Verizon Unveils The Motorola Droid 4 Smartphone

Verizon Wireless and Motorola recently announced the much-awaited Motorola Droid 4 smartphone at the CES 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset might disappoint some Android fans, since the device runs on the old Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) Operating System, instead of the new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. But, Motorola has already promised that the device will get the Android 4.0 update during the second quarter of 2012.

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Motorola Droid 4 features a 4 inch qHD display, sporting a resolution of 940 x 540 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), five-row QWERTY keyboard, 8 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3-megapixel HD front-facing camera with HD (720p) video recording and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, micro USB, HDMI out, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1, FM Radio, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with AGPS, Android Market, MotoCast, up to 12.5 hours of talk-time, up to 8.5 days of stand-by time and a 1785 mAH Li-on battery.

Motorola Droid 4 is the thinnest and the most powerful 4G LTE QWERTY smartphone. This handset measures 2.65 inches x 5.0 inches x 0.5 inches and weighs 6.31oz (approx. 179 grams). Motorola Droid 4 supports up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices, thanks to the 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot. This handset will be available for purchase in the coming weeks. Verizon and Motorola will soon announce the price of this device. Stay tuned for more info!

Motorola and Verizon Unveil The DROID RAZR MAXX

Along with the Droid 4, Motorola and Verizon also announced a new member of the Droid RAZR family, the Droid RAZR MAXX. As its name suggests, the RAZR MAXX takes the Droid RAZR to the next level.

While the RAZR MAXX is not as slim as its sibling, it still has a decent waistline of 8.9mm. This allows Motorola to cram in a bigger removable battery on the handset. While the size of the battery is unknown at the moment, Motorola states that the RAZR MAXX can provide continuous talk-time of up to 21 hours on a single-charge!

The  RAZR packs in a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED ‘Advanced’ screen with qHD (960×640) resolution. Internally, the MAXX packs in a 1.2GHz dual-core processor OMAP 4630 processor, a PowerVR SGX 650 GPU, 1GB of RAM, comes with a Kevlar back, an 8MP camera at its back, a 1.3MP camera in the front, and a microSD card slot. The usual sensors and connectivity features including support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network is also present.

The Droid RAZR MAXX will cost users $299.99 on a two-year contract. The handset is expected to hit Verizon’s retail stores in the coming weeks.

Top 10 Android Phones Of 2011

2011 was all about Android phones with bigger and better screens, dual-core processors, and oodles of RAM and 8MP cameras. More than 50 Android handsets and numerous Android tablets were released in the last year.

10) Samsung Galaxy S – So yeah, the Galaxy S is a pretty old phone and was released in Q2 of 2010. Yet, the handset is still selling extremely well in all regions of the world. The modding community even actively supports the handset.

The handset is so popular that Samsung was at one point re-considering bringing Ice Cream Sandwich to the handset, after all the Galaxy S owners filed a petition when the company had initially announced that it won’t be updating the handset to Android 4.0. While the company later on decided against updating the Galaxy S to Ice Cream Sandwich, it did promise to release a Value Pack.


In fact, a Value Pack firmware for the Galaxy S leaked online last night which brings Face Unlock and many new features.

9) LG Optimus 2X – The LG Optimus 2X was the first dual-core phone to be available to the general public. LG and Nvidia had a clear 3-4months advantage, since no other manufacturer was able to release a dual-core handset in the market before Q2 of 2011. The Optimus 2X is not the best dual-core handset out there when it comes to performance and software stability, but at its current market price, it is nothing short of a steal.

8) Motorola Droid Bionic – The Bionic was initially supposed to be launched in the first half of the year, and was eagerly expected by the people in the United States, since it was the first 4G LTE phone to hit Verizon’s network with a dual-core processor. The handset was first expected to be launched with a Tegra 2 processor, but released with a much powerful OMAP processor, after the delay.


However, the Droid Bionic’s launch was over-shadowed just a couple of months after its launch, when Motorola launched the Droid RAZR, which was basically a slimmed down version of the Bionic.

