A couple of months ago, Motorola had updated its Android OS update page to reflect which and when it would be bringing Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean to its devices. Now that the company has updated its high-end handsets to Jelly Bean, including the RAZR M, RAZR HD and the RAZR HD MAXX, it has once again updated the page to include an estimated timeframe for the JB update for its other handsets.
Motorola RAZR HD and ATRIX HD owners in Canada will only be getting the Android 4.1.1 update sometime in Q1 of next year. RAZR i owners in the Middle East, Africa or Europe will also be getting the Jelly Bean update around the same time.
In most other regions of the world, Motorola RAZR series owners are at the mercy of their carriers and their ‘rigorous testing’. Other Motorola handsets including the DROID 4, Electrify 2 and Photon Q will be getting the Jelly Bean update sometime next year.
Hopefully, the company will soon be announcing its Android 4.2 Jelly Bean upgrade plans and release a list of handsets that it will be updating as well.
Via – Motorola
The HTC DROID DNA is the first smartphone to be available in the United States to feature a 5-inch 1080p HD display. The handset is the big red’s flagship handset for the holiday season. However, like all other handsets released on Verizon’s network in recent times, the DROID DNA also has a locked down bootloader.
HTC has a web-based bootloader unlocking system in place, but that does not support the DROID DNA and other recent DROID branded handsets from the Taiwanese maker.
Thankfully, some of the talented Android developers have managed to find a way to unlock the DROID DNA using HTC’s own bootloader unlocking tool. The ‘softmod’ changes the carrier information ont he DROID DNA allowing it to be unlocked easily.
So, if you own a DROID DNA and are interested in unlocking it, head over to this post on Android Police for a step-by-step guide. Keep in mind that unlocking the bootloader will void the warranty of your brand new DNA so decide if the risk is worth it or not, and proceed with caution.
HTC and Verizon have teamed up to announce the first Android smartphone — Droid DNA — in the United States that will sport a 5-inch S-LCD3 display with a mind-numbing full HD (1920×1080) resolution.
Inside the Droid DNA is a beefy 1.5GHz Quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro Krait processor, 2GB of RAM, an Adreno 320 GPU and more. Other features include the same 8MP BSI F/2.0 camera on the back, a Smart LED flash, an ImageSense chip, and a 1.3MP camera in the front. All the usual features that are present in HTC phones like GPS, bunch of sensors, NFC, non-removable battery, no microSD card slot are all present.
Like all other HTC’s, the Droid DNA runs on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with Sense 4+ on top of it. The handset also sports the Beats Audio logo, and thankfully, beefed-up amps for the rear speaker and handset.
HTC Droid DNA will be coming on Verizon’s LTE network on the 21st of November for $199 with a two-year contract. The handset will go on pre-order from today itself.
Back in September,
Google Motorola released a couple of trio of new RAZR branded handsets, the RAZR HD/HD MAXX and the RAZR M. The RAZR M is a small powerhouse, packing in a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED display with an edge-to-edge design, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor.
The only problem is that the RAZR M runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, instead of Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. Motorola promised that it will update all the three RAZR handsets to Jelly Bean by the end of this year, but by that time, Google would have released a new version of Android along with a new Nexus handset.
For all the impatient RAZR M owners out there, veteran Motorola developer – P3Droid – has leaked a Jelly Bean firmware for the handset.
Keep in mind that if flashing the leak on your phone will void its warranty. The installation steps are pretty easy. Simply download the zip file from here, and transfer it to the RAZR M’s memory card. Then, reboot your phone into recovery and select the install zip from SD card. Once the zip file has been flashed, reboot your handset. Do keep in mind that the first boot is going to take a long time, so please be patient.
Via – OMGDroid
Verizon and HTC will soon start rolling out the first software update for the DROID Incredible 4G LTE. The 154MB update mainly includes bug-fixes but adds some couple of new features as well.
Post the update, Incredible 4G LTE owners will be able to enjoy global roaming support on their handset. The update also adds support for Isis Mobile Wallet service, instead of Google Wallet, which is a shame. Verizon is a member of Isis Mobile Wallet team and this should come as a no surprise that the carrier will be forcing all OEMs to include its mobile payment service in future handsets.
Other changes in the update include an improved 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, addition of visual voicemail and enhanced customer care supported with Verizon Remote Diagnostics. Sadly, the update does bring Sense 4.1 to the handset, which all other HTC One series handsets recently got.
The support document for the update went live on Verizon’s website last night, so the OTA update should arrive within a matter of days.
Via – Droid-Life
More than 10 months after Google released Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to AOSP, Motorola is ready with the update for two of its tablets – the XYBOARD 8.2 and 10.1. While Samsung has updated nearly all of its tablets to Ice Cream Sandwich, Motorola has been struggling to update its tablets and handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich, forget Jelly Bean.
The company has only released the Ice Cream Sandwich for its RAZR handsets and Atrix 2, with owners of DROID Bionic still in the dark as to when their handset will get the ICS update and if it will ever be updated to Jelly Bean or not. Verizon is equally responsible for the delay in the ICS update roll-out for the XYBOARDs, all thanks to its “internal testing”.
