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Verizon Motorola Droid 3 Gets A Software Update

Last month, Verizon rolled out a software update for the Motorola Droid 4 smartphone. Verizon will soon roll out a software update for its predecessor, the Motorola Droid 3. The size of the update is 224.8MB. However, this update does not bring the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. With just 512 MB of RAM, Motorola Droid 3 is not expected to get the Android 4.0 update in the future.

The latest update is numbered 5.7.906.XT862 and it can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). It comes with a Google security patch, improvements to the camera’s auto-focus, pre-loaded VZ Navigator 3D City app and much more. Check out the complete changelog below.

Motorola Droid 3

Changelog:

Device Features:

  • A Google Security Patch has been added to improve the security level.
  • Fixed issue where the device may power ON without user interaction.
  • Avoid device interruption when accessing an application prior to the storage being fully mounted on the device.
  • Improvements in device stability help avoid device power cycles.
  • When connected to a Bluetooth headset or HDMI cable, the device will no longer lock up and power cycle.
  • Improvements to the camera’s auto focus will reduce the shutter response time and enhance the quality of captured imagery.
  • Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.

Call Features:

  • Use a wired headset without the interruption of a high pitched tone.
  • Plus code dialing has been enhanced, improving the experience while traveling.

Applications & Widgets:

  • Playback media can be heard while using a Bluetooth headset.
  • Place a call to the appropriate recipient using the contact widget.
  • When moving applications to the SD card, shortcuts to these Apps will remain.
  • After updating the contact database from the Messaging App, the Messaging UI will display the latest contact information.
  • Successfully post and play videos on Facebook.
  • Purchased ringtones are now able to be downloaded, saved and used where appropriate.
  • Contact pictures display properly in Google Voice.
  • VZ Navigator 3D City is now preloaded.
  • Resolved excessive data usages and continuous downloading for VZ Navigator 3D City downloads.

Verizon will roll out this update within a few days. If you do not get this update on your smartphone, then just go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page or check out this PDF file.

Motorola Cliq 2 Gets The Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update

Last year, Motorola launched the Android powered Cliq 2 smartphone. This handset is the successor of the popular Motorola Cliq smartphone. It was launched exclusively for the T-Mobile customers in the US. The Motorola Cliq 2 originally runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. After waiting for a year, Motorola finally started rolling out the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS.

Sadly, this device will never get the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update in the future. Motorola Cliq 2 owners will need to manually update their device, since the software update is not available via OTA (Over-The-Air). This update comes with improved cursor control, UI performance improvements, battery fixes, improved Wi-Fi hotspot signal and so on. Check out the complete changelog below.

motorola cliq 2

Changelog:

  • Improved Cursor Control
  • Improved Word Selection and Copy
  • Number and Symbol Shortcuts
  • Sleep Mode
  • Dock Icon Functionality
  • App Groups
  • Rich Location App
  • App and Power Management Details
  • Download Manager App
  • New User Interface Icons
  • Tasks App Enhancements
  • Browser Search Engine
  • Emergent Groups and Smart Contacts
  • Updated Calendar Options
  • Device Control Capabilities Through 3LM
  • UI performance Improvements
  • Battery Fixes
  • Wi-Fi Calling Implemented fixes to improve reliability.
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot Signal Improved

It is advised to backup all your data before updating the device. You should also make sure that the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. To manually update the Motorola Cliq 2 smartphone, head over to this page.

New Ice Cream Sandwich Build For Droid RAZR Leaks

Motorola had promised to release the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Droid RAZR sometime in late Q1 or early Q2. However, there are just a couple of days left before April ends and Motorola misses its promised roll-out timing. Motorola is the only Android device maker that still has not updated any of its phone to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, other than LG.

A couple of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich firmware did leak for the Droid RAZR back in early March, but they were clearly a work-in-progress. Today, the folks over at DroidRzr.com have managed to get their hands on a new Ice Cream Sandwich build for the Droid RAZR, which is a ‘near’ final build. The build could have very well been the final build, but it has some minor bugs, due to which Verizon will not release it to the general consumers.

Anyways, interested Droid RAZR owners should head over to DroidRZR forums for the download link and installation instructions. Please make sure you have the latest OTA update (v6.12.181) installed, otherwise you won’t be able to install this leaked ICS update.

Via – Droid-Life

Google May Finally See a Patent Win with Motorola Against Apple

Google may have acquired Motorola primarily for its patent portfolio, but it didn’t seem like the purchase was helping it much, with Motorola struggling with its own issues. However, it seems that Google may finally have scored a small victory through Motorola, against Apple, which was found to have violated one patent related to 3G.

Motorola had filed a lawsuit alleging infringement of four patents by Apple. An ITC Judge stated that while Apple didn’t infringe on three related to Wi-Fi, application tracking and proximity sensors, it did infringe on one, which helps eliminate noise and boost 3G signals.

