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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.

Motorola Unveils The Android Powered Motosmart In The UK

Motorola recently announced the Android powered Motorola Motosmart smartphone. This entry-level handset will be exclusively available for the T-Mobile subscribers in the UK. The Motorola Motosmart runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. This handset is not expected to get the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update in the near future. The Motorola Motosmart comes with the latest version of MotoSwitch which organizes your playlist, contacts and apps according to the most frequently used apps and contacts.

Victoria McManus, marketing director, UK & Nordics, Motorola Mobility, said:
“Simply put, Motosmart makes life easier. You don’t have to worry about complicated settings and hard-to-follow instructions. Just turn this smartphone on and get instant access to the people and things in your life that matter most.”

Motorola Motosmart features a 3.5-inch display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, Android 2.3. Gingerbread OS, 3 megapixel rear camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, micro USB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1, FM Radio, 165 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with AGPS, MotoCast, up to 8 hours of talk-time, up to 20 days of stand-by time and a 1400 mAH battery.

This handset allows you to access more than 500,000 apps and games from the Google Play Store. Motorola Motosmart will be available for free with a 2 year service agreement and a £7 monthly plan. You can also get this device without any contract for just £99.99 on pay as you go. This handset will go on sale from the end of this month. Check out the promo video below.

Motorola and AT&T Unveil The Atrix HD; 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4, LTE, 4.5-inch Display For $99

Last week, the Motorola Atrix HD was accidentally revealed by the Google owned company. Today, Motorola has gone ahead and officially announced the Atrix HD. The Atrix HD will be coming to AT&T’s LTE network, and sport a design similar to the RAZR/RAZR MAXX. The handset will also be using a Kevlar back as seen on the RAZR/RAZR MAXX.

Internally, the Atrix HD is like any other latest dual core handset to be released in the United States – a Qualcomm 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, an Adreno 225 GPU, and aGB of RAM. Apart from this, the Atrix HD sports an 8MP camera at its back, and a 1.3MP front-facing camera. The 4.5-inch display on the handset has a 720p resolution, and packs ‘ColorBoost’ technology.

Other usual specs of the handset include GPS with A-GPS, microSD card slot, mini-HDMI out port, 1080p HD video recording, on-screen navigation buttons, and a bunch of sensors. Unsurprisingly, the Atrix HD runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a yet-to-be-named Blur incarnation, which includes some nifty features like Smart Actions, and a new Circle widget.

While AT&T and Motorola have not announced a release date yet, the Atrix HD will be hitting the carrier for only $99 on a two-year contract, making the phone a very tempting buy.

 

Motorola Unveils The Android Powered Defy Pro With QWERTY Keyboard

Motorola recently announced the new Motorola Defy Pro smartphone. It is the first device in the Motorola Defy family, which comes with a full QWERTY keyboard. The Motorola Defy Pro is a dust-proof, water-resistant and scratch-resistant smartphone. It runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. This handset allows you to print documents straight from the phone, thanks to MotoPrint.

Edson Bortolli, Products Director, Motorola Mobility Brazil, said:
“You’re constantly on the go, whether running to the office or running around town. Finally, there’s a smartphone designed to keep up with your work and personal life. Motorola DEFY PRO is ready for anything and will never let you down.”

Motorola Defy Pro features a 2.7 inch Gorilla Glass display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, VGA front facing camera for video calls, 3.5 mm headset jack, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, DLNA, GPS, Bluetooth, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSD card bundled, QuickOffice, MotoPrint, Wi-Fi hotspot and much more.

Motorola Defy Pro comes with a new user interface, which organizes your contacts and apps according to the most frequently used apps and contacts. This handset features an instrumental dashboards with three different views – Outdoor view, Hiking view and workout view. It prioritizes the weather, phone’s compass, pedometer, calorie count and stopwatch as per the view selected by the user.

This handset allows you to access more than 500,000 apps and games from the Google Play Store. The Motorola Defy Pro will be available only in Black color. This handset will go on sale from July 15 in Brazil. Motorola has not yet announced the price, complete specs and worldwide availability of this handset. Stay tuned for more updates!

Motorola Atrix HD For AT&T Revealed

Last month, we have seen the leaked pics of the Motorola’s upcoming smartphone with the codename “Dinara”. Now, the company has finally revealed the real name as well as the complete specs of this device on their official website. The new smartphone is called as the Motorola Atrix HD and it will be exclusively available for the AT&T subscribers in the US. This handset is the successor of the popular Motorola Atrix 2 smartphone.

Fortunately, the Motorola Atrix HD runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System out of the box. So you won’t have to wait for months to get the latest OS on your device. This handset might also get the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update in the near future. It comes with a 4.5 inch HD ColorBoost display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, sporting a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. This device is powered by 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. The Motorola Atrix HD comes pre-loaded with SMARTACTIONS app that intelligently automates the routine and suggests ways to personalize your phone.

Apart from the specs mentioned above, this device features a 3.5 mm audio jack, 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 4G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB ROM, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 LE + EDR, MicroUSB 2.0, A-GPS, HDMI port, mobile hotspot functionality, Google Play Store and a 1780 mAh Li-Ion polymer battery.

This handset measures 69.9 x 133.5 x 8.4 mm and weighs 140 grams. The Motorola Atrix HD is expected to be announced by the end of this month. Stay tuned for more updates!

Motorola Droid Razr And Droid Razr Maxx Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update

Motorola Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx was launched exclusively for the Verizon subscribers in the US. Both the handsets were shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. Verizon and Motorola has already promised the Android 4.0 ICS update for these smartphones. Now, after waiting for months, Verizon Wireless finally rolled out the much awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the powerful Motorola Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx smartphones.

The Android 4.0 update will be rolled out in batches. It might take some days for the update to be available on your smartphone. The latest update comes with a new home screen which includes a customizable launch bar, enhanced notifications window, direct access lock screen, data usage monitor, recent apps feature, improved settings and much more. Check out the complete changelog below.

motorola droid razr maxx

Changelog:

Application/Feature Updates:

  • Device is enabled for Global Roaming. Now take advantage of voice and data services in over 220 countries worldwide.
  • New versions of the following applications have been added:
  1. Backup Assistant Plus
  2. SMARTACTIONS
  3. Newer versions of Google Mobile Services Applications with Enhanced Features
  4. Video Calling Portal
  5. Verizon Apps Store
  • Faster Browser, Enhanced experience with Visual Tabs and ability to view desktop version of web sites.

Stability and Performance Improvements:

  • Improved Bluetooth Audio Quality while listening to Music
  • Improvements to the Mobile Hotspot performance.
  • Enhanced Email Experience with quick response options, improved auto correction & search options
  • Reorganized and easier to navigate settings menu, including toggles for airplane mode, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

The latest update is numbered 6.16.211.XT912 and it bumps the Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx to Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. This update will be available via OTA (Over-The-Air). 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 you data before updating the Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx smartphones. To learn more, head over to this page.