Hilarious Turn of Events: Carrier-Backed Payment System That Tried to Block Google Wallet Might be Bought by Google

You remember Isis Mobile Wallet don’t you? That would be the mobile payment system that carriers – specifically, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile – created to be the only payment system you would need on your phone. That would also be the payment system that carriers used as reason to help block, but not admit-to-blocking, while still blocking because it was “different,” Google Wallet, for years while they took their sweet time getting Isis ready. And let’s not forget that the service has already been renamed to Softcard because of the growing entity known for terrorism that the original name matched. All caught up on Softcard and Isis?

According to a late Friday report out of TechCrunch, the payment system has been a massive failure to this point and is now in talks with Google to potentially be acquired.  (more…)

DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini Receive Update With Advanced Calling 1.0 Fixes

The 2013 DROID family – MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini – is receiving an update today from Verizon to version 24.3.7. The update does one thing, so I hope it does it well. The only item listed on the changelog says that this update brings bug fixes and stability improvements to VoLTE, which Verizon calls Advanced Calling 1.0.

These three devices were some of the first to receive VoLTE with HD Voice and video calling, so I can imagine that early adopters who have been able to use the service will appreciate the fixes.  (more…)

Sony Xperia Z3v Gets Update to 23.0.E.1.44, Fixes Bugs

The Sony Xperia Z2…errr…Z3v (our review) on Verizon is receiving its first update today to software version 23.0.E.1.44. The update isn’t major, nor does it include VoLTE, which Verizon calls Advanced Calling 1.0. From the looks of the changelog, we are greeted with a bloatware updater, bug squasher, and minor UX tweaker.

Things like a reduction in mobile data notifications during calls, a simplified access to email notification settings, and improved NFC performance are all listed below. Bloatware like the Lifelog app is seeing some improvements as well.  (more…)

Verizon Announces Verizon Vehicle, the Reinvention of Roadside Assistance

During today’s press conference at the North American International Auto Show, Verizon announced Verizon Vehicle, a connected car service which will allow over 9,000 models of cars to become smart in the blink of an eye.

Expected to launch in Q2 of 2015, Verizon Vehicle offers drivers a few great perks, some of which may even save lives when deployed. Verizon Vehicle comes standard with a One-Button SOS Assistance system, which allows drivers who are in an emergency to be immediately connected to a live agent. However, an automatic SOS system will also detect if you have been in an accident, dispatching emergency personnel to your location in the event you can not reach the SOS button.  (more…)

LG G2 on Verizon Receives Update to VS98027A

The LG G2 on Verizon is receiving an update today to software version VS98027A. The update, as far as we can tell, is nothing but a bug fixer.

Verizon uploaded new support documents that include this new software version, but the changelog appears to be identical to the changelog that came back in September when the phone was prepped for VoLTE. That software update was VS98025B(more…)

HTC’S Next Flagship “Hima” is Headed to Verizon

Thanks to an ANTuTu benchmark (assuming it is real) of an unreleased HTC phone that was posted by @upleaks, we now know that HTC’s next flagship phone, currently codenamed as “hima,” is headed to Verizon under the model number HTC6535LVW. That benchmark also seems to confirm the impressive set of specs that has been rumored often over the last couple of weeks, a set of specs that will have you seriously considering HTC as the manufacturer of your next phone.  (more…)

Deal: DROID Turbo for $1 at Best Buy, Plus New Customers Get $150 Gift Card With Purchase

The DROID Turbo, which is easily one of the better phones of 2014, has been slashed to just $1 at Best Buy with a new 2-year contract. To sweeten the deal, Best Buy will also toss in a $150 gift card if you are a new Verizon customer and buy this phone. Minus the whole locking-yourself-in-for-2-years part of the deal, they are, in a way, paying you to buy the DROID Turbo. Not bad, right?  (more…)