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Motorola Pax: The Best Android “Blackberry” Yet

Motorola was one of the first Android adopters, and launched the first commercially successful Android device – the Motorola Droid. It also launched the first Android Honeycomb tablet – the Motorola Xoom. Unfortunately, the Xoom failed and none of Motorola’s new phones have been able to attract as many users as Samsung (with the Galaxy S and the Galaxy S 2). It has been sidelined by Samsung and HTC when it comes to Android smartphones, at least in the last couple months.

Motorola has been trying to launch a good Blackberry-ish Android smartphone with a QWERTY keypad in a candybar form factor since an year now. It first launched the Motorola Droid Pro on Verizon, and recently, the Motorola XPRT on Sprint. Both of them are promising devices, but haven’t seen a lot of sales.

Today, some images and details of a new Android QWERTY phone were leaked by the guys at ThisismyNext and Android Community. It’s codenamed the Motorola Pax, and looks similar to the Motorola XPRT.

However, it has a larger 3.5 inch display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It also comes with a dual core processor, and may sport a larger battery. It will most likely run on Android 2.3.x Gingerbread. Most QWERTY candybar phones sport a smaller display. Though the Pax may be a bit bulky, having a QWERTY as well as a large display is a great combination.

Motorola Sprint Pax

No other details are out yet. We should probably see this device launched in a couple of months.

Motorola Xoom Gets The Android 3.1 Update In India

Motorola Xoom is the company’s first tablet device. It was announced at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas and launched in India at the end of Q2 of 2011. This tablet originally runs of the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. But, Motorola recently announced that existing users of Motorola Xoom and Motorola Xoom WiFi in India will receive the Android 3.1 update starting from July 29. This update brings resizable home screen widgets for Gmail, Calendar and Browser, support for PC joysticks and gamepads, new high-performance Wi-Fi lock and more. Check out the complete changelog below.

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Changelog:

  • Improved multi-tasking providing instant visual access to a larger number of applications
  • Resizable home screen widgets for Gmail, Calendar and Browser
  • Both keyboard and mouse support, which allows simultaneous input for devices over Bluetooth (in any combination)
  • Support for most PC joysticks and gamepads that connect over USB or Bluetooth
  • Picture transfer directly from camera, so users can connect their cameras over USB and import their pictures to the Gallery with a single touch
  • New high-performance Wi-Fi lock lets applications maintain high-performance Wi-Fi connections even when the device screen is off
  • Preloaded Adobe Flash Player, as well as File Manager

The Android 3.1 update also activates the SD card slot, so you can insert a 32 GB card and expand the total memory of the Motorola Xoom to 64 GB. This update will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will receive a notification, as soon as the update is available for your device.

To check the update manually, go to Settings > About Tablet > System Updates. The size of the update is just 40 MB. The Android 3.1 update will also be available in other countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Verizon Motorola Droid X2 Gets The Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update

Back in May, Motorola announced the successor of the popular Motorola Droid X smartphone, the Motorola Droid X2. This handset runs originally runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. After waiting for couple of months, Verizon finally released the much-awaited Android 2.3 update for the Droid X2 smartphone. The Gingerbread update comes with tons of bug fixes and performance improvements. Check out the complete changelog, after the break.

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Changelog:

Enhancements:

  • Download Manager App:
  • New App to manage all of your downloads from web browsing, email attachments and other apps.
  • Multi-Touch Key-Chording:
  • New ability to enter numbers and symbols with keyboard shortcut combos,instead of having to change to the numeric keyboard mode.
  • Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality:
  • New capability to select a word via press-hold. A second press of the selected word copies the selected characters.
  • New User Interface and Color Scheme: New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.

Security:

  • Added Device and SD Card encryption. VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN clients into device security settings.

