Last year, Motorola launched the powerful Droid 4 smartphone exclusively for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. This device features an amazing slide-out QWERTY keyboard along with a 4 inch qHD display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera and much more. However, the device was shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. As promised, Motorola has already rolled out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update during the Q3 of 2012.
After tasting the Ice Cream Sandwich, most of the Droid 4 users were eagerly waiting for the Jelly Bean update. Nearly 7 months after the last major update, Verizon has finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for the Droid 4 smartphone in the US.
This update comes with the usual Jelly Bean goodies such as Google Now, enhanced notification panel that displays missed calls and emails, voice search, smart keyboard and more. Check out the complete changelog below.
Additional Jelly Bean Enhancements:
- Move between Home screens with intuitive graphics and smooth transitions.
- Enjoy reactive and uniform touch responses.
- Personalize home screen easily by placing widgets directly on the screen.
- Improved voice and data connectivity.
- Calendar settings have been improved for a better user experience.
- Improved reliability and connectivity of Back Up Assistant Plus & Visual Voicemail.
- Mobile Hotspot data connectivity has been improved.
- Sling and MOG application preloads have been removed.
The latest update is numbered 98.72.18.XT894 and it can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will be automatically notified once the update is available for your device. If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page.
Motorola has just announced its latest 4G LTE sporting phone for Verizon’s network, the Droid 4. The handset might come as a surprise to many since the Droid 3 has been available for hardly 7 months now.
The Droid 4 is based on the RAZR’s chassis, along with a five-row QWERTY keyboard. Motorola is dubbing the Droid 4 as the thinnest QWERTY packing 4G LTE compatible handset in the market right now.
Other than the thinness and the support for 4G LTE network, the Droid 4 shares similar internals to the Droid 3. The handset packs in a 4-inch qHD (640×960) display, a 1.2Ghz dual-core OMAP processor with PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. All the other usual features like Wi-Fi, HDMI out, GPS, Bluetooth and sensors are also present.
At the back of the Droid 4 is an 8MP camera aided by an LED flash, which is capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution. The 1.3MP front-facing camera is also capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution. The Droid 4 will run on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread out of the box with a new version of MotoBLUR, which is nothing short of disappointing. Motorola should have launched the Droid 4 with Ice Cream Sandwich on-board, and not Gingerbread.
The Droid 4 is barely an update over Droid 3, and adds to the list of ‘less quality and more quantity’ handsets from Motorola. Looks like Motorola already forgot their promise of releasing fewer phones in 2012.
The Droid 4 will be available from Feb. 10th in all the retail Verizon stores for $199.99 on a two-year contract.
Motorola tried to steal the limelight from the Samsung Galaxy Nexus just before its launch, with the Motorola Droid RAZR, but didn’t quite succeed in doing that. Though it had a great design and excellent specs, there were some major shortcomings in the Droid RAZR.
Well, Motorola is not giving up so easily. Thanks to the guys at Droid Life, we have some details about the upcoming Motorola Droid 4. It’s like a Droid RAZR, with a sliding keyboard.
It will have a 4 inch display (presumably SuperAMOLED), a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB of RAM, a physical sliding keyboard, and an 8 MP primary camera with LED flash. It will also support 4G LTE connectivity.
It will offer 16 GB of internal storage, and will support upto 32 GB microSD cards. It will be powered by a 1785 mAh battery, and will sport the usual connectivity options like Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI etc.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus beats it when it comes to the display, but overall, the Motorola Droid 4 seems to have much better specifications. It will probably come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and get an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich later.
Which one are you going to buy? The Samsung Galaxy Nexus or the Motorola Droid 4?