As Android 4.4/KitKat updates begin rolling out to devices on all the major US carriers, one frequently asked question has to do with whether or not these devices will include Android's new "Tap and Pay" feature. This was one of the major additions in KitKat and allows almost any device with an NFC chip to be used for "tap and go" mobile payments, even if said chip doesn't have a built-in secure element.
Cell phone service is expensive, especially if you choose to go with one of America's bigger providers. If you get your phones from Amazon today (which is a pretty good idea in any case), you can alleviate that just a little bit when activating a new line on AT&T or Verizon. For the time being, Amazon customers can get a $100 credit on their carrier bills when buying a new phone and activating a new line of service, or adding a new line to an existing account.
You know how this goes - new software is sent out for a Nexus device, so posts on the Google factory image and binary repositories aren't far behind. The Nexus 7 LTE is the only Google device that's had an OTA update for a while, so today's additions are small: a single file on the Factory Images page and three binary files for the various hardware components.
Google was kind enough to label them "Verizon," in addition to the standard KVT49L label for Android 4.4.2.
LG's flagship tablet (and currently the company's only one) is certainly making headlines today. Just this morning we saw an impressive $100 off deal for the WiFi version, and now it looks like there's a carrier variant in the works. The reliable Evleaks posted photos of a G Pad 8.3 with Verizon's telltale branding, indicating that the tablet will be coming to Big Red sometime in the future.
LG G Pad 8.3 for Verizon.
If your phone was already one of the very first devices to get the latest version of Android, do you really need a custom ROM like CyanogenMod? If you're shouting "YES" at the screen right now, you'll want to know about the first nightly builds available for the Moto X. The CM team has published CM11 nightlies for the Moto X on T-Mobile (XT1053, which is also the standard unlocked GSM edition) and for Verizon (XT1060), though the later needs to be a Developer Edition.
The leak yesterday seems to have been right on the money – Verizon's More Everything plans are now available with higher data caps and lower prices for Edge subscribers. All plans include unlimited voice and text, but your options are a bit limited with tablets.
It took a few months longer than everyone was hoping, but Verizon is finally supporting the 2013 Nexus 7. Big Red is even selling the device, if you don't want to get it from Google Play for some reason. However, the pricing isn't awesome. Verizon wants $249.99 for the Nexus 7 with a 2-year contract.
The off-contract price of the LTE Nexus 7 is $349.99, which is the same as the Google price.
The big US carriers are currently falling all over themselves to tweak their plan offerings to be more competitive with each other. After changing the upgrade window of its Edge plans last month, Verizon is now preparing to offer more data on some plans, reduced prices for Edge customers, and more.
The More Everything campaign starts tomorrow, and we've got the promotional material sent out to representatives. The 500MB, 1GB, and 2GB Share Everything plans are getting boosted to 1GB, 2GB and 3GB caps.
Best Buy wants to give you $50, but you're going to have to do something for Best Buy – just buy a phone. If you were planning to do that anyway, then it's a win-win. It's essentially the same deal Best Buy has been offering for the last few years. Just sign up for the promo, and then at any time in 2014 you can use the $50 credit toward a phone of your choice.
If you were one of the four, maybe five people who picked up Verizon's self-branded Ellipsis tablet, then a journey to the settings menu is probably in order. Why? Because Big Red is sending an OTA to the device that brings a handful of useful changes. Here's a look at the changelog:
- Verizon 4G LTE data connectivity
- Mobile Hotspot User Experience and Connectivity
- Wireless connectivity
- Image quality when using the camera
- Battery life
- SIM Card Activation experience improvements
- Added support for Prepaid Plans
- Added feature to allow editing of the APN name for Private IP
- Option to configure camera to store photos and videos on an external SD card that can be purchased separately.
- Added option for end users to move all applications to tablet space manually except for the preloaded apps.
- Improved the UI notification for low memory condition