Motorola XOOM Family Edition Announced; Comes with a Bunch Of Pre-loaded Apps

Motorola has just announced a new variant of the world’s first-ever Honeycomb tablet XOOM the XOOM family edition.


Hardware wise, there is no difference between the XOOM and the XOOM family edition. The tablet is powered by the same NVidia Tegra 2 processor, packs 1GB of RAM along with 16GB of on-board storage. The 10.1-inch display also has the same quality and resolution as its older sibling.

At the back of the tablet is a 5MP camera, capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution. There is also a front-facing camera, and Moto promises up to 10 hours of battery life. The usual bunch of sensors and connectivity options including an HDMI port are also present. The tablet runs on Android 3.1 Honeycomb.

The main difference between the XOOM and the XOOM family edition is that the latter comes pre-loaded with some quality apps. Motorola has pre-loaded almost $40 worth of applications along with Zoodles, QuickOffice HD, MotoPrint and Asphalt 6. The Zoodles application will make sure that kids are not displayed any inappropriate content.

The XOOM Family edition will be available exclusively on Best Buy starting from October 16, for a limited time price of $379. Thankfully, unlike the original XOOM, Motorola has managed to get the pricing of the XOOM family edition right on target.

Verizon Motorola Droid Pro Gets The Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update

Last year, Motorola launched its Droid Pro smartphone. This handset comes with a touchscreen display as well as a full QWERTY keyboard. This device is exclusively available for the customers of Verizon in the US. Motorola Droid Pro originally runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. After waiting for nearly a year, Verizon finally rolled out the much-awaited Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the owners of Motorola Droid Pro smartphone. Check out the improvements and enhancements after the break.

Droid Pro


Download Manager App:
New App to manage all of your downloads from web browsing, email attachments and other apps.

App and Power Management Details:
Under Manage Applications, a new Runningtab displays a list of active applications and the storage and memory being used by each.

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.

Dock Icons:
Static Phone, App Launcher and Contacts icons are replaced within a customizable dock. Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the dock at the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.

App Groups:
New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups, in addition to 3 default groups: All Apps, Recent and Downloaded.

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.
  • Update Calendar appointments using Exchange ActiveSync without deleting them.

Google Books now comes preloaded.

Geo-tagging features available for camera application.

Other improvements:

  • Improved contact syncing from multiple email accounts.
  • Improved battery life while using Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth.
  • Correct contact name is displayed when receiving SMS messages.
  • Forward SMS message conversations correctly.
  • Mobile Hotspot status is displayed accurately.
  • Clock widget updates time correctly.
  • GPS apps and programs no longer cause unnecessary device resets.
  • V CAST Media Manager now comes preloaded.

It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. The latest update is numbered 4.6.8.XT610.Verizon.en.US and it can be downloaded via. OTA (Over-The-Air). You should also make sure that, the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. To learn more, check out this PDF file. To update your Samsung Mesmerize smartphone, head over to this page.

Verizon Rolling Out The Software Update For Motorola Xoom

Last month, Verizon and Motorola announced that the owners of the Motorola Xoom tablet can send their devices and get the free 4G LTE upgrade. If you have sent the device and already received it, then you will soon get a software update for the Motorola Xoom tablet. Verizon recently rolled out a software update for the owners of Motorola Xoom. Some notable changes are updated Android Market, upgraded Android Books app, enhancements to the 3G/4G data connection, etc. Check out the complete changelog, after the break.

Motorola XOOM


Device Features:

  • Android Market has been updated.
  • When toggling between Airplane Mode, you will no longer receive the following error message: Wrong Operator: SIM card is from an unknown source.
  • After performing an over-the-air (OTA) update, the Android Market shortcut on the homescreen works correctly.
  • Android Books app has been upgraded.
  • Android Market Terms and Condition text is now easier to read against background color.
  • Android Market app now updates on its own.

Web Browsing:

  • Improvements in browser security help to block rogue certificates.
  • Enhancements to the 3G/4G data connection help prevent data stalls.

The latest update is numbered HLK75D and it can be downloaded via. OTA (Over-The-Air). 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.

