If you loved the One‘s hardware, but weren’t quite sold on HTC’s software notions, the company’s looking to get the smartphone dabblers on board by releasing the source code for several iterations of its new flagship. The files, available now on HTC Dev, should kicks open the door for modders and tinkerers to attempt to slough off the likes of BlinkFeed or throw (a little less) caution to the wind and install a stock Android experience. HTC also added the Droid DNA to the source code roster, so US-bound Verizon users also get to play. If you know what you’re doing, or are at least willing to read up on it, you can find everything else at the link below.
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Last summer, Verizon users who wanted an LTE-capable flagship had a stark choice: Samsung’s Galaxy S III, or the Droid Incredible 4G LTE. When we reviewed the latter handset, we found it comfortable in the hand, with a pretty display, but lamented the fact that the carrier insisted upon its own variant, rather than sticking with the beloved One X. But did those Big Red-enforced tweaks ruin this handset for you? Here’s the moment to share your experiences of this device, tell us what you loved, loathed and, if someone was listening, would you change?
It’s always a good day when we can report on older handsets getting updated with some fresher software. If you happen to have bought the Droid 4 when it came out on Verizon last year, then today’s your lucky today: the carrier has confirmed it will begin updating the phone to Android Jelly Bean (4.1) starting tomorrow. As always, this is more of a rollout than anything else, so try and stay patient if your phone doesn’t immediately show an update prompt. And as ever, do hit us back and let us know how the upgrade goes.
Source: Verizon Wireless
There are more perks to being a Verizon employee than just discounted phone plans — like limited edition versions of the carrier’s hottest handsets. Much like it did for the Droid RAZR and RAZR Maxx, Verizon’s gearing up to offer its staffers a special, red-backed version of the Droid DNA that adheres strictly to the company’s signature colors. Apart from the obvious red and black cosmetic change, each phone is set to ship with a serial number denoting its exclusivity and type on the back marking it as a “Verizon Employee Limited Edition.” According to DroidLife, these one-offs have already begun to enter into circulation. So, don’t be surprised if you see any related listings surfacing on eBay in the near future.
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
Custom ROM fans were briefly teased with the prospect of Verizon loosening its anti-modding stance when the HTC Droid DNA first arrived: in the pre-release days, the official HTCDev portal allowed unlocking the DNA’s bootloader. While the carrier unfortunately clamped down and denied the option by the time the giant smartphone was in stores, that hasn’t stopped Android Police and Sean Beaupre from keeping the dream alive through very unofficial means. A special backup file, a carrier ID generator app, a shell script and judicious use of ADB tweak the carrier information to trick HTCDev and let the unlock work once again. To call this a risky procedure would be an understatement, however — venturing past a certain point raises the real possibility of bricking the device, and HTC’s bootloader tool already puts limits on post-unlock support even when it’s blessed by carriers. Should the urge to liberate the Droid DNA overwhelm a sense of caution (or a wait for the Deluxe), you’ll find both the hack and unofficial help through the source links.
Source: Android Police
HTC has gone all out with the DROID DNA, and it pays dividends: the new Verizon exclusive breaks records with its 1080p display, putting HTC back into the limelight with a legitimate flagship. A Full HD screen, 4G LTE, and a quadcore S4 Pro chipset tick the spec boxes more comprehensively than we’ve ever seen
For those of you remembering all to well the code-name for the device now known in the USA as DROID DNA, the HTC DLX should come as no surprise to you – rumor of its announcement comes with a launch date for China, too. This device is working with many of the same specifications that
Last we checked, there are about six days between Verizon / HTC’s press event in New York City and November 19th. Which, by most counts, should be just enough time for the two companies to properly announce a phone, get it out to sales channels, and start moving ‘em into the hands of consumers. HTC’s Droid DNA has been leaked to death at this point, but a new mention of the product on VZW’s ‘Droid Does’ portal all but confirms the true nature of Tuesday’s event. For those willing to wait until November 19th, the carrier’s promising an internet unboxing through its Google+ page — for those who tune into our site, we’ll get you one much sooner. Hit up the source if you’re intrigued by intrigue, but don’t go poking around for pricing or confirmed specifications.
