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The Droid Charge by Samsung is the second 4G smartphone to come to Verizon's 4G LTE network. It has a gorgeous 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, an 8MP camera with flash and Samsung's slick custom skin for Android 2.2.  We're running this pocket rocket through its paces here in the HH Test Lab but we thought you'd like a quick glimpse of what the phone is made of and what it can do.  We're taking it to the city today, to grab some 4G LTE lightning in Beantown but in the meantime, we go hands-on here in our video review -- for your geek pleasure. The Charge is nice and light-weight, but has a stout 1600 mAh battery on board and claims 11 hours of available talk time with 280 hours on standby. ... Read more...
Verizon LTE services nationwide remain out, more than 24 hours after they first went offline. The company verified the outage on its Twitter account.  The service first went offline on Tuesday night. In addition, Verizon has previously said that LTE devices would switch to CDMA mode if they were in an area with no LTE coverage. In this case, HTC Thunderbolt users (the only handhelds currently on Verizon's network supporting LTE) are seeing 1X mode, not 3G, Verizon has admitted in a later Tweet. Voice on Thunderbolts is apparently working fine, but that should be no surprise. Verizon's current LTE implementation uses CDMA for voice, though that should change in 2012. Verizon's LTE network... Read more...
Verizon Wireless CFO Fran Shammo, speaking at a Morgan Stanley investor conference on Tuesday, March 1, let loose with the news that Verizon would be targeting mid-summer for an overhaul of its data plans, with tiered pricing coming. Naturally, that sounds like it will arrive right at the same time that the iPhone 5 does. Shammo said the following, explaining why they haven't changed to tiered pricing yet. It sounds like it was all about sucking in iPhone buyers, to be honest: Why did we do the unlimited $30 plan on the iPhone? Well, the reason we did that was we didn't really want to put up a barrier to anybody who wanted to come over and experience the Verizon Wireless network. So we felt it... Read more...
If it walks like a Droid Pro, smells like a Droid Pro, and looks like a Droid Pro...it must be a Droid Pro! Unless it's heading to Europe, and then it's the simpler Motorola Pro. Announced in Mobile World Congress (which just so happens to be in Europe), the new Motorola Pro is an Android-based phone with both a touch panel and a QWERTY keyboard. There's Froyo, a 1GHz processor, 2GB of internal storage space, an SD card slot, optional 3G hotspot functionality, and lots of business tools: QuickOffice pre-loaded and email support (Corporate Sync, Gmail, POP3/IMAP embedded, Push Email, Yahoo Mail). There's also support for Flash Player 10.1, a multi-touch 3.1" panel, a 5MP camera (with dual LED... Read more...
Verizon Wireless announced the latest version of the carrier's navigation service, VZ Navigator VX. This service provides 3D navigation views. Initially, the 3D capabilities of VZ Navigator VX will be available in six cities (Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Mo., New York, and Washington D.C.). Additional cities are scheduled to be added in 2011. Currently, VZ Navigator VX is available on select Android devices, including the DROID X by Motorola, the Samsung Fascinate and the DROID Incredible by HTC. Support for additional phones is expected this year as well. VERIZON WIRELESS LAUNCHES VZ NAVIGATOR VX ENABLING DROID TO DO DIRECTIONS LIKE NEVER BEFORE – IN 3D New Version Gives... Read more...
Motorola recently made quite a splash with their cute, mysteriously non-descript tease of their upcoming Xoom tablet that they promised to unveil at CES 2011.  Alas we waited with baited breath and tonight the wait was finally over, with Motorola unveiling not only the Xoom tablet but a host of smartphones based on the Android platform. In addition, though not confirmed by the Motorola booth reps, we heard from the folks at NVIDIA that Tegra 2 is powering not only the Xoom tablet but also Mot's new Droid Bonic smartphone. If NVIDIA was waiting to hit paydirt with Tegra 2, it seems Q1 will be the time, as we've seen announcments of Tegra 2 tablets and smartphones from not only Motorola but... Read more...
Motorola's newest smartphone is now available to preorder at Verizon Wireless. The DROID Pro is an interesting mix of BlackBerry (the lower keyboard) and Android, and many have said that this is the Android phone that many RIM users have been waiting for. It has the same general look and feel of a typical BlackBerry phone, but uses Android instead as the operating system. Announced a few months ago, this phone is now ready to be claimed at America's largest network. Verizon will start pre-selling the phone today, with in-store sales expected to begin on November 18th. Naturally, the phone is being phased in prior to the holidays, and it will use Android 2.2 (Froyo) while coming with Mobile HotSpot... Read more...