7) Sony Ericsson Xperia Play- Many dubbed the Play as a disappointment when Sony had initially announced it. For a gaming phone, the Play had somewhat dated specs. However, Sony Ericsson proved everyone that it’s the combination of hardware and software that matters.

Many games are exclusively launched for the Xperia Play first, and then for other much powerful phones like the Galaxy S2, HTC Sensation etc. There are more than 200 games specifically optimized for the Play available at the moment, and the number keeps on growing.

6) Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V – The Xperia Neo V is a dumbed down Xperia down. Due to the floods and Earthquakes in Japan and its nearby areas, there was a shortage of the 8MP Exmor R camera sensors used by Sony, and thus the company decided to fit in a 5MP cam on the Neo, and call it the Neo V.


The Neo V sports a 1GHz single core processor, runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and packs 512MB of RAM. All these specs make the Neo V one of the best Android phones in the mid-range segment. No other Android phone comes close to the price/performance ratio offered by the Neo V. The best part is that Sony Ericsson has already confirmed that it will be updating the Neo V to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in late Q1 or early Q2 of 2012.

5) Samsung Galaxy Note – Okay, the Note is not really a phone, and its not really a tablet as well. It still however runs on Android, has a SIM card slot, and can be used for making calls.The Galaxy Note is a bigger version of the Galaxy S2, with a mammoth 5.3-inch screen with a whopping 1280×800 resolution. Under the hood is a 1.4GHz Cortex-A9 processor, an ARM Mali-400MP GPU and 1GB of RAM. As its name suggests, the Note is meant for taking notes and comes with an S-Pen for this purpose.


The S-Pen surprisingly works very well in real life, and is suited for designers, artists and people who want to take some notes on the go.

4) HTC Sensation – This sensational handset from HTC was their answer to Samsung’s Galaxy S2. The Sensation was a decent performer, but still nowhere near Galaxy S2. The Galaxy S2 trumped it in nearly every department, except for the superior build quality and the higher-resolution screen found on the latter.


The Sense 3.0 UI found on the Sensation looked beautiful, but was also criticized heavily for slowing down the overall performance of the phone.

3) Droid RAZR – With the Droid RAZR, Motorola attempted at reviving the iconic RAZR brand. Like the original RAZR, the Droid RAZR was the slimmest phone released this year at just 7.1mm thick. Even then Motorola managed to pack in a dual-core OMAP SoC, an 8MP camera, 4G LTE and a Super-AMOLED ‘Advanced’ screen on the handset.


The RAZR however was a announced at the wrong time. Moto announced the handset just 12 hours before Google announced the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich, and so it was forgotten quickly. The encrypted bootloader on the handset also made sure that the developers stayed away from the handset.

2) Galaxy Nexus – The release of Galaxy Nexus along with Ice Cream Sandwich did steal some thunder from the Galaxy S2, but it still was not enough to make it the best Android handset of 2011. The Android version running on Galaxy Nexus comes straight from Google, without any modifications from carriers or handset manufacturers, and that is what makes the Nexus brand so popular.

The Galaxy Nexus was also among the first few phones in 2011 to sport a 720p (1280×720) resolution 4.65-inch HD Super-AMOLED screen. The handset also comes with a 5MP camera at its back, which takes some mediocre pictures, but has zero shutter lag. This means a picture is clicked and saved as soon as the user presses the virtual shutter button. It’s ridiculously fast!

1) Samsung Galaxy S2 – The Samsung Galaxy S2 was no doubt the hottest and the most popular Android handset of 2011. Right from its announcement at MWC 2011 to its launch in various regions of the world, the phone was always in the limelight. No wonder the Galaxy S2 was the highest selling Android phone of 2011, and also the fastest selling phone ever in Samsung’s history. The handset breached the 10 million mark in a mere 5 months.

The Galaxy S2 was the most powerful Android handset released this year, all thanks to Samsung’s own Exynos 4210 SoC, which packs in a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor and an ARM Mali-400MP GPU.

Don’t agree with our list of the Top 10 Android phones of 2011? Drop in a comment and let us know!