Verizon has prematurely confirmed the DROID DNA, revealing that it will indeed be the star of its November 13 launch event, while images apparently showing the handset’s final design have snuck out ahead of time. The HTC-made flagship was referred to by name on Verizon’s own DROID DOES site, with the promise of a pre-launch unboxing
We know not all Motorola handsets will be lucky enough to be on the receiving end of Mountain View’s Jelly Bean OS, but the Droid RAZR M, on the other hand, is now being prepped to get a taste of Android 4.1. According to Verizon, the 4.3-inch, Kevlar-sporting device can now be added to the growing list of devices running Jelly Bean, with the carrier noting that the fresh update will officially start rolling out to customers today “in phases.” Meanwhile, Big Red also says an option to download the upgrade manually is coming, though that alternative won’t be available until later next week. Regardless, proud RAZR M owners can expect a slew of under-the-hood improvements, new features such as Google Now and compatibility with ISIS Mobile Wallet (where the NFC-based payment system’s live, of course). Are you seeing the Jelly Bean goods on your Droid now? Do let us know in the comments below.
On the 13th of this month there will indeed be an event held by HTC and Verizon at once, bringing on a new device that’s quite likely looking like what we’ve been teased with over the past few weeks – the HTC DROID DNA. This device is the only un-revealed machine we’ve seen that’s heading
Earlier today, we reported that HTC’s DROID DNA phablet, which features a 5-inch 1080p display, was rumored to be released on December 6 at Verizon. Lending those rumors more credence, the DROID DNA has cleared the FCC, which dubbed it the HTC6435LVW. This comes after last week’s image leak showing off the phone from Twitter
It’s time for the ADR6435 Deluxe to pop up from HTC, a DROID device bringing on the greatness of the HTC J Butterfly here to the USA on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. This device has the highest definition display on the planet at over 400 PPI and will be appearing in early December according to
Motorola‘s Droid Bionic is (finally) slated to receive an update to Ice Cream Sandwich, which will be available on October 19th. This comes when many other cell phones are offering users upgrades from ICS to Jelly Bean. The majority of the Android-using world is still using Gingerbread, however, so Bionic users who upgrade will still
It’s about time. The HTC DLX has most often been rumored carrying a Verizon-style 6435LVW or Droid Incredible X name, and yet it was unveiled first in Japan as the J Butterfly; we really needed the photos just now surfacing at Android Central to remind us that the 5-inch, 1080p gigantophone could still come to Big Red. While nothing’s confirmed yet, the black-with-red-trim design and all too prominent Verizon labeling make a convincing case for the DLX’s ultimate US destination. A helpfully provided phone profile screen might be more interesting to some, as it hints that we might get the same quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM and 8-megapixel rear camera as in the J Butterfly — Verizon won’t pull a Droid Incredible 4G LTE and tone down the hardware, if this is true. Without any more details, we’re still left wondering just how soon Verizon could commit to launching the smartphone. There’s no guarantees that Verizon will follow KDDI’s schedule and ship in early December.
After nearly a year of suffering with Gingerbread, Droid Bionic owners who haven’t given up on their phone will finally be rewarded with that long-awaited ICS update; the rollout starts October 19th, according to Verizon. Those who get it will receive a new customizable launch bar, a direct access lock screen, enhanced notifications, Motorola’s SmartActions app, Face Unlock, easier multitasking, and many other goodies most Android owners have enjoyed for awhile now. It looks like Motorola Mobility actually made good on some of its promises to fix the handset that has suffered a number of different problems since its launch (which itself took almost nine months from the initial announce date). However, now that Jelly Bean has taken over as the firmware of choice with no word yet if that’ll come to the Droid Bionic, we wonder if it’s too little, too late.
Update: We’ve learned from the comments, Motorola’s owner support forum and its own Facebook page that the company is planning on rolling out Jelly Bean to the Droid Bionic “in the coming months” so don’t lose hope just yet, Bionic faithful.