Updated Calendar Options:

  • Display Calendar and event times in your home time zone when traveling.
  • Dismiss individual reminders, such as dismissing one meeting reminder without dismissing other meeting reminders.
  • Easy conference dialing simply dial and automatically enter a conference
  • code directly from your Calendar.
  • Google Books is now preloaded.
  • Geo-tagging features available for camera applications.

Other improvements:

  • Improvements in screen display reduce screen locking up and turning black.
  • HDMI indicator clears if cable is connected and an application is started.
  • No longer receive duplicate SMS messages.
  • After Mobile Directory Number (MDN) change, device no longer performs data reset.
  • On the home screen, icons and widgets display properly.
  • Fixed interruption when unlocking device.
  • Improved stability reduces device resets.
  • Correct device battery percentage is displayed.
  • VZ Navigator works simultaneously with Wi-Fi.
  • Easily subscribe or cancel a subscription to Visual Voice Mail.
  • Home tray icons can be customized.
  • When device is placed in car dock, device no longer plays loud sound.
  • Enhanced User Interface provides improved screen transitions.
  • Receive MMS sound notifications while on a call.
  • Addition of Vibrate icon.

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update is available only via Over-The-Air (OTA). 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 Verizon.

Motorola Atrix 4G Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Motorola has finally started rolling out the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread update for its first dual-core phone the Atrix 4G. The Atrix 4G was announced way back at the starting of 2011 with FroYo on-board, and was supposed to get its Gingerbread update sometime soon.

The Gingerbread update for the Atrix 4G brings with it a host of welcome changes, including better system performance and stability, along with improved battery life. Other enhancements include an improved Gallery and Music application, and a new version of MotoBLUR UI, with a new dock. The update will also bring the ability to side-load apps on the Atrix 4G i.e. to install apps other than from Android Market.

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Atrix 4G owners should also expect a speed improvement in the Webtop mode of the handset. Firefox 4.0 is also included in this update, so the browsing mode in Webtop mode should also improve. They can also enjoy full-HD videos playback on their handset.

Users can download and install the update on their phone, by going to Settings > About Phone, and selecting the Check for updates option.

It was also rumored that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the Atrix 4G, will unlock the boot loader on the handset. Sadly, users who have already installed the update have confirmed that the boot loader is not unlocked post the update.

The whole change-log for the update can be found here.

Via – ThisIsMyNext

Motorola Triumph Now Available At Virgin Mobile For $299.99

Last month, Motorola announced its mid-budget Android smartphone, the Motorola Triumph. This handset runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and it comes with a 4.1 inch WVGA display, 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, 3G Connectivity and more. Motorola Triumph is finally available for purchase in the US, exclusively for the Virgin Mobile customers.

As smartphone ownership continues to accelerate, we are thrilled to offer Virgin Mobile customers this exciting, compelling new handset from a device leader like Motorola,said Mark Lederman, Business Line director, Virgin Mobile USA. Motorola TRIUMPH is a leader in its class and provides users the freedom to enjoy unlimited data on Virgin Mobile, without overages or a contract.

motorola triumph

Motorola Triumph features a 4.1 inch WVGA display, 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1 Ghz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and playback, VGA front-facing camera, Android Webkit Browser, 512MB RAM, 2GB ROM and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, HDMI port, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Android Market, MicroUSB, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, A-GPS, 3G Mobile HotSpot, Android Market, up to 500 mins talk-time, up to 300hrs stand-by time and 1400 mAh battery.

Motorola Triumph is the first handset to come preloaded with the Virgin Mobile Live 2.0 social networking music application. This handset allows you to access more than 250,000 apps, widgets and games from the Android Market. Motorola Triumph comes with a price-tag of $299.99 without any service agreements.

Motorola Droid 3 Announced; Available Online For $199.99

After numerous leaks, Motorola and Verizon have finally announced the successor to the Droid 2 the Droid 3. Unlike the Droid and the Droid 2, Moto decided to announce the Droid 3 in a very quiet manner.

