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Motorola Droid 4 – Specifications and Images Revealed

Motorola tried to steal the limelight from the Samsung Galaxy Nexus just before its launch, with the Motorola Droid RAZR, but didn’t quite succeed in doing that. Though it had a great design and excellent specs, there were some major shortcomings in the Droid RAZR.

Well, Motorola is not giving up so easily. Thanks to the guys at Droid Life, we have some details about the upcoming Motorola Droid 4. It’s like a Droid RAZR, with a sliding keyboard.

It will have a 4 inch display (presumably SuperAMOLED), a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB of RAM, a physical sliding keyboard, and an 8 MP primary camera with LED flash. It will also support 4G LTE connectivity.

It will offer 16 GB of internal storage, and will support upto 32 GB microSD cards. It will be powered by a 1785 mAh battery, and will sport the usual connectivity options like Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI etc.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus beats it when it comes to the display, but overall, the Motorola Droid 4 seems to have much better specifications. It will probably come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and get an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich later.

Which one are you going to buy? The Samsung Galaxy Nexus or the Motorola Droid 4?

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Motorola RAZR Launched In India For Rs.33,990

Last month, Motorola announced the new Motorola RAZR smartphone. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Motorola RAZR is the thinnest smartphone with just 7.1mm thickness. This handset is already available in India from last week, but Motorola India finally launched this amazing smartphone in India.

“One of the best-selling mobile phones of all time, the original Motorola RAZR redefined what a mobile phone was as people worldwide proudly flaunted their fashion items,” said Robert van Tilburg, senior regional sales director for Motorola Mobility in South Asia. “With the new Motorola RAZR smartphone we’re bringing sexy back in a stylish and sleek body with the power to create experiences you won’t find in any other smartphone. We expect style-conscious and technology-savvy people in India will be eager to get their hands on this new fashion icon.”

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Motorola RAZR features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) OS, 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, Corporate Sync, DLNA, Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 11.5GB user available memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, GPS with aGPS, up to 10 hours of talk-time, up to 13.5 days of standby time and a 1780 mAh battery.

Motorola RAZR comes with a price-tag of Rs.35,990, but you can easily get this smartphone at a best buy price of Rs 33,990.

Download Original Motorola Droid’s FRK76 Update

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.

Apple Claims Potential Injunction Against iCloud Could Result in $2.7 Billion Loss

The patent war continues between Apple and a majority of companies. If it isn’t with Apple wannabe Samsung, it is with HTC. But wait! There’s more. Apple is also involved in a patent lawsuit with Motorola. Last April, Motorola originally sued Apple regarding MobileMe due to data synchronization patent. The case has sure gotten ugly since then.

Apple vs. MotorolaAccording to Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, it was a “dreadful” day for Apple, during a hearing held  Friday in the German city of Mannheim. It appears that a German court appears poised to rule against Apple and in favor of Motorola over alleged patent infringement related to iCloud. Honestly, I’m not surprised by the decision because Motorola is known to hold a lot of mobile related patents. Mueller said that at this point in the proceedings, the court does not appear to believe any of Apple’s arguments, and he’s confident that if the court made a ruling on Friday, it would have been in favor of Motorola Mobility. He also points out that the case can cost Apple $2.7 billion! Holy moly!

The court doesn’t appear to buy any of Apple’s defenses at this stage. It may still change mind until the ruling, which is scheduled for February 3, 2012, 9 AM local time, but if it had had to rule today, I have no doubt that Apple would have lost.

Fortunately for Apple,  a final decision is not scheduled to be delivered until Feb. 3, 2012. But Mueller still feels that Motorola is “fairly likely” to win a patent injunction against Apple’s iCloud product.

According to AppleInsider, the lawsuit is related to  European Patent 0847654 (B1), entitled “Multiple Pager Status Synchronization System and Method.” It is the European equivalent of  U.S. Patent No. 5,754,119, which carries the same name.

In addition, the judge raised the possibility of  Apple developing a workaround for iCloud to avoid infringing Motorola’s patent, but Apple’s lawyers pressed their case that the risk to Apple’s business was still severe.

