Verizon has this week delivered a full set of DROID devices, including the DROID Ultra, DROID MAXX, and DROID mini as successors to the DROID RAZR HD line on the market since last year. The smallest of these is the DROID mini, of course, working with an August 20th release date and a 720p LCD display.
This week there've been a couple reports of Verizon hitting the End of Life marker for a variety of phones working with their 4G LTE network, this including (for starters) the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S III (32GB), and original DROID RAZR. When an official End of Life notification hits Verizon, this means that any devices tagged with said notification will no longer be shipped to retail locations and the carrier will be winding down advertisements for said devices as well. While this isn't a definitive marker for Verizon's end-of-service for software updates, End of Life is often indicative of lowered priority for the devices listed from that point forward.
Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, and there's no better time to get that special someone a new smartphone than now, especially since Verizon is launching a couple of new colors tomorrow exclusively on two devices. Motorola's DROID RAZR M will come in pink, while Nokia's Lumia 822 will be hitting it up in red.
A few details have been leaked by an anonymous tipster as to what the next-generation DROID RAZR M will be, building on the greatness of the already fabulous palm-sized beast. We had our first look at the original DROID RAZR M earlier this year in NYC, the reveal event also playing host to one of the first public showings of a newly minted Google-owned Motorola, complete with Google-minded software choices for Android - like on-screen buttons, for example. Here we're seeing the logical next step for the DROID RAZR M with an "HD" name addition, but the specifications we're seeing aren't quite as solid as we'd hope - not logically, that is.
This isn't the first time we're hearing about a Jelly Bean update for the DROID RAZR HD series, but Verizon has announced today that Motorola's newest RAZR devices will receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean starting next week. The rollout will happen in phases, so if you don't see your update the same time as someone else, be patient.
Gadgets are an unfortunate mix of expensive and fragile, with the wrong jostle, bump, or drop potentially sending your smartphone or tablet into an early grave. OtterBox creates a variety of cases designed to prevent these unfortunate incidents including the Defender Series. As of today, you can now pick up DS case for your Galaxy Tab 2 and Droid RAZR HD.
True to their word, Motorola has indeed updated the DROID RAZR M for Verizon Wireless to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean here in November of 2012. This update represents a large stride for Verizon as well as Motorola and also brings on another reason why them being acquired by Google was a great, great thing for all parties involved. This update takes the place of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and makes Google Now, Voice Search, and an updated camera interface a reality for the most awesome little HD display-toting device Motorola has ever produced.
It appears that Motorola wasn't kidding around when it said that it would take Jelly Bean updates seriously, as the company announced the update to Android 4.1 for the DROID RAZR M today. Motorola announced the update on its Twitter account, saying that it's being rolled out in phases, and support documentation has popped up on Verizon's website. This means that it won't be much longer before DROID RAZR M users have Jelly Bean on their sharp looking handsets.
Verizon has been granted a couple more smartphones from the likes of Motorola and Google here with the massive battery-toting DROID RAZR MAXX HD right alongside its near-identical brother the RAZR HD (without so much MAXX). The difference between these two devices is just about as slight as it could possibly get - the MAXX has twice the internal storage (32GB instead of 16) and a giant 3,300mAh battery instead of the 2,530mAh unit the standard HD has. The weight and thickness are absolutely negligible - even when you've got them both in your hands it's difficult to guess which is which, believe it or not.