CM7 Boots On The Motorola Droid Bionic

The Motorola Droid Bionic was one of the most hotly anticipated phones of 2011. Announced at CES, the Bionic was going to be the first phone to support Verizon’s 4G LTE network, and sport a dual-core processor. However, due to some unknown reasons, the phone was delayed indefinitely.

Motorola got back to the drawing board, and finally released a new re-designed Bionic around a week ago. However, the major problem with the Bionic, like all other recently announced Motorola phones, the Bionic also came with an encrypted boot loader.

Nevertheless, this has not stopped one of the members of CyanogenMod to port CM7 to the Bionic. cvpcs got the Bionic, thanks to the donations from the community, and in less than 48hours booted a CM7 build on the handset.

Below is a video of CM7 in action on the Bionic-

This not only proves how much the community as a whole appreciates the work of the developers, but also how much the developers work hard.

Since CM7 on the Bionic is still on the early stages, there are still some major issues with it. Most of the stuff including audio, camera/camcorder, and radio issues are among the most prevalent ones. Looking at the way things are going, Bionic users should get a stable build of CM7 pretty soon.

Motorola Fire XT Launched In India For Rs.13,890

motorola fire xt Motorola recently launched the new Motorola Fire XT smartphone in India. This handset comes with the new Moto Switch user interface and it runs on the new Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. It features a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, 32 GB expandable memory and more. Unlike Motorola Fire, this handset does not sports a physical QWERTY keyboard. Check out the complete specs below.

Smartphones have become an integral, personal part of users’ lives that’s why Motorola believes they should be fun, fashionable and feature-packed,said Rajan Chawla, Mobile Devices business country head-sales and operations, India and South West Asia, Motorola Mobility. With easy multitasking and contact management, faster and easier interactions, the Motorola FIRE XT and Motorola FIRE make for a great mobile experience at a great price for the young, fast-moving users who want everything from a top-quality smartphone.

Motorola Fire XT comes with a 3.5 inch touchscreen display with 320 × 480 pixels, 800 MHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, full QWERTY keyboard, Moto Switch user interface, 5 megapixel camera, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calling, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB microSD card bundled, 512 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, E-compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Android Market, GPS with A-GPS and a 1540 mAh battery.

This handset allows you to access more than 250,000 apps from the Android Market. Motorola Fire XT comes with a price tag of just Rs.13,890, but you can get this device at a best buy price of Rs.12,990. This handset will compete with popular mid-range Android phones such as Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini and HTC Wildfire S in India.

Motorola Fire Officially Launched In India For Rs.9,990

Motorola finally launched the much-awaited Motorola Fire smartphone in India. It is the company’s second smartphone with a touchscreen display and QWERTY keyboard to be launched in India. Motorola Fire runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a 2.8 QVGA touchscreen display, 600 MHz processor, 3 megapixel camera, 3G Connectivity, etc. This handset has been priced reasonably to attract more customers in India.

motorola fire

Motorola Fire features a 2.8 inch QVGA touchscreen display with 320 × 480 pixels, 600 MHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, full QWERTY keyboard, Moto Switch user interface, 3 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 256 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, E-compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Android Market, GPS with A-GPS, LED notifications, up to 8 hours of talk time, up to 30 days of standby time and a 1420 mAh battery.

This handset is already available in India from the last month at popular online retailers such as Flipkart and LetsBuy. Motorola Fire comes with a price tag of just Rs.9990, but you can get this device at a best buy price of Rs.9490. This handset will compete with popular entry-level Android phones such as Samsung Galaxy Pop and Micromax Andro A70 in India.

Apple Asks to Put Motorola Suits on Hold Until Google Completes Acquisition

Recently, Apple has been involved in many patent disputes between  Android handset manufacturers. Today, FOSS Patents reports that Apple has filed motions to stay for a lawsuit brought by Motorola against it in the southern District of Florida and for a  separate suit  that the company filed against Motorola in the Western District of Wisconsin.

Apple vs MotorolaThe Cupertino company’s lawyers argue that Motorola has given up control over its patents to Google in its merger agreement. Due to this, Apple argues that Motorola lacks the standing to sue. Apple argues that it shouldn’t have to spend its resources litigating claims against a party that is no longer able to enforce its patents.  If Apple is successfully able to defend itself in Motorola’s case  against it before the acquisition goes through, the case could potentially be reopened by Google after the merger.

In addition, the document noted that Motorola cannot, without Google’s consent, sue for infringement of its patents in any new action, settle pending litigation that would require a license to any of its patents, license or sublicense its patents except in limited circumstances relating to the sale of Motorola’s products, assign its rights in its patents and/or grant a covenant not to sue for infringement of its patents.

