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Motorola Droid Bionic Tastes Its First Android 4.0 Firmware Leak

Up until now, Motorola Droid RAZR owners have got a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich thanks to quite a few leaked ICS firmware. Owners of the fatter sibling of the RAZR, the Droid Bionic, patiently waited for their turn and silently regretted purchasing the Bionic.

Anyways, someone over at Motorola has finally rewarded the Droid Bionic owners with an Ice Cream Sandwich firmware leak for their handset. Early flashers of the build report the performance of the ROM to be “buttery smooth”. Apart from this, the ICS build looks pretty similar to the early Droid RAZR leaks. The leaked firmware might not be the final ICS update for Bionic owners, but it is pretty darn close. Motorola, unlike Samsung, has also kept ICS relatively Blur-free, except for some colored icons.

There is a strong possibility that Motorola will start rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for Droid RAZR/RAZR MAXX owners on June 27th. Droid Bionic owners should expect to get their fair share of Ice Cream Sandwichlove soon after.

Via – Droid-Hive

Motorola Razr V Coming To India In Q3 2012

Along with the launch of Razr Maxx, Motorola also announced the new Motorola Razr V for India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. This handset comes with a 4.3 inch qHD display as well as a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. Motorola Razr V will ship with the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. It has extremely vibrant colours for better clarity and sharper images, thanks to the ColorBoost display technology. This handset comes with the unique Smart Actions tool that lets you automate your phone’s settings throughout the day.

Robert van Tilburg, senior regional sales director, South Asia, Motorola Mobility, said:
“With Motorola Razr V, we’ve created the perfect smartphone for stylish, smart and tech-savvy consumers who want great looks, great performance and great value. RAZR is synonymous with design excellence and both Motorola Razr Maxx and Motorola Razr V reflect that.”

motorola razr vMotorola Razr V features a 4.3 inch qHD display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with AGPS, Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Google Play Store and much more.

This handset will be available in Charcoal, Glacier White and Rebel Pink colors. The price of this device has not been announced yet. Motorola Razr V will go on sale from the Q3 of 2012 in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

Motorola Razr Maxx Launched In India For Rs.31,590

Earlier this week, we posted that Motorola will soon launch the much-awaited Motorola Razr Maxx in India. This handset was already up for pre-order at Infibeam from last week. Today, Motorola officially launched the powerful Motorola Razr Maxx in India. This device was originally announced and showcased as the ‘Motorola Droid Razr Maxx’ at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. It offers continuous talk-time of more than 18 hours straight on a single charge, thanks to the 3300 mAh battery.

Robert van Tilburg, senior regional sales director, South Asia, Motorola Mobility, said:
“Razr is synonymous with design excellence and both Motorola Razr Maxx and Motorola Razr V reflect that. With its fantastic battery, Motorola Razr Maxx is in a class of its own. Not only do you get everything you love about the Motorola Razr, but now you get the power to last through marathon calls, hours of surfing the Web or streaming movies. You’ll drop long before this phone ever does.”

motorola droid razr maxx

Motorola Razr Maxx features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of ROM, 11.5GB user available internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with AGPS, Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB, HDMI out, FM Radio, Google Play Store, up to 18 hours of talk-time, up to 15.8 days of stand-by time and a 3300 mAh battery.

This handset will ship with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update will arrive soon after the launch. The Motorola Razr Maxx comes with a price tag of Rs.31,590 (approx. $565). This handset will go on sale from June 21, 2012 in India.

Motorola Razr Maxx Coming Soon To India For Rs.31,999

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx was the only smartphone which surprised everyone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. The reason was its powerful specs as well as the beefy 3300 mAh battery. This handset was first launched exclusively for the Verizon customers in the US. Later, Motorola announced the GSM variant of this handset for the European And Asian countries. The GSM version is called as the ‘Motorola Razr Maxx’.

This handset runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Verizon customers will finally get the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update starting next week. However, it might take some time for the update to be available for international GSM variant. Motorola Raxr Maxx offers continuous talk-time of more than 18 hours straight on a single charge, thanks to the 3300 mAh battery.

