Motorola ‘Life Proof Smartphone’ Defy+ Announced

Motorola has just announced the successor to its popular mid-range Android phone Defy, the Motorola Defy+. Like the original Defy, the Defy+ is also capable of surviving the harshest of weather conditions. The handset is dubbed as a ‘Life proof smartphone’ by Motorola, and is dust proof, water resistant and scratch resistant.

The Defy+ sports the same 3.7-inch screen with FWVGA (480×854) resolution as its ¬†predecessor. The handset is powered by a 1GHz OMAP processor, and packs 512MB of RAM. There is also 2GB of on-board memory, along with a microSD card slot with a 2GB card pre-loaded.

Other key features of the Defy+ include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, FM Radio with RDS and a 3.5mm audio jack. The usual array of sensors are also on-board.

The back of the handset houses a 5MP camera with Auto focus and a LED flash, for  assisting  low-light photography. The Defy+ will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with the dreaded MotoBLUR UI on top of it. A beefy 1700mAh battery powers the handset, which is capable of providing a stand-by time of up to 16 days on 3G.

The Motorola Defy+ will hit the retail stores of Asia, Europe and Latin America in early fall.

Motorola Droid X And Defy Get A CyanogenMod 7 Port

Motorola Android phones are generally feature packed to the core, and sport decent specs as well. The Motorola Droid X was one of the most popular Android handsets in the U.S. last year.

However, Motorola phones have not been a favorite among the developers and modders, because of their encrypted boot loader. The encrypted boot loader meant that there was not much scope for a true Custom ROM’ for Motorola handsets. The company has been receiving a lot of criticism for the same, and they have promised to do something about this.

Now, a Motorola Droid X developer – @cvpcs – has managed to get the most popular AOSP based custom ROM CyanogenMod 7 – to the handset. He used a 2nd-init’ method to get the ROM up and working on the Droid X. However, this by any chance does not mean that the Droid X boot loader has been cracked. Due to this, he is forced to use the stock Motorola kernel that shipped with the device.

Below is a video of CM7 in action on the Droid X :

The developer (cvpcs) still has not made the CM7 port available for Droid X owners though. He is still testing the port for some bugs, and will soon release it to the public.

Other Motorola devices like the Droid 2 should also get this CM7 port up and working, since both the handsets are very similar. In fact, the Motorola Defy has already got a working CM7 port. Defy owners should head over to this thread over at XDA forums for more information.

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Motorola Defy Android 2.2 FroYo Update Rolling Out Now

It was around a week ago that Motorola and AT&T started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Bravo.

Now, T-Mobile has also started rolling out the Froyo update for the Motorola Defy the carrier’s version of the Motorola Bravo. The update is a manual one, and is available via OTA (Over-The-Air).

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Defy owners are recommended to use Wi-Fi to download the OTA, since it weighs in at a whopping 122MB. The new software update (v34.4.9) will bring it support for Flash Player 10.1, performance improvements, an improved web browser, ability to install apps on the memory card and better voice-to-text input.

Along with this, Motorola has also added Profiles feature, a Task Manager, Wi-Fi hotspot support, smart dialing and a new Gallery app, with an updated UI.

The full change-log of the software update can be found here. Motorola will also soon start rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Defy owners, in Europe.

In all probability, the Android 2.2 FroYo update for the Defy will be its last major software update.

Motorola Bravo Android 2.2 FroYo Update Rolling Out Now

The AT&T branded Motorola Bravo is all set to receive a major software update from Motorola. The Bravo is similar to the Motorola Defy, except for the difference in radio bands.

Motorola will start rolling out a software update (v37.4.0) for the Bravo, which will update the Android OS of the handset to FroYo (Android 2.2).

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While FroYo may not be the latest version of the Android OS, the OS update does bring with it some notable changes. After installing this update, Bravo users can enjoy Flash videos on their handset thanks to Flash 10.1.

The handset can now also act as a Mobile hotspot’ for up to five devices, and can USB tether to a Windows or a Linux desktop via an USB cable.

Along with all this, support for installing apps on the memory card, profiles features, a new task manager, an updated gallery, a bunch of new applications (Files, Latitude, Places, and News etc.) and smart dial function for the dialer are also onboard. The full change-log can be found here.

The update is an OTA one, and will be pushed to all Bravo handsets out there in due course of time.