Earlier today, Motorola began teasing the Android 4.4 Kit Kat update for their line of devices. They promised news on their plans, which they have now delivered on. If you cruise over to their device upgrade portal, you can plug in the criteria for your phone and see if it will make the cut. As of this moment, there are few phones on the list. It also appears as if Motorola’s is going to skip Android 4.3 and go straight to 4.4. (more…)
If you are signed up for the Motorola Forums and own one of the new DROIDs, then you should be seeing an invite to take part in the soak tests the company is going to roll out for the DROID ULTRA, MAXX, and Mini. According to the email, the updates should roll out sometime this week/month, so if you are a current owner of one of those devices, be on the lookout. (more…)
If you had been eyeing one of Motorola’s new DROID smartphones since they were first introduced back in July but were waiting to pull the trigger, you held out wisely. Verizon slashed the prices of the entire family this morning, with the DROID MAXX and ULTRA each seeing a $100 cut. The DROID MAXX can now be had from Big Red for $199 on-contract, down from its starting point of $299. The DROID ULTRA on the other hand is now $99 on-contract, down from its initial price point of $199. (more…)
According to the newest Consumer Reports article filed concerning smartphones, the site’s editors have been very impressed with Apple’s newest iPhone offerings, but they are still “no match” to Motorola’s fresh lineup of DROID devices on Verizon. While they were impressed with a working fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S, and were happy with iOS 7′s addition of Command Center, overall battery life and “smallish screens” are the reasons that Apple’s flagships fall to the ULTRA, MAXX, and DROID Mini on Verizon. (more…)
The DROID MAXX is currently available from Amazon for the reasonably low price of $199 on 2-year contract. Verizon is still hawkin’ this battery beast for $299 on-contract, so if you have dreamed of kevlar, Active Display, and incredibly obnoxious ringtones (don’t worry you can change them), then by all means take a look at this deal.
We reviewed the MAXX a couple of weeks back and had very few negative things to say about it. It does all of the tricks we love from the Moto X, but also includes insanely long 2-day battery life, wireless charging, and 32GB of storage. The appearance of the phone is certainly something that won’t appeal to everyone, however, cases can easily solve that problem.
This is one of Motorola’s best phones in a couple of years.
The DROID MAXX Developer Edition is now back in stock at Motorola’s online shop for $649.99. After having initially gone live the 18th of September, this battery behemoth sold out within a few hours. If you’d like to make 3,500mAh of juice and 48 hour battery life a part of your daily digital ritual, I’d jump on this quickly before they are all gone again. Motorola is claiming that they have “never seen demand like this!” for developer editions of the Moto X and MAXX. (more…)
Lost in the excitement/confusion/price-shock of the release of the Moto X Developer Editions, we thought we should also point out that a DROID MAXX Developer Edition is available as well, unlockable bootloader included. At $649, and with the same massive 3,500mAh battery that is included in the carrier-locked DROID MAXX, this is actually a semi-decent price. The Moto X Dev Edition with a smaller battery and slightly smaller screen is the exact same price.
If you’d like to go slightly
more-pixelated bigger screen, with kevlar backing and capacitive navigation buttons, you now have an option.
Links: DROID MAXX Developer Edition (Verizon)
If you own a Moto X on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, or US Cellular (Rogers too), you can root your device with a simple app created by Justin Case, called MotoRoot. If you don’t own a Moto X, and instead decided upon the DROID MAXX, ULTRA, or Mini, you too can root your device with a simple 1-click app. (more…)