Motorola announces Ice Cream Sandwich update timeline, omits Verizon devices

By on February 15, 2012 at 4:45 PM.

Motorola announces Ice Cream Sandwich update timeline, omits Verizon devices

Motorola on Wednesday announced additional information regarding its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update schedule. The company has confirmed that an Ice Cream Sandwich update is currently rolling out to the XOOM, with the XOOM Family Edition, Atrix 4G, Atrix 2 and Photon 4G set to receive the update in the second quarter and third quarter of 2012. Motorola previously confirmed an update for the DROID BIONIC, DROID RAZR, DROID RAZR MAXX and DROID 4, however the company’s website list the devices as being “in Evaluation & Planning” phase. In fact, all of Verizon’s phones and tablets are curiously stuck in the evaluation stage and there are no further details as to when they may see an update. More →

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Motorola to release fewer phones this year

By on January 11, 2012 at 9:21 AM.

Motorola to release fewer phones this year

Motorola is known for the company’s rapid refresh rate on smartphones and tablets. Last fall, the DROID Bionic was released, two months later the DROID RAZR was released, and this week the DROID RAZR MAXX and DROID 4 were announced. Motorola has flooded the Android market with more releases than almost any other manufacturer, however things are about to change. During a roundtable event at the Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha announced that the company plans to release fewer new models this year, in an effort to focus on its marketing dollars. Jha noted that it was the Bionic’s delays that caused the product’s debut to be so close to the RAZR. Additionally, he said the company plans to pursue fewer new ideas in an effort to make more things stick. With the release of Motorola’s Bionic and ATRIX came the Lapdock, a feature to add a full keyboard and larger screen to your smartphone. Unfortunately, the dock was pricey and didn’t perform as consumers had hoped. Although it has yet to become a commercial success, Jha believe in the Lapdock feature and hopes to continue it in the future. Let’s just hope you don’t have to buy a new dock for each Motorola phone they release. More →

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Every Verizon phone just 1¢ from Amazon (iPhone not included)

By on October 12, 2011 at 7:40 PM.

Every Verizon phone just 1¢ from Amazon (iPhone not included)

Amazon’s wireless arm is offering a limited-time sale during which each and every Verizon Wireless cell phone it offers can be had for just a penny. The sale does not, unfortunately, include the iPhone 4S or the iPhone 4. From now through 11:59 p.m. PDT on October 17th, AmazonWireless is selling a total of 31 different Verizon cell phones for 1¢ each. Sleek smartphones such as the HTC DROID Incredible 2, the Motorola DROID 3 and the Motorola DROID X2 are included, as are new 4G LTE phones like the Motorola DROID BIONIC and the Samsung DROID Charge 4G. A new 2-year contract must be signed with each purchase, and all devices include free 2-day shipping. More →

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Verizon’s Motorola DROID BIONIC now just $150 from Amazon

By on September 23, 2011 at 5:00 PM.

Verizon’s Motorola DROID BIONIC now just $150 from Amazon

AmazonWireless announced on Friday that it has lowered the price of Verizon Wireless’ Motorola DROID BIONIC from $179.99 to $149.99 with a new two-year contract. The purchase also includes a $50 Amazon gift card and Digital Bonus credits that can be spent in the Amazon Appstore, on Amazon MP3s or used towards books from the Kindle Store. Verizon Wireless still offers the DROID BIONIC for $299.99 with a new two-year contract and, even at that price, we called it “one of the best phones the nation’s top carrier has ever carried.” The Motorola DROID BIONIC is equipped with a 4.3-inch display with a 960 x 540-pixel resolution, has an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p HD video, runs on Verizon’s 4G LTE network and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor. More →

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Amazon offers $50 gift card with all Verizon phones

By on September 16, 2011 at 10:45 PM.

Amazon offers $50 gift card with all Verizon phones

Amazon’s wireless division announced on Friday that it will provide a $50 gift card with the purchase of any Verizon Wireless device between Friday and Monday, September 26th. The card can be used anywhere on Amazon.com or can be used for wireless accessories on the AmazonWireless website. The HTC ThunderBolt 4G is currently priced at just $0.01, which means you’re basically getting paid $49.99 to pick one up. AmazonWireless is also selling new devices such as the Motorola DROID BIONIC, one of Verizon Wireless’ newest LTE phones, and other 4G devices such as the Samsung SCH-LC11 4G Mobile Hotspot and Novatel MiFi 2200 Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot. More →

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Motorola DROID BIONIC Review

By on September 12, 2011 at 11:31 AM.

Motorola DROID BIONIC Review

The Motorola DROID BIONIC for Verizon Wireless combines everything you might want in a phone into a single, lust-worthy package. From 4G LTE, to a supersized 4.3-inch display and 1080p HD video capture, this phone has it all. Verizon Wireless has launched several 4G phones now, but they have all arguably been lacking due to their shortcomings in either size (thickness), weight or battery life. Is the Motorola DROID BIONIC the first phone to bring 4G to the next level on Verizon? Check out the full review after the break to find out for yourself.

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Motorola DROID BIONIC hands-on

By on September 7, 2011 at 8:33 AM.

Motorola DROID BIONIC hands-on

We’ve spent just about a day with the Motorola DROID BIONIC for Verizon Wireless, and while that’s not long enough to put together a thorough review, we can certainly report back on our first impressions. In short, the Motorola DROID BIONIC could be the best smartphone to ever grace Verizon Wireless’ airwaves, and that includes 3G and 4G devices. The DROID BIONIC feels completely different compared to other Motorola devices — especially the Motorola DROID 3. For the first time, it feels like a cohesive handset. Our experience following a day of light usage has this phone almost rivaling stock Android devices, again, for the time ever in our view. Read on for more and don’t forget to check out our photo gallery below.

