Enable MicroSD Card Slot On The Motorola XOOM

Motorola released its highly anticipated tablet the Motorola XOOM at the end of February. All the reviews of the device stated that the product was rushed to the market.

The XOOM has a pretty decent spec sheet which includes a Tegra 2 chipset, couple of cameras, an array of sensors, free upgrade to 4G LTE and an non-functional microSD card slot.


Even though the Xoom is available in various storage capacities including 16GB and 32GB, a microSD card slot is always useful. Motorola and Google say that the microSD card on the Xoom will be functional sometime in future, after an OS update.

Now, a team of developers Tiamat over at XDA-Developers have released a custom kernel for the Xoom, which enables the microSD card slot. All Motorola Xoom owners need to do is to flash this custom kernel on their tablet, and insert a microSD card in the slot!

The custom kernel also brings support for tun.ko and cifs.ko, along with a modded ramdisk for USB Host support.

Xoom owners can head over to this thread for more information.


Motorola Droid X Android 2.3 Gingerbread OTA Update Leaks

Yesterday, rumors were floating around the Internet that the Motorola has started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid X, via an OTA.

However, there was no concrete proof about this until now. The folks over at Droid-Life have managed to get their hands on the Gingerbread OTA update for the Droid X.


This OTA update is different from the Android 2.3 Gingerbread SBF file, which leaked at the end of last month.

Along with the latest version of the Android OS (2.3.3), Droid X owners will also be treated to a new, revamped version of MotoBLUR, along with performance improvements.

For the impatient Droid X owners, the OTA update can be downloaded from here. Users need to use a completely stock handset to flash this OTA update. Users can also downgrade to Android 2.2, if they wish to by using the required SBF file.

At the moment, it is unknown whether this OTA update is the official one, which Verizon will release to its customers. However, some Droid X owners did receive this update via OTA on their handset.

Motorola Droid X2 And HTC’s Incredible 2 Pictures Leak

The folks over at Android Central have managed to get their hands on some leaked pictures of the upcoming Motorola Droid X2 and the HTC Droid Incredible 2.

The Incredible S from HTC will get a minor speed bump and will be powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and pack 768MB of RAM. The handset will also feature the same curvy back, as its predecessor.

The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash. Rumors also suggest that the Incredible 2 will feature wireless charging. Sadly, the handset will launch with Android 2.2.1 on-board. HTC and Verizon are yet to announce a release date for the Incredible 2.


The Droid X2 from Motorola looks similar to its predecessor the Droid X. The handset sports the same 4.3-inch display with a higher qHD resolution. The X2 will be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chipset and pack 1GB of RAM. The back of the handset will sport an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash. Sadly, there is no video call camera in the front.


While Motorola has retained the mini-HDMI port, the camera shutter key has been dropped from the Droid X2. The phone will launch with Android 2.2.2 with the latest version of MotoBlur running on top of it.

At the moment, it is unknown whether the X2 or the Incredible 2 will support Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Both the phones will be released under Verizon’s Droid brand.

Hopefully, Verizon and Motorola/HTC will announce the phone in the next couple of weeks.

T-Mobile Offers Motorola Defy For Free On Contract

Motorola Defy is an entry level, semi-rugged smartphone. This handset currently runs on the old Android 2.1 Operating System, but it will get the Android 2.2 update during the Q2 of 2011. Motorola Defy is dust and water resistant and it comes with the famous Gorilla Glass display. If you are planning to buy this smartphone, then you should grab it today itself, since T-Mobile USA is currently offering this smartphone for free on contract.

motorola defy

Motorola Defy features a 3.7 inch WVGA display, 480 x 854 pixels resolution, 800 MHz processor, Android 2.1 (Eclair) Operating System, MOTOBLUR, Stereo Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with digital zoom and flash, Android Media Player, FM Radio and much more.

This handset also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, MicroUSB, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), 512 of RAM, 2 GB internal memory, 2 GB microSD card included, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, Google Maps Navigation, Android Market, Ambient light, proximity sensor, up to 6.8 hours talktime, up to 9.9 days stand-by time and a 1540 mAh battery.

The powerful Motorola Defy originally comes with a price tag of $99.99, but you can get this handset for free, only till Thursday, April 7th. This offer is valid, only if you purchase this handset from T-Mobile.com with a 2 year service agreement. This is a pretty good deal since Motorola Defy will soon get the Android 2.2 update and on the other hand, it saves $99.99.

Apple iPad 2 Selling 50 Times as Fast as the Motorola Xoom?

Apple iPad 2It has been only about 25 days since the official launch of the Apple iPad 2, and according to some reports, it has been selling quite well. The iPad 2 is selling at a faster rate than its predecessor – the iPad. Apple sold close to 2.5 million iPad 2 units in March, which is about 20 days of availability. By now, it has sold close to 3 million units, even though the sales are constrained due to limited supply.

For comparison, the Motorola Xoom, the first major Android Honeycomb tablet has sold only 100,000 units, according to a Deutsche Bank analyst. This figure was apparently arrived at by using the Android developer site to check the number of people using Honeycomb. It was launched on February 24.