The GSM variant of this handset already went on sale in most of the European and Asian countries. Sadly, the folks living in India were left behind. However, Indian users finally have a ray of hope thanks to Infibeam, the popular online retailer in India. The Motorola Razr Maxx is currently up for pre-order at Infibeam. According to the seller, this handset will be released on June 24, 2012 in India. I’m quite sure, most of you might be eagerly waiting to get their hands on this amazing handset. If you are still unaware of the features, then just head over to the complete specs posted after the break.

motorola droid razr maxx

Motorola Razr Maxx features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of ROM, 11.5GB user available internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with AGPS, Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB, HDMI out, FM Radio, Google Play Store, up to 18 hours of talk-time, up to 15.8 days of stand-by time and a 3300 mAh battery.

infibeam motorola razr maxx pre-order

According to Infibeam, the MRP of this handset is Rs.34,999 (approx. $630), while the customers can pre-order it for just Rs.31,999 (approx. $580). This handset will compete with the HTC One X as well as the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S III in the Indian market. We would not recommend you to pre-order this handset from Infibeam. You should better wait for a week, until the device is officially launched in India. For those who still want to pre-order this powerful beast, head over to this page at Infibeam.

Google Quietly Acquires Mike and Maaike; Why?

In a recent article by Bloomberg Businessweek, it has been revealed that Google has acquired Mike and Maaike, a San Francisco based design studio. The financial terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed.

The report by Businessweek also reveals some cool facts like Google-Motorola deal took less than a week from draft stage to being signed. It also reports that current the Apple CEO Tim Cook tried to poach Motorola Mobility’s newly appointed CEO Dennis Woodside. However, Google CEO Larry Page promised grater responsibility Dennis Woodside at that time.

Coming back to the quiet acquisition, Mike and Maaike’s portfolio interestingly includes first Android phone to enter the market, HTC G1. The design studio has also worked with Microsoft to design XBOX 360.

Why is this important?

When Google first agreed to acquire Motorola Mobility, it was slapped with antitrust questions from all parts of the technology world and is still getting slapped. The deal made current Android OEMs wary of the merger. However, Google promised that it will never give preferential treatment to Motorola for manufacturing Android handsets so much that Google has also promised to keep Motorola Mobility as a separate entity.

However, Mike and Maaike’s acquisition says a different story. Google, with zilch experience in Hardware and customer care, seems to be heading towards it goal for delivering a full fledged in-house mobile/tablet hardware to the market. Now, with its  ability to design, code, manufacture and market it is definitely keeping higher aspirations like that of Apple.

Google Confirms Android Will Be Free and Open for at Least Another Five Years

China has cleared Google’s acquisition of Motorola on the condition that Android will be free and open for at least another five years. With the acquisition of Motorola, Google would have both, a specialized Android related hardware segment and the Android software under its control. Seeing this, China raised its eyebrows and refused to clear the deal until Google agreed not to create a lock-in situation in the Android market.

china-approves-android-motorolaChina has a number of low-cost Android device manufacturers who rely on the Android ecosystem created by the Open Handset Alliance. A few years from now, if Google starts giving Motorola priority over other handset manufacturers, it might create an antitrust situation. China took good care to make sure that this does not happen, though it is interesting to note that Google never suggested that it would do so in the first place. Truth be told, Google does not even have the power to do so, because Android is managed by the Open Handset Alliance and Google is only the largest contributor. Then why did China go through all this trouble?

Perhaps China was skeptical that Google might try to address the Android hardware fragmentation problem by monopolizing the market, now that it controls both the software and a big chunk of the hardware. Whatever may be the case, the good news is that Android has always been free and will be free for the next five years.

Given the price of this deal, which stands at 12.5 billion USD and is larger than all other Google acquisitions combined, Google is placing a huge bet on Motorola Mobility and it will be interesting to see what synergy this acquisition creates.

In other news, Microsoft clears a case win (just in time) against Motorola over ActiveSync.

(Via: The Verge)

Microsoft Wins against Motorola in the Android Patent Infringement Case

Motorola is walking into this week with both good and bad news. When on one hand the Google Motorola deal is expected to close sometime next week, Microsoft, which has patent deals with all major Android handset manufacturers for its ActiveSync technology, has finally registered a win against Motorola.

Microsoft was able to persuade most mobile handset manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, Acer, ViewSonic, LG and alike to sign a patent deal over one of its technologies. This has left Microsoft with an array of cash cows. Motorola was the only handset manufacturer that went to court over this case instead of accepting the deal. The case has been running for the last four months and yesterday, it was finally ruled in favor of Microsoft.

