Motorola just announced its first LTE phone for the Verizon network the Droid Bionic. The Bionic is one powerful superphone’ with a 4.3-inch qHD display sporting a resolution of 960×540. The phone has a dual-core processor (Nvidia Tegra 2, perhaps?) and packs in 1GB of RAM. The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera while the front features a VGA camera for all your video calling needs.
The handset also supports 4G, which is up to 10x times faster than 3G. The handset features a mini-HDMI jack so that users can hook the phone on to their HDTV display and enjoy full HD content.
DROID BIONIC is the epitome of speed, providing consumers with instantaneous access to their personal and work content, anytime and anyplace,said Alain Mutricy, senior vice president of portfolio and device product management, Motorola Mobility. By combining such a powerful mobile device with the performance and capabilities of Verizon’s 4G LTE network, we’re empowering consumers to define how they want to live their mobile lifestyles.
The Bionic also has a Mirror Mode’ which allows users to simultaneously stream video to their HDTVs and watch it on their handset. Sadly, the Droid Bionic will run on Android 2.2 Froyo when released. The Motorola Droid Bionic also packs in support for corporate email, remote wipe and data encryption and other security features which corporate users will cherish.
The phone also features the usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS and a 3.5mm jack. The phone is powered by a beastly 1930 mAh battery.
The Droid Bionic does look like a very impressive superphone. However, Motorola did not announce the release date or the pricing of the device.
Motorola will be doing a press conference in couple of hours now at CES 2011. They will be unveiling a much awaited Android tablet for which pictures had leaked last month. Motorola will also be showing off Atrix 4G, a Android Smartphone-Netbook Hybrid.
The tablet from Motorola will be one of the many anticipated Android based tablet coming out this year, including Notion Ink and Galaxy Tab. This will make the tablet market more competitive and give users a wide range of choices.
If you are looking forward to seeing the Motorola tablet, you don’t have to be in Las Vegas. You can watch the Motorola CES 2011 press conference live online at CNET live http://livestream.com/CNETlive and also at other live streaming CES links.
You could also watch CES 2011 coverage on TV or listen in on RADIO. Alternatively, you can catch up on the Motorola CES 2011 press conference in the embedded video below.
At AT&T’s press event in CES 2011, they launched a series of mind blowing devices including the HTC Inspire 4G and the Samsung Infuse 4G. Another very impressive device that they showcased is the Motorola Atrix 4G. It is a very interesting concept which combines your smartphone and netbook into one device.
The Motorola Atrix 4G comes with a dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor on the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform with 1 GB RAM. It comes with 16 GB internal storage and a 1930 mAh battery. It will run Android 2.2 Froyo with a custom UI shell, possibly MotoBLUR.
Now for the awesome part: it comes with the Motorola Webtop app which converts your Atrix 4G into a netbook. The Atrix 4G comes with a netbook dock. When plugged into the dock, the Atrix 4G functions as a netbook and drives the netbook’s 11.6 inch display. As a netbook, the Atrix 4G offers 8 hours of battery life on a 36 Whr battery.
It’s a very interesting concept. Knowing that an ARM version of Windows is in the works, it might be the only device you need to carry around.
Images via Engadget
The most popular and the highly anticipated electronic event of the year CES 2011 is here. This year, we expect the CES to be dominated by tablets based on the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform.
Below is the list of the live events scheduled at CES 2011. All timings are in PST, you might want to use http://www.timeanddate.com/ to convert it to local timings.
Tuesday, January 4
- 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – MSI Press Conference
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM OnStar Press Conference
Wednesday, January 5
- 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM – LG Press Conference
- 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM – Monster Press Conference – Invite only
- 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM Netgear Press Conference
- 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM – Intel Press Conference
- 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – Pioneer Electronics Press Conference
- 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM -NVIDIA Press Conference – Invite only
- 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM – Sharp 2011 CES Press Conference – Invite only
- 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM – Casio Press Conference
- 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Cisco Press Conference – Invite only
- 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM – Samsung Press Conference
- 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM – Panasonic Press Conference
- 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM – Motorola Press Conference – Invite only
- 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM – Sony Press Conference – Invite only
- 7:30 PM – 11:59 PM – Audi CES night 2011 – Invite only
- 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM – Gigabyte Press Conference – Invite only
Thursday, January 6
- 8:30 AM Keynote from CEA President and CEO, Garu Shapiro along with Verizon CEO, Ivan Seidenberg.
- 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Skype Press Conference
- 11:00 AM Keynote from Audi’s Chairman of the Board of Management, Rupert Stadler
- 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – T-Mobile Press Conference Invite Only
- 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Verizon Wireless 4G LTE News Conference Invite Only
- 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Sony Audio Press Brief Invite Only
- 4:30PM Keynote from Samsung’s president of Visual Display business, Boo-Keun Yoon
Friday, January 7
- 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM – LensPen: SideKick — How to Really Clean the iPad
- 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Icron Will Unveil The New Video and USB Technology
- 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM – General Motors R&D: Media Demonstration and Ride Opportunity for GM’s EN-V Concept Vehicle
- 11:00 AM Keynote from CEO and President of Ford Motor Company, Alan Mulally.
- 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM – iMovee Corporation: Bridging Mobile DTV to Smartphones and Tablets
- Noon The last keynote of CES 2011 Entertainment Matters.
