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Shortly after Google released Android 4.4.3 to the world, Motorola updated the Moto X through various carriers to the new build quicker than Google could to some of its own Nexus devices. The same couldn’t be said for the DROID line, though, which includes the MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini. Thankfully, Motorola’s David Schuster gave us an update on the situation, stating that all of those devices would be upgraded to Android 4.4.3 shortly, bypassing the 4.4.2 update they had yet to receive.
And then Google released Android 4.4.4 yesterday with an important security fix.
So what is the DROID situation now? Well, Schuster took to G+ again last night to talk about the new update. In short, the security fix has indeed pushed the timeline out a bit, but because the security fix is that important, Motorola had to resubmit updates to carriers again for testing. Moto is hoping for technical approval on the new updates within 3 to 5 weeks.
Here is his comment:
Sorry for the delay in giving an update on the 4.4.3 upgrades but I had to wait unit Google announced KitKat 4.4.4 today (I am bound by a NDA). A significant security vulnerability was discovered by OpenSSL (https://www.openssl.org/news/secadv_20140605.txt) and is fixed in KitKat 4.4.4. We had to wait until KitKat 4.4.4 became available. Consequently, all of our 4.4.3 upgrades that were in carrier labs worldwide (including the 2013 Droid’s) had to be respun, tested and resubmitted again. This was a significant unplanned effort that we had to undertake. We should be re-entering labs next week and hopefully getting TA (technical approval) in 3 to 5 weeks later depending on the carrier.
I know that isn’t the news DROID owners were hoping to hear, but it is what it is. Security fixes are security fixes and Motorola and Verizon want to make sure their devices are not vulnerable.
Via: +David Schuster
Been curious why the DROID ULTRA, MAXX and Mini have not yet been updated to Android 4.4.2? Well, because Motorola ran into an issue and decided to wait until Android 4.4.3 was ready. According to David Schuster, Motorola’s senior direct of software product management, there was an issue with “requirement churn” that didn’t allow them to get out 4.4.2 as quickly as they would have liked. Since that issue arose and they knew that 4.4.3 was around the corner, rather than continue on with 4.4.2 and then make DROID owners wait months for 4.4.3, they made the decision to skip 4.4.2 altogether.
That’s right, DROID owners will jump past 4.4.2 and get Android 4.4.3 as soon as it is ready. Schuster didn’t give us a time frame, but did say that they are “working to get this update to you shortly.” He also noted that he will update us as we get closer to its release.
Here is the full quote:
I see a lot of comments on a couple different threads asking about the 2013 DROID plans. Now that KitKat 4.4.3 is publicly available I am able to give more information about our plans. As I have stated previously, we ran into some issues with requirement churn on getting KitKat 4.4.2 out as quickly as we wanted too. Once that got resolved last month we had a decision to make with respect to rolling out KitKat 4.4.2 vs. waiting for KitKat 4.4.3, which we knew, was coming out shortly. We were concerned that if we used KitKat 4.4.2 it could be months before we were given the opportunity to get you KitKat 4.4.3. Consequently, we made the decision to wait for KitKat 4.4.3 as the base for our next update to the 2013 DROID family. We are working to get this update to you shortly, as it gets closer I will let you guys know. Thanks for your patience.
Via: +David Schuster
DROID ULTRA, MAXX, and Mini Jumping Right to Android 4.4.3 is a post from: Droid Life
It isn’t much of a secret that the Motorola DROID line of devices was the first line of Android powered devices that brought Motorola back into the spotlight. A curious amount of variants sprung up after the first DROID RAZR hit the scene and many of us were pretty excited to Motorola back in the game. It slowed a bit for them until the more recent Moto X and Moto G hit the scene. While the DROID line is aging, it isn’t entirely dead. Heck, I still know a few people locally that use their DROID RAZR MAXX daily and have no plans to trade it in anytime soon. If you happen to be one of those die hard DROID fans with Verizon then we have some great news for you. It looks like you probably have an update waiting for you.
That is correct, a rather large list of devices has hit the Verizon support pages and almost all of them are scheduled to be gaining Android 4.4.2 KitKat. That list includes the RAZR M, RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD. You guys will be looking at, not only an OS update, but also an updated version of the DROID zap app, security patches, Wi-Fi fixes and roaming issues resolved. The RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD will also be picking up some HDMI implementations, but the specifics aren’t clear yet.
