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Would you look at that: the country's two biggest cellular carriers released an update to their respective Android customer apps on the same day. Between the two of them, Verizon's app definitely gets the more interesting additions: My Verizon now lets you pay your bill by scanning it via the camera. Well, the update text says it does - I can't actually find an option to scan my bill anywhere in the (frustratingly disorganized) app. Then again, I'm not due for another month. Perhaps it's contextual.

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Even more interesting, the My Verizon app will now let you pay for phone accessories in a Verizon retail store by scanning the item barcode and using your payment info, just like paying your bill. Neat. Anyone who's had to stop by a Verizon corporate store for a case or a screen protector will probably be able to see the appeal: they're generally understaffed and more focused on selling phones than anything else. This should allow you to get in and out more quickly, assuming the employees know what you're doing. You'd better double-check that before you walk out the door with an unopened Otterbox.

The app has three data usage widgets now - well, sort of. It's all the same 1x1 widget, now it just has three different views. Some users are also reporting that there's a root check in the app, though it doesn't seem to interfere with the function. I'd guess it has something to do with those new payment options. The Verizon app is certainly no less ugly and disorganized than it was before.

The MyAT&T app has added the ability to view more detailed bills, and payment history for up to 16 months is available. Those who subscribe to AT&T's U-Verse service can also see plan details and account alerts without using a separate app. Other than that, it also has the usual "performance improvements."

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Averix

    Yeah, still staying in the disabled list Verizon. Nice try.

  • Harold Goldner

    And it asks you for root access. WTF? Not.

    • Gandalf_Teh_Gray

      Came here to post that.

    • Sam Hollis

      Probably to see if you have it, so it can stop working.

  • Jephri

    Great, now it will look like people are shoplifting in Verizon stores...

  • Badouken

    Can't wait to install this bad boy on my rooted phone!!!! Said no one ever....