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.
In an effort to support its dying brand, AOL announced a content distribution partnership with Verizon which has some implications for Big Red smartphones and tablets running Android, Windows, or RIM operating systems. This summer, AOL will officially become the exclusive provider of the VZW Home mobile web portal, and all Verizon customers will have the AOL homepage bookmarked on their smartphone and tablet browsers. Users will be able to personalize news, weather, and other categories and tools on the AOL homepage. Anyone think this is a bit intrusive, or do you like the move by Verizon?
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Kantar released their U.S. smartphone market share numbers for the 1st quarter 2013, and other than Android’s continued domination, there was some interesting news regarding carriers. It’s no surprise that the majority of smartphones are either on Verizon or AT&T. Verizon’s share is at 37.2%, while AT&T was at 27.9%. That’s a combined total of 65.1%. Sprint came in third at 12.3%, but the biggest news is T-Mobile’s decline of 3.2% down to 9.5%. In fact, T-Mobile was the only carrier to show a decline.
T-Mobile recently launched their UnCarrier plans that probably won’t change things for them since it doesn’t deliver what they are promising. The prices themselves are fine for those that bring their own phone, but the promise of buying phones off contract is simply not true. All they did was spread out the payments of the full retail price which you are obligated to pay, and is just another form of the traditional subsidized contracts that Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint offer.
If you’re a Verizon customer and you want to make sure you get your Samsung Galaxy S 4 on release day, you might want to head over to Best Buy because they are now taking pre-orders. They did a soft announcement in that they sent out text messages telling customers that you can pre-order now, but it’s in store only.
Verizon hasn’t even announced an official release date other than sometime in May, and they aren’t even taking pre-orders yet. If you remember, Verizon was the last major carrier to offer the Galaxy S III, so this is just history repeating itself. I’m expecting a late May release, but hopefully I will be wrong.