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The same as it always as

Verizon accidentally announces the Nokia Lumia Icon, a 5-inch Windows Phone


Verizon has just accidentally posted a listing for a new, never before seen Nokia Lumia device. Known as the Nokia Lumia Icon, the new Lumia bares all the right resemblances to Lumias of past, bringing with it a 5-inch screen, Windows Phone 8, a 20 megapixel camera that is sure to rival that of the Lumia 1020, a quad-core processor, and a 2420 mAh battery, not to mention a HD display.

The Lumia Icon actually appears to be roughly the Lumia 1520, which bares similar specifications. Of course, the only thing missing here is that ridiculous 6-inch display – thankfully a 5-inch display is much more manageable, making this perhaps the superior device for many customers.

Pricing and availability are still unknown, with the Verizon site listing a placeholder price of $777. However given how close this product appears to be to launching we’d say we’ll be hearing more any day now.

Source: Verizon Wireless

As predicted

Moto Maker now available on all major US carriers

motoxAs predicted earlier, the Moto Maker has lost its AT&T exclusivity and is now available to customers of T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint. The service is pretty much the same as it was on AT&T: pick the colors you want and buy it which means that you could have a pink Moto X on Sprint if you really wanted one. Moto Maker does now support adding custom messages to your Moto X, but they still don’t have any wood panels up for order yet.

Perhaps as another little bonus, Motorola has confirmed that Android 4.4 will be coming to the Moto X soon – but that’s hardly a surprise, is it?

Source: Moto Maker

Goodbye, AT&T exclusivity

Moto Maker likely coming to Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile on November 11th

BYhG0MqCEAAM5Ra.png-largeAT&T’s about to lose their Moto maker exclusivity, if the reliable @evleaks is to be believed. According to the report, Moto Maker – Motorola’s tool that allows you to design and order custom Moto X handers in a variety of color combinations and with various software configurations over the web, will be available to Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile on November 11th, with the T-Mobile version perhaps launching as soon as today.

Prior to this move, only AT&T customers were able to custom order their unique Moto X handsets – Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon customers were stuck with the beautiful but not all together too unique Black or White models with matching front plates. So if you’ve been holding out on one of those newly $99 Moto X handsets until you could get yourself a pink one on Sprint, your day has (almost) come. Rejoice.

Source: @evleaks

A little bit more info

Here’s the Ellipsis 7

Ellipsis-7-tablet-366x251Verizon’s press release on the new Ellipsis 7 tablet wasn’t very descriptive of the stuff inside but since today is the 7th, it’s now available and the spec listing has been posted. Let’s take a look at what’s inside the Ellipsis, shall we?

It’s a simple black slab that measures out to be 7.72 x 4.92″, is less than half an inch thick (0.4″) and weighs in at 12.7 ounces. The screen itself is HD, but it’s not 1080p – it’s only a 16:10 1280×800 IPS LCD. Inside that plastic comes more of the inner workings: it’s got a 1.2GHz “Quad-core CPU” (Verizon did not say which chip it’s based on), 1GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage and support for 32GB MicroSD cards. The cameras are very much meh: only a 3.2 megapixel back camera and a 1.3 megapixel VGA front-facing camera. Verizon says that it will do 1080p video, but only at a very choppy 12 frames per second. Finally, it comes preloaded with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

This is certainly a budget tablet and it almost has a price to match. Up front, you’ll be paying $150 for this tablet but you will be paying for it on a two-year contract meaning it will be much more expensive in the long run when compared to a Nexus 7 or a Kindle Fire HDX.

Source: Verizon

Meet the Ellipsis 7

Verizon unveils their own tablet

Ellipsis-7-tablet-366x251Sporting a name that perhaps doesn’t immediately roll of the tongue, Verizon has a tablet coming that’s priced to compete with other budget tablets like the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HDX. It’s called the Ellipsis 7 and like its name suggests, it’s a 7″ tablet.