Motorola Shareholders Approve Acquisition by Google; Why Wouldn’t They?

Motorola is now a step closer to being part of Google. In a special meeting of the stockholders, the deal was approved by a majority vote of more than 99%.

Sanjay Jha, chairman and CEO of Motorola Mobility, said, We are pleased and gratified by the strong support we have received from our stockholders, with more than 99 percent of the voting shares voting in support of the transaction. We look forward to working with Google to realize the significant value this combination will bring to our stockholders and all the new opportunities it will provide our dedicated employees, customers, and partners.

I never thought that the deal wouldn’t be approved by Motorola shareholders, and I suspect, no one else did either. It was an excellent deal, giving them a 63% premium to the stock price on August 15, when the deal was announced.

Motorola had partially revived itself by aligning its smartphone efforts with Android, but its stock price was hardly going anywhere. Samsung and HTC were eating its lunch at the Android party, and its stock price was on a downward spiral for a couple of months before the deal was announced.

On the other hand, I’m not sure if the deal was any good for Google. While I initially assumed that the deal would finally boost Google’s patent arsenal, allowing it to defend its Android device partners against Microsoft and Apple, that didn’t really happen.

Microsoft still continues to bully Android device manufacturers, extracting patent licensing fees from them, while Google just sits back and sometimes whines in public.

Not only that, Google’s newly minted relationship with Motorola may have driven a wedge between it and other Android manufacturers like Samsung and HTC, which seem to be hedging their Android bets with Windows Phone.

We are yet to see how this acquisition will play out, but I don’t expect a very high return on investment for Google.

Motorola XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition Announced

In a press release, Motorola has just announced the successor to the XOOM – the XOOM 2. The XOOM 2 is accompanied by a small variant, the XOOM 2 Media Edition.

 

Like the original XOOM, the XOOM 2 also comes with a 10.1-inch HD display, protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass. However, the quality of the display on the XOOM2 is much better than the one found on the original. It is not only brighter, but also more vibrant and enhanced colors. The tablet also comes with a splash-guard coating, which allows it to withstand rough use. To improve handling, the XOOM2 comes with rounded corners, and is 100grams lighter than its predecessor.

The smaller version of the XOOM2, the XOOM 2 Media Edition sports an 8.2-inch HD display, which is again protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass. Like its elder brother, the XOOM2 Media edition also has a splash-guard coating.

Both the tablets are powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, which in all probability must be the OMAP4430 or the OMAP4460. Other key specs include 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 16GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, and stereo surround speakers. The tablets also have a 5MP camera with LED flash and Auto-focus at their back, and a 1.3MP camera in the front for video calling.

The XOOM 2 Media Edition tablet also has an infrared IR, which makes it an universal remote. Users can control their home AV devices, like TV, music system etc. right from their tablet.

Both the tablets run on Android 3.2 Honeycomb, with the XOOM2 having a  quoted  battery life of 10+ hours, and the Media edition having a batter life of 6+hours when web browsing. The tablets are also pretty slim at 8.8mm and 8.9mm, respectively. They will also have the Motorola’s MotoCast app pre-installed, which first debuted with the Droid RAZR.

Motorola also announced a bunch of accessories with these two tablets, including a stylus. The Wi-Fi version of both the tablets will be available in the U.K and the Ireland by mid-November.

Motorola and HTC Announce Their Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrade Plans!

Motorola has confirmed via their official Twitter account that their recently released Android handsets, the Droid Bionic and the Droid RAZR will get the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. Along with these 2 handsets, the XOOM – which was the first ever Honeycomb tablet – will also get updated to ICS.

Motorola will release a rough time frame for the update within six weeks of the Ice Cream Sandwich code going public. The company did not mention anything whether its other Droid branded handsets like the X2 and the Droid 3 will get the update or not. Considering these handsets are more than capable of running ICS, they should get the update later than sooner.

