It's not often that we have cause to praise Verizon for, well, anything, but credit goes where credit is due. In the last month the carrier has upgraded its branded versions of the LG G Pad X 8.3, DROID Maxx 2, Galaxy S5, and Galaxy Tab S2 to Marshmallow. Never mind that they've come more than half a year after Android 6.0 AOSP code became available, we're just happy to see the updates at all (especially for those oft-neglected tablets). The latest device to get a version bump is the faux-leather-clad Galaxy Note 4. Read More
Samsung owners who are on Verizon are lucky this week. Yesterday, the operator started pushing Marshmallow in an OTA update to the Galaxy S5 and today it's ready to roll out the same Android 6.0 to the Galaxy Tab S2.
The software version number is MMB29K.T817VVRU2BPE1 and it brings all of Marshmallow's goodies to the Tab S2, including Doze mode for longer battery life, per-app permissions for more control over your apps, and Google Now on Tap for... whatever you find Now on Tap is useful for. There are many more Android 6.0 features to enjoy too, as we've previously detailed. Read More
Remember the Galaxy S5? It was, in my opinion, one of the last mediocre flagships that Samsung built, but it's still barely two years old now and that warrants it support and firmware updates, at least up until Marshmallow, which was released when the S5 was about 18 months old.
The Sprint Galaxy S5 got its update at the beginning of April, the T-Mobile one followed last week, and now it's time for Verizon to release its OTA update for the phone. It takes the S5 up to version MMB29M.G900VVRU2DPD1.
The update brings Marshmallow to the Galaxy S5 including per-app permissions, Doze mode, Google Now on Tap, and more of the M goodies that we've extensively discussed before. Read More
According to both Verizon and HTC's Mo Versi, owners of the HTC 10 will receive an OTA update starting on Friday. As seems to be tradition for HTC flagships, the early months are characterized by a flurry of camera refinements and this round seems no different. Read More
It's been just over a month since the Verizon versions of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge received their Android 6.0 updates, which were welcome if somewhat belated. Today the phones get another bump, but there's no version number jump this time. Nope, it's just a few bug fixes and app tweaks. Try to contain your excitement. Read More
According to a Bloomberg article published this morning, Google has been actively tracking the time it takes Android device manufacturers to update their handsets to a new version of the Android OS. Better yet? There are supposedly discussions happening inside Google as to whether or not to make the stats public, as a sort of "name and shame" directive to encourage manufacturers and carriers alike to update their handsets more quickly. To which I respond: oh god yes please, do this, Google.
The report also mentions a few other tidbits that are interesting, and we'll get to those, but let's focus on what I will now call The Android Update Wall Of Shame, which should very much be what it is called if Google does, in fact, publish it. Read More
Republic Wireless recently announced it was finally changing the way it runs its service with a GSM partner and support for a number of unlocked phones like the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Galaxy S7. To go along with this v3.0 revamp, the carrier has announced new plans with simpler pricing and higher data tier options. However, the cheapest plan is getting more expensive. Read More
AT&T's existing "Next" plans offer the option to upgrade after a certain amount of the device has been paid off, but there are four different versions and the naming can be confusing. For example, Next 24 is actually a 30-month pay-off schedule with an upgrade at 24 months. Well, AT&T has announced it's cutting the options down to just two, and it's adding a new Next Every Year plan for annual upgrades. Read More
It's a foregone conclusion that AT&T is about to release a ruggedized version of the Galaxy S7 called the Galaxy S7 Active. It's done it for the last few Galaxy flagships, and the phone has leaked a few times. Now, Venture Beat has more detailed specs for the device, and most of it is no surprise. It's a GS7 with a different chassis and a bigger battery. The size of that battery is a bit of a surprise—it's apparently 4,000mAh. Read More