In recent months, Verizon Wireless has launched a lot of good Android devices. Their lineup is one of the best, and the launch of Galaxy Nexus few days ago made it the best by far. Previously, rumor had it that Verizon would be launching the Droid 4 few days after the launch of the Galaxy Nexus, but now VZ-Buzz is reporting that Verizon will launch it next year on February 2nd.
While there’s no idea why Verizon is delaying the launch for 2 months, it seems the reason could be the LTE outages, but what I believe is that Verizon wants to wait because they just launched the Galaxy Nexus – meaning, if they launch the Droid 4 as well, then the Droid 4 will probably fail to stand in front of the Nexus because it’s the first ICS device. It was also very anticipated.
Hopefully, in February, Verizon will launch the device with Ice Cream Sandwich on board, which will attract more users. This is something they really need to do because – right now -everyone’s got ICS in their mind. In the meantime, what do you think is the reason of this delay? Share your thoughts with us in the comment box below.
Verizon Droid 4 delayed till February? originally appeared on AndroidGuys.
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Finally, I think I have found the phone for me. No it doesn’t sport dual-core water cooled processors or even a large 1080p display. But what it does have, it has in spades. And to prove it, I have moved from the mighty Droid X to the Pro as a daily driver and it has not disappointed. In many ways the Droid Pro from Verizon is what I wanted when I first saw a phone running what was a very early Android. The HTC device which never built, pictured left.
As a long user of BlackBerry devices, the above prototype is what I drooled over whilst I slaved away on my T-Mobile BlackBerry 7105t. It is amazing that other than the T-Mobile Charm, the Pro is the only other portrait Android phone sold with a full QWERTY keyboard not coincidentally both ODM’d by Motorola.
I will mainly review the experience as Android 2.2 and the Motorola UI have both been out for a while now. The Pro is very solid in its feel and heft while not feeling heavy at all. With only volume rockers on the left side and a dedicated application button on the right (I have mine assigned as the camera), it is fairly sleek. The top is only adorned with a 3.5mm headphone jack and power button. I have read some reviews of users who were less than impressed by it’s chrome bezel and plasticky look but it feels very much like its BlackBerry peers. And it’s not even noticed when used with a case like mine. The back/battery door is plastic with no rubberized grip whatsoever, so beware in the cold weather as it is very easy to drop.
The main attraction and reason of this model is of course is the full hardware keyboard, and it does not disappoint. I can type on it as fast as my old Curve and I don’t have to depend on any auto-corrections anymore, especially when I have to type a lot of acronyms being in the tech industry. It is very easy to access the usual capacitive Android keys just below the screen: Menu, Home, Back, Search. No track ball/pad is needed on the Pro since it has a full touchscreen for copy/paste and general cursor placement for various apps.
The top row of keys are for “alt” number use unlike RIM’s number pad arrangement on the upper left. All in all, very functional and usable.
I have the usual gaggle of applications on my phone that are present on all of my Android devices: Google Voice, Twitter client of some kind, and Skype among others. Again, it’s business as usual here too for you Android users. The camera is a functional 5mp unit that is a little faster than the original Droid’s but nothing new here except that the shutter button is now on the screen and not dedicated hardware.
Unfortunately, I cannot test one of the main highlights of a BlackBerry: Exchange server integration. But it should work just as well as Motorola’s other Android phones, especially after their recent update that included fixes to Exchange Server secure access. No, I use IMAP email but the stock email client set to “push” works fine and I have not noticed any glitches so far. Oh, and no BlackBerry Messenger either, but you already knew that. But you can just as easily use Gtalk and Google Voice SMS to replace and get acclimate quickly.
- Full QWERTY keyboard
- Android 2.2 (hopefully to 2.3 AKA Gingerbread soon. PLEASE Motorola!)
- Size is just right
- Verizon 3G Mobile Hotspot for $20/month limited data
- Battery will last some of the day but will need charging and/or a 2nd battery to use out of the office.
- Somewhat distorted speakerphone but not a deal breaker
- Weaker earpiece than Droid X and my Droid but not that noticeable without direct comparison
- Comes standard with 2GB MicroSD (I guess Moto thinks biz types don’t like to put audio/video on their phones)
So with a BlackBerry-like keyboard for the hardware and Android as the OS, it’s much like a technological mullet: business in the front and party in the back!
Verizon Droid Pro Review: Business in the Front/Party in the Back originally appeared on AndroidGuys.
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Chitika -a leading mobile ads network – has just released their research of traffic across all Android devices. Verizon’s Droid line commands the top spot with all of their Droid devices before the initial launch of the Droid 2 accounting for a combined 44%. (The breakdown of which Droid phones took up how much of the pie can be seen below and past the source link.)
Number two overall, though, is the HTC EVO 4G, one of Sprint’s flagship (and heavily marketed) 4G devices (the only other being the Samsung Epic 4G). It takes up 12%. The rest of the pie is comprised of phones from 3 of the 4 major carriers standing out, with AT&T’s phones likely being shoved into that “28%” that the “other” category makes up. And though you can’t see it, 16% of Android traffic comes from 4G phones – that includes phones from both T-Mobile and Sprint, currently.
