Google IO 2016 Coverage

So Long Motorola, and Thanks for All the Phones


Consumers who have watched the cell phone market for years, on back into the depths of history when cell phones first surfaced, will be saddened to learn that the iconic Motorola brand name will be phased out by Lenovo during 2016. Lenovo will continue to use the “Moto” mark and the stylized “M” logo on high end smartphones and other devices, but all devices will otherwise be unified under the Lenovo brand around the globe. Read more

Verizon to offer discounts on past devices, Samsung tablets for Cyber Monday


According to Twitter’s @evleaks, Verizon plans on kicking off the holiday season with some modest deals. For Cyber Monday, online shopping’s Black Friday, Verizon will take $150 off of Samsung tablets. It’s unclear whether this apply to the on-contract or off-contract prices. Also from Samsung will be the Galaxy Note II for $50 on-contract. More intriguingly is that the Motorola RAZR HD and Samsung Galaxy S III (from last year) will be just $1 dollar. Perhaps Verizon is trying to clean out stock on those devices? If you are a deal-stealer, this batch is certainly worth a look. But with the Moto X dropping to $99 and set to get Moto Maker treatment, we’re not sure why you would look at something else. This year, Cyber Monday is on December 2, so make note of that on your calendar.

Source: @evleaks

Verizon planning to end life of Droid DNA, prepping for arrival of HTC One


Multiple sources are reporting that Verizon is currently flagging the HTC Droid DNA and the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE for “close out,” and retail stores have been running promos and sales to clear out remaining stock of the two devices.

Just speculating here of course, but this is probably due to the upcoming launch of the HTC One for Verizon— they need to make some room and clear out old phones from the same manufacturer. Although no firm launch date has been confirmed for the HTC One on Verizon, we’re expecting it to come very soon.

This recent move will leave the RAZR HD and RAZR M as the only Droid-branded phones left on Verizon. Of course with the recent hype from @DroidLanding tweeting about an augmented reality game possibly leading to the release of a new Droid device, more Droids could surely be on the way.

And for those of you worrying that you won’t be receiving any more upgrade support for your DNA, you may be in luck— remember, the Incredible, Rezound, and Thunderbolt all received upgrades long after their EOL. Of course no promises here, but there is some hope.

Source: Droid Life

Motorola Plans to Appeal to Wider Audience with Their New Line of ‘Sweet Spot’ Smartphones

googorola-logoMotorola’s first batch of Google-influenced phones are expected to start appearing on the market around the second half of 2013. According to Google, they are planing to put the “WOW” into Motorola’s already superior smartphones. Since Google’s purchase of Motorola back in May 2012, they have left Motorola to do their own thing, waiting for the right time to step in and add some Google flair. Read more

Motorola DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX to Receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OTA


“Well, it’s about time!”, might be what your thinking if you have been anticipating the much anticipated OTA of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on your DROID RAZR or DROID RAZR MAXX. Unlike their little brother, the Droid RAZR M, which received the OTA months ago, owners of these devices have been denied the pleasure of all 4.1’s Jelly Bean goodness…but no more!

We already got an idea of some of the changes with this update, but now it’s officially approved and ready to go. Hit the break for some of the new Jelly Bean highlights along with some demo videos.

  • Google Now – Receive sports scores, stock updates, weather reports, and traffic updates without having to search the entire web for them. Google Now will learn what’s important to you and give you the updates you need before you even know you needed them.

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  • Expanded Notifications – Get a snapshot of your incoming e-mails, news reader notifications, Facebook updates, chat and more. Swipe them away where your done with them and move on with your busy life.

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  • Improved Voice Search – Ask Google Now a real-world question, and get a real-world answer in seconds.  Want to know what the weather will be like for the motorcycle ride this afternoon? Android 4.1 will tell you, in spoken word!

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Want to know more, check the source for a link to Motorola’s new Android upgrade page and get information on the upgrade schedule.

Source:  Motorola

Motorola RAZR HD and Maxx HD possibly delayed by external antenna issues

We all remember Antennagate: the loss of signal on the iPhone 4 caused by poor positioning of exterior antennae. It now it seems Motorola and Verizon’s latest flagship RAZRs are being held back because of a similar issue. According to a Howardforum post, “The signal drop is great enough to create a large amount of users to return the device“. This issue seems to be pretty severe, but hopefully is wont delay the highly anticipated phones for too long.

Unfortunately the post is pretty vague, only mentioning a “a huge problem with the external antenna’s that wrap around the device“, but hopefully Motorola will respond shortly as to either confirm or deny this rumor’s validity. This news only raises questions in my mind as to why this issue hasn’t been spotted on the Atrix HD and RAZR M?

Source: Howardforum

Motorola RAZR XT910 Android 4.0 ICS update roll-out begins today


It certainly is better to be late than never, and that’s exactly what the international Motorola RAZR (XT910) can say considering the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the device has finally arrived. Through various sources, the update should be rolling out today and if you haven’t checked already, go ahead into settings to see if the update is available.

Apparently, the hold up to the update is due to T-Mobile as they refused to sign off on the update because they wanted to put their own “customizations” to the ROM (ala the mySense Espresso). While that’s very disappointing to hear, let’s just be happy that it has finally arrived.

If you own an international RAZR and received the update, we would love to know about it in the comments section!

source: GSM Arena

ICS for Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX Now Even Closer

Just yesterday we reported what could be the final ICS build for the Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX has leaked and that a pending official update could just be around the corner. Well, today that corner just got even closer. Invites to test out a “new software release” has been sent out to testers and while there was no given indication on what the software is, we’re confident that it is indeed the official ICS update for the RAZR and RAZR MAXX. A tip has suggested that this testing phase will begin on June 22 and the full public rollout should happen on June 27th.

Does this excite any RAZR and RAZR MAXX owners out there? This ICS update is just dying to get out to the public!

source: Droid Life