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Pixel will be Verizon carrier exclusive in the US, pre-orders get free Daydream View headsets

Well, it's official - Verizon is the only carrier in the United States that will be carrying the Pixel phones. If the rumors from two months ago didn't convince you, the leak from late last night surely did. Verizon will also give free Daydream View VR headsets to Pixel buyers.

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[Update: Quite Black too] Verizon and @evleaks reveal even more of the Pixel and Pixel XL, show off Really Blue and "Google Magic"

We know, we know, there are only a few more hours until the Google event, but details about the Pixel phones just keep on spilling. Our latest peeks come courtesy of Verizon Enterprises, which, as you can probably tell from the name, sells smartphones and plans to businesses, and prolific tech leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks). On Verizon's site, both Pixel and Pixel XL listings showed up on the "SmartPhones" page, but they didn't lead to any live listings; however, there's still some info we've gleaned.

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[Update: not until 10/3] Droid Turbo 2 update adds WiFi calling and latest security updates

The Verizon-exclusive Droid Turbo 2 was released almost a year ago, and promptly made headlines with claims of a shatterproof screen. Verizon and Motrola have at least made an effort to keep the device updated, compared to other devices on Big Red, and it even received Android 6.0 Marshmallow earlier this year. Now owners of the Turbo 2 can finally use WiFi calling, courtesy of a software update.

An update, titled '24.31.22.kinzie_verizon.verizon.en.US,' is being pushed to all Droid Turbo 2 devices with the "Latest Android™ security updates and bug fixes," as well as full WiFi calling support.

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Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Tab S updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow

I know what you're thinking. "Haha, it finally got a Marshmallow update when Nougat is out, Samsung sucks." But before you go into the comments and trumpet about how your Nexus 9 already has Nougat, keep in mind that this is a Samsung tablet, from 2014, on Verizon, that is being updated. If any of those alone were true, this would be newsworthy.

The latest update for Verizon's Galaxy Tab S, identified as MMB29M.T807VVRU1CPG6, brings the device up to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This includes all the features that normally come along with Marshmallow, such as Now on Tap (now under a different name), Doze, permissions control, and more.

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[Deal Alert] Get a Verizon unlocked LG V10 for just $299.99 ($430 off) at Best Buy

The V10 is a massively underrated phone; it excels in a number of arenas where other phones fall flat on their faces. Spec-wise, it's not as nice as the recently announced V20, but have fun trying to get one of those for under $300 in the near future. If you're looking for an affordable flagship, the Verizon LG V10 will be waiting for you at Best Buy for a price of $299.99.

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Samsung confirms that revised Galaxy Note7s will feature green battery icons in multiple places after software update

To differentiate potentially dangerous Galaxy Note7s from the safe, revised models, Samsung was reported as changing the battery indicator in the status bar from white to green on new models. However, that's not the only change the Korean company is making; Samsung Newsroom is now saying that the new indicator will also appear in other areas of the OS as well. Verizon's software update page for the Note7 confirms this.

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Moto Z Play review: The best 'modular' phone you can get, for whatever that's worth

Motorola is going all-in on modular accessories this year, and Verizon is right there with it. The Moto Z Play was announced recently, and it's a Verizon exclusive for a few weeks before it ships unlocked in October. This device works with all the same Moto Mods as the other Moto Z variants, but it's much less spendy at around $400 on Verizon. That's a big advantage when you're pushing Mods that cost as much as $300. Are the trade-offs worth it? Is this finally the phone that makes modular smartphones viable? Let's find out.

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Verizon releases Galaxy Note5 and S6 edge+ updates, adds Barcode Beaming Service support and other fixes

Hot on the heels of a recent update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, Verizon has released one for the Galaxy Note5 and S6 edge+. Like the S7/S7 edge update, this adds support for a barcode scanning app called Barcode Beaming Service. Unfortunately, Note5 and S6 edge+ owners will not receive the FM radio capability that S7 and S7 edge owners just did. Fixes for Verizon's Advanced Calling are included as well.

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[Update: New AT&T statement] Here are the US carriers' plans for the Galaxy Note7 recall

Following the official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note7's recall voluntary replacement of all units, the big 4 carriers in the United States have issued statements to explain what their plans are for customers who have already purchased the phone. All of them have halted sales of the device, but some already have detailed plans for the future while others are still putting a concrete strategy in place and have just made a quick announcement.

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Verizon issues Galaxy S7 and S7 edge update, adds FM radio support and other fixes

Verizon has released an update for both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge that adds some features and bug fixes. FM radio support, which was added to other carrier models several months ago, is now available on Verizon S7 and S7 edges. In addition, Samsung now includes a built-in barcode scanning app called Barcode Beaming Service.

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