Motorola Unveils The Android Powered Motoluxe Smartphone

Along with the Motorola Defy Mini, Motorola also announced the budget-friendly Motorola Motoluxe smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The Activity Graph feature in this smartphone gives you quick and easy access to your favorite apps, automatically changing to reflect the apps you use the most. It also comes with the Music Now and Smart Gallery features, which allows you to play your favorite music and display your favorite pictures as collections respectively. Motorola Motoluxe will be showcased next week at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012.

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Motorola Motoluxe features a 4 inch FWVGA display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 800 MHz processor, MotoSwitch user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with 4x digital zoom and auto-focus, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity, 512 MB of RAM, 1 GB of ROM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroUSB 2.0, WiFi Direct, Android Market, FM Radio, Ambient light, proximity sensor, up to 6.5 hours of talktime, up to 450 hours of stand-by time and a 1400 mAh battery.

This handset measures 117.7x 60.5 x 9.85 mm and weighs 123.6 grams. Motorola has not yet announced the price of this smartphone. This handset will be available in China under the name Motorola XT615. The Motorola Motoluxe is expected to be available in select countries in Europe and Latin America starting from February 2012. Stay tuned for more updates!

Motorola Announces The Rugged Motorola Defy Mini Smartphone

Motorola recently announced the new entry-level Motorola Defy Mini smartphone. This handset is the compact version of the widely popular Motorola Defy smartphone. Motorola Defy Mini is a dustproof and water resistant smartphone, which comes with the famous Gorilla Glass display. It runs on the Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) Operating System. This handset comes with the Motorola’s MotoSwitch user interface, instead of the Motoblur UI found in the original Motorola Defy smartphone.

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Motorola Defy Mini features a 3.2 inch HVGA display with scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass, 480 x 320 pixels resolution, Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 600 MHz processor, MotoSwitch user interface, 5 megapixel camera with digital zoom and flash, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 512 MB of RAM, 512 MB of ROM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroUSB, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), A-GPS, Android Market, FM Radio, Ambient light, proximity sensor, up to 10 hours talktime, up to 21 days stand-by time and a 1650 mAh battery.

The Motorola Defy Mini measures 109 x 58.5 x 12.55 mm and weighs just 107 grams. This handset will be available in China under the name Motorola XT320. The Motorola Defy Mini is expected to be available in select countries in Europe and Latin America starting from February 2012. The price of the handset is still a mystery.

Motorola Xoom Price Drops To Rs.22,500 In India

Exactly one year ago, Motorola unveiled its first tablet device, the Motorola Xoom. This device runs on the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Motorola Xoom was announced and showcased at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. Within a few months, Motorola officially launched this device in India. The 32GB Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi + 3G version was originally priced at Rs.39,990. BlackBerry and Samsung have recently reduced the price of the BlackBerry PlayBook and Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi respectively in India. Now, popular online retailers such as Flipkart and LetsBuy are selling the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi + 3G at a reduced price of just Rs.22,500.

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Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi features with a 10.1 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) OS, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, micro USB 2.0, Corporate Sync, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID, 32GB internal memory, SD card support, 1GB DDR2 RAM, Google Chrome bookmark sync and incognito mode, Android Market, Integrated GPS, up to 10 hour video playback and a 3250 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

LetsBuy is currently selling the 32GB Motorola Xoom at a reduced price of just Rs.22,500. On the other hand, Flipkart is selling this device for Rs.22,999. This is definitely a good news for the potential tablet buyers in India, since the powerful Motorola Xoom is also expected to get the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update in the coming months. Are you planning to buy one? If yes, then check out the links below.

European Motorola Razr Gets A Software Update

Motorola Droid Razr is the company’s thinnest Android powered smartphone with just 7.1mm thickness. Last week, Verizon rolled out the maintenance update for the Motorola Droid Razr owners in the US. Now, we have a good news for the folks using Motorola Razr in the Europe. Motorola recently started rolling out a new software update for the European Motorola Razr.

