DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX getting Ice Cream Sandwich

By on June 22, 2012 at 1:20 PM.

DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX getting Ice Cream Sandwich

Motorola Droid RAZR phones ICS upgrade

Verizon Wireless on Friday announced that both the Motorola DROID RAZR and the DROID RAZR MAXX have been cleared for an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This is a particularly significant since the RAZR MAXX is reportedly Verizon’s best-selling device and its upgrade to ICS would be a big help in ending user woes, since most Android devices are currently still stuck on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. ICS was supposed to be the grand uniting version of Android that standardized the user experience across different device types, but so far it’s been slow in rolling out and is still has an adoption rate of below 10%. Hit the jump for the full release. More →

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Leaked Verizon document details Android updates

By on April 28, 2012 at 4:30 PM.

Leaked Verizon document details Android updates

Verizon Android update schedule leaked

A Reddit user by the name of DroidTosser claims to have the inside scoop on Verizon’s Android update schedule, and has posted the images to back their story up. According the photos, the HTC Rezound is slated receive an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on May 9th, followed by the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX on May 21st. Verizon’s first Honeycomb tablet, the Motorola XOOM is currently awaiting “technical approval” and will be updated directly by Google. The DROID Bionic, HTC Thunderbolt, LG Revolution, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Sony Xperia Play are all in testing, however the updates aren’t labeled as Ice Cream Sandwich builds and may just refer to bug fixes. Additional images can be found after the break.  More →

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iConfess: Why an Android fan recommends the iPhone

By on February 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM.

iConfess: Why an Android fan recommends the iPhone

Just over five years ago, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone, a device that would change the world forever. The Macworld Conference & Expo keynote in 2007 is one that will go down in history. With its announcement, Apple reinvented the smartphone and put converged handsets on mainstream consumers’ radar. The iPhone seamlessly integrated music, email, a phone, a camera and Internet access all into one great device. I personally never had an interest in smartphones until the Macworld announcement, and countless others can likely make the same claim. There was just one problem, however… Apple partnered exclusively with Cingular in the U.S. for the release of the iPhone. At the time, Cingular was the biggest carrier in the U.S. with 58 million customers  — to show how rapidly the market has grown in recent years, the nation’s largest carrier Verizon reported having 108.7 million subscribers at the end of 2011 — but I was in no way interested in moving to a new carrier and therefore I was forced to pass on the iPhone. More →

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Motorola announces Ice Cream Sandwich update timeline, omits Verizon devices

By on February 15, 2012 at 4:45 PM.

Motorola announces Ice Cream Sandwich update timeline, omits Verizon devices

Motorola on Wednesday announced additional information regarding its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update schedule. The company has confirmed that an Ice Cream Sandwich update is currently rolling out to the XOOM, with the XOOM Family Edition, Atrix 4G, Atrix 2 and Photon 4G set to receive the update in the second quarter and third quarter of 2012. Motorola previously confirmed an update for the DROID BIONIC, DROID RAZR, DROID RAZR MAXX and DROID 4, however the company’s website list the devices as being “in Evaluation & Planning” phase. In fact, all of Verizon’s phones and tablets are curiously stuck in the evaluation stage and there are no further details as to when they may see an update. More →

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Motorola announces new RAZR with an unlockable bootloader

By on January 30, 2012 at 11:30 PM.

Motorola announces new RAZR with an unlockable bootloader

Motorola promised that a bootloader unlocking solution would be made available for its recent phones in late 2011 but as the year came to a close, the company’s self-imposed deadline came and went with no release. To make matters worse, the manufacturer launched the RAZR with an unlocked bootloader overseas while the American version was locked and encrypted. Motorola blamed Verizon, claiming the carrier requested the device be locked even though other companies were offering unlocking solutions. On Monday, Motorola announced the RAZR Developer Edition on the company’s community blog. The device is essentially the same as the current RAZR, but with one special feature: an unlockable bootloader. The European handset is priced at €499 and will be sold without a warranty, while a U.S. version will become available through MOTODEV “in the coming months.” Read on for the announcement. More →

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DROID RAZR MAXX customers won’t have to wait for custom ROMs

By on January 27, 2012 at 7:05 PM.

DROID RAZR MAXX customers won’t have to wait for custom ROMs

Verizon released the DROID RAZR MAXX on Thursday for $299.99 with a new two-year agreement. The device features a massive 3,300 mAh battery and a slightly thicker frame than its predecessor, the DROID RAZR. Other than that, the handsets are identical. Droid-Life confirmed on Friday that both devices run the same exact software, in fact — the Android version on both devices features the same build number, same kernel and same baseband version. We have seen similar products in the past (DROID 2 and DROID R2D2), but they all carried slightly different software versions to accommodate various changes. With the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX however, it looks like everything is interchangeable, so savvy users already have a wide range custom ROMs to choose from. More →

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Steve Wozniak: Android has leapt ahead of Apple in many ways

By on January 16, 2012 at 7:21 PM.

Steve Wozniak: Android has leapt ahead of Apple in many ways

In 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple, a company that would grow into one of the most innovative and valuable in the world. With the iPhone, Apple brought smartphones into the mainstream and quickly turned into a mobile company. Soon after Google released the company’s Android operating system, which spread like wildfire, Jobs vowed to destroy Android and considered it a cheesy knockoff of his device, but a stolen product. However, Woz has taken an opposite approach and praised both operating systems. Read on for more. More →

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DROID RAZR MAXX to launch on January 26th

By on January 13, 2012 at 6:20 PM.