The "DROID Does" campaign continues. And this Droid may be the most interesting of them all. Motorola has just revealed their newest smartphone, the Droid Pro, and it looks to be a hybrid of Droid and BlackBerry. For the past two years, almost every major smartphone has either had a dedicated keyboard (BlackBerry), a full touch screen (iPhone) or a full touch screen with a slide-out QWERTY (Droid 2). This is a wild and unique combination of those, with the Droid Pro having a large touch screen and a non-slide QWERTY keypad. The phone was launched at CTIA in San Francisco, with Verizon Wireless being the exclusive carrier in America. It's the first Android-based phone with a form factor like this,... Read more...
It's only fitting that Motorola would build a Droid device around the most famous android of all time. We're of course talking about R2-D2 and not Google's open-source platform, though that Android is included in the fray as well. You've read about the R2-D2 Droid, you've seen the pictures, and at long last, you can finally order one. The limited edition smartphone is now available through Verizon for $249 with a two-year service agreement, regardless of whether you're a new or existing subscriber (full retail price is $699). That gets you one of the coolest looking phones in the galaxy, a multimedia dock, and a handful of exclusive content pre-loaded on the device, including ringtones, interactive... Read more...
Attention all Star Wars fans: the phone you've been waiting for is almost here. Verizon Wireless wants you to know that the limited edition DROID R2-D2 by Motorola will be available online and in select Verizon Wireless Communication stores beginning this Thursday, Sept. 30. In addition to a themed outer shell and box, the DROID R2-D2 will come with a Star Wars media dock and wired stereo headset. It will also feature exclusive content such as R2-D2 notification sounds and ringtones, a R2-D2 Clock Widget, and more. In addition to the new phone, Verizon Wireless will also offer a special Empire Strikes Back app for all Android 2.1 or higher phones. This app will provide access to premium Star... Read more...
The Samsung Captivate isn't the only phone that's getting an update. The highly anticipated Froyo (Android 2.2) update is now making its way on to Motorola Droid X smartphones. The latest update provides all of the features you've come to expect with Android 2.2 including Flash support, Bluetooth voice dialing, better screen rotation, and an updated 3G mobile hotspot application. You'll also get a handful of bug fixes and other small improvements that are said to improve the handset's performance. The update will be delivered over the air and should arrive on your handset in the next few days. Once your phone has received the update, you'll see a notification that lets you know it's available.... Read more...
Can't wait for a Froyo build for your device? Just remember, if you flash your device with a leaked ROM, you may not have an upgrade path to the released build. That's what Motorola is warning Droid X owners. In their support forums, Motorola says: WARNING: Do NOT load the leaked 2.2 upgrade that has been floating around on the Internets. There is currently no upgrade path from that load to the official 2.2 load that will be released by early September. This could make it more difficult to upgrade to the official version. Please consider this if you're thinking about loading it.Those who remember a similar issue with the Evo will recall that HTC had to push a fix to the device so that it could... Read more...
It was mentioned briefly in the full-on DROID 2 announcement, but Motorola's stock phone won't be the only DROID 2 to ship this year. The smartphone world is quickly becoming overran with variations of "DROID," but there's probably no chance that this one in particular will get overlooked. It's a nerd's dream come true, and it's the perfect phone for any Star Wars or George Lucas fan: it's the DROID R2-D2 edition. This will be a limited edition phone that is only sold online starting next month, and Verizon nor Motorola is confessing to how many units will be made available. The phone will only operate on Verizon Wireless, and aside from the design and probably a few multi-media add-ins, it's... Read more...
Boy Genius Report has gotten its hands on some really great info concerning upcoming devices from Verizon Wireless. This information includes details of Big Red's plans for the rest of this year, next year, and even some information about possible 2012 launches. So what can you expect to see in the months and year ahead? Look for Android tablets, LTE MiFI units, Android 3.0, video conferencing capabilities, and much more. In the leaked information, we learn that Motorola plans to launch another Droid handset called the Motorola Droid Pro. This will be in addition to the already launched Droid X and Droid 2 smartphones. The Droid Pro will reportedly have a 1.3GHz CPU, 4-inch screen, and global... Read more...