On the other side of the coin, the DROID Mini, DROID Ultra and DROID MAXX also have a set of updates starting as well. Sadly, it isn’t Android 4.4.2 , yet. You guys will be getting some bug fixes and roaming enhancements along with the swap for the KitKat white notification icons in your status bar. We can only hope that these devices will see kKitKat 4.4.2 some time shortly after this obviously smaller maintenance update.
As always, these updates will be rolling out in stages. Don’t be surprised if you don’t see it immediately. You can always head into settings and ping for the update if you really want too. If you do see the update pop up, make sure you have well over 50% battery life, a solid Wi-Fi connection and some time to kill to download and install the file.
Update info pages:
On Wednesday evening, the team gathered for episode 58 of the Droid Life Show. As is always the case, we had a glorious time filled with LG G3 rumors, speculation around HTC’s potential future success in the mid-range market, and why Verizon has decided to ignore the rest of the wireless industry, even after reporting a terrible Q1. We also wondered if NFC has been a total bust thus far before wrapping up with a listener Q&A and our favorite apps of the week.
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Motorola looks to be preparing an update for the DROID Ultra and MAXX, with soak test invitations now hitting user inboxes. More than likely, this OTA will be an update to Android 4.4.2, bringing this line of DROID devices up to par with the rest of the top Android smartphones.
It was all the way back in January when initial updating to Android 4.4 took place, and this is the first actual murmur of development we have seen regarding this device since then. If the test does turn out to be Android 4.4.2, there will be lots of happy Ultra and MAXX owners out there.
When and if the OTA hits your device, be sure to let us know.
Cheers J and M!
HTC product manager Mo Versi confirmed the DROID DNA Kit Kat update earlier in the week. At the time we were told there was technical approval and that the update was expected to begin on April 24th. Of course, there was also confirmation about the update bringing Android 4.4.2 and Sense 5.5.
Well, it looks like the rollout has begun as expected. Today is April 24th and we have begun seeing reports of the update arriving on handsets. Equally as nice — it seems Big Red has posted the changelog, which details a two update process. The first update is on the small size and sits at 18.3MB.
The first update is just a prep for the actual update. And for those curious — the second update measures in at 618MB. Anyway, the changelog details what can be expected in terms of BlinkFeed, Location Settings, Gallery, Do Not Disturb, Lock Screen and the Music application.
- New menu delivers quicker access to search and content sources; Access by swiping from left side of the screen
- Easily turn BlinkFeed on or off; Perform a pinch-in gesture on the home screen > Then access the Edit screen > Simply tap BlinkFeed ON and BlinkFeed OFF
- Redesigned for ease of use and battery conservation
- Shows estimated battery use of each app
- Offers a master switch that turns all location settings on or off
- Lists which apps are using location services
- New setting enables you to choose between these location profiles: High accuracy (most battery use), Battery saving (least battery use), Device sensors (GPS only)
- Redesigned for easier viewing of different content configurations; Panels for each configuration (folders, highlights) have replaced the drop-down menu, Swipe left or right to switch between panels
- Quickly access photos from the cloud and social networks
- Manage and edit Video Highlights easily; From Events panel, tap desired event, then switch to Video Highlights, Select desired pictures, themes and music
Do Not Disturb
- Cut down on phone distractions during important events
- Block incoming calls: turn off sound, vibration and LED notifications
- Can be set to resume Â¿normal modeÂ¿ at a certain time; To access this feature, go to Settings > Sound > Do not disturb
- Tap on an Event to view all the pictures and videos from a particular occasion
- The process to lock screen widgets has been simplified; Swipe left from the lock screen, Tap the + icon to choose a widget to add to the Lock Screen
- Redesigned for easier viewing of different content configurations; Panels for each configuration (artist, albums) have replaced the drop-down menu, Swipe left or right to switch between panels
Verizon DROID DNA users now have two options. The first is to sit back, wait for the notification to arrive and then follow the prompts. The second is the one we suspect more users will follow — navigating to Settings -> Software update -> Status or check new, to get the process started.
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Ready for episode 56 of the Droid Life Show? We don’t have a ton of topics on hand for the evening, but there are a couple really important ones. First of all, Tim and I have spent the last two weeks with the Galaxy S5, so we’ll have plenty of thoughts to share while we finish up that review. The OnePlus One is also now official, with an insanely low price tag, but no real way to purchase one. We will take reader Q&A as well, plus run through some of our favorite apps of the moment.