The latest update is numbered 651.73.30 and it comes with many new features and performance improvements, including the new Evernote application, improvements on call performance and Bluetooth connectivity, etc. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

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  • New Evernote application – Save your ideas, things you like, things you hear, and things you see.
  • Camera – General improvements to camera performance
  • New Smart Rule Trigger – ‘Motion Detection’
  • Security features – Added new security features in the Googleâ„¢ Androidâ„¢ release
  • Phone stability – Improvements on call performance and Bluetooth ® connectivity
  • Localisation improvements
  • Wi-Fi performance and stability General improvements to Wi-Fi connectivity

This update is currently rolled out in the following European countries – Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, SFR, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, T-Mobile Germany and the UK. The latest update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). If you still haven’t received the update, go to settings and check for the update.

After Motorola’s Win, Apple Fights Back with Photo Gallery Patent

After Motorola’s recent victory against Apple in Germany, Apple seems to be fighting back with a fresh set of patents. The Munich Regional Court in Germany held hearings on lawsuits by Apple against Motorola. According to Florian Mueller, Apple is very likely to win an injunction against Motorola products which implement a certain method for flipping pages in a photo gallery, specified by the patent in question – EP2059868.

“The court doesn’t have much doubt about the validity of this patent and appears rather convinced (at the end of the hearing even more so than at its outset) that the Android photo gallery constitutes a violation of that patent at least in its “zoom in” mode and possibly (though this is not yet certain) in its “zoom out” mode.”

Motorola may have to omit that feature from its Android devices, should the court rule against it. However, that feature alone isn’t likely to affect sales in any major way. But if Apple starts winning a lot of these small battles, Motorola and other Android manufacturers may be forced to make significant changes to their Android devices, which could add up and mess with the overall Android user experience, compelling consumers to buy Apple’s devices.

Samsung worked around the same patent earlier, to avoid a preliminary injunction by a Dutch court, by making a few changes. Motorola will probably do the same.

MotoACTV Ripped Open and Rooted

A couple of months ago, Motorola announced the MotoACTV, which is a basically a sports tracker. The ACTV is meant for active people, who regularly do some physical exercises and are interested in logging their work out and analyzing how much calories they burnt, their heart beat rate etc.

The ACTV runs on a customized version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and like every other Android gadget released released in the last year or so, has been rooted as well. In fact, the developer who rooted his ACTV even went ahead and ripped it open. Inside, he found an OMAP 3630 SoC running at 600MHz, along with 256MB of RAM and the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and FM Radio chips.

The developer also managed to install the Honeycomb 1.8 launcher on the ACTV, and was successfully able to get access to Android Market and other Google Apps like GMail and Google Maps. In fact, the developer even managed to get Angry Birds up and running on the ACTV. Interested MotoACTV users can find all the required instructions and file to root their gadget here.

Google to Launch Nexus Tablet with Android 4.1 in 2012

Earlier this month, Eric Schmidt suggested in an interview with an Italian newspaper that Google was working on its own tablet “of the highest quality”, and that it would launch it in the next six months. That statement by Eric Schmidt could negatively affect Android tablet sales, which are quite low anyways, as consumers would rather wait for a Google branded tablet instead of buying a tablet right now.

Given its acquisition of Motorola, it is highly likely that Google will manufacture the Nexus tablet with Motorola’s help. This will probably further strain the already tenuous relationship between Google and Android device manufacturers like Samsung and HTC, whom Microsoft is trying hard to woo.

According to a report by Digitimes, Google may launch its Google Nexus tablet in the first half of 2012, and that will likely affect sales of all other Android 4.0 tablets, as Google will launch its Nexus tablet with the next version of Android – Android 4.1. It’s only logical that Google will launch its own tablet with an upgraded version of Android. However, its other device partners are likely to cry foul, as Motorola will have a significant head start to sell Nexus tablets with Android 4.1 which will launch much before they have a chance to launch their own Android 4.1 tablets, or upgrade their current tablets with Android 4.1.

It’s quite possible that Google will launch the Nexus tablet at Google I/O 2012, and probably hand it away to all attendees. That’s probably why it revamped the registration process for I/O 2012, to let only actual developers in.