DROID RAZR MAXX is now available at Verizon Wireless

With the lack of Ice Cream Sandwich and the continued hype surrounding the Galaxy Nexus, the DROID RAZR MAXX isn’t getting much play in the blog world. Seriously folks, this is one cutting-edge device. It comes in at 8.9mm thick and sports a 3300mAh battery. Everyone has been crying about battery life for 4G LTE phones, and Motorola just solved the problem with a phone that’s thinner than most of the competition, including the Galaxy Nexus. Motorola is promising 21 hours of talk time and continuous streaming of seven hours of video while connected to 4G LTE. One rep even told me you could listen to the top 100 songs for the last 100 years on one charge. Anybody feel like testing that?

Yes, the lack of ICS is a major bummer, but I still say a lot of consumers aren’t caught up in what version of Android is on their phone. This is one badass phone and deserves a serious look for anyone shopping for a new phone on Verizon. You can also checkout our hands on video from CES here.

Please let us know if you’re a buyer today and how you like it.

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Motorola Adds The iPhone 4S to its Legal Fight Against Apple

Motorola has added the iPhone 4S and iCloud to a legal battle going on in the Sunshine State of Florida. This battle is not a new one but rather just an add on to an existing case already in the system. However this one now adds the iPhone 4S and iCloud to the list of infringements that Motorola claims Apple committed.

Motorola claims six patents have been infringed upon by Apple,
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Run over to the Android Market for Sonic 4 Episode 1

Sega brings more Sonic to Android with the release of Sonic 4 Episode 1, a continuation from Sonic CD.
In this version you can look forward to the  following:

  • 2 Exclusive Levels - Two exclusive levels build specifically for smartphones using the accelerometer.
  • New Moves - All of Sonic’s classic moves are available, including the newer Homing Attack which will add a new level of control and excitement.
  • Classic Sonic Stages - Race through 4 unique zones containing 4 acts each as well as 7 special stages.
  • Special Stages Return - A staple of the Genesis-era games, the special stages return allowing fans to collect the 7 Chaos Emeralds and unlock Super Sonic.
  • Revamped Classic Boss Battles - Dr. Eggman returns with new and improved mechas and will go berserk when he accumulates damage.
Sonic CD was a success and it looks as if Sonic 4 is going to be as well. However, we personally have experienced some technical difficulties. For instance the game hangs on the Galaxy Nexus as well as the Transformer Prime. Even more peculiar is that we had it up and running on a Galaxy Tab 10.1 with an ICS ROM, but were incompatible as far as the market was concerned when trying it on another Galaxy Tab 10.1 running Honeycomb 3.2. Hopefully Sega can get Sonic past these initial speed bumps quickly.

AT&T to Launch New Sony Tablet ‘Crystal’ in February

If you were to walk into any local wireless carrier in search for a tablet, you would find a plethora of 3G and some 4G devices to chose from. Of all the manufacturers who make those wireless radio-packing tabs, as hard as you looked, you will not see one 3G or 4G tablet made by Sony (unless you’re in Japan and you’re looking at the Tablet S or P) – all Sony tabs are currently WiFi only. According to a recently leaked AT&T roadmap, those stats are soon about to change with a mysterious 3G enabled tablet code named the Crystal.

We don’t really know much about this upcoming tablet other than it will be restricted to HSPA+ networks, yes that unfortunately means no LTE. According to the roadmap, we should see the Crystal sometime within the first quarter for $409.99, and you can expect that price to reflect the required signing of a two year contract.

So what is the Sony Crystal tablet going to look like? Good question, but since there are no rumors of Sony building any new and improved hardware it’s thought to possibly be a revamped Tablet S. On the other hand, Sony could have a tight seal on an all new tablet design and we could be pleasantly surprised come Mobile World Congress, as that would be the most likely place for the Crystal’s unveiling. We will keep you posted as we learn more.

Source: BGR

 

ZTE Optik Tablet Available Soon For Sprint

 

Sprint is getting a shinny new tablet for their line up. The ZTE Optik Tablet will be the Now Network’s latest addition to their collection of Android devices. The Tablet is available for $99 on a contract, and you can have it shipped to you as early as February 5th or if your are a patient person, it will be ready for in-store purchase March 11th. Read on past the break for all the specs.

  • 7-inch display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 16GB internal memory
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • 5-megapixel primary camera
  • 2-megapixel front facing camera
  • Mobile hotspot for up to 5 devices (3G)
  • Stereo speakers
  • bluetooth
  • Android 3.2
This is not a power-house device, but it is impressive for only $100. I am a Sprint customer and I will defiantly be checking out this device when it lands in stores. Will you? Let us know in the comments section below.

