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Motorola Atrix 3 Leaked Pics And Specs Emerge

Last year, Motorola launched the powerful Motorola Atrix smartphone at the CES 2011, followed by the Motorola Atrix 2 during the Q3 of 2011. Now, the company is planning to launch the successor of the Atrix 2 smartphone. Recently, a chinese blog named Tianjin Daily shared the leaked pics and specs of the upcoming Motorola Atrix 3 smartphone.

motorola atrix 3 leaked

The Motorola Atrix 3 looks quite similar to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the above image. This handset is expected to feature an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Last month, Motorola launched the Droid Razr Maxx, which comes with an amazing 3300 mAh battery. The Motorola Atrix 3 is also expected to feature the same 3300 mAh battery which offers continuous talk-time of more than 21 hours straight on a single charge. Check out the leaked specs of the Motorola Atrix 3 below.

Motorola Atrix 3 Leaked Specs:

  • 4.3 inch HD display
  • 1280 x 720 pixels resolution
  • Tegra 3 quad-core processor
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS
  • 10 megapixel rear camera
  • dual LED flash
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 3300 mAh battery

Apart from the 4.3 inch HD display, you will also find a front-facing camera for video calls. There are no hardware buttons on the front of this device. The Motorola Atrix 3 is expected to launch at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. Stay tuned for more updates.

AT&T Motorola Atrix Gets A Software Update

Last year, AT&T launched the powerful Motorola Atrix smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. AT&T recently rolled out a new software update for the Motorola Atrix smartphone. Before you get too excited, let me tell you that, it is not the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update. The AT&T Motorola Atrix is expected to get the Android 4.0 update during the Q3 of 2012.

The latest update is numbered 4.5.141 and it provides enhancements for better entertainment experience, greater device security and improved operational system performance. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Motorola ATRIX

Changelog:

  • Security – Implemented latest Google Android security fixes
  • Stability – Improvements to memory function as it relates to media applications and ability to prevent need for re-booting when phone is impacted by heavy loading or high temperatures
  • Bluetooth – Enhancement which allows you to launch voice command from bluetooth enabled headset when phone is asleep
  • Wi-Fi – Improvements to Wi-Fi settings to deliver better overall consumer experience as well as  to make it easier to use Mobile Hotspot with your phone
  • Messaging – Improvements to text messaging capability to deliver better user experience
  • Contacts – Improvements are made to maintain all phone book contacts after the OTA upgrade

This upgrade can only be downloaded over a Wi-Fi network. You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you still haven’t received the update, go to settings and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page at Motorola.

Motorola Releases Ice Cream Sandwich Update Schedule; Things Look Depressing!

Motorola had earlier detailed a step-by-step process as to how a software update from the company goes through various obstacles before reaching the end user. Today, the company has released a rough time-frame as to when most of its handset should get the Ice Cream Sandwich update, and I am sad to say things look pretty disappointing.

Motorola will be updating the Wi-Fi only XOOM to Ice Cream Sandwich in the United States by the end of Q1 of 2012. XOOM owners in other regions of the world need to wait until Q2 before some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness lands on their XOOM. The RAZR, XOOM Family Edition and the Chinese variants of the RAZR will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update sometime in Q2 of 2012.

The Atrix 2, Atrix, Photon 4G, XOOM 2, Xyboard 10.1, Xyboard 8.2, and the Droid 4 will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update sometime in Q3 of 2012. Yes, Motorola will take nearly 9 months after Ice Cream Sandwich’s code went public to update majority of its Android devices to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Oh! and owners of Droid X2, Droid 3, Droid Pro, and their European siblings – Ice Cream Sandwich update for your handsets are still under “Evaluation & Planning”. You guys should read that as Motorola has screwed you, and if you want to taste ICS on your handset, better root it or buy a new one!

While Samsung and HTC will update its flagship handset to ICS by the end of Q1, Motorola will do so only in Q2. The only thing I can hope for right now is that once Google completes the acquisition over Motorola, things will improve drastically. 

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Googorla One Step Closer To Reality!

Back in August last year, Google announced that it would be buying Motorola for $12.5 billion in cash. The news surprised nearly everyone in the tech industry, and no one really saw it coming. After all, why would a search, advertising and a mobile OS giant like Google buy a hardware company like Motorola? Is Google going to finally enter the mobile phone hardware business?

Over the next few weeks, Google cleared most of the confusion and stated that it will be running Motorola totally as a separate business entity. The company also clearly stated that it won’t be favoring Motorola or any other company, when it comes to choosing  a company to manufacture its Nexus handset. However, the deal had to clear three major hurdles – approval from the EU, the U.S. and the Chinese anti-trusts – before Google could fully own Motorola.

