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Fix to a Samsung Galaxy S3 Not Syncing

Galaxy S3 not syncing

Galaxy S3 not syncing

A message recently came in Mailbag from Kelly about a problem wherein her Samsung Galaxy S3 not syncing. The email reads, “Hi The Droid Guy. I am so glad that you are on this case now because it will finally get solved. The problem is that the Contacts on my Samsung Galaxy S3 have not synced through Google since June 4, 2013. Nothing special happened that day that I can recall nor did I download any attachments that were from unknown sources or suspicious apps. I read somewhere that Backup Assistant may be contributing to the problem so I disabled it. That did not remedy the problem with Google Sync. I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-I535 running Android 4.1.2 on the Verizon Wireless network. Attached are pictures which may assist you in diagnosing and fixing the issue. I placed the problem on Google forum as well but there’s no answer yet. Thanks for your help in advance.”

Possible Solutions to a Galaxy S3 Not Syncing

Upon researching about the problem in the Verizon Wireless Forum, it was confirmed by several subscribers that the Backup Assistant of the carrier is indeed causing problems, especially in syncing their devices. So, one solution suggested there was to disable it similar to what Kelly did.

In a related article that we published months ago about the Galaxy S3 not syncing problem, we also suggested clearing the cache of the email app, removing the Google account and adding it again. In addition, we have mentioned too that toggling Airplane mode seemed to fix the issue too according to some users.

If all else fails, there must be a problem with the system files of the phone which is either caused by the buggy Backup Assistant or other third-party apps. If this is the case, the only solution left would be to do a Factory Reset. This will completely delete Backup Assistant as well.

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Source: Verizon Wireless Forum

Verizon Wireless Files For A DVR Patent That Can Watch and Listen To What Is Happening In Your Living Room

Verizon Wireless has just patented a new DVR that has the ability to watch and listen to just about everything that is taking place in your living room. “Why is this sort of technology needed”, you may ask. For targeted advertising, of course!

The goal of this technology is to watch and listen as to what is going on in the room that the DVR is stationed. It will then create personalized, targeted advertisements that is suited for whatever is happening in the room that the device is in. Verizon Wireless gave a few examples as to how this technology would work exactly. If a husband and wife are arguing in the room that the DVR is stationed, an ad would play for marriage counselling.If the DVR heard sounds of cuddling it would kindly play an ad for contraceptives. While it’s cool that the technology is there instead of playing useless ads, I would never have such a thing in my house. It seems a bit risky, you know? Although, if a husband and wife arguing triggered a marriage counselling ad, I tend to think that the TV may be broken during said argument. This could prove to be a bit “counter-productive.”

You can read the full patent at the USPTO source link below. It’s definitely some interesting technology.

I’d definitely be opting out of this technology, but is this something that you would use? Make sure to tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!

source: sourcefednews, USPTO

AT&T Sells 6.4 million smartphones in third quarter of 2012

Leading wireless service provider AT&T reportedly sold 6.4 million units of smartphone in the third quarter and is on pace of breaking its projected sales by the end of the year, the company announced this week.

AT&T’s mobility arm CEO Ralph De La Vega said the carrier is experiencing a solid year in business as it expected to sell 1 million more than the projected sales of 25 million smartphones in 2012.

“What we’re seeing is tremendous response in the marketplace,” Vega said at an investor conference on Tuesday. “Excitement is at all time high. I feel very good about momentum going into December.”

De La Vega is expecting sales to further skyrocket up in the succeeding weeks, especially on key dates during the Holiday season. The AT&T executive said it has already sufficient supply of iPhones and improved its inventory of Nokia Lumia 920 and LG Optimus G.

The carrier is also anticipating its tablet sales to go up with its recent $100 promotions and mobie data share plan. Moreover, it has all three operating systems on their tablets: Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Windows RT, Kindle Fire HD, and Apple’s iPad.

