal? We have two today, both of which seem like steals.
The first is for an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4. Sure, the phone is more than a year old, but at $350 without a contract, you are talking Moto X territory. Many would argue that the Galaxy S4 is still one hell of a phone, even with the Galaxy S5 now available. In fact, I would argue that the phone feels much better in hand. It also has a beautiful Full HD Super AMOLED display and one of the best cameras ever put into a mobile device.
This is the unlocked international variant, so it should work just fine on AT&T’s HSPA here in the US; LTE compatibility may be a toss-up. You can buy it in white, black, purple, or blue – the device is brand new.
If you want something even cheaper, take a look at the LG G2 Mini. At $249, you are looking at a device with a 4.7-inch display (qHD), quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, and 8MP camera. This phone is not a flagship, but if you need a smartphone on the cheap, until you can grab a flagship, this wouldn’t be a bad option. Most phones these days run $200 on-contract, so $249 has got to be tempting.
With Verizon XLTE expected to be announced on May 19, we have had a number of readers ask about which phones will be able to take advantage of the upgraded speeds. As you may have guessed, most of Verizon’s phones that have been released within the last year are compatible. All they need is support for Band 4 LTE, which is the AWS spectrum that Big Red is pumping into cities to create this XLTE coverage. Phones like the Galaxy S5 and S4, Moto X, DROID ULTRA and MAXX, and One (M8) are all going to be a part of the fun.
Below, you will find a solid list of the types of phones that will work with XLTE, courtesy of our sources. (more…)
Over the years, we have seen WiFi tethering apps come and go as carriers like Verizon have tried their hardest to kill off their working existence, especially for those of us who maintain unlimited data packages. FoxFi has long been one of the most popular, but even it has struggled to keep up with spoofing or working around Big Red’s behind-the-scenes subscription authentication model. Thankfully, an update released last night brings back WiFi tethering to many of Verizon’s Samsung devices, assuming they are running Kit Kat (Android 4.4+). (more…)