Verizon Announces Galaxy Tab 4 8.0, Calls it The “Family Tablet”

Verizon made the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 for its 4G LTE network official this afternoon, announcing that the Samsung-made tablet would be available online and in stores starting June 26 for $379.99. For a limited time, the tablet will be available for $279.99 with a new two-year activation, for those of you who need constant LTE connectivity on your tablet devices.

The tablet’s ability to allow for multiple profiles on the one device is Verizon’s main sell, a feature that has been available for Android devices for quite a while. With multiuser capability, Verizon touts the Galaxy Tab 4 as the perfect family tablet. Not only can you all have separate application and wallpapers, but you can also have fun together with apps such as WatchON and built-in games.  (more…)

Source of Yesterday’s Encased Moto X+1 Render Outed as Incipio Hard Shell Case for Verizon’s Motorola “Victara”

Yesterday, a reported render of an encased Moto X+1 made the rounds, but no one could help but poke at the fact that the phone does not look all that good. For starters, there appears to be no front-facing camera, the phone features a massive chin on its front side, and this now-known Incipio case covers up any LED the device may have. These things led most people to believe that there is no way we were looking at Motorola’s next flagship device.

This morning, thanks to another leak from @evleaks, the exact source of yesterday’s render is now known. As we can see in the full image below, this case is designed for Verizon’s Motorola “Victara,” which has been a standing codename for the Moto X+1.  (more…)

DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini Updates Another 3-5 Weeks Out Now That 4.4.4 is Available

Shortly after Google released Android 4.4.3 to the world, Motorola updated the Moto X through various carriers to the new build quicker than Google could to some of its own Nexus devices. The same couldn’t be said for the DROID line, though, which includes the MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini. Thankfully, Motorola’s David Schuster gave us an update on the situation, stating that all of those devices would be upgraded to Android 4.4.3 shortly, bypassing the 4.4.2 update they had yet to receive.

And then Google released Android 4.4.4 yesterday with an important security fix.  (more…)

Thursday Poll: What’s Keeping You With Your Current Wireless Carrier?

Back in late 2012, we asked the community what the reason was for sticking with their current carrier. At the time, LTE networks and coverage dominated the vote, with a growing percentage suggesting that nothing was keeping them with their current carrier, and that they would be moving on as soon as their contract expired.

Here we are almost two years later, T-Mobile has gone all Uncarrier on us, smartphone payment plans are taking over, 2-year contracts are dying, and almost everyone claims to have a massive LTE network. So let’s ask again, to see if anything has changed.

Why are you with your current carrier?

What's Keeping You With Your Current Wireless Carrier?

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T-Mobile’s John Legere Apologies After Last Night’s Lambasting of AT&T and Verizon

Throughout T-Mobile’s Uncarrer event last night, CEO John Legere acted as he typically does during his company’s press events – like the renegade leader of a scrappy wireless company who holds nothing back when it comes to talking about the practices of his competitors. He can be vulgar and borderline offensive, but up until now, his act has mostly just generated chuckles from media and consumers. Last night, though, some would argue that he took things a little too far. Actually, even he is admitting it.  (more…)

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S3 Gets Kit Kat Update Today, Galaxy S4 Mini Too

Today, is apparently Samsung Kit Kat update day for a couple of carriers. Joining Sprint, Verizon has now approved Android 4.4.2 updates for both the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 mini.

Both updates bring that Kit Kat fire, which includes a revamped lock screen, restyled notification areas, expanded emoji support, wireless printing, default SMS chooser, and Samsung KNOX 2.0. Isis Wallet is also now pre-loaded on the Galaxy S3 and a bunch of bugs have hopefully been squashed for both phones.

You can find the full changelogs for both below.  (more…)

Xperia Z2 Reportedly Headed to Verizon in Q4 as the Sony Sirius Viv, Certification Cited as Reason for Delay

The US market may not be Sony’s priority, but mounting evidence suggests the Xperia Z2 may make its way to at least one stateside carrier in Q4. Press images of a Verizon-branded variant of the Z2 showed up twice on Sony’s website last month, and despite vehement denials by company spokespeople, @evleaks revealed yesterday that the Z2 may launch on Big Red as the Sony Sirius Viv (D6503).  (more…)

Galaxy S5 on AT&T and Verizon Rooted, Potentially Many Other Phones as Well

Famed developer, geohot (with help from some friends), has done it. The Samsung Galaxy S5 on AT&T and Verizon has been rooted. So before we dive into this, I’ll just note that the bounty for achieving this task was well over $18,000. If you pledged some cash, it is time to pay up.

With that said, yep, root has come, my friends. The long wait is over. Freedom on some level is now a part of your Galaxy S5. Flip the bird to whoever you would like to at this point, because the good guys have won again. I should say, the guys who paid hundreds of dollars for a phone who want to feel like they actually own that phone, have won.  (more…)