Apple recently lost its own ITC case, through which it was trying to have imports of Motorola’s Android devices blocked.

Motorola seems to be having a lot of luck lately, if not in the smartphone market then at least in the patent arena. It recently won a case against Microsoft, which was found to be infringing on 4 Motorola patents relating to Wi-Fi and video decoding on the Xbox.

However, it’s going to take a lot more than just a couple of lawsuits to justify Google’s purchase of Motorola, which not only cost it $12.5 billion, but also led to the alienation of other Android device makers, who may now be gravitating to other platforms.

Motorola Droid RAZR HD Pictures Leaks; Qualcomm S4 and HD Screen Onboard

Get ready for another Droid RAZR variant! Motorola has been working on a ‘HD’ version of the Droid RAZR codenamed Fighter. After quite a few blurrycam leaks and renders, the folks over at Blog Of Mobile have managed to get some somewhat clear pictures of the handset.

The Droid RAZR HD is going to sport a ~4.5-inch screen with 720p HD screen resolution, on-screen navigation keys, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 processor, 4G LTE support, a 12MP camera, 1GB RAM, and a beefy 3300mAh battery for the MAXX variant of the handset. On the software side, the RAZR HD will be running a Blur-ified version of Ice Cream Sandwich. Oh! and yes it RAZR HD will still come with a locked down bootloader. God knows when Motorola will stop being insane, and provide an unlockable bootloaders on their handset.

The RAZR HD is going to be the first phone from Motorola to use a Qualcomm SoC, and thankfully Motorola is using the latest and great Krait SoC from the company. The Qualcomm S4 SoC also comes with a new 28nm 4G LTE baseband, which should put the RAZR HD’s battery life way ahead of the current generation 4G LTE phones.

Verizon Motorola Droid 4 Gets A Software Update

Do you still remember the Motorola Droid 4 smartphone? Yes, we are talking about the same device which was announced at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. The Motorola Droid 4 is a powerful smartphone which comes with a 4 inch qHD display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel rear camera and much more. However, the device runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.

Verizon Wireless will soon roll out a new software update for this device. It will be the first software update for the Motorola Droid 4 smartphone after its launch in February. Sadly, this update will not bump up the Android 2.3 to the latest Android 4.0. However, the latest update brings improvements to Wi-Fi connectivity, improved text message delivery, improved battery life and so on. Check out the complete changelog below.

motorola droid 4

Changelog:

Device Features

  • Enhanced loud call end and connect tones over Bluetooth.
  • Power On function has been fixed.
  • Improved battery life.
  • Improvements made to reduce touch screen lockups, device sluggishness and blank screen lockups.
  • Keypad backlight only launches when needed.

Applications & Widgets

  • Successfully receive Visual Voice Mail notifications.
  • MotoCast widget can be added to home screen and thumbnail view.
  • Improved text message delivery when using the Messaging application.

Network Connectivity

  • Improvements to Wi-Fi connectivity.

The latest update is numbered 6.13.219.XT894 and it can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). The size of the update is just 18 MB. Verizon will roll out this update within a few days. If you do not get this update on your smartphone, then just go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page or check out this PDF file.

Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX Get Another Software Update; Still No ICS In Sight!

Another day, and Motorola continues to prove that it has gone insane. Last week, the company started rolling out a new software update for the Bionic which brought some bug fixes and performance improvements to the phone, instead of rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the device.

Today, the company has started rolling out a new update for the Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX. No, the software updates still don’t bring Ice Cream Sandwich to the handset, nearly 4.5 months after ICS code went AOSP!

Below is the full change-log of the software update v6.12.181 for the Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX -:

  • Improved Device Stability.
  • Optimized device performance to extend battery life.
  • Added easy access to preloaded VZW bookmarks through quick key access.
  • Corrected loud call end connect tones over Bluetooth.
  • Enhanced device security by preventing unauthorized access of telephony database by third parties.
  • Device is now updated with IPv6
  • 4G coverage indication accurately displays data connectivity.
  • Improved Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity when utilizing WPS security.
  • Improved text message delivery.
  • Improved visual voice mail performance with data disabled and visual voicemail notification delivery
  • Enhanced security in Verizon apps
  • Included a new MotoCast widget to enable easier access and discoverability of MotoCast services.
  • Modified the storage settings screen to make it easier to understand total storage versus available storage.
  • Implemented a number of MotoCast performance improvements.
The OTA update is already being rolled out in batches by Verizon, and weighs around 17MB in size. Someone care to please wake up Motorola, and tell them to roll out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the RAZR and RAZR MAXX.

Motorola To Start Rolling Out a New Software Update For Droid Bionic; Nop, Still Not ICS!

