Motorola has teamed up with Verizon Wireless to revive their DROID lineup of smartphones. The company announced today the Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra and Droid Mini at a press event held in New York City. All three devices feature a thin and lightweight design with a glossy, unibody Kevlar shell. They all ship with Android 4.2 and Google's Now app which "Touchless Controls" and "Active Display."
The Droid Maxx is the successor to the RAZR Maxx HD. It is powered by a 3500 mAh battery with an impressive 48 hours of usage. The Maxx is equipped with a 10MP camera, built–in wireless charging, a 1.7 GHz dual-core CPU with quad-core graphics, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. The Droid Maxx is currently available for pre-order for $299 with a new two-year agreement from VerizonWireless.com.
The Droid Ultra is one of the thinnest 4G LTE smartphones currently one the market. It measures in at 7.18mm while boasting a 5-inch HD display. It also features a long-lasting 2130 mAh battery for up to 28 hours of usage. It is powered by a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of on board memory. The Droid Ultra is currently available for pre-order for $199 with a new two-year contract from VerizonWireless.com.
Verizon Wireless customers with a Windows 8 phone will get the first crack at Halo: Spartan Assault when it is released sometime this month. Spartan Assault is the popular franchise's new mobile game, which was recently previewed at E3. Players will be able to choose between Commander Sarah Palmer or Spartan Davis as they complete all new Halo missions. "Xbox 360 owners who play Halo 4 can also earn additional experience points for their Spartan Career by playing through Halo: Spartan Assault and acquiring certain weekly achievements," according to the official Verizon announcement.
Both the iPad mini and iPad 4 with LTE support are now available at AT&T, Sprint and Verizon retail locations. Sprint is offering four different data plans with no shared data option, and AT&T customers can add an iPad to their shared data plan for only $10. AT&T's $100 instant savings deal on tablets also applies to both the mini and fourth generation iPad, but you will have to agree to a two year contract. Both Verizon and Sprint are selling the iPads at contract-free regular pricing, however, Sprint is not offering the tablets online.
Verizon announced today it will begin removing Verizon Apps applications from all compatible Android and Research in Motion devices in January 2013. Verizon did not give a specific reason for the decision, but did mention "a whole new tech landscape in which both consumers and developers can interact like never before." The rise in popularity of app stores like Google PLAY is the most likely reason for the closure.
Verizon hopes to complete the process by March 27, 2013. The wireless carrier also noted that most Verizon Apps are already available on multiple app storefronts, such as Google PLAY, Amazon and BlackBerry App World.
It is now confirmed that Verizon will be launching the LG Revolution next Thursday, May 26th. It will be the third (along with the Droid Charge and HTC Thunderbolt) of Verizon's four 4G LTE devices that were showcased earlier this year at CES to hit the shelves.
The Revolution will be the first device loaded with Bing rather than Google Search and will come with Netflix. It is equipped with a 1GHz SnapDragon processor and operates on the Android 2.2 Froyo platform, which is disappointing since Android 2.3 Gingerbread is available. On the plus side it has a large 4.3" touchscreen. Other features include a 5 megapixel rear facing camera with an LED flash and a 1.3 mp forward facing camera. It is capable of recording 720p HD video and comes with an image
It was widely rumored last week that the Verizon Droid (Motorola Droid) would be receiving an OTA (over-the-air) update from Verizon on January 22nd. The update was supposedly being issued to update Motorola Droid phones sold by Verizon which currently run Android 2.0 or Android 2.0.1 (depending on when the phone was purchased). Unfortunately, as noted by Android blog Operation Android, to the dismay of many Droid owners, the update failed to arrive.
The article on Operation Android details how, despite the fact that the 2.1 update brings little in the way of features, many Droid owners are eager to receive the update due to
Verizon Wireless is now offering a Network Extender that will enhance cellular coverage within the home or office, or any indoor area up to 5000 square feet for that matter. The Extender simply plugs into your existing broadband connection to connect to the Verizon Wireless network. Although the Network Extender will provide more reliable wireless service indoors it does not, unfortunately, support mobile broadband (EVDO) data speeds, anything from the V CAST group of products or any location based services like Navigator and Chaperone. In addition, the Extender will only work with Verizon Wireless phones.
The Network Extender can be purchased online or over the phone for $249.99. It requires a broadband connection of 300 Kbps or faster. There are no additional fees beyond the $250. Your normal Verizon
Verizon Wireless has announced that, come February 1, it will debut its Hub, which is intended to replace the old land-line based home phones. The Hub is a cutting edge home communications system that will bring wireless connectivity to the home via any broadband connection, regardless of the provider.
The Hub basically consists of a touch screen console with a wireless phone that docks to it. The console puts a plethora of information at the family's fingertips. The easily navigable touch screen is customizable to suit the users' needs. From the console you will be able to check weather and traffic, update your calendar (this feature will also send you a text when an appointment changes, or just as a reminder), find numbers and directions, preview movie trailers and plenty more... pretty much like having the internet right next to your phone. You can remotely access your Verizon Hub from a companion Web site as well. The Hub has visual voicemail and can deliver audible turn-by-turn
Comcast has just made a move that is causing quite a bit of speculation about their future plans for wireless service. Although there has been no official announcement yet, the cable giant has hired the former CTO of Telefonica O2 Europe, Dave Williams to "explore wireless options." He apparently took the role of Senior Vice President of wireless and technology strategy.
Williams has been in wireless for several years and has held positions at several major companies. Before Telefonica he was VP of strategic planning at Cingular Wireless, a position he rose to in the aftermath of the SBC Wireless-BellSouth Cellular merger. He also helped create the Pacific Bell Mobile network.
His experience in wireless has led to speculation that Comcast is positioning its pieces to move into the wireless market with Verizon and AT&T. Both Verizon and AT&T offer the quad pack of
Verizon Wireless today announced that it will be offering Loopt, a social mapping service, on select handsets starting next month.
Loopt will allow Verizon customers to share their locations as well as geo-tagged photos with other customers who are in their community of friends. Loopt users will be able to view a map that displays the locations of their network of friends and even provides directions to meet up with them. Users can share their location information with anyone in their address book or AIM buddy lists. Loopt effectively