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When Motorola resurrected the RAZR brand last year we didn’t realize that we were looking at the new face of the company. At the time, Google had yet to officially take over the handset manufacturer, it had a deep stable of less-than-impressive devices and, while it was a moderate success, the Droid RAZR didn’t exactly turn the market on its head. Still, in retrospect, it only makes sense that the RAZR would once again become the standard bearer for Moto. Even if we weren’t blown away by last year’s model, it was a big step in the right direction for the company, a device that featured a great mix of premium styling and performance. The new RAZR HD and MAXX HD take that basic formula and attempt to address our concerns about the display and battery life, the latter of which was already handled in dramatic fashion by the RAZR MAXX. So, how do the latest caps-happy, vowel-averse handsets from Motorola stack up against last year’s incarnations and the current crop of competitors? Keep on reading after the break to find out.
The Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr Maxx HD have pranced their way across a stage or two, and they’re even the stars of a new commercial, but today you’ll get to go face-to-face with the hot new Googorola phones at a Verizon store for $ 199 and $ 299 respectively.
This also marks the beginning of a new price cycle for the carriers, which seems to be starting at Amazon Wireless, where the $ 199 Galaxy S III has been dropped to $ 99 on Verizon and Sprint.
With Verizon’s next in an ever-expanding line of RAZR devices here with the Motorola DROID RAZR HD we’re getting essentially the same experience as we did with the RAZR M, except this time it’s quite a bit larger. With a 4.7 inch Super AMOLED display on top of a dual-core processor from Qualcomm, it’s not
The DROID RAZR M was revealed at the event where Googler and relatively new CEO of Motorola Dennis Woodside spoke about the “new plan” for the company – a plan that’s starting right here. We got a brief DROID RAZR M hands-on experience at the event and found that it was a surprisingly powerful-feeling device
Motorola Mobility today announced the Droid Razr M, a smartphone with a dual-core processor and a 4.3-in. screen that will sell for $ 99.
There’s no stopping the torrential downpour of information coming out about the Motorola Droid RAZR M 4G LTE (codenamed Scorpion Mini), but we finally have some real pictures showing off the device that, this time last week, was nothing more than a mere rumor. Our source had the opportunity to play with the RAZR M for a solid amount of time, and told us that the Snapdragon S4 processor is “fantastic” and the lithium polymer battery resulted in a full day of heavy usage. We’ve got a few more images of the unannounced device below (it appears the top back panel experienced a run-in with a hard surface before the images were taken), and we also have a video showing off the boot-up process and settings menu after the break.
In case you hadn’t heard yet, next week is going to be a busy one for gadget fiends — Amazon’s got something brewing on the 6th, while Nokia and Motorola will be duking it for eyeballs since both have launch events scheduled for the 5th.
Rumor has it that both of them will also be unveiling a pair of new smartphones — Nokia has the Phi and the Arrow, and Motorola is expected to pull back the curtains on the RAZR HD and the newly-leaked Droid RAZR M 4G LTE.
Looks like some HTC oldies are in store for Android OS goodies — unofficially. Though Verizon’s yet to publicly confirm availability, it does appear Droid Incredible 2 and Thunderbolt owners (like this sorry bastard) are in store for a very real Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade. Two deodexed ROMs based on purported stock 4.0.4 builds have recently hit the forums treating eager and, in the case of that latter LTE handset, beleaguered users to a host of performance tweaks, as well as that Sense 3.6 skin. It should go without saying that you’ll need to be rooted to flash either leak and, as always, the usual warnings apply: backup first and proceed at your own risk. That said, consider this your ticket past the Big Red tape.
Not that we were on pins and needles wondering what Motorola’s September 5th event would contain, but what vestige of mystery was left may just have been sapped away. A quartet of Motorola tutorial videos newly uncovered by YouTube user revowii walk users through the unannounced XT926, better known in unofficial circles as the Droid RAZR HD. It’s all about the looks in this leak: other than the conspicuous link to Verizon, what’s mostly validated here is the expected use of a customized Android 4.0 with on-screen navigation keys, much like the Atrix HD in AT&T’s corner of the universe. Earlier murmurings have the Droid RAZR HD carrying the same Snapdragon S4, 720p screen and LTE as well, which could leave the CDMA voice network, NFC and possibly increased storage as the only real differences. We’ll know the full truth in about two weeks’ time, but those who don’t mind a peek into the possible future can hop past the story break to indulge in some video time traveling.
