Just when I thought the DROID was getting close to the end, Verizon and Motorola confirmed they now have an exclusive relationship. Moving forward, Motorola will be the only manufacturer to make phones under the DROID name. In some ways the DROID brand helped Motorola kick off their Android tenure with the original DROID, but I felt Motorola invested too much into it, and I do believe it’s one of the biggest reasons for their losses. However, Verizon Wireless is the top carrier in the country, so if you’re going to go to bed with one of them, it might as well be Verizon.
“There are millions of users that are happy with it and loyal to the Droid brand,” said Rick Osterloh, head of product management for Motorola. “Droid is a formula that works very well.”
I think the main difference is that Motorola will now market phones to other carriers. The Moto X will actually have most of the features of the DROIDs and then some. The DROIDs will still have some exclusive features such as DROID ZAP for photo sharing.
We finally got our hands on the new DROID line from Motorola and Verizon. The “RAZR” name is officially gone so they are simply called the DROID Mini, DROID Ultra, and DROID MAXX. It looks like these phones are going to be very similar to the Moto X in that it’s all about the features and ease of use rather than the specs. As to specs, we are looking at a display of 4.3-inches for the Mini at 720p (1280 x 720) and 5.0-inches for both the Ultra and MAXX, also at 720p (1280 x 720). All models feature the Motorola x8 mobile computing system that features 8 cores, but it’s not an octa-core. It has 2 app cores, 4 graphics cores, 1 contextual core, and 1 natural language core. Basically it’s a 1.7GHz dual-core processor. All models include 2GB of RAM and the Mini and Ultra get 16GB of storage, while the MAXX gets 32GB. You won’t find a microSD slot on any of the models. All three models will also feature a 10MP front camera and a 2MP front camera. The camera features clear pixel technology for faster processing and better low light performance. As to battery, the Mini has 2,000mAh, the Ultra has 2,130mAh, and the MAXX has 3,500mAh. You can expect 24 hours from both the Mini and the Ultra, while the MAXX will give you 48 hours.
Not content to let AT&T try to steal the spotlight with its newest wireless plans, Verizon has gone ahead and followed suit by introducing its newest Verizon Edge upgrade plan for its customers. Through the new service, Big Red customers will be able to upgrade v after you have been in the plan for 6 months and have paid off 50% of the full retail cost of the phone— once that period is reached, customers will be able to choose a new phone and start a new plan by simply trading in the existing phone. The best part of all this folks– there are no long-term service contracts, finance charges or upgrade fees with Verizon Edge. Sweet.
Unfortunately, the service is not available to all Verizon customers. Verizon Edge will be available to customers on Share Everything plans only starting August 25th— so those of you holding on to those sweet, sweet unlimited data plans will be out of luck. More details can be found once you hit the source link.
source: Verizon Wireless
Verizon has sent out invites for a July 23rd event in New York City. We know the emphasis is going to be on a few devices because they said, “will unveil the next generation of one of their most popular family of devices.” This could only mean one thing and one thing only: The DROID Ultras that we have been hearing a lot about. We don’t know if they will go under the RAZR branding as well, but we will know soon enough.
What’s most interesting about this invite is that a manufacturer name isn’t mentioned alongside the invitation. All recent DROID announcements were partnered with the manufacturer, which has generally been either HTC or Motorola. In this case, it would be Motorola, but no logo whatsoever. We will know for sure in exactly one week.
Leaked roadmaps are always good indicators on when devices will be released, and Verizon’s latest just leaked. Everyone has been wondering when Big Red will release the HTC One, and it looks like the wait will finally end on August 1st. They also list the Moto X, which is slated for August 23rd. Ironically there is no mention of the DROID Ultra, which probably means we won’t see that one until the fall. Someone still needs to tell me why Verizon waited so long to release the One.
You can say whatever you want about Motorola, but one thing that cannot be denied is that they have been the most innovative OEM in regards to battery life. They were the first to get a 3,300mAh battery in phone, and their competitors were only able to match them by making bigger phones. We are expecting to see a new line of DROID RAZRs this fall, and there is no doubt Motorola will continue their trend with another MAXX.
This leaked storyboard is for a commercial about the DROID MAXX. We don’t know how early in the stages this storyboard was created, but I think it’s safe to say that the phone’s title won’t be the DROID MAXX. It will probably be the DROID RAZR ULTRA MAXX, but that really isn’t the story. The story is the fact that this commercial is promising 48 hours of worry-free battery life.
If you are looking to switch to Verizon or you can open a new contract for someone else in your family, you might want to look at Amazon’s latest deal on the Galaxy S 4. You can grab it for $119.99, but this price is only good for new customers. If you’re an existing customer, don’t fret because they are offering it at $169 for those looking to upgrade. That still isn’t a bad deal. Just head over to the source link to get started.
Verizon took to its web site today to announce that it would be bringing an Android app to its FiOS customers. The app will allow you to stream 75 different TV channels, access Video On Demand, and manage your DVR programs. You’ll also be able to view your Flex content as well as have access to over 40,000 different titles. You can even use the app as a remote for your FiOS box when you’re relaxing at home.
From what we can see and from what Verizon says most Android devices are supported. Those include the Droid RAZR M, Galaxy S 4, and Galaxy Note 10.1. The Moto Droid X and Galaxy 10 (don’t worry we’ve never heard of it either but one can assume that they mean the Tab 10.1) are even supported. So if you’re an owner of any of these devices and use the service you should hit the break for your download link and QR codes.
Well first things first, and that is that yours truly was dead wrong. I posted on Friday that I felt that Verizon wouldn’t offer the HTC One and instead opt for the Butterfly 2 as in the DROID DNA 2. Well Verizon sent out a tweet announcing the HTC One will indeed land on Verizon later this Summer. I’m still shocked because it still doesn’t make any sense (no pun intended). One thing I was right on was the fact that Verizon always has an HTC device for the summer, but why would Verizon want to offer the One later this Summer after the other three U.S. carriers get a huge headstart? Later this summer means August to me, which is well after everyone else.
This must mean one of two things: Either HTC really pushed hard for this since they really want to get their brand out there or something went wrong with the Butterfly 2. The only other thing I can think of is that the new Butterfly will be marketed with the word “One” in the name, and Verizon won’t actually have the same One as everyone else. It would be hard to bet any money on that notion when you consider that Verizon’s tweet clearly said “HTC One”. HTC has nothing to say other than they will provide additional details as the release date gets closer. Maybe one day I will understand how Verizon Wireless operates.
I know there has been so much speculation on if we will see the HTC One on Verizon, and if history repeats itself, we won’t ever see it. What we will see is a Verizon’s version of the Butterfly 2 (or Butterfly S). It could be called the DROID DNA Plus or the DROID DNA 2, but it won’t be a One phone. As far as when we will see this bad boy, it will probably be sometime in July. How am I coming to these conclusions? All you really need to do is look at the most recent releases with Verizon regarding HTC devices.
Verizon is on a pattern of releasing two HTC devices per year (July and November). The Rezound was released on November 14, 2011 and the DROID Incredible 4G LTE was released on July 5, 2012. Lastly, the DROID DNA was released on November 21, 2012. The other thing you will notice is that all three phones were exclusives to Verizon, which is what they like. That is probably going to change by the end of this year, but more on that in a bit.