The Droid 3 sports a 4-inch display with qHD (960×540) resolution. This might sound good on paper, but sadly, the display is a PenTile one, similar to the Atrix 4G and the Droid X2. The handset is powered by a 1GHz dual-core OMAP processor, and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, which handles the graphics department. The device packs in a disappointing 512MB of RAM.

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The Droid 3 also sports a slide-out five-row QWERTY keyboard, and is the slimmest Android phone out there with a keyboard (12.9mm). The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera, along with an LED flash, which is capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution. There is also a VGA camera in the front for video calling.

Other key features of the Droid 3 include Wi-Fi b/g/n, mini-HDMI port with mirror mode, 16GB of on-board memory, microSD card slot, 3.5mm audio jack, and enterprise features like device and SD card encryption, and complex password support etc.

The Droid 3 runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with a   new version of MotoBLUR running on top of it. Interested users can already purchase the Droid 3 online at VerizonWireless.com for $199.99, on a two-year contract. The handset will hit the retail stores in the U.S, by July 14.

Motorola Launches The Xoom Android Honeycomb Tablet In India

Motorola finally launched its Android powered Motorola Xoom tablet in India. This device was announced at the CES 2010 in Las Vegas and it was later showcased at MWC 2011 in Barcelona. Motorola Xoom is the first tablet, which runs on the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Motorola is selling both the Wi-Fi only version as well as the Wi-Fi + 3G version of this tablet in India.

Motorola XOOM is redefining the tablet experience by pre-empting the future mobile experience today,said Rajan Chawla, Mobile Devices business country head for Sales and Operations, India and South West Asia, Motorola Mobility. Designed from the ground up with the user in mind, it offers productivity while on the go and, provides more ways to have fun and connect with friends. Whether surfing the Web, watching the latest hit movie as it was intended or video-chatting with friends, Motorola XOOM will delight customers with its ease of use, speed and vivid graphics. Motorola XOOM is everything that a tablet should be!

motorola xoom

Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi features a 10.1 inch touchscreen display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS, 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) playback and more.

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

Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi comes with a price tag of Rs.34,490, while the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi + 3G is available for Rs.41,490. The Best Buy prices of Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G are Rs.32,990 and Rs.39,990 respectively.

Currently, 5 major tablets are officially available in India – Apple iPad 2, HTC Flyer, Motorola Xoom, BlackBerry PlayBook and Acer Iconia Tab A500. Which tablet you are planning to buy? Let us know in the comments below.

Motorola Triumph Up For Pre-Order At Best Buy

Earlier this month, Motorola announced the Android powered Motorola Triumph smartphone. This handset will be available exclusively to the Virgin Mobile customers in the US. This handset runs on the one year old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and comes with a 4.1 inch WVGA display, 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, 3G Connectivity and so on. Motorola Triumph is finally up for pre-order in the US.

motorola triumph

Motorola Triumph features a 4.1 inch WVGA display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1 Ghz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and playback, VGA front-facing camera, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, HDMI port, Android Webkit Browser, 512MB RAM, 2GB ROM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Android Market, MicroUSB,
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, A-GPS, 3G Mobile HotSpot, up to 500 mins talk-time, up to 300hrs stand-by time and 1400 mAh battery.

This handset allows you to access more than 200,000 apps from the Android Market. Motorola Triumph is currently up for pre-order at Best buy. This handset comes with a price tag of $299.99 without any contract. Motorola Triumph will be shipped from July 19th. To pre-order this handset, head over to this page at Best Buy.

T-Mobile UK To Roll Out Motorola Defy Android 2.2 Froyo Update In July

Last year, Motorola launched its powerful Android powered rugged smartphone, the Motorola Defy. This handset is pretty amazing, but it originally runs on the old Android 2.1 (Eclair) Operating System. Motorola and AT&T have already started rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update in the US, but the Motorola Defy customers in the UK were left behind.

motorola defy update uk

T-Mobile UK recently tweeted from their official Twitter account that, the Android 2.2 Froyo update for Motorola Defy will start rolling out to the T-mobile UK customer at the the beginning of July. The update is expected to be available within the first half of July, to almost all the T-Mobile Motorola Defy owners. The Android Froyo update will be available via. Over-The-Air (OTA).

