The phone that helped put Android on the map has long been forgotten by Google (GOOG) and Verizon (VZ). Loyal hackers, however, have kept the iconic Motorola DROID alive and relevant even as it nears its third birthday. An XDA-Developers forum member on Saturday released an alpha Jelly Bean ROM for the device and early reports suggest it is rather stable despite the fact that the Motorola DROID is equipped with a 550MHz single-core processor and 256MB of RAM, falling short of Jelly Bean’s minimum requirements. Earlier this month, developers were able to port Android 4.1 to Google’s first smartphone, the T-Mobile G1. A video demonstration of Jelly Bean on the DROID follows below. More →
The HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE has been outed on Verizon’s “Droid Does” website. The new Incredible is equipped with a 4-inch qHD Super LCD display, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD slot and an 8-megapixel rear camera — possibly the same one found on HTC’s One-series smartphones. The handset also runs HTC’s latest Sense 4.0 skin atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. In line with Verizon’s other 4G LTE smartphones, the latest Incredible will seemingly be offered for $299.99 alongside a new two-year agreement. The DROID Incredible 4G LTE has since been removed from Verizon’s site and there is no word from Verizon regarding a release date. More →
The first image of what is believed to be the unannounced DROID Fighter has surfaced on Chinese forum PhoneHK. 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 image of the phone also shows that the Android navigation buttons common to earlier RAZR models is absent, leading us to believe that the Fighter will use the on-screen buttons found in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Details surrounding the smartphone are limited and it isn’t clear if this will be a completely new device or another RAZR variant — though the latter seems more likely. The Fighter is rumored to land on Verizon’s 4G LTE network on April 12th. More →
Verizon Wireless on Tuesday announced that the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, will be coming to 12 smartphones and tablets currently offered by the carrier. No details regarding release timing were provided, however the carrier stated that Ice Cream Sandwich updates will be issued for the following devices: HTC ThunderBolt, HTC DROID Incredible 2, HTC Rhyme, HTC Rezound, Motorola XOOM, Motorola DROID BIONIC, Motorola DROID RAZR, DROID RAZR MAXX, Motorola DROID 4 Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2, Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 and LG’s Spectrum. Verizon’s full announcement follows below. More →
The unannounced DROID Fighter and LG Lucid 4G, codenamed Cayman, will be coming to Verizon’s 4G LTE network within the coming weeks, according to a a leaked internal document obtained by Droid-Life. According to the photo, the Lucid 4G will launch on March 29th and the DROID Fighter will arrive on April 12th. Information surrounding both devices is rather limited, although it is believed the LG Lucid 4G will be a mid-level handset, not to compete with the flagship LG Spectrum. The HTC Fireball, which is rumored to launch as the DROID Incredible 4G, also makes an appearance on the list, as does a device called the Samsung “Plato” and ZTE V66, although no release dates are listed for those.
Just over five years ago, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone, a device that would change the world forever. The Macworld Conference & Expo keynote in 2007 is one that will go down in history. With its announcement, Apple reinvented the smartphone and put converged handsets on mainstream consumers’ radar. The iPhone seamlessly integrated music, email, a phone, a camera and Internet access all into one great device. I personally never had an interest in smartphones until the Macworld announcement, and countless others can likely make the same claim. There was just one problem, however… Apple partnered exclusively with Cingular in the U.S. for the release of the iPhone. At the time, Cingular was the biggest carrier in the U.S. with 58 million customers — to show how rapidly the market has grown in recent years, the nation’s largest carrier Verizon reported having 108.7 million subscribers at the end of 2011 — but I was in no way interested in moving to a new carrier and therefore I was forced to pass on the iPhone. More →
According to a purported internal Verizon memo, the LG Cayman and DROID Fighter will be heading to the carrier in the next two months, Droid-Life reports. Employee workshops are said to be scheduled to begin on March 29th and April 12th for the Cayman and Fighter, respectively, indicating releases will come shortly after those dates. With Mobile World Congress just around the corner, it is possible that both devices will be among several new handsets unveiled next week in Barcelona. For the time being, however, little is known about either handset. More →
