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Motorola Unveils The DROID RAZR M — 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4, 4.3-inch SAMOLED, ICS For $99

Along with the DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR HD MAXX, Motorola also unveiled a mid-range RAZR branded phone for Verizon’s network, the DROID RAZR M. The RAZR M sports a much smaller 4.3-inch qHD (960×640) Super-AMOLED display with almost no bezel. It is still not confirmed whether this is the same bezel less phone about which Bloomberg reported last week.

Apart from the screen, the RAZR M packs in the same internals as its bigger brothers, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, Adreno 225 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, NFC, support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network, an 8MP snapper with LED flash, a front-facing camera and the other usual features.

Sadly, the RAZR M will launch with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich on-board and not Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. Motorola has, however, promised that all the three handsets it has announced today will get Jelly Bean before the year end.

The RAZR M goes on pre-order from today, and will hit the retail stores on September 13th next week for $99 with a two-year contract from Verizon.

Motorola Unveils The DROID RAZR HD And RAZR MAXX HD

Last night, Motorola announced the successor to the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX at an event in New York — the DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD. Both the handsets sport a 4.7-inch display Super-AMOLED display with 720p HD resolution. There is no ‘Plus’ here, so the display has a PenTile pixel arrangement. The handsets also feature a Kevlar back and a water-resistant nano-coating like the original Droid RAZRs.

Internally, the ubiquitous Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 clocked at 1.5GHz, an Adreno 225 GPU and 1GB of RAM keep things chugging along. Other features of the handsets include an 8MP camera capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution, NFC, microSD card slot, 16GB of internal memory on the RAZR and 32GB on the RAZR MAXX HD, global roaming support, and support for Verizon 4G LTE.

Both the handsets retain nearly the same dimensions as their predecessor, even though they include a bigger screen. The DROID RAZR will come with a non-removable 2500mAh battery, while the RAZR MAXX HD will come with a non-removable 3300mAh battery that is capable of providing nearly 13 hours of continuous video playback.

The RAZRs will be running on Android 4.0.4 out of the box with a new skin from Motorola that is much better than their previous MotoBLUR skin. Motorola did not provide much information on the pricing  or availability of the handsets, except that the handsets will be available before the holidays.

Watch Nokia’s Lumia WP8 Event And Motorola/Verizon Event Live Here

September has turned out to be major tech month with quite a lot of big companies holding major tech events. Samsung started September by announcing the Galaxy Note 2 and the first Windows Phone 8 handset, the Ativ S. Today, Nokia will be announcing its hotly anticipated next-generation WP8 running Lumia handsets with PureView technology.

Along with Nokia, Motorola is also holding an event today to announce the much leaked RAZR M and RAZR HD. Tomorrow, Amazon will be holding an event to announce a new version of the Kindle Fire.

Next week, the mobile industry will see new standards being set when Apple announces the next-generation iPhone along with iOS6.

Motorola will once again be holding an event in New York on September 18th, this time with Intel, to announce a new Intel powered Android smartphone. This will be the first time a major Android OEM will be using an Intel SoC in their Android smartphone.

On the very next day, i.e. on September 19th, which is again a Wednesday, HTC also has an event scheduled in New York where the company will presumably announce some new WP8 handsets. There is still no confirmation whether the Taiwanese maker will be announcing some new Android based devices or not at the event.

While Apple and HTC won’t be live streaming their events, Nokia and Motorola will be doing a live webcast of their events today. The Nokia Lumia WP8 event can be watched live from here, but make sure your browser has the required Silverlight plugin installed.

The Motorola event, thankfully, will be streamed live on the company’s YouTube channel. The event is scheduled to start in 11 hours from now, and can be watched live from here.

 

Motorola RAZR M 4G LTE Press Photo And Specs Leaked

Over the weekend, we have seen the leaked pics of the upcoming tablet and smartphones from HTC, Samsung and Sony. Now, the guys at Engadget recently got their hands on the press shot and specs sheet of the Motorola’s upcoming smartphone, the Motorola Razr M 4G LTE. This handset runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, as expected.