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According to HTC’s executive director of product management, Mo Versi, Verizon’s Droid DNA has gotten technically approval for its Android 4.4.2 update. This update also includes Sense 5.5, and probably a handful of extra little tweaks, fixes, and Verizon additions. The OTA rollout is slated to start on April 24th, which is just over 24 hours away, so if you’ve got a Droid DNA, get ready for a nice update on your device.
Any Droid DNA owners that have been anticipating finally seeing this update?
source: Mo Versi
Come comment on this article: Android 4.4 update with Sense 5.5 approved for Droid DNA, rollout to begin on April 24th
Whenever Google releases a new version, or major update, to Android one of the most common questions for owners of existing phones is whether their device will ever benefit. Owners of the Motorola DROID devices from 2012, the DROID RAZR HD, DROID RAZR M, and DROID RAZR MAXX HD has some reason to be concerned when Android 4.4 KitKat was released last fall as their devices were already “old” in terms of smartphones. They probably breathed a sigh of relief when Motorola announced they would make KitKat available for their devices at some point. After months of no updates though, some were questioning whether Motorola was really committed to the effort to make KitKat available for their devices. The good news for most, if not all, of these owners is that David Schuster with Motorola posted over the weekend that the update was only “a few more weeks” away.
In his post on Google+, Schuster indicates the team has made “great progress” in preparing KitKat for the “2012 DROID family” of devices. He does list the RAZR HD and RAZR M specifically, but left off the RAZR MAXX HD. Hopefully leaving off specific mention of that third device was merely an oversight. Schuster indicates the version to be released will be Android 4.4.2.
In a response to some questions, Schuster also reported work in continuing on Android 4.4.x for the 2013 DROID devices. However, the team has been dealing with “a number of different and unfortunately changing requirements.” He does think the challenges are behind the team at this point, so those devices appear to be on track to get an upgrade in “a few more weeks” as well.
source: +David Schuster
Come comment on this article: Motorola’s 2012 DROID devices still slated to get KitKat in a few more weeks
Motorola has been launching new DROID phones every year since 2009. This year is no exception, especially since they signed that exclusive agreement to continue to make DROIDs for Verizon Wireless.
This year’s model(s) will hit around the 4th quarter and will sport a larger screen ratio, meaning less bezel. The latest DROIDs have sported Kevlar, and it looks likes Motorola will continue that trend. However, they will update it with supposed next-gen materials.
Of course Motorola will also launch an updated Moto X over the summer, and just like last year, we expect the new DROIDs to have the same software and features.
It still amazes me that the DROID line is still around, but I guess Big Red thinks it is still pretty lucrative. They are the only U.S. carrier to have their own branded phone.
Come comment on this article: Next Motorola DROID refresh is on track for Q4
Would Twitter, Instagram or Vine be any fun if you couldn’t participate in the social experience? No, probably not. This is the problem that Motorola’s Droid Zap had: it was a unique, localized photo-sharing service that left non-Droid owners out to dry. Users of any Android phone could call up the app and see what other users in a 1,000-foot radius were sharing, but were barred from sharing anything unless their device was Droid-branded. Now, Motorola is finally letting other phone owners become part of the conversation, opening the app’s photo-sharing features to all Android devices. Unfortunately, the full experience still isn’t available to everyone: the new Zap Zone feature (a timed, live and shared photo album) is exclusive to Droid devices, as is the ability to send videos and regular files. Still, with the ability to participate at least a little, non-Droid users finally have a reason to try the app.
Via: Android Police
Source: Google Play
Motorola has updated the DROID Zap app, and this time those using the app will notice a new feature. Perhaps more important though, Motorola has opened things up and the app will now work with quite a few additional devices. Simply put, the app will no longer be limited to those with a Motorola DROID branding, though, some features will be device specific.
In this case, the new feature that has come along with this update is Zap Zone. This will allow multiple users to share pictures in a group setting. Say, at a party. Users begin by inviting others, and once the invitation has been accepted, the sharing can begin. From that point, all pictures you take will automatically be shared for the duration of the Zap Zone.
The other device aspect is simple. DROID Zap has opened up and any Android handset will be able to send and/or receive images. The update is nice to see, if for no other reason than existing users will now be able to
be friends with share images with those who aren’t using a DROID. The real question here will be whether those non-DROID users will adopt the app.
Some brief testing shows the app works well enough, but along with wondering how many non-DROID users are going to be excited, we aren’t exactly sure if this will be more attractive as compared to simply sending an email, or sharing the images with Facebook or Twitter. DROID Zap can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.
