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Moto X+1 and Verizon DROID line detailed for August

Moto X+1 and Verizon DROID line detailed for August

Those of you looking to upgrade to a new Motorola device may be in luck with releases in the near future. Words and images this week suggest that Motorola is ramping up toward not only a new Moto X, but a series of DROID devices for Verizon as well. A Moto G release is stuck in there somewhere as well - all of these releases set for non-traditional street dates.

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DROID Android KitKat update hits 2013 line

DROID Android KitKat update hits 2013 line

This week the roll-out to the 2013 line of DROID devices begins with the DROID Ultra, the DROID Maxx, and the DROID Mini. Believe it or not, Motorola appears to have scored updates to the newest wave of Android updates well before some of the more massive devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the HTC One (the non-GPE versions), doing it on Verizon no less! If you were surprised that the Verizon version of the Moto X received Android 4.4 KitKat already, you'll be busting out at this push, that's for certain.

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DROID Ultra Limited Edition official, complete with red racing stripe

DROID Ultra Limited Edition official, complete with red racing stripe

As we saw in a very early rendering of the newest DROID family devices, there's a Limited Edition of the DROID Ultra out there in the wild. This device has appeared for the first time in "real life", as it were, this week on eBay, some collectors - or employees, more than likely - have taken their units to the auction site to earn a quick buck while they keep to whatever devices they'd rather carry in their pocket. We must assume this means they've all decided to work with a custom-built Moto X, of course.

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DROID Maxx Review

DROID Maxx Review

In the DROID Maxx is Motorola's vision for longest-lasting battery life in a device that's part of a very close-knit family of smartphones all released in the same generation. There's a DROID Maxx, a DROID Ultra, a DROID Mini, and the Moto X. These devices deliver essentially the same experience as one another, with only minor differences between each of them. The DROID Maxx provides the most premium experience of the series.

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DROID Maxx Unboxing and Hands-on

DROID Maxx Unboxing and Hands-on

It's time to get a look at the largest of three DROID devices released this week by Motorola and Verizon: the DROID Maxx. This device takes on a form that's remarkably similar to the DROID Ultra, including software and hardware, but brings on a significantly larger battery and slightly different backside casing to differentiate. Here we've got essentially the same device as we showed yesterday in our DROID Ultra review, but with a lot longer battery life and a double-down on internal storage.

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Qualcomm 800 floodgates open as Moto X loses its edge

Qualcomm 800 floodgates open as Moto X loses its edge

One of the most engaging bits of technology unveiled this year with the Motorola-made Moto X was Touchless Control, allowing users to say, "OK Google Now" to begin a query with the device. This service is always listening for the voice of the person with which it's tied, and can be activated even when the device is locked. Motorola (and their parent company Google) employed this service on the Moto X as well as all three of the new DROID devices released to Verizon this month - and it's more than likely headed to a wide variety of smartphones (and tablet) once Qualcomm has their way with the market this summer.

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DROID Ultra Review

DROID Ultra Review

Motorola Mobility scored big when they teamed up with Google. If it wasn't evident enough in the Moto X, then certainly Motorola's newly optimized experience is ready to shine in the DROID Ultra, the first of three devices coming from Verizon in their newest exclusive brand lineup. If the DROID RAZR HD took the original DROID RAZR to a place where it was more than ready to be that single unique member of the Android universe that was both top-tier for display and processor quality as well as fully rugged enough to make up for the comparative lack of hype the line received, the DROID Ultra succeeds in replacing the RAZR line in more ways than one.

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DROID Ultra vs Moto X: anything you can do, I can do better

DROID Ultra vs Moto X: anything you can do, I can do better

This week the DROID Ultra hits the review bench at SlashGear, bringing with it a full understanding of how closely it'll be resembling the Moto X in features that - surprise - Google and Motorola implemented on the whole family. What we've seen thus far is a device that's only ever-so-slightly pulled in to the Motorola universe for apps - with a dash of Verizon, while we're at it. Essentially everything Moto X offers in a smartphone, DROID Ultra brings with just as much fury.

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Moto X Android software features confirmed by DROID lineup

Moto X Android software features confirmed by DROID lineup

If you're anxiously anticipating the release of Motorola's common hero smartphone Moto X and like the idea of confirming specifications before the device itself is revealed in full, today is your lucky day. What we've seen today in the reveal of three new Motorola smartphones with DROID branding for Verizon is the re-appearance of a few features that'd previously been tipped for the Moto X. They'll carry ever-so-slightly different user interfaces, but will they keep the same Android-deep features?

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