Good news Droid Bionic owners! Motorola will soon start rolling out a new software update for your handset. The bad news? It’s NOT Ice Cream Sandwich. It looks like Motorola thinks that it should fix the existing bugs with the Bionic, before upgrading the handset to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Below is the full change-log of the update via Droid-Life -:

Application Updates/Improvements

  • Updated Visual Voicemail access URL
  • Preload Google R10 GMS apps

Stability and Performance Improvements

  • Visual Voicemails are sent to a device but no notification is given to the user
  • Bluetooth call tones are too loud
  • The APN table can be overwritten by 3 rd party applications, resulting in an inability to camp on the LTE network
  • DNS cache is not refreshed when moving from EHRPD to LTE
  • IPv6 default route is left over after LTE to EHRPD handoff
  • Added support for IPv6 over eHRPD
  • Reduce blank screen lock ups with inability to power up
  • Device may show a white 4G icon but the user is unable to connect to Internet
I still cannot understand what Motorola is trying to achieve here. Instead of rolling out an important Android OS update, the company is busy in rolling out bugfixes for one of its high-end handset. No wonder Motorola is not popular among Android developers and knowledgeable Android users.

Motorola Droid 2 Gets a Bug Fixing Software Update

Surprise surprise! Motorola and Verizon have started rolling out a new software update for the old and forgotten, Droid 2. While a new software update is definitely good news, Droid 2 owners should not get their hopes too high about an Ice Cream Sandwich update. The software update does not bring any new features, but does fix some bugs and beefs up the security of your handset.

Below is the full change-log of the update via Android Police -:

Device Features
+ Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
+ A Google Security Patch has been added to improve security level.
+ Fixed issue where the device may power ON without user interaction.
+ Adjusted camera settings will be saved, even after the device is powered down.
+ Resolved possible device resets while playing music.
+ Reduced Out of Memory errors.

Email, Messaging & Data
+  Improved ability to access and receive Gmail messages when the  Mobile Hotspot is turned on.
+ Addressed error that replicated thumbnails in message threads.

Applications & Widgets
+ WAV files can be played from Visual Voice Mail.
+ Purchased ringtones are now able to be downloaded, saved and used  where appropriate.

The OTA update is already live, and should hit your Droid 2 over the next few days. Users can also manually pull the update by going to Settings -> About Phone and then selecting the Software Updates option.

Motorola Defy+ Now Available In The UK For Just £159

Last year, Motorola launched the Android powered Motorola Defy+ rugged smartphone. This handset is the successor of the highly popular Motorola Defy smartphone. The Motorola Defy+ is a water resistant, scratch resistant and dust proof smartphone. It runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. However, this handset is not expected to get the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update ever.

The Motorola Defy+ is already available for purchase in the UK from last September. Clove, a popular online retailer is currently selling this rugged smartphone at a reduced price for a limited period of time. It makes this handset even cheaper than the Motorola Defy Mini smartphone, which was launched last month for £162. If you are planning to buy this device, then check out the complete specs below.

motorola defy plus

Motorola Defy+ features a 3.7 inch FWVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, 1 GHz OMAP processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, MotoBLUR UI, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 512 MB of RAM, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, 2 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSD card bundled, Adobe Flash Player 10, Google Play Store, up to 7.1 hours of talk time, up to 16 days of standby time and a 1700 mAh battery.

This handset allows you to access more than 450,000 apps from the Google Play Store. Motorola Defy+ originally comes with a price tag of £182. However, you can get this device from Clove at a reduced price of £159 excluding taxes. To get this handset, head over to this page.

Motorola Announces The GSM Version Of The RAZR MAXX For Europe And Asia

The Motorola Droid RAZR is perhaps the perfect example of a decent phone announced at the wrong time. The handset was announced just hours before Samsung and Google unveiled the Galaxy Nexus, along with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The RAZR is a decent Android handset with a sub-par 4.3-inch qHD Super-AMOLED Advanced display, a 1.2GHz dual core processor and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8MP camera, 4G LTE and an insanely thin waist line of 7.1mm which packs a 1780mAh battery.

A couple of months after the RAZR was released, Motorola released a fatter version of the handset dubbed as the Droid RAZR MAXX. The MAXX is similar to the RAZR except that it is a bit thicker at 9mm, but packs in a beefy 3300mAh battery. Thanks to the beefy battery, the RAZR MAXX easily lasts a day under heavy usage while constantly using Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network.

A month after releasing the RAZR MAXX, Motorola again released a new variant of the RAZR  with an unlocked bootloader targeted for the developers. The handset came with no warranty whatsoever, and had to be purchased outright and was available only in the United States.

Today, Motorola has announced another variant of the RAZR MAXX which comes with GSM radios. The handset will be running on Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread out of the box, but will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update soon. The handset is expected to be available in selected markets in Europe and Middle East sometime in May 2012.

