Verizon brings next-gen RCS messaging to Pixel 3 and 3 XL, starting today

Update 1: 2018/12/06 2:19pm PST

Volunteers at the Universal Profile subreddit have confirmed in their own testing that RCS is working between Verizon, US Cellular, and Sprint subscribers, as well as some MVNOs based on

RCS has been a long time coming, but the last few carrier holdouts in the US are finally starting to push out support for the “enhanced messaging” standard. Earlier this year, T-Mobile rolled the feature out to the Galaxy S7, then the S8, and now Verizon is joining in on the fun a bit earlier than originally expected, pushing out RCS support to Google’s latest Pixel 3 and 3 XL starting this morning. Read MoreVerizon brings next-gen RCS messaging to Pixel 3 and 3 XL, starting today was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

JBL Link View smart display is just $150 at Verizon ($100 off)

Google’s Home Hub and the Lenovo’s Smart Display might be the most popular Assistant-based smart displays this Black Friday — we figured the hardest decision people would have was between the two — but they’re not the only Assistant-game in town. JBL’s Link View is an option for those that prioritize audio over video. And if you want to pick one up for cheap, Verizon has it for just $150 right now. Read MoreJBL Link View smart display is just $150 at Verizon ($100 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Best Buy will give you a free Nest Cam with your Verizon Pixel 3 purchase

As much as we like it, there’s no escaping the fact that the $800-plus Pixel 3 is pricey. Bundles can help take the sting out of that sticker shock, though, especially when the freebie is a high-quality product. Right now, Best Buy is including just such a quality item: the Nest Cam is free with any Pixel 3 or 3 XL purchased and activated on Verizon.

On its own, the Nest Cam is $199.99, so if you want both a Pixel 3 and a security camera, you’re saving a considerable chunk of change by bundling. Read MoreBest Buy will give you a free Nest Cam with your Verizon Pixel 3 purchase was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung Galaxy Watch LTE now available from Verizon, starts at $380

It’s been over a month since the Galaxy Watch debuted alongside the Galaxy Note9, but it’s only now debuting with LTE on Big Red. The 42mm and 46mm Galaxy Watch LTEs on Verizon are now available in two colors at $379.99 and $399.99, respectively, with monthly payments and 2-year contract options also being offered.

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch is one of the better smartwatches out there. It has a 1.2″ (42mm) or 1.3″ (46mm) circular 360p OLED, a dual-core Exynos 9110, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and 270mAh (42mm) or 472mAh (46mm) of battery. Read MoreSamsung Galaxy Watch LTE now available from Verizon, starts at $380 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Coming November 2] Tiny new Palm at Verizon positioned as 'accessory' smartphone and we guess that's a thing now?

Update 1: 2018/10/26 1:09pm PDT

Verizon has announced a release date for the Palm phone — November 2:
Palm is available exclusively on Verizon, online and in stores, starting November 2 in two color models

Last year, TCL announced that new devices with Palm branding would launch in 2018, and the first phone leaked a few months ago. The tiny 3.3-inch Palm phone is now official, and it’s coming to Verizon next month for a whopping $349.99. Read More[Update: Coming November 2] Tiny new Palm at Verizon positioned as ‘accessory’ smartphone and we guess that’s a thing now? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Certified] Razer says it will add Verizon support to the Razer Phone 2 'ASAP'

The Razer Phone 2 is a predictable and modest improvement over the first-generation Razer Phone. It has a better 120Hz screen, wireless charging, and a glowing logo. It also has Verizon Wireless support, or rather, it will soon. The new Razer Phone has the necessary hardware for Verizon, but Razer is still working to make it functional.

The Razer Phone 2 does not have a CDMA radio, which Verizon phones still use as a backup for voice and 3G data when LTE isn’t available. Read More[Update: Certified] Razer says it will add Verizon support to the Razer Phone 2 ‘ASAP’ was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Razer says it will add Verizon support to the Razer Phone 2 'ASAP'

The Razer Phone 2 is a predictable and modest improvement over the first-generation Razer Phone. It has a better 120Hz screen, wireless charging, and a glowing logo. It also has Verizon Wireless support, or rather, it will soon. The new Razer Phone has the necessary hardware for Verizon, but Razer is still working to make it functional.

The Razer Phone 2 does not have a CDMA radio, which Verizon phones still use as a backup for voice and 3G data when LTE isn’t available. Read MoreRazer says it will add Verizon support to the Razer Phone 2 ‘ASAP’ was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update x2: Statement] The Pixel 3 is the first Verizon LTE Android phone to be SIM locked in a decade, and that'll be a problem for some

Update 1: 2018/10/19 7:58am PDT

In a strange twist, it looks like Verizon has begun to automatically SIM unlock every Verizon Pixel 3 with an active Verizon SIM in it.

Update 2: 2018/10/19 1:22pm PDT

Verizon provided us with the following statement:
At launch, there was an update related to an automatic overnight unlock on Pixel 3s, which also showed up on phones sold in Best

Back in 2008, Verizon agreed to the FCC that it wouldn’t lock its LTE phones in exchange for winning the 700MHz Upper Block C spectrum. Read More[Update x2: Statement] The Pixel 3 is the first Verizon LTE Android phone to be SIM locked in a decade, and that’ll be a problem for some was written by the awesome team at Android Police.