Motorola Announces Its Jelly Bean Update Plans

Motorola has updated its Android OS update timeline page to reflect when its devices will be getting the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. Keep in mind that the timeframe listed by Motorola is only for its U.S based devices.

Below are the list of devices that will be getting the Jelly Bean update from Motorola -:

  • DROID RAZR M (XT907)
  • DROID RAZR HD (XT926)
  • DROID RAZR MAXX HD (XT926)
  • Atrix HD (MB866)
  • Photon Q (XT897)
  • Electrify 2 (XT881)
  • DROID RAZR (XT912)
  • DROID 4 (XT894)
  • DROID Bionic (XT875)
  • XOOM (Wi-Fi and 3G/4G)

Of all the above devices, Motorola will be bringing Jelly Bean to the RAZR M, RAZR HD and RAZR HD MAXX before the start of 2013. Other handsets  will hopefully get the update sometime next year.

If your Motorola device is not in the list above, it would be safe to assume that it won’t be getting the Jelly Bean or even Ice Cream Sandwich update.

The decision to bring the Jelly Bean update to the family edition of the Motorola XOOM and the Xyboard tablets are still pending though, and will be announced by Motorola sometime later.

 

Google Q3 2012: Revenue Jumps to $14.1 Billion, Motorola Pressures Earnings

Google reported its earnings for Q3 2012, with rather good numbers, but its stock price has crashed more than 10% as they missed analyst estimates. Its revenues increased 45% year-over-year, to $14.10 billion. The bump in revenue was due to the Motorola acquisition, which contributed $2.575 billion, while its core advertising business accounted for around $11.526 billion.

Its traffic acquisition costs were close to $2.77 billion, which brings its net revenue numbers to $11.33 billion.

However, its net income dropped around 20% to $2.176 billion, as Motorola’s operating losses weighed down on Google’s very profitable business.

Of Google’s core ad revenue, $7.727 billion was contributed by Google’s own web properties, $3.133 billion was contributed by partner websites, while $666 million was classified as revenue from other sources.

Aggregate paid clicks increased 33% year-over-year, but the cost per lick decreased nearly 15%. Overall, Google’s ad business still seems to be expanding, but at a slowing rate.

Motorola may have been Google’s worst purchase to date. It’s still not clear what exactly Google gained by acquiring the lumbering hardware giant.

Google ended the quarter with $16.26 billion in cash and cash equivalents, and another $29.46 billion in marketable securities and short-term investments.

via Google – SEC

Motorola DROID RAZR M Jelly Bean Firmware Leaks

Back in September, Google Motorola released a couple of trio of new RAZR branded handsets, the RAZR HD/HD MAXX and the RAZR M. The RAZR M is a small powerhouse, packing in a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED display with an edge-to-edge design, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor.

The only problem is that the RAZR M runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, instead of Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. Motorola promised that it will update all the three RAZR handsets to Jelly Bean by the end of this year, but by that time, Google would have released a new version of Android along with a new Nexus handset.

For all the impatient RAZR M owners out there, veteran Motorola developer – P3Droid – has leaked a Jelly Bean firmware for the handset.

Keep in mind that if flashing the leak on your phone will void its warranty. The installation steps are pretty easy. Simply download the zip file from here, and transfer it to the RAZR M’s memory card. Then, reboot your phone into recovery and select the install zip from SD card. Once the zip file has been flashed, reboot your handset. Do keep in mind that the first boot is going to take a long time, so please be patient.

Via – OMGDroid

AT&T Rolls Out Atrix 2 Ice Cream Sandwich Update

After rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the unlocked Atrix 2, Motorola and AT&T have started rolling out the update for the carrier’s variant of the handset. Motorola was expected to roll-out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Atrix 2 sometime in the previous quarter, but later on delayed it.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Atrix 2 brings with it a new magazine like system UI, Holo theme for apps, a new keyboard, enhanced Voice Actions, inbuilt data monitoring tool, face unlock and much more. There should also be a general improvement in the system responsiveness and stability.

The update is being rolled out via OTA and should be available to all AT&T Atrix 2 users within a couple of weeks. Users can also manually pull the update by going to Settings -> About Phone and then tapping the ‘System Updates’ option.

 

Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 and 10.1 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Live

More than 10 months after Google released Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to AOSP, Motorola is ready with the update for two of its tablets – the XYBOARD 8.2 and 10.1. While Samsung has updated nearly all of its tablets to Ice Cream Sandwich, Motorola has been struggling to update its tablets and handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich, forget Jelly Bean.

The company has only released the Ice Cream Sandwich for its RAZR handsets and Atrix 2, with owners of DROID Bionic still in the dark as to when their handset will get the ICS update and if it will ever be updated to Jelly Bean or not. Verizon is equally responsible for the delay in the ICS update roll-out for the XYBOARDs, all thanks to its “internal testing”.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the XYBOARDs will bring with it an updated UI, a magazine like swipe UI, Holo theme for apps, updated Google Apps, and much more. The updated browser should bring about a nice improvement in page loading times while the new kernel should also bring about a general speed boost. Other features introduced by Ice Cream Sandwich include face recognition, an inbuilt data usage tool, updated Voice Actions, and an enhanced keyboard.

The update is being rolled out via OTA by Verizon and Motorola, and users will be automatically notified when the update hits their tablet.

Motorola Cancels ICS Update For Atrix 4G, Photon 4G And Electrify

Back in February, Motorola released a list of devices that it would be upgrading to Ice Cream Sandwich along with the expected timeframe of the update. As time passed by, Motorola failed to meet its expected timeframe, and until now has only managed update a handful of its handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich – the DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX, DROID 4 and recently, the Atrix 2.

