Opening statement giving a broad overview of device updates. Introduction of specific manufacturer, carrier, and model. Expression of dissatisfaction at the state of Android updates. Date comparison of release of specific Android version and the latest version. Specific call to action for carrier and/or manufacturer. Lamentation on behalf of affected users. Grudging link to documentation of software update. In case you couldn't tell yet, we do a lot of these overdue carrier update posts on Android Police, and they aren't any more fun for us to write than they are for you to read. Read More
AT&T G3 owners are getting the update they've been looking for today, as Android 5.0.1 finally has begun rolling out for the device. The new software version is D85020f, with an Android build number of LRX21Y (dated October 21, 2014).
The OTA should come down in the form of a 689MB package, which will take you approximately an eon to download from AT&T's decrepitly slow update server. Once you have it, the 5-minute or so install process will complete, and presto amazo: you've got Lollipop. What's new? Well, a lot - LG's revamped its notification shade and lock screen to be a bit more in line with Android's current layout on Nexus devices (though it's still not exactly what I'd call similar), and of course you'll notice the new software navigation button icons. Read More
HTC missed its 90-day goal to deliver Android 5.0 upgrades to all owners of the One M8 and One M7. They're very sorry about that. But to give credit where it's due, it does seem like the company is genuinely trying to get its hardware updated as soon as possible. Sprint's One M8 and M7 have both been given the update, European M8 owners got it in late January, and owners of the unlocked, developer edition, and Google Play Edition of both phones should all have the update by now. Read More
We previously provided you with an in-depth, totally true* report on the origins of the Verizon Ellipsis 8, thanks to the efforts of dedicated Android Police writer Michael Crider. It was pretty clear from the hard-hitting coverage, if I may be so bold as to toot our own horn a second time, that this was an overpriced, no-name tablet that nerds and disinterested folks alike would be better off not spending their money on.
But maybe you missed our coverage. Maybe you're so enamored with Big Red that you had to own something with the Verizon logo stamped just below the screen. Read More
I'll confess: I know basically nothing about high-performance racing. It's got weird-looking cars that go around the track really, really fast, and some people seem to think that it's very important in the context of production cars in the same way that NASA is really important for radical developments in writing utensils. All that is a bit over my head. But if you're a fan of the INDYCAR series of American races, you might want to check out Verizon's updated app.
Verizon Wireless is the primary sponsor for the series of races, and it has supplied an official mobile app since last year. Read More
If you've ever gone to a foreign country with a carrier-branded phone, or tried to use that phone on a different operator in the US, you've probably encountered the problem many have: it's locked. While most carriers did honor unlock requests in the past, or sell their handsets unlocked (like Verizon, mostly), there was no universal policy on the practice in America. As of February 11th, that's changing - the CTIA (basically, the wireless industry's special interest group) is laying out a set of phone unlocking (that is, SIM/network unlocking) principles that AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular will abide by in the wake of the congressional un-banning of phone unlocking. Read More
If you've been waiting for Verizon's carrier-branded version of the Nexus 6 to hit stores so you can save a little cash on a subsidized phone, you won't have to wait much longer. A tipster sent a photo to Android Police that appears to show a rollout schedule for Verizon's next round of phone releases displayed on a company intranet or presentation. The Nexus 6 (or at least Verizon's model with a scarlet V) is scheduled to be released on February 26th.
Verizon's model of the N6 will probably be identical to the ones on the Play Store and other carriers, at least in terms of hardware - the vanilla phone already has a Verizon CDMA-LTE compatible radio. Read More
Yesterday we got our hands on a leaked Sprint document suggesting that the HTC One M8 would get its Android 5.0 update on February 13th. Next to it in parenthesis were the words subject to change. As it turns out, sometimes things actually do change. The carrier has posted an HTC One M8 support page that says the over-the-air update is going out today.
The software bumps things up to software version 4.20.651.10 and provides a sweet serving of Lollipop. I received the big 5.0 OTA for the HTC One M7 yesterday, and while it's not the same phone, things line up pretty well with the M8 screenshots that have already made the rounds. Read More
Today marks the end of an era in retail, as the iconic electronics chain RadioShack filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, weeks after a final warning from the NYSE that its stock would be delisted for falling below market capitalization requirements. While I was too young to really know RadioShack in its heyday, the company that got its start on mail-order ham radio gear in the 1920s, there probably aren't too many people in America who haven't at least walked into one. And, let's be honest, probably promptly walked out, at least if we're talking about the past 15 years.
But fear not, those of you with deeply nostalgic sensibilities: like all good American brands, RadioShack will live on in a tortured zombie limbo state for years to come, thanks to the company's largest shareholder (Standard General) and, of all things, Sprint. Read More