The new software update comes with a new revamped User Interface, new Task manager app, Wi-Fi Hotspot capability, Linked-In account integration, Adobe Flash support, ability to store the applications on the device’s microSD card, added security features, including Exchange-based encryption and password security.

It is advised to backup all your data before updating the device. You should also have at least 50% charged battery in your phone and an active SIM card installed before updating to Android 2.2. We will let you know, as soon as the update is available for the Motorola Defy in the UK. Stay tuned!

Motorola Atrix 4G Bootloader Unlocked!

Motorola Atrix 4G owners, this is the day you all have been impatiently waiting for. Yesterday, we reported that Motorola might unlock the boot loader on the Atrix 4G with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.

However, the awesomely talented folks over at XDA have managed to beat Motorola, and have unlocked the boot loader on the Atrix 4G.

Motorola_Atrix_4G_Unlocked

The whole method to unlock the boot loader on the Atrix 4G can be found here. Do make a backup of your data, since the handset will be wiped clean of any data when the boot loader is unlocked. Sadly, there is a catch though. The method only works on AT&T branded and OLYFR branded version of the Atrix 4G.

Other branded version of handsets threw an error when users tried to unlock the boot loader. The phone did not brick itself, so there is no issue in trying.

The unlocked boot loader means we should start seeing custom kernels and true custom ROMs for the handset. In fact, ClockWorkMod Recovery is already available for unlocked Atrix 4G handsets. Here is the link to the appropriate thread over at XDA forums.

Motorola Atrix 4G Boot Loader To Be Unlocked With Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update?

Motorola has been heavily criticized by developers and consumers for locking down the boot loader on their devices. In its defence, Moto said that carriers also play a part in locking the boot loader on their phone, and that they will unlock boot loader on their handsets sometime in the 2nd half of this year.

Now, the folks over at BriefMobile, have somehow managed to get their hands on a test build of Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the Atrix 4G. The test build allows them to unlock the boot loader on their Atrix 4G, by simply using the fastboot oem unlockcommand.

Below is a video of the Atrix 4G boot loader being unlocked :

It is not confirmed whether the final build of the Gingerbread update for the Atrix 4G, will allow users to unlock the boot loader on their handsets.

BriefMobile does state that they have confirmed with representatives from Motorola, about the possibility of unlocking the boot loader in the final build of the Gingerbread update.

If Motorola remains true to their words, then this move will definitely please all the Atrix 4G owners out there. An unlocked boot loader would mean faster un-official Android updates, AOSP ROMs, custom kernels with Overclocking and under-volting support etc.

Motorola Xoom Up For Pre-Order In India

Last week, Motorola announced its first tablet device, the Motorola Xoom in India. This device was first showcased at the CES 2010 in Las Vegas. The Motorola Xoom is the first tablet device to feature the Google’s Android Honeycomb Operating System, which is specially designed for tablet devices.

Flipkart, a popular online retailer is currently taking the pre-orders for the Motorola Xoom tablet in India. You can pre-order the WiFi-only version as well as the WiFi + 3G version of the Motorola Xoom at Flipkart. This handset will compete with the recently launched BlackBerry Playbook and the Apple iPad 2 in India. If you are planning to get this tablet, then check out the specs of this device, after the break.

motorola xoom

Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi features with a 10.1 inch touchscreen display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, Android 3.0 (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 more.

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.

The WiFi-only version of the Motorola Xoom comes with a price tag of Rs.32,990. On the other hand, the WiFi + 3G version of this tablet is available for Rs.39,990. Motorola Xoom will be released during the 5th week of June. Check out the pre-order link below.