Apple is currently involved in legal disputes against Android handset makers, including Samsung and HTC. The company has recently won cases against both Samsung and HTC.

Verizon’s Motorola Droid 2 R2-D2 Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Motorola started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Verizon’s Droid 2, and the Droid 2 Global. It was only a matter of time before the limited edition Droid R2-D2 got some Gingerbread love from Motorola and Verizon.

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The Gingerbread update brings the same new UI (ex-Moto Blur) as found on the Droid 2 and Droid 2 Global, post the Gingerbread update. Along with the usual Gingerbread goodies like a Download Manager app, Multi-touch key chording, Power Management details and enhanced security features like SD card encryption and VPN enhancements.

There are lots of other enhancements, and bug fixes. Below is the full change-log-:

+ 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.
+ 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.
Other Improvements:
+ Email and Calendar
• Improved contact and calendar syncing from multiple accounts.
• Email pushes now work correctly when using Exchange ActiveSync.
• Exchange ActiveSync account setup will accurately present server option.
• Easily see Exchange ActiveSync Calendar appointments when created.
• Update Calendar appointments with Exchange ActiveSync without deleting them.
+ Device Features
• Improved battery life while using Wi-Fi.
• Keypad backlight turns on in low light conditions.
• Improvements in stability to prevent lockups, resets and Force Closeerrors.
• Improvements in screen display no longer causes display screen to turn black.
• Improved 3G data connectivity.
• Mobile Hotspot status is displayed accurately.
• Fixed issue that caused device reset and a black display screen after
over the air upgrades.
+ Messaging
• Correct contact name is displayed when receiving SMS messages.
• Forward SMS message conversations accurately.
• Emoticons are correctly displayed in messages.
• Notification LED will flash when new message is received.
+ Applications and Widgets
• Clock widget updates time correctly.
• GPS apps and programs no longer cause unnecessary device resets.
• Reduced Force Closeerrors when using My Verizon application.
• Blockbuster ® movie rentals license remains active after download.
• Callback numbers now populate in Dialer app.
• Compass calibration within Google Maps syncs accurately with your location.
• V CAST Media Manager now comes preloaded.
• V CAST Apps now comes preloaded.
• Google Books now comes preloaded.

The new software update (v4.5.602.A957) is being rolled out to the limited edition R2-D2 via OTA.

Motorola Electrify Announced; Coming Soon To US Cellular For $199.99

Motorola recently announced the Android powered Motorola Electrify smartphone. The design and features of this handset is similar to the recently launched Motorola Photon 4G for Sprint customers. Motorola Electrify runs on the latest Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and so on. This handset will be exclusively available for the US Cellular customers.

The ELECTRIFY is more than a ‘smart’ phone,said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. Its multi-tasking capabilities make it the perfect personal assistant for customers who depend on their smartphone to meet the ever-changing needs of their busy lifestyles. Our commitment to providing a variety of devices that enhance customers’ lives is one of the reasons consumers who switch to U.S. Cellular join the happiest customers in wireless.

motorola electrify

Motorola Electrify Specifications:

  • 4.3 inch qHD display
  • 480 x 854 pixels resolution
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • HD (720p) video recording and playback
  • FM Radio
  • USB 2.0
  • HDMI
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16 GB eMMC
  • microSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Up to 10 hours talk-time
  • Up to 8.3 days stand-by time
  • 1700 mAh battery

The 1 GHz dual-core processor on the Motorola Electrify smartphone offers up to 70 percent faster overall performance and 75 percent faster browsing, compared to other single core smartphones. This handset will be available for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a 2 year service agreement. The release date of this handset will be announced soon.

Motorola Droid Bionic Launched; Now Available For $299.99

Earlier this year, Motorola announced the original Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone at the CES 2010 in Las Vegas. Motorola did not release the smartphone, since the company wanted to add some new features and enhancements in this device. After waiting for almost 8 months, Motorola finally launched the re-designed Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone.

This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and much more. Motorola Droid Bionic is exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless customers in the US. This handset also allows you to share the 4G LTE signal with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices after activating the Verizon Wireless Mobile Hotspot.

motorola droid bionic

Motorola Droid Bionic Specifications

  • 4.3 inch qHD display
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 4G LTE Connectivity
  • 8 megapixel autofocus camera with flash,
  • Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback
  • Front-facing camera for video chat
  • Motoprint app
  • HDMI out
  • Webtop application
  • Adobe Flash pre-loaded
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • HTML 5 capable
  • Android Market
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • 16 GB microSD card pre-installed
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • Supports wireless charger

Motorola Droid Bionic is available for $299.99 with a 2 year service agreement. Customers will also need to subscribe to a $39.99 monthly talk plan and a $30 monthly data package. Additionally you can purchase the Lapdock for $299.97, the HD Station for $99.99 and the Adapter for Webtop Application for $29.99.