Verizon was quiet about the specs inside the Ellipsis 7, only saying that it has an “HD screen”, a front-facing camera and LTE support. On the software side of things, it’s powered by Android Jelly Bean and comes with access to Redbox Instant. Pricing is set at $250 on what we assume will be a two-year contract making it more expensive than the competition in the long run. The only other thing we know right now about the Ellipsis is the launch date, which, perhaps fittingly, is November 7th.

Source: Verizon
Via: The Verge

Except for Verizon. Verizon still charges $199.99.

Motorola drops the price of the Moto X to $99.99 on contract


Good news, friends of Motorola – your beloved Google-owned smartphone company has just dropped the price of their flagship Android smartphone, the Moto X, by a whole $100 to get that sucker down to just $99.99. That price drop is now available on AT&T via Moto Maker, Sprint, and US Cellular. Unfortunately, Verizon is a bit of a holdout here – if you’re inclined to get your hands on a Moto X from the big red carrier, you’ll still need to drop $199.99 for some reason or another. And you better remember to bring all that change.

That’s all for the 16GB model of course, but that doesn’t mean that the 32GB model is getting left out. If you’re eying the Moto X with just a little bit more storage, you’ll only have to pay $149 for a 32GB model from now on, from the same sources of course. And because all of this is now available on Moto Maker, that means that you can get the 16GB and 32GB Moto X in a plethora of just adorable colors. Now didn’t that make your morning?

Via: The Verge / Android Police

A giant HTC, a large HTC, a medium HTC

Newly leaked screenshots reveals the HTC One Max is heading to Verizon


Verizon may have only just scored the HTC One a couple of months ago, but they’re already looking to build up their non-DROID Android repertoire with the HTC One Max, HTC’s long awaited Galaxy Note competitor. Scoring a giant 6-inch screen, the latest version of HTC’s BlinkFeed and Sense software, and – according to an anonymous Verizon employee who leaked the information – a removable back and a fingerprint sensor (a la our new favorite Apple phone), the HTC One Max seems to take everything we know and love about the HTC One and makes it larger and better-er.

Of course, we’re still lacking a release date or any sort of official confirmation that this thing exists, completely ignoring the thought that it’s heading to Verizon. Still, a leak like this is a pretty good indication that lines will be forming at your nearby Verizon store for HTC’s latest and greatest sometime soon… assuming you live in a neighborhood that really likes HTC, of course.

Via: Engadget
Source: AndroidCentral

Verizon driving Verizon once more

Verizon reclaims control of Verizon Wireless, purchases $130 billion of Vodafone’s stake

iphoneverizonAn interesting fact – despite having “Verizon” in the name, it’s been about 10 years since Verizon actually controlled Verizon Wireless. Prior to today, UK provider Vodafone has retained a controlling interest in Verizon Wireless, effectively being able to steer the American carrier this way and that irrelevant to what Verizon itself actually thought.

All of that changes today as Verizon has just confirmed that they’ve purchased Vodafone’s $130 billion stake in the wireless carrier, making Verizon the single largest shareholder in the company. What does that mean in laymen’s terms? Verizon is now the big man in charge of Verizon Wireless… the way it should be.

Verizon will be hosting a conference call at 8AM EST tomorrow to discuss the buyout with Vodafone, so if any juicy details comes out that we’ll let you know Until then, hold onto your Verizon iPhone, because it’s transition time.

Via: The Verge
Source: Verizon

Verizon exclusives

Motorola announces the Droid Mini, Droid Ultra, and Droid Maxx

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Droid may no longer be the big name in Android any longer, however that doesn’t mean that Motorola isn’t going to give it their best – the company has just today at a press event hosted by Verizon Wireless not one, not two, but three new handsets; introducing the Droid Mini, the Droid Ultra, and the Droid Maxx.

All three new handsets feature a common design, with the most obvious differentiation from the three being the screen size. First up is the Droid Mini, the obvious successor to the Droid Razr M; though Verizon was light on the specific specs, we know it’ll run for $99, features several new unique software features such as “Touchless Controls”, which allows for use of the phone without ever touching it, “Active Display”, which lights up only a portion of the display to deliver notifications to conserve battery life, and performance befitting the tag “compact without compromise.” We also know that it’s running on a custom 8-core processor that was designed by Motorola themselves, which Motorola is calling their “X8 Mobile Computing System’. It’ll run you an easy $99, too.