If we compare the sales numbers of the iPad 2 and the Motorola Xoom, the Xoom is a relative flop. The iPad 2 has been selling at an average rate of almost 120,000 units a day, while the Xoom has been selling at an average rate of only 2400 units a day, which means that the iPad is selling at almost 50 times the speed at which the Xoom is selling.

It seems that the consumers whole-heartedly agree with Consumer Reports’ conclusion, that the iPad 2 is the king of the current generation of tablets.

Motorola Atrix 4G First Ever Software Update Rolling Out Now!

Motorola has started rolling out a software update for the Atrix 4G. The software update version is 4.1.57 and weighs 17MB in size.

The first ever software update for the Atrix 4G will bring with it a host of performance improvements and bug fixes.


The software update will improve the multimedia experience of the Atrix 4G with Bluetooth accessories and improve compatibility with additional Bluetooth headsets. The performance of the Car Dock application along with the Fingerprint reader at the back of the phone has also been improved.

The display of the handset will also turn off when plugged into the charger. Motorola also states that the battery life of the phone will be improved after installing this software update. The general stability and performance of the Atrix 4G will also improve after the software update.

Sadly, the software update won’t enable HSUPA on the Atrix 4G. AT&T has apparently disabled HSUPA on the Atrix 4G and the Inspire 4G, frustrating its users with very slow upload speeds.

The company has promised to release a software update sometime in the future, which will enable higher upload speeds on the handset.

Motorola Droid X And Droid 2 Android 2.3 Gingerbread Firmware Leaks

A few days ago, rumors were floating around on the Internet that Motorola will soon be releasing the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid X and the Droid 2.

Apparently, the update was then delayed because Verizon did not approve the update for some reason. Now, the folks over at MyDroidWorld have got their hands on a leaked Android 2.3 Gingerbread SBF (Firmware file of Motorola phones) files for the Droid X and the Droid 2.

As of now, the firmware is not rooted. Droid X and Droid 2 owners need to wait for some more time until someone manages to get root access.

Beside the bump in the Android version and the goodies brought by it, the update also incorporates a new version of MotoBLUR. Surprisingly, the new version is much better, functionality and performance wise, than the current BLUR version found in the D2 and DX.

The folks over at Droid-Life ran Quadrant on the Droid X and scored a commendable 1796 points! Yes, that’s more than the Nexus S score.

Both the firmwares are pretty good and bug-free. Droid 2 owners should head over to this thread, while Droid X owners should go here, to download and install Android 2.3 Gingerbread on their handset.

Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi Available For Orders

Wi-Fi, the 10.1 inch tablet from Motorola has finally gone on sale today at various stores including Best Buy, Costco and Staples.

Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi

Motorola XOOM features a 10.1 inch screen with a resolution of 1280×800 and is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor which includes a dual-core Cortex processor. The device runs the 3.0 Honeycomb OS which is designed for tablets and has a 2MP camera at the front and a 5MP camera with 720p HD video capture at the back.

Motorola XOOM 32GB Wi-Fi version will retail at $599 which is on par with the 32GB version of the . However, XOOM has a better hardware configuration than the 2.

You can order the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi version by visiting this page.

Motorola Working on an Alternative to Android

About a couple of years back, when Motorola’s mobile division was slowly bleeding to death, and it was no longer considered the behemoth that it once was, its CEO, Sanjay Jha, made a huge bet on Android. Motorola immediately stopped working on other mobile OSes and focused its efforts solely on the Android OS.

Its first big hit was the Motorola Droid, which was followed by the Droid X and the Droid 2. It was very instrumental in pushing for the mass market adoption of Android as an OS.

Now, it seems that Motorola is getting a bit apprehensive about putting all its weight behind a single platform. It is apparently working on an alternative to Android, a web based mobile OS. It has been on a hiring spree lately, getting some top executives as well as engineering talent from Adobe and Apple to work on this new project. Motorola may be right about this; it’s the only major Android phone manufacturer which doesn’t offer products powered by an alternative OS. Samsung has Bada, HTC has Brew, and both have Windows Phone 7. Oracle’s recent patent infringement claims against Android may also have played a part in Motorola reconsidering its fidelity to Android.

A Motorola spokesperson stated that “Motorola Mobility is committed to Android as an operating system”, but didn’t deny any rumors that it was working on an alternative.

Motorola Atrix 4G Now Runs A Full Blown Linux Distro – Ubuntu

After the launch of the highly successful Motorola Droid, Motorola started shipping its phones with locked down bootloader. These highly locked down bootloader severely restricted the modding capabilities of Moto phones.

One of the most talked about phones this year the Motorola Atrix 4G also ships with a highly locked down bootloader. However, the highly talented developers at XDA managed to get root access to the phone system’s partition in quick time.

In fact, at the moment many Custom ROMs are also out for the Atrix (They are not AOSP based, though).


Now, another awesome developer Sogarth has got a full-blown Linux distro, Ubuntu, up and running on the Atrix 4G. This mod is obviously not meant for the faint hearted, and newbie Atrix owners are highly recommended to stay away.

Possibilities of bricking your beloved Atrix or putting it into an infinite reboot loop are also very much possible.  As usual with these mods, a few caveats do exist like installing certain packages can break the Ubuntu installation etc.

The highly complicated steps of installing Ubuntu on the Motorola Atrix 4G can be found here.