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Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX Getting Software Updates!

Software updates are raining in for Android handsets. After the Atrix 2, Samsung Infuse 4G and the LG Optimus 3D, its now the turn of the Motorola’s Verizon Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX to receive a software update. And No, its not the Ice Cream Sandwich update, RAZR owners are hoping for.

The software update carries the version number 6.12.173 and is being rolled out for the Droid RAZR as well as the RAZR MAXX. Technically, both the handsets are just the same, and in fact run on the same software version as well.

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

Applications:
+  Mobile Hotspot will now successfully allow other devices to connect to all
Internet websites.
+  Improvements in the Mobile Hotspot security.
+  VZ Navigator® has been updated with the latest 3D map improvements.
+  Visual Voice Mail Updates:
•  Visual Voice Mail messages can be marked as read.
•  Visual Voice Mail message playback resumes when audio is switched
to speaker.
•  Visual Voice Mail will successfully subscribe or unsubscribe while
connected with Wi-Fi.
•  Successfully press back key after playback in Visual Voice Mail
without error.
+  V CAST App now comes preloaded.
+  MotoCast installation steps have been improved for easier use.
Data Connectivity:
+  Improved stability of data connectivity after Airplane Mode is disabled.
+ Improved data throughput performance in low-signal 4G environments.
Device Operation:
+  Improved Battery life when using Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP)
Bluetooth® headsets.
+  Successfully save multimedia ringtones.
+  Favorite Contacts widget has been updated.
+  Improved device stability when moving between home screen panels.
+  Email icon has been updated for improved visibility.
+  When performing an Over the Air (OTA) update, the display will correctly
show the remaining download time.
+  CMAS (Commercial Mobile Alert Service) feature has been added.

As it can be seen from the change-log above, the update mainly brings enhancements to the Visual Voicemail service, along with updating some bloatware from Verizon and improving the overall stability of the phone.

The update is being rolled out via OTA, and should hit your RAZR/RAZR MAXX sometime in the next couple of weeks. While Motorola has not specified any particular date, the Droid RAZR/RAZR MAXX should get the Ice Cream Sandwich update by the end of Q1 or early Q2.

Motorola Atrix 2 Gets a Software Update; Reminds People Of Its Existence!

Motorola has started rolling out a new software update for the AT&T’s Atrix 2. Yes, the company did release a successor to the original Atrix. Talk about spamming the market with handsets, and then not even bothering to support them!

Anyways, the new software update for the Atrix 2 brings quite some changes, including a minor bump in the Android OS version to 2.3.6.

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

Camera – Enhancements to deliver better overall picture taking experience so you never miss a moment.

Google Music – Addition of Google Music application so you have greater access to the world of music. Shop millions of songs and hundreds of free tracks. Store your purchases on Google Music for free, and listen instantly on your mobile device.

My Gallery/My Music/My Files – Re-naming of Motorola Gallery, Music, and Files applications for easy access in the Applications Tray

Device Security – Enhancements to deliver greater device security, including addition of Android security patches from Google and Cisco Any Connect VPN enablers.

Emergency Alerts – Enhancement to allow you to receive emergency alerts from authorities such as Hurricane warning notifications.

Amazon Kindle – Enhancement to include link to app for quick and easy method to access your library of Amazon digital books as well as access to the entire Amazon library.

AT&T Messages – Enhancement to include link to app for quick and easy method to give you access to all of your texts, calls and messages which have been stored in the cloud.

Keyboard – Improvements to keyboard functionality for better email experience.

Mobile Hotspot – Improved stability for better overall performance

Webtop – Enhancements to improve stability and better overall performance

As readers can see from the change-log above, the v55 software update does bring quite a lot of enhancements which would be welcomed by the few Atrix 2 users out there.

Motorola Unveils The ‘Developer Edition’ Of RAZR; Proves It Has Gone Nuts!

Earlier this month, when Motorola announced its Q4, 2011 earnings, the company stated that it will release less but quality handsets this year, so as to consolidate its brand name and create brand recognition among consumers.

However, it looks like Motorola has already forgotten its promise. Earlier today, the company announced via its community blog that they will soon be releasing the Developer Edition of the RAZR, which will come with an unlocked bootloader. The developer edition of the RAZR will only be released in Europe, though. Developers need to buy this phone outright, that is without a contract, and the phone will come without a Warranty. Yes, Motorola wants you to spend $600+ on a handset, which does not come without any sort of warranty.

