Moto Z DROID Finally Getting First Update With July’s Security Patch

The Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID are receiving updates at the moment, likely the updates that Motorola told us to expect shortly after launch as they were embroiled in monthly security update drama.

The updates are arriving as build MCL24.246-36 and weigh in at about 436MB. They seem to take a really long time to download too, by the way, so make sure you are ready for them with plenty of battery.  (more…)

RootMetrics Publishes H1 2016 Report, Verizon Crowned Again

To no one’s surprise, Verizon has been crowned champion of the US carriers yet again by RootMetrics. For tests conducted throughout the first half of 2016, Verizon came out on top for all categories, including Reliability, Speed, and Calls.

Even though Verizon came out on top again, the tests performed show a bright side for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. According to RootMetrics, Sprint’s network has seen big improvements with regard to reliability, while T-Mobile continues to excel in metro areas.  (more…)

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 7 Another Example of Carriers Interfering for No Good Reason

Before I signed-off for the weekend, I took part in a bit of a tweetstorm about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from Verizon, as it just-so-happened to arrive on my doorstep during the DL Show. The tweetstorm’s focus, in case you missed it, was about all of the unnecessary changes that Verizon had made to the phone that immediately pissed me off as I went about setting the phone up. I’m not talking about bloatware (though that is a part of it) as much as I’m talking about UI changes and feature removals for no good reason. Well, unless that reason is for Verizon to push an agenda or package of services I want absolutely no part of, then I get it.

Now, I don’t mean to throw a fit just for the sake of throwing a fit on a Monday where we were killing time in hopes that we may see the launch of Android Nougat to the stable channel (which happened), it’s just that in 2016, I don’t see why what I had to deal with on Friday is still happening. Samsung, the biggest smartphone seller in the world is essentially still being told how to setup and tweak a phone by Verizon. How is that still a thing? How is Samsung not just selling the phone they made, setup the way they want it setup, everywhere across the globe? (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Now Available in the US

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is officially here and available at carriers and retailers across the US (and the globe). We like to call this “launch day.” If you took the plunge and pre-ordered, your phone should arrive today at the very least, if it hasn’t already. If you didn’t pre-order, well, today is the day to walk into a store, buy one, and walk back out the proud owner of what should be a hell of a phone. (more…)

Verizon Wanted to Charge Companies $1-$2 Per Install to Get Bloatware on Your Home Screen

A headshake-worthy but not necessarily surprising story about Verizon looking to flood your phone with even more bloatware is making the rounds this week, and yes, we’ve been keeping an eye on it. The report comes from Ad Age, who claims that as recent as late last year, Verizon was pitching an idea to retail and finance app makers that would get their apps installed on Android phones for somewhere between $1 and $2.

Now, that thought, assuming this is the first time you have heard it, is a bit troubling. It’s not exactly new, though, and so I’m not really sure what the freakout here is. Let me explain that.  (more…)

Verizon Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Get Updates With WiFi and HD Calling Improvements

The Verizon Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are receiving updates today to software version VRU4CPH1 that seem to have focused primarily on improving WiFi and HD Calling on Big Red’s network.

The updates should reduce the number of dropped WiFi voice calls, include a pop-up reminder during video calls disclosing incoming data usage, improve HD Voice call volume, etc. There aren’t any new features necessarily, as you can see here. The full changelog is below.  (more…)