HTC also confirmed that they will update their handsets to the latest version of Android. Right now, they are  evaluating  the features and functionality of Ice Cream Sandwich to determine their upgrade plan. While its more or less confirmed that their latest dual-core powered handsets like the Sensation and EVO 3D along with their various variants will get ICS, its still not confirmed whether the company will update its single-core handsets, which were released at the beginning of this year. It also remains to be seen how much HTC modifies the stock Ice Cream Sandwich experience with their Sense UI. The black theme introduced in Android 2.3 Gingerbread is nowhere to be seen in HTC’s Gingerbread running handsets, thanks to their Sense UI.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola Droid RAZR

Samsung just announced its new Android device – the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Motorola, which hasn’t been having much luck with its new Android devices lately, decided to do a quick launch of its new flagship Android smartphone – the Motorola Droid RAZR – just before the official Samsung event.

Both the phones are quite impressive, and are among the top Android smartphones in existence today. Both of them will be gunning for the top spot, competing with the Apple iPhone 4S and the Samsung Galaxy S 2, the current Android champion.

Here’s a rough comparison between the two devices – Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Motorola Droid RAZR.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus will sport Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is supposed to unify Android on tablets and smartphones. The Motorola Droid RAZR, on the other hand, will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, for now.

Design

Both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Motorola Droid RAZR have a sleek profile, and are extremely slim. The Galaxy Nexus is only 8.9 mm thick and weighs 135 gms. The Droid RAZR is even slimmer, at just 7.1 mm, and is lighter at 127 gms.

Both the devices are quite stylish, and it’s a matter of individual preference. I like the designs of both phones.

Display

The display is one of the best features of the Galaxy Nexus. It comes with a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, the highest resolution seen in smartphones to date.

The Motorola Droid RAZR comes with a smaller 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. I would go with the Galaxy Nexus on this one.

OS

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus runs the latest version of Android – Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Motorola Droid RAZR will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch, but is expected to get an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich eventually.

However, knowing Motorola’s update history, the ICS update isn’t going to be there for at least a couple of months.

The Galaxy Nexus clearly wins this round. One more advantage of the Galaxy Nexus is that it will get all future Android OS upgrades first. It also will run vanilla Android Ice Cream Sandwich, unblemished by customizations — the way Google intended it.

Hardware

Both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Motorola Droid RAZR come with similar hardware. They sport a 1.2 GHz TI OMAP dual core processor, and come with a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU. Both the phones offer 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. This round ends in a tie.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy Nexus – 5 MP camera with autofocus and flash.

Motorola Droid RAZR – 8 MP camera with autofocus and flash.

The Droid RAZR has the better camera. I seriously don’t understand why Samsung would not ship the Galaxy Nexus with an 8 MP camera. This is the only feature where the Galaxy Nexus loses out against the iPhone 4S, the Galaxy S 2 and the Droid RAZR.

Verdict

Both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Motorola Droid RAZR are excellent devices, but I would go with the Galaxy Nexus any day.

Here’s why:

1. Better display
2. Better OS
3. Best chances of getting all future OS upgrades
4. I prefer Samsung to Motorola

Motorola Droid RAZR Announced; 4G LTE and INSANELY THIN!

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.

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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 ACTV Announced; Aims To Be Your Personal Fitness Trainer

Motorola has just announced a new device, the ACTV. The new device is aimed at sportsmen, and is aimed at tracking their workouts, gym sessions, cycling sessions etc.

The ACTV is powered by a 600 MHz processor, and is sweat, water and dust resistant. The device also comes with FM radio, and is capable of storing up to 4000 mp3 files.

The company also announced a new Bluetooth based headsets, with inbuilt heart tracking sensors! Yes, it’s time to dump your outdated heart-rate monitors!

The Moto ACTV automatically uploads all your fitness sessions to Motorola’s new sports tracking website MotoACTV.com. The website provides extensive details about your workout session. For connectivity, the device comes with GPS and Wi-Fi. The ACTV can also be paired with your Android handset to show some useful information. The device is similar to Sony Ericsson’s Live with Walkman, except for the phone functionality.

The ACTV will hit the retail stores on November 6th, and will come in 8GB and 16GB versions. The 8GB version will cost $249, while the latter will cost $299.