Jelly Bean Update All Set To Be Rolled Out To Owners Of The Motorola Xoom WiFi

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Good news for you Motorola Xoom WiFi owners in the U.S. If you recall, there was a certain soak test indicating a significant update was on the way for select Xoom WiFi owners. The update was then pushed out a few days ago to the lucky few and subsequently went off without a hitch. The soak testers were asked in a follow-up questionnaire if they felt the update was ready to be rolled out to the masses. Apparently it looks like most (if not all) of the testers felt the update was ready for the masses because reports are coming out that the Android 4.1.1 update is in the process of being rolled out.

Naturally if you’re a Xoom WiFi owner out here in the States, you’ll want to head on over to the Settings menu and check for that coveted system update. If you are a lucky son of a gun and get to download that buttery goodness, please do tell us how it works out for you.

Motorola PHOTON Q to hit shelves with unlockable bootloader

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Motorola appears to have awakened to user requests for more control over their smartphones in the form of an unlockable bootloader. On their blog today, Motorola announced that they have worked with their partners to respond to market demand for unlockable bootloaders. The fruits of these efforts will first appear with the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE coming to the Sprint network which will have an unlockable bootloader. The final comment on the blog post indicates Motorola will “be looking to offer this option on other devices as well” moving forward. So it seems we can expect to see this capability of new phones in the future. However, a tweet from Motorola Mobility indicates they will not try to apply this retroactively to devices already on the market.

Like ASUS and HTC, the expectation is that phones will be delivered in a locked state, but a tool will be made available for users wanting to unlock their bootloader. Use of the tool will likely void their device’s warranty. Watch for further details as users get their hands on the PHOTON Q.

source: Inside Motorola blog

Motorola officially announces the Photon Q 4G LTE for Sprint as coming soon

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Motorola just officially announced the Photon Q 4G LTE for Sprint, but didn’t offer a release date. This one will be similar but better than the DROID 4 on Verizon Wireless. The slide-out QWERTY keyboard looks to be the same as the DROID 4, but the specs are beefed up a little. For starters, it will most likely have the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core clocked at 1.5GHz, and the display will feature their new ColorBoost technology. Let’s also not forget that the Photon Q will also have Ice Cream Sandwich on board and will come with the same UI that’s found on the Atrix HD. This will also be Motorola’s first LTE phone for Sprint.

Specs include

  • 4.3-inch ColorBoost display (assuming qHD – 960 x 540)
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor (assuming the Snapdragon S4)
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8MP rear camera with 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing HD camera
  • micro HDMI with mirroring
  • Sprint ID, offering an innovative way to personalize an Android smartphone with apps, widgets, ringtones and more all, in a single download
  • NFC
  • LTE

They said they would announce pricing and availability within the next few weeks so stay tuned.

Full press release after the break:

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Google Says Almost Half of the Motorola Purchase Price was in Patents

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Google Inc. said that less than half of the $12.4 billion it paid to acquire Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. was all devoted to patents and technology. Out of the $12.4 billion, $5.5 billion was devoted to patents and “developed technology,” according to what Google wrote in a document with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday. $2.6 billion was also devoted to goodwill, which Google said was a financial benefit they expect to receive from the acquisition.

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Motorola Xoom WiFi Soak Test Confirms What We Already Knew: Update Includes Android 4.1.1 And All That Buttery Goodness

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Well friends, the unofficial Nexus Google Developer tablet has just become a whole lot smoother and buttery. How, you ask? You all remember how we told you about a certain colorful, yet buttery test run that was imminent for certain Motorola Xoom owners? Well the test run has begun and according to our sources, the new update is being pushed to owners of the device which confirms what we already knew, Jelly Bean is officially on the Xoom WiFi. The update includes the latest Jelly Bean version (Android version 4.1.1) and the software build for the Xoom update is known as JRO03H— while coming in at a moderate 79MB in size. While it might be too early to call, our source confirms Android 4.1 does have a slightly tweaked appearance like new fonts in addition to the smoother transitions in the UI. It looks like Jelly Bean has gotten a new lease on life with the 79MB update! No word yet on when the formal release will be pushed, but it looks like it won’t be too long before other Xoom owners get that Jelly Bean lovin’.



Thanks anon!

Motorola Xoom Soak Test Temporarily Delayed

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Seems like Motorola jumped the gun a bit with the Xoom Wi-Fi soak test, rumored to be Jelly Bean, that was scheduled for last night. Apparently, it has not yet started to push, and we have no idea why. Sources point to Motorola forum admin Matt saying the following:

No update rolling at this time.

No news on why or when.

My apologies for this — if I knew more I’d tell ya.

