2012 is set to come to a close in just a few hours, and we are just in time with our annual top 10 list of the most-watched Gear Live video episodes. Over the past year, as expected, there was a bunch of Apple gear that made the list, and it's dominated by smartphones and tablets, with the exception of two Monster headphones, a look at the Boeing 787, and a USB 3.0 hard drive.
Alongside the Droid RAZR HD that Motorola and Google announced this morning, there's also a version with a much bigger battery--the Droid RAZR Maxx HD. It's pretty much the same as the RAZR HD, with the exception of packing in 32GB of internal storage, and an incredible 3,300mAh battery that Motorola claims will provide up to 21 hours of talk time, or 8 straight hours of LTE-powered web browsing. The RAZR Maxx HD is 9.3mm thin, so a tiny bit thicker than the regular RAZR HD, but that's the price you pay to be a road warrior, right? You'll be able to nab your own Droid RAZR Maxx HD this holiday season from Verizon. Be sure to check out the full Motorola. On Display. event video.
Motorola has finally (formally) unveiled the Droid RAZR HD, its new flagship device going into the holiday season. At its Motorola. On Display. event, the Droid RAZR HD was revealed as the world's most compact 4.7-inch smartphone, sporting a 4.7-inch 720p display, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, NFC, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, and a nice 2,500mAh battery. The phone is wrapped in that same Kevlar coating that we saw on the original Droid RAZR and it 8.4mm thin. The Droid RAZR HD will ship with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, but a Jelly Bean upgrade should drop before the end of the year. Expect the device to launch on Verizon, with 4G LTE in tow, this holiday season.
Motorola said a while ago that the Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX would get an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade by the end of the second quarter. Well, it came down to the wire, but starting today RAZR owners will start receiving the Android 4.0.4 update. In addition to the new ICS feature set, the upgrade will also enable the Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX with Global Ready mode, making the Verizon's first 4G LTE devices with that distinction. Go ahead and check for an update.
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Verizon has just cut the price of the Droid RAZR Maxx by a whopping $100, bringing the price of the long-lasting 4G LTE smartphone down to $199.99 with two-year contract. That's a great price for the supercharged Motorola handset. Verizon is also touting its new partnership with Facebook video app Color, which allows you to share 30-second video snippets over 4G LTE. Speaking of the Droid RAZR Maxx, it should be picking up Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich very, very shortly.
Not feeling all the black and (sometimes) white Android devices out there? Well, prepare yourself, because Verizon has announced that a blue version of the Motorola Droid RAZR is on the way. Just to be clear, the only thing changing here is the color, so you'll get the same 4.3-inch display and Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS that all the other RAZRs are rocking. The blue model officially goes on sale next week, but you might be able to find it at physical Verizon stores a little sooner than that.
Verizon has officially announced the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE, and it's everything we expected it'd be. From the name alone, you know that this is the latest in the Droid Incredible line, powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, bringing with it Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 4-inch Super LCD qHD display, and HTC Sense 4. An 8 megapixel rear camera is on board, as well as a microSD slot that'll accept up to 32 GB of storage (although, we don't have details yet on onboard memory just yet.) Last, but certainly not least, this is the first Droid Incredible to pack a 4G LTE punch. You can pick one up in the coming weeks.
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Thanks to a leaked image from a Best Buy, it appears that we now know that the Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX, alongside the HTC Rezound, will be receiving an Ice Cream Sandwich update. April 4th is the day for RAZR devices, and April 6th is when the Rezound gets in on the Android 4.0 action. The update will be available over the air, but we have no idea on the rollout schedule. By the looks of it, April is turning out to be a big month for smartphones and updates.
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At the Google I/O conference in May, many Android phone vendors and U.S. wireless carriers made a long-awaited promise: From then on, any new Android phone would receive timely OS updates for at least 18 months following launch, as part of the then newly christened Google Update Alliance.
The back story: If you own an Android phone, you may have watched with frustration as a new version of the OS hit the market. It's almost never clear if your phone will ever get that upgrade—unlike with iOS or Windows Phones, which always get all upgrades (providing they meet the right hardware requirements). With Android, it seems to depend on the phone vendor, the specific model, the wireless carrier, the Android version itself, and whether Google sent the carrier an inflatable plastic food product as a token of its appreciation that week. Worse—and much to our chagrin—sometimes vendors make promises to customers before the sale that they don't keep once you own the phone.
Many factors contribute to this. But custom versions of Android are the key culprit, either thanks to vendor-specific enhancements (like HTC Sense, Motorola MotoBlur, and Samsung's TouchWiz, though LG, Pantech, Casio, and other vendors do it too), or carrier-specific enhancements of a more dubious nature (such as unnecessary preloaded bloatware and changes to default apps). These changes require many programming hours not just to make in the first place, but to also support and upgrade down the road—resources the carrier would rather throw at making new phones to sell you.
So the Google Update Alliance was a breath of fresh air. It sounded like everyone would finally come together, streamline their OS update timelines, and stop jerking around their customers. The thing is, while the Google Update Alliance ended up being one of the biggest stories to come out of Google I/O, we've heard almost nothing about it since then. You can bet we weren't just going to forget about it and pretend it never happened—especially after the release of Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), which is a huge leap in UI design and overall performance.
Details of Best Buy's Black Friday 2011 sales have just been released, and we've got a list of all the highlights you can expect to see after the break. Doors will open right at midnight on October 25th, and tickets for the doorbusters will be handed out as early as 10:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day. Click through for a look at the goods.
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