Verizon announced three new smartphones under Google Inc's Motorola on Tuesday, most notably, the Droid Maxx, which boasts an impressive 2-day battery life and voice recognition software that is smarter than Apple's Siri and other competitors.
Verizon said Motorola would be its exclusive Droid phone vendor going forward, and the Droid line-up is the first that Motorola has designed since it was bought by Google in 2012, according to Reuters.
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Droid Maxx, which costs $299 and goes on sale Aug. 20, has a 5-inch screen and supposedly has the longest lasting battery life of any smartphone that can connect to 4G LTE cellular networks. It succeeds last year's Droid RAZR Maxx HD, which had a battery life of almost 32 hours.
The Droid Ultra, another phone in the lineup, goes on sale Aug. 20 as well and costs $199. It has a shorter battery life than the Maxx and can go 28 hours without a charge. It is slightly lighter and thinner than the Maxx, with a 0.28-inch profile that makes it the thinnest smart phone to hit the market.
The Droid Mini is the lowest-cost option in Motorola's new line at $99 and will hit shelves on Aug. 29. The phone has 16GB of storage and a 4.8-inch display. CNET reports the Mini has a less vivid display than the other two phones
, but the battery still lasts for 28 hours.
All three phones use the voice recognition software Google Now that allows users to call, text, email, and search the Internet after using the command "Okay, Google Now." The devices also have a "Quick Capture" camera launch feature, wireless charging, and "Droid Zap," which allows users to swipe twice to send media files to anyone within 300 feet.
Verizon Wireless and Motorola launched the first phones under the Droid brand for phones based on Google Android software in 2009, when rival AT&T Inc. still had exclusive rights to sell Apple's iPhone. The Droid brand helped to resuscitate a struggling Motorola at the time as Verizon Wireless supported the device with a massive marketing campaign, Reuters reported.
Verizon's exclusive rights to Motorola's new line could be a blow for phone makers, including HTC Corp, whose devices have also carried the Droid brand in the past as have devices from Korea's Samsung Electronics, according to Reuters.
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