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[Roundup] The HTC One M9 And Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge Can Be Pre-Ordered From Most US Carriers, Here's How

The announcements have happened and the reactions have been vented. For many, now is decision-making time when it comes to their next Android phone. We're happy to report that the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge are available for pre-order on nearly all US carriers. If you're ready to make your choice, you can probably make it official right now.

Let's break it down by phone and carrier. You may want to use the table of contents to navigate to the phone/carrier of interest to you. Explanations of what different payment plans mean are included in the M9 section.

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Root Method Now Available For Verizon's Motorola DROID Turbo - With Some Big Drawbacks

Pity the poor Verizon customer, whose options for user-moddable Android phones are more limited than any other US carrier. It's particularly cruel, then, that Verizon tends to get some awesome Motorola exclusives in the DROID line. 2014's entry is the DROID Turbo, which is basically the Nexus 6 crammed down into the 5.2-inch body of the second-gen Moto X, plus the usual DROID Kevlar styling and an enormous 3900mAh battery. Oh, and a locked bootloader that makes root and custom ROMs difficult.

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But as often happens with high-profile, locked-down phones, someone has found a way around it. Someone associated with the Disekt computer security team has released a tool called MOFOROOT, which was updated to work with the DROID Turbo yesterday.

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Motorola Engineer Says Verizon's DROID Turbo Will Jump Straight From KitKat To Lollipop 5.1

The DROID Turbo is a beast of a phone, combining the over-the-top specs of the Nexus 6 with the more manageable size of the Moto X and throwing in a huge battery for good measure. The only downer is that it's available exclusively from Verizon... which doesn't have the best track record for Android updates. Despite the fact that the Moto X 2014 has been running Lollipop since November, even on Verizon, and the de-branded Moto Maxx for international markets also has Lollipop, the DROID Turbo is still forlornly running KitKat.

That might be a bit of a blessing in disguise.

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[Ermahgerd] Verizon Apps Spotted On The Nexus 6's System Partition After The Android 5.1 Update, Rustled Jimmies Ensue

The Internet is in the midst of having a mini hemorrhage over something that, basically, doesn't matter. Shocking, right? It appears that a few people on XDA have noticed that their Nexus 6 had a couple of Verizon-specific APKs installed on the system partition after updating to Android 5.1. There are two issues at play here:

  • First, there are two APKs that are clearly identified as Verizon-specific. One is VZ Backup Assistant and the other is called VZWAPN.
  • Second, if you go to Settings | Accounts, which is probably the least visited place in the history of the Android settings app, you can add an account called "Backup."

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Firstly, let's explain what these apps actually do.

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LG G Pad 10.1 Receives Minor Bug-Slaying OTA Software Update From Verizon

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Verizon's Now Selling The DROID TURBO In Blue—Get One Before It Realizes This Color Doesn't Match Its Brand

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The Verizon Nexus 6 Order Page Is Live, Ships On March 18th For $249.99 With 2-Year Contract

It looks like Verizon put the Nexus 6 page up just a little early. After announcing earlier today that it would start selling the Google/Motorola phablet tomorrow, the device is now up for pre-order. You'll have to wait a week to actually get your hands on it, but Verizon will take your money right now. Hey, at least you get that great Verizon logo on the back, right? Right? Guys?

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The Nexus 6 on Verizon will cost $249.99 with a new 2-year contract, and the full price is the standard $649.99. Verizon's Edge payment plan works out to $27.08 per month for 24 months.

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Verizon Will Finally Launch The Nexus 6 Tomorrow (March 12th) With Android 5.1

Verizon sure has taken its sweet time getting ready for the Nexus 6 release. The device became available (sort of) elsewhere back in November, but now Big Red has announced its launch is happening tomorrow, March 12th. The Nexus 6 on Verizon will also launch with Android 5.1.

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Verizon's HTC One M8 Finally Gets The Android 5.0 Update

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HTC One M9 Coming To AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, And Sprint, US Cellular Passes For Now

Samsung, LG, and HTC are the heavy-hitters in the Android world - you can generally expect their flagship devices to be on almost every American carrier. So it is with HTC's new One M9, which has been confirmed for four out of the five major US carriers right out of the gate. We asked a US Cellular representative if the company planned to offer the One M9 after they confirmed that they'd be carrying Samsung's new S6 and S6 Edge, and were told that it wasn't on the release schedule at the moment.

AT&T is going all in on the One M9, with a press release, video, and the usual sign-up page.

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