[Chitika via AC]
HTC this morning released source code for a trio of Android phones: the long-awaited first look at the myTouch 4G, plus the latest maintenance updates for the T-Mobile G2 and the Droid Incredible.
As always, some proprietary code will be missing, and unless you’re a modder there’s not much you can do with this stuff. But for those of you waiting on custom ROMs, things are about to get better. [HTC Developer Center]
HTC releases source code for T-Mo G2, myTouch 4G, Verizon Droid Incredible posted originally by Android Central
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Say it ain’t so! The venerable HTC Droid Incredible has been retired by Verizon? Not so much, actually. Remember that the Droid Incredible disappeared for a while and returned with an SCLD touchscreen in place of the AMOLED screen, which quickly found itself in short supply.
So never fear, folks. Out with the old and in with the new, and the Droid Incredible’s not going anywhere anytime soon — at least not before the LTE (and HD) version shows up. One more pic after the break.
Posted originally at Android Central
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Mobile security has been one of the hot topics at CTIA this year, according to the people we have talked with attending the event. This makes sense as more and more people are using their handsets for their computing needs when they are on the go.
One of the interesting apps that has been brought to our attention is Lookout, allowing you to secure and backup your handset on the go. The above video is the latest Verizon Droid commercial which highlights Lookout specifically as an app of choice to protect your handset.
After downloading this app to my Vibrant, I have to admit that I pleased and surprised that this is a totally free app. Granted I have only used it for an hour or so, but there are no hidden fees or signups asking for my credit card as of yet. The app claims to scan for viruses or spyware, allow you to locate your handset if lost, and backup all your data as well. Testing out the locate feature of the app was pretty funny, because you can make your phone “scream” so you can find it. The scream is a LOUD siren that will help you locate the handset pretty easy if you are in the area. As well as the audio scream, you can locate your handset using the GPS in your phone, which is triggered from a web app at Lookout.com.
Give the app a look, it’s free so it won’t cost you anything but time!
New Verizon Droid Commercial Features Lookout Security App originally appeared on AndroidGuys.
When we first heard of the HTC Lexikon all we had to go off of was the name, but now a render of the device is suggesting not only will it go to Verizon but it looks to feature the Droid branding judging by some well-placed red accents. The specs match up well with the recent Verizon/HTC slider that passed through the FCC, though the front of the device does differ slightly. We’ll chalk that up to changes made along the path to a final design, but the stars line up too perfectly for these two phones to be separate devices.
The device features a 3.8-inch screen at WVGA resolution, 512MB RAM, and an 800MHz processor (no doubt the same featured in the new T-Mobile G2/Desire Z). Android 2.2 is on board and we will assume the new version of HTC Sense as well. A leaked RUU file of the device’s Froyo ROM is available so all should become clear about the Lexikon’s software shortly.
It’s like the Droid Incredible and the Droid 2 had a baby, and it came out looking like a more bad-ass Desire Z. I think I’d take that any day. How about you? But let’s not forget about this supposed Verizon bad boy too…
Verizon’s Droid 2 goes on sale today, but we get the feeling that some of you are holding out for the R2D2 edition, even without a clue as to what he looks like. Well, now you do. Thanks to twitter user @r2d2central, we see that the phone very much resembles Artoo on the back. As for the front, we imagine pictures will be arriving later today – Star Wars Celebration V starts today and the phone will be on display.
So… what do you think? More or less than what you expected?
NOTE: R2D2 Droid 2 Spied, Yeah He’s Awesome originally appeared on AndroidGuys.
Hey guys! It’s Derek! And he is super excited to show you all the Motorola Droid 2! In this walkthrough video! The guy seems a bit high-strung, but the phone is looking as good as it ever did. Check out the video below for Verizon’s walkthrough of their latest to join the outstanding line of Droid phones offered at Big Red.
[via Android Community]
The date of August 12th has been floating around for a quite a bit now in regards to the launch of the Motorola Droid 2. We have heard that it will be a bit of a soft launch; Verizon isn’t quite ready to blow this phone up like they have been doing with the Droid X. While the powers that be at VZW remain tight-lipped and silent on the Droid 2, a newly obtained Best Buy internal document confirms the 12th as the day we will meet the next Droid. Could Verizon have any final tricks up their sleeve when it comes to the launch of this phone?
In related news, an e-mail has been sent out advertising a Droid training day at Verizon on the same day. On August 12th owners of Droid handsets can sign up or free in-store training. The mailer makes no mention of the Droid 2 but does picture the original. Could Verizon be using this training session to lure in current Droid owners to purchase the follow-up device? Maybe they’ll be cutting early upgrade deals like they did with the Droid X. Just a few more days before all becomes clear.
[via Droid-Life, 2]