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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 28, 2014

Motorola Droid Turbo Officially Announced by Verizon

A short marriage with Google made Motorola quite the successful OEM. The subsequent Lenovo acquisition only made things better. The producer of the popular Moto X, Moto G, and of course Nexus 6 has came up with yet another device, the Motorola Droid Turbo--and it's definitely an eye-catcher. The Motorola Droid Turbo gets some of its best parts from the new Moto X. It features a 5.2” screen with a high resolution Quad-HD, Super AMOLED panel. It will be powered...

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Tomek Kondrat · Aug 1, 2014

[OTA Captured] Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 Finally Gets Official KitKat Update

It's been almost nine months since the LG G Pad 8.3's official release. At about the same time, Google released Android 4.4 KitKat and the LG-manufactured Nexus 5. While the majority of current generation devices have since been updated to Android 4.3 or 4.4, the LG G Pad 8.3 (Verizon variant) has been stuck on 4.2. Luckily, things have just changed for the better. Users of this mid-sized tablet should feel happy, as the Verizon variant of the device has been updated from Android...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 15, 2014

BREAKING: Geohot Roots the Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S5 (and Almost Everything Else) with Towelroot!

If you've ever owned an iOS device or a Sony PlayStation 3, you've more than likely heard the name George Hotz. Otherwise known as XDA Recognized Developer geohot, this New Jersey-based hacker gained notoriety for his work in jailbreaking and otherwise hacking the aforementioned devices. Now, using a recently discovered Linux kernel vulnerability, geohot has managed to root the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 5. The root exploit itself is built around Linux kernel CVE-2014-3153, which was recently discovered by hacker Pinkie Pie, and it involves an issue in...

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Pulser_G2 · Jun 6, 2013

[BREAKING] “Top Secret” Court Order Forces Verizon to Hand Over Call Data

The UK newspaper The Guardian has revealed today that US CDMA telecommunications provider Verizon is secretly collecting and disclosing the telephone records of a huge number of subscribers (likely in the order of tens of millions of Americans) to USA's National Security Agency (NSA), often cynically referred to as "Never Say Anything." This classified, top secret court order, whose classification does not expire until April 2038, compels Verizon to provide, and continue to provide on an ongoing basis: [...] an...

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Conan Troutman · May 13, 2013

Dev Community vs Verizon: Another CASUAL Jailbreak Exploit for the Note 2

There has been a bit of a back and forth between the development community and Verizon lately, specifically relating to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. It is perhaps best summed up by XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler: "Well, this has been quite the saga thus far...  Us: Suck It Verizon (exploit) them: Suck it XDA-Developers (OTA patch) Us: Back Atcha Verizon (exploit) them: Stop it XDA (OTA Patch) Us: No You! (exploit)" The combination of Adam's CASUAL deployment system and Recognized...

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Mike Szczys · May 4, 2013

Unlock the Verizon Galaxy Note 10.1

Owners of the Verizon variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet will no longer feel left out, thanks to the unlock package that XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler posted late Friday night. Although he takes issue with the word 'unlock,' preferring to call it a 'jailbreak' because that term is exempted by the DMCA. The process couldn't be easier thanks to Adam's CASUAL software. I'm sure you've heard of it before since it's been features on XDA TV and several Portal posts....

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David Watt · Oct 20, 2012

Verizon Galaxy Tab 2 7″ Bootloader Unlocked

We all know that Verizon seems to have some kind of fear of unlocked bootloaders, as is evident on their Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Tab 2. We also know that XDA's developers and device owners alike have a hatred of locked bootloaders, so there has to be some give at one point or another. And on this occasion, it's a win for the developers and in turn, device owners. XDA Forum Member id_ram managed to get his hands on a...

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jerdog · Aug 29, 2012

Jelly Bean Test Build for Verizon Wireless Galaxy Nexus Available

Since the unveiling of the original Nexus device, Google has made it a point to state that owning a Nexus device means you'll be on the fast track to new OS updates. However, this has not been the case for owners of the CDMA variants of the Galaxy Nexus. At Google I/O 2012, the GSM Galaxy Nexus received Jelly Bean. Around that time, the bookies and odds makers in Vegas began taking bets on when the CDMA versions would be as...

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Ian Stacy · Feb 11, 2012

Droid Bionic Owners Beware; 5.9.902 Update Breaks Root for Some Users

The Motorola Droid Bionic has been updated to 5.9.902 via an over the air update that started this week. 5.9.902 brings a host of new features, improvements and fixes. You can view the full changelog from Verizon here. Some of the more notable improvements include fixes for black screen lockups, dock lockups, idle resets and improvements to the camera and several system apps. While some users maintained root after the update, XDA users began reporting in this thread that  the...

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Ian Stacy · Feb 3, 2012

AT&T Users Get Access to Google Wallet in the Marketplace, Some Success for T-Mobile Users

XDA forum members have noted that the AT&T Android Marketplace does, in fact, have the Google Wallet app available for download. Previously available only to Verizon users with NFC capable phones, the app is already in high demand. Now AT&T users with NFC capable phones (looking at the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and Galaxy Nexus) can start using Google Wallet to make purchases. An APK version of the Google Wallet app modified for any NFC capable phone is already...

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azrienoch · Dec 6, 2011

Verizon Bloats the Galaxy Nexus

How many carriers does it take to screw up a lightbulb?  One, if the lightbulb represents a good idea, but the other carriers are certain to join in, anyway.   Google’s Nexus family is that good idea. According to 9to5Google, Verizon will block Google Wallet on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in favor of its own product, Isis--a competing payment app, collaboratively created with AT&T and T-Mobile.  Google Wallet won't come installed on the Android Market on Verizon.  (But note, Verizon said...

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azrienoch · Nov 8, 2011

HTC’s Likely Rezounding Disappointment

I was thinking about the HTC Rezound today.  I do that sometimes--sit down and let my thoughts wander. I thought about its three-way fight within Verizon against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Motorola Droid RAZR, and how it will fare this Christmas season.  I also thought about TrevE's work on HTC's astounding Carrier IQ screw-up. And I came up with a target market based on privacy and security to whom no manufacturer has managed to sell phones yet:  the hopeless-paranoid....

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azrienoch · Oct 24, 2011

It is Illegal for Verizon to Lock Some Bootloaders (Updated)

Verizon Wireless breaks the law if the bootloaders are locked on some phones.  By the end of this article, you’ll know why. As I was recording my show for XDA TV this week, I had a moment.  You can see it for yourself.  I was recapping my article about Motorola and Verizon not unlocking the bootloader for the Droid RAZR.  The line I delivered was, “The international version of the Droid RAZR will be shipping with an unlocked bootloader.  Now,...

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Captainkrtek · Sep 22, 2010

Android 2.2 for Droid X

As you may already be aware of, Verizon announced that the Motorola Droid X will be receiving a little treat for its users. The Froyo update will start rolling out on 9/22 at Noon Eastern Time. The release will include the following enhancements: Adobe Flash Player 10.1. Faster loading of Java Heavy pages (JIT Compiler). Automatic App Updates. Google Maps Performance Upgrade. Improved Exchange ActiveSync. Attachment of Video Files to MMS Messages. Seamless 3G to WiFi switching. WiFi Hotspot application. These updates were...

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