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 →
The Motorola PHOTON 4G is the company’s first 4G handset on Sprint, and even more, it is the first high-end Motorola device set to launch on Sprint’s network in a very long time. It’s packed to the brim on paper — specifically, with features such as a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch qHD display, an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and a VGA front-facing camera, 16GB of built-in storage, plus global-roaming and 4G WiMAX connectivity. In short, it’s probably the most feature-packed phone to ever launch from Sprint. I have been using the Motorola PHOTON 4G for a few days now and the question I really wanted to answer was: is this Sprint’s best smartphone? Hit the break to find out.
Sprint just announced that the Motorola Photon 4G, which was originally revealed during a press event on June 9th, will be available starting July 31st for $199.99 on contract. The Photon 4G seemed very fast during our initial hands on. It packs a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, support for Sprint’s WiMAX network, a 4.3-inch qHD display, 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera and an Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). It also supports GSM networks for global roaming. Sprint Premier customers will have a chance to purchase the phone a few days early on July 28th, and the carrier is also offering a range of accessories including an HD dock, a wireless keyboard and more. Read on for the full press release. More →
According to an image from Android Central, the SprintID application that is used on several of Sprint’s Android devices to customize the user interface has accidentally leaked a number of unannounced Sprint phones. The models include the LG Optimus B — assumed to be the Optimus Black — the LG Q, the Motorola Sunfire, and the Samsung Chief. It’s unclear what the LG Q or the Samsung Chief phones are, although we suspect the Chief could be a codename for a possible Galaxy S II launch in the United States or for the recently leaked Samsung Conquer. It’s also likely that the Sunfire is the Motorola Photon 4G, given that Sprint just held a joint event with Motorola in NYC and a launch in the coming weeks would make sense. Hopefully we’ll find out more about these phones this summer. More →
Time flies. Motorola introduced its MOTOBLUR user interface and software service with the debut of the Motorola CLIQ back in 2009, but now it appears that moniker’s days are coming to an end. Just yesterday the company unveiled two new Android smartphones for Sprint and Virgin Mobile: the Photon 4G and the Motorola Triumph. The Motorola Photon 4G clearly sports Motorola’s custom user interface, but there was absolutely no mention of the name. We’ve confirmed that Motorola will phase out referring to its UI as MOTOBLUR. Perhaps the move is related to Motorola’s purchase of Three Laws Mobile (3LM) earlier this year, which suggests that an entirely new UI is in the works. Either way, it’s clear that customers didn’t care for the original service and UI, but the bits and pieces that Motorola continues to use seems to be working well for the company. More →
Photos not cutting it? Don’t worry, because your pals at BGR just spent some up close and personal time with the new Motorola Photon 4G. Sprint and Motorola teamed up to take the wraps off this sleek new smartphone earlier today, and we have to say, we’re impressed. With a 4.3-inch qHD display, 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera, a secondary front-facing camera, support for Motorola’s webtop solution and, of course, a 4G WiMAX radio, this really might be the smartphone to beat this summer. Check out the first video hands-on of Sprint and Motorola’s first 4G device after the break! More →
While it just was made official moments ago by Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha, we were able to snag some hands-on time with the 4G beast earlier this morning. For starters, the Motorola Photon 4G features a 4.3-inch qHD display, 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera, front-facing camera, and support for Motorola’s webtop solution, which will allow the phone to power a full Firefox browser on your HDTV. As far the feel, the device is extremely solid and we’re loving the futuristic styling of the design, complete with angled corners. Also, the glossy bezel contrasts beautifully with the rubberized soft-touch case back. The phone runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and felt incredibly snappy during the time we spent with it. The Motorola Photon 4G is scheduled to launch this summer, though pricing information has not yet been announced. Don’t let that get you down, though — we have a gallery full of hands-on photos below!
UPDATE: Check out our video hands-on with the Motorola Photon 4G, too!
The Motorola Photon 4G was rumored to be the first flagship Motorola handset to join Sprint in quite some time, and just moments ago at Sprint and Motorola’s press event in New York City, the Android handset got official. The Motorola Photon 4G features a 4.3-inch qHD display, 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 16GB of storage, front-facing VGA camera, rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with full 1080p HD video capture support, 4G WiMAX, and more. It definitely looks like the Photon 4G and the EVO 3D will be the Android handsets to beat this summer. The full press release is after the break! More →