The blog post from Motorola does state that the company is also planning on releasing an unlockable developer device in the United States through MotoDEV. In all probability, Motorola will be announcing this unnamed device at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, next month.

While its good to see that Motorola will finally start taking the Android developer community seriously, I still cannot understand why Motorola can’t release a single phone with an unlocked bootloader. Why do developers need to buy a different variant of the phone? Hopefully, Motorola will soon realize their mistake, or we need to wait and see how Google’s takeover of Motorola will change this policy of Moto.

Readers can find out more information about the Developer Edition of the RAZR here.

Motorola Q4 2011 Earnings: Loses $80 Million

2011 has been a great year for some players in the smartphone space like Apple and Samsung, who have posted record sales and profits. However, there have been some losers too, like Nokia which lost nearly $1.3 billion in Q4 2011. The year hasn’t turned out very well for Motorola either, one of the largest Android smartphone maker which was recently acquired by Google.

Motorola announced net revenues of $3.4 billion in Q4, with a net loss of $80 million. The Mobile Devices division accounted for $2.5 billion in revenue and a operating loss of $70 million.

Motorola shipped 10.5 million mobile units in Q4 2011 and 42.4 million units in the entire year. It made a total operating loss of $285 million in 2011 from its mobile business. A major portion of these mobile devices were feature phones, with much lower profit margins than smartphones.

Motorola’s tablet sales were also quite low. It shipped only around 1 million tablets in 2011. It shipped 18.7 million smartphones in 2011, much lower than Apple, Samsung and HTC.

Anyway, it’s Google’s problem now. Google should complete the acquisition of Motorola in 2012, which is currently pending regulatory approval.

Check out the Motorola Q4 2011 earnings release: Motorola Mobility Announces Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Financial Results

Motorola Droid Razr Android 2.3.6 Software Update Leaks

The folks over at DroidRzr have managed to get their hands on an upcoming Android 2.3.6 update for the Verizon Droid RAZR. It is not yet confirmed whether the update is an upcoming official one, or an internal test build.

Droid_Razr

Nevertheless, the leaked update does bring in quite a lot of changes, which many Droid RAZR owners will appreciate. Apart from the minor bump in the Android version, the update also improves the overall performance and stability of the phone. Some of the icons have also been changed in the update, and have been given a colourful treatment. The build also includes a new radio, which according to many Razr owners, has improved the 3G/4G download/upload and the 3G to 4G hand-off. The web browser and the WebTop also feel much faster and smoother.

Razr owners who are interested in installing this leaked build on their phone should keep in mind that it breaks root access. So, make sure you use Voodoo OTA Rootkeeper before installing this leaked update. The download link and installation instructions for the leaked update can be found here.

Verizon To Release Motorola Droid Razr Maxx On January 26th For $299.99

Most of the major manufacturers have showcased their powerful smartphones and tablets at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. However, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is one those smartphone which instantly caught our attention, thanks to the powerful 3300 mAh battery. This handset offers continuous talk-time of more than 21 hours straight on a single charge.

The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx currently runs on the Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) Operating System, however the company will update this device to the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS in the coming months. This handset will be exclusively available to the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US.

Earlier this month, we reported that the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is expected to release on January 26. Verizon recently confirmed that our prediction was absolutely right. Verizon subscribers can finally get their hands-on this amazing device from January 26. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs after the break.

motorola droid razr maxx

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of ROM, 11.5GB user available internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 16GB microSD card included, GPS with AGPS, Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB, HDMI out, FM Radio, Android Market, MotoCast, up to 21.5 hours of talk-time, up to 15.8 days of stand-by time and a 3300 mAh battery.

The price of its older brother, the Motorola Droid Razr has been dropped to $199.99. However, you will need to shell out few extra bucks to get an Android smartphone which promises to offer an amazing battery life. The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx will be available from January 26 for $299.99 with a 2 year service agreement.

Motorola XOOM (Wi-Fi Only) Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Available

Motorola has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the original XOOM, the first ever tablet to release with Honeycomb on-board. The IML77 build of Ice Cream Sandwich update is being rolled out to all the general users, unlike the last ‘soak test’ update that was meant only for XOOM owners who had signed up for it.

