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DROID DNA Gets Android 4.2.2 With Sense 5 OTA Update Four Months After Verizon Spilled The Beans

Verizon posted details surround an incoming update for the DROID DNA several months ago that would bring the device up to Android 4.2.2 and dress it up with Sense 5, but an OTA never came. Now that's changing, as Verizon has officially announced it and provided a detailed overview of changes owners can expect. The update will provide an experience similar to that on the HTC One, with features such as BlinkFeed, quick settings, and improved Sense apps making their way over to what was 2012's best DROID.

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Sense 5 is more subdued than the older version that shipped on the DROID DNA.

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[Deal Alert] White Verizon LG G2 Now Available, Free With Two-Year Contract For Cyber Monday

Depending on where you live, there's a decent chance you're not going to get that white Christmas no matter how often you make the wish. Thankfully, it's much easier to get your hands on a white phone. Verizon Wireless is now offering the LG G2 in white, and to sweeten the deal, they're giving it away for free on Cyber Monday. Well, sort of. You will still have to sign away your mobile soul for two years, but for many customers, that's just par for the course.

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The Verizon G2 typically costs $149 with a new two-year contract, but today's deal strips away that price.

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Motorola Goes Frosty: Verizon DROID Ultra And DROID Mini Now Available In White

Maybe the black slabs of glass and Kevlar that are Verizon's 2013 DROID lineup aren't doing it for you. If that's the case (and you haven't already bought a customized Moto X), you can now pick up either the svelte DROID Ultra or the pint-sized DROID Mini in shades of white. The capacious DROID Maxx, surprisingly, is still only offered in black.

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Unlike some of the early leaks of the white Ultra model, this one seems to be white all over, as opposed to white on the glass panel with a black body. (The white-on-black coloration was how Verizon's DROID RAZR HD and related phones were styled - I think this looks much better.) The white color might also make the fingerprint magnet finish on both the Ultra and the Mini a little less pronounced.

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Verizon Kyocera Hydro Elite Receives First OTA Update To Software Version 2.006VZ

The Kyocera Hydro Elite may not be a top-of-the-line device, but it comes with something most phones don't - water resistance. It also packs 4.3-inch display and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, making it an admirable midrange handset. Now Verizon is distributing the first OTA for the phone, and while the Android version number remains the same, this update impacts many areas of the device.

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The touch screen's sensitivity has been adjusted, including the virtual keyboard, and the call screen now stays lit for over 15 seconds when active. Using the power button to instantly lock the device should now work as intended, and issues surrounding the 4G LTE and Wi-Fi icons have been fixed.

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[Deal Alert] Wirefly Is Selling Verizon's HTC One Max For $150 (Half Off)

Verizon just released its variant of the HTC One Max for a cool three-hundred dollar bill this morning, but Wirefly clearly thought that was just too much, so it knocked a full 50 percent off that. Yeah, you can get the One Max for $150. Of course, that requires a new two-year agreement, but it looks like it's working for both new contracts and upgrades. That's hard to beat.

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At this point, we're thinking this could be an error on someone's part, because that's a hell of a deal on a brand-spankin'-new handset, especially one like the One Max. If it does turn out to be a dud, Best Buy is selling the handset for $50 off – not a substantial savings by any standard, but still better than $300.

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Verizon's HTC One Max Available Today For $300 And Two Years Of Your Life

If you like massive phones, fingerprint scanners, HTC, and Verizon, today might just be the luckiest day of your life. Why is that, you ask? I'll tell you why! Because the massive HTC One Max is now available on Big Red. See, dreams really do come true.

But let's say you're not the huge-phone-fingerprint-scanner-HTC-Verizon-loving type. Let's say you have no idea what the One Max is. No problem, let's just clear that up right now.

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The One Max is HTC's try at a big ol' phone, coming in with a 5.9-inch screen. Stylistically it looks like a stretched-out HTC One, which includes BOOMSOUND (aka front-facing speakers); however, HTC also cut some corners and took out some of the things that make the One special, like the OIS camera, for example.

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Verizon Pushing Android 4.1.2 To Both Droid Xyboards Right Now

Hey! Remember they Droid Xyboards? No? Well, surprisingly, Verizon does. In fact, both the 8.2- and 10.1-inch versions are getting an OTA update that brings Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2) right now. Fantastic.

So what does this mean for Xyboard owners? Some new stuff, pretty much. Like Google Now! And Chrome. And Movie Studio, according to Verizon's changelog.

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See? Look at all that new stuff. Really, there aren't a lot of tangible differences between 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3 aside from just knowing that you're a few versions behind. So at least you'll have all (or at least most) of the functionality offered from Jelly Bean.

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[Hell Freezes Over] The Moto X On Verizon Gets The First KitKat Update, And It's Starting Today

There are a number of themes in Android news so common that we can almost pre-write the posts. One of the near certainties has always been that Verizon is going to take forever to update its phones. Well, that's why this news is so surprising. KitKat is coming to the Moto X on Verizon first, and it's happening today.

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Leaks Show That Verizon Is Preparing Soak Tests For A KitKat 4.4 Update On The Moto X

We figured that Motorola would be among the first to roll out Android 4.4 updates to their phones, considering the company's relationship with Google. But I don't think anyone suspected that the company would begin rolling out software updates within the month. According to an anonymous tipster, Verizon is beginning the soak test process for the Android 4.4 update to the Moto X, a strong indicator that it could be sent to all the Moto X units on Verizon within a few weeks.

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For the uninitiated, a "soak test" is essentially a beta test for new firmware - Verizon and Motorola are inviting a very select number of users (usually those who are active on support forums) to try out the new software and report any problems or concerns.

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[Deal Alert] Get A Moto X Free On Contract From Verizon With This Coupon Code (Save $100)

The Moto X is one of those rare devices that skips the spec war in favor of a more elegant approach. This device has interesting voice and notification features most other devices can't touch. If you're a Verizon customer with a hankering for active notifications and touchless control, today is your lucky day. You can grab a Moto X on Big Red for zero dollars with a new contract.

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