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Motorola Droid Turbo Officially Announced by Verizon

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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 by the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU, backed by 3 GB of RAM and 32 gigs of internal storage. This beast will also last on a single charge for a really long time thanks to its 3,900 mAh battery, which is protected by a back featuring Kevlar or . . . READ ON »

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

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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 4.2.2 directly to Android 4.4.2 via OTA update.

The update codenamed VK81022B comes in at rather hefty 404 MB, and it brings lots of new features and bug fixes. The G Pad 8.3’s screen can now be unlocked with the . . . READ ON »

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

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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 the Futex subsystem that in turn allows for privilege escalation. Although expressly released for the Verizon Galaxy S. . . READ ON »

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

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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 electronic copy of the following tangible things:

All call detail records or “telephony metadata” created by Verizon for communications

(i) between the Uni

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

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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 Developer Ralekdev‘s exploits themselves has been continually providing Verizon Note 2 owners with the ability to free their device through each OTA. The pair have once again managed t. . . READ ON »

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Unlock the Verizon Galaxy Note 10.1

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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. The software provides a GUI for scripts that use the Android Developer Bridge (ADB) and it works on Linux, Mac, and Windows. The power of CASUAL is well represent. . . READ ON »

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Verizon Galaxy Tab 2 7″ Bootloader Unlocked

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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 ‘prototype’ Verizon Galaxy Tab 2, which turned out to have an insecure bootloader. XDA Senior Member MrHyde03 then worked with id_ram to pull the required image files from the device and carried out further testing on his own device. If successful, he would have a. . . READ ON »

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Jelly Bean Test Build for Verizon Wireless Galaxy Nexus Available

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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 lucky. It’s been three months now, and neither the Sprint nor Verizon Galaxy Nexus have been updated. But maybe that is changing.

As of last night, reports began coming in about an update notice that began appearing for certain Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners. After investigation, XDA Sen. . . READ ON »

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

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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 update did, in fact, disable root access. Those that used the ’43V3R Root’ method have reported success preserving root after updating. All current root methods have been unsuccessful in rooting .902 after the updat. . . READ ON »

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