“I can’t fathom how many tablets will be under the Christmas tree,” said an optimistic De La Vega about AT&T potentially big sales of tablets this Holiday season.

Aside from its mobile arm, De la Vega also tackled growth in other business areas such home security and mobile payments. The carrier is set to release its home security and automation service in 2013. These products will be available at its stores and selected distribution outlets.

AT&T home security business values roughly $18 million with operating margings of 35 to 40 percent range. De la Vega added that more profits are expected from this industry due to the company’s lower cost structure.

“We like what we see,” he said. “But we’re still in the early stages of development.”

Customers who got the Verizon Galaxy S7 might have to wait slightly longer for their free Gear VR or Gear S2

Gear VR - T-Mobile

Gear VR - T-Mobile

Did you pre-order the #Verizon #GalaxyS7 or #GalaxyS7edge and still haven’t received the free #GearVR headset? Well, you might not be alone as there appears to be a slight delay in the shipments of the Gear VR and/or Gear S2 headsets for customers who pre-ordered the aforementioned smartphones via Big Red.

If you recall, Verizon’s promotion involved offering customers a free unit of the Samsung Gear VR or the Gear S2 when they pre-order the smartphones before the 18th of March.

The carrier has now clarified that there is a delay in the shipments of the freebies due to heavy demand. If you’re not particularly patient to wait for your freebie to arrive, you can opt to get a $100 coupon instead, which is pretty decent on Samsung’s part.

Here’s what Samsung had to say – “Due to the high level of interest in the Gear VR promotion, delivery times for Gear VR and Gear S2 are now extending into May and potentially Summer 2016. You have the choice of submitting for the Gear VR or Gear S2 on delayed shipment or a $100 coupon code towards a purchase of any product category on”

So are you going to wait for your freebie or claim the $100 instead? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: Samsung Promotions

Via: Droid Life

[Deal] Samsung Gear S from Verizon available for $169.99

Gear S

Remember Samsung’s #GearS smartwatch from late 2014? Well, the smartwatch is now available for just $169.99 via eBay, courtesy of a new deal. This is the #Verizon version of the wearable. The Gear S is Samsung’s first wearable to use a SIM card and is capable of functioning independently without a smartphone.

The Gear S features a curved OLED display, which was also a first for the company. The smartwatch runs on the Tizen operating system, which means it’s only compatible with Samsung smartphones out there. So this deal is only applicable to those with any of the Samsung devices from 2014 and beyond. It must be noted that the Gear S2 which was released in 2015 comes with support for non-Samsung devices as well, but the predecessor sadly misses out.

Interested in snatching up this wearable on the cheap? Hit the link below to gather more details.

Get the Verizon Samsung Gear S for just $169.99 from eBay!

Verizon announces annual upgrade program for the Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge

Galaxy S7 edge

Galaxy S7 - Galaxy S7 edge

Planning to get a #Samsung #GalaxyS7 or the #GalaxyS7edge from #Verizon? Well, the carrier is now offering an annual upgrade program for those who purchase either of the two flagships on the network. This would let them easily upgrade to the Galaxy S8 or the S8 edge that will be released next year without having to pay anything in overages. This is an exciting promotion and comes hot on the heels of Samsung’s annual upgrade program which offers similar perks.

Verizon has mentioned that customers who have already purchased any of the two handsets from the network are automatically eligible for this plan. In addition to announcing this promotion, Verizon has mentioned that it will be offering a $100 bill credit for those switching from another carrier and a $300 credit for those upgrading to the Galaxy S7 or the S7 edge after trading in an older Verizon smartphone.

It’s clear that Samsung is leaving no stone unturned in making its two flagships a hit with the American and global audience. But only time will tell if the company will be successful in reaching its goals.