Motorola's original Droid smartphone was a big hit. Now, the company has released an update to this popular phone in the form of the Droid 2. Like its older brother, this smartphone will be hitched to Verizon Wireless' network. It will also offer a slide-out hardware keyboard as well as Android 2.2, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, and 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities. Other key specs include 8 GB of preloaded on-board memory and an 8 GB microSD card, a multi-touch 3.7-inch display, and a 5-megapixel camera. The Droid 2 by Motorola will be available at www.verizonwireless.com on August 11 and will hit Verizon Wireless stores on August 12. Like other high-end smartphones, it will cost $199.99 after a $100... Read more...
It looks like we have a target date, or at least a target month, for the release of Froyo for the recently released Motorola Droid X. The latest info points to early September for delivery of Android 2.2 to the Droid X. The message was posted in a Motorola support forum post. The thread is about issues with Exchange email on the Droid X, and the interesting (to those who want to see Froyo on the Droid X ASAP) is: A fix for this will be included in the upgrade to Android 2.2 scheduled for deployment by early September. Given the phrase "by early September," it's possible the upgrade could occur before then. Hey, it's a little less vague than "later this summer," at least.... Read more...
As of now, just two smartphones have seen their official Android 2.2 (Froyo) rollout begin: the Nexus One and HTC's EVO 4G. Hacks and leaked ROMs are out there if you feel like rooting, but the official installation is usually a lot less buggy. Motorola's DROID was one of the first major Android 2.0 handsets to take Android to the mainstream, and many expected that it would be one of the first phones out to receive Google's latest Android build. If you take "one of the first" literally, we suppose it still will be, but it won't delight people as much as you may have expected. According to Verizon Wireless spokesperson Brenda Raney, the Android 2.2 build for the DROID won't include two of its... Read more...
The original Motorola Droid was a huge hit, both for Motorola as well as for Verizon Wireless. In the time since the DROID was launched in November, Verizon Wireless has also added the HTC Droid Incredible to its lineup of popular Android handsets. Now, Motorola and Verizon Wireless have teamed up again to offer "The Next Generation of Does" in the form of the Motorola Droid X. The Droid X uses the ever-popular candy bar form factor and ditches the original Droid's sliding keyboard. Big screens tend to be the norm these days, and the Droid X is no exception. On this smartphone, you'll find an expansive 4.3-inch touchscreen that supports a resolution of 854 x 480.... Motorola Droid X: The Next... Read more...
The original Motorola Droid was a huge hit, both for Motorola as well as for Verizon Wireless. In the time since the DROID was launched in November, Verizon Wireless has also added the HTC Droid Incredible to its lineup of popular Android handsets. Now, Motorola and Verizon Wireless have teamed up again to offer "The Next Generation of Does" in the form of the Motorola Droid X. The Droid X uses the ever-popular candy bar form factor and ditches the original Droid's sliding keyboard. Big screens tend to be the norm these days, and the Droid X is no exception. On this smartphone, you'll find an expansive 4.3-inch touchscreen that supports a resolution of 854 x 480. The Motorola Droid X delivers... Read more...
Earlier, we told you about the possibility that Verizon Wireless could soon impose data caps on its users. Now, some news about the recently launched Droid X smartphone from Motorola could help explain why these caps could be coming. You see, Jennifer Byrne, a business development executive director at Verizon Wireless, recently revealed early data usage from Droid X owners shows they use five times the amount of data than other smartphone owners. More specifically, Byrne said, "On Droid X, we’re seeing something like 5x the data usage of any other device." Clearly, users are taking advantage of the large, 4.3-inch screen and using it to its fullest capacity to view YouTube videos, surf... Read more...
AT&T was the first carrier to move to tiered, capped data plans for its smartphones, but the other big three carriers are expected to follow, someday. With the release of a new MyVerizon Android app, are we getting a hint from Verizon? The new version, 5.0, has a bunch of uses, but a new one that's been added is a handy dandy, widget to track your data use. Indeed we have unlimited data now (as the widget clearly says), but who knows how long that will last? Not long, if this is a hint. For Android newcomers, perhaps jumping on the bandwagon with the already backordered Motorola Droid X, to add the warning, er, informative widget to your home screen, long press on an area of the home screen... Read more...
According to a leak from Verizon's system, the carrier is planning to phase out the original Motorola DROID smartphone as well as the budget Devour. Both smartphones will get few, if any, more shipments as Verizon Wireless sells out its remaining stock. At this point, no estimate has been given as to when the phones will sell out, but neither phone is listed in Verizon's leaked summer catalog. DROID Forums spotted the departure, which also includes devices such as the original BlackBerry Tour, the Nokia Twist, and a few Samsung feature phones including the Intensity, Knack, Saga, and Smooth. The Motorola DROID became available last November. Although it may reach end of life less than a year... Read more...
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