Motorola Razr M 4G LTE will be exclusively available for the Verizon subscribers in the U.S. This handset looks quite similar to the original Motorola Razr smartphone. There are no hardware or capacitive buttons on the front. Instead, it comes with the on-screen buttons at the bottom, similar to the the AT&T Motorola Atrix HD. Check out the leaked specs below.

Motorola Razr M 4G LTE features a 4.3 inch qHD display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2, 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 8 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 801.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth, VZ Navigator, Google Play Store, MicroUSB and Mobile hotspot capability.

Verizon Wireless is hosting a press event on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. The Motorola Razr M 4G LTE is expected to be announced at the same event. Stay tuned for complete updates!

Motorola Droid Xyboard 10.1 Wi-Fi Gets The Android 4.0.4 ICS Update

Last year, Motorola launched the Droid Xyboard 10.1 Wi-Fi tablet in the US. It is nothing but the Verizon’s variant of the Motorola Xoom 2 tablet. This device was shipped with the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Back in March, Verizon announced the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update plans for 14 Android powered devices, including the Droid Xyboard 10.1 Wi-Fi.

After waiting for nearly 5 months, Verizon finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the Droid Xyboard 10.1 Wi-Fi. The latest update is numbered 11.11.27.MZ61 and it brings the usual Ice Cream Sandwich goodies including the new data usage monitor, face unlock, direct access lock screen, redesigned gallery app with photo editor, new system font for improved readability, resizable widgets and so on. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Changelog:

  • Direct Access Lock Screen: The direct access lock screen takes you directly to Camera, Browser, Gallery or Unlock
  • Create Folders: Easily create folders by dropping one app on top of another. You can also add a name to specify the folder contents.
  • All Apps Screen: Add Widgets and Apps to your homescreen panels via the All Apps Screen and the Widget Screen.
  • Notification Bar: Enhanced notifications window includes access to settings menu, and the new swipe feature to dismiss individual notifications.
  • Data Usage Monitor: Monitor your data usage all in one place. Set warning levels, check individual app usage or turn off data completely.
  • Includes the latest Motorola USB driver to allow Xyboard to connect to a computer to transfer files.
  • Securely refresh your Corporate Email account with the native email client.
  • Faster Browsing Experience./li>
  • Improved network connectivity.

The size of the update is 336.4 MB and it will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you have not received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, check out this PDF file.

Google Moves to Ban Apple U.S. Product Imports; Files Another Lawsuit

Google seems to be making good use of Motorola’s patent portfolio in its war against Apple. This week, it filed yet another lawsuit against Apple claiming patent infringement for features like Siri.

The new complaint by Motorola involves seven Motorola patents related to features like location reminders, email notifications, video playback etc. If Motorola wins this bout, we could see a ban on U.S. imports of the iPhone, iPad and the Mac from Asia.

Motorola has stated that it is willing to work out a licensing deal with Apple. Apple is also involved in a mega-lawsuit with Samsung, the top Android device manufacturer, which it seems likely to win.

Besides Google and Apple, Microsoft is the other major player in the patent wars, and it is already making a ton of money from Android patent licensing. We expect these patent battles between Apple and Google’s numerous allies to be drawn out over the next couple of years.

via Bloomberg

Motorola Finally Releases Its Bootloader Unlocking Tool — Unlock My Device

Sometime in 2011, Motorola promised that it will release a bootloader unlocking tool so that all the interested users could unlock the bootloader of their handset. However, 2011 and more than half of 2012 went past without any update from Motorola on about this tool.

However, it looks like Google is already working hard on putting Motorola back on track. Ever since Google has taken over Motorola, the company has taken some drastic changes including cutting more than 20% oc the work force of the company, releasing a handset with an unlockable bootloader and today, finally announcing the long awaited Bootloader unlock tool for Motorola devices.

The bad news, however, is that the tool only supports 4 devices from Motorola, and does not include any of the company’s popular handsets.