After a soak test, Verizon DROID owners are set to get Android 4.4 soon. The update is rolling out gradually, and affects all new DROID devices via Verizon. With that, you can expect your DROID Ultra, Maxx, and Mini to get KitKat soon, but don’t get overly excited. The update comes with a few catches.
The KitKat experience on the DROID lineup will differ slightly from that found on the Nexus 5. Users will still have the blue icons up top, and be relegated to the Jelly Bean dialer and home screen. Though not a huge deal, no reason has been given for Verizon’s use of “expired” aspects of Android on a new iteration.
Aside from those three things, the KitKat experience will remain the same as with other handsets. You can choose which service hosts your messaging, go between ART and Dalvik, and the new transparency framework is around. Of course, you won’t get the new Google Now launcher, which is still left to the Nexus 5.
If you don’t yet have the update, don’t fret. Verizon is rolling it out in stages, and you’ll be getting yours soon enough. Also, keep in mind this affects those DROID handsets introduced last year, not all DROID devices. Though not the fastest update we’ve ever seen, and keeps some Jelly Bean touches, it’s good to see DROIDs finally getting the update love they deserve.
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.
DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX
Good news, Verizon Motorola DROID RAZR users: there’s a new update coming your way. Bad news: it’s not KitKat, or any kind of Android version upgrade, Nope, this is a humble maintenance update, meant to address a few niggling bugs and nothing more. Try to contain your excitement. DROID RAZR MAXX users should get this update as well, since the software on that particular phone is identical to the DROID RAZR.
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- [Update: Rollout Starts Next Week] DROID RAZR HD Jelly Bean Update Support Docs Posted, Rollout To Start Soon
Motorola Readies A Roaming Maintenance Update For The Original DROID RAZR And DROID RAZR MAXX was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Details of a soak test for the Verizon DROID lineup surfaced earlier in the week. While those in the test groups aren’t able to post publicly with details, there was hope the update was bumping the handsets to Kit Kat. More to that point, there was also hope Verizon would take this from soak test to a public rollout as quickly as they did with the Moto X.
Well, it looks like that is exactly how things have played out. Details coming by way of Albert Aydin, @VZWalbert on Twitter, mention how “starting today” the Android 4.4 Kit Kat update is rolling out to DROID Ultra, Maxx and Mini users. The key with the update, this one is said to be rolling out in phases.
There wasn’t anything further in terms of how many devices will be seeing it today, or alternatively, when the rollout is expected to be completed. Needless to say, that leaves users with one of two options to consider. The first is to sit back and wait for the update notification to arrive. The second is to go looking. We suggest the former approach with some patience, but we realize many will not want to wait for Kit Kat.
We understand the desire to update as quick as possible, however we do look towards the past and that includes having seen updates that start rolling, only to get pulled because a last minute issue was discovered. We cannot say that will happen here, but on the flip side, sometimes it may be better to wait a bit longer for the update — just to be safe. Bottom line here, the Kit Kat rollout has begun for the DROID Ultra, Maxx and Mini smartphones.
SOURCE: Verizon Wireless
Update rolling out 'in phases' starting today
Verizon has taken to Twitter to announce that the Droid Ultra, Droid MAXX and Droid Mini will start receiving their over-the-air updates to Android 4.4 KitKat from today. The update is rolling out "in phases" according to the carrier, following a short soak test over the weekend. In addition to the new Android OS features, today's Droid update includes a new version of the Droid Zap sharing utility with a revamped interface, according to the official changelog.
It's a remarkably quick turnaround for the Verizon-branded handsets, coming a month to the day after the Moto X KitKat updates started, and less than two months after the Android 4.4 open-source code drop.
If you're seeing KitKat on any of the 2013 Droid phones today, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on.
Earlier this morning, we were tipped off to news that Motorola would begin the soak test upgrade for Motorola DROID Mini, DROID MAXX and DROID Ultra users. The company didn’t give us any clue as to what the upgrade would be after their last snafu, but our KitKat senses have been tingling ever since we heard an upgrade was coming.
Now, Verizon has taken all the mystery (and fun) out of it by announcing that it’s KitKat on Twitter. Verizon noted that the upgrade is going out in phases, which means not everyone will be seeing it right away. We imagine the aforementioned soak test gang will be the absolute first in line, though if the upgrade to KitKat on the Moto X is anything to go by it might not be a long wait for the rest.
We’ll be feverishly checking for the upgrade, but if you happen to grab it before we can be sure to let us know in the comments section below. It might be a good idea for you to get on WiFi and charge your battery before giving it a go.