Images of an unannounced Android smartphone from HTC have been published online ahead of a possible announcement at the Mobile World Congress trade show later this month. The nameless device features a design similar to Verizon Wireless’s DROID Incredible line of phones, leading phoneArena.com to speculate that it could hit the market as the DROID Incredible 3. The smartphone is running Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich along with Sense 4.0 — just like the HTC Ville — and other notable specs include a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera and 4G LTE connectivity. Given the timing of the leak, we may see HTC introduce the phone alongside the ultra-thin HTC Ville and the flagship quad-core HTC Edge at MWC in late February. A few more images of the phone follow below. More →
Verizon Wireless and Motorola unveiled the DROID 4 at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show, but the handset never formally received a release date. A new rumor from Droid-Life points to a launch next week on February 9th, however. The newest DROID will reportedly launch at $199.99 with a new two-year agreement — a price that matches a recently leaked MAP list and what we were told by a Verizon representative. The smartphone features a 4-inch qHD display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel camera, 4G LTE connectivity and a five-row QWERTY keyboard. Thanks to upcoming network enhancements, the DROID 4 will also be able to roam overseas, making it Verizon’s first 4G LTE device with global roaming capabilities. More →
Verizon announced on Tuesday that the Motorola DROID RAZR, which originally launched a few months back for $299.99, is now available for $199.99 with a new two-year contract. The DROID RAZR is equipped with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network, 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p HD video and more. The slim smartphone will also become available in new white or purple color options on January 23rd. Verizon’s full press release follows after the break. More →
In addition to the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2, Motorola and Verizon are launching a larger tablet option today: the XYBOARD 10.1. The big difference? You guessed it — a 10.1-inch display compared to an 8.2-inch LCD panel on the XYBOARD 8.2. Both units look almost identical, though the XYBOARD 8.2 has a better rear case design that definitely adheres to the new Motorola DROID personality, complete with metal screws and more. The XYBOARD 10.1 is a bit more plain, yet you do get better speakers positioned on the back of the tablet instead of on the top, and a microUSB port on the bottom as opposed to the side. Compared to the original XOOM, the DROID XYBOARD 10.1 is 33% thinner, lighter and more or less is exactly what the first tablet should have been. Since it’s more of a direct competitor to the iPad, we’ll have to see how it holds up in our full review. In the meantime, make sure to check out some hands-on photos in the gallery below, including some comparison photos with the XYBOARD 8.2 and iPad 2.
We just got our hands on one of Motorola’s latest tablets, the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2. Besides the name, there seems to be a lot to like at first glance. For starters, Motorola has picked a near-perfect size for this tablet. At 8.2-inches, the XYBOARD seems like a perfect and portable tablet. It’s reasonably fast, though we’ve noticed some lag in the UI when browsing, or doing other tasks. One thing we’re just not understanding is the landscape orientation push. It feels unnatural to hold a tablet that has a widescreen proportion in landscape most of the time, though clearly that’s what Motorola intended with the XOOM and now XYBOARDs. There’s also the issue of the black bezel being almost too narrow to hold comfortably with two hands in portrait orientation, though because the device is so incredibly light, there really hasn’t been any fatigue yet in a little bit of usage. With the tapered edges, and the extremely thin and feather light design, this could be a huge winner at an extremely different price point. Maybe at $199 or $249, but not at $429 with a two-year agreement from Verizon, that’s just crazy talk. Stay tuned for coverage of the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 tablet and, of course, the review. In the meantime, we have a hands-on gallery ready to go.
Verizon Wireless will finally launch the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on December 9th according to a new report from Engadget. A leaked internal screenshot suggests that materials supporting the launch will arrive in Verizon stores on the 8th, and the hotly anticipated smartphone will then launch the following day according to the site’s unnamed source. The Motorola DROID 4 will launch one day earlier on December 8th according to the report, and retail locations will supposedly be receiving new white DROID RAZR showcase devices beginning today. Earlier rumors suggested that the Galaxy Nexus and DROID 4 would both launch on December 8th, and Verizon Wireless has yet to make any announcements regarding pricing or a firm launch date. More →