Motorola’s Droid RAZR M, one of the best new smartphones you can buy for under $100, is getting its promised upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Verizon (VZ) on Friday announced that it has started rolling out Jelly Bean to the RAZR M through an over-the-air update. The carrier said that it was pushing Jelly Bean out “in phases” so it’s not clear yet which regions will get the upgrade first. Jelly Bean brings several key features to the Android operating system, including Project Butter, which improves the system frame rate to make it consistent at 60 frames per second, and Google Now, which uses search history and location history to figure out what information users might need at what times, such as being able to tell users how long their typical commutes will be given current traffic conditions.
So… I like Android. I use just about every Android smartphone on and off, but my main phone is an iPhone 4S. One major complaint I have with Android is that the phones are just too big… seriously. First it was 4 inches, then 4.3 inches, then 4.5 inches, then 4.6 inches, then 4.7 inches, then 4.8 inches, then 5 inches, then 5.3 inches, then 5.5 inches — ugh. More →
During its press event in New York City earlier today, Motorola promised to upgrade “most” of its 2011 device portfolio to Android 4.1. But Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside also said that the company will offer a $100 credit to any users whose devices don’t get upgraded that they can use to buy a new DROID RAZR HD, DROID RAZR MAXX HD or DROID RAZR M smartphone. Woodside said that some of Motorola’s older devices actually ran slower on Jelly Bean, and that it didn’t want to degrade user experience for the sake of installing Jelly Bean. Motorola on Wednesday also announced the availability of developer devices for those who wish to root and modify their Android smartphone. The DROID RAZR M Developer Edition can be preordered now for $549.99.
We’ve already taken a look at the dynamic duo Motorola unveiled during its press conference on Wednesday, but Motorola unveiled a third smartphone during the event that certainly warrants a closer look. The DROID RAZR M is an affordable smartphone that packs the kick of a much pricier handset. Beneath the remarkably sharp 4.3-inch edge-to-edge display lies a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, 8GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 3-megapixel front-facing camera and Android 4.0, though Motorola has promised an update to Jelly Bean in the near future. The phone is a little bulky and the build isn’t the strongest you’ll come across, but it’s pretty amazing that Motorola managed to stuff this gorgeous 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display into a phone with about the same footprint as the iPhone 4S. Motorola’s DROID RAZR M will be available for preorder beginning Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. EDT, and it will launch on September 13th for $99.99 with a 2-year Verizon Wireless (VZ) contract.
So it turns out that Motorola’s rumored “all-screen” smartphone was the Droid RAZR M after all. Motorola on Wednesday took the wraps off its new RAZR M smartphone, which features a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, a 4.3-inch display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The device does have a fairly wide screen although it doesn’t come close to matching the rumor that it wouldn’t have any bezels on the side. Customers can pre-order the device from Verizon (VZ) immediately and it will officially release on September 13th. The Droid RAZR M will cost $99.99 after customers send in a $50 mail-in rebate. Motorola’s full press release follows below.
Bezels? Motorola doesn’t need any stinking bezels! According to Bloomberg, Motorola and Verizon Wireless (VZ) may surprise the tech world next week by unveiling a new smartphone featuring “an edge-to-edge screen” that would completely eliminate the black bezels that line the edges of most smartphones. Motorola is banking that the all-screen display, along with unique features such as its location-based Smart Actions multitasking app, to set itself apart in an increasingly crowded smartphone market. Both Motorola and Verizon declined to comment. More →
A week after BGR exclusively reported details about Verizon’s (VZ) upcoming DROID RAZR M smartphone, Engadget has published additional information about the device. An alleged spec sheet confirms earlier reports that the RAZR M will be equipped with a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED Advanced display and a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. The handset will also feature global roaming capabilities, 4G LTE connectivity, an NFC chip, on-screen navigation keys, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, a 3-megapixel front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel rear camera that is capable of shooting 1080p video. The DROID RAZR M will cost $149.99 with a new two-year agreement and is expected to be announced alongside the DROID RAZR HD at Verizon and Motorola’s press conference on September 5th. An additional image follows below. More →