My Verizon Update Brings Auto-Refresh Back to the Data Widget

Over the coming weeks, Verizon will push out an update to its “My Verizon” app for Android devices. The update doesn’t change the UI or offer a new experience, but it does bring back automatic refreshing to the app’s data widget. For those not familiar, Verizon broke the auto-refresh functionality of the widget shortly after the company introduced shared data plans in 2012. Users had to tap the widget in order to refresh their current data usage status. While not the most inconvenient change of all time, no one will argue with automatic.

Here we are almost two years later and the functionality has returned. Good job, dev team.

The new build is v10.0.615.

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Cheers Rashad and John!

Monday Poll: If the Nexus 5 Came to Verizon Now, Would You Buy It?

Outside of the ultra-late arrival for the Nexus 7 (2013) on Verizon, Big Red customers have been without a Nexus device since the disaster that was the launch of the Galaxy Nexus in late 2011. OK, so the launch wasn’t the only disaster there, but you get what I’m saying. The last two phones from Google have not made their way to Verizon’s airwaves, even though the latest (Nexus 5) does just fine on all other carriers, including the CDMA-reliant Sprint.

But what if that changed? What if Verizon launched the Nexus 5 late, just like they did the Nexus 7? What if you could buy the Nexus 5 in the coming weeks – would you? With the Galaxy S5 and “All New HTC One” on the horizon, is Google’s 2013 flagship still worth having, just because it’s a “Nexus” device?

If you need help responding to that question, feel free to read our Nexus 5 review. Then hit up the poll and comments to share your thoughts.

If the Nexus 5 Came to Verizon Now, Would You Still Buy It?

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Verizon CFO Talks Continued Subsidies, Not Buying Customers, and Upgrading 50 Million to 4G LTE

Verizon CFO, Fran “ShamWow” Shammo, sat down for the opening keynote of the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet and Telecom Conference and weighed in on all sorts of topics. Since we know how many of you are still Big Red customers, even with T-Mobile and AT&T shifting up strategies in order to grab your business, we thought you’d be interested in hearing what he had to say.

Shammo is always worth a few good quotes during his interviews. I don’t want to call him the new Sanjay Jha, because well, that would be a massive insult, but he sure knows how to grab a headline while talking to investors and analysts.

In his sit down today, he walked through everything from how Verizon wants “high creditworthy” customers for EDGE and how they don’t plan to leave the subsidy model any time soon, to how many millions of customers they still want to upgrade to 4G LTE and why his company likes having four major players in the wireless industry.  (more…)

Ustream Android App Receives Update, Users on Big Red to Get Their Own Verizon-branded Channels

Folks who love streaming on Ustream can go pick up the latest update to the official Android application, which brings special features just for Verizon customers. After the update, users on Big Red can enjoy their very own Verizon-branded Ustream channel, which will feature a “personal” mode that will act like a “link-only” sharing option. As an example, only folks who have the exact link will be able to watch your streams.

In addition, videos streamed in personal mode will have the option of being ad-free, as long as there are seven or fewer viewers. To top it off, supported devices can now stream in 720p through the service.

Take a peek below at the full changelog, have a look below.  (more…)

Holy Sh*t, Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 is $750 on Contract at Verizon

Verizon started selling both the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 and LG G Pad 8.3 today. One of them is priced quite reasonably, while the other – well, I’ll let you decide after we tell you the price. The LG G Pad 8.3, a tablet many think is an excellent combination of size and high-end internals, can be picked up for $99 on 2-year contract or $299 without one. Not bad, right?  (more…)

Two New Wireless Carrier Reports on Quality and Experience Put Verizon at the Top, T-Mobile at the Bottom

Both Rootmetrics and JD Power released separate reports this week that focus on the consumer experience and network quality from U.S. wireless carriers. The reports peg Verizon as the clear winner in both situations, while Sprint and T-Mobile struggled to even remain in the conversation. AT&T faired well, but still remains in the distance from Verizon in overall rankings, especially in the reliability category. You may remember AT&T’s “we are the most reliable network now” campaign? According to these reports, that campaign should end now if it hasn’t already.  (more…)

Moto X Reportedly Seeing Battery Drain on Android 4.4.2

Since receiving the update to Android 4.4.2, a handful of readers who own the Moto X (Verizon variant in particular) reached out to ask if we had heard of others experiencing battery drain that wasn’t there with 4.4. After poking around your regular Google product support forums, Android forums, and Google+, I think it’s safe to say that many are indeed experiencing a decline in battery life after making the move to Android 4.4.2. The question is, what’s the culprit and is there a fix?  (more…)