I promise to report when I have something to say. In the meantime, I’m going to the movies.  :-)

So there you have it… no Jelly Bean yet for Xoom users. Hopefully this is just a minor delay and it will start pushing later today, and not a big delay due to some newly discovered bug or something. Only time will tell.

Thanks rav820!

Motorola DROID RAZR HD passes through the FCC with Verizon LTE and NFC

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We’ve been hearing about the DROID RAZR HD (XT926) for a while now, and to be honest I just want this puppy to get released already. Well it looks like we’re almost there as it passed through the FCC. This usually means we will see it sometime in the next 2 months. I’m expecting a September release, but that’s not from any information, just a hunch.

In case you’re not familiar with it, the DROID RAZR HD is expected to have a 720p HD screen with ColorBoost (similar to the Atrix HD), a 13MP rear camera, and the same 3300mAh battery that the DROID RAZR MAXX has. One other piece of information we were able to get from the FCC filing is that it will also support NFC, which let me say, “It’s about time Motorola.” Smart Actions and NFC tags will be a match made in heaven.

The real question is if this device is just too late to the party?

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Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi Soak Test To Begin Tonight: Jelly Bean Incoming?

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We already knew about the upcoming Motorola Xoom soak test and now we have confirmation that it will begin very soon… possibly as soon as tonight. Members of the Motorola Feedback Network are receiving emails that pretty much state that it’s coming any time now. Though the email does not specifically state this is the Jelly Bean update, our sources tell us that it is. Of course, that should not be a surprise to anyone considering the Xoom is pretty much a Nexus device (without the Nexus name) getting updates directly from Google.

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AT&T Motorola Atrix HD Review: Premium Features For A Budget Price And Easily The Best Smartphone Under $100 Available

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17 months ago, the idea of a smartphone’s capabilities changed with the introduction of the Motorola Atrix 4G at CES, a premium device on AT&T’s “4G” HSPA+ network. The original device is one that holds a special place in my heart because it is the single smartphone that swooned me into the world of Android. Pegged as a revolutionary all-in-one device, the Atrix 4G included features like the Tegra 2 dual-core processor, fingerprint sensor and the WebTop accessory– which allowed owners to essentially eliminate the need for a laptop. Within the same year, Motorola introduced the Atrix 2, which boasted items like a TI-OMAP dual-core processor, 8MP camera and WebTop support that gave AT&T customers not one, but two appealing high-end Motorola devices to choose from in the 2011 calendar year. As appealing as the Atrix 4G and Atrix 2 have been, times change rather quickly and with the arrival of Spring 2012, both devices have quickly been surpassed by several high-end devices released in the last 3 or 4 months such as the resounding HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III smartphones. Each of those devices were released with immediate fanfare and success as they have again raised the bar for Android smartphones that feature incredible displays, impressive cameras and Android 4.0 among the noteworthy features. But what about Motorola? How can one of the world’s largest Android manufacturers sit idle and allow its competitors to literally snatch the dollars from consumers’ wallets?

Well, Motorola finally figured out it needed to get its act together and offer up a “modern” smartphone for 2012. Don’t forget Motorola’s strategy: it pledged to focus on the quality of existing devices— not bombard consumers with a ton of devices in a single calendar year. That’s a novel idea and all, but HTC and Samsung seemed to develop their now flagship devices months in advance, while Motorola seemed to sit and watch how everything unfolded and rely on the success of its existing phones like the Atrix series. Realizing it was quickly falling behind, Motorola saw the success of the DROID RAZR smartphone on Verizon’s network and came up with a new strategy for the Atrix line on AT&T’s network. Instead of developing a brand new smartphone, it looks like Motorola brought elements of the original DROID RAZR, but included up-to-date amenities such as a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, 720p display, an improved 8MP camera, 4G LTE radio and Android 4.0. So how does all this fare? Does Motorola’s new strategy result in an appealing option for AT&T customers? Read on to find out in this review. » Read the rest

ASUS Transformer, Transformer Prime and Motorola Xoom Receive CyanogenMod 10 Preview Builds

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The other day we received the CyanogenMod 10 preview builds for both the international and U.S. versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III and now there’s more! The CM 10 preview builds are now available for the ASUS Transformer and Transformer Prime (tf101 and 201) and with Motorola’s Xoom. With all the excitement around Jelly Bean and CyanogenMod 10, a working build for tablets is wonderful news to hear.

These are only preview builds though, so they may not be very stable. Unofficial builds also carry no guarantee on support, assistance or updates.

The Transformer builds are currently functional with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, sounds, camera, video acceleration, minor dock functionality and most sensors. The GPS and light sensor functionality isn’t in there just yet, but the device’s core functionality is stable and working.

Here’s a quick video of the Transformer Prime running CM10 on its current build in action:

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