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Verizon Wireless’ Motorola DROID BIONIC launches September 8th, $299.99

By on September 7, 2011 at 8:30 AM.

Verizon Wireless’ Motorola DROID BIONIC launches September 8th, $299.99

Verizon Wireless on Wednesday finally made the Motorola DROID BIONIC official, again, along with release details and pricing. The sleek Android smartphone launches Thursday, September 8th, for a hefty $299.99 on contract. Spec highlights include a dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP processor, 1GB of RAM a 4.3-inch qHD display, the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread OS and, of course, compatibility with Verizon’s lightning fast 4G LTE network. Verizon’s full press release follows below, and don’t forget to check out our hands-on photos and impressions of the Motorola DROID BIONIC. More →

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Verizon teaser confirms DROID Bionic September 8th launch date [video]

By on September 2, 2011 at 9:25 PM.

Verizon teaser confirms DROID Bionic September 8th launch date [video]

A new 31-second teaser for Verizon Wireless’ upcoming Motorola DROID Bionic confirms that the phone will launch on September 8th, a date that has floated around in many rumors recently. Toward the end of the reel, at the 0:26 mark precisely, the video quickly displays the date before showing “DROID Bionic” and “2011.9.8” in another frame. The video is otherwise in Korean, which seems a bit odd to us. At least we know that after delays and a redesign the DROID Bionic is less than a week away from making its debut. The phone is expected to offer support for Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network and rumors suggest it is equipped with a 4.5-inch screen, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video, a front-facing camera for video chat and an HDMI-port. Read on to see the video for yourself. More →

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DROID BIONIC teaser campaign begins

By on August 31, 2011 at 11:45 AM.

DROID BIONIC teaser campaign begins

Verizon Wireless just had a high-security briefcase hand delivered to our office, and it sure looks like the Motorola DROID BIONIC hype machine has started. First off, the briefcase is covered with the DROID logo, and there’s also a plaque on the briefcase that says that this is #2 of four pieces in existence. Sure enough, a visit to http://www.droiddoes.com/bionic allowed us to input a special code engraved on the object inside the case. So what is inside the briefcase? Check out our gallery below for images and hit the jump for the text engraved on the inside of the case.

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Verizon DROID BIONIC could launch on September 8th for $299

By on August 19, 2011 at 8:01 PM.

Verizon DROID BIONIC could launch on September 8th for $299

The long wait for Verizon’s Motorola DROID BIONIC may soon be over. According to leaked internal documents obtained by Android Central, Verizon’s next 4G LTE flagship phone could land as soon as September 8th for $299.99. While that may sound a bit expensive, it’s in line with what Verizon charged for other 4G LTE phones such as the DROID Charge. The BIONIC was first unveiled during CES but has been delayed and placed back in the oven for last-minute tweaks. The DROID BIONIC will likely offer a 4.5-inch screen with a qHD, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p HD video, a front facing camera for video chat and an HDMI-out port. More →

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Motorola DROID HD specs, images surface

By on August 17, 2011 at 4:40 PM.

Motorola DROID HD specs, images surface

Images and preliminary specifications for the upcoming Motorola DROID HD have reportedly been revealed. Engadget received photos and details from an anonymous source, and the DROID HD certainly looks and sounds like a future blockbuster. Spec highlights include the Gingerbread OS, a massive 4.5-inch display likely equipped with either qHD or even 1280 x 720-pixel resolution, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording capability, a front-facing camera for video chat and an HDMI-out port. The phone also appears to be extremely thin — Engadget estimates its depth to be between 8.5mm and 9mm. Hit the break for a few more images of this imminent flagship phone lined up next to Verizon Wireless’ upcoming DROID BIONIC. More →

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Verizon roadmap shows Galaxy S II, 4G Curve, HTC Vigor, new 4G Galaxy Tab, more

By on August 4, 2011 at 10:00 AM.

Verizon roadmap shows Galaxy S II, 4G Curve, HTC Vigor, new 4G Galaxy Tab, more

Verizon Wireless has a blockbuster smartphone and tablet lineup planned ahead of the holiday shopping season this year according to a purported leaked roadmap. Published on Wednesday by IGN, the roadmap reveals numerous previously unheard of devices. While details are scarce for the time being, several highly anticipated phones are mentioned on the document as well, alongside launch dates. The following are highlights from the document along with launch dates and some available details:

  • September 8th: Samsung Stratosphere (presumably Verizon’s Galaxy S II) — 4G LTE, Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • September 8th: Motorola DROID BIONIC
  • September 8th: BlackBerry Curve 9370 — 4G LTE
  • September 8th: 4G Motorola XOOM
  • September 29th: Samsung Illusion — Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • September 29th: HTC Bliss — Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • October 5th: HTC Vigor — replaces the HTC Thunderbolt
  • October 20th: LG Revolution 2 — replaces the LG Revolution
  • November: Galaxy Tab P8 — 4G LTE

The document also mentions a Samsung Plato, though it says the device’s launch has been delayed until January, and it states that Verizon will launch RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook at a date to be determined. None of this is confirmed for the time being, though if accurate, Verizon Wireless subscribers can expect quite a lineup this fall straight through to the holidays. More →

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