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New Droids bring new hands-free features


Are you thinking about getting a new smartphone? Maybe, one of the new Droid phones on Verizon would be your preference. These new phones will allow users to make calls and perform other actions using simple voice commands. These are also the first smartphones available under the new Verizon Edge program.

The hands-free technology shows good progress in technology and safety. Each device incorporates Google’s latest approach to voice recognition. The devices seem to recognize the sound of the user’s voice. This approach helps improve responsiveness and minimize interference from other noises.

The new Droids also have some motion technology built in. With a quick turn of the device, the camera launches into Quick Capture mode. On other devices, you have to swipe and touch the screen. This will allow users to be ready to take a photo quicker. With the added Droid Zap, you will also be able to share photos with other Android devices within 300 feet radius.

While more information can be found on the Verizon website, some key features of each Droid are:

  • DROID ULTRA: The thinnest 4G LTE smartphone, measuring 7.18mm with a 5-inch HD display. The ULTRA is currently available in black and red for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
  • DROID MAXX: Features wireless charging and a 3500mAh battery that gives users nearly two days of battery life per charge, making it the longest lasting 4G LTE smartphone. The Maxx is available for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
  • DROID MINI: A compact design with an edge-to-edge 4.3-inch HD display and wireless charging capabilities. The Mini is available for $99.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
The Verizon Edge program, a flexible equipment payment plan that spreads the retail price of a device over 24 months and allows for more frequent device upgrades. For more information, check out the Verizon website.

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