Source: Verizon

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 5 getting Android 6.0.1

Galaxy Note 5

The #Samsung #GalaxyNote5 on #Verizon has now received the Android 6.0.1 update, bringing joy to the users on Big Red. Samsung decided to send out the update to the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge first, followed by the likes of the Galaxy S6 edge+ and now the Galaxy Note 5. It is important to note that global rollout began some time ago, but as we know, carrier variants have taken longer than usual to receive the update.

Most Verizon users should have receive the update by now, but if you haven’t seen it on your Galaxy Note 5 yet, stay assured that it’s already on its way. The update will supposedly bring support for  Google Now on Tap, Doze, WiFi Calling, and improvement made to live broadcast. Users will be pleased to know that the update will bring UI elements similar to what we saw with the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge.

Have you received the update yet? Make sure you let us know by dropping a line below.

Source: Verizon

Via: Droid Life

Verizon Galaxy Tab S2 now getting the February security patch

Galaxy Tab S2

#VerizonWireless has now started rolling out the February security patch for the #Samsung #GalaxyTabS2 tablet carrying build LMY47X.T817VVRS2APB2. The update keeps the device on Android 5.1.1, so this is not a big update by any stretch of the imagination. But users should be relieved to know that the company and the carrier are offering periodical security updates to the tablet, thus keeping them safe from any potential security vulnerabilities.


Verizon only offers the 9.7 inch version of the Galaxy Tab S2 through its retail channels. The tablet comes with a 9.7 inch 2048 x 1536 resolution Super AMOLED display, an octa core processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2.1-megapixel front camera, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (expandable), Android 5.0 Lollipop and a 5,870 mAh battery with a fingerprint scanner on board as well.

As for the update, Verizon Wireless subscribers should see it over the coming days if it’s not reflecting on their devices yet. Given the nature of the update rollouts, it’s not possible for the carrier or the manufacturer to send it out simultaneously.

Source: Verizon Wireless

[Deal] Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5 for $157.95

Galaxy S5

The #Samsung #GalaxyS5 with #VerizonWireless branding is now available for just $157.95 through eBay. The deal is for a refurbished unit, but considering the fact that the handset is barely two years old and still a very capable flagship, the deal is well worth your attention.

Since the handset comes from Verizon Wireless, you will have to be a customer of the network to use the device. If that’s not much of a caveat for you, make sure you have a closer look at this deal before the seller changes his/her mind.

To refresh your memory, the Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a 5.1 inch 1080p display, a quad core Snapdragon 801 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable), a 16-megapixel camera on the back, a 2-megapixel front camera, Android 5.0 Lollipop and a 2,800 mAh battery.

Hit the link below for additional details on this Galaxy S5 deal.

Get the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5 for just $157.95 on eBay!

[Deal] Verizon compatible Samsung Galaxy S5 for $149.99

Galaxy S5

The #Verizon branded #Samsung #GalaxyS5 can now be yours for just $149.99 through a deal at eBay. The smartphone might be nearly two years old, but it’s still got some value thanks to that water resistant body and a pretty sturdy exterior.

As you probably guessed, this is a seller refurbished item, so it’s probably going to contain some minor marks of usage. But if you’re willing to look over this aspect, the Galaxy S5 being offered here comes as an amazing value and will offer users the best in terms of usage and performance. It has been restored to fully functional condition, so there should be no issues as far as the device is concerned.

Another caveat here is that the device is locked to work with Verizon Wireless, so you can’t just use a GSM SIM card of your choice with this handset. But this should be a non issue if you’re an existing Verizon customer.

Get the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5 for just $149.99 via eBay!

CAT S50c is a rugged smartphone headed towards Verizon

CAT S50c

CAT S50c

#CAT (Caterpillar) is a renowned name in the rugged machinery industry. The company is also involved in the smartphone industry with its range of ruggedized devices that we’ve seen for quite some time now. The manufacturer has now released the #S50c smartphone for the American markets with the help of #VerizonWireless.

CAT S50c

The device comes with a suite of features that make it worthy of your attention. The highlight here is that it is designed for tough working environments. The company claims that the display on the smartphone can function even with gloves on and if your fingers are wet, making it a very versatile product.