The Droid Ultra is their new mid-range device, and offers the Motorola’s new X8 Mobile Computing System 8-core processor in a device with a bigger body than the Droid Mini. It has the same “Active Display” functionally as well as all of the same “Touchless Controls” as the Droid Mini – really the only thing differentiating the two devices as far as we know right now is the screen size, which we’re not even 100% certain about just yet.  It’s also got a 10-mp camera as well as a svelte 7.18mm body. The Droid Ultra will run you $199 when it launches later this year.

Finally, Motorola and Verizon announced the Droid Maxx, which is roughly the same smartphone but with a massive (and we mean massive – just wait for this) rating of 48-hour battery life. What you’re giving up for the privilege is that thin body however, as well as 100 of your hard earned dollars – the Droid Maxx will cost you a pretty penny at $299.

Source: The Verge / The Verge (2)
Photo Source: The Verge

Carrier may owe Apple up to $14 billion

Despite being the #1 selling smartphone on the network, Verizon iPhone sales fall short

iphoneverizonDespite the news that the iPhone is the single #1 best selling smartphone on the network, Bloomberg is now reporting that Verizon is now in the uncomfortable predicament of owing up to $14 billion to Apple due to a large allotment of unsold iPhone’s. Verizon, like other carriers, agreed to buy and sell a certain number of iPhone units within a year, and Verizon has apparently fallen significantly short on the amount of iPhone’s they’ve sold.

Though the iPhone was Verizon’s best selling smartphone, sales were undoubtably impacted by the increasing popularity of smartphones from rival Samsung, whose Galaxy series of smartphones have taken a serious bite out of the fruit company’s mobile phone sales performance. Samsung’s Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II were two of the highest selling mobile phones on not only Verizon but around the world, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 was launched fairly recently to apparently tremendous sales. Critical reaction of the Galaxy S4 has been slightly lukewarm, however, receiving a 8.5/10 cumulative review score according to gdgt.

Apple will undoubtably seek to renegotiate terms with Verizon and other carriers in the future – it would be bad business for carriers to always have such a burden looming over their shoulders as a condition of carrying Apple’s iPhone. Still, the iPhone remains the #1 best selling smartphone on not only Verizon, but also AT&T and Sprint, with the iOS user base making large strides in recent months at the expense of Android growth.

Via: TechnoBuffalo
Source: Bloomberg

This summer

HTC One coming to Verizon

HTCOneThose on the Android side of the platform wars will be happy to learn that HTC’s premium Android phone is coming to Verizon.

It’s coming this summer, and when it does it will mean that the One will be available on all four of the major carriers in the US. The Verge speculates that it will replace the Droid DNA in Verizon’s lineup and that Verizon may refrain from putting their “Droid” branding on it.

However, that is just speculation. And do you know what else is speculation? Basically, everything. Verizon did not announce any pricing details, a specific availability date, design tweaks, software tweaks, etc. All we know at this point is that it’s coming this summer.

Source: Verizon (Twitter)
Via: The Verge

Goodnight, sweet prince

Verizon offers final significant update to their Galaxy S III


Verizon is offering one final update to their insanely popular Galaxy S III device before saying goodnight to the little (big?) handset that could in exchange for the new and improved and even bigger Galaxy S 4. According to the announcement, Verizon’s Galaxy S III will be gaining some under the hood improvements such as better 4G connection, improved NFC, S Voice improvements, as well as Multi Window functionality for actual desktop style multitasking as well as direct carrier billing for Google Play, which could become really dangerous, really fast for you at the end of the month.

Verizon is also going to be improving your Galaxy S III’s camera with a new “Best Shot” feature that will take five burst shots at a time, allowing you to get the perfect shot every time, as well as a new feature that allows you to create a “variety of image styles” with a new feature called “Paper Artist”.

The final Samsung Galaxy S III Verizon update should be available shortly, so stay tuned for that.

Via: Engadget
Source: Verizon