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Here's What's New In Verizon's LTE XOOM Update HLK75F (Hint: It's Not Ice Cream Sandwich)

Owner's of Verizon's LTE-enabled Motorola Xoom should be expecting an update soon, bringing system software to version HLK75F. The update is a tiny 7.8MB, and brings with it compatibility for Pay As You Go LTE service.

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Verizon's informational document about the update is tacit on the subject, listing the following benefits:

  • Now offers month to month, pay as you go 4G LTE Mobile Broadband service.
  • Updated Google Setup Wizard to improve reliability of Pay As You Go detection on first device power up.

For those interested, Verizon also has a document outlining how to obtain the software update. There's no word on exactly when this update will begin rolling out, but Verizon has attached a reassuring "COMING SOON!" tags to the links leading to the update's documentation on the Xoom's system update page.

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Official Photos Surface – Moto's Droid 4 Looks Like The RAZR's Smaller Cousin (With A Keyboard)

Since we first saw the Droid 4 last month, we've been waiting for more info on the phone that seems to perfect the ideas behind the Droid 3. Just yesterday, we saw official specs and a few scanned photos from a leaked Verizon document. Today, Droid Life unearthed some official press shots, showing off the Droid 4's 4" qHD display and 5-row keyboard.

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In case you need a refresher, here are the Droid 4's specs:

  • 4-inch qHD display
  • 1.2Ghz dual-core processor (most likely the same one that's in the Droid RAZR)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP rear shooter
  • 5 row slide-out QWERTY
  • Android 2.3.x (will most likely be upgraded to ICS)
  • 1785mAh battery
  • 4G LTE

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There's no official word yet on the D4's exact release date, but it looks like there's a good chance we'll see it on December 8th.

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Verizon Specifically Marks The Galaxy Nexus As Having "No OEM Customization," 32GB Internal Storage

In a recent "Competitive Comparison" graphic, Verizon has labeled Samsung's Galaxy Nexus as having "No OEM Customization," ostensibly as a selling point against the competition.

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It's interesting that Verizon would go so far in labeling the Nexus' UI as such, but it may hint that VZW is at least vaguely aware that some consumers prefer a stock experience, and consider it a strong enough selling point that it should be included in a comparison chart. It's also likely that Verizon simply wanted to accurately describe each device's UI, but I find it odd that they included "Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich" twice in the same column, just to make clear that there are no custom overlays to be found on the Nexus.

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Mysterious Verizon Holiday Ad Appears Across The Web, Shows Galaxy Nexus For $199.99

Nobody is really sure what it means at the moment, but we definitely know the ad showing the Verizon Galaxy Nexus for $199.99 is real. As in, It's not fake since it's showing up on Android sites across the web (we've spotted it here at AP, at Phandroid, and DroidForums to name a few). These ads are run by NetShelter, which is a premium advertising network that deals directly with carriers and manufacturers and does not mess around - we know them all too well.

Clicking Learn More goes to this page that doesn't list the Galaxy Nexus, so either someone pressed the Launch button a bit too early or the ad was scheduled ahead of time and someone forgot to postpone it due to all the recent delays.

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Motorola Releases Source Code For DROID RAZR

Never one to keep its source code hidden away from the public's prying eyes (certainly more than can be said for, say, HTC), Motorola has decided to release the DROID RAZR's source code. This should make ROM development significantly easier, so hopefully we'll see a few more alternatives to MOTOBLUR pop up shortly. Devs, get on it!

Download link: SourceForge

via Phandroid

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[Updated: Here Is The Winner!] Turkey Day Giveaway #1: Win A Samsung Stratosphere On Verizon For Answering One Simple Question

A few days ago, we received a mystery package from the good folks at RadioShack. Inside the package were three phones - the Samsung Stratosphere on Verizon, HTC EVO Design 4G on Sprint, and Samsung Infuse 4G on AT&T. Since these phones are ours to do with what we please, we've decided to do what we always do when we end up with extra goodies: give them away.

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Since we have three phones to hand out, we're going to make each contest quick and dirty. Each one will last for one day, and one day only.

RadioShack's Pre-Black Friday Sale

Before we get into the giveaway details, we want to give a shoutout to the guys at RadioShack.

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Verizon Wireless Reminds Us That It Will Light Up 14 New Cities With 4G LTE, Expand In 4 Markets On November 17th

If you've been waiting for Big Red to show spread the LTE love in your area, your time may come tomorrow. VZW announced fourteen new LTE markets last month, along with plans for expansion in four existing markets, and it's all set to flip the switch tomorrow, November 17th.  Here's the list one more time:

  • Little Rock, AR
  • Savannah, GA
  • Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, IA
  • Lexington, KY
  • Starkville, MS
  • Kansas City and Springfield/Branson, MO
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Orange County, NY
  • Greater Providence, RI
  • Rapid City, SD
  • Roanoke, VA
  • Appleton and Oshkosh, WI

Expansions:

  • Louisville, KY
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
  • Pittsburgh, PA

So, what's the verdict?

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Retail Droid RAZR Gets Working Root Method – Here's How It's Done

Undeterred by the fact that the 1-click root method available for other Motorola devices doesn't work for the retail version of Verizon's Droid RAZR, the Android community has once again liberated the latest addition to the Droid family. Droid Forums is crediting Pieman13 for the find, providing an easy 5-step guide to rooting your RAZR. Before we go any further, I should encourage those unfamiliar with rooting to check out our primer on the subject here. If your phone gets bricked, there aren't any unbricking methods just yet, so proceed with caution. Of course Android Police claims no responsibility for what might happen to your device.

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[One-Day Only Deal Alert] Amazon Wireless Offering Droid RAZR For $111.11 In Celebration Of 11/11/11 (That’s Over $180 Off)

The Droid RAZR, despite not being officially released until 11/11/11 at 11:11 am EST, has already been given an insane price cut by Amazon Wireless, available for preorder tonight and sale tomorrow at just $111.11, a discount of more than $180.00 if you sign up for a new two-year agreement. If you want to upgrade your current device, the RAZR is available for $199.99 $249.99 $229.99 (the price went up after this post was published and keeps changing by the minute), which is still a great deal.

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Wondering why this deal is so awesome? Take a look at some of the RAZR’s impressive specs:

  • 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP rear shooter, front facing camera
  • 16GB built-in storage, 16GB microSD card
  • Android 2.3.5
  • 7.1mm thin, 127 grams
  • 1800mAh battery
  • Made with Kevlar fiber
  • Gorilla Glass
  • Motorola Splash Guard
  • Webtop capable
  • 4G LTE
  • Bluetooth 4.0

If you’ve been waiting for the RAZR’s official release but like to shop around, Amazon Wireless’ offering is a perfect opportunity to get a deep discount on the latest member of the Droid family.

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Verizon Offering Double Data Package On LTE Phones Beginning November 8th

Here's a tidbit of good news for those looking to pick up a new 4G LTE device on Verizon this month -- be it the Droid RAZR, HTC Rezound, Galaxy Nexus (granted that it actually comes out this month), or even an existing LTE handset. Starting tomorrow, November 8th, Big Red will be doubling the data for all new or existing customers who re-sign their two year agreement with an LTE phone.

So, instead of being stuck with 2GB of data, you'll have 4GB to play with before overage charges kick in. Sure, it's still not unlimited, but for anyone forced onto a tiered data plan, 4GB is far better than 2GB.  If you're already on a tiered plan and have a 4G device, don't fret -- simply login to your My Verizon account and you'll be able to update your plan to the new 4GB allowance.

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