Verizon Rolling Out The Maintenance Update For Motorola Droid X2

Motorola Droid X2 is the successor of the popular Motorola Droid X smartphone. This handset was announced by Verizon Wireless in May. Motorola Droid X2 originally runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, but it was later updated to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. Verizon recently rolled out a maintenance update for the owners of Droid X2 smartphone. Some notable changes are improved video recording and playback, improved audio when streaming music, etc. Check out the complete changelog, after the break.

motorola droid x2


Device Features:

  • Keyboard remains visible during text input.
  • Input characters are properly displayed during text entry.
  • Device will no longer lockup or reset when using the keyboard.
  • Charging indicator will display only when the device is plugged into a charger.
  • Home key functions correctly while the device is in the desktop cradle.
  • Successfully use the camera after unlocking the device.
  • Video quality has been improved for video recording and playback.
  • Mobile Hotspot password can now exceed 63 characters.
  • Improvement to the device stability limits resets and lockups.
  • The Magic Smoke live wallpaper animation now works properly.
  • Enjoy improved audio when streaming music.

Applications & Widgets:

  • When playing MP3s through the Music App, songs will not skip.
  • Avoid YouTube video lockup while viewing.
  • Desktop cradle application starts correctly.

The latest update is numbered 1.3.380.MB870.Verizon.en.US and it can be downloaded via. OTA (Over-The-Air). 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.

AT&T Announces The Motorola Atrix 2 and Samsung Captivate Glide

Up until the beginning of this month, AT&T had released 14 new Android phones under their network since the beginning of this year. Today, the company has announced five new Droid phones, taking its tally of Android phones in 2011 to 19.

First and foremost, the company announced the Motorola ATRIX 2. The original Atrix was released at the beginning of this year at CES 2011, and was among the first phones with a Tegra 2 SoC. Its successor also sports a 1GHz dual-core SoC of unknown manufacturer, and comes with 1GB of RAM. The Atrix 2 now sports a bigger 4.3-inch screen with qHD (960×640) resolution, which thankfully is not PenTile.

Other key features of the Atrix 2 includes 8GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, mini-HDMI port, On-Device Encryption, Enhanced Exchange ActiveSync, IPSec VPN, and WebTop support. At the back of the Atrix 2 is an 8MP camera which is capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution, accompanied by a front-facing camera of unknown resolution. The handset also supports AT&T’s fake 4G’ network HSPA+ 21Mbps.

Along with the Atrix 2, the company also announced the Captivate Glide. The Captivate Glide is powered by a 1GHz Tegra 2 SoC, packs 1GB of RAM along with 8GB of internal memory and sports a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen with WVGA (480×800) resolution. The Glide has an 8MP camera with a front-facing 1.3MP as well. The handset is also capable of recording and playing back 1080p videos. The usual array of connectivity features including support for HSPA+ 21Mbps is also present. The Glide also has some enhanced security features like Device and SD card encryption, VPN support, MDM, and Enhanced Exchange ActiveSync.

Both the Atrix 2 and the Glide run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is going to get stale by the end of this month.

The other three Droids announced by AT&T are the Samsung DoubleTime, Pantech Pocket and AT&T Avail. Interested readers can find the specifications of these handsets here.

Motorola “Faster. Thinner. Smarter. Stronger” Event To Be Held On October 18th

Motorola has started sending out press invites for an event being held by them in New York City on October 18th. The tag line of the press event is Faster. Thinner. Smarter. Stronger.

The company has also released a teaser video of the event. Below is the video-:


The teaser video from Motorola also shows a blade/razor, which possibly means that the company will be announcing the leaked Spyder handset, which might be known as the Droid RAZR. Yes, the iconic RAZR brand might after all be making a comeback. The RAZR will possibly be the first phone from any Droid manufacturer to come with a Super AMOLED qHD resolution screen, except for Samsung. The company might also unveil the successor to the Atrix the Atrix 2.

The company might also unveil a bunch of new tablets, possibly a XOOM 2 and the XOOM 2 media edition, with a smaller 7-inch screen.

It will be interesting to see whether how the Droid Razr or any other phone from Motorola stacks against the current king of Droids, the Samsung Galaxy S 2.

Hopefully, the company will also announce some sort of boot loader unlocking tool for its current generation of handsets.

Motorola Droid X and Droid 3 Software Updates Rolling Out Now

Motorola and Verizon have started rolling out software updates for two of their Droid branded handsets, the Droid X and Droid 3.


The software update for the Droid X is just a regular maintenance update that aims at fixing some bugs in the current build. The update also fixes the annoying virtual keyboard freezing issue with the Droid X, post the Gingerbread update.

