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Programming Note: Verizon’s DROID ULTRA Press Event Today

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Verizon is hosting a press event this morning in NYC to unveil the newest in one of their most popular families of devices. We’re pretty damn sure they are going to announce the Motorola DROID ULTRA, MAXX, and Mini, but hey, as Tim mentioned yesterday, we have been duped before. All jokes aside, this time we actually will see devices, rather than an embarrassing display of commentary by J-Lo. 

With that said, our coverage is going to be a bit different than usual in terms of this event. You see, we are out west still, and not in NYC this time around because Google is hosting an event tomorrow in San Francisco that we also wanted to attend. That doesn’t mean you aren’t going to see the new DROID family in all its glory here at DL, it just means that we aren’t going to be on-hand for Verizon’s stage song-and-dance.

Instead, we’ll have all of the hands-on time you could ask for through a get-together in SF, it just may be an hour later than the folks who are in NYC. So keep it locked around 10AM Pacific, as our coverage with the device in hand will kick off around then.

And if you haven’t yet, be sure to get in your last minute predictions!

  • Armchair Legend

    Holding on to my last shred of hope for any mention, mumbling, or even misunderstood deep breaths that a DROID 5 or similar QWERTY phone is ever coming….,

    • boybert

      I wish they’d say one way or the other. Somehow, I’d be just as happy to hear “we’re not going to make another QWERTY phone” because at least I could stop waiting 🙂

      • Mike Hilal

        I’ll say it for you. QWERTY Android phones are dead. And good riddance.

  • boybert

    Definitely interested to see the new DROID line (especially the Mini as I was really impressed with the RAZR M). But, I can’t imagine going in on one of these with the Moto X right around the corner. Would rather buy into the beginning of the new than the end of the old if that’s how this is going to work out.

  • SizzlePhizzle

    Where’s the live blog/live stream?

  • TheRobotCow

    One feature that I will miss from the Razr/Maxx Hd is the LED notification light bar.

  • Radgatt

    Live steam?

  • kaylaartist

    I want my HTC!

  • Finire

    Wish I could get your press tag for the event, I’d take a long lunch to have high hopes…

  • EC8CH

    The fact that Verizon wants me to buy these phones…
    makes me not want to buy these phones.

    • Verizon

      I don’t want you buy any of these.

      • EC8CH

        HaHa funny…. I see what you’re doing.

        Wait… I wonder how big that battery is going to be, and Kelvar is super cool.

        • ToddAwesome

          I loves me some Kelvar, wait, what’s Kelvar?

          • EC8CH

            It’s Elvish… look it up.

          • ToddAwesome

            ah, my bad, I like women, so….

          • EC8CH

            so you feel the need to proclaim it on the internet?

            me thinks…

          • ToddAwesome

            me knows…I’m bored, trying to kill time till the event, my apologies for being snarky.

          • EC8CH

            god knows we’ve all been waiting awhile for a verizon event of any meaning this year.

  • EC8CH


  • oscar682

    Can I watch event live somewhere?

  • StankyChikin

    Vzw needs a 500 minute, unlimited texting, 5 GB data plan for $50-$60 🙂

    I know… Freaking pipe dream.

    • LiterofCola

      If wishes were horses…..

      • Justin W

        And they were in the sea….

    • Richard Albert McKenzie III

      if you look at it from a business perspective Verizon isn’t going to be lowering their prices anytime soon, unless something major happens. they have the best coverage and arguably the best speeds and are largely considered the best(at least in those aspects), it would be unwise of them to lower their prices when they can get what they’re currently asking for.

    • Warwick

      This plan would be awesome, My GF would be able to afford it and she would stop complaining about the “Later Network” (Sprint :p)

  • Steve Benson

    Phones that nobody cares about.

    Hopefully this is the last launch of Droid phones ever.

    • LiterofCola

      Comments from people no one cares about. Go figure.

    • Brian Utne

      I can think of a lot of people that would care about these phones.

      • Steve Benson

        Just Droid homers.

  • MichaelFranz

    What time does it start and is there a live feed?