Below is the small list of devices that the bootloader tool currently supports -:

  • Photon Q 4G LTE – Sprint
  • Motorola RAZR developer edition – Europe
  • Motorola XOOM – Verizon
  • Motorola XOOM Wifi – Worldwide

As you can see from the list above, Motorola has not included any of its Verizon branded handsets. It is unclear at the moment whether the company will add support for its older devices in the near future or not. Head over to Motorola’s website for the whole unlocking process and other tidbits.

Via – Droid-Life

Verizon Motorola Droid 4 Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update

Earlier this year, Motorola announced the Droid 4 smartphone for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. This handset comes with an amazing slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 4 inch qHD display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera and much more. However, the device was shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Motorola has already promised to roll out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this device during the Q3 of 2012. Now, the wait is finally over for the Motorola Droid 4 owners.

Verizon recently started rolling out the Android 4.0 ICS update for the Droid 4 smartphone in the US. The latest update enables global roaming and brings 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 much more. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Changelog:

Enhancements/ Application Updates:

  • Device is enabled for Global Roaming.
  • Integration of new version of Backup Assistant Plus.
  • Mobile IM has been removed.
  • Color for Facebook application is preloaded

Email / Messaging:

  • Improved Stability and connectivity with Email.
  • Successfully download and save ringtones.

Stability and Performance Improvements:

  • Mobile Hotspot – Improved connectivity.
  • Reduced device resets and power cycling.
  • Camera quality has been improved for better pictures.
  • Improved My Gallery performance.
  • Voice Mail Notification shows the correct of unread messages.

User Interface:

  • Updated Mobile Hotspots Icon.
  • Visual Voice Mail shortcut on home screen changed to a standard voicemail shortcut.
  • Clear Contact pictures are displayed for phonebook contacts.

The latest update is numbered 6.16.217.XT894 and it can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). The size of the update is 360 MB. You should make sure that your device is not rooted and has at least 50% or more battery before updating the device. It is advised to backup all your data before updating the device. To learn more, check out this PDF file.

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE Coming To Sprint On August 19

Last month, Motorola unveiled the Android powered Photon Q 4G LTE smartphone. This handset will be exclusively available for the Sprint subscribers in the US. Motorola Photon Q is the first 4G LTE device with a five-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard and world phone capabilities. This handset runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. We have good news for those who were eagerly waiting for the launch of this device. After waiting for nearly a month, Sprint finally announced the price and release date of this amazing device.

David Owens, vice president, Product Development, Sprint, said:
“At Sprint, we recognize there is a large group of our customers that love the ease of a physical QWERTY keyboard. By bringing a device like Motorola PHOTON Q into our portfolio, we are able to give these customers the option of a physical keyboard plus international roaming capabilities to stay connected while traveling abroad.”

motorola photon q 4g lte

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE features a 4.3-inch ColorBoost display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, MotoBlur user interface, 8 megapixel camera with digital zoom and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, front-facing HD camera for video chat and Google+ Hangout, NFC (Near Field Communication), Sprint ID and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE connectivity, Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), A-GPS, Google Play Store, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroUSB, FM Radio, 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot capability, up to 7.5 hours of talk-time, up to 16 days of stand-by time and a 1785 mAh battery.

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE is currently up for pre-order at the wireless carrier’s official website. This handset will go on sale from August 19. You can get this device for $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement. To pre-order the Photon Q smartphone, head over to this page.

US Cellular Announces The Motorola Electrify 2 And Defy XT

Motorola recently announced two new Android powered smartphones, the Motorola Electrify 2 and Motorola Defy XT. These devices will be exclusively available for the subscribers of US Cellular. The Motorola Electrify 2 is second device in the popular Motorola Electrify family of smartphones. This handset runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. On the other hand, Motorola Defy XT is a dust-proof, water-resistant and scratch-resistant smartphone which runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS.

Edward Perez, vice president, sales and marketing operations, U.S. Cellular, said:
“Customers who purchase Motorola Electrify 2 or Defy XT will not only enjoy a new cutting-edge Android-powered smartphone, but will also get the best customer experience. A mobile phone should make life simpler and easier to get things done and U.S. Cellular believes the customer relationship with their wireless carrier should be the same.”

