Motorola recently sent out a “confidential email” to DROID Bionic owners part of the Motorola Feedback Network, so you know what that means— an update is on the way folks. What this update is exactly, no one knows. But we do have the lovely letter in its entirety, so come join us as we share it with you after you hit the break. » Read the rest
Today Motorola announced that the budget friendly Motorola MOTOLUXE will be heading to Canada in Q2 of this year. As a friendly reminder, the Motorola MOTOLUXE is currently a Gingerbread powered device (ICS update under evaluation) and features a 4-inch touchscreen with a 480 x 854 resolution, an 800 mhz processor, 512mb of RAM, and an 8MP camera.
“With its stylish design and media features, MOTOLUXE is the perfect smartphone to complement our busy lives,” said David Petrou, sales director, Motorola Mobility Canada. “Not only does MOTOLUXE have the power of Android, it also has a fun, adaptive and easy-to-use user interface, a big vibrant screen and a sharp camera to help you capture your everyday life.”
No word on which carrier/s will offer the device or if the white version will be available but Q2 is just around the corner so we should have more details soon. We will fill you in as we learn more. To see the full press release jump past the break. » Read the rest
Motorola doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to timely software updates. The Photon 4G in particular has been somewhat neglected since it launched however the good news is that things could be about to change. Motorola are planning a soak test for the device and are looking for 1,000 volunteers to lend a hand.
Motorola and Sprint are happy to announce a future pre-release* update opportunity for PHOTON 4G, before it is officially released to all customers. We are recruiting 1,000 PHOTON 4G owners to test and provide feedback on a future update.
Please register for the Motorola Feedback Network to be considered.
Motorola and Sprint Community Managers
There’s no news at this time as to what the update contains however an update of any kind can only be good news, fingers crossed for the belated arrival of ICS! Perhaps this is a sign of things to come, you would hope that following being bought out by Google that Motorola would look to spruce up its update process.
Hit the link below if you’d like to sign up for the soak test.
I can recall a few years back a gentlemen running a Blackberry Storm on T-Mobile’s network and I was like ??? But those were the days when global phones on Verizon’s network wasn’t as widespread as they are today. I quickly learned that the device was a global device and could be used to roam on GSM networks (dual-sim slot) outside of the U.S. Devices like that were important for businessmen and woman requiring a smartphone that could operate nearly everywhere they traveled. Well, global devices are becoming more of the norm on Verizon’s network and so it’s no surprise anymore to see a Verizon branded “Droid” on a GSM carrier like T-Mobile or AT&T. So what do you need to make it work? For starters, you’ll need a Motorola Droid 4, Bionic or Razr on Verizon and a few top notch guys from everyone’s famous and favorite site, XDA Developers. Because these devices support global GSM bands, a little bit of tinkering and few modifications, one can be all set to run on the GSM carrier of their choice. This is in part due to the fact that the device’s MDM6600 radio is compatible with AT&T’s HSPA technology and T-Mobile’s Edge network. User P3Droid even posted pics over on his Twitter page for proof (pics above and below). And while this might not be Verizon’s first choice as a means of using hardware ultimately designed to work on their network, tough stuff Vz, this is how Android users do it. The dev’s have been presented with some challenges due to the locked bootloaders issue, but you know XDA, they always come through.
An XDA forum member named rodrigojfuentes has come up with a method to root all Motorola phones that are currently running Gingerbread. If you have a computer running Linux, you’re ready to get started. PC and Mac users will need to run a Linux virtual machine to continue. From the command line, you just run a few commands, alter a few files, flash, and voilá… root attained! Ready to get started? Read the full directions very carefully at the source link below.
source: xda forums
Part of my editorial duties here at Talk Android include perusing various obscure outlets trying to find newsworthy information. Making my daily rounds this morning I stumbled across some interesting info in a not so obscure place – Reddit. As it goes with many things on Reddit, this bit of news should be dashed with a dose or Mortin’s but either way I figured it looked plausible enough to pass it along.
According to a Redditor who claims to work for Verizon in some capacity, they say that the HTC Rezound and Motorola Xoom 3G/4G have scheduled ICS release dates. Curious to know what they are? Join us after the break and I will give you the full low-down. » Read the rest
What a ride it’s been for the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX smartphones for the last few weeks. We’d heard everything from a soak test for a small update to a soak test with a potentially big update— which caused a ton of confusion and uncertainty as to what this upcoming update could be. Well friends, an update has officially arrive out of the blue for those devices which does confirm it is the Version.6.12.181.XT912.Verizon.en.US update we had previously suspected before.
The update includes a host of nice features too. For starters, there’s improved device stability, extended battery life, a more accurate 4G indicator and improved text messaging. If you’re an owner of one of those devices, make sure to be on the lookout for the 17MB update which should arrive very soon. Let’s hope it’s not too much longer before we see the Ice Cream Sandwich update afterwards.
source: Verizon Wireless
In a benchmark test posted on GLBenchmark.com, a Motorola device listed as MB886 and codenamed qinara is shown using a Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset, better known as the dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Krait. To our knowledge, this is Motorola’s first foray into Qualcomm territory, having previously used TI’s OMAP series or NVIDIA’s Tegra chipsets.
More and more devices are moving to the S4 because of its compatibility with 4G LTE technology. NVIDIA’s Tegra series has had reported incompatibilities with LTE, which is why HTC’s One X series in the U.S. dropped the quad-core Tegra 3 in favor of the S4. Though the S4 is only dual-core, not quad-core like the Tegra 3, it has shown great promise in benchmarks.
This Motorola device is running Android 4.0.3 at an HD resolution of 1196×720, and will be launching on AT&T. Could qinara be the DROID RAZR HD? Or the Atrix 3? Or something completely different? View the benchmark results after the break.
There is now a new update available for this DROID 2 named 4.5.621.A955.Verizon.en.US. The official Big Red update page lists a number of device feature updates along with a Google security patch. Plus a few other enhancements to e-mail, messaging, data, and applications and widgets. So as mentioned in the alert VZW “encourages” you to download this update.
If you haven’t already done so head to Settings>About>System updates and check to see if it’s arrived for your Android device. Verizon Wireless seem to have been dragging their feet on releasing this one. At least now you can enjoy a few more minor enhancements and fixes to your Motorola DROID 2 that probably should have arrived a while ago.
We’ve already seen leaked photos of the DROID Fighter, presumably a third phone in the RAZR line after the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX. Some more evidence of a third RAZR was just uncovered in the form of EXIF data on some public pictures found on Picasa, but is it the Fighter or something else?
The EXIF data reveals a device claiming to be the DROID RAZR HD, and the fact that the Fighter was rumored to have a 720p display, this could be the same device. Of course, the EXIF data also reveals a device code name of Vanquish, which we’ve heard before but have no information about.
Is the Vanquish the same device as the Fighter? We don’t know at this point, but why would there be two code names for the same handset? All we know is that Motorola apparently has at least one new device coming in the RAZR line. Check out a screenshot of the EXIF data after the break.