Review: Motorola Droid 4 for Verizon Wireless
The Droid 4 is crammed full of apps. There are 62 installed out of the box. That's absolutely ludicrous. You can get rid of some of them, but not all of them. A significant number of them are Motorola or Verizon-branded apps. The Motorola apps aren't so bad, such as the MOTOACTV application, which lets it pair with the MOTOACTV watch/MP3 player and fitness tool, or MOTOPRINT, which lets you print via Wi-Fi to networked printers.Bluetooth
The Droid 4's Bluetooth radio connects to phones, headsets, PCs, and speakers. I had no trouble pairing it with half a dozen different pieces of equipment. Phone calls placed through my car sounded really good, as did music played through Bluetooth stereo speakers. It works, and that's what we want.Clock
The Droid 4 has a large digital clock that's easily seen when the lock key is pressed. It is positioned in the top-left corner of the screen, and thanks to the good outdoor visibility of the Droid 4's screen, it is easy to tell the time no matter where you happen to be. The Droid 4 also has a clock widget for use on the home screen panels. This widget is widely customizable, but the lock screen clock is not.
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The Droid 4 includes both Google Maps and VZNavigator. Both are capable navigation apps. Google Maps is easy to use, and ties in well to other Google services, such as Latitude and Places. VZNavigator doesn't do that, and costs $10 per month to use. VZNavigator's GPS performance is a little bit better and more accurate in my experience and better at handling dynamic traffic conditions. The Droid 4's GPS performance was good, and it was consistently able to locate me to within 10 meters in less than 30 seconds.
Verizon and Motorola Debut the Droid 4
Verizon Wireless today announced the Motorola Droid 4, the fourth-generation Android device that has a 4-inch qHD display and support for Verizon Wireless's Long Term Evolution 4G network. The Droid 4 is a sideways slider that has a full QWERTY keyboard and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor.
Hands On with the Moto Droid 4 and Droid RAZR MAXX
Motorola has a couple of new LTE Droids here at CES. The Droid 4 brings the original Droid series in the 4G era.
Verizon Announces Android 4.0 Update List
Verizon Wireless today published a list of its Android devices that it plans to update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The devices include the: HTC ThunderBolt, Droid Incredible 2, Rhyme, and Rezound; Motorola Xoom, Bionic, RAZR, RAZR MAXX, Droid 4, and Xyboards 8.2/10.1; Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7/10.1; and the LG Spectrum.
Verizon's New LTE Phones Have Hidden Global Roaming
The new LG Spectrum and Motorola Droid 4 for Verizon both contain unannounced global GSM/WCDMA roaming capability that will be enabled later this year. None of Verizon's current 4G LTE phones support global roaming, in part because of a network issue.
Motorola Droid 4 to Receive Jelly Bean March 19
Verizon Wireless indicated that the Motorola Droid 4 smartphone will begin to receive the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update today. The update will be pushed over the air and adds a number of new features, such as Google Now.