Motorola's Google era starts with three powerful Android smartphones
Motorola rolled out its first smartphones of the Google era on Wednesday, unveiling three additions to its Droid Razr smartphone lineup.
The three new phones—the Razr M, Droid Razr HD, and Razr Maxx HD—weren't exactly surprises: A handful of product images had been leaked on Twitter over the few days prior to the company's New York City press conference. But the Android-based smartphones are the first to come out of Motorola Mobility since that company's $12.4 billion purchase by Google was finalized in May.
The Razr M improves upon the original Droid Razr by making the phone thinner and shorter without decreasing its 4.3-inch display. The Razr HD takes the product line one step further, adding 78 percent more pixels on its 4.7-inch display and 40 percent more battery life than the Droid Razr. The Razr Maxx HD is the most powerful of the three phones with 32 hours of battery life with typical use (or 21 hours of straight talk time, eight hours of Web-surfing or 13 hours of video-streaming). Like the Razr HD, the Razr Maxx HD has a 4.7-inch display.
All three models run on Verizon's 4G LTE network. The Droid Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD will debut in time for the holiday shopping rush, and the Razr M will be on Verizon store shelves Sept. 13. The Razr M retails for $100 with a two-year Verizon contract and rebate.
Motorola is joining the full slate of phone manufacturers announcing new products this month. Earlier Wednesday, Nokia unveiled its latest Windows Phone 8, the Lumia 920. HTC and Apple are expected to unveil new phones next week.
The new Razrs run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Users will be able to upgrade to the next version, Jelly Bean, by the end of the year.
As of July, Android remains the leading smartphone platform, at least according to analytics company comScore, which says that Google's mobile OS enjoys a 52.2 percent market share. comScore surveyed more than 30,000 mobile phone users. The same survey indicated that Motorola is the fourth-ranked mobile phone manufacturer with 11.2 percent of the market. Samsung leads with more than 25 percent of the market.
Google has set out to remake Motorola, which has lagged behind Samsung and Apple in the mobile phone manufacturing market. Motorola phones were once the hottest on the market, with the Razr ubiquitous in 2004. With an expanded Razr product line, Google is aiming to recapture Motorola's former glory.
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