Motorola Droid 2 Global Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Available Now!

It was at the end of last month, that Motorola and Verizon started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid X. It was only a matter of time before the Droid 2 also got some Gingerbread love, because of its similar hardware with the Droid X.

Now, Verizon has started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid 2 Global. The software update will help in improving the performance and stability of the handset, along with adding some new features. Beside the bump in the Android OS version, the update will also include a Download Manager app, improved copy and paste functionality, and Multi-Touch key chording.

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Motorola has also taken this chance to include an improved version of MotoBLUR with a new color scheme in this update. Post the update; users should also notice an improvement in battery life.

The update is an OTA one, and can be manually downloaded by going to Settings->About Phone>System Updates, and selecting the Check for updates option.

Sadly, this update does not apply to the Droid 2 CDMA version. Motorola and Verizon have not mentioned anything about the Gingerbread update for the Droid 2 CDMA, but it should arrive soon.

Now, Motorola only needs to roll out Gingerbread updates for the Droid X2, Droid 2 CDMA version, and the Atrix 4G. Hopefully, the company will do so before Google announces the next version of Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

Motorola Announces The Android Powered Xoom Tablet In India

Motorola Xoom is the first tablet powered by the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. This device was announced and showcased at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. Motorola Xoom sports a 10.1 inch touchscreen display, NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 dual-core processor, Wi-Fi connectivity, Full HD (1080p) video playback and so on.

Acer already announced the India’s first Android Honeycomb powered tablet, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 in early-May. Even the BlackBerry PlayBook and HTC Flyer are already up for pre-order in India. But, we have a good news for those, who are eagerly waiting for the launch of the much-awaited Motorola Xoom tablet in India. Motorola India recently announced the Xoom tablet and it is expected to release by the end of this month.

motorola xoom

Motorola XOOM redefines what the tablet experience should be. Designed from the ground up with the consumer in mind, it provides more ways to have fun, connect with friends and stay productive while on the go,said Rajan Chawla, Mobile Devices business country head for Sales and Operations, India and South West Asia, Motorola Mobility.

Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi features a 10.1 inch touchscreen display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS, 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) playback and more.

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

Motorola Xoom will come with the Android 3.0 OS in India, instead of the Android 3.1 OS. But, Motorola will roll out the Android 3.1 update via OTA (Over-The-Air) soon after the launch. The price of this handset is still unknown. Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi is available in the US for $599, so the price of this tablet in India is expected be around Rs.30,000-32,000.

Motorola Xoom, HTC Flyer and BlackBerry PlayBook are expected to launch in India, by the end of this month. Which device you are planning to buy? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

Motorola Milestone 3 Announced; Headed To China Telecom

Motorola and China Telecom have gone ahead and announced the Milestone 3 (XT883). The Motorola Milestone 3 is the non-American version of the yet to be announced Droid 3. Both the phones are exactly the same, except for the different radio antenna.

As rumors earlier suggested, the Motorola Milestone 3 sports a dual-core OMAP processor running at 1GHz, and packs a disappointing 512MB of RAM. The handset also sports a 4-inch qHD (960×540) display, with a five-row slide out QWERTY keyboard.

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The back of the Milestone 3 packs an 8MP camera with an LED flash, which is capable of recording videos in full HD 1080p resolution. There is also a front facing VGA camera for video calls and chat. Other key features of the phone include Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, 16GB internal memory, microSD card slot, proximity sensor, 3.5mm audio jack and a micro-USB port.

Thankfully, unlike other recently announced Motorola handsets, the Droid 3 runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a new version of MotoBLUR.

The Milestone 3 (XT883) will be available from 3rd quarter of 2011. Sadly, Motorola and China Telecom did not mention anything about the pricing of the handset.

The Milestone 3 is also expected to hit the Verizon’s network under the name of Droid 3, sometime next month.