The ‘soak test’ build and the public release build have the same  version number, so there should be no differences between them. The update is only being rolled out to the Wi-Fi variants of the XOOM in the United States though. Hopefully, the 4G LTE variant’s update should not be far away, and the roll-out of the ICS update for the XOOMs in other regions of the world should happen sometime in the next few weeks.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update will bring with it quite a lot of new goodies for XOOM owners to enjoy including a redesigned app launcher, an updated and faster web-browser, improved text input and spell-checking, continuous voice to text support, the ability to dismiss notifications with a swipe, a redesigned gallery with an editor and much more. The whole change-log for the update can be found here.

While not the first, Motorola made sure that the XOOM is among the first Android tablets to get some Ice Cream Sandwich love.

 

Motorola Unveils The Rugged Defy+ JCB Edition In The UK

Motorola and JCB recently announced the new Motorola Defy+ JCB edition. Motorola Defy+ is the successor of the widely popular Motorola Defy smartphone. Thanks to the visco-elastic protective sleeve from JCB, the powerful Motorola Defy+ JCB Edition offers work-orientated protection for those operating in construction and engineering sectors as well as for those working in rugged outdoors and in extremely demanding conditions.

Victoria McManus, UK marketing director, Motorola Mobility said,

“We’re thrilled to be working with JCB on this bespoke Motorola DEFY+ device. The unique protective sleeve will pull on JCB’s years of expertise in the construction industry to help us reach a new audience who we know are in need of a life and work proof handset.”

motorola defy plus jcb edition

Motorola Defy+ JCB Edition features a 3.7 inch FWVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, 1 GHz OMAP processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread Operating System, MotoBLUR UI, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 512 MB of RAM, 2 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSD card bundled, Adobe Flash Player 10, Android Market, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, FM Radio with RDS, up to 7.1 hours of talk time, up to 16 days of standby time and a 1700 mAh battery.

The Motorola Defy+ JCB Edition comes pre-loaded with JCB applications such as a spirit level, theodolite, decibel meter and recorder, torch, unit converter, calculator and DIY store locator. This handset comes with a price tag of £260 (approx. $400) in the UK.

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx Coming To Verizon On January 26

Earlier this week, Verizon announced the new Motorola Droid Razr Maxx smartphone at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset runs on the Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) Operating System. It is the first 4G smartphone, which comes with a powerful 3300 mAh battery. Motorola and Verizon did not announce the release date of this handset during the launch, however Motorola’s official website has revealed the release date of this powerful device.

motorola droid razr maxx

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, micro USB, HDMI out and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of ROM, 11.5GB user available internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 16GB microSD card included, GPS with AGPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1, FM Radio, Android Market, MotoCast, up to 21.5 hours of talk-time, up to 15.8 days of stand-by time and a 3300 mAh battery.

motorola droid razr maxx release date

According to the Motorola’s official website, the much-awaited Motorola Droid Razr Maxx will be available for purchase from January 26, 2012. This handset will be available for $299.99 with a 2 year service agreement.

Intel and Motorola Team Up to Develop Intel Powered Android Devices

Until now, Intel has had exactly zero luck in the smartphone arena which continues to be dominated by ARM. However, 2012 may be the year when Intel’s fortune finally changes for good.

Intel’s Ultrabook movement seems to be a hit, judging by the reaction of the audiences at CES 2012. More than 75 new Ultrabooks are expected to be launched in 2012, with support from all major notebook manufacturers.

Intel also unveiled its Medfield smartphone processors today, and we already have a couple of phones powered by it, which are slated to launch in 2012.

Today, Intel and Motorola officially announced a strategic partnership that includes Motorola building smartphones and tablets powered by Intel’s chips. This should give it some traction in the market, and also attract other smartphone manufacturers to take the same route. Motorola’s Intel powered devices will run on Android, which is quite logical as Google recently acquired Motorola.

“When great silicon and software technology meets great mobile and design innovation, amazing things can happen. Our long-term relationship with Motorola Mobility will help accelerate Intel® architecture into new mobile market segments. We expect the combination of our companies to break new ground and bring the very best of computing capabilities to smartphones and tablets, which in turn will help to create powerful new experiences that connect and enrich people’s lives wherever they may be,” said Intel’s President and CEO, Paul Otellini.

Intel’s processors are traditionally very powerful, but suck at power management, which makes them a really bad option for mobile devices. With its new Medfield architecture, Intel is aiming to remedy exactly that.

While Intel is trying to beat ARM in the mobile market, ARM is trying to break into the PC market. Windows 8 will support both the X86 and ARM architectures. The Microsoft and Intel exclusive alliance is now dead.