The S50c comes with a 4.7 inch 720p display, a 1.2 GHz quad core processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (expandable), a 2,630 mAh battery and Android Lollipop.

The smartphone can be bought from CAT directly for $399, which is a very good price for the kind of hardware that’s packing here. The phone comes with IP67 certification for water and dust resistance, which is yet another bonus feature.

Source: CAT

Press Release

Verizon releases large sized Ellipsis 10 tablet for $299.99

Verizon Ellipsis 10 - Back

Ellipsis 10

The #Verizon #Ellipsis10 tablet was officially announced by the carrier earlier today. The tablet was leaked not too long ago, so its presence was well known to us. The tablet is essentially a budget device, despite featuring a 10.1 inch display on board. The carrier will offer the device on contract and at its full retail price, so customers have multiple options with regards to purchasing the device.

The Verizon Ellipsis 10 comes with a 10.1 inch 1920 x 1200 resolution display, a 1.5 GHz quad core processor (unknown make), a 5-megapixel camera on the back, a front camera of unknown resolution, 16GB of internal storage (expandable), Android 5.1 Lollipop, 9,100 mAh battery and 4G LTE support on Verizon’s networks.

Since this is a carrier branded device, there’s no mention of the manufacturer here, which was the case with the Ellipsis 8 tablet as well. Verizon unveiled the Kids edition Ellipsis tablet about a week ago, so the company has been on a roll of late as far as device launches are concerned.

As for the pricing, the tablet will cost you $199.99 with a two year contract or $12.49/month for 24 months if you take the monthly installment route. If you plan to pay the full amount up front and get it off contract, you will have to shell out $299.99, which is pretty decent for a tablet of this caliber.

Source: Verizon

Verizon officially confirms its intentions to launch the BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry Priv

The #BlackBerryPriv is already available for purchase through multiple retail channels with AT&T being one of the major American carriers to offer the device. Well, America’s largest carrier #VerizonWireless has now announced that it will start offering the device as well, although it failed to mention as to when.

The carrier has merely given out a tentative “coming soon” status, so it’s left to anybody’s imagination as to when the handset will actually be launched by the carrier. Considering how the handset will be freely available over the next few weeks, we expect Verizon to be close behind.

At $699, the BlackBerry Priv is certainly not an affordable device. But given Verizon’s vast customer reach, the carrier might just be able to convince the customers of its potential.

The Priv comes with a 5.5 inch Quad HD display, a hexa core Snapdragon 808 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, an 18-megapixel camera on the back, Android 5.1 Lollipop and a 3,410 mAh battery. The device also comes with the iconic BlackBerry keyboard that is hiding underneath the slider.

Source: @VerizonNews – Twitter

The Motorola DROID Maxx 2 and the DROID Turbo 2 will be water resistant

Motorola DROID Turbo 2

Motorola DROID Turbo 2

The #Motorola #DROIDTurbo2 and the #DROIDMaxx2 are expected to be announced tomorrow at a New York City event. A new report is now talking about how the two Verizon bound smartphones could be water resistant in nature.

This revelation was made by an internal document which also went on to suggest that the smartphone will have a water repellent nano-coating on top to protect the internals from accidental water spills or splashes.

The IP52 certification suggests that the devices will not be completely resistant to water, but it should do the job anyways. We say this because there are devices that come with IP58 water resistance certification, which would make it safe even for swims. But for every day use and the regular amount of water splash (rains, showers etc), the DROID Maxx 2 and the DROID Turbo 2 should do just fine.

The two smartphones are different in nature with the DROID Maxx 2 being a Moto X Play variant while the DROID Turbo 2 is expected to pack a shatterproof display. We only have one more day to wait before we find out more about the DROID Turbo 2 and the DROID Maxx 2 smartphones, so the mystery shouldn’t stay for long.

Via: Phone Arena