Mobile World Congress could come and go without a Samsung Galaxy S III announcement

The Verge and BestBoyZ are reporting that Samsung might not unveil the Galaxy S III during next month’s Mobile World Congress. That would be a shocker since everyone is expecting it since we’ve already heard the rumored specs and seen mock ups. The timing seems right because last year they launched it during the same event, and the assumption is they will come out with a new edition each year. So why the change? It could be the fact that the U.S. takes so long to release the devices. Last year, the Galaxy S II was out for nearly six months before anyone could buy one in the U.S. Yes, there will be a Galaxy S III, we just might not see it next month.

So the question is what will we see? I’m sure there will be a newer version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and we just might see the next version of the Galaxy Note. One thing for sure is that we will let you know as soon as we hear more.

[via theverge and bestboyz]

 

Ice Cream Sandwich for the GSM Motorola RAZR leaks

We finally get our first taste of Motorola’s version of Ice Cream Sandwich with the leak that droidrzr just released. Motorola has been under a lot of scrutiny with their UI overlays, but since they’ve gotten away from using the “Blur” name, in my opinion, their skin is the most unobtrusive of all the manufacturers. In fact they’ve added some nice touches like MotoCast.

Now we have some early screen shots of their version of Ice Cream Sandwich, which look pretty good. The biggest change seems to be the lock screen which gives you four options. We are not implying that this is a near final build, but so far I like what I’m seeing from Moto.

This is flashable, but only for the GSM version, NOT for Verizon DROID RAZR owners. See the source link for more info and checkout more screen shots after the break.


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New Angry Birds in The Works? Maybe, According to a Hint from NVIDIA

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Well it looks like Rovio and NVIDIA may be teaming up to bring us a new Angry Birds. This isn’t confirmed but rather hinted to at the Mobile Game forum 2012 by Neil Trevett, NVIDIA’s mobile content Vice President. For those of you living under a rock for the last couple of years. Angry Birds has become a hit, if not a household name. Almost everyone knows of or knows someone that has played Angry Birds. If, by some strange chance you are one of those for-mentioned rock-dwellers. Angry Birds is a 2D Physics based game. Launch the bird, destroy the structure, and hopefully kill some pigs. Read this too.

The game has made millions for Rovio, and NVIDIA has some thoughts on how to make the game better. Trevett said that NVIDIA and Rovio are in talks, but did not go as far as mentioning a game in the works. Angry Birds is only 2D, so graphics are not spectacular, but not crap by any means either. NVIDIA believes the game could cross into the 3D world and do just as well as it’s 2D counterpart. As Neil put it  “There’s lots of things Rovio could do in terms of particle effects or volcanoes exploding in the background.”

As most games move into the 3D world, can Angry Birds make that move and still have a dominant presence like it has had for the last year or so? Let us know what you thing of a 3D version of Angry Birds in the comments section below.

Source Pocket Gamer

Via Android Community

 

HTC Flyer Wannabe “PocketBook A7″ Coming, Only Sporting Gingerbread

We hope this doesn’t become a reoccurring theme around these parts, but here’s yet another tablet being released with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board instead of Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich.  I suppose this isn’t worse than putting Gingerbread on a 10.1-inch tablet like some have done, cough cough ViewSonic.  But still, Gingerbread on a tablet?  This certainly can’t appeal to the person looking to be more productive on a daily basis with their newly invested tablet.  In steps small manufacturer PocketBook and their new follow up to the 701 model dubbed the PocketBook A7.

The device is hoping to steal as many hearts as possible in the eReader dept but that’s not the most interesting part.  What’s interesting is that this device is extremely reminiscent of HTC’s popular Flyer tablet.  One odd oddity is that there is no support for standard Google applications.  Instead, you’ll find a couple of third party applications like Dolphin Browser and Adobe’s Digital Editions pre-installed.  There’s still no price availability yet nor is there an official release date but don’t worry about it, we’ll find out for you.  We assume it will stand somewhere just below the $200 dollar mark if they want to stay relevant in the industry and stand toe to toe with devices like the Amazon Kindle Fire.  So, here’s to hoping this will be a hit and if not, it may go the way of the Nook in that it could be a secret gem among the dev community as they have their way with it.

A7 Specs:

  • 1 GHz Single -Core CPU
  • 512 MG of RAM
  • 4GB Storage
  • MicroSD Card Slot
  • 1024 x 600 Res
  • 7-inch Capacitive Touch Display
  • 2MP Front-Facing Camera
  • Gingerbread 2.3.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Review

Shortly after last February’s release of the XOOM, Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha hinted they would release tablets with different form factors later in the year. The XOOM was Motorola’s entry into the tablet world, and it was a great product at the time, but quickly things changed as the competition made faster and thinner versions. This past December, Motorola released the first DROID branded tablets, the DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and DROID XYBOARD 8.2, which are both 4G LTE capable and exclusive to Verizon Wireless in the U.S. These tabs are also known as the XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition outside the U.S. They are thinner, sleaker, faster, and a major upgrade from the XOOM. This review is on the XYBOARD 8.2, which is what Sanjay was referring to as it features an 8.2-inch display. You can also checkout my initial hands on video I did earlier this month.


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