Microsoft Shuts Down German Distribution Center Due To Patent Spat With Motorola

According to a report on Monday, Microsoft will be moving its European distribution center to the Netherlands, effectively shutting down its current center in Germany. This is due to a patent dispute with Motorola Mobility Inc. in Germany.

“We would have preferred to keep our European distribution centre in Germany, where it has been for many years. But unfortunately the risk from disruptions from Motorola’s patent litigation is simply too high,” said Thomas Baumgaertner, a Microsoft spokesperson.

The dispute between Microsoft and Motorola Mobility has to do with patents surrounding the H.234 video standard and 802.11 WiFi. Basically, Microsoft is complaining that Motorola are charging exorbitant royalties — reportedly over $22.50 per $1,000 laptop — for use of technologies pertaining to their patents. Apple share the same sentiment, as they have to pay Motorola 2.25% of every iPhone or iPad produced due to a 3G patent held by Motorola. That being said, Microsoft and Apple are both complaining to the EU that these high royalties are not in compliance with FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms.)

Motorola claims that they have made Microsoft a “fair offer”, however a compromise is yet to be reached.

In Germany, the patent wars have been raging on for quite some time. Their courts have served as a battlefield for patent disputes in recent times, forcing Samsung to stop selling the Galaxy 10.1 in Germany while also having Apple disable push notification functionality for some users.

Vote on Nano-SIM Standard Delayed Due to Disagreements

Earlier this week, we reported that Apple was willing to offer a royalty-free licensing for its proposed next-generation “nano-SIM” cards for use in devices connecting to cellular networks. In addition, it was reported that a decision would occur last week.

Apple nano-SIM

Now, FOSS Patents notes that the European Telecommunications Standards Institutes (ETSI) has postponed any vote on selecting a standard due to various companies proposing designs as they continue to debate over the issue.

Apparently, Apple is also taking heat from other companies in the negotiations, with Research in Motion accusing Apple of hiding its efforts to gather the voting panel by having at least three of its employees re-register for voting purposes as representatives of various carriers. However, Apple’s proposal is supported by most of the carriers.

If Apple’s proposal is passed, this would supposedly allow the company to create even small and thinner devices. Apple’s prototype design, which is made by SIM maker Oberthur Technologies, looks similar to the existing micro-SIM card minus most of the plastic edging. The contacts are in the same configuration as current cards and potentially could be used in existing hardware if connected with an adapter.

Motorola Defy Mini Now Available In The UK For £162

Do you still remember the Motorola Defy Mini smartphone? Yes, we are talking out the same rugged device which was announced earlier this year by Motorola at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset is not the successor, but the compact version of the widely popular Motorola Defy smartphone.

The Motorola Defy Mini runs on the Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with the Motorola’s MotoSwitch user interface, instead of the Motoblur UI found in the original Motorola Defy smartphone. Motorola Defy Mini is a dustproof and water resistant smartphone, which comes with the famous Gorilla Glass display.

motorola defy mini

This handset was expected to go on sale from February in most of the European and Asian markets, however it got delayed due to some unknown reasons. After waiting for nearly 2 months, this handset is finally available for purchase in the UK. Clove, a popular online retailer have already started selling this affordable rugged smartphone for the folks living in the UK. If you are still unaware of the features, then check out the complete specs after the break.

Motorola Defy Mini features a 3.2 inch HVGA display with scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass, sporting a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels, 600 MHz processor, Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) Operating System, MotoSwitch user interface, 5 megapixel camera with digital zoom and flash, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, 512 MB of RAM, 512 MB of ROM and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio, MicroUSB, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity, Ambient light, proximity sensor, Stereo Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, up to 10 hours talktime, up to 21 days stand-by time and a 1650 mAh battery.

The Motorola Defy Mini comes with a price tag of £162 (approx. $260) in the UK. To get this smartphone, head over to this page at Clove.

Motorola RAZR Price Drops To Rs.27,749 In India

Last year, Motorola launched the powerful Motorola RAZR smartphone in India. This handset comes with a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display as well as a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The Motorola RAZR is the company’s thinnest smartphone with just 7.1mm thickness. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, Motorola has already announced the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) upgrade plans for this amazing handset.

The Motorola RAZR was launched during the Q4 of 2011 in India. This handset originally comes with a price-tag of Rs.33,990. However, Motorola recently reduced the price of this device in India. If you are still unaware of the features, then check out the complete specs below.

motorola razr

Motorola RAZR features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) OS, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, 1 GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 11.5GB user available memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Corporate Sync, DLNA, Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR, GPS with aGPS, Google Play Store, up to 13.5 days of standby time, up to 10 hours of talk-time and a 1780 mAh battery.

Flipkart, a popular online retailer is currently selling the Motorola RAZR for just Rs.27,749 in India. If you are looking for a powerful smartphone in the sub-30k price range, then Motorola RAZR is one of the best options. To get this handset, head over to this page at Flipkart.