Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD images leaked

New images of Motorola’s upcoming flagship phone have been leaked, the Droid RAZR MAXX HD, which is the updated version of the Droid RAZR MAXX, which was the upgraded version of the Droid RAZR, which keeps the ridiculous Android naming convention.

The images confirm that the device is running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, but some speculate that it might actually ship with Jelly Bean. Other details, such as the exact processor specs, battery life (which will be amazing, keeping with the RAZR tradition), or release date have yet to be release by Motorola or Google.

What do you think about Motorola’s new flagship? I’m going to hold off until they release the Droid RAZR MAXX HD Pro III.

Via [DroidForums]

No Jelly Bean for 2011 Sony Xperia owners

Are you a proud owner of a Sony Xperia 2011 phone? Well, I hate the be the bearer of bad news, but Sony has unofficially stated via their official social networks that 2011 Xperia models aren’t getting the latest version of the Android mobile OS, Jelly Bean.

In a Facebook thread, a Sony representative said:

Unfortunately Arc S won’t be getting the Jelly Bean update, but we’re always developing new phones and make sure they get the latest updates.

So, no Jelly Bean for you! But, the good news is that you can spend more money to upgrade to a new phone, even though you might still be under a subsidized 2-year contract. Thanks Sony!

Via [Xperia Blog]

Google fast-tracks voice assistant development

In an interesting, but not necesarily surprising, tidbit for information, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google has ramped up the development of their Voice Assistance, formerly known as Majel, to better compete with Apple’s revamped Siri.

“As Google and Apple’s share has grown, the fighting between them has intensified. Last week, Apple unveiled the next version of its software for iPhones and iPads with a slate of features aimed at distancing itself from Google. They include a mapping service and enhanced Siri “virtual assistant” that provides an alternative way to search for information besides the traditional Google search box.

Google, meanwhile, has accelerated plans to launch its own Siri competitor that would work on Android-powered devices, people familiar with the matter have said.”

This comes a week before the big Google event where the search giant is expected to launch a Google-developed Android tablet, the Nexus 7, and perhaps their new mobile operating system, Jelly Bean. Android already ships with a very competent Siri equivalent and Samsung developed their own, Voice S, but what Google perhaps needs is a bit of marketing: show people how your Siri works, how its better than Apple’s, and how you can leverage your massive network of servers and computing power to make a better assistant. Please do it, but don’t hire Zooey Deschanel.

Via [Wall Streen Journal]

Cross-posted from TechnologyTell