Just before 2013 ended, a couple of soak tests began for the DROID 4 and original RAZR/RAZR MAXX. We assumed, knowing the age of each device, that the updates would be incredibly minor and probably include connectivity fixes and bloatware. We were right on the connectivity part, however, Verizon has surprised us by not removing or adding any new services that few find useful. Hands to the sky, as updates for all devices are rolling out now.
There are connectivity fixes in store, though, for all three devices. Each has been given a fix to improve connectivity “while roaming abroad.” Data roaming in Canada on GSM/UMTS networks is also now supported. And last, security fixes were tossed in, meaning root users should proceed with caution as always.
The full changelogs are below. (more…)
The original or “OG” DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX have an update on the way, which will first begin as a soak test through Motorola’s Feedback Network. Invites were sent out this morning, only saying that this is a preview of a “new software release.” Before you get too excited, no, this isn’t Kit Kat. Motorola has already confirmed through their support pages that the RAZR and MAXX will remain on Android 4.1.2.
I’d imagine this is a bug fixer if anything. Well, it could be a bug fixer, bloatware installer, and connectivity improver. Those are the typical items included in updates to a phone this late in the game. After all, we are looking at phones that are two years old now.
Hey, that’s more than the Galaxy Nexus got.
Cheers Naughty Moto Tester and J!
Can you believe that it has been almost two years since Verizon partnered up with Google to release the Galaxy Nexus and Motorola to re-vive the RAZR line? That period of time in late 2011 was easily one of the most exciting in the history of this site and Android in general. For months, we talked about both (some Rezound talk too), with the Galaxy Nexus (or G-Nex as we dubbed it) eventually becoming the phone of choice for many who were upgrading from the original DROID, thanks to stock Android, the “Nexus” brand attached to it, and the hope that updates would be often and timely. But that doesn’t mean that the RAZR (MAXX in particular) wasn’t equally as popular. Verizon threw everything they had at these new DROID phones, showing off their kevlar, new version of Blur, and massive battery life.
But now that we are two years out from all of that hypebeasting, we know that there are some upgrades on the horizon. If you purchased any phone during the end of 2011, you are likely due. With unlimited data being taken away and unattractive tiered or shared plans taking their place, you have a big choice to make. Do you take an upgrade and lose your unlimited data (could try this trick to keep it)? Do you buy at full retail to avoid a contract and keep your current plan? Or do you pack up and leave Verizon for more open pastures? (more…)
The Chromecast quickly turned into the darling of the tech world almost over night thanks to its easy setup, access to range of services out of the box, and impossible-to-deny low $35 price tag. For the most part, we have heard nothing but positive things out of users who were lucky enough to pick one up on day 1, moments before the HDMI streaming dongle was sold out almost everywhere. Well, there is one group of users who is having a rough time with it – owners of the original DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX. (more…)
The new DROID lineup will officially be unveiled on Tuesday during a Verizon event, but there are still plenty of details that are doing their best to avoid us. While we still do not know specs at this time (anyone claiming to know them are simply speculating), we do have what appears to be a new picture of either the ULTRA or the MAXX with a red racing stripe down the back. The source claims that this is a variant of the MAXX, but we were told that this may actually be the ULTRA. Either way, I’m kind of digging the red stripe rather than the full red back that we saw earlier in the week.
Previous reports suggested that the ULTRA would come in black, white, and red, with the MAXX only showing up in black. Maybe things have changed? Employee edition?
That folks, is the new Motorola DROID MAXX, coming soon to Verizon. At least according to @evleaks, who posted the press render this morning with only the words “Motorola DROID MAXX, for Verizon, 2013.” So we have no specs or even a release date, but we can grab some other information courtesy of the render. (more…)
In the wireless industry, understand that phones are often times planned years in advance. That also means that contracts or agreements have been made between phone manufacturers and carriers…years in advance. With that in mind, take today’s tip from @evleaks, which suggests that Motorola and Verizon have teamed up once again to continue the DROID RAZR line, as evidence of that idea. According to a Tweet sent out by the famed leaker, Verizon and Motorola will release new phones called the DROID RAZR Ultra and RAZR M Ultra. (more…)
I’ll admit that I’m one of Verizon’s biggest critics when it comes to the rate at which they update their Android smartphones to new software. They are unbelievably slow for the most part. In fact, I’ve pointed it out a handful times, particularly with the Galaxy Nexus and the amount of time it has taken to update a device that should be the easiest of all. But we also know that Verizon stands firm on their update practices, which have a reputation for being the slowest in the business. Their network is reliable, maybe even the most reliable after all, and they attribute parts of their success to their testing practices. But something seems to have changed in 2013. I ran through a list of updates released by them this year, and the number is impressive. (more…)