Motorola Electrify 2:

Motorola Electrify 2 features a 4.3 inch qHD ColorBoost display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, MotoSwitch user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with A-GPS, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroUSB 2.0, WiFi Direct, FM Radio, Ambient light, proximity sensor, Google Play Store, up to 11 hours of talk-time, up to 11 days of stand-by time and a 1780 mAh battery. This handset measures 66mm x 129 mm x 8.4 mm and weighs 130 grams.

Motorola Defy XT:

Motorola Defy XT comes with a 3.7 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, VGA front-facing camera, 512 MB RAM, 1 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with A-GPS, MicroUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity, up to 5.5 hours of talk-time, up to 12.5 days of stand-by time and a 1650 mAh battery. This handset measures 115mm x 58.5 mm x 11.95 mm and weighs 130 grams.

Motorola Electrify 2 comes with the SMARTACTIONS app that intelligently automates the routine and suggests ways to personalize your phone. These devices allows you to access more than 600,000 apps and games from the Google Play Store. Motorola Electrify 2 is currently available for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a 2 year service agreement. You can also get this device without any contract for 349.99. Motorola Defy XT is available for just $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a 2 year service agreement.

Motorola Launches The Android 4.0 Powered Motoluxe XT685 In China

Earlier this year, Motorola launched the Motoluxe smartphone at the Consumer Electronics show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset was shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, Motorola has launched a new Motoluxe smartphone for the Chinese market. The Motorola Motoluxe XT685 runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. There are no major changes to the specs of this device except the newer version of the OS and a 1 GHz processor. It also comes with a WCDMA + GSM dual-mode dual-standby capabilities.

Frank Meng, Senior Vice President and President of Greater China, Motorola Mobility, said:
“Motorola is making smartphones that push the boundaries between fashion, technology and computing power. This new, more powerful MOTOLUXE XT685 sets a new standard with its amazing combination of style, power and value.”

Motorola Motoluxe XT685 features a 4 inch FWVGA display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 1 GHz processor, MotoSwitch user interface, dual-mode dual-standby capabilities, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with 4x digital zoom and auto-focus, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS with A-GPS, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), 512 MB of RAM, 1 GB of ROM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroUSB 2.0, WiFi Direct, FM Radio, Ambient light, proximity sensor, Google Play Store, up to 6.5 hours of talktime, up to 450 hours of stand-by time and a 1400 mAh battery.

Motorola Motoluxe XT685 comes with a price-tag of just 1,999 Chinese yuan (approx. $315). This handset is available in white and brown colors from authorized Motorola resellers across Mainland China.

Motorola Photon Q To Come With An Unlockable Bootloader

Last night, Motorola unveiled its first LTE slider handset for Sprint, the Photon Q. The handset is a run-of-the-mill high-end handset with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4.3-inch ColorBoost display, and a five-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

However, the Photon Q marks one important change in Motorola’s policy. The handset comes with an unlocked bootloader. After the original Droid realased in way back in 2009, the Photon Q is the only phone from Motorola that will come with an unlocked bootloader without purchasing it outright.

The company did not announce anything else except that it will provide more details about how to take “advantage of this feature closer to availability” of the handset. The post from the company also mentions that it is working on offering the option to unlock the bootloaders to its other devices as well.

The Android community as a whole will definitely appreciate this move from Motorola. The company had earlier promised that it will release a bootloader unlocking tool for its devices sometime late last year. Sadly, that never happened until today. Better late than never, I guess.

Sprint Unveils The Android 4.0 Powered Motorola Photon Q

Sprint recently announced the new Motorola Photon Q smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Motorola Photon Q is the the first 4G LTE device with a five-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard and world phone capabilities. It comes with a 4.3 inch ColorBoost display along with a powerful 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. Motorola Photon Q is the carrier’s seventh device to receive the ULE Platinum Certification, which is the highest level of environmental performance recognized by UL Environment.

