Verizon (VZ) on Friday approved the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD. The latest software version delivers a variety of new features to Motorola’s two flagship smartphones, including enhanced notifications, improved performance and functionality of the user interface, and access a service dubbed the “Innovation of the Year”, Google Now. In addition, Verizon and Motorola have improved voice and data connectivity and have removed the Color and Verizon Video applications while adding Amazon’s (AMZN) mobile app suite. Both the DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD are equipped with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and feature 4G LTE connectivity, 1GB of RAM, NFC, a microSD slot, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 4.7-inch 1196 x 720 resolution display with ColorBoost technology and a pixel density of 331 ppi. The Android 4.1 update will begin rolling out to customers next week.
Verizon Wireless (VZ) on Thursday announced the upcoming availability of the DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD. The smartphones build on the success of their predecessors and are equipped with a larger 4.7-inch 720p HD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 4G LTE and NFC connectivity. The DROID RAZR HD includes 16GB of internal storage and will retail for $199.99 with a new two-year agreement, while the DROID RAZR MAXX HD will retail for $299.99, and features a 30% larger 3,300 mAh battery and 32GB of internal storage. Both handsets will be available from Verizon Wireless beginning October 18th. The company’s press release follows below. More →
During its press event in New York City earlier today, Motorola promised to upgrade “most” of its 2011 device portfolio to Android 4.1. But Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside also said that the company will offer a $100 credit to any users whose devices don’t get upgraded that they can use to buy a new DROID RAZR HD, DROID RAZR MAXX HD or DROID RAZR M smartphone. Woodside said that some of Motorola’s older devices actually ran slower on Jelly Bean, and that it didn’t want to degrade user experience for the sake of installing Jelly Bean. Motorola on Wednesday also announced the availability of developer devices for those who wish to root and modify their Android smartphone. The DROID RAZR M Developer Edition can be preordered now for $549.99.
Fresh out of Nokia’s (NOK) Windows Phone 8 press conference earlier on Wednesday, we got to see the latest and greatest Motorola will loose upon the market ahead of the holidays this year. The stars of the show — the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD — are both big steps forward for Motorola fans. Beyond all those capital letters lie two phones that push Android handsets forward in several ways, and although the materials and overall design might not be as exciting as some rival smartphones, Android fans on Verizon Wireless will have two very tempting options this holiday season.
Motorola on Wednesday announced the DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD during its press event in New York City. Both smartphones are equipped with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 4G LTE, 1GB of RAM, NFC, a microSD slot, an 8-megapixel rear camera, on-screen navigation keys and a 4.7-inch 1196 x 720 resolution display with ColorBoost technology and a pixel density of 331 ppi. Both devices are powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and feature the latest version of the MOTOBLUR user interface. The RAZR HD comes with a 2,500mAh battery and 16GB of internal storage, while the RAZR MAXX HD is equipped with a massive 3,300 mAh battery and 32GB of storage. Motorola’s latest smartphones will be available on Verizon Wireless (VZ) this holiday season. Motorola’s press release follows below. More →
Bezels? Motorola doesn’t need any stinking bezels! According to Bloomberg, Motorola and Verizon Wireless (VZ) may surprise the tech world next week by unveiling a new smartphone featuring “an edge-to-edge screen” that would completely eliminate the black bezels that line the edges of most smartphones. Motorola is banking that the all-screen display, along with unique features such as its location-based Smart Actions multitasking app, to set itself apart in an increasingly crowded smartphone market. Both Motorola and Verizon declined to comment. More →
Motorola’s long-leaked followup to the Motorola DROID RAZR may finally be taking shape as the Motorola DROID M. We have been told by an anonymous source that the smartphone will be launching on Verizon Wireless (VZ) soon at an attractive $149.99 on contract. There will also be two color options: Black and white. The device is rumored to include a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, a Kevlar case similar to the one that the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX featured, and an HD display with 1196 x 720-pixel resolution. Motorola is holding a press conference on September 5th in New York City where it is expected to finally unveil the device.
Motorola’s upcoming DROID RAZR HD smartphone made an appearance on YouTube over the weekend in a slew of tutorial videos that have since been pulled. This isn’t the first time we have seen Motorola’s latest Android device; images of the handset were previously leaked, as was a purported spec list and rumored release dates. The RAZR HD is expected to be equipped with a 1280 x 720-pixel display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 4G LTE and the company’s latest version of its MOTOBLUR user interface atop Android 4.0. Motorola is expected to announced the DROID RAZR HD during a press conference on September 5th. More →
Not only is Motorola preparing to launch a high-definition version of its RAZR smartphone, but according to a recent rumor the company is also believed to be readying a MAXX version of the upcoming device. According to a “very reliable source,” Hot Hardware reports that Motorola will launch both the rumored RAZR HD and a RAZR HD MAXX in October, very soon after Apple (AAPL) releases its next-generation iPhone. The website notes that Motorola will only announce the two device after it has sold through its current-generation RAZR and RAZR Maxx handsets, however. The RAZR HD, previously known as the DROID Fighter, is expected to be equipped with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 4G LTE, and the same 1280 x 720-pixel display that is found on the ATRIX HD. More →
Motorola is teasing fans with its Facebook page all week by offering them daily clues on what smartphone the company plans to unveil on Friday, August 10th. The first clue was ridiculously vague, as Motorola said that the smartphone will “have the power of 4G LTE,” which is pretty standard for all non-iPhone devices at this point. 9to5Google speculates that the new device will be the long-rumored DROID RAZR HD that will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and include a massive 2,530 mAh battery.
UPDATE: CNET Editor Chloe Albanesius spoke with a Motorola spokesperson, who confirmed that the company has no plans to announce a new phone this week. The company is just “engaging with Facebook fans about its current lineup,” Albanesius said. More →
The name DROID RAZR HD has appeared in the EXIF data from a series of images uploaded to Picasa by a Motorola employee. The EXIF data shows that the handset is running Android 4.0.3 and its camera is equipped with a f/2.4 aperture camera. The photos in question were uploaded by Vic Yu, who is a software engineer and program manager at Motorola Mobility according to his Google+ and LinkedIn profiles. Last month, the first image of what was believed to be the unannounced DROID Fighter surfaced on a Chinese forum. The handset is said to be equipped with the same massive 3,300 mAh battery that is found in the RAZR MAXX and a 4.6-inch high-definition display. The phone also lacked the Android navigation buttons found on earlier RAZR models, suggesting that it makes use of the on-screen buttons found in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The DROID RAZR HD could possibly arrive on Verizon Wireless as the DROID Fighter, although nothing is confirmed for the time being. It should be noted that EXIF data can easily be manipulated, but an image of the data can be found after the break. More →