The Motorola Droid RAZR HD and the MAXX HD are about to venture into a Nexus-rich smartphone market, as well as a Jelly Bean-running phablet in the shape of the Samung Galaxy Note 2.
Motorola DROID RAZR HD phones may soon be ambushed by sea of Jelly Bean phones
To make matters worse, the RAZR HD and the MAXX HD are delayed because of a bug that affects their cellular and Wi-Fi reception. This problem isn’t official yet, and there’s been no word from Motorola Mobility, Verizon Wireless or Google about it.
A Leak from Canada last week revealed that the RAZR HD – the non-Verizon version of this smartphone, is almost good to go with a $599 off-contract or a $99 on-contract price tag. Mobile Syrup says it’ll be available on Canada’s Rogers network and will run on Ice Cream Sandwich.
On the subject of ICS, it seems that phone will need a prompt upgrade to Jelly Bean to draw in more punters. Samsung, the Android giant, will be releasing its first JB phone in the US in late October or early November – the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
Jelly Bean offers more features than ICS, and if the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and the MAXX HD are delayed, it makes it more likely that it will be pushed in the corner if it comes without JB.
You also need to take into account the Nexus stable. It’s thought that Google will be selling unlocked Jelly Bean-running Nexus phones directly from its Google Play store. We’re talking more than one here mind you. And then there is of course the Jelly Bean running HTC One X+ which should land on AT&T any day now. With all these JB phones, as well as all the different Nexus phones on the three major LTE-enabled networks, the two RAZR phones are going to have to work hard to sell. It looks like we spoke too soon last month during their unveiling when we said Motorola may have nothing to worry about.