After being the first carrier to deliver KitKat on the Moto X, Verizon is now following up with OTA updates for its own line of exclusive Motorola devices. Starting today, DROID MAXX, Mini, and Ultra owners will start to see the latest version of Android arrive on their devices. According to a tweet sent out just now, this update will be going out in waves.
— Verizon Wireless (@VZWnews) December 19, 2013
Verizon has already posted support documentation of what to expect.
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Verizon Pushing Out Android 4.4 To The DROID MAXX, Mini, And Ultra Starting Today was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
With the Moto X having received the Android 4.4 KitKat update less than a month after Google unveiled the latest version of its OS, everyone has been expecting that Motorola will be pushing out quick updates to other devices as well. Now, it looks like the company will be living up to those expectations, as it has begun sending out soak test invites for a forthcoming upgrade for the DROID Maxx, Ultra, and DROID Mini on Verizon, and considering the similarities in hardware between the three devices and the Moto X, this upgrade is almost certain to be the KitKat update.
Motorola is being rather secretive about the update’s details, giving us all the more reason to get excited about the possibility of it being an update to Android 4.4. Of course, it could always turn out to be just a regular update for bug fixes and the like, but again, considering Motorola’s new found focus on releasing quick software updates, owners of the DROID Maxx, DROID Mini and DROID Ultra could be breaking off a piece of KitKat very soon. As always, the soak test will be available only for a select group of people, and if everything goes according to plan, the general Android 4.4 rollout should begin in the next week or so.
Android 4.4 KitKat features faster performance, reduced memory usage, white navigation and status bar buttons and the option to hide them in apps via “immersive mode,” inbuilt printing and NFC tap and pay support, option to specify default text messaging and home (launcher) app in Settings, and more.
The post Soak test invites heading out for Verizon’s DROID trio, could be for Android 4.4 KitKat appeared first on The Droid Guy.
Attention, owners of the Verizon Motorola Droid Ultra, Droid Mini and Droid Maxx: Motorola has just sent out invites for a software "soak test" for the trio of devices. Nothing definite, but that could well mean Android 4.4 KitKat is on its way. (Or it could be a lesser version. We've got our fingers crossed.)
It generally takes a few days for the soak test update to push — and it's entirely possible the update will push to everyone — soak test or not — at the same time. It's happened before.
More: Verizon Droid forums; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
We have seen a handful of dates in regards to the HTC DROID DNA update. Not to mention, some reports stating Android 4.3, and some stating Android 4.2.2. Both however, came with mention of Sense 5. Well, it looks like we have those answers and it looks like the update is going to begin today. First things first though, DROID DNA users will be getting Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5.
The changelog has been posted by Verizon and the timeline has been shared by HTC’s Executive Director, Product Management. The details were shared on his @moversi Twitter account and came as follows;
“DNA Owners! We have received technical approval from Verizon on OS 4.2.2 + Sense 5!! Thank you for your patience, the OTA will go out soon!!”
That was then followed with word the update “should” start today. We will see if Verizon is able to keep the schedule, but in the meantime, there is the changelog. Along with 4.2.2 and Sense 5, this update will have your handset going to software version 3.06.605.4 with baseband 1.01.01.1012.
Perhaps more important than a few changes in numbers though, this is actually a rather big update. To that point, it is one that will be noticeable right from when your handset first reboots. DROID DNA users will be seeing an updated People app, Calendar app, Dialer app and Gallery app. This update will also add Video Highlights and BlinkFeed as well.
Along with these changes, there are nearly twenty items listed in terms of issues that will be resolved. That full list can be seen above. Otherwise, it doesn’t appear HTC and Verizon are done with the DROID DNA either. Further comments from the @moversi account mention that 4.4 (with the latest Sense update) are on track for Q1 2014.
Verizon posted details surround an incoming update for the DROID DNA several months ago that would bring the device up to Android 4.2.2 and dress it up with Sense 5, but an OTA never came. Now that’s changing, as Verizon has officially announced it and provided a detailed overview of changes owners can expect. The update will provide an experience similar to that on the HTC One, with features such as BlinkFeed, quick settings, and improved Sense apps making their way over to what was 2012′s best DROID.
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DROID DNA Gets Android 4.2.2 With Sense 5 OTA Update Four Months After Verizon Spilled The Beans was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
While many have accepted the fact that phones with QWERTY keyboards are basically dead, there are still a few folks out there who would love to see them return to the mainstream. The last time we talked about a QWERTY keyboard was the DROID 5, a device we never quite saw come to fruition from Motorola, even though evidence pointed to its existence. Regardless of that, a new QWERTY-toting device looks to be making its way to T-Mobile from LG, a device named the F3Q.
