Several smartphone launches are imminent, including next Tuesday's Verizon Wireless event in New York City to unveil what the carrier's calling "the next generation of one of their most popular family of devices."
Other smartphones expected for fall sales include the iPhone 5S, the Moto X from Google, and the LG Optimus 2.
It's a safe bet that Verizon will update the Droid Razr smartphone line running Android, including the Motorola Droid Ultra, which was described as "invulnerable" in a leaked TV ad storyboard first posted on Android Central nd since removed.
Various reports indicate the Ultra will have a Gorilla Glass screen and Kevlar for the case, and will launch Aug. 8. Other Droids that Verizon could disclose include a Droid Ultra Maxx and a Droid Ultra Mini, according to Computerworld's JR Raphael and other reports.
A leaked video from Rogers Wireless and obtained by Mashable, shows the Moto X will have a voice command innovation that allows a user to interact with the phone anytime by speaking, "Ok, Google Now." No touch will be required to initiate the voice command.
LG also has set an event for Aug. 7 in New York City, where the company is expected to announce the G2, a successor to the Optimus G launched last September.
Qualcomm has already said it is providing the Snapdragon 800 processor to the successor for the LG Optimus G. That 800 chip would have LTE Advanced support and 802.11ac Wi-Fi capability.
While Android phones dominate smartphone sales globally, in the U.S. there is still tremendous attention on when the next iPhone, generally called the iPhone 5S, will appear.
Misek also said Apple is already producing a lower-cost iPhone for fall release priced at $300 to $400 without a carrier subsidy.
Various reports say the iPhone 5S includes a larger battery, an A7 processor and a fingerprint sensor. It will run the new iOS 7, unveiled in June.
This article, Droid Ultra smartphone expected at next week's Verizon event , was originally published at Computerworld.com.
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