Motorola Droid 2 Global Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out!

Hot on the heels of the Motorola Droid 2 Gingerbread update, Verizon and Motoogle have started rolling out the Gingerbread update for the Droid 2 Global as well. Motorola did release the Android 2.3 update for the Droid 2 Global a month ago, but later pulled it, citing the build needed more testing.

Now, after enough testing and tweaking, Motorola and Verizon have finally deemed the Gingerbread build to be worth rolling out to the public.

Apart from the usual Gingerbread goodies like enhanced copy & paste functionality, Download Manager app, and improvements in the performance and battery life department of the phone, the update also brings a new and improved version of Motorola ex-Blur. The whole Blur-y UI has got a new color scheme, along with a new and improved launcher.

There is also a plethora of bug fixes and new security features including device and SD card encryption. Verizon has also made full use of this opportunity by pre-loading more bloat ware on your D2: Global, including the latest version of Blockbuster, Accuweather, Amazon MP3 store and Verizon VCast.

Droid 2 Global owners can wait for Verizon to push the update to their handset, or they can manually pull the update from Verizon’s server by going to Settings->About Phone and tapping on the Check for Updates option.

I recommend D2 Global owners to manually pull the update from Verizon’s server. You never know when Verizon may pull the plug on the update again!

Thanks to the folks over at Droid-Life for the update!

Motorola Fire Launched In India For Rs.9,490

Motorola has finally launched the Android powered Motorola Fire smartphone in India. This handset comes with a touchscreen display as well as a full QWERTY keyboard, which was seen earlier in the not-so-successful Motorola Charm smartphone. Last month, Motorola announced this entry-level Android phone. It runs on the new Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.

Motorola Fire is already launched in some of the European countries, including the UK and Germany. Popular online retailers such as Flipkart and Letsbuy are already selling this handset in India from the last month. Without wasting much time, Motorola finally launched the Motorola Fire budget phone in India. Check out the complete specs below.

motorola fire

Motorola Fire comes with a 2.8 QVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320×480 pixels, 600 MHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, full QWERTY keyboard, Moto Switch user interface, 3 megapixel camera, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 256 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, E-compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Android Market, GPS with A-GPS, LED notifications, up to 8 hours of talk time, up to 30 days of standby time and a 1420 mAh battery.

The Motorola Fire comes with a price-tag of Rs.9,490. This handset will directly compete with entry-level Android phones such as Samsung Galaxy Pop and Micromax Andro A70 in India. You can also go ahead and get this device from Flipkart as well as LetsBuy.

Motorola Droid 2 Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Motorola and Verizon have started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid 2. The Droid 2 Global got its Android 2.3 Gingerbread update more than a month ago, but it was then pulled back by Verizon for some reason. However, the company

Now, Verizon has finally deemed the original Droid 2 owners worthy of some Gingerbread love. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid 2 brings with it enhancements in the performance and battery life of the phone.

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Below is the full change-log, thanks to the guys over at Android Police -:

  • New Download Manager
  • App and Power Management Details
  • Multi-touch key-chording
  • Improved word selection copy functionality
  • New UI and color scheme
  • New dock icons
  • App groups
  • Improved security
  • Improved battery life while using Wi-Fi
  • Fixed issue that caused frequent data connection drops
  • Mobile Hotspot status is displayed accurately
  • Improved email application
  • Correct contact name is displayed when receiving SMS messages
  • Emoticons are displayed in messages
  • Forward SMS message conversations accurately
  • Notification LED will flash when new message is received
  • Access My Verizon without any force close errors
  • Compass calibration within Google Maps syncs accurately with your location
  • Geo-tagging features available for camera applications
  • Clock widget updates time correctly
  • Callback numbers now populate in Dialer app
  • GPS apps and programs no longer cause unnecessary device resets
  • Google Books is now preloaded
  • V CAST Apps is now preloaded
  • V CAST Media Manager is now preloaded
  • Blockbuster ® movie rentals license remains active after download
  • Keypad backlight turns on in darker settings
  • Improvements in screen display no longer causes display screen to turn black
  • Fixed issue that caused factory resets when the device’s mobile number is changed
  • Fixed issue that caused device reset and a black display screen after over the air upgrades.

Droid 2 users can pull the update from Verizon’s server, or alternatively wait for the update to be pushed to their handset.