Verizon to Utilize AWS Spectrum This Year, Ship Supported Devices First Half

LTE

According to Verizon CTO Nicola Palmer, the company will finally start to utilize the AWS LTE spectrum they own before the end of the year. They currently only have 700MHz spectrum (band 13) in play, but as they continue to build that out, with hopes of covering 90% of the country by the end of the year, they’ll start their growth strategy which includes AWS (band 4).  (more…)

Verizon Approves LG Spectrum Update – Removes Bloat and Brings Other Minor Enhancements

Spectrum Update

Moments ago, a somewhat minor update was approved for the LG Spectrum on Verizon to build VS920ZV8. This is the first official update since it received Ice Cream Sandwich last October. Verizon appears to be removing some of the bloat on the device like Rhapsody and V Cast Apps (which is dead), while also improving dialer performance and updating keyboard actions.  (more…)

LG Spectrum Ice Cream Sandwich Update VS920ZV7 Approved by Verizon!

Quite the week for Verizon, I’d say. The LG Spectrum Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.4) was approved moments ago, making this the third of the week from Big Red. This update was due months ago, so owners of the Spectrum are probably ecstatic with this news. That is, if they haven’t chucked their phone into a wall and picked up a Galaxy S3 yet.

The update introduces an update UI, with lockscreen shortcuts, new ICS multi-tasking, data management, better notifications, quick settings in the notifications pulldown, power saving modes, Verizon’s Remote Diagnostics tool, and more. As one would expect, this update is massive and should completely re-enhance the user experience on the Spectrum.

Typically, when these documents go live, the update starts to rollout within a matter of days. Be sure to let us know when you receive it!

The update is 384MB in size.  (more…)

Samsung Stratosphere 2 and LG Spectrum 2 Also on the Way to Verizon

According to Verizon’s Equipment Guide, they are planning to introduce follow-ups to two of their late-2011, early-2012 devices. The Samsung Stratosphere, aka the first 4G LTE slider, will get a refresh and be released as the Stratosphere 2 (SCH-I415). We aren’t seeing much for specs that would impress, but are assuming it’ll sport a Snapdragon S4. What 4G LTE phone doesn’t these days, right? Otherwise, we know it’ll have a 4″ Super AMOLED display, and carry the exact same form factor as its predecessor.  (more…)

LG Posts Spectrum User Guide as if the Device Runs Ice Cream Sandwich

At the end of last week, an LG employee notified members of their forums that the Spectrum’s Ice Cream Sandwich update is ready to be rolled out. All they are waiting for is Verizon to press “Go.” The following day, it appears as if they were trying to prove how ready it is by uploading a new user guide for the device which includes all sorts of Android 4.0 tips and tricks.  (more…)

LG Spectrum Ice Cream Sandwich Update Arriving Any Day Now According to LG Employee

According to an LG “employee” over at their support forums, the Spectrum should receive its Ice Cream Sandwich update any day now. From what this employee has said, we are “very close to release” and basically waiting for Verizon to give us a date. He made this claim 6 days ago after returning from vacation, but joined the party again yesterday to remind the 6 Spectrum owners to keep an eye on LG’s “Company Updates” page.

It sounds to me like this update is done, but as usual, is waiting for Verizon to give it the final approval, something Galaxy Nexus owners know too well.

LG Spectrum update before the Bionic? How does that feel?

Via:  LG

Cheers Phillip!

Android 4.0.4 Leaks for the LG Spectrum as Build VS920ZV7

The first Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.4) build for the LG Spectrum has been leaked this weekend over at XDA. The build number is VS920ZV7 (Android build IMM76D) which is only 1 build number higher than the last OTA update that the device received. It sort of seems unlikely that the Spectrum would see the jump to ICS so quickly after seeing a sizable Gingerbread update just over a week ago, however, we were promised “first half” of 2012 by LG and Verizon when the phone was announced at CES. That gives us a little over a month before we can start calling it delinquent.  (more…)