Yesterday, the deal reached two steps closer to its goal as both the E.U and the U.S anti-trusts gave the deal a green signal. Once, and if the Chinese anti-trusts give the Google-Motorola deal a greens signal, Google will fully own Motorola Mobility.

Hopefully, this deal between the two companies will lead to a betterment of Android as an OS, and Motorola as a handset manufacturer.

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Motorola’s First Intel Powered Android Phone Revealed

Intel has been trying to get in the smartphone game since years now, but until last year, it didn’t have any major partners. At CES 2012, it was revealed that Motorola would be partnering with Intel to develop Android devices powered by Intel’s Medfield platform. The Intel powered Android smartphones by Motorola are supposed to be launched in 2012.

Today, some details about Motorola’s first Intel-powered Android smartphone were revealed by PocketNow. It will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of the Android OS, sporting a new version of the MotoBlur user interface.

No detailed specifications are out yet, but it will offer instant-on capabilities, and a really good camera. Apparently, the camera will offer a 15 frames-per-second burst capture mode.

Here’s an image of the Intel Android smartphone by Motorola. Considering that it is going to be Intel’s first major Android smartphone, you can expect really good hardware specifications which can rival and probably beat the current flagship Android devices.

Motorola Intel Android Phone

We will keep you updated with more details of this device as and when they are revealed. It might be launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona by the end of February.

Google’s Foray into Home-entertainment

Google is attempting to reach out to its billion users from within their own private spaces. What better way to do it than plan a wireless  system for streaming music? This is Google into the hardware consumer market. Note well that Google has not officially confirmed this. The WSJ has made these claims.  Techie-Buzz has broken it to you as it happened. This seems probable given that Google showcased “Project Tungsten” last year. Plus, check out an application to test a device made by Google at the  US Federal Communications Commission here. Google welcomed Simon Prakash, the senior director of product integrity at Apple, increasing speculation about its move into home entertainment.

Currently, Google has been focused on providing software solutions via its Android operating system. Now it seems to be on the path of delivering “power” to the people, by providing options to enhance current devices that allow users to “control” their environment. Cut a long story short, this looks familiarly like NFC (Near Field Communication) with your smart phone being your magic wand.

With its purchase of Motorola’s Mobility Inc, Google looks to cement its position in the consumer hardware business. The battle lines have clearly been drawn between Apple and Google. Hopefully, this translates into a better range of products and prices for consumers. Moving into this sector has been something of a long-standing dream for Google, with the entertainment device apparently being under development for several years. It looks like Google dreams of an Android-controlled world, where every convenience can be brought to you using your Android smart phone. Android@Home does look like fun.

Google has an online repository on music.google.com where you have a wide selection of music to choose from. Although it has a good interface overall, it could do with some tweaking. It competes with iTunes Match from Apple and Cloud Player from Amazon. Plus, there is Project Tungsten for the NFC angle of controlling entertainment at home. Motorola will bring with it extensive experience and know-how on personal entertainment devices. Though these companies seem to be in different sectors, they are in the businesses that make them strategic partners. The business of consumer satisfaction has moved on from profits into something more consumer-centric.

According to the WSJ, the Sonos co-founder Tom Cullen, commented on Google’s interest in the home-audio hardware value of $8 billion,

 “I’d be stunned if they actually thought it was worth it, because it’s peanuts for them,” Mr. Cullen said. Google generated about $38 billion in revenue last year”.

Strange indeed, but then again, how much was the portable music sector worth before Apple brought in the iPods and revolutionized it? I am just wondering when Google is going to turn its eyes onto gaming.

Motorola Droid Xyboard’s Getting Software Updates; Enables Global Roaming!

The awkwardly named Droid Xyboard(s) tablets – 8.2 and 10.1 – from Motorola are receiving software updates, which adds quite a lot of new features to the tablets.

Below is the official change-log from Motorola and Verizon -:

  • Enhanced browser performance to improve scrolling.
  • Improved touch response.
  • Maintain data connection when switching between Wi-Fi and the Verizon 3G and 4G LTE networks.
  • Successfully connect to 4G LTE network and see the 4G LTE indicator.
  • The Daily application now comes preloaded.
  • Device is now capable of Global Roaming.
  • Email & Messaging
  • Successfully open links in email without device needing to reboot.
  • Accessories
  • Keyboard function supported in docking station.

The software update enables global roaming on both the tablets, which make the Xyboard’s first device on Verizon’s network to be capable of this feat. The update also enhances Stylus support on the 10.1-inch Xyboard. The update is being rolled out via OTA, and Xyboard owners, if any, should get it within the next couple of weeks.

Motorola still has not mentioned anything as to when it plans to update the Xyboard to Ice Cream Sandwich. Both the tablets are also known as the XOOM 2 in some regions of the world, and come with Honeycomb pre-installed.

