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Augmented Reality DROID Contest “D:COM” Starting Soon, and Droid Life is Involved as One of the Warrior Robots?

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Well, one thing is for certain – Verizon and the @DroidLanding Twitter account are launching a new augmented reality contest that includes the DROID brand and a bunch of robots. A promo video for it all has been posted to Verizon’s YouTube channel, which we have included for you below. We still aren’t exactly sure how it will all go down, but there is a scene at the 16-second mark (captured in the image above) that mentions my online alias (“Kellex”) specifically, and that I’m standing “sentry at the pier.”

Am I now a wARrior robot that will be a part of the contest? Is it just a coincidence and they are referring to someone else? I have no idea, but it’s at least exciting to think about. 

I’m not the only one mentioned, though. There are a bunch of other robots featured along with specific locations. It sounds like the augmented reality will incorporate some sort of robot battles, likely using an AR app that can be installed on your phone.

Mentions of D:COM Alpha and DROID Combat appear at the end of the short teaser clip. The contest is supposed to begin in June, so that means any day now.

Yeah, this is about to get awesome.

Update:  This may be the app, though it can’t be installed on anything yet.


  • neo1738

    I have to say Verizon sure does flashy and catchy phone launches!

  • Its been reviewed 474 times and from the reviews there are a lot of Samsung devices. Says restriction is now allowed for my Country. Weird.

  • jayp976
  • trophynuts

    lol this may be the best/biggest Rick Roll of all time

  • sc4fpse

    Introducing the new DROID Kellex.

  • Octotron

    The truth comes out and we find out that Kellex is in fact a 50 foot tall robot all along. You must have one massive keyboard, dude.

    • Walter Partlo

      That’s what she said.

  • jhouk

    MechWarrior Verizon Style… Last droid standing gets to keep their unlimited data plan!

    • waldo


  • bigdav1178

    Hmm, a Droid combat theme… anyone else thinking this might be the new Casio Commando?

  • Warrior Robots

  • Kevin Lauscher

    the droid brand is probably one of the worst brands ever. Thought it was dead, hope it dies forever soon.

    • chris420o

      It only made android what it is today…and its leaps n bounds better then galaxy…i rather say i have a droid then a galaxy even if i had a galaxy…i had a galaxy nexus n never referred to it as galaxy anything was either yea i have a droid./ i have a nexus…u must be one of the gays

  • Tyler

    and the HEAT WIN!!

  • j

    I feel sad for you guys just knowing that all of your pants are wet over this crap – My brother who is in a high level graphic design job at Verizon told me everything….jokes on you guys! No new phone any time soon –

  • Bionic

    X phone

    • tyguy829

      do you actually think so?

    • Greyhame

      Nope, not buying what you’re trying to sell.

    • r0lct

      X Phone being Droid branded would be a turnoff as that would likely mean Verizon modification of hardware and/or software which would impact roms and updates (for those who don’t rom). I really hope it isn’t.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      I think this is going to be the HTC Butterfly S just announced. Droid Combat Butterfly has a certain ring to it.

  • Tyler Casilio

    Verizon is dealing with fire here. NY was trying to ban AR’s. They don’t care what kind it is, gun, robot, dog named AR, they don’t care. They better watch it…

    • Mitch Joa

      Even dogs named AR? Man…now I gotta find a new name…

  • Tyler Casilio

    Go Kellex!! Kick some Augmented Reality Droid Ass! but not to hard, if you do it to hard, Apple might send in their giant monsters and then it’ll be all Pacific Rim

  • Matthew Mackes

    Dude.. This is all the “Customize You Phone Enclosure” Campaign. Custom phones in colors.. et. I bet its the Moto X phone with the ability to order the color you would like. No unlocked boot on Verizon, but Google will have a pure at the Play Store.

  • gkinsella2

    Is this the NFL on Fox???

  • Charles Rogers

    Go team Kellex.

  • Michael

    I’m excited to see Kellex’s responce on the next podcast

  • ToddAwesome

    My life is already ruled by Ingress, I have no time for another AR game. Viva la Resistance!

    • Down vote for the wrong team. Carpe Diem.

    • Jeff Martin

      Up vote from a midwest 8!

  • Daniel

    Am I the only one hoping for a Droid 5?! The keyboard was so amazing on the Droid 4, I don’t want this to be my last qwerty…

    • Ben Klene

      You’re not alone! I’m holding out to.. But I’m not sure how much longer I’ll make it..this Droid 3 I got the day it was released isn’t quite cutting it anymore

    • Charles Rogers

      Well there are at least 2 of you guys.

    • imns

      I am hoping for a Droid 5 as well – I too picked up the D3 at launch and I fear it is not long for this world.

      I’ll come out and say it – If they release a worthy D5, I may even consider giving up my unlimited data. Note I said MAY consider.

    • r0lct

      I’m hoping for a Droid 5 not because I want one, but because I don’t want to see them ruin the HTC One or the Moto X.

    • Apostrafee

      I don’t think this is a device…just a game perhaps

    • Raven

      Nope, you are not alone. My wife and I still use and love our Droid 4s. Nothing yet has pried my physical keyboard from my cold Droid fingers (although the RAZR HD MAXX was tempting). So, I am hoping for a Droid 5 some day. But, I honestly doubt it will be an awesome keyboard Droid 5. I am afraid that Motorola has given up on physical keyboards.

