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Four current Verizon smartphones will boast global capabilities by the summer

The Motorola DROID 4, DROID RAZR MAXX, DROID RAZR, and the HTC Rezound were previously rumored to feature global capabilities in the near future in order to be used overseas.  Earlier today, Verizon Wireless confirmed the recent speculation to the public by issuing a statement saying the four devices would receive an OTA upgrade and then voice services will be available in over 220 countries with data being available in over 205 countries.

The benefits of being able to operate overseas means you can travel overseas with your smartphone — assuming a global roaming service is added prior to leaving the country.  In addition, the four devices are 4G LTE capable, therefore they come with SIM cards built-in and the SIM cards are already unlocked.  Verizon Wireless customers who own these phones can simply purchase a prepaid SIM card and pop it in while traveling as a second method.

The timeframe for the DROID 4, DROID RAZR MAXX, DROID RAZR, and the Rezound is simply in the Summer.  Hopefully, Verizon will release the OTA update sooner, rather than later.

[AndroidCentral]

 

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Four current Verizon smartphones will boast global capabilities by the summer

The Motorola DROID 4, DROID RAZR MAXX, DROID RAZR, and the HTC Rezound were previously rumored to feature global capabilities in the near future in order to be used overseas.  Earlier today, Verizon Wireless confirmed the recent speculation to the public by issuing a statement saying the four devices would receive an OTA upgrade and then voice services will be available in over 220 countries with data being available in over 205 countries.

The benefits of being able to operate overseas means you can travel overseas with your smartphone — assuming a global roaming service is added prior to leaving the country.  In addition, the four devices are 4G LTE capable, therefore they come with SIM cards built-in and the SIM cards are already unlocked.  Verizon Wireless customers who own these phones can simply purchase a prepaid SIM card and pop it in while traveling as a second method.

The timeframe for the DROID 4, DROID RAZR MAXX, DROID RAZR, and the Rezound is simply in the Summer.  Hopefully, Verizon will release the OTA update sooner, rather than later.

[AndroidCentral]

 

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Four current Verizon smartphones will boast global capabilities by the summer

The Motorola DROID 4, DROID RAZR MAXX, DROID RAZR, and the HTC Rezound were previously rumored to feature global capabilities in the near future in order to be used overseas.  Earlier today, Verizon Wireless confirmed the recent speculation to the public by issuing a statement saying the four devices would receive an OTA upgrade and then voice services will be available in over 220 countries with data being available in over 205 countries.

The benefits of being able to operate overseas means you can travel overseas with your smartphone — assuming a global roaming service is added prior to leaving the country.  In addition, the four devices are 4G LTE capable, therefore they come with SIM cards built-in and the SIM cards are already unlocked.  Verizon Wireless customers who own these phones can simply purchase a prepaid SIM card and pop it in while traveling as a second method.

The timeframe for the DROID 4, DROID RAZR MAXX, DROID RAZR, and the Rezound is simply in the Summer.  Hopefully, Verizon will release the OTA update sooner, rather than later.

[AndroidCentral]

 

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Refresh Roundup: week of May 14th, 2012

Your smartphone and / or tablet is just begging for an update. From time to time, these mobile devices are blessed with maintenance refreshes, bug fixes, custom ROMs and anything in between, and so many of them are floating around that it's easy for a sizable chunk to get lost in the mix. To make sure they don't escape without notice, we've gathered every possible update, hack, and other miscellaneous tomfoolery we could find during the last week and crammed them into one convenient roundup. If you find something available for your device, please give us a shout at tips at engadget dawt com and let us know. Enjoy!

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Refresh Roundup: week of May 14th, 2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 20 May 2012 18:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX slated to receive Android 4.0 in Q2

We have some good news for Motorola DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX owners as Motorola recently updated its ICS Upgrade forum page to reflect some new dates.  The aforementioned Android smartphones on Verizon Wireless will receive the coveted Android 4.0 upgrade sometime in Q2, which implies in the next couple of months.  Since this information is straight from the Motorola website, we expect the time frame to be fairly set in stone.  In addition, the Motorola Xoom with 3G or 4G connectivity will also receive its own upgrade to Android 4.0 in Q2.

The Motorola forum page also mentions that the DROID 4 and DROID Bionic will each receive Android 4.0 in Q3.  The XYBOARD tablets will also get its own helping of Ice Cream Sandwich goodness in Q3.

Lastly, we will keep our eyes open for any exact dates in Q2 for the DROID RAZR, DROID RAZR MAXX, and the Xoom 3G/4G for the ICS roll-out.