However, the update for the Droid 3 packs in a lot of enhancements, including Google Talk with video chat. There are a lot of other enhancements including improved GPS performance and battery life. Other changes include improved camera shutter speed and addition of multi-shot capability, new version of Swype, and improved audio clarity. Verizon has also made full use of this opportunity to pre-load more bloat ware on the handset.

The Droid X software update carries the version number 4.5.605, while the update for the Droid 3 carries the version number 5.6.890. Both the updates are live now, and will automatically be pushed to Droid X and 3 owners in the coming weeks.

Alternatively, users can manually pull the update from Verizon’s server by going to the Settings-> About Phone, and selecting the Software update option.

Motorola XOOM 4G LTE Upgrade Begins; Free Dock For Early Adopters!

Verizon and Motorola have finally announced that owners of the first ever Android Honeycomb powered tablet, the XOOM, can get their much-awaited 4G LTE upgrade from tomorrow.


When Motorola initially announced XOOM at the beginning of this year, the company promised free 4G LTE update for the tablet within 90 days of its availability. While the update is still free, it’s been more than 5 months (150days) since the XOOM was released to the public.

Motorola promises to ship back the XOOM to its original owner within six days, with 4G LTE modem installed. The company also suggests users to back up the data on their tablet, before shipping it to them.

XOOM owners, who will be among the early upgraders, will get a Standard dock for their tablet for free. However, this offer is valid only till stock last, so XOOM owners better hurry up. XOOM owners will also be able to keep their current existing data plan, post the upgrade.

For users who still have not subscribed to a data plan, they will three options 30$ for 2GB free monthly data, 50$ for 5GB free data, and a whopping $80 for a paltry 10GB of free monthly data.

XOOM owners can head over to this link to begin the 4G LTE upgrade process.

Motorola Droid RAZR Pictures Leak; Droid and RAZR Brands Finally Meet!

Looks like Motorola is working on its next high-end dual-core powered Android smartphone with 4G LTE, the Spyder a.k.a the Droid RAZR. Looks like Motorola is finally going to bring it’s most successful brand – RAZR – to one of the popular mobile brand’s in the U.S. – DROID.


The folks over at This Is My Next  managed to get their hands on the Droid RAZR. From the leaked images, the Droid RAZR looks like a sleek and sexy handset, reminiscing  of the original RAZR handsets.  The phone is also  en-wrapped  in a Kevlar casing, making the phone dust and water resistant.

Internally, the RAZR seems to be similar to the Bionic with 1GB of RAM, a faster 1.2GHz dual-core processor most probably from OMAP, an 8MP camera with Full-HD video recording and an HD’ camera in the front. Like all other high-end Motorola phones, the handset also sports Moto’s WebTop feature.

The most interesting part of the DROID RAZR is its 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED screen with qHD (640×960) resolution. Yes, the Droid RAZR is most probably going to be the first phone from any Android manufacturer, except from Samsung, to sport a Super-AMOLED screen. Looks like Samsung is finally going to end its Super-AMOLED screen exclusivity.

While, the qHD SAMOLED screen on the RAZR is nice, I doubt it will stand a chance, resolution wise, against the upcoming high-end Android phones from various manufacturers with 720p HD resolution. The upcoming Nexus handset from Google is also rumored to sport a 720p HD screen. If Motorola wants any takers for the Droid RAZR, it must get the phone out from its assembly unit as soon as possible.

Motorola’s Unannounced Tablet Caught In The Wild

The Motorola XOOM was the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb powered tablet. For an iPad competitor, the XOOM was nothing short of a disaster. Compared to the iPad 1 and iPad 2, the XOOM was bulky, slow and buggy.


Motorola’s CEO Sanjay Jha had hinted earlier this year that the company will release a funand portabletablet for consumers. Now, the folks over at This Is My Next have got their hands on a leaked picture of the upcoming tablet from the Google-owned-Motorola.

From the leaked picture, this new tablet from Motorola looks pretty sleek and sexy, unlike the XOOM. The styling of this unannounced tablet from Motorola is clearly influenced from the recently released Photon 4G. From the picture, it also looks like the tablet will have a microUSB port and a mini-HDMI port.

Hopefully, unlike the XOOM, this new tablet from Motorola will be priced sensibly. Also, I hope Motorola will not make any promises which it is not able to fulfill. (Hint: XOOM’s 4G LTE update)

Perhaps, Motorola will announce this new tablet in conjunction with Google’s announcement of the next version of Android?