Sep 18 AT 10:25 AM Sean Riley 8 Comments

Next gen Droid coming in October, fast charging highlighted


No surprise on the timing of the Droid launch, but rumor has it that Verizon has listened to everyone and is consolidating the line down to a single device rather than the shotgun approach taken for the last couple years.

And as you no doubt remember, the Droid line is now being handled exclusively by Motorola, so if they are to follow the playbook from last year that might mean a near carbon copy of the Moto X internals with a MAXX level battery wrapped in a kevlar coating. Based on my time with the Moto X so far, that battery life bump would be welcome, but the commensurate size bump to accommodate it will definitely be a sacrifice as far as the form factor.

Supporting the idea that the new Droid will sport similar hardware to the Moto X yet again is the tip from the @DroidLanding Twitter account that the new Droid will feature the same fast charging (Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0) found in the Moto X.

While the Droid line is never going to be a top seller given its Verizon exclusivity, we’re glad to see it stick around for a slightly different spin on the Moto X line which remains a big hit with us.

Anyone interested in a MAXX’d out new Moto X or is Moto Maker and the slim form factor not worth giving up?


Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • SGB101

    Is droid a motarola brand, or a generic android term in the US?

    If it’s moto, it seems a backwards step to go to droid after the G and X. They should concentrate on the best phone they can make and the best value phone they can make.

    The term Droid never made it to the UK, it always made me cinge when I seen it in type.

    • Mick Gasm

      “Droid” is a marketing term licensed by Verizon from Lucasarts (Disney now?), originally for the purpose of making Android sound more consumer friendly, and to differentiate VZW’s Android offerings from competition’s.
      Initially, pretty much all Android phones on VZW were a “Droid” something or other, despite the same hardware being sold through other carriers under other model names, but anymore it seems relegated to some devices from Motorola.

      It should be put to rest.

      • SGB101

        Thanks, no wonder I never understood it.

  • pekosROB

    Has there been a review put up yet or did I overlook it? How is the camera on the new Moto X?

    • jamal adam

      No review yet

      • pekosROB

        Thanks for letting me know!

  • jake

    Please, please, please have a developer edition.

  • jamal adam

    If there is one thing that I’ve loved about the Droids its the MAXX’s which always have amazing battery life compared to everything else. However, aside from that not much interests me especially considering these are always for Verizon.