Galaxy S4 on Verizon Gets Update With Knox 2.0, Connectivity Improvements

A new update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 on Verizon has been approved for rollout as build VRUFNG6. The update includes Samsung’s Knox 2.0 for enterprise, Kids Mode controls, a renaming of Isis Mobile wallet to Softcard, and a bunch of bug fixes like better connectivity with Bluetooth. And yep, that’s pretty much it.

We haven’t heard from any readers yet who have received the update, so the rollout may be slow. Well, either that or no one is excited enough to tip us off to it.

To check for the update, head into Settings>About phone>Software updates>Check for updates.  (more…)

LG G3 “Bump” Gives You Fully Working TWRP Recovery on All Variants

If you own an LG G3 – we are talking any variant – and are into custom recoveries, ROMs, that sort of thing, then you should probably have already installed Bump. Created by Team Codefire, Bump allows you to boot into a full TWRP custom recovery and flash ROMs as you please, sort of like if you had a full bootloader unlock. As I just mentioned, this should work with all carrier variants (including Verizon’s), you just need to be rooted first (and work through a little adb with a recovery.img).  (more…)

Xperia Z3V Gallery and Hands-on

Today at a NYC press event, Sony revealed their next partnership with Verizon Wireless with the announcement of the Xperia Z3v. This new device comes with a bevy of impressive features including a 3200mAh battery with wireless charging and Remote Play capability. The press event to unveil the device was filled with motivational videos and talk about empowering the next generation of users to be able to connect, create and share moments. There were live demos on stage and they even gave us a release date (which Android manufacturers usually have trouble with). But is the device worth all the fanfare?  (more…)

Verizon to Carry Sony Xperia Z3v on October 23 for $199

It’s official – Verizon is going to carry the Sony Xperia Z3v on October 23 for $199 on contract. This is the Xperia Z3 that was announced at IFA, but with a couple of new features, like wireless charging and a slightly bigger 3,200mAh battery.

Overall, you are looking at a 5.2-inch FHD display, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, micro SD slot expandable to 128GB, 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 20.7MP camera, and amazing battery life. Of course, this will run on Verizon’s LTE network and is also still waterproof.   (more…)

Google Voice MMS Expands to Nearly 100 North American Carriers – AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile Included

Google Voice team member, Alex Wiesen, took to Google+ this afternoon to announce that they have expanded MMS support to nearly 100 North American carriers as of today, a group that includes Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T. If you use Google Voice on a regular basis, you know how big of a deal this is, as you have likely missed out on picture messages from friends at some point. As Wiesen points out, with this new carrier support, you can say “goodbye to FOMO (fear of missing out).”  (more…)