The ICS update for the DROID Bionic, which was at one point of time Motorola’s flagship Android handset, has slipped into Q4, which has rightfully angered all Bionic owners.

Today, Motorola updated its Ice Cream Sandwich roll-out chart to make some sad changes. The company has decided not to update the original Atrix 4G, the Sprint Photon 4G and the Electrify to Ice Cream Sandwich. All these handsets are more than capable of running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smoothly, with their dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM.

The Atrix 4G and the Photon 4G are very similar to each other, and were at one point the company’s flagship handsets for their respective carriers. Not upgrading the Android OS version of its previous generation flagship handsets even once clearly shows how incompetent Motorola is. The Atrix 4G launched with Android 2.2 on-board, even though it was released well after Android 2.3 Gingerbread hit AOSP. The company then took its own sweet time to roll-out the Gingerbread update for the handset, and has since then only released some minor software updates for the device.

Google may have purchased Motorola for its patents, but the company will definitely be mending ways how Motorola conducts its business.

Via – Motorola Forums

Sprint Motorola XPRT Gets The Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update

Do you still remember the Motorola XPRT smartphone? Yes, we are talking about the same BlackBerry-like device which was exclusively available for the Sprint subscribers in the US. Motorola XPRT was the first Android smartphone from Sprint which delivered enterprise-class security, personal productivity enhancements and international roaming. Most of you might remember that Motorola XPRT was originally shipped with the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating System. After waiting for a year, Sprint has finally started rolling out the Android 2.3 update for the forgotten Motorola XPRT smartphone.

The latest update is numbered 4.5.1-110-kns-46 and it brings the usual Gingerbread goodies, along with the new user interface icons, UI performance improvements, battery fixes, Email UI fixes, contact UI fixes, updated calendar options and much more. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Changelog:

  • Email User Interface fixes.
  • Contact User Interface fixes.
  • UXD fix to color backgrounds.
  • Fix the ability to use Bluetooth car kits.
  • Improve EAS GAL (Global Address List) Search.
  • Improve EAS First Sync timing.
  • Fix Forward / Reply markers to original email.
  • SMS fix when using () in SMS body.
  • Bluetooth toasts when syncing contacts improved.

This update will be available via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. It is advised to backup all of your data before updating the device. If you find some new features, please let us know in the comments section below.

Motorola Announces The 2GHz Intel Inside RAZR i

A couple of weeks ago, Motorola announced the Verizon bound DROID RAZR HD and the DROID RAZR M. While the RAZR HD is a high-end flagship from Moto, the RAZR M is an impressive mid-range handset with almost no bezel. Today, at an event in London, Motorola has announced the international variant of the RAZR M, the RAZR i. Like the RAZR M, the RAZR i sports a 4.3-inch qHD resolution AMOLED display with almost edge-to-edge display. The slim body of the handset houses a 2000mAh battery, a Kevlar back, an 8MP camera, a 1.3MP front-facing camera, a dedicated camera button, NFC, 8GB internal memory, a microSD card slot and the other usual bunch of features.

The most interesting part of the RAZR i is its SoC. The handset sports a single-core 2GHz Intel Medfield processor with Hyper-Threading. Intel promises excellent Javascript performance along with more than enough battery life for its chip. The 32nm SoC also houses a powerful ISP that allows the RAZR i to take 10 shots in just under a second. The Motorola RAZR i will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich when it launches in Europe and the U.K next month.

Motorola Atrix 2 Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update In India

Motorola Atrix 2 is the successor of the popular Motorola Atrix smartphone. It features a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera, 1 GB RAM and so on. Motorola Atrix 2 was originally shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS during the Q4 of 2011. Earlier this year, Motorola launched this handset in India with a price tag of Rs.21,000 in India.

The manufacturer has already promised the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this device, however it was delayed for several months. Now, Motorola has finally started rolling out the Android 4.0 ICS update for the Atrix 2 owners. Currently, this update is available only in India and it will be rolled out in other markets in the coming days.

The latest update is numbered 672.1.18.MB865.AsiaRetail.EN.03 and brings the usual ICS goodies along with some new features such as face unlock, customizable launch bar, direct access lock screen, data usage monitor, enhanced notifications window, recent apps feature, improved settings and enhanced email experience. It also improves Bluetooth audio quality while listening to music, Mobile Hotspot performance and much more.

The size of the update is 257 MB and it will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). We advise you to backup all of your data and use a Wi-Fi network before updating this device. If you still haven’t received this update, then just go to Settings > About > Software Updates and check for the update.

Motorola To Give $100 Credit To Owners Of Handsets Not Getting Jelly Bean

Google’s take-over of Motorola has slowly started showing its effect. The Motorola RAZR HD and RAZR HD MAXX might not be downright impressive handsets, but the custom skin from Motorola is. The company’s skin does not interfere much with stock ICS, and adds some nice little features which will be appreciated by all.

Last night, when Motorola announced its three new RAZR branded handsets, it also made another major announcement. The new CEO of the company has announced that most of its handsets released in 2011 will get the Jelly Bean update. If for some reason your Motorola handset does not make it to the list, Motorola will give you a free $100 credit to buy a new phone. Users will obviously have to trade-in their old phone to get the $100 credit. Users can, however, very well sell their Motorola phone on Craigslist or Swappa for something much more than $100.

Either way, the $100 credit from Motorola, will allow existing owners to get the recently announced DROID RAZR M for free on a two-year contract, which is a pretty good deal.

The trade-in program requires that users purchase a new Android based handset from Motorola itself, and not from any other company. Owners of Motorola devices can find more details and sign-up for the program here.