Verizon Adds ESRB-Approved Ratings to App Store
Verizon Wireless today announced that it has applied the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) content ratings to all the applications in its own app store (including legacy apps). The CTIA Wireless association announced that it was working with the ESRB to develop the ratings system for apps last year. Verizon Wireless is the first major U.S. carrier to implement the rating system. It is meant to help parents better understand the age-appropriateness of apps and services, and to make informed content purchase decisions.
Verizon Selling the Ultra-Rugged Sonim XP5
Verizon Wireless today added the Sonim XP5 to its roster of rugged handsets. The XP5 is a bar-style feature phone that includes push-to-talk service (with a dedicated PTT button) for the working set.
Google Play Eases Pain of Finding Movies and TV Shows in Streaming Apps
Google today updated its Google Play Store and Google Play Movies & TV apps with new insight when it comes to video streaming services. People can now easily discover which streaming service includes their favorite movie or show.
Verizon Adds Casting Support to iOS go90 App
Verizon Wireless updated its go90 mobile video app this week, making it possible to push content from the iPhone to TVs via Apple TV and Chromecast. Verizon says the app has a new design with simplified navigation, and now more visibly curates video content based on category, such as action, comedy, drama, or reality.
Verizon Smart Family Is A Refreshed Way to Manage Kids' Smartphones
Verizon Wireless today debuted Verizon Smart Family, a revamped service to help parents keep track of how their kids use their phones. The app allows parents to manage screen time by pausing the internet, to check battery status, and to view texts and calls.
Verizon Says Its Pixel Will Receive System Updates At the Same Time as Other Pixels
Verizon Wireless will not stymie system updates for the Google Pixel phones, according to Ars Technica. Earlier this month, Google said Verizon would be responsible for pushing system updates to its variants of the Pixel and Pixel XL.