If you picked up a DROID ULTRA or MAXX this week, you probably were prompted with a system update shortly after the first boot. The update brings you up to build 12.7.7. It’s incredibly minor according to the official changelog, only enhancing ISIS Mobile Wallet and changing WiFi reminders from 30 minutes to 12 hours. The update doesn’t appear to be a security fix, but that’s not surprising since we aren’t aware of any currently available root exploits that would need patching.
To grab the update, if you haven’t already, head into Settings>About phone>System updates.
Motorola’s Touchless Control app, which is one of the leading features of the Moto X and new DROID line, was pushed to Google Play today. For those not familiar, Touchless Control allows each of these new Moto phones to partner with their natural language processors, so that they are always listening for your commands. After training them to only activate to your voice with a command of “OK, Google Now,” you can perform all sorts of Google voice actions from setting reminders to finding directions home. (more…)
Don’t worry, there are no explosions, ninja robot women, or motorcycles in this chase scene. Instead, a man leaves his DROID ULTRA inside an NYC cab, and then proceeds to chase it through the park to hunt it down. The phone, as you would expect while in the possession of a lunatic cabbie, is bounced from door-to-door and window-to-window. Of course, no damage is inflicted, but the owner is only able to find it in the end by saying, “OK, Google Now, call my DROID.”
Our ULTRA review should arrive any day. In the mean time, read about all of its features in our Moto X review. (Seriously, same software.)
Did you pick up an ULTRA or MAXX today?
Did you pre-order a DROID MAXX or ULTRA? If so, don’t be surprised if you receive a shipment notification today along with an expected arrival date of Monday, August 19, a day before the phone goes on sale in stores. At least two of our readers received their shipment notifications, which has been the trend for pre-orders of Verizon devices over the last couple of years. I think Big Red wants to make sure your device arrives at least on the day they hit store shelves, so they ship them extra early to reward you for pre-ordering.
The MAXX and ULTRA will officially go on sale August 20 for $299 and $199 on-contract, respectively.
Be sure to check out our expansive coverage of the ULTRA from yesterday, where we unboxed it, compared it to the Moto X, and even highlighted its DROID Zap feature.
Anyone else pre-order? Has your device shipped?
Cheers Matt, LiterofCola, and Ethan!
Verizon is juggling launch dates again. Don’t act surprised though, for how many years now have we seen target launch dates moved within days, if not hours before we expected them to be made official. Look at the Galaxy Nexus or the Thunderbolt as prime examples. So what’s new on Verizon’s current timeline of device launches? When it comes to the Moto X (for Sprint and AT&T too), new DROIDs, and HTC One, this is what we know as of this past weekend, from at least one retailer. (more…)
When Verizon announced their new DROID family of phones back in late July, they set release dates of August 20 for the DROID ULTRA and MAXX, and August 29 for the DROID Mini. Those dates, within the last day or two, changed for the ULTRA and MAXX to August 27.
Verizon hasn’t given reason for the change. It could be that they sold out of their original batch and that early pre-orders will still ship on the 20th, or that the phone has been delayed a week.
We’ll see what we can find out.
Update: We heard back from Verizon and have good news. The launch date for the DROID ULTRA and MAXX is still August 20. Both devices will be available in stores on that day. If you pre-ordered before today’s shipping date change of August 27, your device will still ship on the original date that it said (likely the 20th) when you ordered it.
Cheers Adam and Rob!
During the week of the August 20, there is a pretty good chance that you are going to have at least three new Motorola devices to choose from on Verizon. Big Red has already announced that the DROID MAXX and ULTRA will be available come the 20th (Mini launching later), but the Moto X may end up arriving later that week on the 23rd as well. We’ve had a number of readers ask us to do a full-on comparison of the Moto X to these other DROID flagships, and we’ll do that once we have review units. In the mean time, we have already put together a spec chart that compares the Moto X to the new DROIDs that you should probably check out. If you want to know how Verizon is going to approach them from a sales perspective, we have something extra for you to look at. (more…)
We had a couple of readers ask that we compare the Moto X to the other recently announced phones for Verizon (DROID ULTRA, MAXX, and Mini), but since review units for the new DROIDs aren’t currently ready, we’re stuck looking at the four on paper for now. This is a quick spec comparison to show you the subtle differences in each phone. Some differ in display size, battery capacity, and of course, they almost all differ in price.
We’ll compare the Moto X to other OEM flagships here in a minute. For now, here is your new Motorola line-up, on paper. (more…)