Mark Shockley, senior vice president, Go-to-Market, Motorola Mobility, said:
“When we talk to people who love their QWERTY smartphones, it’s evident this segment is passionate about their keyboards. Motorola Photon Q offers a class-leading keyboard and an amazing big screen so you can see and do more with your smartphone.”

motorola photon q

Motorola Photon Q features a 4.3-inch ColorBoost display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, MotoBlur user interface, 8 megapixel camera with digital zoom and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, front-facing HD camera for video chat and Google+ Hangout, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE connectivity and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB ROM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroUSB, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), A-GPS, Google Play Store, FM Radio, NFC (Near Field Communication), 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot capability, Sprint ID, up to 7.5 hours of talk-time, up to 16 days of stand-by time and a 1785 mAh battery.

Motorola Photon Q is a business ready smartphone with full corporate security including remote wipe, pin lock and data encryption. It is also the first Sprint phone which comes with the SMARTACTIONS app that intelligently automates the routine and suggests ways to personalize your phone. Motorola has not yet announced the price and availability of this device. Stay tuned for more updates!

Google Reveals How It Valued Motorola Before Acquiring It

Google surprised everyone last year when it decided to acquire Motorola last year, for around $12.4 billion. It was an unexpected move by the search giant, which would put it in direct competition with its own hardware partners as well as Apple, its arch nemesis in the mobile space.

Acquiring Motorola would also give Google the capability to produce its own hardware devices, and compete more effectively with the iPad in the smartphone and tablet markets.

At the time of the acquisition, it wasn’t exactly clear why Google acquired Motorola — whether it was for Motorola’s sizable patent portfolio which was hot property in those days as the patent wars loomed large, or for its hardware business, which would help Google “supercharge “its Android business, as Larry Page put it.

Today, Google outlined how exactly it valued Motorola when deciding to acquire it.

Of the $12.4 billion price tag, $5.5 billion was the value it attributed to Motorola’s patents and developed technology. $2.9 billion was attributable to the cash reserves of Motorola, while $2.6 billion was a goodwill expense, attributed primarily to the synergies Google expects to derive following the acquisition.

Of the balance, $730 million was assigned to existing customer relationships, while $670 million was for other net assets acquired.

Google completed the Motorola acquisition last quarter. Motorola contributed $1.25 billion to Google’s overall revenues, but depressed its margins with a $233 million operating loss.

via WSJ

Sprint Rolling Out Software Updates For EVO 4G LTE And Motorola Photon 4G

Sprint recently rolled out a couple of software updates for the popular HTC EVO 4G LTE and Motorola Photon 4G smartphones. Google Wallet service on the EVO 4G LTE was broken from the day one. Thankfully, the latest update fixes this issue. On the other hand, the software update for Motorola Photon 4G brings support for full HD (1080p) video recording and playback.

The latest update for EVO 4G LTE is numbered 1.22.651.3 and it comes with important enhancements and fixes for Google Wallet, Wifi disconnect issue, time zone issue and much more. The Motorola Photon 4G software update brings enhancements for WiFi hotspot, improved music playback and so on. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Changelog:

HTC EVO 4G LTE Update:

Description of enhancements/fixes:

  • Google security updates
  • Wifi disconnect issue
  • Time zone issue
  • Google Wallet fix
  • Side loaded video pause issue
  • Random power cycling issue
  • Pioneer Bluetooth Car Kit connection issu
  • Gallery app crash
  • Calendar reminder (all day even time) issue

Motorola Photon 4G Update

  • More easily import contacts from SD card.
  • Improved music playback, both streaming from Amazon Cloud or Internet Radio services and music saved to the phone – minimizes occasional skips or -repeats
  • Enhancements for WiFi hotspot in GSM/UMTS mode and adding new WiFi connections.
  • Now supports 1080p HD video capture, and enhanced video settings for more responsive playback.
  • Easier creating and accepting calendar meeting notices on the phone.

The size of the update for HTC EVO 4G LTE is just 42 MB. These updates will be easily available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you have not received the update, then just go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update.