    • No live feed that I know of, event kicks off in NYC at 9AM Pacific, we get our hands on the phones out west at 10AM Pacific.

  • Lucky Armpit

    Keeping my fingers crossed for decent specs and a light Blur overlay ala Razr Maxx Jellybean. I’m not a specs whore but I think the Ultra will fit my needs better than the Moto X. Very excited and hoping for the best!

    • Raj Bhatt

      I’m with you. I hate overlays but if someone can figure out how to unlock the bootloader, the Ultra Maxx might be the way to go.

      • Lucky Armpit

        I’m okay with the stock ROM since Blur is barely-there. But I’m going to wait until someone releases a root method. I’m new to the world of root and I wish I would have done that a long time ago. Makes backing up/restoring and getting rid of bloat oh-so-easy…. 🙂

    • LiterofCola

      Android Police is reporting that the Maxx will have a 3500mah battery with wireless charging capabilities.

      • Lucky Armpit

        I get two days on a single charge with my Razr Maxx and that phone is almost two years old. I expect to get longer than that out of the Droid Maxx as I’m not a heavy power-user. A buddy has the Razr M HD and he gets 2+ days easy as he’s a lighter user than I am.

  • Swoops

    Surprise we sold all your private data, but who wants half priced apps all day? Limit one per account

  • MichaelFranz

    RAZR HD’s just dropped to $49.99

    • EC8CH

      how about the retail price?

      • MichaelFranz

        yep….i laughed how target has gnex still and its like free on contract but retail is still like 600 or something….

        • EC8CH

          Exactly… subsidized contract pricing, especially on Verizon, is a scam to artificially inflate retail pricing. That’s why we need a phone like the Moto X.

          • MichaelFranz

            speaking of…..

            4 minute video of it here


          • Weber

            The camera doing the filming was doing some weird stuff.
            Did you notice the weird lines/bumps on the screen when the light shone on it a certain way? I wonder if that’s just for the prototypes. Other than that, looks pretty nice and smooth to me.

  • Justin Larmay

    Gonna announce the droid butterfly s!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Interesting. Wonder if before the demise of an.droidlife (I supported that demise) if the D Life team would be in SF more for a google event and not be all in at the VZW Droid event in NY. Frankly I quite admire the advancement of this site into all of android instead of just droids. Just something interesting I’ve noticed….which I support of course.

    • The flight was booked for NYC, but when Verizon said they would also host a small gathering for west coast media, we couldn’t help but take them up on it. PDX to NYC to SF in a 2-day span didn’t sound like that much fun, but we were prepared to do it! So the delay in coverage is a downer, but it saves us a lot of stress and travel heh.

      • MichaelFranz

        well next time you come to NY i’ll take you for real NY pizza (LOL)

      • zepfloyd

        and $$$

        • Well yeah, that too. 😛

          • Daistaar

            For what it’s worth, I’d be happy to cover any NY events and happenings as I’m already in the city and an excellent writer.

    • Zach B.

      Oh. TIL. I’ve been reading this site for 2 years and never caught wind of an.droid-life.

      • NexusPhan69

        They don’t post on that anymore. It’s all here now.

      • EC8CH

        you missed all the wonderful

        “Shouldn’t this be posted on an.droid-life instead”

        good times /s

        • Butters619

          That got unbelievably old. It was on every single non-droid article.

  • wes

    Screw the Droids…the real show is August 1st!

    • LiterofCola


    • TheRobotCow

      Moto X will be a great device but i’m very interested what Motorola has in stored for today.

      • EC8CH

        there’s a rumor that the larger Moto X phone will share specs with some of the Droid branded phones… so there’s that… maybe.

  • SA_NYC

    I’m still traumatized by that J-Lo event.

    • Collllooooors, and fonnttsssss, and cassessssss….

      • Josh C

        Moto should hire her for the X release… /s

        • Raj Bhatt

          Collllooooors and wrist fliiiickssss and mediocre speccccssssss….

        • EC8CH

      • Zach B.


      • Francisco Rodriguez

        I wonder if we’ll be able to get the Ultra at Viva Movil

        • Weber

          You will, with that name.