Microsoft’s deputy general counsel, David Howard reacts to this win saying,
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We hope that now Motorola will be willing to join the vast majority of Android device makers selling phones in the U.S. by taking a license to our patents.

This case gained the utmost importance to Microsoft ever since Motorola became Google’s eye candy. The case, which started with Microsoft claiming six patent infringements, has been settled for one proven infringement.

From this infringement case, and Oracle’s, we see a common trend. Companies claim bloated infringements and finally manage to walk away with at least a minimal set of infringements being proved. On one hand where these cases are a hindrance for innovation, they also threaten smaller businesses that cannot help but infringe on patents unknowingly. However, patents also form an important asset for any company and it is only natural for them to defend those.

Motorola Delays Android 4.0 Update For Droid RAZR To Late Q2; Others In Q3

Own a Motorola handset? Here is some bad news for you! Motorola has updated its Ice Cream Sandwich update timeline to reflect the delay of Android 4.0 update progress for its handsets. The Motorola Droid RAZR, RAZR MAXX and the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi + 4G devices will taste Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in the next couple of months i.e. before Q2 of 2012 ends. A whopping 6 months after Google pushed Ice Cream Sandwich to AOSP.

For all other handsets, like the Atrix 2, Droid 4, Atrix 4G, the Droid Bionic and the Xyboard tablets, the Ice Cream Sandwich update will land sometime in Q3. Motorola is the only company, apart from LG, that has not updated any of its devices to Ice Cream Sandwich, except for the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi only edition. The company has also confirmed that the Droid X2, which was launched less than a year ago, will not get the Ice Cream Sandwich update.

With Google I/O a month away, I am sure by the time Motorola will update the RAZR to Ice Cream Sandwich, Google would have announced a new version of Android. As if the locked bootloader on their phones were not enough, the slow update process of the company’s handset is another icing on the cake to never buy a Motorola branded Android handset.

Via – Motorola

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx Price Drops To $199.99 At Verizon

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is one of the most popular Android smartphone of this year. This handset was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. However, the device is expected to arrive soon in the UK and other European countries.

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is the first 4G smartphone, which comes with a powerful 3300 mAh battery. This handset offers continuous talk-time of more than 21 hours straight on a single charge. Android fans might get disappointed, thanks to the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, Motorola has already promised the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this powerful device.

Back in January, Motorola Droid Razr Maxx went on sale for $299.99. To maximize the sales of this device, Verizon Wireless finally went ahead and reduced the price of Droid Razr Maxx. If you are still unaware of the features, then check out the complete specs below.

motorola droid razr maxx

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of ROM, 11.5GB user available internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 16GB microSD card included, micro USB, HDMI out, GPS with AGPS, Bluetooth 2.1, FM Radio, Android Market, MotoCast, up to 21.5 hours of talk-time, up to 15.8 days of stand-by time and a 3300 mAh battery.

Verizon Wireless recently reduced the price of Motorola Droid Razr Maxx from $299.99 to $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement. To get this device, head over to this page.

Motorola Razr Maxx Coming To The UK On May 18 For £430

Earlier this year, Motorola unveiled the powerful Motorola Droid Razr Maxx at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset was exclusively available for the Verizon subscribers in the US. However, last month, the company announced the GSM variant of this device for European and Asian markets. Motorola Razr Maxx offers continuous talk-time of more than 21 hours straight on a single charge, thanks to the powerful 3300 mAh battery.

The Motorola Razr Maxx currently runs on the Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, the company will roll out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS in the coming months. This handset will be finally available for purchase in the UK from next week. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs after the break.

motorola razr maxx

Motorola Razr Maxx features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB, HDMI out and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of ROM, 11.5GB user available internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 16 GB microSD card included, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, GPS with A-GPS, FM Radio, Google Play Store, MotoCast, up to 21.5 hours of talk-time, up to 15.8 days of stand-by time and a 3300 mAh battery.

Clove, a popular online retailer in the UK is currently taking pre-order for the Motorola Razr Maxx smartphone. This handset is expected to go on sale from May 18. The Motorola Razr Maxx comes with a price tag of £430.80 (approx. $695) including taxes. To get this handset, head over to this page.