Apple Sues Motorola Over Qualcomm License

It seems like Apple is on a suing streak this week! On Wednesday, Apple sued Samsung over autocorrect and unlock related patents. Today, Reuters reports that Apple has filed another lawsuit against Motorola. This time, the lawsuit suggests that Motorola has violated a license agreement with Qualcomm in its efforts to have a number of Apple’s iOS devices banned from sale in Germany.

This is following a December victory by Motorola in a German court. Last week, Apple briefly pulled all 3G-enabled products with the exception of the iPhone 4S from its German online store. However, they were restored within a few hours after the injunction was suspended. Today’s lawsuit specifically is in connection with the iPhone 4S, which Motorola has also been trying to block in Germany and other countries.

The suit, filed in a San Diego federal court, argues that Motorola’s German lawsuit against Apple breaches terms of a patent licensing agreement between Motorola and Qualcomm. […]

In the latest lawsuit, Apple says that as a Qualcomm customer, Apple is a third-party beneficiary of Motorola’s agreement with Qualcomm. Under that agreement, Motorola’s rights under certain patents are exhausted, Apple argues.

Apparently, the iPhone 4S uses Qualcomm’s MDM6610 baseband chip, which Apple argues that Qualcomm’s patent license with Motorola exhausts Motorola’s rights to further royalties from Apple. MacRumors points out that Apple has brought up this issue before while defending itself against Samsung in Australia.

People say that Apple has started to patent troll, but in reality they are just trying to protect their intellectual property (IP). That’s all.

Motorola Unveils The Droid 4; Runs on Stale Gingerbread

Motorola has just announced its latest 4G LTE sporting phone for Verizon’s network, the Droid 4. The handset might come as a surprise to many since the Droid 3 has been available for hardly 7 months now.

The Droid 4 is based on the RAZR’s chassis, along with a five-row QWERTY keyboard. Motorola is dubbing the Droid 4 as the thinnest QWERTY packing 4G LTE compatible handset in the market right now.

Other than the thinness and the support for 4G LTE network, the Droid 4 shares similar internals to the Droid 3. The handset packs in a 4-inch qHD (640×960) display, a 1.2Ghz dual-core OMAP processor with PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. All the other usual features like Wi-Fi, HDMI out, GPS, Bluetooth and sensors are also present.

At the back of the Droid 4 is an 8MP camera aided by an LED flash, which is capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution. The 1.3MP front-facing camera is also capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution. The Droid 4 will run on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread out of the box with a new version of MotoBLUR, which is nothing short of disappointing. Motorola should have launched the Droid 4 with Ice Cream Sandwich on-board, and not Gingerbread.

The Droid 4 is barely an update over Droid 3, and adds to the list of ‘less quality and more quantity’ handsets from Motorola. Looks like Motorola already forgot their promise of releasing fewer phones in 2012.

The Droid 4 will be available from Feb. 10th in all the retail Verizon stores for $199.99 on a two-year contract.

MOTOACTV Gets a Software Update

Motorola has started rolling out a new software update for the MOTOACTV, a device aimed at active people. The new software update (v4.55.xx) brings in quite a few changes, including an improved battery life, and some new features, which quite a few people would appreciate.

Below is the full change-log of the update -:

Longer Battery Life

MOTOACTV’s indoor/outdoor battery life is now better than ever before with up to 9 hours of
uninterrupted workout time outdoors.

Battery Status Bar

Now you can now see how long your battery will last via the handy Status Bar. Just monitor your
percentage and make the most of your workout time!

Workout Screen Lock

Ever activate your Workout Screen through accidental contact? Problem solved. Now you can lock it to
prevent unwanted display activation. Just Double Press the Power key to lock and unlock your workout
screen.

Enhanced Auto-Pause and Auto-Run

Now you can take a break from the action and pause your workout manually, even if Auto-Pause is
enabled. You can also choose between indoor/outdoor Auto-Run options.

Repeat a Planned Workout

You’re now free to repeat a planned workout even if it had been previously started.

Additional Enhancements Include:

  • WAHOO BLE HRM Strap support has been added.
  • Enhanced syncing planned interval workouts to MOTOACTV.com.
  • Workout metrics have been reordered for easier searching.
  • Improved WiFi syncing when multiple networks are configured.
  • Optimized list of workout metrics so you can search for your favorites easier.
  • Pressing the BACK key on any Home screen brings up the watch face.

MOTOACTV owners need to connect their device to their PC so that they can update it, since it does not support OTA updates.

While the MOTOACTV is a very good device for fitness freaks, I personally cannot justify spending 249.99$ on it. Using fitness apps like Endomondo or Runkeeper on my Android handset gives me the same functionality as MOTOACTV.

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