DROID RAZR MAXX to launch on January 26th

Earlier this week at the Consumer Electronics Show, Motorola and Verizon Wireless announced the DROID RAZR MAXX. The device featured the same specs as the previous RAZR with the addition of a massive 3,300 mAh battery, adding 21 hours of usage time on a single charge. When questioned about availability, both companies merely said the device would be released within the “coming weeks.” Consumers may not have to wait long, however, as Motorola’s landing page list the phones release as January 26th. The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX will cost $299.99 with a new two-year agreement, and be sure to check out our recent hands-on. More →

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Motorola to release fewer phones this year

By on January 11, 2012 at 9:21 AM.

Motorola to release fewer phones this year

Motorola is known for the company’s rapid refresh rate on smartphones and tablets. Last fall, the DROID Bionic was released, two months later the DROID RAZR was released, and this week the DROID RAZR MAXX and DROID 4 were announced. Motorola has flooded the Android market with more releases than almost any other manufacturer, however things are about to change. During a roundtable event at the Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha announced that the company plans to release fewer new models this year, in an effort to focus on its marketing dollars. Jha noted that it was the Bionic’s delays that caused the product’s debut to be so close to the RAZR. Additionally, he said the company plans to pursue fewer new ideas in an effort to make more things stick. With the release of Motorola’s Bionic and ATRIX came the Lapdock, a feature to add a full keyboard and larger screen to your smartphone. Unfortunately, the dock was pricey and didn’t perform as consumers had hoped. Although it has yet to become a commercial success, Jha believe in the Lapdock feature and hopes to continue it in the future. Let’s just hope you don’t have to buy a new dock for each Motorola phone they release. More →

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Huawei announces Ascend P1 S smartphone, thinner than DROID RAZR, runs stock Android 4.0

By on January 9, 2012 at 3:40 PM.

Huawei announces Ascend P1 S smartphone, thinner than DROID RAZR, runs stock Android 4.0

Huawei unveiled the company’s latest Android-powered smartphone, the Ascend P1 S. The device features an incredibly slim design, measuring a mere 6.68mm — even slimmer than Motorola’s 7.1mm DROID RAZR. The device sports a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display with a 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. On the backside, the Ascend has an 8-megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash and a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera. Huawei also announced the Ascend P1, which packs similar features in a thicker 7.69mm profile. Both devices feature Corning’s Gorilla Glass and will run a clean version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Pricing has not been announced, however we can expect to see both of these devices within the second quarter of 2012. Read on for Huawei’s full press release.  More →

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Motorola’s failed bootloader promise pushes users to the edge

By on January 5, 2012 at 8:25 AM.

Motorola’s failed bootloader promise pushes users to the edge

Throughout the years, numerous companies have made the decision to lock the bootloader on a smartphone or tablet, making it impossible for savvy users to run custom kernels and have complete control of the device. The Android community is perhaps one of the most vocal user bases in the world when it comes to the practice of locking bootloaders. When HTC and ASUS began to lock their bootloaders, thousands of users took to social networks and had the decisions overturned. Motorola began locking the bootloader with the company’s DROID X and DROID 2 smartphones in the Spring of 2010. Since then, users have bombarded the company with petitions, emails, posts and comments in an attempt to overturn the policy… and it worked, somewhat. Motorola announced that with carrier approval, it would begin to unlock devices in the later part of 2011. However, unlike HTC, Motorola caved to the carriers and devices such as the DROID RAZR were released locked with no unlocking tool having been made available. Users at XDA-Developers are at it again with “OPERATION: Make Ourselves Heard (#OPMOSH),” a movement to have Motorola’s policy reversed. Similar to the methods used towards HTC and ASUS, users are encouraged to email company executives, sign petitions and let their voices be heard through social networks. It remains to be seen if users’ efforts will pay off, however. More →

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Verizon set to launch Galaxy Nexus on December 9th according to leak

By on December 6, 2011 at 12:00 PM.

Verizon set to launch Galaxy Nexus on December 9th according to leak

Verizon Wireless will finally launch the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on December 9th according to a new report from Engadget. A leaked internal screenshot suggests that materials supporting the launch will arrive in Verizon stores on the 8th, and the hotly anticipated smartphone will then launch the following day according to the site’s unnamed source. The Motorola DROID 4 will launch one day earlier on December 8th according to the report, and retail locations will supposedly be receiving new white DROID RAZR showcase devices beginning today. Earlier rumors suggested that the Galaxy Nexus and DROID 4 would both launch on December 8th, and Verizon Wireless has yet to make any announcements regarding pricing or a firm launch date. More →

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Rebirth of an icon: Motorola reinvents the RAZR

By on November 11, 2011 at 12:00 PM.

Rebirth of an icon: Motorola reinvents the RAZR

Among companies that have played truly significant roles in building and shaping the wireless industry as we know it today, few if any can stand shoulder to shoulder with Motorola. It has been more than 38 years since Dr. Martin Cooper, a Motorola executive, made the first analog cell phone call from a prototype handset, and Motorola has continued to innovate ever since. The company’s rich history of innovation has yielded an extensive IP portfolio — a big part of the draw for Google, which is currently trying to spend $12.5 billion to acquire Motorola Mobility — and it has built a number of iconic devices. None, however, are quite as recognizable as the Motorola RAZR. More →

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