Motorola XOOM To Get Flash 10.2 “Within Weeks” Of Its Launch

Yesterday, we reported that the Motorola XOOM won’t ship with Flash support out-of-the-box! Now, a XDA member rothnic has uploaded an APK file of Flash 10.1 which is compatible with Tegra 2 based phones and tablets.

rothnic received the APK file from Malata Zpad owners, which is also based on the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset. Since the XOOM is not yet officially available to the general masses, no one knows whether the APK works or not. Interested users can download the Flash 10.1 APK optimized for Honeycomb tablets from here.

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Earlier, it was believed that the XOOM and other Android 3.0 based tablets won’t get Flash support until spring 2011. However, Adobe has busted all the rumors in a blog post which states that some Honeycomb tablets will actually ship with Flash 10.2 pre-installed. For other tablets like the Motorola XOOM, an OTA update will soon be rolled out by the company within weeks of Android 3.0 devicesbecoming available to the public.

Hopefully, Adobe will keep its word and release Adobe Flash 10.2 for the XOOM and other Tegra 2 based Honeycomb tablets soon.

Motorola Xoom to Ship Without Flash Support

After the relatively high price tag, here’s another dampener for those who were planning to buy a Motorola Xoom – it won’t ship with Flash support.

As we reported earlier, the Motorola Xoom will be available starting February 24. It will be available on Verizon for $800, which is the unsubsidized price of the Android tablet with a $600 Wi-Fi only variant slated for a later launch.

This is quite steep compared to the Apple iPad (which starts at $499). Now, one of the most touted features of the Motorola Xoom was Flash support. Many critics have blasted Apple for not supporting Flash on the iPad. One of the main USPs of Android tablets was the Flash support. Now, it seems that the Motorola Xoom won’t offer Flash support at launch, according to the official Xoom landing page at Verizon. It is expected in Spring 2011. This shouldn’t really matter a lot, since people have been getting along quite well without Flash on the iPad, but it gives users another reason to buy an iPad and not the Xoom.

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The Motorola Xoom is an Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet with a 10.1 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It has a 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor with 1 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. It also has a 5 MP camera with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity.

Source: Verizon via Engadget

Motorola Xoom Up For Pre-Order, Will Go on Sale on Thursday

The wait is almost over guys. According to reports, Verizon stores have already begun receiving shipments of the highly anticipated Motorola Xoom, which is slated to go on sale on Thursday (Feb 24). Several stores including Best Buy have already begun accepting pre-orders. However, as AP pointed out, it seems that Best Buy’s offer of $799.99 for the 3G-enabled Xoom doesn’t include taxes, while WireFly’s offer does.

Motorola is also working with European retailers to make Xoom available soon across the pond. The 3G version will be available in the UK via The Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy, while the Wi-Fi only version will be available through Currys and PC World. It should be available in additional markets across Europe through Deutsche Telekom.

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The Honeycomb (Android 3.0) flavored Xoom sports a 10.1” widescreen HD display, 5-megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, and weighs in at 730 grams. Underneath the hood it has nVidia’s powerful Tegra 2 chip, which features a 1 GHz dual-core processor, and was one of the highlights of last month’s CES.

While the sale price of Xoom turned out to be a much more realistic than the initial rumored prices, it’s still a cause for concern. Motorola is definitely taking a big risk by asking for more than the market leader (iPad). When coupled with Verizon’s steep data charges ($20 for 1GB and $80 for 10GB of data – 1 month mandatory), the Xoom becomes quite an expensive affair.

Motorola Atrix 4G Gets Superuser Root, Custom ROMs Still a Distant Possibility

Motorola Atrix 4G, which was undoubtedly one of the biggest stars of CES 2011, is yet to be officially released, but the devs have already begun tinkering with it. BriefMobile is confirming that designgears from XDA-Developers has succeeded in gaining root (super user) access.

Root access will allow users to install essential apps like Titanium Backup and SetCPU, which require superuser privileges, besides enabling sideloading of apps (installation of apps from sources other than the official Android Market) that AT&T notoriously disables.

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The one click root tool works on both Windows and Linux, but requires the installation of .NET Runtime (Mono for Linux). The rooting tool as well as in-depth tutorial is available here. Although the procedure is idiot-proof, the standard disclaimer regarding rooting still applies.

Like other Android handsets from Motorola’s stable, the bootloader of Atrix also is encrypted. So, custom ROMs are still not possible. However, the devs are already on the task, and hopefully, someone will soon find a way to bypass the protections put in place by Motorola.

The Atrix, which Motorola claims to be the world’s most powerful smartphone and the future of mobile computing, sports a 4-inch qHD display, and is powered by the meaty nVidia Tegra 2 chip. The handset will launch with FroYo (Android 2.2), but is scheduled to receive Gingerbread (Android 2.3) later in the year. It will be available across the US from AT&T Feb 22 onwards.

Motorola Xoom Final Pricing Revealed; It’s $799

The Motorola Xoom has been one of the most highly anticipated tablets of 2011. It was unveiled at CES 2011, and now, at MWC 2011, we got a better look at it.

The price of the Motorola Xoom was initially rumored to be $799, which is a bit steep, but comparable to the Apple iPad, which is its biggest competitor. Soon after, a leaked Best Buy document led to new rumors which said that the Xoom would be priced at $1199. This new figure was bashed by bloggers, being completely ridiculous. We were hoping that it would be wrong, and apparently it is.