The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the XYBOARDs will bring with it an updated UI, a magazine like swipe UI, Holo theme for apps, updated Google Apps, and much more. The updated browser should bring about a nice improvement in page loading times while the new kernel should also bring about a general speed boost. Other features introduced by Ice Cream Sandwich include face recognition, an inbuilt data usage tool, updated Voice Actions, and an enhanced keyboard.
The update is being rolled out via OTA by Verizon and Motorola, and users will be automatically notified when the update hits their tablet.
I have never owned a Motorola Droid, but that phone holds a special place in my heart. Every Android fanboy out there knows what an important place the Original Droid, the ‘Droid’ campaign hold in Android’s monumental success. Up until last year, the Droid was still one of the most popular Android handset in the United States.
So, when a few days ago rumors popped up on the Internet that Motorola is working on an update for the original Droid, all the Droid owners out there got excited. Many people thought that Verizon and Motorola might have finally decided to roll out Gingerbread update for the Droid.
Sadly, Motorola later confirmed that the update is not what most people are hoping for, and the update just includes some “security patches”. So, if you are still running Android 2.2 on your Original Droid, its time for you to root that device and install an Android 2.3 Gingerbread based ROM on the device.
For Droid owners, who are afraid to flash a custom ROM on their phone, they can download the upcoming OTA update from here, and simply install it from their phone’s recovery menu. If you have a rooted Droid, download the pre-rooted update package and flash it so as to not loose root access.
Motorola has just announced the much-leaked and rumored, the Droid RAZR. Keeping in mind the RAZR legacy, the Droid RAZR is insanely thin at just 7.1mm. Yes, just 7.1mm thin. This makes the handset the slimmest handset until date. The European version of the Samsung Galaxy S II is finally not the slimmest Android phone around.
The handset is made of Kevlar to improve its build-quality, and is also water-resistant and dust proof. The front of the phone is dominated by its 4.3-inch Gorilla glass covered Super-AMOLED display with qHD(640×960) resolution. The handset is powered by an OMAP4430 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and comes with 1GB of RAM.
The insanely thin RAZR will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and comes with some new software goodies from Motorola including Smart Actions. The Smart Actions feature will automatically dim your display, automatically switch off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and more. At the back of the RAZR is an 8MP camera, which can also record Full HD (1080p) videos, and in the front is a VGA camera for all your video-calling needs.
The RAZR will come with MotoCast, which is company’s own iCloud alternative. MotoCast will allow users to stream their pictures, movies and music stored on their PC to their handsets. The handset is also the first device to stream HD videos from the Netflix app.
On the connectivity front, the RAZR comes with mini-HDMI port, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS with A-GPS. The usual bunch of sensors and ports are also present. The handset is also business ready with a slew of enterprise based features. Even if the Droid RAZR is insanely thin, the phone supports Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The handset will be powered by a beefy 1800mAh battery.
The Droid RAZR pre-orders being on October 27th, and it will hit the retail stores sometime in November. The handset will cost a whopping $299 on a two-year contract.
Motorola has started sending out press invites for an event being held by them in New York City on October 18th. The tag line of the press event is Faster. Thinner. Smarter. Stronger.
The company has also released a teaser video of the event. Below is the video-:
The teaser video from Motorola also shows a blade/razor, which possibly means that the company will be announcing the leaked Spyder handset, which might be known as the Droid RAZR. Yes, the iconic RAZR brand might after all be making a comeback. The RAZR will possibly be the first phone from any Droid manufacturer to come with a Super AMOLED qHD resolution screen, except for Samsung. The company might also unveil the successor to the Atrix the Atrix 2.
The company might also unveil a bunch of new tablets, possibly a XOOM 2 and the XOOM 2 media edition, with a smaller 7-inch screen.
It will be interesting to see whether how the Droid Razr or any other phone from Motorola stacks against the current king of Droids, the Samsung Galaxy S 2.
Hopefully, the company will also announce some sort of boot loader unlocking tool for its current generation of handsets.
Looks like Motorola is working on its next high-end dual-core powered Android smartphone with 4G LTE, the Spyder a.k.a the Droid RAZR. Looks like Motorola is finally going to bring it’s most successful brand – RAZR – to one of the popular mobile brand’s in the U.S. – DROID.
The folks over at This Is My Next managed to get their hands on the Droid RAZR. From the leaked images, the Droid RAZR looks like a sleek and sexy handset, reminiscing of the original RAZR handsets. The phone is also en-wrapped in a Kevlar casing, making the phone dust and water resistant.
Internally, the RAZR seems to be similar to the Bionic with 1GB of RAM, a faster 1.2GHz dual-core processor most probably from OMAP, an 8MP camera with Full-HD video recording and an HD’ camera in the front. Like all other high-end Motorola phones, the handset also sports Moto’s WebTop feature.
The most interesting part of the DROID RAZR is its 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED screen with qHD (640×960) resolution. Yes, the Droid RAZR is most probably going to be the first phone from any Android manufacturer, except from Samsung, to sport a Super-AMOLED screen. Looks like Samsung is finally going to end its Super-AMOLED screen exclusivity.
While, the qHD SAMOLED screen on the RAZR is nice, I doubt it will stand a chance, resolution wise, against the upcoming high-end Android phones from various manufacturers with 720p HD resolution. The upcoming Nexus handset from Google is also rumored to sport a 720p HD screen. If Motorola wants any takers for the Droid RAZR, it must get the phone out from its assembly unit as soon as possible.