HTC One A9 Won’t Gain Verizon Support After All

When the HTC One A9 was first unveiled, HTC announced that the phone was equipped to work on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint networks out of the box, but hoped to also gain support for Verizon’s network with a future software update. This was noteworthy, for sure, because the phone was essentially a non-CDMA phone that was going to work on Big Red’s CDMA-heavy network. How was that going to be possible? Well, partly because of the modem included in the phone, but also because it was essentially going to be a LTE-only device.

Unfortunately for unlocked phone hopefuls who were envisioning a future of LTE-only madness on the horizon, we have bad news to report – HTC will not be adding in support for Verizon to the One A9. According to HTC, they tested and tested, but in the end are unable to bring support for Big Red’s network.  (more…)

Verizon’s HTC One M8 Should Get Marshmallow on Monday

On Monday, the HTC One M8 from Verizon should receive an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Both Verizon and HTC’s Mo Versi say so, so hopefully it happens on time and skips the DROID Turbo 2’s confusing path. Not to hijack the M8’s dance party here, but the Turbo 2 Marshmallow update was supposed to start rolling out on March 1, yet we have no confirmed updates from anyone a solid three days later.

Anyways, if the One M8’s Marshmallow update, with Doze, Google Now on Tap, and better volume controls, shows up on March 7, we’ll be sure to let you know.  (more…)

DEAL: Verizon Fast Charge Bundle Features Samsung Fast Wireless Charger, Battery Pack, Car Charger for $99 ($85 Off)

If you are pre-ordering a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge, or you own a Galaxy Note 5, Verizon currently has a fast charging accessory bundle on pre-order that you may want to take a look at. The bundle includes a Samsung fast wireless charger, Samsung 10200mAh battery pack, and a car charger with “fast charge technology” for just $99.99.  (more…)

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 5 is Getting Its Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Update

Would you look at that – Verizon’s variant of the Galaxy Note 5 is the first from Samsung to get Marshmallow here in the US. Not only that, but it’s also getting updated to Android 6.0.1, build MMB29K, the newest version of Android.

The update is scheduled to begin rollout on March 4 as software version VRU2BPB2, so if you aren’t able to pull it this evening, try not to stress. To check, head into Settings>About Device>Software updates>Check for Updates. (more…)

Blackberry Priv Now Available From Verizon for a Whole Lot of Money

The Blackberry Priv, the first from the former smartphone king to run Android, is now available at Verizon. The phone went up for sale last night, but Verizon made it all official this morning.

If you are interested, the Priv will set you back $30 per month on a payment plan or $720 at full retail. At that price, we’re in the Galaxy S7 Edge and iPhone 6s Plus range, yet I don’t know that I would consider this phone to be anywhere near those levels. Thankfully, that’s for you to decide, Priv future owner.  (more…)

DROID Turbo 2 Marshmallow Update Starts Tomorrow, We Think for Real This Time

On February 12, Verizon posted information to its DROID Turbo 2 support pages suggesting that the phone was set to receive the update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Within a couple of hours, they pulled that info as if someone had pulled the trigger on that information a bit early. Then on Friday, a number of our readers notified us that they were taking part in a soak test for the update through Motorola’s Feedback Network, which is typically a sign that we are actually close to an update rollout. Today, Verizon has once again posted details of the update, along with a March 1 date of availability.  (more…)

Verizon’s Xperia Z3v and Xperia Z2 Tablet Both Get Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

Owners of the Sony Xperia Z3v and Xperia Z2 Tablet should be on the lookout for an update over the coming days. Verizon posted changelogs of updates for each device, stating that they should each be receiving Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

Honestly, I haven’t kept up with either, but a couple of quick searches on the Google machine suggest that the Xperia Z3v is just now receiving Lollipop with this update and never did see 5.0, 5.0.1, or 5.0.2. Is that correct? If so, woof.  (more…)