Motorola’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 the rest
“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.
- 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.
- 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!
Want to know more, check the source for a link to Motorola’s new Android upgrade page and get information on the upgrade schedule.
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?
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
Motorola Android fans can rejoice as ICS has just gone live for the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX. Judging from earlier leaks, this ICS/Motoblur fusion looks to be pretty darn cool. Anyone who wants this puppy right now can head to System Updates in Settings and enjoy some ICS goodness.
RAZR and RAZR MAXX users: After much speculation, your day has finally come. According to that leaked document up there, the ICS update that you’ve been waiting way too long for is finally coming today. So charge up that battery and connect to some wifi, because this thing’s coming to you over-the-air soon.
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
When Motorola released their updated Ice Cream Sandwich timeline, we learned that the DROID RAZR would get it before the end of June. Of course, Motorola will add its own manufacturer skin, known as Motoblur, on top of ICS to give it their own flavor.
Just how will the latest Motoblur look on the RAZR? Motorola is giving us a peek through a series of videos on their Japanese RAZR site. These videos cover everything, including the new lock screen, Webtop 3.0, taking screenshots, navigation, and more. In all, there are 15 videos covering just about everything you want to see of the RAZR’s ICS build.
Motoblur has been consistently panned by Android enthusiasts and media in the past, but it seems they are slimming down their latest skin to give the OS a distinctively Moto flair, but keeping ICS’s soul and essence intact.
Check out all 15 videos after the break.
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.
Man, the past week’s news about the Motorola Droid Razr/Maxx and its pending update(s) got a bit annoying and had me starting to think that Razr owners may never actually see an ICS update at all. First we saw a leaked Best Buy memo that claimed that an ICS update was supposed to begin the following week, which we all know never happened. Then, we heard that an ICS soak test was being prepared to push out to Moto testers only to find out it was just going to be a silly 6.12.181 Gingerbread maintenance update. Here we are the following week and nothing has happened, not even the Gingerbread maintenance update. Things are starting to look a bit shaky, no?
Well, by the looks of things over at the Motorola testers’ forums, Moto is now possibly scraping the 6.12.181 maintenance update all together in lieu for the actual ICS soak test. The Moto forum manager left a message for its testers (since removed) stating the following:
Looks like we got a surprise people. This regular soak test has now turned into an official soak test for Android 4.0 also known as Ice Cream Sandwich. Please subscribe to this feed for updates and more information will be posted as soon as possible.
Thanks guys for hanging in there.
So there you have it folks. Whether you can take that comment to the bank or not is still up for debate. Either way I hope this BS comes to an end soon and you patient Razr owners finally get a taste of Android’s oh-so-good Ice Cream Sandwich. We will let you know if anything else changes or if the soak test does actually get under way. In the meantime, feel free to vent your frustrations in the comments below.
source: Droid Life