[Motorola Forums]

UPDATE: Motorola has some bad news for anyone clutching a Droid 3 or Droid X2 – neither of those phones will receive an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Motorola confirmed that the Droid 3 and Droid X2 are stuck on “Will remain on Android 2.3″ status, meaning that it has no plans to update either device.  It’s an unsurprising but still disappointing move considering Motorola’s weak track record of supporting phones. If your gadget, like the X2 and Droid 3, aren’t slated for updates, here’s Motorola’s statement on why:

You may be wondering why all devices aren’t being upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Here’s the deal. We work very closely with Google and cell phone carriers for every software update. And, obviously we want the new release to improve our devices. If we determine that can’t be done—well then, we’re not able to upgrade that particular device.

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Verizon Wireless cuts the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX price to $199 on contract

The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX recently received a price cut from $299 to $199.  The most attractive aspect of the device is its battery life as it has a 3300 mAh battery providing up to 21 hours of continuous talk time.  For some customers, it was hard to justify a $299 price tag for a great battery life, but now the price may be a little easier to swallow since it is just $199 on a two year contract.

Ironically, the Motorola DROID RAZR still costs $199 on a two year contract, but I imagine Verizon will lower its price soon enough.  The DROID RAZR MAXX at the same price is definitely the better deal with the bigger battery, but at $199, it is one of Verizon’s top smartphones.

Recently, Verizon and Color for Facebook teamed up and the app on the DROID RAZR MAXX can be used to live stream 30 second HD clips powered by 4G LTE.  While this app sounds kind of cool, I can’t imagine myself using it that often.

If Android 2.3 is holding you back from purchasing the DROID RAZR MAXX for $199, then you should know that Android 4.0 should be right around the corner.

[Verizon Wireless]

 

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Mobile Miscellany: week of April 30th, 2012

Not all mobile news is destined for the front page, but if you're like us and really want to know what's going on, then you've come to the right place. This past week, we saw the first rollout of Verizon LTE from one of its rural partners, and both the Optimus L7 and Xperia U were spotted for Fido. These stories and more await after the break. So buy the ticket and take the ride as we explore the "best of the rest" for this week of April 30th, 2012.

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Mobile Miscellany: week of April 30th, 2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 05 May 2012 21:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Verizon Android update schedule leaked

A Reddit user by the name of DroidTosser claims to have the inside scoop on Verizon’s Android update schedule, and has posted the images to back their story up. According the photos, the HTC Rezound is slated receive an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on May 9th, followed by the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX on May 21st. Verizon’s first Honeycomb tablet, the Motorola XOOM is currently awaiting “technical approval” and will be updated directly by Google. The DROID Bionic, HTC Thunderbolt, LG Revolution, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Sony Xperia Play are all in testing, however the updates aren’t labeled as Ice Cream Sandwich builds and may just refer to bug fixes. Additional images can be found after the break. 

[Via Droid-Life]

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Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx hitting the UK in mid-May, available for pre-order now

We were aware of Motorola's plan to send the husky member of the Droid RAZR lineup on an overseas quest next month, but aside from telling us it was heading to Europe, we hadn't heard any specifics -- at least until now. Earlier today, Moto announced the Droid RAZR Maxx will bring its long-lasting powers to the UK, with expected availability around mid-May and pre-orders commencing today. Currently, this 4.3-inch, Gingerbread handset is up for grabs from Clove and Expansys for £430.80 and £429.99, respectively, while Amazon is also planning to offer the device. If that kind of cash isn't an objection, you can hit up either of the source links below to snag one for yourself.

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Last week, a Motorola engineer's Picasa album all but confirmed the existence of the Motorola Droid RAZR HD. And while we can't say his job has a future, it looks like this handset does. The latest leak includes some newly discovered blurry cam photos from China showing Motorola model MT887 running ICS. This matches the EXIF data posted by that errant engineer, which listed the RAZR HD's build as 4.0.3. According to the latest images, the RAZR HD sports a 4.3-inch display -- with an upgraded resolution of 720p -- though the other specs appear to match the current batch of RAZRs. As Android Community points out, that relatively bulky body could mean there's a 3,300mAH battery inside. That's all well and good -- unless Motorola also has a Droid HD RAZR Maxx set to launch a month after this guy. Then again, who would be so cruel as to pit your hopes for a higher-res RAZR against your dreams of an even longer-lasting smartphone?

Motorola RAZR HD running ICS spotted in the wild, 720p display in tow originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 24 Apr 2012 14:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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