First-Gen Moto G handsets to receive Lollipop Update according to ‘Future Updates’ message from Motorola

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If you own a first-generation Moto G, it appears that Motorola is sending messages to begin readying your device to receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop update in the ‘upcoming weeks’. If you’ve received this message, it’s important to click the ‘More Info’ tab at the bottom, as explained after the break.

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MOTOACTV Gets Torn Down and Rooted, Now The World’s Smallest Wearable Tablet

So you had a great day yesterday and received the MOTOACTV watch for Christmas. Well it looks like your Christmas is going to get even better because Chris Wade, the gentleman behind the Dingleberry hack for the PlayBook, has one of his own and rooted the device.  Before he rooted it though, he decided to take the MOTOACTV apart and see what was running under the hood. Here is what he found:

– CPU: omap3 (3630) – 600Mhz
– Ram: 256MB
– Nand: 8GB
– Wifi: 802.11n
– BlueTooth: Yes
– Fm Radio: Yes
– GPS: Yes
– LCD: 1.6″ QCIF+

Wade put the device back together then set in on his real work. He managed to find a full boot.img file and was able to root the underlying Gingerbread OS. He took the GPS tracker and turned it into a 1.6-inch tablet by sideloading the stock Honeycomb launcher. Wade took it even further by giving the watch Android Market access allowing you to download and play games like Angry Birds.

Check out the photos and video below the break to see the watch broken down and the video of the mini, wearable “tablet” in action. If you have the device and are feeling brave enough to root it, hit the source to find instructions on doing so.  Read more

Three, O2 and Vodafone Getting Galaxy Nexus and Clove Getting Droid RAZR In The UK

Our friends in the UK are about to receive a lineup of smartphones that are going to make the upgrade process a bit of a challenge this Holiday season.  Three, O2 and Vodafone have announced that they’ll be receiving the highly anticipated Galaxy Nexus device with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.  Three says their device will be available to run on their still rolling out HSPA+ network while Vodafone and O2 have yet to mention whether or not the device will run on HSPA+ technology.

In addition, online retailer, Clove has announced via their blog that they will be offering the Motorola RAZR for £455 ($720) off contract beginning November 1st.  If you can do without an ICS device for now, this would be the phone to purchase.  Check out our hands-on from yesterday’s event as we’re confident you’ll find this device to be a top contender.  And who knows, maybe the device will see Android 4.0 soon enough.

[via Android Central 1,2]

Motorola Droid HD (RAZR/Spyder) Specs Come To Light, Faster Than The iPhone 4S?

Photo courtesy of the Verge

The Motorola Droid HD aka RAZR or Spyder continues to make headlines.  This time our friends over at BGR are touting they’ve received official specs on the upcoming handset.  The Verizon bound device will be unveiled Tuesday in New York and our own EIC,  Robert Nazarian, will be there to cover it.  If the specs pan out, the device is definitely something to be excited about.

  • “Thin and Fast” – Per BGR source
  • 1GB of RAM — double the iPhone 4 and 4S
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 4G LTE (thinnest LTE phone to date)
  • 4.3-inch display

In addition, further specs reveal a case molded from Kevlar, a Gorilla glass display and splash-resistance coating.  The device is said to be faster, thinner, smarter and stronger than the iPhone 4S.  Only time will tell so be sure to stay tuned on Tuesday as we bring you all of the goodies.  Feel free to speculate about the device in the comments below.

[via BGR]

Video of the Droid Bionic’s new MotoBlur

Here’s a taste of what MotoBlur will be like on the soon to be unleashed Droid Bionic. MotoBlur has, in the past, had a bad brutally terrible reputation for its looks and functionality. The Bionic’s MotoBlur may be a chance to redeem itself, although its still not perfect yet – as you’ll see from the video. If you can look past that for now, however, it seems Moto worked pretty hard this time to make it super smooth. Also, it lends a lot of its functionality to what you see in Honeycomb; 3D and sort of Tron-like elements. After watching the video, we would love to hear what you all think, especially if your feelings have changed toward MotoBlur. Remember,  Verizon’s Droid Bionic “destroys all machines” September 8th.

Video after the break.

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Droid Bionic Video Preview Surfaces

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An anonymous source comes to us today with a long-anticipated video showcasing the Droid Bionic’s boot sequence and a few quick previews. Take a look at the fancy new animations that come with BLUR, as well as the neck-breaking 4g test. While impressive, and certainly pretty, it appears to come with that scrolling lag so common on stock Motorola devices. Perhaps it’s the video quality, but this author is inclined to think that Moto still hasn’t learned that we hate BLUR. Regardless, kudos to our tipster for the video! We’re excited to finally see the phone in action.

[via anonymous]

Did Google purposefully skip out on Nortel patents due to Motorola buyout in the works?

It’s huge news: Google and Motorola, joining forces to take over the mobile world. Okay, okay, it was also for the patents; there’s no denying the fact that any mobile company needs to have a good patent shield, thanks to our lovely, broken patent system. Back a number of weeks ago, we saw a huge bidding war over Nortel, mainly for their patent portfolio.Google threw their hat in the ring briefly, only to be almost immediately outbid by Apple. No shock there; what was surprising, however, was the fact that Google seemed to be going after these patents with minimal vigor. Why? I think our answer came today.

Google was, most likely, already in talks with Motorola on the merger we saw come to fruition today. Why on earth would Google want to spend precious time and effort going after a company that every mobile player in the industry was after, when they could quietly knock on Motorola’s back door and come in for tea? Everyone else was across the street, prying for the attention of the Nortel case; nobody even saw Google slip away.

With the patent wars heating up, this was, ultimately a smart move for Google. Not only does this gain them the patent portfolio of the company that gave Android one of the boosts it needed with their wildly popular Droid line, but it gives them exclusive access to a manufacturer, which has been the big thing missing from Google’s repertoire. There’s one thing this writer knows for sure: he’s excited to see what comes of the merger. Motorola’s days of locked bootloaders and anti-development (as of late) will more than likely be coming to an end, and there’s some really cool stuff on the horizon. We’ll just have to wait for sunrise to see what it is.

Big Hardware Compensating for a Terrible Name, Bell Motorola XT860 4G is a Go

In the final round of phones to be released this quarter, Bell is showcasing the Bell Motorola XT860 4G just in time to compete with the HTC Sensation, Samsung Galaxy S II 4G, Moto Atrix 4G, and several other self-proclaimed “superphones”. The XT860 4G (can we just call it by DROID 3 or Milestone 3?) comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a hefty dual-core 1GHz CPU and a 4” qHD touchscreen at 960×540. Moto claims that this phone is the thinnest slider available, at just 12.9 mm thick, but its hefty 167 grams may turn some away. So may the convoluted name. Prices range from $99.95 on 3-year contract, or $549.95 off.

[via bell]