In an interview with Reuters today, Motorola CEO, Sanjay Jha, confirmed that the unsubsidized version of the Motorola Xoom will be sold for $799 on Verizon. At this price, it is just a bit more expensive than the iPad 3G, which is priced at $729, but offers a lot less, in terms of features.

A Wi-Fi only version of the Motorola Xoom will also be launched soon, at $600, exactly the same as the 32 GB Wi-Fi iPad. Another interesting bit of information: In the interview, Jha also claimed that Motorola was looking at launching its own application store, for its range of Android phones.

The Motorola Xoom is an Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet which has a 10.1 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It is powered by a 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and has 1 GB RAM. It comes with a 5 MP camera and also offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity with 32 GB internal storage.

Motorola Xoom

via Reuters

Motorola Droid X 2 Specs and Images Leaked

With almost all the Android heavyweights like the Samsung Galaxy S, HTC Desire and the HTC Incredible getting a successor in the past month, the only major Android phone for which we didn’t see any succession plan was the Motorola Droid X. It has been the flagship Motorola Android device since it was launched, and has had great sales.

Today, we have details of the successor to the Droid X – the Droid X 2, thanks to The Mobi Zone. It comes with some very impressive hardware specs and is very similar to the Motorola Droid Bionic.

It has a 4.3 inch qHD display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It will be powered by a 1 GHz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and has 1 GB RAM. It will have an 8 MP camera and will run Android 2.2 Froyo with the MotoBLUR UI. It is almost identical to the Droid Bionic, except that it won’t offer LTE. It will be a 3G only phone and will be priced much lower than the Droid Bionic. It will be available on Verizon by Q2 2011.

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Engadget also reports that according to another source, the Droid X 2 might just be a refreshed Droid X with a 1.2 GHz processor with 768 MB RAM. I guess, we will have to wait a bit for more details.

Motorola Goes Nuts; Prices Motorola Xoom at $1199

The Motorola Xoom, the first “Google Experience” Android tablet which was announced at CES 2011 is supposed to launch soon, by the end of February. Until now, almost all the rumors pointed that the Motorola Xoom would be priced at $799. The figure was a bit high, but considering that the comparable 32 GB iPad 3G sold for around the same price, it was understandable. Even so, the general consensus was that a lower price point would be much helpful in boosting sales of the Xoom, especially when many similar Android tablets are set to launch soon after the Xoom.

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Today, Best Buy has officially listed the Motorola Xoom on its site, and it is priced at a mind-bogglingly high $1199. That’s almost 65% higher than the 32 GB 3G iPad. You could also get two Samsung Galaxy Tabs for that price. Motorola is literally inviting competitors to come and take away the advantage it had in the Android tablet space due to the early launch. For Motorola’s sake, I hope that it’s either a joke or an error by Best Buy. Or maybe Motorola is trying to exploit the early adopters and will drastically drop prices when the other tablets like the LG Optimus Pad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 launch. Who knows!

via Engadget

HTC HD7, Motorola DEFY, LG Optimus and myTouch 3G Free On T-Mobile

Looking to buy a Windows Phone 7 based phone or get your hands on an smartphone? Here is your chance to get it for free. T-mobile is offering the HTC HD7, Motorola DEFY, LG Optimus T and myTouch 3G for free till Valentines day.

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T-mobile is offering several smartphones for free through February 14. You can choose between a range of Windows Phone 7 and Android based devices. The slashed price includes mail-in rebates, so you might have to pay some money to get the phone.

You will have to sign up for a 2-year contract with T-mobile to get the phone. So go ahead and get some Windows Phone 7 and Android love for free at http://www.t-mobile.com/.

Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi Only Hits FCC?

When the Motorola Xoom was officially unveiled at CES 2011, earlier in January. It is probably the best Android tablet yet, and the first one to run the latest version of the Android OS – Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It has some really impressive hardware specs but is priced a bit high, at $800 for the 32 GB version which comes with both 3G + Wi-Fi connectivity.

Today, another tablet by Motorola has passed FCC testing. It seems to the Wi-Fi only version of the Motorola Xoom, about which we had reported earlier.

It will have the exact same specifications as the Motorola Xoom 3G version. It will come with a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform and comes with 1 GB RAM. It also has a 5 MP camera with dual LED flash as well as a secondary 2 MP camera. It comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and has 32 GB internal storage. It will likely be priced much lower than the 3G version, which is great for buyers who want the Xoom, but can’t afford the 3G version at $800. Motorola will also be launching a 4G version of the Xoom soon.

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Check out more details about the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi version at WirelessGoodness

Motorola Milestone Android 2.2 Update Again Delayed

One major complaint with the Android ecosystem is the delay in the release of Android OS updates by phone manufacturers. Google released the latest version of Android Gingerbread – to the public more than six weeks ago. Still, the only phone officially running Gingerbread is the Google branded Nexus S.

While the majority of the Android handset owners impatiently wait for their handset manufacturers to release the Android 2.3 update, some are still waiting for the Android 2.2 update.

One such handset is the Motorola Milestone. The Milestone is the European version of the highly popular and successful Motorola Droid but unlike the latter, the former never got its Android 2.2 update. The update was pushed back many times and last year, Motorola stated that they will release the Froyo update for the handset in early Q1 of 2011.

However, the company updated its Facebook page to inform Milestone owners that the update has again been delayed. The reason behind the delay has not been explained clearly by Motorola as well.

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Nevertheless, the company does state that they will release the update before the end of current quarter. I wonder what is taking Motorola so long to release the Android 2.2 update for the Milestone. The original Droid was among the first few handsets to receive the Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 updates. There are not much hardware changes between the Droid and the Milestone as well.