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…)

Verizon’s Kit Kat Update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is Live

Yesterday, Verizon approved the Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” update for its variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Today, that update has gone live and is available for download.

The update is build VRUFND7 and jumps the phone up to Android 4.4.2. It includes Samsung KNOX 2.0, restyled notification bar, the option to choose a default SMS app, emoji, a new keyboard, and all sorts of bug fixes. You can see the full details here(more…)

Verizon Galaxy Note 2 Gets Kit Kat!

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on Verizon is receiving Kit Kat (Android 4.4.2)! If you can believe it, after the extremely long waiting period that plagued the VZW Note 3′s Kit Kat, today’s update actually brings the 4.4 love to Verizon’s Note 2 before both AT&T and T-Mobile variants.

The update adds support for Samsung KNOX 2.0, which includes features like Dual Persona, real time kernel protection, VPN framework, and a universal MDM client.  (more…)

FoxFi Update Brings WiFi Tethering to Verizon HTC Phones

Back at the end of April, popular WiFi tethering app, FoxFi, received an update that brought back WiFi hotspot abilities to non-rooted Samsung phones on Verizon. Today, a new update makes the same feature available to HTC phones on Verizon’s network, including the DROID DNA and HTC One. The developer didn’t specify if that includes the One (M8), but I would imagine that it does.

Keep in mind that in order to use the WiFi hotspot feature, you have to trust in FoxFi, because it opens a VPN connection and installs a certificate. To get around Verizon’s attempts to block free tethering, trickery is almost certainly involved on some level, so understand what you are getting yourself into.  (more…)

LG G3 for Verizon Stops by FCC

Back in May, we saw LG G3 models that looked destined for AT&T stop through the FCC for approval. Yesterday, the Verizon variant joined them as the LG-VS985.

The FCC documents don’t necessarily provide anything new, since the device is 100% official, including specs and carrier availability (sort of). Instead, we get confirmation on things like LTE support on bands 4 and 13, plus roaming on GSM bands 850 and 1900.  (more…)

Official: Verizon Adds Gold and Red HTC One (M8) to Lineup, Available June 5

We broke news on this last night, but Verizon has made the HTC One (M8) in Glamour Red official for June 5. They are also adding the Amber Gold variant, both of which will be available for $199 on 2-year contract. Both new colors can be purchased both online and in Verizon stores starting Thursday.

For a limited time, Verizon is offering $100 off any smartphone priced $199 or higher, so the One (M8) and its two new color variants are included. Of course, the $100 is only for contract signing.

The specs remain the same for the the gold and red variants, meaning you are looking at a 5-inch 1080p LCD display, 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB RAM, 4MP (“UltraPixel” Duo Camera, Sense 6.0, and that beautiful all-metal body.

Be sure to read our HTC One (M8) review if you have not already.  (more…)