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Verizon’s first Android flagship reveled in its brutal design and geeky touches, but times have changed. The Motorola Droid 4 has shed the neckbeard, put on a suit and is now aimed at the niche enterprise set. When we reviewed it, we wondered if times hadn’t changed, with the Nexus phones usurped the Droids at the pinnacle of the Android ecosystem. The phone itself isn’t bad, apart from that weak PenTile display, but does it really need to exist nowadays? Share your thoughts and feelings about how you could improve it in the comments below.
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A common topic of discussion at Engadget towers is our editors love-hate relationship with Motorola’s Droid RAZR Maxx. The 8.9mm smartphone is beautifully slender, but it’s seriously hampered by a lackluster display, weak camera and the company’s gaudy skinning of Android. However, it has one saving grace that means it’s the go-to phone for more than one of the team here: its Battery. That 3,300mAh juice pack outlasts nearly every other smartphone in the pantheon, which makes it essential for long journeys or trade shows. But how about you out there? Can you overlook its flaws, or is there a complaint about this handset that you just have to get off your chest? Grab the candle and bang on… in the comments below, of course.
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Does bigger always mean better? It depends on who you ask of course, but more than a few major smartphone manufacturers would probably say yes. Even the notorious hold-outs at Apple are rumored to be working on something a bit larger than their usual — in short, the race to be the biggest doesn’t show any signs of letting up.
In a market where big smartphones reign supreme though, Verizon and HTC seem to think that a smaller device can still captivate some jaded consumers. As a result they’ve put together the Droid Incredible 4G LTE, a poorly named device that manages to squeeze a surprising amount of power into a relatively small frame.
Today we’ve got our hands on the HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE from Verizon, a device that’ll be out in stores on the fifth of this month. This device represents HTC’s efforts to bring most of the greatness from the HTC One series over to Verizon for their 4G LTE excellence in a relatively small
HTC’s Droid Incredible 4G LTE hasn’t been a very well-kept secret (then again, what HTC phone is?), but Verizon has just confirmed what many of us suspected — their latest HTC handset will hit store shelves on July 5.
If you’ve been itching for an upgrade and just can’t wait for a Galaxy S III, expect to shell out $ 149 (after a mail-in rebate, sadly) for the new Sense-powered slab.
Verizon has confirmed availability and pricing for the long-teased DROID Incredible 4G LTE launched at CTIA, which will hit the carrier’s 4G waves come July 5. The new HTC smartphone includes Beats Audio, an 8-megapixel camera, and a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor inside, and while in many ways it’s similar to the HTC
HTC has been leaving Verizon subscribers hanging on just when they would get the Droid Incredible 4G LTE ever since we saw it in New Orleans last month. The company just dropped a not-so-subtle hint that the wait is about to come to an end — a Twitter update from HTC’s US branch is promising some “special fun” coming to us next week that will be “incredible,” which we’re pretty sure doesn’t involve refurb sales of the 2010 original. While the clue is still a bit cryptic, it lines up with internal documents pointing to a July 5th release. We’d advise against partying too hard on Independence Day if you want to line up early for Big Red’s adaptation of the HTC One line.
Another day another leak here for Motorola. After seeing the first press image of what is rumored to be AT&T’s Motorola Atrix 3, we now have a leaked photo of the upcoming Verizon Motorola DROID RAZR HD. Showing the full Kevlar backplate and sleek design of the new version, looking very similar to the original
Although Motorola outed its Android Ice Cream Sandwich rollout plans back in February, we’ve only seen leaked glimpses of what its skinned version the OS would be like for its handsets. That’s changed recently thanks to Motorola’s Japanese website, where a new ICS landing page features nine demo videos showcasing the software on a Droid RAZR. Among the clips, which highlight features from updated icons to a revamped lockscreen, there’s also a detailed look at the LapDock-friendly Webtop 3.0 UI. Sadly however, there isn’t any new word on the rollout schedule past the update Moto detailed on the 18th. You can treat yourself to some of the eye candy by clicking past the break, and you’ll find all the vids by hitting the source link below — but do keep in mind that most of clips aren’t voiced in English.
