Verizon Updates Droid Lineup With 3 Motorola Phones

Verizon Wireless (VZ), the largest U.S. wireless carrier, introduced three Motorola Mobility phones -- the Droid Mini, Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx -- to update its lineup of devices made by the Google Inc. (GOOG) unit.

The phones have 10-megapixel cameras, Basking Ridge, New Jersey-based Verizon said today at an event in New York. The Mini, available Aug. 29, starts at $100 with a contract. The Ultra will sell for $200 and the Maxx for $300, both available in stores Aug. 20.

Motorola, acquired last year by Google for $12.4 billion, started its smartphone partnership with Verizon in 2009 with the original Droid phone. The devices, which use Google’s Android operating system, compete against Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy phones.

The new Droids have Motorola X8 eight-core processor chips, hands-free operation that activates with the command “OK Google Now,” and camera software that has features like slow-motion video.

Motorola is scheduled to introduce the Moto X, which will use two processors to conserve battery life, on Aug. 1. Neil Shah, a Motorola spokesman, declined to comment on the Moto X.

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