Minor DROID Turbo 21.44.12 Update Fixes a Couple of Bugs, Here is the Changelog

Over the weekend, owners of the DROID Turbo who were participating in a soak test of new software told us that the update was nothing more than a VoLTE fixer, instead of being Android 5.0 “Lollipop.” This morning, Verizon confirmed as much with a changelog posted to the Turbo’s support page.

The update is indeed software version 21.44.12 and it fixes three bugs. Those three bugs involve call volumes, the email application, and the DROID Command Center Widget. Verizon’s list of changes doesn’t even mention VoLTE or Advanced Calling 1.0.

You can see the list below.  (more…)

Google Wallet Will Come Pre-Installed on Android Devices at AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile

It’s official. Google has acquired “some exciting technology and intellectual property” from Softcard, the carrier-owned mobile payment system that for years, was the reason Google Wallet couldn’t exist on your Android phone. Oh how the times have changed.

Thanks to this acquisition of tech, along with a new partnership through Softcard’s founders (Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile), Google Wallet will now come pre-installed on Android phones sold by these carriers later this year. Google didn’t specify if this meant all Android phones moving forward or not, but I would imagine that is the case. Google did note that phones will need to run KitKat or higher.  (more…)

Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead to Retire, John Stratton Replaces Him

Yesterday, Verizon Wireless appointed John Stratton as its new CEO, replacing Dan Mead, who had been in charge of Verizon’s wireless arm since 2010. Mead is headed for retirement.

The news really changes nothing from a customer perspective, but we wanted to share anyway. It’s often nice to know the people in charge of the companies that take hundreds upon hundreds of dollars from you each and every year. So going forward, if you have Verizon-related complaints comments, John Stratton is the guy to direct them at.

Oh, we also wanted to share the news to wish Dan the best in retirement and post this photo one last time.  (more…)

HTC Expects Verizon One (M8) Lollipop Update Approval First Week of March

While HTC is doing good things, updating phones to Lollipop on various carriers, the One (M8) on Verizon won’t be receiving any love until March, according to the company’s VP of Product Management.

On Twitter, Mo Versi states that the update to Lollipop on the Verizon variant of the One (M8) is “in the lab,” possibly meaning that even after they are done building it, Verizon still needs to go through its certification process. This process, as we all know, takes a bit of time for Verizon.  (more…)

Deal: Sony Smartwatch 3 Slashed to $199 at Verizon ($50 Off)

If you aren’t one of the 720,000 people who already own an Android Wear device, but feel like it’s time to join the growing crowd for days like today, check out the current deal running on the Sony Smartwatch 3 through Verizon. At 20% off, you can pickup one of the most feature-packed Android Wear devices for $199, down from its $249 price tag on Google Play.

As a recap, the Smartwatch 3 runs Android Wear just like the Moto 360 and G Watch R do, but it also includes a GPS, so you can take it offline (away from your phone) and still track activity. This is one of the few (maybe only) that has a GPS, making the Smartwatch 3 an awesome fitness tracker for runners or those who take activities outdoors.

The Smartwatch 3 also has a 1.6-inch LCD display, 420mAh battery, quad-core processor, 4GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, and is IP68 water and dust resistant.

Deal Link  (more…)

Phone Unlocking is Now, Like, Super Legal Starting Today

Over a year ago, the FCC and the CTIA (organization who represents all of the big wireless carriers) reached an agreement on how each of the big wireless carriers in the US should approach phone unlocking and unlocking requests from their customers. We are bringing up the subject again today, because February 11 was the date set for all participating parties to be ready for every single one of you to flood your carrier with a wave of unlock requests, or something. OK, not really, but today is the day that carriers needed to to be in full compliance with that previously mentioned agreement, an agreement that included six bullet points for handling the unlocking of the phones (“Six Standards on Unlocking”). You will hear people toss around things like, “It’s now legal to unlock your phone starting today!” (Just like I did in that click-baity title.) But that’s not really the case. It has been legal for a long, long time, it’s just that today, carriers have to be more friendly about it all.

Let’s talk a bit about it.  (more…)

Verizon Once Again Dominates RootMetrics’ Latest Carrier Report, T-Mobile Falls to Sprint

RootMetrics, a company who takes network performance serious enough to “distill” thousands of “independent, consumer-focused” tests to measure and rank them, published their 2nd Half 2014 US carrier network report yesterday afternoon. The results, well, aren’t all that different from their first half results, other than the fact that T-Mobile dropped to fourth place behind Sprint for overall performance. On top, we still have Verizon, just like we did back in August.  (more…)