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Samsung rolls out April patch to more US carrier phones and tablets — here's the complete list

Samsung rolls out April patch to more US carrier phones and tablets — here's the complete list

Samsung's June security patch rollout may be in full swing, but there are quite a few phones and tablets that still await their April patch. Over the last couple of weeks, AT&T and T-Mobile bumped many of their remaining Galaxy flagships and mid-rangers to the April security level, covering devices like the Galaxy A12, the Tab S5e, and more.
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Verizon unlimited subscribers are about to get a ton of free games

Verizon unlimited subscribers are about to get a ton of free games

Both Google and Apple offer a premium subscription for a curated selection of mobile apps: Google Play Pass is $5 a month for more than 800 premium apps and games on the Play Store, and Apple Arcade is $5 a month for over 180 games. But if you happen to have a Verizon unlimited plan, you can pick up six months or a year of either, depending on which plan you choose. And refreshingly, this upgrade applies to all existing customers, no new signup required.

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The March security patch is arriving for more Samsung devices in the US — here is the list so far

The March security patch is arriving for more Samsung devices in the US — here is the list so far

Samsung started updating some of its international devices to the March security patch last week, and now distribution is reaching unlocked devices in the US. As well as improvements to security, the update includes One UI 3.1, bringing with it a plethora of new features from the Galaxy S21 series to older phones.

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Verizon sells off its AOL and Yahoo media properties, including Engadget and TechCrunch

Verizon sells off its AOL and Yahoo media properties, including Engadget and TechCrunch

For the last few years, some of the web's most long-running tech media publications have been owned by a giant telecom company. Verizon bought AOL in 2015 and Yahoo in 2017, which meant that websites like Engadget and TechCrunch were under its new Verizon Media umbrella. Today Verizon announced that it's selling off Verizon Media to a holding company, Apollo Global Management. The new organization will go by the old Yahoo name.

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Verizon Motorola One 5G UW and Moto G Stylus are finally getting Android 11

Verizon Motorola One 5G UW and Moto G Stylus are finally getting Android 11

Verizon is in a giving mood these days. It has released Android 11 not for one but two Motorola phones. Both the Moto G Stylus and the Motorola One 5G UW are in for Google's latest stable Android release, complete with newer security patches (but not the latest).

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T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T have reportedly killed their RCS joint venture

T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T have reportedly killed their RCS joint venture

Long, long ago, in the far-off year 2019, the four (at the time) US carriers came together to announce a single partnership. They would work together on a new Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative, or CCMI, that promised interoperability for an RCS Universal Profile-based messaging standard. Originally set to be launched in 2020, we hadn't heard very much about it for some time. According to a new report, there's a good reason for that: The CCMI is dead.

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Verizon has a rare deal on the new Galaxy Buds Pro

Verizon has a rare deal on the new Galaxy Buds Pro

Samsung's latest Galaxy Buds Pro are some of the best true wireless earbuds you can buy today. With great sound quality and active noise-canceling built-in, they're tough to beat. While a new set of Buds Pro usually runs you $200, you can grab a pair for yourself and one for a friend for $75 off your total purchase.

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Verizon reveals the shutdown date for its 3G CDMA network

Verizon reveals the shutdown date for its 3G CDMA network

Today, Verizon put a date on its intention to shut down its aging 3G network: December 31st, 2022. It's not just the end of the extremely widespread 3G system, but a watershed moment for Verizon, since its network began on CDMA technology when the company was first formed in 2000. Greater reliance on the GSM-based LTE network, and finally pushing more customers towards 5G, has let the company wean itself off of the outdated standard.

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Verizon certifies the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro for its 5G network

Verizon certifies the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro for its 5G network

The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro are now certified to pick up 5G on Verizon's network here in the US, and that includes mmWave support on the OnePlus 9 Pro and support for Verizon-based don't-call-it-an-MVNO Visible. At launch, the phones were LTE-only until Verizon finished its certification process, but we were told that the two phones would pick up full 5G support once big red had given the pair of phones their blessing — and that should make activation easier, too.

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Motorola remembers the Moto Edge+ is a flagship phone, updates it to Android 11

Motorola remembers the Moto Edge+ is a flagship phone, updates it to Android 11

Just a day after Motorola pushed out some of its very first Android 11 updates to the Moto G8 and Moto G8 Power, the company is keeping up its momentum. Motorola and Verizon have finally brought Android 11 to the Moto Edge+, alongside its first security update in three months.

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