Beyond the name, not much is known. From what we would assume, the device doesn’t appear to be anywhere near a flagship model, given the capacitive buttons on the device and an overall “plasticy” look to it. A release date has still yet to surface as well, so until we get more details, a press render is all we have to work with.
We know you may not pick up the F3Q, but if the DROID 5 came alive, who here would jump all over that?
Cyber Monday, Black Friday, the Moto X fiasco, and the rest of the holiday weekend may be over, but deals continue to flow in since the holiday shopping season is only now getting under way. For those with a phone that can utilize wireless charging (Nexus 5, DROID MAXX, LG G2 on Verizon, etc.) yet haven’t purchased a wireless charger because most are overpriced, feel free to check out today’s deal through Daily Steals.
They are currently selling the Incipio GHOST 100 wireless charger that was made specifically for the new DROID family of phones at 50% off or $20. Well, it’s “DROID” branded anyway. The good news is that it’s Qi-enabled, so it should work with almost any phone that has wireless charging capabilities. It should work with all of the phones I mentioned above, along with the Galaxy S4 (with a wireless charging back), DROID DNA, DROID Mini, and others.
If you’re on the Verizon network, and want to keep that unlimited data plan, we have good news. Three of their more popular handsets have been discounted by about $100, giving you extra incentive to purchase your device outright. The deals aren’t node as being Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals, either, so we’re not sure if this is a temporary markdown, or permanent.
The LG G2 and HTC One Max have been knocked down to $500, and the DROID Ultra has been dropped to $450. Both pricing schedules are for off-contract devices, meaning you can upgrade without changing your plan. You could also purchase the device and go prepaid, which often saves quite a bit of money.
The $70/month plan with Verizon prepaid offers unlimited calling, texting, and MMS messaging with 4GB data. With prepaid, there is no credit check, and no suspect charges on your monthly bill. If 4GB is a bit much, you can get 2GB data monthly for $60.
Those pricing schemes are in line with Verizon’s Shared Everything plans, thought here are no other fees associated. No taxes, and no per line access fees. With prepaid, you end up saving over $40 month, meaning that after a year or so you end up ahead. Rather than $2,640+ over two years with a shared everything plan, you spend a flat $2,180 going prepaid — phone and all.
Of course, if you’re already a Verizon customer with unlimited data, you know that an upgrade with a new contract will probably void that plan and put you into a new shared data plan. Either way, these are very decent deals on three really good phones. We hope Verizon customers jump on this one.
Verizon has added a new color for the DROID ULTRA and DROID MINI handsets. As of today, both handsets are available in white. This new white model joins the previously available black and red and is basically, the same handsets, just in a new color. Simply put, the pricing and the specs each remain the same as had been.
The DROID ULTRA is currently priced at $99.99 on a new two-year agreement, and the DROID MINI is $49.99, also with a two-year agreement. Otherwise, those looking to make monthly payments can expect to pay $18.97 for the ULTRA or $16.81 for the MINI using the Edge program. There is also the option to pay full retail. In that case, the ULTRA would be $449.99 and the MINI would be $399.99.
While these handsets both sport different size displays, the share many of the same features. They each have 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM along with a 2 megapixel front-facing camera and 10 megapixel RGBC rear-facing camera with quick capture. They both also have the Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System which means some extra perks.
The goodies that come along with the X8 include Active Display and Touchless Control, both features that are also found on the Moto X. The DROID handsets also have DROID Zap and the Command Center, both of which are exclusive to the DROID lineup. Otherwise, the DROID ULTRA has a 2130 mAh battery and the DROID MINI has a 2000 mAh battery, both of which are said to be able to offer up to 28 hours of run time.
Lastly, the DROID ULTRA has a 5.0-inch display and the MINI has a 4.3-inch display. But of course, the main difference for the DROID ULTRA and DROID MINI is simply the new color, white.
Earlier this week we told you that the white Droid Ultra would likely be coming to Verizon very soon to join the previously leaked white Droid Mini. Now we’re here to tell you that starting today, you can get your hands on these new colors. The phone is obviously exactly the same except for the color change— the Droid Ultra is now available through Verizon for $99.99 and the Droid Mini is now available for $49.99. Looking for a stylish new device? These two are definitely high on that list.
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