If you spent your weekend scanning Picasa for photos shot on a Motorola Droid RAZR HD smartphone, then ordinarily you’d have wasted your time. No phone by that name officially exists, and the PenTile Super AMOLED displays on both the standard Droid RAZR and the RAZR Maxx are distinctly not high definition. Surprising then, that when Blog of Mobile searched Picasa they discovered an album shot by a Motorola engineer supposedly using a RAZR HD. The photos have since been removed, leaving only the blurry desk image shown above, which is also attributed to a RAZR HD even if we can’t be certain who shot it. Fortunately, the EXIF data was grabbed before the wipe, and if you glance past the break you’ll see that it mentions a possible ‘Vanquish’ codename for the phone as a well as ICS build 4.0.3. There, just when you needed yet another reason to love EXIF.
Upcoming Android phones the LG Cayman and the Droid Fighter will apparently be making their way to retail stores in about a month’s time. A new internal document appears to have been leaked revealing this information even though the phones remain something of an enigma. Their names were originally leaked last month. According to the [...]
If you head to a Verizon Wireless store today looking to purchase an Android smartphone, you’re very likely going to be inundated by offers to purchase Verizon’s own unique DROID line. I’m here to tell you that the current top choices for these Motorola-made smartphones aren’t necessarily your best choice for Android or 4G-laden devices [...]
Having trouble deciding between the new Droid 4 and the Droid Razr Maxx? Ask Maggie offers some advice.
Droid 4 reviews are popping up everywhere. We’re doing ours a little different. Instead of posting a “review” after spending just 24 hours with the phone like other sites, we’re living with it for a week, publishing several articles on it and then concluding with a full review after actually living with the phone for a while. But one thing was clear even before the phone launched: Motorola messed up forgoing a removable battery for a meaningless reduction in thickness.
The original Droid started the Android revolution. It was the anti-iPhone: an open OS, sliding QWERTY keyboard, available on Verizon and featured a removable battery and expandable memory. Now many of those advantages are moot points. Android is no longer viewed as open, most people are sold on virtual keyboards, the iPhone is available everywhere, and now, thanks to Motorola, the Droid 4 features a built-in battery. Sorry, power users.
Before we chat out the Droid 4 there’s a bit of other news we need to address right quick. As you’ll surely notice, we’re doing smartphone reviews a little differently now. That said, this video and my basic hands-on impressions are just the first in a three-part series reviewing the phone. Stay tuned for what comes next!
Alright then, back to business…
After the numerous leaks that preceded the Droid 4′s launch, you’d think we’d have a handle on every detail (read the review here) but some day one buyers have one more question. While the spec sheets indicate 16GB of internal storage, a few readers noticed their units only report 8GB. So why the variance in what’s being reported and what the phones actually show? While Android vets may be used to this, not all are aware of how some phones are partitioned, and Motorola has opted to go with an 8GB for the user / 3GB for apps / 5GB for OS and updates split (just like the Razr). So the phones do have the 16GB you were promised, it’s just how it’s being used that may not be immediately evident — and now you know.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. For a phone that single-handedly resuscitated the business prospects of its parent company, gave a much-needed boost to Google’s fledgling Android and finally added a compelling product to Verizon’s lineup, the Droid can’t get no respect. Initially billed as the anti-iPhone, the OG flagship embodied an aggressively tech for tech’s sake design ethos, with its masculine, hard-edged build, geeky OS and Lucasfilm-licensed moniker.
That was all once upon a time. Now, two years later and sucked of its disruptive significance, the only legacy remaining for the red-eyed Droid franchise is its brand equity and QWERTY slider appeal. Aside from BlackBerry addicts, most consumers appear none too chuffed to see those slide-out keypads become the stuff of mobile lore, and instead prefer those increasingly ubiquitous slabs (namely, of the 4.3-inch-and-up persuasion). So, where did it all go wrong? Why is the Droid 4, now imbued with LTE, getting the B-list treatment? Does a $ 200 price tag and a host of minor spec bumps (a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 1.3 megapixel front-facer and beefier 1,785mAh battery) merit another spin around the two-year contract pole? Head on past the break to see whether this former trailblazer can still do what it’s namesake robot supposedly does.
Gallery: Motorola Droid 4 review