  • 18footJ

    So it begins. June to October is always the perfect time to launch new phones.

  • Aaron

    i wanna know how loudly Kellex squealed when he saw his name appear.

  • Open1Your1Eyes0

    Here’s a theory!

    Each battle robot is a review website. Whoever wins, Verizon will contact and gets to release the first exclusive review on the upcoming DROID smartphone when it launches. People can cheer and join in battle to help their favorite website win.

    How amazing would that be for Droid-Life? 😉

    EDIT: My guesses

    Motorola DROID X-Phone (Moto X variant for Verizon)
    HTC DROID One (HTC One variant for Verizon)

    One of the above…

  • Warwick

    Kellex how much is Verizon paying you? lol

    • michael arazan

      what ever they are paying you, make them double it, and see if they’ll through in some unlimited data packages to give out = P

      • Franklin Ramsey

        You had them up till you wanted Unlimited Data packages…

  • Franklin Ramsey

    Also, Androidpolice are saying Verizon showed them this as a game at CTIA a few weeks ago… so it isn’t looking like a new phone or contest, sadly.


    • I highly doubt this is just a game though. Why would they announce a cheesy AR game through YouTube and with a big teaser? I’d say it is their new game, but it’s a campaign with a contest to win either a new phone or current phones. Not just a game.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        As much as I would like to believe this is not just a game, I still remember Verizon’s last “Big” announcement involving J Lo’s fascination with Facebook, Fonts, and colors.

      • BRIM

        Oh how you have forgotten about Viva Movil.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Well… It sort of looks like it is just a game. I’m still hopeful that 90 days line means something more though.

  • Franklin Ramsey

    If they release a phone called the Droid Combat, that is seriously a worse name than Droid Charge.

  • Yannick Mark Perryman

    And then a Gundam designed by samsung shows up..

    • Korey Page

      Gundam designed by Samsung? Bah and you think they would use gundamium to build something….

      • Chris Schmucker

        ^My inner nerd found this comment quite comical.

      • double0Droid

        So a Gundam made of plastic? Couldn’t resist. 🙂

  • krysis

    Anyone think that this “Droid Combat” might be the 4G LTE version of the casio commando thats coming soon? It just kinda goes with the theme. That is, if there is a phone coming along with this ARG.

  • tharealoc

    there is no way they are not talking about kellen…oh and pretty sure He’s in on it, considering they are traveling today according to twitter. lol

  • chris

    That image above just screams “Pacific Rim” to me.

    • Bailers77

      Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. Some kind of movie tie in.

  • tyguy829
  • Jonathan Bunch

    Kellex, you know more than your telling us, we demand answers!

    • Seriously, I wish I knew more. I’m super confused.

      • ManBearPig618


      • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

        Yeah I bet your reality is really augmented right now.

      • RoadsterHD1

        oooooooooooooooo k

      • EC8CH

        Almost looks like a D and an L on your codpiece there robokellex.

        • SchwannyT

          Ya I saw that and thought they had photoshopped it in but its there in the video too

  • Alexander

    The Name of the Phone is Droid Combat

  • BRIM

    This is corny.

    Verizon needs to spend money on better sources, not this outdated robot redundancy.

    • tomn1ce

      Yes. Like getting updates ready and releasing them faster…

      • Blue Sun

        Especially ones that function, unlike that Verizon Samsung 4G LTE patch debacle a few weeks back.

  • Jason Brown

    the fackwors are upon us

    • EC8CH

      ^ this comment voted best use of fackwors.

    • Anon

      Fackwors: The Next Generation ?

    • Charles Hobbs

      Cause you’re gonna feel like you’ve been real “facked” when you find out the Droid Combat is just the upcoming 4G LTE version of the Casio Commando…

      • Franklin Ramsey

        I am thinking maybe the Droid Combat Butterfly since HTC just announced the Butterfly S.

  • tyguy829

    This looks like it, but it appears to be a game that has been available for a while. But it IS made by the same company that did the Droid Bionic AR Arena last year

    • Fozzybare

      what the hell is it compatible with? it works on none of my devices.

      • tyguy829

        it’s a country issue. just used the apk downloader chrome extension to get the download the apk and sideload it to my gnex. seems like a normal game so far…

        • PhoenixPath

          Amazed it’s actually working and all.

          So far so good. Picked up quite a few boxes of missiles. Haven’t found a use for them yet, but….we’ll see.

  • fartbubbler

    I, for one, welcome our new cyborg Kellex overlord.

    • sc0rch3d

      and to think i thot Kellex was human….*bangs head* stupid stupid stupid….

    • EC8CH

      Bet the Kellex Bot’s phaser beam is Pink.

  • Greg Morgan

    Great, more bloatware…

    • LiterofCola

      Great, more unoriginal comments…

      • Guest

        Great, more sarcasm.

        • Mike Snyder

          Great, more smartasses.

        • Mike Snyder

          Great, more smartasses.

      • JoshGroff

        Great, more sarcasm.

  • BOSS!