- 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Sonic Emotion 3D Sound for Bloggers
- 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – New FreeOneHand iPad Holder & Stand Product Demo and iPad Giveaway
- 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Kenwood Press Conference
Saturday, January 8
- 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – General Motors R&D: Media Demonstration and Ride Opportunity for GM’s EN-V Concept Vehicle Registration Needed
- 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Consumer Reports: Consumer Reports 101 RSVP Required
- 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Sonic Emotion 3D Sound for Media Press Event
The leaked pics of Motorola’s upcoming Android device, Cliq 2 have been spotted in the wild. This handset is powered by the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system and it will be exclusively available on the airwaves of T-Mobile in the US. The complete features and specification of this handset is still unknown, but the Android powered Cliq 2 is expected to come with a 5 megapixel camera, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi calling, MicroSD card slot, FM Radio, 3.5mm audio jack and more.
This handset is expected to be announced at CES and it will be available from January 19th. The guys at TmoNews recently shared a few pics of this device. Check out the leaked pics of Motorola Cliq 2 below.
At the beginning of this month, Motorola and Verizon rolled out software updates for the Droid X and the original Droid. Now, they are all set to roll a software update for another Droid branded handset the Droid Pro. The software update for the Droid Pro is a pretty minor one and mainly fixes some bugs and improves the stability and performance of the device.
The OTA update weighs in at 15.9MB and is numbered V2.26.60.
Here is the official change-log from Verizon itself :
* Improved audio on voice calls.
* Improved stability and performance.
* User interface display now refreshes when user switches from GSM/UMTS communication to Global Mode.
* Device now prepends 011 to Country Code to send SMS messages.
* Global Mode no longer resets when connecting to a USB charger.
* Visual Voice Mail now detects airplane mode while Wi-Fi is active.
* Prompt return to full screen brightness after wake-up
Droid Pro owners can pull’ the update from Verizon’s server by going to Settings->About Phone-> System Updates. Alternatively, they can wait for the OTA update to be pushed to their handset.
Via Droid Life
It is a very well-known fact that many companies will be unveiling a tablet at the upcoming CES 2011 including Motorola. Andy Rubin had even used the Motorola tablet prototype running Honeycomb at the D: Dive Mobile event. Yesterday, Motorola had uploaded a teaser video on YouTube about their upcoming tablet. The video shows how the tablet evolved right from B.C to A.D and even took potshots at the Apple iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Here is the video I am talking about :
Today, the company has put up a countdown on their website until they announce their upcoming highly anticipated tablet at the CES 2011. As of now, the countdown says that 15 days 4 hours and 46 minutes are still left until Motorola announces its next-generation tablet. Users can have a look at the countdown here.
From the leaked information, we already know that the upcoming tablet from Motorola will be sporting an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and will also be a DROID branded device. The tablet will also be running on the next version of Android OS Honeycomb which is targeted towards tablet.
The Motorola Droid is one of the most popular Android handset out there. The unlocked bootloader and the vanilla Android experience made it a favorite in the United States. Motorola did launch a European version of the Droid the Milestone. However, that phone was destined to meet doom right from the word go.
Unlike the Droid, the Milestone had a locked down bootloader. This meant that modding the phone was a very difficult job and it still is. While the original Droid got its Android 2.2 update right after a few weeks of Google announcing it, European Milestone owners are still waiting for their share of Froyo love.
Now, the European division of Motorola has posted on their Facebook wall that the company is still working closely’ with operators and carriers to deliver the Android 2.2 update for the Milestone. The company says that they expect to roll out the update by Q1 of 2011.
With Motorola set to launch some killer handsets and tablets based on Nvidia Tegra 2 at the upcoming CES 2011, I wonder if the company will actually find it useful’ to work on the Android 2.2 update for the Milestone.
Milestone owners can vent out their anger on Motorola Europe’s FB page.
After the Samsung Galaxy S, the original Motorola Droid has got its share of Gingerbread love from the modding community. An original Motorola Droid owner neubanks89 has managed to build a Gingerbread ROM for his handset from AOSP. However, the ROM is not usable on a day to day basis as it has some issues like Camera not working, no Google Apps and the browser does not work properly.
However, from the comments of users who have flashed this ROM on their Droid, it looks like Gingerbread absolutely flies on the handset. Since the Droid has reached its EOL (End-Of-Life), Droid owners should not expect Motorola to update the handset to Android 2.3.
Nevertheless, I am pretty sure the modding community will definitely cook up a working Gingerbread ROM in the coming few days. Interested Droid owners can read about running Android 2.3 Gingerbread on their phone here.
Via Droid Life
The Motorola Quench XT5, one of the most awaited budget Android phones has finally been launched in India. It was launched today and is bundled with an Aircel connection.
The Quench XT5 runs Android 2.1 Eclair and comes with a 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. It has a 600 MHz Qualcomm processor and comes with 256 MB RAM.
It offers 512 MB internal storage and comes bundled with a 2 GB microSD card. It also has a 5 MP camera with LED flash and comes equipped with GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi and GPS.
It is priced at Rs 13990 in India and comes with an Aircel connection. If you choose a prepaid connection, you get 9 GB free download for 3 months and 150 free Aircel to Aircel minutes. With a postpaid connection, you get 1 GB free downloads per month for six months.
If you aren’t keen on the camera, I think that the LG Optimus One would be a better option, as it runs Android 2.2 Froyo and will soon get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.